World Cup 2023
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Final - India lost to Australia by 6 wickets
Ahmedabad, 19 November.
India 240 (50 overs: KL Rahul 66, Virat Kohli 54, Rohit Sharma 47; Mitchell Starc 3-55, Pat Cummins 2-34, Josh Hazlewood 2-60)
Australia 241/4 (43 overs: Travis Head 137, Marnus Labuschagne 58*; Jasprit Bumrah 2-42)
Toss: Australia. A brave decision by Pat Cummins at the Toss backed up by an outstanding display with the ball and in the field ensured that Australia overcame conditions both on and off the pitch to claim another World crown. The Australian seamers were relentless and after the departure of Rohit Sharma, who had his usual quickfire start, they ensured that India adopted a cautious approach through the middle overs that inevitably led to a sub-par total. The Australian reply got off to a stuttering start against Bumrah and Shami who removed Warner flirting outside off stump and edging to Kohli at slip, before Bumrah claimed Marsh and then Smith, who would have been reprieved had he reviewed his lbw decision, reducing Australia to 47/3. What followed was a partnership of 192 between Head and Labuschagne that silenced the crowd and carried Australia to within one shot of victory. Head perished on the boundary seeking that winning shot, but Maxwell scored the two runs required off the next delivery for Australia to claim their sixth World crown.
2nd Semi-Final South Africa lost to Australia by 3 wickets
Kolkata, 16 November.
South Africa 212 (49.4 overs; David Miller 101, Heinrich Klaasen 47, Gerald Coetzee 19; Mitchell Starc 3-34, Pat Cummins 3-51, Josh Hazlewood 2-12, Travis Head 2-21)
Australia 215/7 (47.2 overs; Travis Head 62, Steven Smith 30, David Warner 29, Josh Inglis 28; Tabraiz Shamsi 2-42, Gerald Coetzee 2-47)
Toss: South Africa. It didn't look like a great decision to bat first as Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood each took two wickets to reduce South Africa to 24 for 4 with the top four all gone. David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen set about rebuilding and had taken their partnership to 95 before Klaasen was bowled by Travis Head who trapped Marco Jansen next ball. South Africa were back in trouble but once again they fought back with Gerald Coetzee joining David Miller, together adding 53, Miller going on bring up his century with a huge six, ensuring that the total passed 200, a good effort from that 24/4. Australia raced out of the blocks with David Warner and Travis Head adding 60 in six overs, before Markram struck with his first ball to remove Warner and Rabada immediatley claimed Marsh without scoring. Suddenly it was Australia who looked tentative against the spin of Markram, Maharaj and Shamsi. Runs were coming slowly, but wickets were falling regularly, and with the 'Big Show' gone for just a single South Africa sensed they had a chance. Twenty runs were still needed when the seventh wicket fell, but Cummins and Starc crept along and made it across the line with sixteen balls to spare. Lots of pace and bounce in this pitch early on, and spin as well. I can't see the pitch in Ahmedabad for the Final being similar, the groundsman has his orders I'm sure.
1st Semi-Final India beat New Zealand by 70 runs
Mumbai, 15 November.
India 397/4 ( 50 overs: Virat Kohli 117, Shreyas Iyer 105, Rohit Sharma 47, Shubman Gill 80*, KL Rahul 39*; Tim Southee 3-100)
New Zealand 327 (48.5 overs: Daryl Mitchell 134, Kane Williamson 69, Glenn Phillips 41; Mohammed Shami 7-57)
Toss: India. A good toss to win was the prematch prediction, and so it proved, with India taking full advantage, knocking on the door of a 400+ total. Centuries for the usual suspects Kohli and Iyer who added 163 for the second wicket as the New Zealand seamers struggled to contain the onslaught. In the end, three wickets for Southee but at some cost. Unlucky 13 for both New Zealand’s openers, Conway and Ravindra, both falling to Mohammed Shami, before Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell added 181 for the third wicket to keep the Kiwis’ hopes alive. But Shami returned with a double strike, having Wlliamson caught in the deep and Latham lbw for 0, in the same over. Needing 121 off the final 10 overs Mitchell found a willing partner in Glenn Phillips and they added 75 at better than a run-a-ball but they were not able to set up the chance of a win as Shami wrapped up his spell with another brace to finish with seven wickets. But even that may not be enough for the MOM award! Surprise, surprise - Shami it is, a bowler for once!
India beat Netherlands by 160 runs
Bangalore, 12 November.
India 410/4 (50 overs: Sheyas Iyer 128*, KL Rahul 102, Rohit Sharma 61, Shubman Gill 51, Virat Kohli 51; Bas de Leede 2-82, Roelof van der Merwe 1-53, Paul van Meekeren 1-90)
Netherlands 250 (47.5 overs; Teja Nidamanuru 54, Sybrand Engelbrecht 45, Colin Ackermann 35, Max O'Dowd 30; Mohammed Siraj 2-29, Jasprit Bumrah 2-33, Kuldeep Yadav 2-41, Ravindra Jadeja 2-49)
India’s top five all recorded half centuries, with Sheryas Iyer and KL Rahul taking theirs on to three figures, enabling India to post their highest total of the tournament, and second highest ever in World Cups. An opening partnership of exactly 100 between Sharma and Gill was bettered by Iyer and Rahul who added 208 before Rahul was out to the penultimate ball of the innings, giving Bas de Leede a second wicket. Such a daunting total was never going to be threatened with the Dutch aiming for respectability and achieving it. Colin Ackermann (35) and Max O'Dowd (30) added 61 for the second wicket, while Sybrand Engelbreecht made a solid 45. There were some late fireworks from Teja Nidamanuru who cleared the ropes six times in a top score of 54 from only 39 balls to take his side to 250. India opted to rotate their bowlers using 9 in total as they completed a perfect group stage with their ninth win and have rarely been tested. The mindset now changes though with sudden death and the feeling they have to win it again. Australia take on South Africa in one semi-final, while India take on the Kiwis.
Australia beat Bangladesh by 8 wickets
Pune, 11 November.
Bangladesh 306/8 (49 overs: Towid Hridoy 74, Najmul Hossain Shanto 45, Tanzid Hasan 36, Litton Das 36, Mahmudullah 32, Mehidy Miraz Hasan 29, Mushfiqur Rahim 21; Adam Zampa 2-32, Sean Abbott 2-61)
Australia 307/2 (44.4 overs: Mitch Marsh 177*, Steve Smith 63*, David Warner 52)
Toss: Australia: Australia added to their impressive head-to-head record against Bangladesh that now stands at: P22, W20, L1, NR1. A 300+ total for Bangladesh with runs all down the order but only Towid Hridoy passing 50, had almost certainly guaranteed they would stay ahead of Sri Lanka on NRR by the change of innings. In Australia’s reply the early loss of Travis Head brought Mitch Marsh to the crease, and he delivered not only his first ODI hundred in that position but went on to record his highest ODI score. He added 120 with David Warner and an unbroken 175 with Steve Smith as Australia reached their target with more than five overs to spare. Consolation for Bangladesh in that they retain a champions Trophy place despite today’s defeat. A good work out for Australia, who rested Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc today, chasing that challenging total by Bangladesh, for a win that will boost their confidence going into the semi-final against South Africa next week.
England beat Pakistan by 93 runs
Kolkata, 11 November.
England 337/9 (50 overs: Jonny Bairstow 59, Dawid Malan 31, Joe Root 60, Ben Stokes 84, Harry Brook 30, Jos Buttler 27; Haris Rauf 3-64, Shaheen Shah Afridi 2-72, Mohammad Wasim 2-74)
Pakistan 244 (43.3 overs: Agha Salman 51, Babar Azam 38, Mohammad Rizwan 36, Haris Rauf 35, Saud Shakeel 29, Shaeen Shah Afridi 25; David Willey 3-56, Gus Atkinson 2-45, Adil Rashid 2-55, Moeen Ali 2-60)
Toss: England: England named an unchanged side so today was David Willey's final game in an England shirt. Joss Buttler talked at the Toss about leaving India 'with their heads held high' - really?? England made a positive start with Malan and Bairstow adding 82 for the first wicket before Stokes and Root came together to add 132 as for once the England top 6 all reached double figures. Wickets for all the Pakistani seamers, Rauf with 3, and 2 each for Shaheen Shah and Mohammad Wasim. As Pakistan started the chase England’s retiree struck immediately, claiming both openers, with a wicket in each of his first two overs. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan rebuilt with a fifty partnership before Azam became Gus Atkinson’s first victim of the day. Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali spun out the middle order. Agha Salman was playing only his third game in this tournament, not having had to bat in either of his two previous appearances but top scored with a better than a run-a-ball fifty before he became Willey’s third scalp. There was further embarrassment for England as Haris Rauf and Mohammad Wasim posted the highest partnership of the innings for the tenth wicket. England are indeed leaving India, probably ‘head scratching’ rather than ‘heads high’. The inquest can now begin.
Afghanistan lost to South Africa by 5 wickets
Ahmedabad, 10 November.
Afghanistan 244 (50 overs: Azmatullah Omarzai 97*, Noor Ahmad 26, Rahmanullah Gurbaz 25, Rahmat Shah 26; Gerald Coetzee 4-44, Keshav Maharaj 2-25, , Lungi Ngidi 2-69)
South Africa 247/5 (47.3 overs: Rassie van der Dussen 76*, Quinton de Kock 41, Andile Phehlukwayo 39*, David Miller 25, Aiden Markam 25, Temba Bavuma 23: Mohammad Nabi 2-35, Rashid Khan 2-37)
Toss: Afghanistan. It would have taken a record 438 run win by Afghanistan for them to overtake New Zealand on Nett Run Rate. That was never going to happen they can look back on defeats by Bangladesh in their opening game, plus of course that loss to Australia who they had on the ropes at 91/7 as the real reason they didn’t make the semis. No one would surely have begrudged Azmatullah Omarzi a century as his 97* guided Afghanistan to a total they hoped was defendable. He shared three partnerships in the 40s, with Rahmat Shah, Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmad. Four wickets for a pumped-up Gerald Coetzee plus a record equaling six catches for Quinton de Kock the highlights of South Africa’s interminably long time in the field. In this tournament South Africa have looked confident batting first and hesitant batting second and this trend continued today. Every one got a start but only Rassie van der Dussen went on to a half century guiding South Africa to what could be claimed as perfectly paced chase, or equally be seen an unconvincing one. Either way they will have to be better against Australia next week.
New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 5 wickets
Bangalore, 9 November.
Sri Lanka 171 (46.4 overs: Kusal Mendis 51, Maheesh Theekshana 38*; Trent Boult 3-37, Rachin Ravindra 2-21, Mitchell Santner 2-22, Lockie Ferguson 2-35)
New Zealand 172/5 (23.2 overs: Devon Conway 45, Daryl Mitchell 43, Rachin Ravindra 42; Angelo Mathews 2-29)
Toss: New Zealand. Sri Lanka’s chance of Champions Trophy qualification suffered an early blow as their most consistent run scorer Pathum Nissanka was removed by Tim Southee, a straightforward edge to keeper Lathan, one ball after he dropped Kusal Mendis to another regulation effort. Mendis’ answer was to go on the attack and his half century came up off 28 balls (9x4, 2x6). A Trent Boult 3-wicket burst and a brace from Mitchell Santner saw them reduced to 128/9 and it took the highest partnership of the innings between Madushanka and Theekshana for the tenth wicket to give them even a slim chance of victory. Conway and Ravindra got the New Zealand reply off to a brisk start, their partnership worth 86 before both fell in quick succession. Daryl Mitchell kept the impetus going as they sought a quick finish. New Zealand’s NRR received a boost such that it would now take impossibly huge wins for either Pakistan against England, or Afghanistan against South Africa for either to pip the KIwis to a semi-final place. You can safely pencil in India v New Zealand next Wednesday.
England beat Netherlands by 160 runs
Pune, 8 November.
England 339/9 (50 overs: Ben Stokes 108, Dawid Malan 87, Chris Woakes 51, Joe Root 28; Bas de Leede 3-74, Aryan Dutt 2-67, Logan van Beek 2-88)
Netherlands 179 (37.2 overs: Teja Nidamanuru 41*, Scott Edwards 38, Wesley Barresi 37, Sybrand Englebrecht 33: Moeen Ali 3-42, Adil Rashid 3-50, David Willey 2-19)
Toss : England. A Ben Stokes century enabled England to post 300+ for only the second time in this tournament with runs in the Powerplay from Dawid Malan and runs in the closing overs from Chris Woakes, but Bairstow, Root and skipper Buttler’s run droughts continued, and the much called for inclusion of Harry Brook did little to improve the fragility of the England batting line up. With the Netherlands struggling to make any impact in the Powerplay it was always going to be an England win, the only question was by how many, and what would the effect be on both sides run rates. In the end the Netherlands lost their last five wickets for just sixteen runs against the spin of Rashid and Ali to what one can only describe as ‘getting out’ shots. England up to 7th in the table - the world can start turning again.
Australia beat Afghanistan by 3 wickets
Mumbai, 7 November.
Afghanistan 291/5 (50 overs: Ibrahim Zadran 129*, Rashid Khan 35*, Rahmat Shah 30, Hashmatullah Shahidi 26, Azmatullah Omarzai 22, Rahmanullah Gurbaz 21; Josh Hazelwood 2-39)
Australia 293/7 (46.5 overs: Glenn Maxwell 201*, Mitchell Marsh 24; Rashid Khan 2-44, Azmatullah Omarzai 2-52, Naveen-ul-Haq 2-47)
Toss: Afghanistan. After missing the England match both Mitch Marsh and Glenn Maxwell were back in the side today with Steve Smith missing out, while Afghanistan replaced a seamer with a spinner, so plenty of spin options for them. Ibrahim Zadran ‘carried his bat’ and became the first Afghani World Cup centurion in an innings total that set Australia a target that would be a record chase for them if they could pull it off. Only Hazelwood picked up two wickets for Australia, his second coming late in the innings when the slog was on, it was not a day for the seamers, who all came in for punishment, with Rashid Khan’s 35* off 18 at the end rubbing salt into the wounds. Australia looked nervous from the off and a mixture of injudicious shots saw half the side out for 69, and seven down before the hundred was posted. With skipper Pat Cummins joining Maxwell at the crease, it looked for all the world like a lost cause. Somehow they added 100, of which Cummins' contribution was 8. Maxwell led a charmed life with two dropped catches and surviving a review that he had given up on, and was half way to the pavilion, before returning to launch an onslaught that carried Australia to an astonishing win and a place in the semi-finals. Their partnership was finally worth an unbroken 202 with Cummins contributing 12, all the more remarkable because for the latter part of it, Maxwell was effectively batting 'on one leg', unable to run through severe cramping, turning down singles and hobbling to 'farm' the strike and guide his side to victory.
Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka by 3 wickets
Delhi, 6 November.
Sri Lanka 279 (49.3 overs: Charith Asalanka 108, Pathum Nissanka 41, Sadeera Samarawickrama 41, Dhananjaya de Silva 34, Maheesh Theekshana 22; Tanzim Hasan Sakib 3-80, Shoriful Islam 2-52, Shakib Al Hasan 2-57, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 1-49)
Bangladesh 282/7 (41.1 overs: Najmul Hossin Shanto 90, Shakib Al Hasan 82, Litton Das 23, Mahmudullah 22; Dilshan Madushanka 3-69, Angelo Mathews 2-39, Maheesh Theekshanka 2-44)
Toss: Bangladesh. A tremendous win for Bangladesh that sees them climb two places in the table into a Champions Trophy qualification spot. The game will be remembered however not so much for the batting and bowling as the one where Angelo Mathews became the first player to be dismissed ‘timed out’ in international cricket. Debate raged during the game and no doubt will continue long into the future about the rights and wrongs of the circumstances. And such was the feeling, that at the end of the match, Sri Lanka’s players left the field and headed straight into the dressing room leaving their back room staff to perform the ritual ‘handshakes’. As far as the cricket itself went, a run-a-ball century from Charith Asalanka was the highlight of the Sri Lankan innings adding 78 with Dhananjaya de Silva. In the reply it was the ‘villain’ of the piece, Shakib Al Hasan who won the day for Bangladesh with a partnership of 169 with Najmul Shanto before both fell in quick succession, but by then the win was inevitable.
India beat South Africa by 243 runs
Kolkata, 5 November.
India 326/5 (50 overs: Virat Kohli 101*, Sheryas Iyer 77, Rohit Sharma 40, Ravindra Jadeja 29*, Shubman Gill 23, Suryakumar Yadav 22)
South Africa 83 (27.1 overs: Ravindra Jadeja 5-33, Kuldeep Yadav 2-7, Mohammed Shami 2-18)
Toss: India. India set off at the gallop with Rohit Sharma plundering boundaries off the South African seamers his 40 coming off 24 balls. They lost a second wicket when Gill was bowled by Maharaj, remarkably only given out after an umpire’s review! Kohli and Iyer added 134 but with Kohli seemingly more intent on scoring a birthday century, letting his partners do the attacking, than putting the game beyond South Africa the predicted total tumbled accordingly. Kohli and the crowd got what they wanted, and maybe South Africa weren't too upset either after the start India had, but they leaked runs in the final overs giving them a tough target to chase. It immediately got tougher with the loss of de Kock who chopped on in Siraj's first over. Then Bavuma's defensive prod was beaten by the spin of Jadeja and the ball cannoned into off stump. Suddenly there were three down as Markram pushed tentatively at Shami and edged behind. Jadeja claimed a second when Markram was lbw missing a sweep, India reviewed and overturned the not out decision of which DRS was more convinced than anyone with the naked eye. Another review, and another successful one for India as van der Dussen was lbw to Shami. Miller exposed all his stumps as he attempted to 'paddle' Jadeja fine, and unsurprisingly, was bowled, he got away with it once. Then another for Jadeja, spinning away from Maharaj and into off stump, some of his own medicine. Kuldeep got into the action with Jansen chipping tamely to short extra, before Rabada hit a return catch to Jadeja to give him his fifth wicket. Another and he might just have had a chance of being MOM, but I wouldn't bet on it!! Kuldeep bowls Ngidi, and it's all over. A total shambles from South Africa today, they started badly with the ball, and didn't appear with the bat at all. MOM adjudicators take the decision that ensures they escape with their lives - Kohli it is!
New Zealand lost to Pakistan by 21 runs (DLS)
Bangalore, 4 November.
New Zealand 401/6 (50 overs: Rachin Ravindra 108, Kane Williamson 95, Glenn Phillips 41, Mark Chapman 39, Devon Conway 35, Daryl Mitchell 29, Mitchell Santner 26*: Mohammad Wasim 3-60)
Pakistan 200/1 (25.3 overs: Fakhar Zaman 125*, Babar Azam 66*) (Match reduced to 41 overs - Target 342)
Toss: Pakistan. Not even the state of the art vacuum drainage system at the Chinnaswamy could ensure a finish to this high scoring affair as two rain interruptions drove the players from the field and ended what was building up to be a thriller. Highlight of the New Zealand innings was the 180 run partnership between Ravindra and Williamson but there were contributions from all who got to the crease. Pakistan replied in kind with Fakhar Zaman blasting a 63 ball century (6x4, 9x6) and Babar Azam happy to tick along at a run ball that saw them add 194 before rain brought a premature end to proceedings. Pakistan’s win keeps their hopes of a semi-final place alive, just!
Australia beat England by 33 runs
Ahmedabad, 4 November.
Australia 286 (49.3 overs: Marnus Labuschagne 71, Cameron Green 47, Steve Smith 44, Marcus Stoinis 35, Adam Zampa 29; Chris Woakes 4-54, Adil Rashid 2-38, , Chris Wood 2-70)
England 253 (48.1 overs: Ben Stokes 64, Dawid Malan 50, Moeen Ali 42, Chris Woakes 32, Adil Rashid 20; Adam Zampa 3-21, Pat Cummins 2-49, Josh Hazelwood 2-49, Mitchell Starc 2-66)
Toss: England. Australia with Mitch Marsh and Glenn Maxwell missing from their batting line up were never able to break free from some tidy English bowling. Predictions of a 300+ total when Labuschagne was at the crease with Steve Smith, were readjusted downwards when both departed, but some hitting from Marcus Stoinis and Adam Zampa got Australia to a defendable total. Starc struck first ball of the England reply having Bairstow caught, a leg glance to the keeper. Root survived a lbw review and a dropped catch, before he hung the bat out to Starc and edged behind. With Malan and Buttler following soon after, it was Stokes and Ali who kept England in the game with a partnership of 63, but then the wicket of Stokes was quickly followed by Livingstone and English hopes were fading. An outstanding spell of bowling from Zampa plus a stunning running catch to remove Willey who was England’s last hope rightly earned him the MOM award. Australia definitely missed the spin of Maxwell today with Stoinis and Head having to bowl, although it was the front line seamers who were keeping England in the game in the final overs with variations that were punished, making it closer than it should have been.
Afghanistan beat Netherlands by 7 wickets
Lucknow, 3 November.
Netherlands 179 (46.3 overs: Sybrand Engelbrecht 58, Max O'Dowd 42, Colin Ackermann 29; Mohammed Nabi 3-28, Noor Ahmad 2-30)
Afghanistan 181/3 (31.3 overs: Hashmatullah Shahidi 56*, Rahmat Shah 52, Azmatullah Omarzai 31*, Ibrahim Zadran 20)
Netherlands recovered from the loss of Wesley Barresi in the first over to build a solid platform thanks to a second wicket stand of 70 between Max O'Dowd and Colin Ackermann. It was all downhill from there as there were no fewer than four run outs in the Dutch innings as they self imploded. Memories of their 2011 clash with Ireland as they had four run outs in four balls. Sybrand Englebrecht's defiant half century at least gave their attack something to bowl at, but a total of 179 was never going to be enough. Not many sides have chased better than Afghanistan and this was another composed effort by Jonathan Trott's team. Rahmat Shah and skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi with half centuries ensuring a routine seven wickets win in the 32nd over. They have given themselves a real chance of making the semi-finals and confirmed their place in the Champions Trophy
India beat Sri Lanka by 302 runs
Mumbai, 2 November.
