ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 – June 20, 2019

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Daily Updates

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Today’s Match at 3:00pm: Australia vs BangladeshUpdate – 20th June, 2019

Australia vs Bangladesh
AUS vs BAN

7:10 PM Update: Rain interrupted play for 24 minutes, but no overs lost. Australia scored 381/5. David Warner top scored with 161, whereas Usman Khawaja scored 89 (of 72 balls). The two players added 192 runs for the second wicket. For Bangladesh, Soumya Sarkar was the pick of the bowlers who took 3 wickets for 58 runs. The target seems out of reach, unless Bangladesh batsmen play some extraordinary cricket.

6:09 PM Update: Soumya Sarkar does it again for Bangladesh. Like Aaron Finch, David Warner (166 off 147, 14X4, 5X6) is also caught at short third man by Rubel Hossain.

6:00 PM Update: David Warner completed 150 runs – his 6th 150+ score in ODIs. Only Rohit Sharma has more 150+ scores in ODIs – 7.

5:20 PM Update: David Warner completed his 16th ODI century. His second hundred of the tournament.

4:30 PM Update: Openers Aaron Finch and David Warner added 121 runs for the first wicket before Aaron Finch (53 off 51, 5X4, 2X6) was caught at short third man by Rubel Hossain. Soumya Sarkar provided the much needed break through to Bangladesh.

3:00 PM Update: Australian captain Aaron Finch won the toss and elected to bat first.

Match Preview: Defending champions Australia will face Bangladesh at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on June 20. After winning 4 out of its 5 matches, Australia is placed third in the points tally. Both the openers – captain Aaron Finch and David Warner – are doing good with the bat and are there among top-10 leading run scorers of the tournament. Another player present in that top-10 bracket is Steve Smith. On the other hand, Australian bowlers – Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins are among the leading wicket takers of the tournament and Richardson is adding to the strength of Kangaroo attack.

On the other hand, Bangladesh – who has won just one out of 20 matches against Australia – will have to make some extra efforts to beat Australia. After beating South Africa and West Indies, Bangla tigers are fancying the chances of breaking into top 4. But for that, they need to defeat one of the teams who are almost certain for top 4 – Australia is one of them. They have World No. 1 ODI all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan in their side. Shakib is performing his best with bat and his useful spin bowling. Addition of Liton Das has solidified the teams batting. Bowling is a concern for sure. ALthough captain Mashrafe Mortaza and Mohammad Saifuddin are doing good with the ball, rest of the bowlers have been below par.

Weather forecast is cool and cloudy with scattered showers, which may help seamers in this otherwise batting friendly track.

Today’s Match: New Zealand vs South AfricaUpdate – 19th June, 2019

12:25 AM Update: 242 is no longer a big target in ODIs. However, making runs is not as easy a task as it appears elsewhere in this Word Cup. New Zealand batsmen too had to struggle. Disciplined bowling by South African bowlers stretched the game to the final over. At one time. New Zealand was struggling at 80/4. However, Kane Williamson played calm and composed captain’s knock of 106* off 138 (9X4, 1X6). He made 60 runs partnership for the 2nd wicket with Martin Guptill (35), 57 runs partnership for the 5th wicket with Neesham (23) and 91 runs 6th wicket partnership with Grandhomme (60 off 47, 5X4, 2X6). New Zealand achieved the target in 48.3 overs and won the match by 4 wickets. Chris Morris took 3 wickets for South Africa. For his match winning 12th ODI hundred, Kane Williamson was declared Player of the Match. New Zealand maintained its updefeated run in the tournament.

7:45 PM Update: South Africa scored 241/6 in stipulated 49 overs. van der Dussen was topscorer for South Africa with unbeaten 67* off 64 balls. Hashim Amla scored patient 55. For New Zealand, Lockie Ferguson took 3 wickets.

4:05 PM Update: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to field. New Zealand team in unchanged, whereas South Africa has included speedster Lungi Ngidi. It will be a 49-overs per side contest due to late start.

Match Preview: One of the two teams yet to face a defeat in the tournament – New Zealand – will be facing South Africa at Edgbaston, Birmingham on June 19. The two teams met each other in the Quarter-Final of 2011 World Cup at Mirpur and in the Semi-Final of 2015 World Cup at Auckland. On both the occasions, New Zealand defeated South Africa and ended its campaign in the respective World Cups. History will haunt the Proteas again, as they are once again facing ouster from the tournament, as one more loss may close the doors for them.
A fit Lungi Ngidi will certainly add to the depleted attack for South Africa and Kagiso Rabada will be a bit relaxed. Oldest player of the tournament – Imran Tahir is doing good with the ball and was declared Player of the Match in team’s lone victory in the tournament till now against Afghanistan. Batting is a bit worrisome. Although Quinton de Kock is doing good, a big inning from the experienced Hashim Amla is due for long. Apart from de Kock and captain du Plessis, rest of the batsmen are yet to perform their best.
New Zealand on the other hand, are performing consistently in all departments of the game. Its bowlers – Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, James Neesham – all are doing food. Top order is doing great with the bat – Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson – all are doing good. But their middle and lower order is not tested yet. If South Africa could succeed to take early wickets, then it would be an interesting contest.
Pitch might be helpful to batsmen and full of runs. However, slow track may also help spinners and Imran Tahir would love it, if it does. Rain forecast is predicted for short intervals.

Today’s Match: Afghanistan vs EnglandUpdate – 18th June, 2019

England vs Afghanistan
ENG vs AFG

11:30 PM Update: Afghanistan could not pose any challenge to the mighty target set by England. Hashmatullah Shahidi (76 off 100, 5X4, 2X6) involved in two partnerships – 52 with Rahmat Shah (46) for 3rd wicket and 94 with Asghar Afghan (44) for 4th wicket. Rest of the batsmen could not stand the test. After 50 overs Afghanistan could manage only 247/8. For England, leg spinner Adil Rashid and pacer Jofra Archer took 3 wickets each. England won the match by a whopping margin of 150 runs. For his whirlwind century and record sixes, Eoin Morganwas declared Player of the Match. With this win, England reached top of the table with 8 points in 5 matches. Afghanistan remains at the bottom of the table and yet to claim a point after as many matches.

