The ICC World Cup has ended with a bang. It was a remarkable final that was one of the closest games in the history of sport. England managed to scrape through and win the title. So here are the top three things that we learned from England’s World Cup win:
1) Brilliant Ben
Ben Stokes was truly amazing in the final. Whenever it looked like England were on the verge of losing the final, every time Stokes managed to pull them back in. He played a masterful innings with the bat in the tied final, and also played his part in the Super Over, which was also tied. But Stokes proved to be the man of the match as England won on boundary count.
2) England’s Cup
From the moment Ben Stokes survived due to Boult stepping on the boundary, it looked like it was England’s cup. In the last over, they again got a huge slice of luck when they got four overthrows with the ball deflecting off Stokes’ bat. They never looked back and went on to win the tournament. The players were ecstatic with the win, but it appeared as if they were destined to win it.
3) Unlucky NZ
You have to feel for New Zealand and Kane Williamson. They were extremely unlucky to lose out in such a close final. They tied the game as well as the super over, and yet they did not get the trophy. But we all need to stand up and admire the New Zealand team and their skipper, they have played their part in one of the most thrilling finals ever.
To sum up, the tournament has proved to be one of the most successful ever. The final was extremely close and no team deserved to lose. Nevertheless, the rules are the rules, and congratulations to England for winning their first World Cup, just as My Sports Dose had predicted last year!
The ICC World Cup has entered the knockout stage. This is the business end of the tournament and the qualified teams are close to winning the ultimate prize. So here are the top three things that we learned from the penultimate week of the World Cup:
1) India Crash Out
India were seen as one of the favourites. They were extremely happy when South Africa defeated Australia in the final league game to give them their preferred semi final against New Zealand. However, the Kiwis had other plans. They have beaten India by 18 runs in the semi-final to reach their second final in a row. It is a bit of an upset, but considering New Zealand’s win over India in the warm-up match, they were always likely to be competitive.
2) England Scrape Through
England have just about scraped through to the semi-finals. At one stage, they were looking particularly vulnerable, but they managed to beat India and New Zealand to reach the semis. Now they are up against the mighty Aussies in a fascinating contest. The Aussies are also in great form and will challenge the Englishmen no end.
3) Aussie Grit
Australia may have lost their final league match against South Africa, but it is clear that they mean business. The Aussies have hit the ground running in the tournament, and would love to get one over England. If they can beat England, they will set up a repeat of the 2015 World Cup Final against their neighbours New Zealand.
To sum up, the tournament has been wonderful and has drawn a lot of interest around the world despite the weather interruptions. It will be interesting to see whether we will see a new winner, as England and New Zealand have never won it in their history.
The ICC World Cup has really come to life over the past week. Some interesting results have thrown the tournament wide open. So here are the top three things that we learned from the fifth week of the World Cup:
1) India in Semis
India have booked their place in the semi finals by beating Bangladesh. But it was not an easy win by any means. Bangladesh pushed them all the way and showed how much they have improved. India got back on track with this win after they had been beaten by England in the previous game. India are looking like one of the two best teams in the tournament and have the ability to win it.
2) England Shock
England have had a major mid-tournament slump. This has shocked the cricketing world and made the tournament much more interesting. England have already lost to Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Australia. If they do not beat New Zealand today, they are under threat of crashing out of the tournament, which would be a major shock.
3) Pakistan Pattern
Pakistan have followed the script perfectly. Their tournament results have completely been in sync with their 1992 cup winning campaign. However, if England beat New Zealand today, Pakistan’s fairy tale is likely to remain incomplete because they will need to beat Bangladesh by a really huge margin, which is unlikely.
To sum up, the tournament has been a fabulous one and now it is entering its final phase. It is looking like either India or Australia are likely to be the winners, but you never know in cricket. Let’s hope for a great finale.
The ICC World Cup has completed its fourth week. This was definitely the most exciting week of the World Cup thus far. There were many upsets and several close games. So here are the top three things that we learned from the fourth week of the World Cup:
1) England Struggle
England’s World Cup campaign has taken a shocking turn over the past week. First, they lost to Sri Lanka in a close contest. Then, they were hammered by Australia. All this has meant that their path to the semi finals looks a lot more tough now. Their next two matches are against India and New Zealand and they need to win at least one to have a chance.