India 357/8 (50 overs: Shubman Gill 92, Virat Kohli 88, Sheryas Iyer 82, Ravindra Jadeja 35, KL Rahul 21; Dilshan Madushanka 5-80)
Sri Lanka 55 (19.4 overs: Mohammed Shami 5-18, Mohammed Siraj 3-16)
Toss: Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka made the perfect start with Madushanka claiming the wicket of Rohit Sharma with the second delivery of the game. And it could have been even better, as they spilled chances from both Kohli and Gill before either had reached double figures. Costly mistakes as the pair added 189 before both fell in quick succession to make it three wickets for Madushanka. A perfect platform then for Sheryas Iyer to plunder 82 off just 56 balls (3x4, 6x6) while the increasingly impressive Madushanka claimed both him and Yadav to complete a ‘five-for’. The game was over as a contest within 10 overs of the Sri Lankan reply, with Siraj taking 3-5 in a four over spell, and his replacement, Mohammed Shami, producing a double-wicket maiden in his first. 14-6 after ten overs, and all the wrong sort of records staring Sri Lanka in the face. Over as a contest inside 10 overs, and over as a match inside 20! Total domination by the Indian seamers, Siraj with the opening blast and Shami making the ball ‘talk’, claiming a personal ODI best with that 5-18. A fourth highest record win for India who top the table, amazingly only now guaranteed their semi-final place.
New Zealand lost to South Africa by 190 runs
Pune, 1 November.
South Africa 357/4 (50 overs: Rassie van der Dussen 133, Quinton de Kock 114, David Miller 53,Temba Bavuma 24; Tim Southee 2-77)
New Zealand 167 (35.3 overs: Glenn Phillips 60, Will Young 33, Dary Mitchell 24; Keshav Maharaj 4-46, Marco Jansen 3-31, Gerald Coetzee 2-41)
Toss: New Zealand. Asked to bat first by New Zealand, South Africa got the chance to do what they do best, and once again they delivered, with Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen amassing their second double century partnership of the tournament, adding exactly 200 before de Kock steered a catch to backward point off what was destined to be a ‘wide’ from Tim Southee. With David Miller coming to the crease to join van der Dussen there was the inevitable acceleration in the final ten overs with 119 runs added. New Zealand weren't helped by the early loss of Matt Henry from their attack, leaving the field with a hamstring injury. The New Zealand reply was knocked back by Marco Jansen who claimed the wickets of Conway and Ravindra in the first ten overs. The innings spluttered along with wickets falling regularly before four wickets from the left arm spin of Maharaj ended any hopes of New Zealand even preserving their NRR which was halved by today’s defeat.
Bangladesh lost to Pakistan by 7 wickets
Kolkata, 31 October.
Bangladesh 204 (45.1 overs: Mahmudullah 56, Litton Das 45, Shakib Al Hasan 43, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 25; Shaheen Shah Afridi 3-20, Mohammad Wasim 3-31, Haris Rauf 2-36, Iftikhar Ahmed 1-41, Usama Mir 1-66)
Pakistan 205/3 (32.3 overs: Fakhar Zaman 81, Abdullah Shafique 68, Mohammad Rizwan 26*; Mehidy Hasan Miraz 3-60)
Toss: Bangladesh. After electing to bat first, Bangladesh immediately found themselves in trouble as Shaheen Shah Afridi claimed two quick wickets. The Pakistan pacers shared eight wickets between them, as much with ‘pace off’ as pace itself as they adapted quickly to the pitch conditions. Partnerships were few and far between and a three wicket burst from Mohammad Wasim wrapped up the innings in the space of four runs with almost five overs unused. No great pressure then on the Pakistan openers as they posted 128 before Abdullah Shafique was LBW missing an attempted sweep. Pakistan seemed intent on upping their NRR and it cost them a couple of wickets, Babar Azar and Fakhar Zaman both perishing in the deep, before Mohammad Rizwan and Iftikhar Ahmed sealed the win in the 33rd over.
Afghanistan beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets
Pune, 30 October.
Sri Lanka 241 (49.3 overs: Pathum Nissanka 46, Kusal Mendis 39, Sadeera Samarawickrama 36, Maheesh Theekshana 29, Angelo Mathews 23, Charith Asalanka 22, Fazal Farooqi 4-34, Mujeeb Ur Rahman 2-38, Azmatullah Omarzai 1-37, Rashid Khan 1-50)
Afghanistan 242/3 (45.2 overs: Azmatullah Omarzai 73*, Rahmat Shah 62, Hashmatullah Shahidi 58*, Ibrahim Zadran 39; Dilshan Madushanka 2-48, Kasun Rajitha 1-48)
Toss: Afghanistan. A disciplined display in the field by Afghanistan restricted Sri Lanka to a sub-par total with left-arm seamer Fazal Farooqi claiming 4 wickets conceding only 34 runs in his ten over spell. Opener Pathum Nissanka who came into the game on a run of four consecutive half-centuries was not quite able to make it five on a day when most got a start but no one went on to make a ‘big’ score. At the interval Rashid Khan said that they had aimed to keep Sri Lanka to under 250 and having done that were confident of claiming their third win of the tournament. The chase started badly however, with Gurbaz bowled in the first over. Zadran and Rahmat Shah added 73 for the second wicket before Shah, who survived a dropped catch at backward point, chipped a leading edge to mid-on next ball. But Shahidi and Omarzai, with the luxury of a less than a run-a-ball chase, picked off the runs required in an unbeaten 111 run partnership, both completing half-centuries, crossing the line in a flurry of boundaries with almost 5 overs unused.
England lost to India by 100 runs
Lucknow, 29 October.
India 229/9 (50 overs: Rohit Sharma 87, Suryakumar Yadav 49, KL Rahul 39; David Willey 3-45, Chris Woakes 2-33, Adil Rashid 2-35)
England 129 (34.5 overs: Liam Livingstone 27; Mohammed Shami 4-22, Jasprit Bumrah 3-32, Kuldeep Yadav 2-24)
Toss: England. England and India both announced unchanged sides for today’s clash. Unchanged that is except for their performances which saw the Indian batters struggle and the England bowlers achieve the success that has eluded them to date. Two wickets for Woakes and the scalp of Kohli for Willey for a 9 ball 'duck’ left the hosts struggling at 40/3 before Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul added 91 for the fourth wicket. But when they both departed it was left to Suryakumar Yadev to shepherd the tail to some sort of total, if not exactly the one that India had in mind at the start of play. After Bairstow and Malan had got England to 30/0 it was business as usual as 5 wickets fell for 22 runs. Root falling over and lbw first ball was typical of a side that didn’t know whether to ’stick or twist’, defend or attack, and in the end they could do neither! The end was as inevitable as it was predictable, a few swings interspersed with a generous helping of dots as India march on and England continue to languish at the foot of the table.
Australia beat New Zealand by 5 runs
Dharamshala, 28 October.
Australia 388 (49.2 overs: Travis Head 109, David Warner 81, Glenn Maxwell 41, Josh Inglis 38, Pat Cummins 37, Mitch Marsh 36; Glenn Phillips 3-37, Trent Boult 3-77, Mitchell Santner 2-64)
New Zealand 383/9 (50 overs: Rachin Ravindra 116, Jimmy Neesham 58, Daryl Mitchell 54, Will Young 32, Devon Conway 28, Tom Lathan 21; Adam Zampa 3-74, Pat Cummins 2-66, Josh Hazelwood 2-70)
Toss: New Zealand. Travis Head came back into the Australian line-up, opening with David Warner and together they added 175 for the first wicket in just 20 overs, a 67 ball 109 from Head (5x6, 6x6) and 81 off 65 from Warner (5x4, 6x6). Glenn Phillips claimed three wickets with his off spin in an encomical ten overs, and Santner two, umpire's call depriving him of a third as came back for a second spell after early punishment. Not a day to be a seamer as all went for plenty, Boult picking up his 3 wickets in his final over. A good start to the reply from New Zealand but first Conway swept Hazelwood low to Starc who held a diving catch at short fine leg then Young steered a catch to him at wide slip on the ring to give Hazelwood his second. Mitchell and Ravindra added 96 before Mitchell holed out off Zampa, failing to clear long-on, a third catch for Starc. 181 required off the last 20 overs for New Zealand and a magnificent 116 from Ravindra and some spectacular hitting from Jimmy Neesham almost got them there. A second nail-biter in as many days what chances another tomorrow when England take on India?