6:35 PM Update: England posted its highest ever World Cup score – 397/6. Captain Eoin Morgan (148 off 71, 4X4, 17X6) scored fourth fastest World Cup century with a new ODI record of maximum sixes (17). Ably supported by Bairstow (90), Joe Root (88) and Moeen Ali (31* off 9, 1X4, 4X6). In all, England team scored 25 sixes – most in an inning by any team in ODIs. Captain Gulbadin Naib (3/68) and Dawlat Zadran (3/85) were the wicket takers for Afghanistan.

6:25 PM Update: Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan spent 110 runs of his 9 overs – the most expensive bowling figures ever in a World Cup match. He was sent 11 times over the ropes – a new record of conceding most sixes in an inning. Rashid Khan is the same bowler who holds the record of fastest bowler (in terms of matches) to reach 100 ODI wickets. Today he failed to get a single wicket despite conceding 110 runs.

6:15 PM Update: Eoin Morgan rewrote record of most sixes in an ODI inning by hitting his 17th shot over the ropes. He was held by Rahmat Shah at long-off of Gulbadin Naib‘s delivery while trying to send another one over the ropes. Morgan made 148 off 71 balls with 4 fours and 17 sixes. 102 runs scored by only sixes. Brute force attack.

6:10 PM Update: Eoin Morgan equals Chris Gayle‘s record of most number of sixes in a World Cup inning – 16. Morgan is playing on 142 off 69 balls.

6:00 PM Update: Studded with 11 sixes, England captain Eoin Morgan scored fourth fastest World Cup century off 57 balls. Seems Morgan is now after Chris Gayle‘s record of 16 sixes in a World Cup inning.

5:00 PM Update: Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib ended the strong 120 runs partnership for the second wicket between Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow by taking a diving catch of Bairstow (90 off 99, 8X4, 3X6) on his own bowling.

3:00PM Update: England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bat first. Opener James Vince and spin all-rounder Moeen Ali are included in the playing eleven. Afghanistan has included teenage spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman and speedster Dawlat Zadran in the playing eleven.

Match Preview: Host and World number 1 ODI team – England – will face World No. 10 ODI team and the bottom placed team in the present tournament – Afghanistan – at Manchester on June 18. England is suffering with injury concerns – Jason Roy is out due to Hamstring injury whereas captain Eoin Morgan is doubtful due to back spasm. Still the team is very powerful and considering the present dismal performances that Afghanistan has shown in recent matches, it is going to be a ‘David vs Goliath’ contest. Afghanistan will be looking to its spin attack – Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi – to try all the tricks so that the team could pose a challenge. It will be interesting to see how Joe Root, Bairstow, Buttler and company are prepared to face the Afghan spin challenge on a pitch where Kuldeep Yadav’s “ball of the century” had created ripples only a couple of days ago.

Update on Yesterday’s Match – Bangladesh vs West IndiesUpdate – 18th June, 2019

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza won the toss and asked West Indies to bat first. It looked as if the decision worked as destructive batsman Chris Gayle got out on duck. But the rest of the Windies batsmen played sensibly and negated the initial advantage Bangla bowlers had. Shai Hope (96) involved in a century partnership with Evin Lewis (70) for the second wicket. Late strikes by Shimron Hetmyer (50 off 26, 4X4, 3X6) – who scored the fastest fifty of the tournament, captain Jason Holder (33 off 15, 4X4, 2X6) and Darren Bravo (19 off 15, 2X6) ensured Windeis reach a safe score of 321/8 in 50 overs. Mohammad Saifuddin and Mustafizur Rahman took three wickets each whereas Shakib Al Hasan took two wickets.

Chasing a huge target, Bangladesh started with clear intent to counter attack. Soumya Sarkar (29) and Tamim Iqbal added 52 in just 8 overs for the first wicket. After Sarkar got out, Shakib joined Tamim and the two added 69 in just 9 overs. For the first time in tournament, Tamim was looking in touch, but was smartly ran out by Sheldon Cottrell after brilliant fielding in his follow through. When keeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim got out in the next over, it appears that Bangladesh has started losing the plot. But the next batsman, Liton Das – who got his first chance to play in this World Cup today – showed rock solid intent to prove something. Shalib Al Hasan and Liton Das played some exquisite strokes and exposed the limitations of Windies attack. Apart from lackluster bowling, Windies fielding was substandard and this was exploited by the two Bangla batsmen to the maximum extent possible. Shakib scored another hundred – 2nd in this World Cup and 4th successive 50+ inning (124* off 99, 16X4) and Liton Das (94* off 69, 8X4, 4X6) involved in 189 runs unbroken partnership for the 4th wicket and made a mockery of the contest. Bangladesh won by 7 wickets when 8 and a half overs were still left. For his all-round show, Shakib Al Hasan was declared Player of the Match.

Today’s Match: BDESH vs WIUpdate – 17th June, 2019

WEST INDIES VS BANGLADESH Match Update
WI vs BAN

At Taunton, West Indies will be facing Bangladesh at Taunton on June 17. Despite of winning their opening games, both the teams has won only 1 out of 4 matches played and have 3 points each till now. So this is going to be a crucial match for each of the two teams.

West Indies pacers were out of rhythm against Australia, but will be looking to regain their rhythm. Sheldon Cottrell and Oshane Thomas will spearhead the attack and will get support from Jason Holder and Brathwaite. Gayle, Hetmyer, Pooran and company will try to do their best in batting. Andre Russell is apparently not able to give his 100%.

