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 ICC World Cup 2019 Match 7: Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by 34 runs 

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The 7th Match of ICC World Cup 2019 was played on 4th June 2019. Played between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, the match was a thriller. Afghanistan had a good build up to the World Cup as they beat Pakistan in the Warm-up match but then the winning streak couldn’t continue as they were first beaten first by Australia and then by Sri Lanka in the 7th Match of ICC World Cup.  Although Sri Lanka emerged victorious, they faced stiff resistance from Afghanistan. 

 Post the delay due to rain, the match was reduced to 41 overs. What helped Sri Lanka to emerge victorious were their bowlers.  Afghanistan won the toss and chose to bowl, a plan that helped them to restrict Sri Lanka to 201. The credit for this goes to Mohammad Nabi, an ace Afghan spinner, who took 4 wickets.  

And when it was the turn of Sri Lanka to bowl, at first it looked that the match is slipping away from their hands, but suddenly they found their rhythm and managed to restrict Afghanistan to 152 runs and thus emerged victorious by 34 runs. Malinga’s excellent bowling in the beginning and at the death proved crucial for Sri Lankan victory. By providing the initial breakthrough when Afghanistan openers were running away with the match and by yorking the last two batsmen, Malinga proved as to why he is one of the most feared bowlers in the world.  

Nuvan Pradeep complimented Malinga well by picking four crucial wickets in the middle overs. He was declared the man of the match for his brilliant efforts with the ball. 

Sri Lanka Innings 

Skipper Dimunth Karunanatne and Kusal Perera opened the innings for Sri Lanka. Karunanatne scored 30 runs off 45 balls before he was caught by Najibullah off Mohammad Nabi. Nabi went on to dismiss 3 Sri Lankan batsmen in a single over, forcing the Sri Lankans to panic. While Thirimanne scored 25 runs off 34 balls before being caught by Najibullah off Nabi, Mendis was out for two and Angelo Mathews for a duck, both consumed by Nabi. 

By the end of the 22nd over, Sri Lanka had already suffered a loss of 5 wickets. The fifth wicket was that of Dhanajaya de Silva who couldn’t score a single run and was caught by Shahzad off Hamid. 

Thisara Parera’s run out in the 25th over was devastating. Bowled by Dawlat Zadran, Isuru scored just 10 off 21 ballsKusal Parera, the highest Sri Lankan run scorer of the match with a score of 78 runs. Parera’s innings came to an end when he was caught by Shahzad off Rashid Khan. The Sri Lankans were restricted to 201 by Afghanistan. 

 

Afghanistan Innings 

Very few of Afghanistan’s batsmen scored runs in double digits. The openers, Mohammad Shahzad and Hazratullah Zazai  started the innings in great style and scored 34 runs in just 4 overs, thus giving the Sri Lankan bowlers some tension. This tension was released when Mohammad Shahzad was dismissed by Malinga at his personal score of 7. Afghanistan lost its second wicket, that of Rahmat Shah, by the end of the seventh over. At this point of time, the team’s score was 42 and Rahmat had contributed only 2 runs to the team’s score. The major shock that Afghanistan received was the dismissal of Hazratulah Zazai in the eighth over of the matchZazai was caught by Perera off Pradeep’s ball. By the end of the thirteenth over, Afghanistan were struggling as they had lost 5 wickets with not many runs on board. Skipper Naib helped Afghanistan cross the 100 run mark by scoring 23 off 32 but soon he was also out, lbw to Pradeep. Najibullah Zadran tried to stem the rot and scored 43 off 56 and took Afghanistan close to the victory but he was run-out by Karunaratne while trying to steal a single. Zadran helped Afghanistan reach a score 145 runs but the dismissals of Dawlat Zadran and Hamid Hassan by Malinga helped Sri Lanka win the match. Afghanistan was all out by 32.4 overs and fell 34 runs short of victory.    

 

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World Test Championship 2019 -21: All You Need to Know

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The ICC has finally announced the official commencement of the World Test Championship 2019-21 which has been something which every cricket fan was wishing for from a very long time. The matches for this multi-nation mega tournament has already began on August 1, 2019 with the first test match of The Ashes that is taking place at Edgbaston.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has tried to simplify the rules and regulations of the tournament as much as they could be but there could be still a sense of confusion in the minds of people. So, let’s clarify and try to answer all doubts and questions that are there in our cricket fans.

