Finally we have one exciting match in this tournament.
Bangladesh just outclassed South Africa in all departments. They clinched their respective second victory against them in World Cups.
Bangladesh started the match with a very positive intend and they didn’t lose the grip at any stage on that game.
South Africa surprisingly decided to bowl first at good batting track. They felt that wicket had something for blowers but they were wrong.
Bangladesh right from the start batted with a purpose. Someya Sarkar played a good innings but the real face of that innings was the partnership between two veterans Mushfiqur Raheem and Shakib Ul Hassan.
Both played a blinder and built the innings quite superbly. At the end Mahmudullah finished the innings in style with well made 46.
Bangladesh put up this review highest total of One days. South Africa had few problems in the bowling.
Ngidi injured after bowling 4 overs. This hurt protease very badly as they leaked too many runs in final overs.
South Africa have to open with Makaram as Hashim Amla wasn’t available for that match. South Africa tried hard to build partnerships but they lost wickets at crucial intervals.
Mustafizur Rahman, Safi ud din and Mehdi Hassan bowled very well and they took 3, 2 and 1 wicket respectively.
South Africa managed to score 309 in their 50 overs by losing 8 wickets and they lost their second match of tournament by 21runs.
This is a great victory for Bangal tigers as they have now every chance to qualify for semis.
South Africa have to get their house in order. They have injury problems but they have to utilize this available resources.
Their captain must least from the front and try to take good decisions. He must not lose his wickets when he got set as others must also avoid this.
Now South Africa have to beat India to bounce back in this tournament. Otherwise the could be difficult for them to qualify for knick out stage.
Bangladesh on the other hand, should play the same way. They are a real threat for all the teams and they are no longer to be an average team.
Again we have two low scoring and one sided games in this World Cup. This is really unfortunate fans who want high scoring and tight games.
Sri Lanka just bowled out on 136 against New Zealand on a green pitch. They never looked comfortable during their innings.
D. Karunaratne scored 50. He carried his bat but the rest of team looked ugly on seeming wicket.
Matt Henry and Ferguson who were very expensive in a warm up match against Westindies took 3 wickets each.
New Zealand have chased the target quite easily in 17th ove with quickfire 50s by their openers.
Both Munro and Guptil looked in-form and they smashed Sri Lankan blowers to all parts.
New Zealand made a good start to their World Cup campaign. This performance obviously will increase the morale of whole team which probably gone down after warm-up game against Westindies.
In another match, Australia came out on top against Afghanistan.
Afghanistan were bowled out on just 207 on batting surface at Bristol. Their top order didn’t able fire and only one fifty by Najeebullah Zadran was scored.
Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa took three wickets each. Aussies chased down the target in just 30th over with David Warner scoring 89 not out.
Australia looked good in all departments. Their pace and spin bowling showed their class and in batting openers were just outstanding.
David Warner had a great comeback with his match winning performance. That show the mental toughness of Aussies’ players.
Australian selectors have included both Smith and Warner directly into the World Cup and so far both fulfilled the expectations.
Afghanistan’s batsmen must learn how to build innings and how to bat well against good teams. Again their spinners didn’t able to deliver much. Australian batsmen played them easily.
Afghanistan’s batters have to score runs in this tournament in order to give their spinners enough runs to fight. Their captain should also use his bowlers intelligently.
So overall this is not the start which fans eternal looking for. Good and exciting matches are required in order to make this tournament interesting. Everything is outstanding except matches in this World Cup.
So teams must also realize the importance of this World Cup and they have to perform well especially teams who have lost their opening encounters very badly.
I had never thought that I would be writing this blog as early but unfortunately I am doing this. It was indeed a shameful performance by our team.
Our batsmen had no clue of how to deal with short pitch bowling. West-Indian bowlers kept on pitching the ball short and our batsmen was bitting a dust one by one.
Wicket looked fresh; having an extra bounce but overall it was a good surface to bat on.
The few shorts that was hit by our players showed that it was nothing wrong in the wicket. The ball came out on bat very nicely but we kept loosing wickets at regular intervals.
We should have score more than 300 on this flat wicket but short bowling became a nightmare for out team.
When you bowled out on 105, you cannever win a match especially in the modern era. But you could show some positive intend to the opposition. That intend was also missing. We never used spinners. It could be better if we starts off with a spinner but we went with Hassan Ali who was ridiculously out of form these days. Gayle took him to the clearners. We continued to bowl with seekers but except Mohammad Aamir, other two didn’t look too impressive.
Taking the pace off the ball could have been better. If we would have taken five wickets or more, this could benefited us in upcoming matches. But we didn’t go for that this as well.
Only one positive aspect we could take from that game is the bowling spell of Mohammad Aamir. He took three wickets. This one good thing for our team because in-form Aamir is an essential for our team.
Pakistan should not loose hope. This probably was a sue failure for our batting. But unfortunately we failed at wrong time and too badly also. Our team management must sit with our team and identify reasons of such bad performance.
Team management have to keep the morale of our players high and they must keep them motivated. Our think tank must make a strategy to deal with short-pitch bowling.
Some changes can be made in the playing eleven. Inclusion of Asif Ali could be take place. Hassan Ali can be replaced with some other seemer because he is leaking too many runs.
Our nation must back our team because this is the hard time for them. They have that ability to come back strong which they did in CT 2017.
Finally the wait is over and World Cup has started in England with home team’s victory.
England just made that match one-sided at the end. They bowled really well and South Africans have no clue what so ever.
South Africa did a right thing after winning the toss. England have done really well in chasing recently. So for that South Africa did well. They got an initial break through but then England batted really well.
Their batsmen looked in superb form and their captain has led from the front with a brilliant fifty.
