The quarters are over and the winners gave no quarter. Well, almost.
The results followed the dictates of the form book.
South Africa defied the odds and tore up the ‘chokers‘ tag. Perhaps, this is the Cup that will cheer the Proteas .
India made the semis but not before having to overcome some tight bowling in the first 35 overs. They were also the beneficiaries of three decidedly dubious decisions from the umpires. The result could have been much closer than the scoreline suggests.
Pakistan’s batting failed again but Wahab Riaz took the fight to the Australians in an inspired spell of fast bowling that had Shane Watson hopping, skipping and jumping like a cat on a hot tin roof.
New Zealand had it pretty much wrapped up when they scored close to 400 runs with Martin Guptill registering the second double-century of the tournament. The primary prima donna record holder Chris Gayle flattered to deceive in a brief stay at the wicket. The West Indies captain Jason Holder impressed one and all with his composure under pressure.
What he said (via ESPN Cricinfo):
“If P Hughes is shaving tomorrow and gets a nick,M Guptill will appear from the medicine cabinet with a band-aid.”
This was the fourth instance in the two-match series that the Australian batting scorecard read as above.
The Tweetosphere was abuzz with reactions to Hughes’ unfortunate predilection.
Sample a couple via The Wall:
“If Phillip Hughes was cheating on his girlfriend Guptill would be the one who caught him out!”
What he really meant:
“Nicks, cuts, Guptill, Martin and Hughes—The Inseparables.”
What he definitely didn’t: