With the Super 12 stage of the T20I World Cup in full flow, we’ve seen a decent amount of cricket to conclude what worked and what didn’t in the competition.
Here’s what we’ve learned from the first week of the 2021 T20I World Cup.
PAKISTAN HAVE ONE FOOT IN THE SEMIS
The men in green have been a class above the rest so far in the competition. With three wins from three games and that too against the so-called bigger teams in Group B, Pakistan would be pretty confident of playing in the semi-finals of the tournament. They have played plenty of cricket in the UAE, which is their second home of sorts, so they know the conditions inside out. So far they have understood and exploited the conditions the best in the competition and have a packed team that can go all the way in this T20I World Cup.
ENGLAND LOOK STRONG YET AGAIN
Ever since Eoin Morgan took over duties as England’s white-ball captain, English cricket has gone from strength to strength in limited-overs cricket. In this tournament as well, they have a strong side and have started on a positive note by winning their first two games. They have a lethal batting line up but their bowling has been the one that has surprised everyone. They have used their resources well so far and would continue to do so further in the competition. They’d be backing to go unbeaten to the knockout stage of the tournament.
DON’T DISMISS AUSTRALIA
Along with England, Australia in Group A has had a strong start. Australian cricket looked in shambles coming into the tournament with pressure mounting on their coach Justin Langer’s position. So far it looks like a more relaxed unit where duties have been delegated wonderfully well. Their batters who were out of form got some runs and their bowlers were always top class. Only a fool would underestimate this Australian side. They surely are contenders for winning this trophy.
WIN THE TOSS, WIN THE GAME?
Given the conditions in the UAE, batting second seems to be a major advantage especially in the night games. The dew starts setting in after the ten-over mark in the second innings and post that it becomes impossible to grip the ball for the bowlers. In 16 out of 23 games, the team chasing has won the encounter in this T20I World Cup so far. Winning the toss is easy and it’s funny that the outcome is in nobody’s control.
LOW SCORING T20I WORLD CUP
Coming into this T20I World Cup, the attention was on the power players of each team. The notion was that whichever team can bulldoze their way through the middle overs and hit sixes will have the best chances of winning the competition. But the story so far has been completely the opposite. You need players who can stick an innings together and ones who can rotate the strike in the middle overs. The tournament has seen way too many batting collapses already and the average score is around 140.