On the other hand, Bangladesh too is struggling with a series of problems. Besides Shakib al Hasan, none of the other team members are consistent in their performances. Tamim Iqbal and Saumya Sarkar are performing far below their standards. In bowling also, Bangla players fail to make good impact. May be its time to give Rubel Hossain another chance again.

Update on Yesterday’s Match: IND vs PAK Update – 17th June, 2019

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmad won the toss and asked India to bat first. In absence of Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul joined Rohit Sharma to open innings. Started cautiously, the two openers made 136 runs opening wicket partnership. Ro’HIT’ Sharma notched his 24th ODI hundred and 2nd in this World Cup (140 off 113, 14X4, 3X6). KL Rahul (57) and Virat Kohli (77 off 65) helped India score 336/5. During his innings, Virat Kohli became the fastest player to reach 11,000 ODI runs milestone. Pakistan tried as much as seven bowlers but only Mohammad Amir could bowl sensibly and took 3 wickets for 47 runs.

In response, Fakhar Zaman (62) and Babar Azam (48) involved 104 runs partnership for the second wicket. However, once Kuldeep Yadav bowled Babar Azam with beauty of a spinning ball, Pak team started tumbling. Pak team reduced from 117/1 to 129/5 in three and a half overs. When rain stopped play after 35 overs, Pakistan found itself struggling at 166/6. When play resumed, overs were reduced to 40 and with Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method, the target was revised as 302. Thus Pak team has an near impossible target of 136 runs in only 5 overs. In the end, Pak team could manage to reach 212/6 and lost the match by 89 runs. For his 140, Ro’HIT’ Sharma was declared Player of the Match. In World Cup India – Pak rivalry, scoreboard now reads 7-0.

Today’s Match:IND vs PAKUpdate – 16th June, 2019

India Vs Pakistan
India vs Pakistan Match

Whenever India and Pakistan face each other in a cricket match, it is always special. The legacy and rivalry is age old. it becomes more special when the teams face each other at a world cup match. The teams played against each other in fifth world cup – 1992 – for the first time. Since then, both the teams have met 6 times and India has been victorious on all six occasions and Sachin Tendulkar grabbed Player of the Match on three occasions. It will be the seventh contest between the teams at World Cup history at Manchester on June 16. And whenever these two teams play against each other, it always turns into more than a game, for the players and for the respective countrymen alike.

Riding on the good show against defending champions Australia, India will be poised to do well against its arch-rival. Although the team will be missing opener Shikhar Dhawan who got a hairline fracture during his match winning knock against Kangaroos. However, promoted opener K L Rahul is also carrying great form since IPL days. Rohit Sharma is also in great touch. Like Tendulkar, captain Virat Kolhi and MS Dhoni always use to do well against Pakistan. Indian bowling attack is among the world’s best with the presence of Jasprit Bumrah, and Yuzvendra Chahal. Although the tip of balance is apparently inclined in India’s favour, yet the team dare not do the mistake of taking Pak lightly, as this is the team who had recently derailed host England’s march. Considering the overcast conditions, inclusion o a third seamer in playing eleven might be considered.

Pak team is little inexperienced but they have promising talents like Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haque, Fakhar Zaman, captain and keeper batsman Sarfaraz Ahmad and veteran Shoaib Malik – who has always performed well against India. The pacers – Mohammad Amir, in particular – have exploiting the conditions well. Wabah Riaz and teenager Shaheen Afridi provides valuable support to Amir. The mother of all contests – India-Pakistan World Cup match – promises a cracker of the contest.

Update on Yesterday’s Match: Sri Lanka vs Australia (Match 1)Update – 16th June, 2019 

Riding on the big hundred by captain Aaron Finch (153 off 132, 15X4, 5X6) and useful innings of Steven Smith (73 off 59, 7X4, 1X6) and Maxwell (46* off 25, 5X4, 1X6) Australia amassed 334/7 in 50 overs. Making a comeback after missing last match due to injury, Nuwan Pradeep was ineffective and bled 88 runs of his 10 overs. Apart from getting Smith out, Lasith Malinga too, could not do any good.

Chasing a tough target, Sri Lanka started well by scoring 100 off only 12.4 overs. However, once Starc bowled opener Kusal Parera, the Sri Lankan started losing the plot. Although captain Karunaratne (97 off 108) tried his best to pose a challenge, but could not find another good support from other batsmen. Sri Lanka was bowled out on 247. Once again Mitchell Starc (4 wickets) was pick of the bowlers whereas Kane Richardson took 3 wickets and Pat Cummins took 2 wickets. For his big hundred Aaron Finch was declared Player of the Match.

Update on Yesterday’s Match: Afghanistan vs South Africa (Match 2)Update – 16th June, 2019

Afghanistan once again failed to make any impact. After losing the toss and forced to bat first, Afghanistan started cautiously but could not generate the momentum and the team was bowled out on paltry score of 125 in 34.1 overs. Number 9 batsman Rashid Khan was the top scorer (35 off 25 balls). For South Africa, the destroyer-in-chief was Imran Tahir with 4 wickets while conceding only 29 runs. Chris Morris took 3 wickets for 13 runs.

Due to rain interruption, the target was revised to 127 by Duckworth-Lewis formula. South Africa achieved the small target in 28.4 overs after losing only wicket of de Kock (68). Hashim Amla remained unbeaten on 41. For his lethal bowling, Imran Tahir was declared Player of the Match. South Africa finally registered its first victory in this World Cup.

Today’s Match: SRL vs AUS (Match 1) Update – 15th June, 2019

SRI LANKA VS AUSTRALIA

Defending champions Australia will be facing Sri Lanka at Oval on June 15. After winning its match against Pakistan at Taunton, Australia team again appears to be back at what it is known for – winning matches. In-form David Warner would continue to pose challenges to the opposite bowlers. Middle order batting is slight worrisome, but the presence of Steve Smith and all rounders like Counlter-Nile, they make up always. Pacers – Cummins, Starc, Richardson all are doing good with the ball.

