ICC World Cup is in its full flow at the moment.
Exciting matches were played in last 2nd days.
First we talk about game between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. Sri Lanka won that game by 34( D&L method).
Game was affected due to rain. Sri Lanka batted first after they were put in by Afghanistan. They started their innings very well. They lost their first wicket on 92.
They lost thiwrcsecond wicket on 144 but after that they bowled out on 201. Mohammad Nabi was a star for Afghanistan with the ball, grapsed 4 wickets including 34 wickets in 22nd over of the innings which broke Sri Lanka momentum.
Kusal Perera scored a magnificent 78. Rashid Khan and Dawlat Zadran have taken 2 wickets each.
Target was reversed due to rain and Afghanistan needed 187 in 41 overs.
But Afghanistan’s batters couldn’t able to bat well and bolted out on 152. Nuwan Pradeep took 4 wickets and Malinga took 3 wickets.
Afghanistan should have won that game easily but their batsmen again disappointed their fans. Their batting is a problem which need to be addressed quickly.
Yesterday, two matches were played. First match was a day fixture between South Africa and India.
South Africa won the toss and elected to bat. They started very badly and lost their openers on 24 runs.
They continued to lose wickets at regular intervals and posted 227 runs thanks to Chris Morris and A. Phehlukwayo’s batting in later part of innings.
Yuzvendra Chahal took 4 wickets and Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have taken 2 wickets each. Indian bowling looked good during that match. No doubt India has a good bowling attack right now.
In reply India lost Dhawan and Kohli early but Rohit Sharma batted really well after having a chance. He involved in two brilliant partnerships with Rahul and Dhoni.
Sharma scored his 23rd ODI hundred and he remained not out and India chased the target in 48th over with 6 wickets in hand
Sharma showed his class and he finished the game by himself, which is a great lesson to be learn for any youngster.
South Africa lost 3 games in a row and now they are almost in a do or die situation. They have their injury problems as well.
In the second match of the day, New Zealand have beaten Bangladesh by 2 wickets in a tight game.
NZ won the toss and elected to bowl. Bangladesh all out in 50th over on 244 runs. Shakib Ul Hassan scored 64 on 68 balls with seven fours. Matt Henry took 4 wickets and Trent Boul took 2 wickets.
In reply, NZ lost their openers on 55. Then turning point of the match came when Mushfiqur Raheem missed the runout opportunity when the score was on 61.
But after that Williamson and Taylor put on 105 runs partnership.
Bangladesh never gave up and they continued to fight till end. They have taken 8 Kiwi wickets on 238 and made that match interesting but in the end NZ have chased the target courtesy Santner who made 17 important runs at number 8.
Bangladesh fought well and their fans must be proud on their team. If Mushfiqur Raheem didn’t miss that runout things could have been different.
Overall these 3 games had really oft the tournament’s tempo up and hope to see more exciting matches in upcoming days.