Bangladesh lost to Netherlands by 87 runs
Kolkata, 28 October.
Netherlands 229 (43 overs: Scott Edwards 68, Wesley Barresi 41, Sybrand Englebrecht 35, Logan van Beek 23*; Mustafizur Rahman 2-36, Mahedi Hasan 2-40, Taskin Ahmed 2-43, Shoriful Islam 2-51)
Bangladesh 142 (42.2 overs: Mehidy Hasan Miraz 35, Madmudullah 20, Mushfiquar Rahman 20; Paul van Meerkeren 4-23, Bas de Leede 2-25)
Toss: Netherlands. The Netherlands recovered from a shaky start that saw Vikram Singh chip tamely to mid off and O'Dowd guide a catch to slip in what looked like pre-match catching practice. But Barresi and Ackeman added 59 before they both went in quick succession. Skipper Scott Edwards played a captain's innings of 68 in partnerships of 44 with Bas de Leede and 78 with Sybrand Englebrecht and a cameo 23 off 16 from Logan van Beek ensured that the Oranje had something to defend. And defend it they did! Steady bowling that gave nothing away forced mistakes from the Bangladeshi batters as Edwards claimed four catches behind the stumps. Four wickets for Paul van Meekeren and two for Bas de Leede who also produced a direct hit run out to break a Mahmudullah/Mehidy partnership that was surely Bangladesh’s last hope. And when Mahmudullah dragged de Leede to Dutt at short mid-wicket the streams of Bangladesh fans heading to the exits confirmed that opinion. Another day to remember for the Dutch and a day to forget for Bangladesh.
Pakistan lost to South Africa by 1 wicket
Chennai, 27 October.
Pakistan 270 (46.4 overs: Saud Shakeel 52, Babar Azam 50, Shadab Khan 43, Mohammad Rizwan 31, Mohammad Nawaz 24, Iftikhar Ahmed 21; Tabraiz Shamsi 4-60, Marco Jansen 3-43, Gerald Coetzee 2-42)
South Africa 271/9 (47.2 overs: Aiden Markram 91, David Miller 29, Temba Bavuma 28, Quinton de Kock 24, Rassie van der Dussen 21, Marco Jansen 20; Shaheen Shah Afridi 3-45, Usama Mir 2-45, Mohammed Wasim 2-50, Haris Rauf 2-62)
Toss: Pakistan. South Africa have set huge totals batting first, and their only loss so far has been batting second against the Netherlands, so lots of interest in how they would go in the chase today. They gave themselves every chance by bowling out Pakistan for 270. There were two early wickets for Marco Jansen and although the Pakistan middle order all got starts none went on to the 'big' score that they would have wanted. A 96 run fifth wicket partnership between Saud Shakeel and Shadab Khan took them to 225 before the tail failed to wag and the innings close with 20 balls unused. De Kock set off with a flurry of boundaries and when he and Bavuma had both departed Markram set out his stall and partnerships of 54 with Rassie van der Dussen and 70 with David Miller took South Africa to within 21 runs of victory. But there was a twist in the tail as both he and Coetzee were dismissed leaving a nervous South African dug-out biting their nails as Maharaj and Ngidi battled to survive, and at the same time eke out the 21 runs required. Nigidi went to a brilliant one-handed caught and bowled by Haris Rauf with 11 required and in the same over umpire Warfe gaves a Wide that flicked the pad and Maharaj was saved by ‘Umpire’s Call’, luck going South Africa’s way at the death. With all his seam options bowled out Babar Azam turned to slow left armer Mohammad Nawaz whose second delivery was flicked behind square by Maharaj for the winning boundary. So question answered? - yes they chased and won, but very tentatively, but finally we had a close finish in this tournament to enjoy.
England lost to Sri Lanka by 8 wickets
Bangalore, 26 October.
England 156 (33.2 overs: Ben Stokes 43, Jonny Bairstow 30, Dawid Malan 28; Lahiru Kumara 3-35, Angelo Mathews 2-14, Kasun Rajitha 2-36)
Sri Lanka 160/2 (25.4 overs: Pathum Nissanka 71*, Sadeera Samarawickrama 65*; David Willey 2-30)
Toss: England. Sri Lanka had won the last four meetings with England and at the change of innings they were very much favourites to make it five in a row. Bairstow made 30 after being LBW first ball - given Not out with Sri Lanka opting not to review. But wickets tumbled with none of the batsmen looking in any sort of form, and when Stokes tried to hit England out of trouble he eventually paid the price for his aggression. Perhaps not the usual run-filled Bangalore pitch today but England faced an uphill struggle defending the lowest ever 'all out' score at Bangalore to avoid another nightmare at the venue. An early breakthrough for them though as Kusal Perera gets a leading edge to mid off, and a second for Willey with Mendis top edging high for Buttler to hold a swirling catch running back. Nissanka brought up his fourth consecutive half-century closely followed by Samarawickrama as they added an unbeaten 137 for the third wicket finishing the game with a massive six, just to rub salt into the wounds. It was always likely that England would lose after their batting display, but they went down tamely in the end, looking resigned to their fate long before Nissanka launched Rashid into Row Z. No doubting the smile on Sri Lankan coach Chris Silverwood’s face as his side humiliated his former employers.
Australia beat Netherlands by 309 runs
Delhi, 25 October.
Australia 399/8 (50 overs: Glenn Maxwell 106, David Warner 104, Steve Smith 71, Marnus Labuschagne 62; Logan van Beek 4-74, Bas de Leede 2-115)
Netherlands 90 (21 overs: Vikram Singh 25; Adam Zampa 4-8, Mitch Marsh 2-19)
Toss: Australia. A record breaking 40 ball century from Glenn Maxwell (9x4, 8x6) was the highlight of an innings that saw 131 runs added in the final ten overs as ‘The Big Show’ dominated the stage making opener David Warner’s better than a run-a-ball century look distinctly pedestrian by comparison. There were two wickets in the fiftieth over for Logan van Beek to give him four in the innings, while Bas de Leede became the second record breaker of the day - his 10 overs 2-115 now the most expensive figures in ODI cricket! The Dutch were simply unable to get going against the Australian seamers with only Vikram Singh passing 20, but even his 25 ball innings of 25 consisted of only 7 scoring shots, six fours and a single. And when the four seamers had done their work, up stepped Adam Zampa who cleaned up the tail in just three overs. A huge win for Australia that cements their place in the top four and drops the Netherlands from seventh to last in the table.
Bangladesh lost to South Africa by 149 runs
Mumbai, 24 October.
South Africa 382/5 (50 overs: Quinton de Kock 174, Heinrich Klaasen 90, Aiden Markram 60, David Miller 34*; Hasan Mahmud 2-67)
Bangladesh 233 (45 overs: Mahmudullah 111, Litton Das 22; Marco Jansen 2-39, Kagiso Rabada 2-42, Lizaad Williams 2-56, Gerald Coetzee 3-61)
Toss: South Arica. After the early loss of Hendricks and van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock scored his third century of the tournament in partnerships of 131 with Aiden Markram and 132 with Heinrich Klaasen propelling South Africa to another 300 plus total. His 178 which took him to the top of the tournament run scorers list came off 140 deliveries (15x4,7x6). Fireworks too in the final overs from Klaasen whose 90 came off 49 balls with (2x4,8x6) and David Miller with 34 off 15 (1x4,4x6) - 144 added in the final 10 overs!
