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A thriller in the offing?


Going by the happenings in the last seven Super 10 games we can expect a cracker of a contest between hosts Bangladesh and holders West Indies at Mirpur today. The pattern so far is that the games with odd numbers were flops while the matches with even numbers were humdingers. The opening game between India and Pakistan was a one-sided affair. The second game involving South Africa and Sri Lanka was a thriller. The pattern also persisted yesterday when South Africa reversed their fortunes against a fighting New Zealand with Dale Steyn turning it on its head in the final over. The seventh game that pitted Sri Lanka and the Netherlands was a hopelessly lopsided affair in which the associate member nation were bowled out for 39, which is the lowest innings total in a T20I. The Dutch were bowled out in 10.3 overs. The Lankans whipped the winning 40 in five overs just to remind the associate member nation of the gulf of difference. The sixth game between South Africa and New Zealand will be remembered for one Dale Steyn super over. Bowling the last over with the Kiwis needing seven runs, the pace demon bowled five dot balls against one boundary -- a feat that can be hardly matched. Steyn's exploits in the last over might have overshadowed a seamless batting display from JP Duminy, but the left-hander batted with poise and precision for his 43-ball 86. Kiwi Kane Williams also scored a fantastic fifty and Ross Taylor, although failing to take his side over the line, struck a superb 62. However, when the eighth game starts at Mirpur today, the passionate home supporters would not only expect a contest to keep the festivity alive but also erase the bitter defeat against Hong Kong in their last first-round game. The real good news for the hosts is that paceman Mashrafe Bin Mortaza will most likely be back in action. 

Published: 12:00 am Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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