What exactly is the World Test Championship 2019-21?

We come across various multi-nation T20I and ODI tournaments that are played regularly after a particular period of time but nothing of that sort existed for Test cricket till date. This tournament is just there to fill-in the Gap and find the best five-day playing nation in the world

What is the necessity of having this Championship?

Test Cricket is believed to be the purest form of the game where it gets to know the real skills and technique of the players by testing them for a long five-day period. But there is a trend that was being inculcated that majorly all the home teams were winning the series and the visiting sides were getting sidelined.

So, in order to remove that fashion from test matches and bring in a sense of more contest amongst the teams, it has been launched. It will also help in bringing the long lost interest of the cricket fans back to the longest format.

How many teams are participating in this WTC?

A total of nine top test playing nations will be taking part in the World Test Championship 2019-21. These nine teams include India, England, Australia, Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Bangladesh. The other three test playing nations that include Zimbabwe, Ireland and Afghanistan will not be taking part in the inaugural season of WTC.

How will the matches be played at this Championship?

Each participating team will get to play a total of six series out which three of them will be played at home and three will be the away series. Each series will consist of 120 points and the division of the points is as given below:

What will be the schedule of India at this WTC?

India will begin their campaign for the World Test Championship on August 22 with the first Test match against the West Indies. Here is the full schedule of the Indian Team that will take place in the WTC:

West Indies vs India: August – September 2019 (Away, 2 Tests)

India vs South Africa: October 2019 (Home, 3 Tests)

India vs Bangladesh: November 2019 (Home, 2 Tests)

New Zealand vs India: February-March 2020 (Away, 2 Tests)

Australia vs India: November 2020-January 2021 (Away, 4 Tests)

India vs England: January – March 2021 (Home, 5 Tests)

How will the winner of the World Test Championship be decided?

The top two teams at the end of all the series will play the final match in June 2021. The tentative venue for the ultimate match is decided to be the Lord’s Cricket Ground, England for now but it is yet to be finalized.

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Indian Team announced for the Windies Tour

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After a loss in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at the semi-final match, the Indian Team will now begin with their International campaign with the West Indies that will begin from August 3 in the form of T20Is. The three 20-20 matches will be followed by the One Day Internationals and then the Test matches.

The Indian squad has been announced for all three formats after a Press Conference held by the Chief Selector MSK Prasad. Their were some interesting calls in the selection as there were a few surprising ins and outs. The biggest name that was not there in any of the squads was of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and this was quite obvious as well as the veteran had already mentioned his unavailability for this tour.

Other names that were not there in the limited overs side were of Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik. It seems like maybe Karthik has played his game in the Indian jersey and selectors have started looking beyond him.

Some interesting inclusions has been made in the bowling department in the 20 overs formats which is definitely done after seeing good performance in this edition of the Indian Premier League. In this, Rahul Chahar, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini and Deepak Chahar. In batting department, Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey have been added to the side to strengthen the middle order.

Here are the squads for all three formats that are announced for the upcoming tour:

India’s squad for 2 Tests: Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (Vice Captain), Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (WK) Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav

India’s squad for 3 ODIs: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (Vice Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed and Navdeep Saini

India’s squad for 3 T20Is: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (Vice Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar and Navdeep Saini

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CWC 2019: Top 3 All-rounders

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All-rounders

All-rounders are always considered to be one of the biggest assets for any cricket team and that turned out to be true in this year’s World Cup edition as well. England Team won the ICC CWC 2019 after defeating New Zealand in the finals and one of the major reasons behind their victory was the amount of all-rounders that they had in their side.

Everyone was aware about England’s deep batting as Jofra Archer who batted at number 10 for them has also won quite a few matches for T20 League teams all round the globe. Other teams also had some great all-rounders in their sides that impressed with both bat and ball. Some of them went a step ahead as they impressed with their athleticism in the field as well.

Here we will talk about three such multi-dimensional players who impressed not only their fans but cricketing experts as well.

1. Ben Stokes (England)

Ben Stokes (Image Courtesy: Reuters)

One name that cannot be missed out from this list is of Ben Stokes as the Englishman impressed all right from the very first match against South Africa where he lead his side in all three departments. He was also awarded with the ‘Man of the Match’ award in that game.

He continued with his tremendous form throughout the season as was the hero for his side in the night of finals as well where he kept on batting till the end and helped in tying the match which was eventually won by them on boundary count.