Afghanistan beat Pakistan by 8 wickets
Chennai, 23 October.
Pakistan 282/7 (50 overs: Babar Azam 74, Abdullah Shafique 58, Shadab Khan 40, Iftikhar Ahmed 40, Saud Shakeel 25; Noor Ahmad 3-49, Naveen-ul-Haq 2-52, Mohammad Nabi 1-31, Azmatullah Omarzai 1-50)
Afghanistan 286/2 (49 overs: Ibrahim Zadran 87, Rahmat Shah 77*, Rahmanullah Gurbaz 65, Hashmatullah Shahidi 48*)
Toss: Pakistan. Pakistan chose to bat on a pitch that was very dry - ‘..with not a blade of grass on it, batting won't get any easier,’ according to the commentators, but how wrong they were! Pakistan posted two half century partnerships at the top of the innings before the Afghan spin quartet dragged them back, slowing the run rate considerably. But that all changed when the seamers was forced to return for the final half dozen overs, and were taken apart by an 27 ball Iftikhar blitz (2x4, 4x6). Good work by the Afghan spinners undone, and Pakistan would have been confident of defending 282. But it was not to be as Afghanistan confounded the ‘experts’ and rattled up partnerships of 130, 60 and an unbroken 96 that saw them home with 6 balls to spare.
India beat New Zealand by 4 wickets
Dharamsala, 22 October.
New Zealand 273 (50 overs: Daryl Mitchell 130, Rachin Ravindra 75, Glenn Phillips 23; Mohammed Shami 5-54, Kuldeep Yadav 2-73)
India 274/6 (48 overs: Virat Kholi 95; Rohit Sharma 46, Ravindra Jadeja 39*, Shreyas Iyer 33, Shubman Gill 26, KL Rahul 27; Lockie Ferguson 2-63)
Wonderful innings by Daryl Mitchell who shared a century stand with Rachin Ravindra. The Kiwis will be disappointed not to post 300+ as they were pegged back in the final ten overs by Mohammed Shami's five-wicket haul. India started the chase well with an opening stand of 71 between Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. Disappointment for the crowd as India could not contrive another century for Kohli who failed to clear long-on going for a repeat of his innings against Bangladesh. India now the only unbeaten side 5 from 5.
Netherlands lost to Sri Lanka by 5 wickets
Lucknow, 21 October.
Netherlands 262 (49.4 overs: Sybrand Englebrecht 70, Logan van Beek 59, Colin Ackerman 29; Kasun Rajitha 4-50, Dilshan Madushanka 4-48
Sri Lanka 263/5 (48.2 overs: Sadeera Samarawickrama 91*, Pathum Nissanka 54, Charith Asalanka 44, Dhananjaya de Silva 30; Aryan Dutt 3-44)
Toss: Netherlands. Sri Lanka chased down a testing Netherlands total thanks to an unbeaten 91 from Sadeera Samarawickrama who got Sri Lanka home in the 49th over. The highlight of the Dutch innings was a 130 run 7th wicket partnership between Sybaand Englebrecht and Logan van Beek that set up the possibility of another glory day for the Oranje. Sri Lanka were never ‘in trouble’ as their innings progressed but they needed to hold their nerve to see off the Dutch challenge as the winning line approached.
England lost to South Africa by 229 runs
Mumbai, 21 October.
South Africa 399/7 (50 overs: Heinrich Klassen 109, Reeza Hendricks 85, Marco Jansen 75*, Rassie van der Dussen 60, Aiden Markram 42; Reece Topley 3-63, Gus Atkinson 2-60, Adil Rashid 2-61)
England 170 (22 overs: Mark Wood 43*, Gus Atkinson 35: Gerald Coetzee 3-35, Lungi Ngidi 2-26, Marco Jansen 2-35)
Toss: England. It took some late order hitting from Mark Wood and Gus Atkinson who added 70 runs for the final wicket to save England from becoming holders of the record for the biggest ever defeat in World Cup history, but the final margin was a true reflection of the gulf between the two sides today. Posting 399 after being put in by England was a statement of intent from South Africa which saw England trudge wearily to ‘lunch’ with the writing already on the wall. The loss of de Kock to Topley’s second ball of the day was as bad as it got for South Africa and as good as it got for Topley, whose 49th over went for 26 and who didn’t bat, listed as ‘absent hurt’, pride as well no doubt. A quick fire century from Heinrich Klaasen plus run-a-ball half centuries from Hendricks and van der Dussen and a final flurry of sixes from Marco Jansen gave England a mountain to climb, both in the match and in the Tournament itself.
Australia beat Pakistan by 62 runs
Bangalore, 20 October.
Australia 367/9 (50 overs: David Warner 163, Mitch Marsh 121; Shaheen Shah Afridi 5-54, Haris Rauf 3-83)
Pakistan 305 (45.3 overs; Imam-ul-Haq 70, Abdullah Shafique 64, Muhammad Rizwan 46, Saud Shakeel 30, Iftikhar Ahmed 26; Adam Zampa 4-53, Marcus Stoinis 2-40, Pat Cummins 2-62)
Toss: Pakistan. An opening partnership of 259 between MOM David Warner and Mitch Marsh ensured that Australia set an improbable target for Pakistan to chase. That they didn’t post 400+ was down to pace talisman Shaheen Shah Afridi, who claimed five wickets, and Haris Rauf with two, who saw to it that the Australian tail failed to wag. Pakistan answered with a century opening stand of their own but Stoinis removed Shafique with his first delivery, the first of his two wickets, before a four wicket burst from Zampa removed the middle order. All that was left was for Cummins, Starc and Hazlewood to blast out the tail and Australia were winners by a distance.
Bangladesh lost to India by 7 wickets
Pune, 19 October.
Bangladesh 256/8 (50 overs: Litton Das 66, Tanzid Hasan 51, Mahmudullah 46, Mushfiqur Rahim 38; Jasprit Bumrah 2-41, Ravindra Jadeja 2-38, Mohammed Siraj 2-60)
India 261/3 (41.3 overs: Virat Kholi 103*, Shubman Gill 53, Rohit Sharma 48, KL Rahul 34*; Mehidy Hasan Miraz 2-47)
Toss: Bangladesh.
Afghanistan lost to New Zealand by 149 runs
Chennai, 18 October.
New Zealand 288/6 (50 overs: Glenn Phillips 71, Tom Latham 68, Will Young 54, Rachin Ravindra 32, Mark Chapman 25*, Devon Conway 20; Naveen-ul-Haq 2-48, Azmatullah Omarzai 2-56)
Afghanistan 139 (34.4 overs: Rahmat Shah 36, Azmatullah Omarzai 27; Lockie Ferguson 3-19, Mitchell Santer 3-39, Trent Boult 2-18)
Toss: Afghanistan. Afghanistan were unable to reproduce their heroics against England producing a sloppy fielding display that saw four relatively simple chances spilled, and a straightforward stumping missed. Couple that with a tame showing with the bat that failed to threaten New Zealand at any stage and you have a day to forget for the Afghans. Unbeaten New Zealand go top of the table, at least until tomorrow, when India could join them on four wins from four with victory over neighbours Bangladesh.
