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Australia too good for Sri Lanka

Australia maintained their unbeaten world cup record stretching back to the last World Cup by beating Sri Lanka by seven wickets at the 2007 ICC Cricket World cup.

The match that I was looking forward to turned out to be a no contest with Sri Lanka deciding to rest their key bowlers Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas and Australia chasing 227 against such an attack was an easy task and hence Australia reached the target with seven overs to spare.

Amid all this its easy to forget that Australia's bowlers did a very good job restricting Sri Lanka to just 226 runs and Nathan Bracken in particular was impressive getting four wickets for just 19 runs in 9.4 overs.

I am now just wondering whether New Zealand will also decide to rest their key players against Australia because they will need a win plus a good run rate to overtake Australia at the top. Finishing second or third for them will not make much of a difference because either way it will set up a semi-final match against Sri Lanka.

There is one match though where nobody will be rested and this is the South Africa/England match in Barbados tonight. This will be South Africa's last Super 8 match and they will need to win it to reach the semis whilst on the other hand England with four points and another match against the West Indies still to come, would need a win to steal a march to the semis.

Meanwhile, in an earlier post, I gave Ireland no chance against Bangladesh but Ireland proved me wrong by beating Bangladesh by 74 runs. Ireland are now off the bottom of the Super 8 ladder and its good to see them at least score points and this level and they have more than justified their presence in the Super 8 stage.

The cup must be given to Australia because that is the only team taking this world cup seriously. The rest of the teams apart from the Kiwis don't seem to know this is the World cup they are playing in.

James, you may think that these teams are not taking the world cup seriously but from what I have seen so far teams like England and West Indies are simply not good enough. Also remember the Aussies haven't won anything yet, the semis are still to come and they have to win to go the final and if they lose they are out.

You are right Jason, Australia needs to keep its on the ground until they lay their hands on the Cup. All the top four teams are going to be difficult to beat and after the New Zealand match we will know who Australia will meet in the semi-finals.

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