World Cup 2019 is in full swing now. Let’s have a recap of the first eleven days (May 30 – June 9) of the tournament.

Match 1- England vs South Africa

Jason Roy (54) and Joe Root (51), Eoin Morgan (57), and Jonny Bairstow (57) scored four half-centuries to post 311/8 in the World Cup 2019 opener against South Africa. Lungi Ngidi took three wickets. Quinton de Kock (68) and Rassie van der Dussen (50) tried to chase, but the middle order collapse resulted in a 104-run defeat. Archer scalped three wickets.

Match 2- Pakistan vs West Indies

The low scoring match between Pakistan and West Indies saw Pakistan posting only 105 runs. Oshane Thomas scalped four wickets. In response, Chris Gayle scored 50 and Nicholas Pooran added (34*) to clinch victory in 13.4 overs.

Match 3- Sri Lanka vs New Zealand

Dimuth Karunaratne (52*) stood like a lone crusader to post 136 for Sri Lanka. Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson scalped three wickets each. Martin Guptill (73*) and Collin Munro (58*) chased it down within 17 overs.

Match 4- Australia vs Afghanistan

A close encounter between Australia and Afghanistan that nobody expected! Rahmat Shah (43) and Najibullah Zadran (51) took charge to post 207. Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa picked three wickets each. Aaron Finch (66) and David Warner (89*) won it in 35th over.

Match 5- Bangladesh vs South Africa

Soumya Sarkar (42), Shakib Al Hasan (75), Mushfiqur Rahim (78) and Mahmudullah (46*) posted 330/6 against the Proteas. In reply, Faf Du Plessis scored 62 and the entire middle order contributed in the chase. But it wasn’t enough as Bangladesh won by 21 runs.

Match 6- Pakistan vs England

Another high scoring match between Pakistan and England saw Pakistan scoring 348/8 with the help of Babar Azam (63), Mohammad Hafeez (84), and Sarfaraz Ahmed (55). Three wickets each from Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali went in vain. Two centuries from Joe Root (107) and Jos Buttler (103) couldn’t save England and they lost by 14 runs. Wahab Riaz took three wickets.

Match 7- Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan

Kusal Perera’s 78 helped Sri Lanka to somehow post 201 runs on board. Mohammad Nabi ran through the Lankan batting order to scalp four wickets. Dawlat Zadran and Rashid Khan picked two each. Post rain the target was revised to 187 in 41 overs. But Afghan batters failed miserably apart from a 43 from Najibullah Zadran and they lost by 34 runs.

Match 8- India vs South Africa

When the top order couldn’t produce fruitful innings, Chris Morris (42) and Kagiso Rabada (31*) helped South Africa to post 227/9. Indian bowlers were impressive from the first match; Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar scalped two wickets each. Rohit Sharma (122*) scored his 23rd ODI hundred to win it for India by six wickets.

Match 9- Bangladesh vs New Zealand

Shakib Al Hasan’s 64 and additional small yet valuable contribution from the middle order helped Bangladesh to put 244 on board. Matt Henry continued from where he ended and had a four-wicket haul. Ross Taylor (82) guided the chased along with Kane Willamson (40). The Kiwis finally won it by two wickets.

Match 10- Australia vs West Indies

Current title holders met yesteryears’ champions in the 10th match. Although Steve Smith (73) tried to carry the innings, he didn’t get help from other teammates at the top. Alex Carey (45) and a brilliant Nathan Coulter-Nile (92) at the end managed to post a competitive 288 for the Aussies. While Carlos Brathwaite scalped three, Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell, and Andre Russel took two each. West Indies fell short of 15 runs even after efforts from Shai Hope (68), Jason Holder (51) and Pooran (40).

Match 11- Pakistan vs Sri Lanka

Due to heavy rain, this match was cancelled without a ball being bowled.

Match 12- England vs Bangladesh

Jason Roy’s 153 saw England posting yet another 300+ total. Bairstow (51) and Buttler (64) were instrumental as well and the final total was 386/6. Shakib Al Hasan (121) yet again put effort by scoring a century but no other big scorers from the line up saw Bangladesh innings getting finished on 180. Archer and Stokes took three wickets each.

Match 13- Afghanistan vs New Zealand

Another low scoring fixture from Afghanistan saw yet another failure of their batters. Hashmatullah Shahidi stayed till the end to score 59 and single-handedly put 172 for Afghanistan. With Ferguson taking a four-wicket haul, James Neesham opened his account with five scalps. Aftab Alam gave initial blow and ended with three wickets but the target was too small to chase down. Williamson (79) and Taylor (48) yet again did it for the Kiwis and won by seven wickets.

Match 14- India vs Australia

India, batting first set a target of 353 for the mighty Aussies. Shikhar Dhawan (117) and Rohit Sharma (57) prepared the based on which Virat Kohli (82) played the anchor. Hardik Pandya (48) provided end fireworks and India were 352/5. Warner (56) and Steve Smith (69) did try to gain momentum after a slow start. Carey’s unbeaten 55 at the end was keeping the hope alive for them too. But Indian bowlers were too efficient to give chances! Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah, both picked three wickets each to hand over a precious win to India by 36 runs.

Off Field Headlines-

  • Dale Steyn ruled out of the tournament following an injury.
  • MS Dhoni’s keeping gloves & the Army insignia.
  • AB de Villiers World Cup selection issue with CSA.

Most Runs

PlayerTeamRAveSR10050
Shakib Al HasanBangladesh26086.6795.912
Jason RoyEngland21571.67118.811
Jos ButtlerEngland18561.67136.011
Rohit SharmaIndia179179.0083.611
Joe RootEngland17959.6793.211
Steven SmithAustralia16053.3380.002
David WarnerAustralia14874.0071.802
Mushfiqur RahimBangladesh14147.0085.501
Ross TaylorNew Zealand13065.0090.901
Shikhar DhawanIndia12562.50103.310

Most Wickets

PlayerTeamWAveEcon4WI5WI
Lockie FergusonNew Zealand812.374.1310
Matt HenryNew Zealand718.005.1710
Mitchell StarcAustralia721.575.5901
Jimmy NeeshamNew Zealand612.675.0601
Oshane ThomasWest Indies615.005.7410
Yuzvendra ChahalIndia618.835.6510
Jofra ArcherEngland622.505.2200
Pat CumminsAustralia622.674.8000
Mohammad SaifuddinBangladesh629.337.3300
Ben StokesEngland515.605.1300
Mohammad AmirPakistan518.605.8100
Bhuvneshwar KumarIndia518.804.7000
Jasprit BumrahIndia519.204.8000
Mehidy Hasan MirazBangladesh531.605.2600

Team Position after 14th Match

TeamMWLNRPtsNRR
New Zealand33006+2.163
England32104+1.307
India22004+0.539
Australia32104+0.483
Sri Lanka31113-1.517
Pakistan31113-2.412
West Indies21102+2.504
Bangladesh31202-0.714
South Africa30300-0.950
Afghanistan30300-1.493

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