Sri Lanka on the other hand, has been struggling to finf the peak of their players form. Malinga – one of the most successful bowlers in World Cup history – has been largely ineffective till now. Inexperience of players is also affecting the performance at the top level. So the team will have to put collective effort to overcome the shortcomings it has till now, else they will find difficulty to beat Kangaroos.

Today’s Match: SA vs AFG (Match 2) Update – 15th June, 2019

South Africa Vs Afganistan

South Africa and Afghanistan – the only two teams of the tournament yet to taste win – will be facing each other at Cardiff. Multiple Injuries has depleted the South Africa attack, which was once dreaded as the deadliest attack of the World. Afghanistan is finding it hard to match the international level and is yet to pose a challenge to other teams. Marred by Mohammad Shahzad’s exit controversy, it looks something is very wrong with the team. More than fighting with the opponents, the teams are poised to fight against its own shortcomings to match the competitive level of World Cup.

Update on Yesterday’s Match: ENG vs WIUpdate – 15th June, 2019

England speedsters responded well after their captain Morgan won the toss and asked West Indies to bat first. Jofra Archer spearheaded the attack against his former country. Archer took 3 wickets for 30 runs whereas Mark wood also took 3 wickets while conceding just 18 runs. Joe Root with his useful spin took 2 wickets and West Indies were bowled out for a below decent score of 212 in 44.4 overs.

Although there were not much runs, England team has injury scares as captain Eoin Morgan was suffering with back spasm whereas opener and in-form Jason Roy was suffering with hamstring injury. Opening the batting, Joe Root grabbed the opportunity with both hands and shown his masterclass by scoring his 16th ODI century (100* off 94) and made sure that England wing the match by 8 wickets with one-third of overs were still left to be bowled. This big win has given some major thrust to Net Run Rate as well as crucial points England was looking for. Now England is placed second in the tally with 6 points in 4 matches. For his all-round show, Joe Root was declared Player of the Match.

Today’s Match: Eng vs WIUpdate – 14th June, 2019

England vs West IndiesHosts and tournament favourites England will be facing twice World Champions and rejuvenated West Indies at the Rose Bowl, Southampton on June 14. India-New Zealand washout match has increased the problems for other teams. The team that loses at Southampton, will find a tough road ahead. Both the teams have hard-hitters and depth in their batting line-ups. Likewise, both the teams have some of the fastest bowlers in their respective attack. So an interesting contest is promised.

The pitch has been a batting paradise. However, once again weather might play spoilsport. In any case, the outfield might not be that fast, as it was there during Pakistan-England match.

England pacer Jofra Archer would be the center of attraction, playing against his original country – West Indies – for the first time. England openers – Jason Ray and Jonny Bairstow are doing quite good with the bat and ably supported by Joe Root. Then there are finishers like Jos Butler, captain Eoin Morgan, and Ben Stokes.

West Indies batsmen have been brutal in their approach. Veteran Chris Gayle finding his shots accurately, Shai Hope and Hetmayer are also doing good with the bat. Though not liked by many for his ‘Sheldon Salute’ celebrations, Sheldon Cottrell has always been there to provide an important breakthrough with his pace. He is ably supported by Oshane Thomas. All-rounders like captain Jason Holder and Andre Russell are capable to turn any match. This match is certainly a ‘not to be missed’ match.

Update on Yesterday’s Match: IND vs NZUpdate – 14th June, 2019

Another washout without a single ball bowled. The teams forced to share the points. India and New Zealand remain undefeated in the tournament.

Today’s Match: IND vs NZUpdate – 13th June, 2019

India vs New ZealandThe two teams still unbeaten in the tournament – India and New Zealand – will be facing each other at Southampton on June 13. Indian team has suffered a big setback with the unavailability of its regular opener and last player of the match against Australia – Shikhar Dhawan – due to hairline fracture. The situation forces team to promote KL Rahul to open innings with in-form World No. 2 ODI batsman – Rohit Sharma. The replacement in the playing eleven could be any of the three – Ravindra Jadeja, Vijay Shankar or Dinesh Kartik. Considering the overcast conditions, chances of Vijay Shankar inclusion is higher. All the batsmen are in-form and ready to accept the challenge of Kiwi seamers. Speedster duo – Bhuvi-Bumrah – are giving their best whereas Chahal too weaves magic with his spin. Kuldeep Yadav is the only concern, but it is only a matter of time when he’ll pick up with his fellow bowlers.

New Zealand on the other hand, has been consistent in its performance in all the departments of the game. Their speedsters – Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult and James Neesham all are accurate and the overcast conditions would certainly add to their firepower. New Zealand batting lead by the captain Kane Williamson is also doing good and together, they too always looking to dominate the game. It will be interesting to see how the two teams handle the tough challenge of each other, only if the rain forecast proves wrong and allows proper play.

Update on Yesterday’s Match: AUS vs PAKUpdate – 13th June, 2019

Riding on David Warner‘s 15th ODI hundred (107 off 111) and able support of fellow opener and captain Aaron Finch (82), Australia managed to score 307. Though with the help of some brilliant bowling by Mohammad Amir (10-2-30-5) and teenager Shaheen Afridi (2 wickets of Warner and Maxwell), Pakistan was able to bowl out Kangaroos.

However, chasing the tough target, at a time, Pakistan was struggling at 200/7, when captain Sarfaraz Ahmed (40) and Wahab Riaz (45 off 39, 3X6) tried to recover Pakistan, but it proved too little, too late. Pakistan were bowled out at 266 when 26 balls were still left. Pat Cummins took 3 wickets whereas Starc and Richardson took 2 wickets each. For his composed hundred, David Warner was declared Player of the Match.

