Cricket World Cup Diary: 17th June

June 17, 2019

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The Cricket World Cup fixtures are coming thick and fast at this stage in the tournament, and already another week has passed in the biggest cricket tournament of them all.

Plenty of the top players are hitting top notch with both bat and ball, so we’re back with our weekly Cricket World Cup diary to pick out his two good, two bad from the past few days.

India Beat Rivals Pakistan

India were handed a rather fortuitous start to the tournament with many sides already having played twice before the Indians even put bat to ball.

The extra week of preparation has certainly paid dividends so far, because after beating South Africa and Australia, they hammered their old rivals Pakistan at Old Trafford this weekend.

That game came just a few days after a wash-out against New Zealand, so again India had the extra time to prepare in the indoor nets.

Batting first, India clocked up a massive 336/5 from their 50 overs, with an important knock of 140 coming from Rohit Sharma, before captain Virat Kohli added 77 runs of his own.

Rain would come into play midway through the Pakistan innings, meaning they needed 136 runs from 30 balls at one stage to win.

In the end, they fell some way short on 212/8, handing India their third win of the tournament.

England Batter The West Indies

The Three Lions are well fancied to go all the way at this year’s World Cup and are now 7/4 with Betfred to do exactly that in the 2019 cricket World Cup betting odds.

A second game wobble against Pakistan seems to have been put behind Eoin Morgan’s men because the last week has been much better with two convincing victories.

Bangladesh were the first to feel the power of England’s ODI force, before the West Indies were brushed aside at the Hampshire Bowl on Friday.

Choosing to field first, England had West Indies all out for 212 inside 45 overs, with Pooran the only bright spark for the Windies with the bat, scoring 63.

It was all about England’s bowling attack though, with Archer claiming 3/30 and Wood 3/18 in a spell of top-class fast bowling.

That left a fairly straight forward task for the Three Lions batsman, losing just two wickets on their way to reaching the target. Joe Root (5/1 to be tournament top batsman @ 888Sport) once again proved his class with a century, while Bairstow and Woakes both hit 40 in a re-jigged England batting line-up.

Afghanistan Struggle Again

We mentioned it last week, but the story of Afghanistan being at the World Cup is enough of a success in itself.

Literally from nothing to an international force in a decade or two is arguably one of the greatest sports stories of all-time.

Here at the 2019 World Cup, they’ve yet to get a win on the board however and are struggling to match the pace of some of the globes hottest ODI sides.

Defeats to Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand have already come and gone with South Africa added to that list this weekend.

Rain reduced the game to 48 overs per side and Afghanistan could only muster 125 all out when asked to bat first.

South Africa then made easy work of that total, hitting 131/1 in just 28.4 overs. Quinton de Kock was the star of that innings with a nicely crafted 68 from 72 balls.

Rain, Rain and More Rain

The real story of the week when it comes to the Cricket World Cup has well and truly been the weather.

Eight matches were planned to be played in the last week, yet due to what seems to have been persistent rain in the last few days, we’ve only managed to see five of them actually reach a result.

South Africa against the West Indies was the first to fall foul of the weather last week, before Bangladesh versus Sri Lanka was abandoned without a ball being bowled and India against New Zealand also followed the same fate.

Unfortunately, the forecast doesn’t look too much brighter this weekend, but the weather reporters have got it wrong before and hopefully, they’ll get it wrong again.

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Author: Luke

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.

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