South Africa lost to Netherlands by 38 runs
Dharmashala, 17 October.
Netherlands 245/8 (43 overs: Scott Edwards 78*, Roelof van der Merwe 29, Aryan Dutt 23*,Teja Nidamanuru 20; Marco Jansen 2-27, Kagiso Rabada 2-56, Lungi Ngidi 2-57)
South Africa 207 (42.5 overs, David Miller 43, Keshav Maharaj 40, Heinrich Klassen 28, Gerald Coetzee 22, Quinton de Kock 20; Logan van Beek 3-60, Roelof van der Merwe 2-33, Bas de Leede 2-36, Paul van Meekeren 2-40)
Start delayed match reduced to 43 overs. Toss South Africa.
Australia beat Sri Lanka by 5 wickets
Lucknow, 16 October.
Sri Lanka 209 (43.3 overs: Kusal Perera 78, Pathum Nissanka 61, Charith Asalanka 25; Adam Zampa 4-47, Pat Cummins 2-32, Mitchell Starc 2-43)
Australia 215/5 (35.2 overs: Mitchell Marsh 52, Josh Inglis 58, Marnus Labuschagne 40, Glenn Maxwell 31*, Marxcus Stoinis 20*; Dilshan Madushanka 3-38)
After choosing to bat first, Sri Lanka were unable to build on an opening partnership of 125 in 22 overs by Perera and Mendis, losing all 10 wickets for the addition of just another 84 runs. After Cummins removed both openers only Asalanka reached double figures as Adam Zampa claimed 4-47, three to LBWs in just 8 overs to rip out the middle order and put Australia in the driving seat. Early success for Sri Lanka when Australia started their reply as Madushanka claimed both Warner and Smith lbw. Mitch Marsh and Marnus Labuschagne added 57 before Marsh was run out and Josh Inglis joined Labuschagne at the crease. Together they added 87 to ensure there was to be no late wobble as Australia recorded their first win in the Tournament
Afghanistan beat England by 69 runs
Delhi, 15 October.
Afghanistan 284 (49.5 overs: Rahmanullah Gurbaz 80 (8x4, 4x6), Ikram Alikhil 58, Mujeeb Ur Rahman 28, Ibrahim Zadran 28, Rashid Khan 22*; Adil Rashid 3-42, Mark Wood 2-50)
England 215 (40.3 overs: Dawid Malan 32, Harry Brook 66, Adil Rashid 20; Rashid Khan 3-37, Mujeeb Ur Rahman 3-51, Mohammad Nabi 2-16)
Toss: England. Afghanistan, or should I say Rahmanullah Gurbaz came out all guns blazing as the England seamers were dispatched to all parts in the early overs. Fifty off 33 balls became 80 off 57 before he was run out, the third wicket to fall in a mini collapse that put the brakes on Afghanistan’s progress, at least for a while. It was left to England’s spinners, full and part-time, Rashid, Root and Livingstone to get through the middle overs, and they did so at a combined four an over before the return of the seamers who managed to keep the total below the 300 that Afghanistan wanted, and seemed likely to post in the early stages of their innings. England couldn’t match the rapid start to Afghanistan’s innings after the early departure of Bairstow, and indeed they were never ahead at any stage of the chase. Harry Brook scored at better than a run a ball while all of his partners could barely manage half that. With Brooks’ departure it was a case of swing away and hope for the best from the England bowlers. But In the end it was the Afghan spinners who won that battle and claimed the day with Mujeeb’s spin variations earning him three wickets and the MOM award. Three wickets also for Rashid Khan and two for the economical Mohammad Nabi both benefitting from skipper Shahidi’s faith in them by maintaining a slip fielder throughout. Nice to see.
India beat Pakistan by 7 wickets
Ahmedabad, 14 October.
Pakistan 191 (42.4 overs: Babar Azam 50, Mohammad Rizwan 49, Imam-ul-Haq 36, Abdullah Shafique 20; Jasprit Bumrah 2-19, Hardik Pandya 2-34, Kuldeep Yadav 2-35, Ranindra Jadeja 2-38, Mohammad Siraj 2-50)
India 192/3 (30.3 overs: Rohit Sharma 86, Shreyas Iyer 53*; Shaheen Shah Afridi 2-36)
Toss: India. Batting first, Pakistan gave us a classic example of being bowled out for less than 200 while trying to score 300! They had made a solid start and reached 155/2 in the 30th over when Babar Azar was bowled by Siraj and what followed was a spectacular collapse against the spin of Yadav and Jadeja and the pace of Bumrah that saw them lose 8 wickets for just 36 runs. The ‘wisdom’ from the commentary team is that they failed to rethink their target total as circumstances changed. Whether or not they simply succumbed to the pressure of the situation is another question, but their batting display put no sort of pressure on their hosts. The Indian chase had an inevitability about it from the first over. On a pitch that was devoid of pace and where the ball rarely got above half-stump high the Pakistani seam attack was blunted allowing Rohit Sharma to rattle along at better than a run-a-ball, his 86 off 63 containing 6x4s and 6x6s. The crowd got what they came for with an Indian victory as Shreyas Iyer finished off proceedings with a boundary that brought up his half-century
Bangladesh lost to New Zealand by 8 wickets
Chennai, 13 October.
Bangladesh 245/9 (50 overs: Mushfiqur Rahim 66, Mahmudullah 41*, Shakib Al Hasan 40, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 30; Lockie Ferguson 3-49, Trent Boult 2-34, Matt Henry 2-58)
New Zealand 248/2 (42.5 overs: Daryl Mitchell 89*, Kane Williamson 78* (retired hurt), Devon Conway 45)
Toss : New Zealand. It was tough going in the early part of their innings for Bangladesh with the New Zealand seamers finding movement and bounce in the Chennai pitch. Litton Das flicked Boult’s opening delivery high to fine leg and Bangladesh were fortunate to lose only his wicket in a torrid opening few overs. Two wickets from Lockie Ferguson and one from Glenn Phillips reduced them to 56/4 before Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakin Al Hasan added 96 for the fifth wicket, but it took a breezy unbeaten 41 from Mahmudullah Riyad to get Bangladesh to what looks like a sub-par total. Bangladesh bowling coach Allan Donald has upped their seamers’ game and in the chase they proved to be just as much a handful as the Kiwis had been. New Zealand weathered the storm however losing only Rachin Ravindra, before his opening partner Devon Conway added 80 with Kane Williamson. When Conway departed lbw to Shakib it was left to Daryl Mitchell and Williamson to take New Zealand to the brink of victory. Williamson was forced to retire hurt when he was hit on the hand by a throw which, if it had hit the stumps would have seen him ‘out’ rather than ‘retired hurt’. No further mishaps for New Zealand as Mitchell powered the Kiwis to the top of the table 3 wins out of three.
Australia lost to South Africa by 134 runs
Lucknow, 12 October.
