Cricket World Cup Diary: 3rd June
June 3, 2019
The 2019 innings of the Cricket World Cup is underway, and we’ve already witnessed plenty of big hitting action from the fixtures played across England and Wales so far.
The hosts England have been joined by the West Indies, New Zealand, Australia and Bangladesh in winning their first game of the tournament, with India the only side yet to get going.
On the other hand, South Africa have made a start to forget, suffering a defeat against the Three Lions and a shock against Bangladesh.
Let’s takes a look at what we’ve seen so far and picks out two good, two bad from the opening exchanges.
GOOD: Ben Stokes Catch
After losing the toss and being made to bat by South Africa in the opening game of the tournament, England looked to have got off to the worse possible start when opener Jonny Bairstow was dismissed for a duck by just the second ball of the innings.
Thankfully, fellow opener Jason Roy and Test captain Joe Root were able to put on a 100 partnership to rescue the early collapse, before ODI captain Eoin Morgan added a half-century of his own.
The day though, went to Ben Stokes (now 33/1 to be the tournament top batsman with Ladbrokes in the 2019 Cricket World Cup betting) who stood out with both bat and ball. Scoring a quick-fire 89 from just 79 balls, the all-rounder guided England to 300 before turning his attention to bowling with two wickets for just 12 runs.
It was just with the ball in his hand at the wicket that he shone either because out on the boundary he took what some are describing as the ‘catch of the century’.
In hindsight, it wasn’t quite that but a one-handed acrobatic catch, leaping backwards, is always going to go down in the history books. Especially when it helped the Three Lions to grab a 104 run victory over the dangerous South Africans.
GOOD: New Zealand 10 Wicket Victory
The Kiwis have a reputation for playing entertaining cricket and even though the days of Brendon McCullum leading the side are over, current captain Kane Williamson appears to have really picked up the mantle that he left behind.
‘Positive cricket’ was always the phrased used by McCullum, and that is exactly what New Zealand showed in their 10-wicket victory over Sri Lanka.
Themselves no mugs in the ODI game, Sri Lanka were skittled for just 136 runs, with only three batsmen getting into double-figures, one of which included Dimuth Karunaratne’s pillar to post knock of 52 not out.
Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson (Both 25/1 to be Tournament Top Bowler @ 888Sport in the Cricket World Cup betting odds) were the stars of the show with the ball, picking up three wickets each for a combined 51 runs. Then it was over the Kiwi openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro, who guided their side to victory by hitting 73 and 58 respectively.
BAD: South African Shocker
We are only a few days into the 2019 Cricket World Cup, yet South Africa have drifted out from close favourites to a massive 40/1 to win the tournament with Unibet in the Cricket World Cup odds.
The Proteas have had a shocking start, because, after a 104-run defeat to England in the tournament opener, they the suffered at the hands of Bangladesh in what was a shock defeat.
After winning the toss and deciding to bowl first at the Oval, South Africa struggled to contain Bangladesh with Shakib Al Hasan (75) and Mushfiqur Rahim (78) helping them to a score of 330-6 from their 50 overs.
The response from South Africa was decent but with the majority of the top and middle order getting starts, it really needed more than captain Faf du Plessis to go on and get a 50. In the end, they fell short by 21 runs, replying with 309-8 from their 50 overs.
BAD: Pakistan Collapse
Despite being beaten by England in a World Cup warm-up series earlier this year, Pakistan were still many people’s idea of a dark horse heading into the tournament.
An open defeat to the West Indies (8/1 to win the World Cup @ Betfred), especially a hammering, wasn’t therefore on the cards and Pakistan will be hoping to bounce back against England at Trent Bridge, and they’ve posted a decent score at the half way point.
After being made to bat by the West Indies, Pakistan collapsed for just 105 inside 22 overs. Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam top-scored with just 22 runs each, with Mohammad Hafeez and Wahab Riaz the only others to get past single figures.
The West Indies then added further insult when Chris Gayle smashes a half-century from 34 balls, allowing the Windies to hit 108 with just 13.4 overs used.
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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.