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Windies slipping away

The West Indies succumbed to their third straight defeat at the Super 8 this morning after losing to Sri Lanka by 113 runs.

This leaves the Windies with just the two points which they got from the group stages and in real danger of leaving the stage before the semi-finals. It was good to see a big crowd for once at this World Cup but the crowd could only watch as the home team's batting once again failed to produce many runs.

The Windies have so far failed to reach 200 runs in the Super 8 stage and they have also failed to utilise all their fifty overs. As the home team it would have been good for them to be in the semis but this looks very unlikely now.

While the Windies have already played three games, New Zealand, Bangladesh, England, Ireland and South Africa have so far played just one match which brings into question the whole scheduling of these matches. At least New Zealand and Bangladesh play tonight but after that New Zealand's next match will be in a week's time against Ireland.

The time delay could be explained by there being no matches on Thursday and on Good Friday but it would have been better to make sure that no team plays their third match before more than half the teams have played their second. After three matches in six days, now the Windies have to wait eight days for their next match.

The scheduling could surely have been better than this.

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