Today’s Match: AUS vs PAKUpdate – 12th June, 2019

Australia vs PakistanDefending champions Australia will be facing Pakistan at Taunton on June 12. Allrounder Marcus Stoinis, who has claimed important wickets of Kohli and Dhoni against India, is out of the match due to side strain and at the risk of missing the whole tournament. David Warner and Steven Smith are performing continuously ever since their return to international cricket. But they are not getting ample support from rest of the batting order. Stoinis’ absence will put extra pressure on the team. Still, after losing last match against India, Australia team would do everything to bounce back.

On the other hand, Pakistan team morale has been high ever since they defeated hosts and tournament favorites England at Nottingham. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Hafeez, Imam-ul-Haque, Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam – each of the batsmen are performing. Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir and Shadab Khan are doing good with the ball. Still the team would be more cautious against the Kangaroos.

Update on Yesterday’s Match: B’DESH vs SRLUpdate – 12th June, 2019

Match abandoned without a single ball being bowled. Consequently, the teams shared one point each. After 4 matches, Sri Lanka has 4 points now. Bangladesh has only 3 points after 4 matches.

Today’s Match: B’DESH vs SRLUpdate – 11th June, 2019

Bangladesh vs Sri LankaBangladesh will be facing Sri Lanka at Bristol on June 11. Bangladesh star performer in this World Cup – allrounder Shakib Al Hasan is suffering from quadriceps injury during the last game against England, in which he scored a hundred. There is doubt whether he will play in today’s match. If Shakib does not play today, it will be a little difficult road for the Bangla tigers. Opener Tamim Iqbal hasn’t performed up to his stature.

Similarly, Sri Lanka’s star performer and Player of the Match against Afghanistan – Nuwan Pradeep – is reportedly unavailable for the match due to hand injury. Bowling allrounder Jeevan Mendis might find a place in the team in Pradeep‘s absence. Rains are expected during the match and considering the conditions, bowling first would be the preference of the captain who wins the toss.

Update on Yesterday’s West Indies – South Africa MatchUpdate – 11th June, 2019

At Southampton, West Indies won the toss and as expected, asked South Africa to bat first. The decision proved right when Sheldon Cottell got Hashim Amla (6) and Markram (5) out cheaply. However, after 7.3 overs, when South Africa was struggling at 29/2, rain stopped the play. The play could not start again and the teams were forced to share a point each. Thus in its fourth match, South Africa got its first point and survived to fight another day.

Today’s Match: SA vs WIUpdate – 10th June, 2019

South Africa vs West IndiesAfter three successive losses, South Africa is facing must win situation when they face spirited West Indies side at Southampton on June 10. Absence of key bowlers, specially Dale Steyn has severally impacted the performance and morale of the team. Charismatic batsmen AB de Villiers’ request to include him in the team is declined by the South Africa Board. Player like AB generate great impact with his presence only. However, the team will have to accept and live with this bitter truth and will have to perform on whatever is there in their arsenal. It will another tough outing for Faf du Plesis and his team.

West Indies on the other hand, has shown intent. Though they lost their crucial match against defending champions Australia, they fought well and never gave up. Some bad umpiring decisions went against them. But Jason Holder and his team is willing to perform their best. Another interesting contest is promised.

Yesterday’s Match Update: IND vs AUSUpdate – 10th June, 2019

After a cautious start, Indian openers – Shikhar Dhawan “Gabbar” and Rohit Sharma “Hitman” scored their 16th ODI century partnership and provided a platform set to go for big score. Rest of the batting responded affirmative. With the help of Shikhar Dhawan hundred (117 off 109), Rohit Sharma (57), captain Virat Kohli (82) and some fireworks in the end by Hardik Pandya (48 off27), MS Dhoni (27 off 14) and KL Rahul (11 off 3) helped India score 352/5 – Highest ever score against Australia in World Cup History.

No team has ever chased this big score in World Cup history. Still it needed disciplined bowling from Indian bowlers to restrict Kangaroos to overhaul the historic score. Warner (56) Smith (69) and Carey (55) did try their best but Indian bowlers bowled Australia out on 316 and won the match by 36 runs. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah took three wickets each whereas Chahal took 2. For his hundred Shikhar Dhawan was declared Player of the Match.

Today’s Match: IND vs AUSUpdate – 9th June, 2019

India vs AustraliaTwo times champion India will be facing five times champion and defending champion Australia at the Oval. An exciting contest is guaranteed whenever these two teams face each other. Australia hasn’t lost an ODI since its lost in 2nd ODI in India three months ago, though Australia won that ODI series eventually. However, it was India who defeated Australia in their own backyard this five months ago. Kangaroos batting is strengthen by the return of David Warner and Steven Smith. First bowler to take 5 wicket haul in this World Cup – Mitchell Starc – wil be supported by Pat Cummins, Stoinis and Zampa. Coulter-Nile with his whirlwind innings in last match has forced opponent to reconsider their plans.

After defeating South Africa with clinical touch in its opening match, India will be looking forward to continue its campaign with another win. Rohit Sharma and Yujvendra Chahal were the star performers in previous match. World number 1 ODI batsman – captain Virat Kohli and World number 1 ODI bowler – Jasprit Bumrah will be eager to perform at par with their stature. Presence of MS Dhoni could be the decisive factor.

Today’s Matches: England vs Bangladesh and Afghanistan vs New ZealandUpdate – 8th June, 2019

Match 1: ENG vs BDESH

England vs Bangladesh Hosts England will face their nemesis of 2015 World Cup – Bangladesh at Cardiff. When they met four years ago, Bangladesh knocked out England and they could not reach even quarter-final. Since then, England team has transformed into World Number 1 ODI side. After losing to Pakistan in the previous match, England team would be feeling tremendous pressure to perform well when they face Bangladesh. Batting prowess of Jason Roy, Joe Root, Bairstow, Butler and captain Morgan will be tested again. After a good show at the opening match, both Jofra Archer as well as Ben Stokes disappointed against Pakistan. This time a better performance is expected from these two players.