South Africa 311/7 (50 overs: Quinton de Kock 109, Aiden Markram 56, Temba Bavuma 35, Heinrich Klaasen 29, Rassie van der Dussen 26, Marco Jansen 26; Glenn Maxwell 2-34, Mitchell Starc 2-53)
Australia 177 (40.5 overs: Marnus Labuschagne 46, Mitchell Starc 27, Pat Cummins 22; Kagiso Rabada 3-33, Keshav Maharaj 2-30, Tabraiz Shamsi 2-38, Marco Jansen 2-54)
Toss: Australia. A century opening partnership between Quinton de Kock and skipper Temba Bavuma inside the first 20 overs gave South Africa a solid platform on which to build their innings. Glenn Maxwell accounted for both in an economical spell conceding only 34 runs. Van der Dussen, Klaassen and Markram all got starts but only Markram was able to pass fifty. Wickets in the closing overs from Cummins and Hazlewood slowing things down as did Starc who produced a double wicket maiden in the fiftieth, but Australia will not be happy about their unusually sloppy fielding display that saw at least three chances spilled plus a few misfields. If Australia’s performance in the field was below par their reply with the bat was even more so as Jansen and Rabada reduced them to 65/5 by the first Drinks break. The fact that Stoinis was then given out by third umpire Kettleborough didn't help, a catch down the leg side, that had he not rushed to judgement on an initial replay would have been not given, as a second reply showed Stoinis’ hand clearly off the bat and not in contact with the other. Not that that would have changed the outcome, as Cummins & Co. seemed to settle for limiting the damage to their NRR by batting out as many overs as they could, and failed at that also. South Africa jump to the top of the Table on NRR with this 134 run defeat of now winless Australia.
Afghanistan lost to India by 8 wickets
Delhi, 11 October.
Afghanistan 272/8 (50 overs: Hashmatullah Shahidi 89, Azmatullah Omarrzai 62, Ibrahim Zadran 22, Rahmanullah Gurbaz 21; Jasprit Bumrah 4-39, Hardik Pandya 2-43)
India 273/2 (35 overs: Rohit Sharma 131, Virat Kohli 55*, Ishan Kishan 47; Rashid Khan 2-57)
Toss: Afghanistan. Any hopes that Afghanistan harboured that their 272/8 would provide a challenge for the powerful Indian batting line were quickly dispelled by an opening onslaught in the chase by openers Ishan Kishan and Rohit Sharma who brought up 100 in just 12 overs, in a partnership finally worth 156. Sharma was finally bowled by Rashid Khan for 131 off just 84 deliveries just after raising the 200 in the 25th over. It was left to Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer to add the 68 more required which they did with exactly 15 overs to spare. Earlier it had been a fourth wicket partnership of 121 between Azmatullah Omarzai and skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi that provided the backbone of the Afghan innings taking them from 63/3 to 184/4 with 15 overs left in the innings. That was a good as it got for the Afghans as Jasprit Bumrah took three wickets in those final overs to ensure that there would be no final flourish from the tail and that their final total would prove to be undefendable.
Bangladesh lost to England by 137 runs
Dharamshala, 10 October.
England 364/9 (50 overs: Dawid Malan 140, Joe Root 82, Jonny Bairstow 52, Harry Brook 20, Jos Buttler 20; Mahedi Hasan 4-71, Shoriful Islam 3-75)
Bangladesh 227 (48.2 overs: Litton Das 76, Mushfiqur Rahim 51, Towhid Hridoy 39; Reece Topley 4-43, Chris Woakes 2-49)
Toss: Bangladesh. Malan added 115 for the first wicket with Bairstow, and 151 with Root for the second. England reached 296 before they lost their third wicket but the innings fell away as they chased a total that at one stage was predicted to be 400+. A big chase for Bangladesh but it could have been much worse! Bangladesh never recovered from a disastrous start with Topley on a hat-trick after claiming Tanzid Hasan and Najmul Shanto in the second over of the chase. Chris Woakes chipped in with two more and Topley ended his spell with four. Bangladesh were simply unable to break free from the England seamers with Wood the most economical but only managing to pick up one tailender as did Curren, Rashid and Livingstone.
Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets
Hyderabad, 10 October.
Sri Lanka 344/9 (50 overs: Kusal Mendis 122, Sadeera Samarawickrama 108, Pathum Nissanka 51, Dhananjaya de Silva 25; Hasan Ali 4-71, Haris Rauf 2-64)
Pakistan 345/4 (48.2 overs: Mohammad Rizwan 131*, Abdullah Shafique 113, Saud Shakeel 31, Iftikhar Ahmed 22*: Dilshan Madushanka 2-59)
Toss: Sri Lanka. A testing target set for Pakistan with centurions Mendis and Samarawickrama leading the way. Four wickets for Hasan Ali and one each for Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan while Haris Rauf picked up his two in the final over of the innings. Pakistan answered with two centuries of their own as they set a new World Cup record run chase to claim victory with 10 balls to spare, their 345/4 eclipsing Ireland's 329 in the win over England in 2011. Mohammad Rizwan's perfectly paced innings featured partnerships of 176 with Abdullah Shafique and 95 with Saud Shakeel as Pakistan made it two wins from two.
New Zealand beat Netherlands by 99 runs
Hyderabad, 9 October.
New Zealand 322/7 (50 overs, Will Young 70, Tom Latham 53, Rachin Ravindra 51, Daryl Mitchell 48, Mitchell Santer 36*, Devon Conway 32; Roelof van der Merwe 2-56, Paul van Meekeren 2-59, Aryan Dutt 2-62,)
Netherlands 223 (46.3 overs, Colin Ackerman 69, Scott Edwards 30, Sybrand Engelbrecht 29, Teja Nidemanaru 21, Mitchell Santer 5-59, Matt Henry 3-40)
Toss: Netherlands
Australia lost to India by 6 wickets
Chennai, 8 October.
Australia 199 (49.3 overs: Steven Smith 46, David Warner 41, Mitchell Starc 28, Marnus Labuschagne 27; Ravindra Jadeja 3-28, Jasprit Bumrah 2-35, Kuldeep Yadav 2-42)
India 201/4 (41.2 overs: JK Rahul 97, Virat Kholi 85; Josh Hazlewood 3-38)
Toss: Australia
Afghanistan lost to Bangladesh by 7 wickets
Dharamshala, 7 October.
Afghanistan 156 (37.2 overs: Rahmanullah Gurbaz 47, Ibrahim Zadran 22, Azmatullah Omarzai 22; Shakib-al-Hasan 3-30, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 3-25, Shoriful Islam 2-34)
Bangladesh 158/4 (34.4 overs: Mehidy Hasan Miraz 57, Najmul Hossain Shanto 59*)
The captains (ICC)
Toss: Bangladesh
South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 102 runs
Delhi, 7 October.
South Africa 428//5 (50 overs: Rassie van der Dussen 108, Aiden Markam 106, Quinton de Kock 100, Heinrich Klassen 32, David Miller 39*; Dilshan Madushanka 2-86)
Sri Lanka 326 (44.5 overs: Kusal Mendis 76, Charith Asalanka 79, Dasun Shanaka 68, Kasun Rajitha 33, Sadeera Samarawickrama 23: Gerald Coetzee 3-68, Kagison Rabada 2-50, Keshav Maharaj 2-62, Marco Jansen 2-92)
The captains (ICC)
Toss: Sri Lanka. Aidan Markam’s century came off 49 balls - fastest 100 in ODIs beating Kevin O'Brien's 100 v England in 2011.
Pakistan beat Netherlands by 81 runs
Hyderabad, 6 October.
Pakistan 286 (49 overs: Rizwan 68, Saud 68, Nawaz 39, Shadab 32; Bas de Leede 4-55, Colin Ackerman 2-39)
Netherlands 205 (41 overs: Bas de Leede 67, Vikram Singh 52, Logan van Beek 28*; Haris Rauf 3-42, Hasan Ali 2-33)
The captains (ICC)
England lost to New Zealand by 9 wickets
Ahmedabad, 5 October.
England 282/9 (50 overs: J Root 77, J Buttler 43, J Bairstow 33, H Brook 25; M Henry 3-48, G Phillips 2-17, M Santer 2-37)
New Zealand 283/1 (36.2 overs: D Conway 152*, Rachin Ravindra 123*)
Toss: New Zealand
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