Matches: 11

Innings: 10

Runs: 465

Average: 66.43

Wickets: 7

2. Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)

Shakib Al Hasan (Image Courtesy: AP)

Shakib Al Hasan (Image Courtesy: AP)

If we go as per the numbers, then Shakib’s name deserves to be at the top but here we will go according to the impact that the players laid on the overall performance of their respective sides. By this, Shakib definitely deserves to be at this position while preparing this list.

We saw a great fighting spirit from the Bangladesh Team in this tournament that they never fail to showcase in any multinational or bilateral series. One of the major reasons behind their such performance in this CWC was spectacular performance from Shakib Al Hasan who lead his side from the front.

Matches: 8

Innings: 8

Runs: 606

Average: 86.57

Wickets: 11

3. James Neesham (New Zealand)

James Neesham (Image Courtesy: AFP)

James Neesham (Image Courtesy: AFP)

One of the most underrated players of this season who performed well with both bat and ball should definitely be James Neesham of New Zealand. There were some other prospects like Hardik Pandya and Gulbadin Naib as well who could appear in this list but Neesham wins this race by quite some margin.

Neesham did not lose hopes and showed great composure in the important match of final where his team was chasing 16 runs in the Super Over and he almost took his side home and tied there as well.

Matches: 10

Innings: 8

Runs: 292

Average: 36.50

Wickets: 15

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CWC 2019: Top 3 Bowlers

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CWC 2019: Top 3 Bowlers

It took around one and a half month and 48 matches to find the winner of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as it was expected, it was the hosting nation England that lifted the trophy. They clinched the title in the finals after they defeated New Zealand in an absolutely thriller and arguably one of the best matches in the history of One Day cricket.

Before the World Cup started, it was expected that there will be flat tracks all over and we will witness some mammoth totals all around the tournament. But that did not happen as not the pitch were made without favouring any department but we also got to witness some exemplary bowling performances throughout the tournament. On thing that was found to be common was that there was no assistance for the spin bowlers.

As a result, in the list of top three bowlers, all of them are fast bowlers who made it here with their continuous performance in this season.

1. Mitchell Starc (Australia)

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The leading wicket taker in this edition of ICC Cricket World Cup was Mitchell Starc from Australian and that too by quite a big margin as the difference between him and the bowler at second place was of six wickets. The value of his performance increased by an extent as he was not fully fit before the start of the tournament and there were speculations that how he will perform in the tournament.

Nothing of that sort was seen in the entire season as he also matched the all-time record of Glenn McGrath’s 27 wickets in a single edition of the World Cup. His this performance was also a reason behind Australia’s great performance in CWC 2019.

Matches: 10

Overs: 92.2

Wickets: 27

Average: 18.59

Best Figures: 5/26 (vs New Zealand)

2. Lockie Ferguson (New Zealand)

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One bowler that has impressed all with his skills is Lockie Ferguson who surprised the batsmen with his raw pace and bounce. He finished at the second spot in the list of most wickets as he ended the tournament with 21 wickets to his name.

There were other ace bowlers like Trent Boult and Tim Southee in his side but he sidelined everyone to be the leader of Kiwi bowling lineup. He also featured in the official team announced by the ICC for this World Cup.

Matches: 9

Overs: 83.4

Wickets: 21

Average: 19.48

Best Figures: 4/37 (vs Afghanistan)

3. Jasprit Bumrah (India)

Jasprit Bumrah (Image Courtesy: AFP)

This tally could not have been completed without the name of Jasprit Bumrah in it as the ‘Yorker King’ was definitely one of the best bowlers in this entire World Cup and there was hardly any outing when he performed badly. At the moment, Bumrah is the best Indian bowler without any doubt and that too in across all three formats.

Bumrah’s name is at the fifth spot in the list of highest wicket takers but the impact that he laid was quite terrific. He bowled all the crucial overs for his side, took the wickets of opposition’s best batsmen and was the go-to bowler for his captain.

Matches: 9

Overs: 84

Wickets: 18

Average: 20.61

Best Figures: 4/55 (vs Bangladesh)

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CWC 2019: Prize Money that the Indian Team won

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The campaign for the Indian Cricket Team ended up on 10th July, 2019 after their defeat in the semi-final clash against New Zealand. It was one of the biggest heartbreaking moments for the Indian players as well as their fans cheering for them from all over the world. India topped the League Stage table with 15 points in nine matches.