On the other hand, the heroes of 2015 world cup match – Mahmudullah, all rounder Shakib Al Hasan, keeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, speedster Rubel Hossain and Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza will be poised to repeat what they did four years ago.

Match 2: AFG vs NZL

Afghanistan vs New ZealandODI returns to Taunton after twenty years, where Table topper New Zealand will be facing bottom placed Afghanistan on June 8 in a day-night fixture. New Zealand has a strong bowling attack – Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner and James Neesham. The batting too is no less strong – Guptill, Williamson, Ross Taylor, Munro, Latham are there. However, this time they will be tested by the spin dominated attack of Afghanistan.

After losing both of its matches, Afghanistan team should seriously reconsider its approach, specially in batting. English conditions does not favours carefree strokeplay. Bowling depends too much on Rashid Khan, whereas others other bowlers are yet to perform their best. It will be interesting to see whether Afghanistan rises to face the tough Kiwi challenge.

Yesterday’s Match Update

Rain wiped out the match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Bristol and the match was abandoned without a ball bowled. As a result, both the teams share points and now have three points each from as many matches.

Today’s Match: PAK vs SRLUpdate – 7th June, 2019

Pakistan vs Sri LankaAfter registering a morale booster victory against hosts and cup favorites England, Pakistan is looking to maintain the momentum against the crucial tie at Bristol against Sri Lanka. “Stay Ruthless” is the message of coach Mickey Arthur to the Pak players.

Sri Lanka too has registered a win against Afghanistan. Their bowlers has started performing. Nuwan Pradeep and Lasith Malinga will likely to continue their form. An interesting contest is promised between the two South Asian countries.

Yesterday’s Match Update

Australia registered its 10th consecutive ODI victory with superb team efforts. Calm and composed Steve Smith (73 0ff 103) helped Kangaroos to recover from 38/4 and overcome deadly Windies pace attack. Late explodes by Coulter-Nile (92 off 60, 8X4, 4X6) helped Australia score a respectable total of 288, though they could not finish the overs and were bowled out by West Indies in 49 overs. Pacer Carlos Brathwaite took 3 wickets whereas his fellow pacemen – Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell and Andre Russell took two wickets each.

While chasing, patient Shai Hope (68), Nicholas Pooran (40) and captain Jason Holder (51) tried hard to reach the target, but were outplayed in the end by Kangaroos by 15 runs. For Australia, Mitchell Starc was lethal, who finished his day with 5 wickets while conceding only 46 runs. He was ably supported by Pat Cummins who gave only 41 runs in his 10 overs and took two important wickets. For his explosive, match-turning innings, Nathan Coulter-Nile was declared Player of the Match.

Today’s Match: AUS vs WIUpdate – 6th June, 2019

Australia vs West IndiesAt Nottingham defending champions Australia will face West Indies. Both the teams has registered comfortable victories in their respective opening World Cup matches. Australia had defeated West Indies comfortably by 7 wickets in the warm-up game a few days ago. Return of David Warner and Steve Smith has solidified the batting line-up. West Indies is known these days for its short ball tactics. Since Australian batsmen are used to bouncy pitches at their home grounds, this should not be a cause of concern for them.

However, explosive and fearless West Indies batsmen are the real cause of concern for the Kangaroos – from Chris Gayle to Andre Russell they have plenty of them. Pat Cummins, Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa will be required to bowl intelligently to restrict Windies batsmen.

Yesterday’s Match Update

India defeated South Africa and NewZealand defeated Bangladesh in the world cup matches on June 5 2019. South Africa have now lost all their first three matches of this world cup and are now on the risk of elimination. NewZealand have won both their matches whereas Bangladesh has lost one and won one. India was the last team to make their debut in the world cup and they made a winning start to their campaign. Rohit Sharma was the star of the show with a superb unbeaten hundred. Chahal picked up four wickets to bundle South Africa for a score of 227 after Du Plessis won the toss and decided to bat first.

Today’s Match: IND vs SAUpdate – 5th June, 2019

South Africa vs India India – the only team yet to play a match at this World Cup – is starting its campaign against South Africa at Southampton on June 5. South Africa is suffering with injury blow – Dale Steyn is half fit, Lungi Ngidi has caught hamstring injury whereas their reserve Anrich Nortje – capable of bowling at a speed of 145+, is also got injured. And the team has lost both of its match – against England as well as against Bangladesh. So there would be tremendous pressure on depleted South Africa team to perform beyond its limits.

Twice champions and one of the favorites – India – on the other hand, has players a little tired from recently concluded extensive IPL schedule and a few of them are nursing their injuries like Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar. Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan could not do well in the warm up games. Number four slot, which has been a cause of concern for long, is apparently addressed with the inclusion of in-form Lokesh Rahul. With World No.1 ODI bowler – Jaspreet Bumrah – and World No. 1 ODI batsman – Virat Kohli – in the team. MS – Dhoni – the finisher and match winner is there in his sublime form. Spin trio of Yujvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja will provide much needed variety in the attack. Speedsters Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Sami will be there to exploit the conditions.

Southampton pitch has little grass, and looks flat, which suits Indian batting. Weather will play its part as scattered showers are expected.

BDESH vs NZ:

Bnagladesh vs New ZealandAt Kennington Oval, Bangladesh will be facing New Zealand. After defeating South Africa in its opening match, Bangladesh will be looking forward to continue with its performances with bat and ball. Bangla batting will depend largely on Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar and Shakib Al Hasan, whereas their bowling will depend on Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, captain Mashrafe Mortaza and Robel Hossain.

New Zealand will depend on Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, captain Williamson, Ross Taylor and Keeper Latham for scoring runs whereas on Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Ferguson, Santner and Neesham for bowling. Kiwis are apparently the stronger of the two teams.