2) Brilliant Brathwaite
Carlos Brathwaite played a superb knock for the West Indies against New Zealand. He took the Windies within one hit of a win despite having little support from the other end. Although he completed his century, he was unable to take them across the line. Nevertheless, his innings will be remembered for a long time.
3) Unlucky Afghans
Afghanistan played superbly well against India. Their bowlers restricted India to under 230 on a decent pitch. Plus, they almost chased it down. Led by Nabi, their batting clicked for once, and they were very close to causing an upset. Ultimately, they lost because of Shami’s hat-trick. But they should be proud of their effort.
To sum up, the tournament has been lit up by the last week. The sheer number of close games has generated new interest in the tournament. Let us hope for many more close games in the next week!
The ICC World Cup has completed its third week. This was one of the most disappointed weeks with a lot of matches being one-sided or completely rained out. So here are the top three things that we learned from the third week of the World Cup:
1) Incredible India
India have continued their incredible form by beating Pakistan comfortably. It was billed as one of the most exciting contests of the year. However, it proved to be a one-sided affair in which India crushed Pakistan. Rohit Sharma was in sublime form as he hit a marvellous century. Pakistan were never really in the chase. India appear to be the strongest team in the tournament along with England.
2) Rain Rules
Four matches have already been washed out due to rain. This is a sad state of affairs, especially because of the lack of reserve days for matches. The crowds have been left disappointed and the ICC needs to do something about this. Maybe it is time for some of the cricket grounds to be covered like it happens in Tennis.
3) England On Top
At the present moment, England are at the top of the table. The Englishmen have performed superbly during the tournament and lived up to their billing of favourites. Eoin Morgan smashed the record for most sixes by an ODI batsman and led his team to a 150 run win over the Afghans. England are looking one of the strongest teams.
To sum up, the tournament has been severely impacted by rain. The race for the top four is beginning to shape up now, with England, Australia, New Zealand, and India looking like the frontrunners. Let us hope for some exciting matches ahead!
The ICC World Cup has completed its second week. There have been some close matches, but there have also been a few wash outs. So here are the top three things that we learned from the second week of the World Cup:
1) Impressive India
India have looked impressive in both their matches. First, they beat South Africa in a one-sided game. Then, they managed to beat the Aussies by a comfortable margin of 36 runs. Their batting has been really impressive in both matches. Similarly, their bowlers have also looked the part. India are looking like real contenders, although Dhawan’s injury is a blow.
2) Bangla Battlers
Bangladesh have also played well in their games. Shakib Al Hasan has been the highest scorer of the tournament thus far. Mustafizur has also looked good with the ball. This might be the first time when Bangladesh sneak into the semi-finals. They are certainly likely to be one of the contenders for the fourth semi-final spot.
3) Kiwis On Top
As of today, New Zealand continue to be the team to beat. They have won all three of their games, and have played some fantastic cricket. The Kiwis are being well led by Kane Williamson, who himself looks to be in fine form. If they win their next two games, they will have one foot in the semi-finals already!
To sum up, it has been a great tournament thus far, despite the weather. The race for the top four is likely to be a close one, and no team has looked perfect till now. The next few weeks are likely to be very exciting!
The ICC World Cup is finally here. The best 10 teams from around the world are fighting for the ultimate cricketing glory. The first week of the tournament has thrown of some surprising results. So here are the top three things that we learned from the first week of the World Cup:
1) Wonderful Windies
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the tournament till now has been the Windies’ superb win over Pakistan. Nobody expected their pacers to do so well. They managed to bowl out Pakistan cheaply and then chased down the target with ease. The Windies are a well-balanced side and they can challenge for the trophy.
2) England Shocked
England managed to beat South Africa comfortably in their opening match. This win reinforced their tag of favourites. They were expected to hammer Pakistan as well. However, they were shocked by Pakistan in their second match. This defeat showed that this England team is still vulnerable and can be defeated.
