NEW ZEALAND HAS AN EDGE OVER ENGLAND- WAY AHEAD FOR SRI LANKA
Posted on July 12th, 2019

By M D P DISSANAYAKE

It is disappointing that all 5 Asian Teams out of 10 Teams in the competition failed to secure a spot in the Final.   Bangladesh and New Zealand have consistently maintained aggressive and  methodical styles of play.

We give below the historical data of previous finals with the winning team and runs scored.

YEAR   WINNING TEAM SCORE

1975    274 AUSTRALIA

1979    194 ENGLAND

1983    183 INDIA

1987     253 AUSTRALIA

1992     249 PAKISTAN

1996     245 SRI LANKA

1999     133 AUSTRALIA

2003     359 AUSTRALIA

2007     281 AUSTRALIA

2011     277 INDIA

2015     186 AUSTRALIA vs NZ 183

Statistical probability indicates a low scoring match at the business end of the Tournament. NZ bowlers appear to have a upper hand against the England.  They are back to basics, uncomplicated and pleasure to watch. Bowling at line and length is the secret for NZ success thus far. Kane Williamson’s field placements and bowling changes have shown remarkable indepth understanding of the batters mentality most of the time.

2015 runners up was NZ, players such as Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor  and Trent Boult are continuing in 2019. The current England team includes Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgain, Alex Hales, Moeen Ali, Joe Root and Chris Woakes from the 2015 squad.

In round-robin stage, NZ beat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets whereas Sri Lanka beat England by 20 runs.

Judged by the clouds of political interference in Sri Lankan Cricket, our boys performances were below par, but not totally disappointing. At least our Sports Minister made a trip to England on tax-payers account.

Our current squad should be further developed. For the next 4 years, an established team with a long term captaincy to Dimuth Karunaratne need to be considered.    Dave Whatmore is in Sri Lanka and his contribution will be valuable in re-shaping the structure.

One Response to “NEW ZEALAND HAS AN EDGE OVER ENGLAND- WAY AHEAD FOR SRI LANKA”

  1. Randeniyage Says:

    Our cricket was destroyed by top players not retiring. It is the same with politics.

    Person centered , person worshiping extreme minority stupid people having bigger mouths and saying they are the “MAHAJANAYA”. The BIG LIE.

    Currently, a Kulasekera worshiping has re-started. Worshiping of a useless character to current cricket.

    Who destroyed cricket ?

    1. Muralidharan (played in BADAGEDIYA) – destroyed Rangana Herat and a lot of bowlers to be
    2. Malinga(still playing with BADAGEDIYA)
    3. Kulasekara ( dropped to 110 km/h but still selected)

    destroyed our bowling department. Proper young fast bowlers and spinners who should be trained properly and playing in WC are at home putting on weight.

    Batting was destroyed by

    1. Sanath Jayasuriya
    2. Mahela Jayawardane
    3. Angelo Mathews
    4. Tilan Samaraweera

    But the fault should be shared by people who , not knowing cricket properly, worship these ghosts.

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