The only thing powerful about a batting powerplay in this World Cup has proved to be the detrimental effect it has had on the side employing it.
In the latest edition of 'beware of the batting powerplay', India eagerly seized their supposed five overs of carnage, only to concede their last nine wickets for just 29 runs.
South Africa were staring down the barrel at the end of the 38th over with India ready to light up a stogie at 253 for one and with Sachin Tendulkar having plundered another epic century, only for disaster-gate to ensue.
Dale Steyn, having been treated like an inebriated part-timer from a village touring side by Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag as he bled runs early in the innings, suddenly found himself acknowledging his five-wicket haul, with the home fans utterly shell-shocked.
Until the batting powerplay was enforced, 375+ looked a distinct possibility for India after Tendulkar dazzled with almost serene aggression, while Sehwag bewildered everyone with his audacious and impish strokeplay: it was 174 by the halfway mark.
India added a pathetic 37 runs in nine overs as they capitulated from 137 without loss in 16 overs, to 174 by the 25th over with the hosts in utter disarray.
But, lest we single MS Dhoni's side out in this matter, England, South Africa, Pakistan, Australia - even the irrepressible Ireland have been slaughtered at the hands of the batting powerplay from promising positions.
The almost unanimous reaction to a batting powerplay being taken is now one of fear, apprehension, dread and concern.
It's amazing to think that when the rule was introduced, the reaction to the umpire's signalling of the powerplay was one of unbridled excitement and anticipation of the mauling which was expected to follow for the fielding side.
India's sudden collapse cost them a prematurely secured place in the quarter-finals, and left the door ajar for the Proteas to haul themselves back into the game. Which they duly did.
This was not the first time that a well-placed side has crumbled like an England tail of the mid to late 90s when presented with the tantalising prospect of confronting and negotiating the third powerplay.
It's not only the batting powerplay which has been undermined by its usage: the bowling powerplay is almost without exception employed immediately after the opening mandatory field restrictions. It is utterly predictable and pointless.
The opening powerplay provides sides a chance to get off and running, and the fans an opportunity to get into the game by celebrating and waving placards to acknowledge a flurry of boundaries.
But should the batting and bowling powerplays be scrapped? Should the batting powerplay simply become optional for sides too fraught with fear to take it?
What do you think? Have your say about the value, effect and use of the powerplays in the comments' section below...
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IMAGE OF THE DAY: Pakistan have long been criticised for their approach to training (or lack thereof), but any lingering accusations can now be put to bed. Clearly, as this picture demonstrates, the players try very hard in training.
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TWEET OF THE DAY: "Fab 99th international hundred by Tendulkar. But Ravi Bopara is only 96 behind and has played 549 fewer games, so it's about even," (Patrick Kidd of The Times puts it all in perspective.)
USER COMMENT OF THE DAY: "This was the implosion of the season from India (and there have been plenty) and this group is now wide open. I thought India were almost a shoo-in for the final, but this tournament has shown shock after shock. Still everything to play for!" (Mirandola tees up the rest of the tournament perfectly.)
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