Update on Yestereday’s Match: AFG vs SRL

Afghanistan won the toss and asked Sri Lanka to bat. Although Sri Lanka made a good start but they loose the momentum and slipped from 1/144 in 21 overs to 182/8 in 33 overs, when rain interrupted the game. After game resumed, Sri Lanka was bowled out on 201 in 36.5 overs. Keeper-opener Kusal Perera (78 off 81) was the top scorer for Sri Lanka. For Afghanistan Mohammad Nabi took 4 wickets while conceding just 30 runs. Dawlat Zadran and Rashid Khan took 2 wickets each.

Duckworth-Lewis formula came into play due to time lost during rain and Afghanistan were given a target of 187 in 41 overs. However, lack of patience, obsession for big shots and inexperience caused collapse and Afghanistan was bowled out at 152. For Sri Lanka, player of the match speedster Nuwan Pradeep took 4/31 whereas Lasith Malinga took 3/39.

Today’s Match: AFG vs SRLUpdate – 4th June, 2019

Afghanistan vs Sri LankaWhen the two teams will meet at Cardiff, only victory will be in their players’ minds as both Sri Lanka as well as Afghanistan had lost their opening matches. Sri Lankan skipper Karunaratne, with his unbeaten 52 against New Zealand, might have inspired fellow teammates. Although Sri Lankan attack is experienced and has bowlers like Lasith Malinga, they are yet to make an impact. If Sri Lanka wants to stay alive in the tournament, they will have to start winning matches and comparatively inexperienced Afghanistan might be the right team to start with.

Although Afghanistan also lost its opening match, their players had shown some fight during the middle overs against the defending champions Australia. However, the Afghan players shall have to raise their performance, if the team wants to make an impact in the tournament. With his mystery spin, Rashid Khan will be the centre of attraction and will receive support from fellow spinners like Mujeeb ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi. The overcast conditions at Cardiff might help speedster Hamid Hassan. It is the top order batting where Afghan team has a concern, as it failed to deliver against Australia.

Yesterday’s Match: ENG vs PAKUpdate – 4th June, 2019

England vs PakistanAfter 12 match drought, Pakistan team has given a pre-Eid gift to their countrymen and has doubled the Eid celebration for the country by defeating World No. 1 ODI team, hosts and tournament favorite – England.

Chasing a challenging target of 349, England started miserably when opener Jason Roy fell on 8 followed by captain Eoin Morgan on 9. However, Joe Root with his 15th ODI hundred (107 off 104) and Jos Butler with fifth fastest hundred in World Cup history (103 off 76) fought back strongly, but in the end their valuable innings proved insufficient. Pak with some disciplined bowling, finally managed a 14 run victory. Wahab Riaz was pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets whereas Shadab Khan and Mohammad Amir took 2 wickets apiece.

At Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England won the toss and put Pakistan to bat. However, the decision backfired as Pak openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq gave solid start of 84 runs in 14.1 overs. Rest of the Pak batsmen build the innings over this solid start. With the help of explosive innings by Mohammad Hafeez (84 off 62) and captain Sarfaraz Ahmed (55 off 44), Pak team scored 348/8 in 50 overs.

Match Update: BANGLADESH vs SOUTH AFRICAUpdate – 3rd June, 2019

Bangladesh vs South AfricaOnce World No. 1 all-rounder and now the fastest ever to reach double of 5000 runs and 250 wickets in ODIs, Shakib Al Hasan with his all-round show (75 runs, 1/50 off 10 Overs and 1 catch) helped his team Bangladesh to register not only its highest ever ODI as well as World Cup score – 330/6, but also a sensational victory against South Africa (309/8) at the Oval. With keeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim (78), Shakib made a partnership of 142 runs (off 135 balls) for 3rd wicket. Although South Africa captain Faf du Plessis (62 off 53) and other batsmen tried hard to challenge the target, but some disciplined blowing by Bangla bowlers led by Mustafizur Rahman (3 wickets) ensured Bangladesh’s victory.

Today’s Match: ENG vs PAKUpdate – 3rd June, 2019

After a flying start to its World Cup campaign by crushing South Africa, England would be looking to register its second win against Pakistan at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on June 3. All-rounder Ben Stokes has been the hero against South Africa, but as the team has depth in batting and variety in bowling, it appears that it is going to be another easy outing for the England team.

Pakistan found it really tough to score against West Indies in its first match by scoring its second lowest score at World Cup – 105. Although the team could take inspiration by the fact that when it scored its lowest – 74 all out in 1992 – it eventually went on to win the World Cup. But the team will have to work real hard to overcome its shortcomings and break the long loosing streak.

Update – 2nd June, 2019

At Cardiff, New Zealand pace attack proved too hot to handle for Sri Lanka batsmen, except Karunaratne (52*) who carried the bat. Player of the Match Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson were the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand with 3 wickets each. Sri Lanka’s 136 could not pose any challenge for the Kiwis as openers Guptill (73*) and Munro (58*) overhauled the target in just 16.1 overs.

In the second match at Bristol, despite some resistance from Najibullah Zadran (51), Rahmat Shah (43) and late fireworks from Rashid Khan (27 off 11, 3X6) Afghanistan was bold out on 207 in 38.2 overs. Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa took 3 wickets each. Making a comeback in ODI, opener David Warner (89*) made sure that his team registers an emphatic win to start the title-defending campaign with 7 wickets and 15 overs in hand. For his match-winning knock, David Warner was declared Player of the Match.

BDESH vs SA

Fresh from winning its first ever multi-team tournament a few days ago after defeating Ireland and West Indies, Bangladesh has raised the expectations of fans multifolded. Led by experienced pacer Mashrafe Mortaza, the team has many an experienced players like keeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, spin all-rounders – Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah, dashing opener Tamim Iqbal as well as young guns like keeper-batsman Liton Das, batsman Soumya Sarkar and speedster Mustafizur Rahman. Four of the Bangla players were part of the team when it defeated Proteas emphatically in 2007 World Cup.

