AAP Australian Sports – A string of doomed second-innings chases are forcing captains to rethink the bowl-first option at the Cricket World Cup.
- After a week of the tournament was complete on Wednesday, no team had successfully chased a target of more than 250 in what were originally thought to be batter-friendly conditions.
- But the pressures of a World Cup make it a different ball game.
- That was evident when South Africa sent England in for the tournament’s opener, and got nowhere near the 311 they set – all out for 207.
- That came despite three times hitting scores of above 350 against the same Pakistani bowlers in their one-day series before the tournament.
- India and New Zealand on Wednesday beat South Africa and Bangladesh batting second – the latter a nervy two-wicket victory with 17 balls remaining – but both teams were chasing far smaller targets.