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Opening the gates for barbarians

The Surreal Trophy

August 30, 2016: England smash 444 runs against Pakistan. That's the highest score in the history of ODI cricket. What's shocking is that Pakistan is known for its bowling attack and yet they got massacred by the English batsmen.

Today: England score a miserable 211 all out against Pakistan! That would be an excellent score in a T20 game but it's just disappointing in an ODI. I wrote before, "Pakistan has a chance if a) their bowling fires on all cylinders and b) Babar Azam finally makes a big score in this Big Event."

Babar Azam did make his highest score in this Champions Trophy but really England lost the game when they barely made 200 runs. The famous Pakistani bowling showed up in full force.

Wrong time

This was the most comprehensive cricket display from Pakistan in a long time. Eight teams played in this tournament. Pakistan is ranked 8th! The "worst" team is one win away from taking the trophy. The only way the final can get more surreal is if somehow, against all odds, Bangladesh beat India in the other semi-final. But really, the advertisers and the fans must be salivating over an epic India vs. Pakistan final.

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