Here, we will talk about the prize money that the Indian team won at the end of the tournament. The Cricket World Cup is considered to be one of the richest tournaments throughout the world and this could be easily seen in the amount that was awarded to the ‘Men in Blue’.

The prize money for every team participating in this year’s CWC has been increased from the last time as its format has completely changed resulting in no quarter finals taking place now. Here is the Prize Money distribution for each team participating in CWC 2019:

  • World Cup Winners- $4,000,000 (up from $3,975,000 of 2015)

  • Runner-up- $2,000,000 (up from $1,750,000 of 2015)

  • Losing Semi-finalists- $800,000 (up from $600,000 of 2015)

  • Winner of each group stage match- $40,000 (down from $45,000 of 2015)

  • Teams eliminated in group stage- $100,000 (up from $35,000 of 2015)

Indian Team’s Prize Money

As mentioned earlier that the Indian Team won seven matches in their league stage which means they earned a whopping amount of $2,80,000 ($40,000×7) which results to be calculated at ₹1,90,40,000 (taking the conversion rate as 1 USD = 68 INR). This is the money that they earned at the end of the league stage only.

The team also went on to play the semi final matches which added another handsome amount of $800,000 (₹5,44,00,000). In totalling up all the money that they won in this edition of the World Cup, the amount comes out to be $10,80,000 which results to ₹7,34,40,000 (Seven Crores Thirty Four Lakhs and Forty Thousand Rupees) when converted in Indian rupees.

The Indian Team won ₹17,22,50,000 in the 2011 edition where they were the champions while managed to earn just ₹5,74,20,000 in the 2015 season where they ended their campaign in the semi-finals just like the 2019 season.

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CWC 2019: List of all Record Holders

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The England Cricket Team won the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and their drought which lasted for more than four decades of not having this title in their shelves. Moreover, the final match was a treat for all cricket lovers, no matter for which team they were supporting.

The ultimate match of this edition was played at the Lord’s Cricket Ground between the hosts England and New Zealand and it was one of the best matches ever played on a cricket ground. The match ended in a tie which lead to a Super Over and guess what, the Super Over also tied. In the end, England were declared as the winners as they had scored more number of boundaries in the match.

Numerous records were made and broken not only the final match but also throughout the tournament and here are the names of the record holders for this edition of ICC Cricket World Cup:

Most Runs: Rohit Sharma had a blast in this season with the bat as he amassed a total of 648 runs in just nine outings. These runs came at an average of over 81 and consisted of 67 fours and 14 sixes. We got to see an entirely new version of Sharma who batted with a bit more maturely. The names of David Warner and Shakib Al Hasan followed Rohit Sharma in this list.

Most Wickets: Mitchell Starc emerged as the highest wicket taker in this World Cup edition as well just like the last time. At the end of the season, he had 27 scalps to his name in just 10 matches with a bowling average of just over 18. Lockie Ferguson succeeded the left-armer with 21 wickets in his bag.

Highest Individual Score: The record of scoring the highest runs in a single game went to David Warner for his explosive knock of 166 runs off 147 deliveries in the match against Bangladesh. Australia won that game by 48 runs and Warner won the ‘Man of the Match’ award.

Most Fours: Rohit Sharma and Jonny Bairstow jointly held this record with 67 boundaries to their names respectively. Through Rohit was an edge better than the Englishman as he played two matches less.

Most Sixes: The English skipper Eoin Morgan ended the tournament with this title to his name as he crossed the ball 22 times over the fence with his bat. Out of these 22 sixes, 17 came in a single match that was against Afghanistan.

Most Centuries: This record also was held by Rohit Sharma as he ended this season with as many as five centuries to his name which is also a new world record. Earlier, the record of scoring the most number of 100s by a player in a single edition of World Cup was held by Kumar Sangakkara (4 centuries) of Sri Lanka.

Best Bowling Figures: Pakistan’s teen fast bowler Shaheen Afridi bowled a terrific spell of 6-35 against Bangladesh team which is not only the best bowling spell of this entire tournament but also his career best performance in this format.