3) Cunning Kiwis
The Kiwis are the dark horses of this tournament. They have already managed to hammer Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in their opening match. The manner of their victory will give them great confidence and they will be hoping to take the momentum of this win into the next matches. The Kiwis should not be underestimated by any means!
To sum up, it is clear that this is going to be one of the most closely fought World Cups in recent history. There are no clear favourites anymore after Pakistan stunned England. 4-5 teams will feel that they have a chance to win it!
The ICC had decided that warm up matches are essential before the World Cup. Each team was scheduled to play two matches in the lead up to the World Cup. So here are the top three three things that we learned from the World Cup warm up matches:
1) Amazing Aussies
Most people considered England to be the favourites leading into the World Cup. This was because the England team had been playing some amazing cricket. However, in the first warm up match, they were beaten by Australia. The Aussies have been in fine form, winning their last two ODI series as they outplayed India and Pakistan. They are peaking just at the right time.
2) Inconsistent India
Many fans felt that India were also strong contenders for the tournament. However, they were outplayed by the Kiwis in their first game. They were bowled out for just 179, indicating that their batting needs to improve a lot if they are to challenge. They managed to win their second game against Bangladesh, but their top order needs to improve.
3) Improving Afghans
Afghanistan stunned Pakistan by 3 wickets in the opening warm up match. The result showed that the Afghans can be the dark horses in the World Cup. Their spinners can be a major threat to any team. Although they lost their second game to England, they are likely to trouble a few teams during the tournament.
To sum up, it is clear Australia are a team to watch out for. The Aussies have managed to come back in to the fray by showing some great form in recent matches. The other teams around the world need to be cautious!
India are a strong ODI side. Their batting is one of their key strengths, and their bowling is also catching up. They are expected to give a tough competition to any side. So here are the top three reasons why India are among the favourites for the World Cup:
1) Batting Prowess
India’s top order is among the most formidable line-ups in the history of ODI cricket. Dhawan, Sharma and Kohli have been among the best batters of this generation and they are likely to have a major impact on this World Cup. Even if one of the three gets going, they are extremely hard to stop for anyone.
2) Improved Bowling
India’s bowling has also improved in recent times. It is clear that this change has come about since the rise of Jasprit Bumrah. The spinners in the line-up are also match winners and have the ability to change a game in an instant. The backup fast bowlers are the possible weak link, but India will hope that they are not needed too much.
3) Crowd Support
Wherever they go, the Indians are likely to get huge crowd support. Especially in England, there are a lot of Indian expats and travellers who will be there to support their team. This can be a major factor that can boost the morale of the Indian team. It is expected that they will witness full houses for all their matches, and this will motivate them no end.
To sum up, it is clear that India are one of the favourites for the World Cup. Their batting line up is superb and they can take apart any bowling attack. If and when they reach the semis, they will be really hard to stop!
England and Pakistan are currently playing an ODI series that is serving as a warm up before the World Cup beginning 30th May. England have won the third ODI to take a 2-0 lead in the series. So here are the top three things that we learned from England’s win over Pakistan in the third ODI:
1) Brilliant Bairstow
Once Pakistan had put a large total on the board, it looked like a tough task for England to chase it down. However, the opening partnership of Roy and Bairstow once again gave them a good start. Bairstow in particular has been fantastic with the bat in recent months, and he showed his class once again.
2) Inspiring Imam
There have been a lot of allegations against Imam Ul Haq. It has been said that he is only in the team due to his uncle Inzamam Ul Haq. However, Imam has continued to perform well with the bat and has managed to silence his critics. In the third ODI, he played a great knock and crossed 150 for the first time in an ODI.
3) Sarfaraz Pressure
The Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed is now under pressure. Former players have continually criticised his captaincy in recent series. It was the same old story in the third ODI. Pakistan had posted 358 on the board and should have been able to defend such a high total. However, confusing bowling changes and poor field placement helped England in winning the game.
To sum up, England have once again shown that they are one of the favourites for the World Cup. Their batting line up is too powerful and they have the ability to beat any team on any given day. On the other hand, Pakistan really need to pull up their socks if they want to compete!