Ben Stokes was the top of the scorers with well made 89. He batted intelligently and chose his shorts according to field placements. He played with the mind of fielding team.
In reply, South Africa suffered an early blow when Hashim Amla was hit with a bouncer. Makaram also went shortly after that but then Quinton de Cock and Ven Dessen participate in a good partnership.
At that point when De Cock was going well, we have thought South Africa might chased it down but they didn’t.
After De Cock wicket, South Africa chocked and they bowled out at 207. This was really a disappointed performance by proteas.
Archer again was a star of the show with his economical and wicket taking spell of 3/27 in 7 overs. He bowled fantastically.
Ben Stokes also grasped two wickets. He also taken two catches and made a batsman run out with his throw. One of those two cates was just an outstanding one handed caught. He awarded man of the match award with his outstanding performance.
South Africa started their bowling with Imran Tahir which was a surprise thigh to do. For the first time, spinner bowled the very first over of the World Cup.
I think in England you should start with seem bowlers, because new ball swings in those conditions.
South Africa, now have to re-think their strategy and they should cover their grey areas. Their batsmen need to perform much better. They have to remove the tag of chokers from themselves.
On the other hand, England have a brilliant start to the tournament. They have to continue their winning momentum in order to win the tournament this time.
Warm-up matches for WC2019 have finished in UK and we are now heading towards the tournament which begin on 30th May.
Finally we have witnessed some big scores in those Warm-up games; in fact mighty scores. Westindies have scored 421 runs against New Zealand who bowled out India on 179 in an earlier encounter.
Shai Hope was a star of the show with his great century and other players also batted very well with good strike rate. West-Indies really send a message with this incredible performance to all big teams that they are here to compete.
Their batting unit is looking in a great shape and they have a lot of power hitter in their side who can turn the game.
New Zealand on the other hand suffered a great punishment from black wind. But Trent Boult bowled really well again and grasped four wickets.
New Zealand must comeback well from this ridiculous performance. No doubt their momentum have been broken and they must quickly learn from their mistakes in Bowling. Their batting was okay in that game but when you’re chaining such target you need to come harder at every time which make it difficult. Their seemers have to bowled in right areas.
In another match, India outclassed Bangladesh. MS Dhoni have shown to the World that he is still a match winning batsman. He scored a brilliant hundred in just 73 balls and helped his side to recover from 102/4 to 359.
K.L Rahul also scored a century and duo hitted 11 sixes. Indian openers again failed but their captain was also in runs and made 47.
Most worry sign for Bangladesh is the performance of their top all-rounder Shakib who have given 58 runs in just 6 overs and have golden duck in that match. Bangladesh must learn how to play well against big teams like England, India and Australia. The way they have lost control on that game was just pathetic. They need to come more harder when the opposition is down. India comeback well in Thierry second match. They showed that they have a depth in their batting line-up. Their bowling was also looking good against Bangladesh. Bumrah and Chahal bowled really well. Now their team’s balance is being outstanding and they are really one of favourites of tournament.
Overall Warm-up matches have given good practice to all teams. Now they become associated with the conditions and wickets. There was few ups and downs for teams in Warm-up matches so we can expect the same in main tournament. Hoping that this tournament will be one of the best tournament of cricket we have ever witnessed.
In warm up matches of the world Cup so far we could clearly see difference in pitches with respect to what we observed during Pak-Eng series. We witnessed scores like 297, 262 and 179 in theses warm up matches which clearly suggested that wicket will be very much supportive to both bowlers and batsmen in the upcoming event.
If we talk up Pak-Afg game, the ball was spinning and Pakistan batsmen faced difficulty to tackle the spin. Afghanistan played extremely well to overcome Pakistan in that match. Afghanistan is not a weak side now and big teams must take them seriously. Their spin department looks strong and 5he have world class spinners. There batting is also very good but at times they just not bats in one way which to hit the ball. They must concentrate on single double also because good teams doesn’t give you loose ball easily.
If we look at Pakistan’s performance we can take two positive aspects from that game i.e. Babar Azam’s century and Wahab Riaz bowling. Babar Azam again was looking extremely good and he just took the game deep. Wahab Riaz showed why he selected for this tournament. He bowled really well. Big problem is bowling with new ball. Pakistan have to find the solution of the because all teams have good top order batting lineup and Pakistan us to bowls extremely well at the top.
India again suffered with seam bowling and they lost their top order within no time. This is their big problem and other teams must keep this thing in their mind. India is regard as the best batting unit but they too can collapse with good seem and swing bowling.
England didn’t able to chase a target of 298 but they were missing Root and Morgan in their batting lineup. No doubt England played extremely well since 2015 World Cup especially in England but World Cup will not be as easy for them. They have to take every game very seriously and not as granted.
Unfortunately Pakistan’s second warm-up match has been cancelled due to rain. It may affect preparations for big event
Pakistan will go in the tournament without winning momentum which could be dangerous for their morale.
Rain in England is a big worry. It always effects the momentum of the series. Teams have to keep in mind this factor in their preparations because Duckworth Lewis method could come in play in this world Cup. Because of this toss become crucial in this tournament.
Due to bad weather conditions, big hits will require during. All teams have good fire power in their ranks. Pakistan also have Asif Ali in their squad but he needs to deliver for the team in this world Cup. He didn’t come to expectation so far in his International career but the stage is set for him. He has to perform if Pakistan is going to clinch the cup.
If we talk about Australia, they are looking in a very good shape. After the comeback of David Warner mad Steve Smith; they are a real threat in this World Cup. Both Smith and Warner performed well in their Warm-up match against England and their bowling also restricted them under 297. Now people are talking about them as one of favourites to lift the trophy. Australia is a well balanced side and other teams need to show their A-game against them.