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CWC 2019: Final (England vs New Zealand) – Preview

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After a long period of almost one and a half month where we witnessed some tremendous cricket from best of the teams and players, we are down to the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. A day for which all cricketing fans have been from the last four years, it has finally arrived and could not have been better as this match will be played at the ‘Home of Cricket’- Lord’s Cricket Ground in London on 14th July 2019.

In the league match that took place between these two teams was at the Riverside Ground, Chester le Street where it was a one-sided match as England defeated New Zealand by a massive margin of 119 runs in a must win game. Jonny Bairstow won the ‘Man of the Match’ award for his scintillating century in that encounter.

Pitch Report

A typical Lord’s pitch is expected where there will be assistance for both batsmen as well as bowlers, especially spinners. Bowlers will definitely have to chip in a few early wickets otherwise there is going to be a big problem for them, once the batsmen are settled in the middle. Most probably a high scoring game is expected unless we witness some miraculous bowling.

What to Expect

Toss have played a crucial factor in this entire tournament and so is expected in this match as well. The team winning the toss is expected to bat first keeping the pitch conditions in mind. Also, a similar kind of pattern has been observed in this entire tournament where the team batting first has won most of the matches.

If England gets to bat first, then the hosts will definitely start as the favourites unless we see similar kind of bowling from the kiwi bowlers just like the last match. If New Zealand strikes first, then they will get more info the competition and a better is expected to take place.

All You need to Know

Date- 14th July, 2019 (Sunday)

Time- 10:30 AM (England); 9:30 PM (New Zealand) and 3:00 PM (IST)

Venue- Lord’s Cricket Ground, London

Possible Playing XIs:

England- Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Jos Butler (WK), Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett/Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid and Mark Wood

New Zealand- Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (WK), James Neesham, Colin De Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult

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CWC 2019: Three Indian players who might not be seen again in Indian colors

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The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is just a match away from finding its winner as the final match will be played between England and New Zealand will decide who will lift the trophy at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on 14th July, 2019. The two teams that got eliminated in the semi-finals we’re India and Australia which were also the top two teams respectively at the end of League Stage.

Though India had a terrific entire season but just a few iffy decisions and as Virat Kohli mentioned ’45 minutes of bad cricket’ ruled them out of this tournament. This not only left the entire dressing room shattered but also the millions of Indian fans in tears. This World Cup may not only be the last world cup for some of the Indian players but it seems that some of the players have played their last One Day match as well.

Let’s have a look at three such probable Indian cricketers who might not be seen in this format in the Indian colors again.

#1 Dinesh Karthik

Dinesh Karthik (Image Courtesy: Punjab Kesari)

Dinesh Karthik was a part of the Indian Team since the beginning of this World Cup and his selection gave immense happiness to his fans as his experience was considered over the talent of Rishabh Pant. But he was not part of the Playing XI in the initial few matches.

In the two innings in which he got to bat in this tournament, he could manage to have just 14 runs to his name and most importantly when the team needed him the most, which was in the semi-final match, he failed miserably. This may result in axing of this player from the Indian Cricket in this format.

#2 Kedar Jadhav

Kedar Jadhav (Image Courtesy: India Today)

One could not have imagined the name of Kedar Jadhav to appear in this list as the batting all-rounder was an integral part of this team before the start of this tournament. But just after a few matches in the beginning, he was ruled from the team because of his poor performance.

With young all-rounders like Krunal Pandya and Vijay Shankar grooming in the side and Hardik Pandya already there, it will be really difficult for the selectors to accommodate him in the side which may result in an end of his ODI career.

#3 MS Dhoni

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The most painful name to see appearing in this list is of one of the best Indian players ever, MS Dhoni. There were speculations before the start of this World Cup that Dhoni will retire immediately after the 2019 CWC. Though there is no such information coming from the side of now but a big possibility of his retirement is there.

Just after the semi-final match, Indian captain Virat Kohli told the press that Dhoni have not told anything to them regarding his retirement but he left captaincy and Test Cricket without telling anyone beforehand, we can expect something similar happening this time as well.

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CWC 2019 : Best XI at the end of League Stage

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The league stage of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 has come to an end and we are just three matches away from finding the team that will lift the trophy of one of the most esteemed ICC events and this time it’s value is bit enhanced as the final match will be played at the ‘Home of Cricket’. The Lord’s Cricket Ground will host the ultimate match on July 14.

In this edition, we witnessed some of the best performances in all three departments of the game and that too right from the beginning where Ben Stokes emerged as ‘Player of the Match’ with contribution for his team in all three aspects to Rohit Sharma’s spectacular five centuries in mere eight innings.

