How are the teams fairing so far?

12-06-2019 15:06

We’re nearly two weeks in to the cricket World Cup so we can see how each country is faring at the moment.

Only the top four teams qualify for the semi finals in July

Teams doing well and are on course to qualify for the top 4

England

Have played three matches

Won:2/3

Lost: 1

England have performed as the favourites for the tournament with key batters in really good form.

The likes of Jason Roy, Joe Root and Jos Butler have so far scored centuries in England’s three matches

They however played poorly and lost to Pakistan last week and there are questions over their bowling line up.

After the defeat to Pakistan, England dropped Moeen Ali whose been in poor form with ball and bat during the first couple of games during the World Cup and replaced with Liam Plunkett.

And also whether England need both fast bowlers Jofra Archer and Mark Wood in the team too.

England need to make sure they win their games against West Indies, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and New Zealand to ensure they qualify for the semi finals in early July.

West Indies

Have played three matches

Won: 1

Lost: 1

No result: 1

Like I predicted before the World Cup began, the West Indies are one of the dark horses in the tournament.

They completely outplayed Pakistan in their opening match, bowling them all out for 105.

The West Indies narrowly lost to Australia last Thursday so it will be important that they put the hosts and favourites England under pressure in their next match on Friday after their match against South Africa was abandoned after 7.2 overs on Monday.

India

Have played two matches

Won: 2/2

India have had a good start to their bid to win the World Cup after they started a week later than all the other teams because of the IPL finishing so close to the start of the World Cup.

They have impressed in their first two matches beating South Africa by 6 wickets and Australia by 36 runs on Sunday.

India have got a huge match on Sunday against their biggest (sporting and political) rival Pakistan on Sunday at Old Trafford.

Are one of the top teams and it would be a huge surprise if they didn’t qualify for the semi final stage of the World Cup.

New Zealand

Have played three matches

Won: 3/3

New Zealand currently top the group stage of the World Cup after winning all their three matches.

Stand a good chance of qualifying for the semi finals of the tournament.

Must do better to stand a chance of qualifying for the semi finals

Australia

Have played four matches

Won: 2/3

Lost: 1/3

Australia won their first two matches against the West Indies by 15 runs and Afghanistan by 7 wickets.

They lost to India by 36 runs on Sunday and can’t afford to lose to Pakistan today seeing as they’ve got to play England and New Zealand over the next couple of weeks.

David Warner was heavily criticised during the India match because he scored one of the slowest 50’s in his career which some in Australia argued may have cost his team victory.

Australia do have other issues in their side to resolve too.

Usman Khawaja opened the batting for his country when David Warner was banned last year and he did a good job of opening with Aaron Finch.

But since Warner and Smiths bans ended in March Khawaja has been demoted to number four in the Australian batting line up and Steve Smith bats at three.

This has cost Australia runs because it has meant the likes of Glenn Maxwell has batted too late on in the innings to be effective.

All rounder Stonis has been ruled out of the World Cup too and for the Pakistan match has been replaced by Shaun Marsh, his brother Mitchell looks like the likely replacement for such a key player in the Australian team.

And spinner Adam Zampa hasn’t impressed and has leaked a lot of runs and some have argued he should be replaced by Nathan Lyon or Pradeep.

Pakistan

Have played four matches

Won: 1

Lost: 1

No result: 1

Pakistan could be one of the dark horses of the tournament if they improve their discipline in the field.

They have an impressive batting and bowling line up which are capable of getting to the final like when they got to the final of the champions trophy in England two years ago.

Pakistan stunned the favourites and hosts England by beating them on June 3rd by 14 runs.

Have got a huge match on Sunday against their biggest sporting and political rival India on Sunday at Old Trafford.

Teams who aren’t doing so well

South Africa

Have played four matches

Lost 3/4

No result: 1

South Africa have been very poor so far during their World Cup campaign.

They have lost three out of the four matches to England, Australia and Bangladesh.

South Africa’s bowling and batting hasn’t been very good and it appears they are missing the likes of Dale Steyn (who was ruled out of the tournament with a shoulder injury) and haven’t yet replaced one of their greatest ever batsman AB De Villers (who wanted to end his international retirement to play at the World Cup but refused to play in an ODI series before the tournament; favouring the Bangladesh Premier League! ).

I think South Africa have been badly affected by the Kolpak issue where South Africans have to retire from International cricket if they want to play domestic cricket in England.

There’s no chance of them qualifying for the semi finals even if they won their last four matches.

Sri Lanka

Have played four matches

Won: 1

Lost: 1

No result: 2

Sri Lanka have been badly affected by the wet weather in June because they’ve only played two matches so far which saw them beat Afghanistan but lose to New Zealand.

Their games against Bangladesh and South Africa were abandoned due to rain.

Sri Lanka will be hoping the British weather doesn’t prevent them from qualifying for the semi final stage of the World Cup.

Bangladesh

Have played four matches

Won:1

Lost: 2

No result: 1

Bangladesh started their World Cup campaign well by stunning South Africa but then they lost to New Zealand by two wickets and England by 106 runs.

Their game against Sri Lanka on Tuesday was abandoned due to bad weather in Bristol.

Bangladesh need to win their next game against the West Indies at Taunton on Monday to keep their slim chance of qualifying for the semi finals alive

Afghanistan

Have played 3 matches

Lost: 3/3

Afghanistan have lost all three of their matches to Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

Their next match is against England at Old Trafford on Tuesday (which I happen to be going to watch!)

I don’t see Afghanistan sadly qualifying for the semi finals of the World Cup but they should still be proud of qualifying for the tournament.

Ten years ago cricket in Afghanistan was non existent because of conflict in the country so to get to their first ever World Cup is a remarkable achievement.

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