Bangladesh taking their best-ever team to the ICC World Cup

By May 14, 2019
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  • This week at the Cricket World Cup: South Africa hopes hanging in the balance This week at the Cricket World Cup: South Africa hopes hanging in the balance

    South Africa may have to win all of their remaining group-stage matches to earn a place in the Cricket World Cup semi-finals and Faf du Plessis' side face two tricky challenges this week.

    The Proteas lost their first three games at this tournament, belatedly getting a point on the board with a washout against West Indies before picking up their first win thanks to a comfortable triumph over Afghanistan last week.

    But things certainly do not get any easier for South Africa over the coming seven days, as they take on an unbeaten New Zealand and a mercurial Pakistan, who desperately need a win themselves following Sunday's resounding defeat to fierce rivals India.

    Virat Kohli's side look the strongest all-round outfit in the competition and they should pick up another victory against Afghanistan, who also face hosts England in a tough week for the only team yet to claim a point.

     

    FIXTURES

    Monday 17 June:  West Indies v Bangladesh (Taunton) - 1030 BST start

    Tuesday 18 June:  England v Afghanistan (Old Trafford) - 1030

    Wednesday 19 June:  New Zealand v South Africa (Edgbaston) - 1030

    Thursday 20 June:  Australia v Bangladesh (Trent Bridge) - 1030

    Friday 21 June:  England v Sri Lanka (Headingley) - 1030

    Saturday 22 June:  India v Afghanistan (the Rose Bowl) - 1030, West Indies v New Zealand (Old Trafford) - 1330

    Sunday 23 June:  Pakistan v South Africa (Lord's) - 1030

     

    THE WEEK'S BIG GAME

    With over half their matches played and only three points to their name, South Africa can ill-afford any slip-ups. Their first assignment of the week comes against the Black Caps on Wednesday, in a repeat of the thrilling semi-final from four years ago that saw New Zealand squeeze through. If the Proteas can dish out a first defeat of the tournament to Kane Williamson's side, they will go into Sunday's clash against an erratic Pakistan with renewed hope of securing a top-four finish.

    STANDINGS

    1. Australia - 8pts from 5 games, Net Run Rate +0.812
    2. New Zealand - 7pts from 4 games, NRR +2.163
    3. India - 7pts from 4 games, NRR +1.029
    4. England - 6pts from 4 games, NRR +1.557
    5. Sri Lanka - 4pts from 5 games, NRR -1.778
    6. West Indies - 3pts from 4 games, NRR +0.666
    7. South Africa - 3pts from 5 games, NRR -0.208
    8. Bangladesh - 3pts from 4 games, NRR -0.714
    9. Pakistan - 3pts from 5 games, NRR -1.933
    10. Afghanistan - 0pts from 4 games, NRR -1.638

     

    LEADING RUN-SCORERS

    1: Aaron Finch (Aus) - 343
    2: Rohit Sharma (Ind) - 319
    3: David Warner (Aus) - 281

     

    LEADING WICKET-TAKERS

    =1: Mohammad Amir (Pak), Mitchell Starc (Aus) - 13
    2: Pat Cummins (Aus) - 11

  • Windies skipper Holder impressed by Pooran maturity Windies skipper Holder impressed by Pooran maturity

    Windies captain Jason Holder admits the form of middle order batsman Nicholas Pooran has a bit of fresh air, despite a few underwhelming performances by the team at the ICC World Cup so far.

    The 23-year-old was one of the few bright sparks for the regional team in a crushing defeat against England last week.  In fact, Pooran scored his maiden half-century, with an impressive 63 from 78 balls, in an eight-wicket defeat.  His responsible partnership with Shimron Hetmyer, who scored 39 from 48, was a steadying factor for the Caribbean team who at one point seemed destined to make less than the 212 they eventually managed.

    “Pooran has been really good.  I am pleased with his progress so far.  He has shown a lot of maturity, which is really good for a young player,” Holder said.

    “He has got quite a few shots in his locker as well and that is really got to see from a young talent.  I just want him to continue the way that he has been going,” he added.

    “If he were marking himself extremely hard, I am sure he would like a 100.  So, let’s hope tomorrow he steps up and carries it deeper.”

    In three matches so far Pooran has scored 137 runs.  The West Indies will take on Bangladesh on Monday at Taunton County Ground. 

     

     

  • We have to back ourselves, says struggling Pakistan skipper Sarfraz We have to back ourselves, says struggling Pakistan skipper Sarfraz

    Sarfraz Ahmed insists Pakistan must continue to back themselves even as their Cricket World Cup hopes grow slimmer by the day.

    Pakistan lost a crunch clash with India by 89 runs on Duckworth-Lewis-Stern, leaving Sarfraz's side struggling on just three points from five matches.

    The 1992 champions will now face a tall order to qualify for the semi-finals regardless of their remaining results, but Sarfraz is not ready to give up hope.

    "It's definitely getting tougher and tougher but we have to back ourselves," the Pakistan captain said in the post-match presentation.

    "We have four matches so we'll try our level best to win all four matches. I'm sure we will bounce back."

    Sarfraz defended his tactics with the ball, despite seeing Rohit Sharma hit 140 in another superb batting display for India.

    The Pakistan skipper explained: "We have a plan to bowl in the right areas - especially for Rohit, pitch up to the ball. But I thought we didn't hit the right areas.

    "We won a good toss but didn't capitalise and that's why we conceded so many runs.

    "If you see the pitch and the ball is turning, that's why we picked two spinners, because of the moisture. They bowled really well but credit goes to the Indian batting, especially the middle part - they're batting really well."

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