So, here is a Playing XI that is formed with the performances from players till the end of League Stage:

Openers: Rohit Sharma (India) and David Warner (Australia)

When it comes to finding the best openers of this World Cup so far, then there will be just two names in everyone’s mind and they are of Rohit Sharma and David Warner which is also not much surprising as they were expected to do so right from the start of the tournament.

What they have achieved and done so far in this tournament is quite unbelievable as both of them have over 600 runs in just eight and nine respective matches but Sharma has taken it to another level five 100s in a single edition which is a world record as of now.

Middle Order: Virat Kohli (India), Kane Williamson (New Zealand) and Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)

Some of the best middle order performances have come in this edition which as a result, made this one of the most difficult parts of the team to select from. The players that are selected in this Playing XI are Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson and Shakib Al Hasan as all three of them are in the list of top 10 players as far run scoring is concerned.

Apart from the above mentioned players, some other players like Joe Root, Babar Azam etc were also in the list of probables but unfortunately missed out on making it to the final XI. Also, Virat Kohli will be captaining this side.

All Rounder: Ben Stokes (England)

The team already features a world class all-rounder in the form of Shakib Al Hasan but it’s almost impossible to ignore the name of Ben Stokes from the side at number six who has impressed everyone with his skills in all three departments.

Wicket Keeper: Alex Carey (Australia)

It was a toss up between Alex Carey and Tom Latham when it came to fulfill the slot of the wicket keeper as these two are the ones who bat a bit down the order but it is Carey who marginally won this race of featuring in this Playing XI.

Bowlers: Mitchell Starc (Australia), Jofra Archer (England), Shaheen Afridi (Pakistan) and Jasprit Bumrah (India)

It is really hard to say that there is no specialist spinner in the list of top 15 wicket takers of this tournament. As a result, there is just Shakib Al Hasan as a slow bowling option in this playing XI which clearly shows that this entire has been all about the pacers as far as the bowling is concerned. So, the chosen four bowlers are Mitchell Starc, Jofra Archer, Shaheen Afridi and Jasprit.

Some of the bowlers that need special mention who missed out in this list are Lockie Ferguson (New Zealand), Mohammad Amir (Pakistan), Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh) etc.

Final XI: Rohit Sharma, David Warner, Virat Kohli (C), Kane Williamson, Shakib Al Hasan, Ben Stokes, Alex Carey (WC), Jofra Archer, Mitchell Starc, Shaheen Afridi and Jasprit Bumrah

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CWC 2019: Semifinals Preview

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After a long period of over one month and 45 matches, we are down to the business end of the tournament where we have found our top four teams that will be up against each other in the semi-finals to fix a spot in the finals. The four teams that have reached this stage are India, Australia, England and New Zealand.

These four teams were right at the top from the start of the tournament and have rightly finished at the top four. There were some outside chance of Pakistan and Bangladesh for getting qualified but all that went in vain. Now, the four teams will play the first and the second semi final match against each other where the former will involve India and New Zealand and the latter will be played Australia and New Zealand.

India vs New Zealand

Talking about the first where the top-spotted team India will play the fourth ranked team New Zealand at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester on 09th July, 2019. Both the teams could not meet at the league stage as that match was washed out due to rain. But these two teams met at the warm-up match before the start of the tournament where New Zealand won that match easily.

As the tournament processed, India has emerged as the best team of the tournament where they lost just a single game while New Zealand lost their last three encounters which means that the momentum is with the ‘Men in Blue’. It will be a cracking game to offer for all the fans eagerly waiting for this game to happen.

Probable Playing XIs:

India- Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah

New Zealand- Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (WK), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson

Australia vs England

The second match will involve the second and third placed teams respectively where Australia will lock horns against England at the Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham on 11th July, 2019 where a kind of mini ashes is expected, keeping in mind the old rivalry between these two teams.

It is expected to be a great game in offering as it will be a match of England’s batting and the Australian bowlers and the toss will play a crucial factor in deciding the result of the match as England will definitely try to bat first as they have not won even a single game while chasing. This match will decide who will play against the winner of India-New Zealand

Probable Playing XIs:

Australia- Aaron Finch (C), David Warner, Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (WK), Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon and Nathan Lyon

England- Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Jos Butler (WK), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood

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