Cricket World Cup Diary: 11th June
June 11, 2019
Time flies when you’re having fun, we are already into the second week of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
There’s been plenty of action in that time, with every side now up and running with only Afghanistan yet to get a point on the board.
With that in mind, I’m here, padded up once again to guide us through his two good, two bad in his weekly World Cup diary.
Pakistan Rock England
Prior to the start of the tournament, England were being billed as the best side in the world and an opening victory over South Africa did little to dent that theory.
However, if the Three Lions thought a home World Cup was going to be all plain sailing then Pakistan (20/1 with Betfred) gave them a harsh reminder to keep their feet on the ground.
After winning the toss and choosing to bowl first, England struggled to get a grip on the match and on the ball, with some shocking errors in the field.
Three of Pakistan’s top five went on to get half-centuries, including Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez and Sarfaraz Ahmed, as the visitors clocked up an impressive 348/8 from their 50 overs.
England tried to respond, with centuries from Joe Root and Jos Buttler, but they both lost their wickets at key stages in the match with England eventually finishing on 334. Handing Pakistan a big victory in just their second game of the tournament.
India Off To Perfect Start
Rather dubiously, some would argue, we were almost a week into the World Cup before India played their first game of the competition.
The extra preparation has certainly reaped its rewards so far with the Indians (13/5 with Unibet) clocking up a couple of comfortable victories over two of the biggest sides in the tournament.
South Africa were the first to fall victim of the India class at Southampton, with India smashing their 227 target with six wickets still in hand.
Then it was the turn of Australia, who fresh from beating Afghanistan in their first match, were keen to turn up the heat against India.
However, it was the Indians who were too good once again by hitting a World Cup record with the bat of 352/5. Australia gave it a good go, but the total was beyond them in the end, hitting 316, some 36 runs short.
The story of Afghanistan’s rise in world cricket is nothing short of sensational and they certainly have the skills to cause one or two upsets at this year’s tournament.
Australia had them all out for 207, before knocking off the total inside 35 hours at Bristol. Sri Lanka was a similar story with Afghanistan all out for 152, before New Zealand smashed their 172 target with just 32.1 overs used.
It’s been a baptism of fire to say the least so far for the Afghans at the 2019 World Cup, but with struggling South Africa up next, they’ll be hoping to spring a surprise.
Rain Gets Involved At Bristol
This time last year we were in the middle of a heat wave as “football’s coming home” inspired England to a semi-final place at the football World Cup.
This year, the weather isn’t being quite so kind, and it was the rain that ruled out a subcontinent clash between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Bristol.
Unfortunately, not a single ball was bowled on the day and the match was officially declared as a no result, and the same pretty much happened yesterday with only 7 and a half overs being bowled between South Africa and the West Indies at the Rose Bowl.
Hopefully, that’s the last time that the Great British weather gets involved in the cricket, but if the forecasts are anything to go by, then there could be a few more yet.
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As a qualified sports journalist, Luke has worked with nationally-recognised outlets covering events from the World Cup to the Grand National. Luke is one of the few men who has to admit that their father was the better footballer, but at least he can take comfort from the fact he got to see his Dad score at Wembley. When Luke isn’t talking football, you’ll normally find him following his other passion, horse racing and has his own horses in training with Paul Nicholls and Mark Johnston.