On the other hand, crushing defeat in the hands of hosts England might have dampened the spirits of South Africa team but Faf du Plessis’ team will be eager to make amends and register a win at The Oval. The windy and overcast conditions likely to assist seamers and that is where South Africa has an edge with the presence of seamers Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Phehlukwayo. Batting is a concern for the team. Quinton de Kock is in prime form and if Hashim Amla could also manage to do things right, then South Africa will be in commanding position.

Today’s Match – New Zealand vs Sri LankaUpdate – 1st June, 2019

Cricket Match - New Zealand vs Sri Lanka2015 Runners-up New Zealand is starting its World Cup campaign at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on June 1. Led by Kane Williamson, the Kiwis have retained the core more or less the same as it was there four years ago. Batting depends on Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, captain Williamson, Colin Munroe and keeper Tom Latham whereas attack depends largely on Trent Boult, and Tim Southee. Presence of all rounders like Grandhomme, James Neesham and Mitchell Santner provides ample flexibility to the team.

1996 World Cup champion and twice runners-up Sri Lanka is merely a weak shadow of its glorious past. Placed 8th in ODI ranking the team is led by opener Karunaratne who has played only 18 ODIs. Although the team has some highly experienced bowlers like Lasith Malinga, Thisara Perera, Angelo Mathews and Lakmal, the batting line-up lacks depth and experience and a lot is desired from the likes of Kusal Perera and Kusal Mendis.

Australia vs Afghanistan

Cricket Match - Australia vs AfghanistanDefending champions and five times World Cup winners, Australia will be starting its title defense campaign against Afghanistan in a day/night match at Bristol on June 1. After a tumultuous phase last year, Australian team is back to what it does best – winning matches. Recent series victories in India and in UAE suggest that the team is ready to defend the title. Return of David Warner and Steve Smith has boosted the solid batting line consisting of Usman Khawaja, captain Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh and Marcus Stoinis. Speedsters likes Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Counter-Nile and spinners like Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa provides strong attack. all rounder like Glenn Maxwell can turn any match.

Afghanistan’s cricket team’s journey from refugee camps to test status within a span of ten years is no less than a fairy-tale. The progress is remarkable. Although most of its ODI victories are either against non test-playing countries or against weaker teams like Ireland and Zimbabwe, its 91 runs win against Sri Lanka and sensational tie against India in 2018 Asia Cup are signs that the team is gearing up to challange top teams. World No.1 T20 bowler and fastest ever to claim 100 ODI wickets, Rashid Khan is the star performer of the team. With support from Muhammad Nabi and Mujeeb ur Rahman, Rashid Khan use to weave magic with mystery spin. Pacers Dawlat Zadran and old horse Hamid Hassan will try to exploit the conditions. Team has its own MS – Keeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad – capable of scoring against any attack. Batting line consists of young ones like Hashmatullah Shahidi, Hazratullah Zazai as well as experienced ones like Samiullah Shinwari and Asghar Afghan. Still newly appointed captain Gulbadin Naib has tough job in hand.

Yesterday’s Match Update

West Indies washed off Pakistan challenge by bowling them all out for 105. This was Pakistan’s second ever lowest score in the World Cup history, who didn’t stand a chance in front of West Indies’ pace attack. Chasing the score proved to be a child’s play for West Indies, who easily achieved the target in under 14 overs.

Today’s Match – West Indies vs Pakistan at Trent BridgeUpdate – 31st May 2019

Today's Match - West Indies vs PakistanTwo times World Cup champions West Indies and One-time World Cup champion Pakistan, both the teams are starting their World Cup campaigns against each other at Trent Bridge on May 31. It has been 40 years since West Indies won its last World Cup whereas it has been 27 years since Pakistan won its only World Cup. Under the able leadership of captain Jason Holder, West Indies team has some of the most destructive batsmen of the world like Chris Gayle and Andre Russell, capable of destroying any bowling attack on their day. Pakistan has a balanced and fit side with bowlers like Mohammad Amir, teenager pacer Shaheen Afridi and batsmen like Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman. Although the recent whitewash in the hands of England would be there in players mind, but this is a different tournament and the players will be eager to start afresh. Overcast situation is predicted which will help swing bowlers. Team winning the toss is likely to opt for bowling first. Meanwhile, England beat South Africa by 104 runs in the opening match of the tournament on May 30. Ben Stoke’s 89 off 79 balls helped England reach a score of 311/8. While South Africa folded up for 207, helpless to face the bowling attack of Joffra Archer, Liam Plunkett and Stokes. Ben Stokes became only the second all rounder after Aravinda de Silva (Sri Lanka) to score 75+ runs, take two catches and additional two wickets in the same match in the World Cup tournaments.

Inaugural Match Today – ENG vs SAUpdate – 30th May 2019

Inaugural Match Today - ENG vs SAWorld No. 1 ODI side and tournament favourite England starts its quest for the illusive world cup today against underdogs South Africa. England captain Eoin Morgan has assured that the team will live up to the high expectations. South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has said that the pressure on his team will be less as compared to England and this can help his team in a way. The Oval pitch looks green and lively and is likely to help seam bowlers in the beginning but will turn into good batting track as the game will progress. South African attack is depleted by the absence of Dale Steyn due to an injury he picked during IPL. South Africa team coach Ottis Gibson said that there is no need to press the issue right now as the tournament is six-week long. Team management expects Steyn to be fit in time to play against India match scheduled on June 5.

2019 ICC World Cup Begins TomorrowUpdate – 29th May 2019

2019 ICC World Cup Begins TomorrowThe 12th edition of 2019 ICC World Cup is about to commence tomorrow i.e. May 30. The first match is going to take place between England and South Africa at The Oval, Kennington, London at England’s homeland. The ODI (One Day International) will begin around 15:00 IST and will be live streamed on televisions as per the time of a particular nation respectively.

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