After a stunning victory against South Africa Pakistan will face formidable New Zealand at Edgbaston today. Pakistan are placed 7th spot in the tournament with England’s defeat yesterday opened up their chances and if they can able to win the remaining matches they can qualify for the semi-finals. So far Pakistan is wearing the unpredictable tag as they have defeated top teams like England and South Africa and suffered a humiliating defeat against India. They are one of the strongest bowling line-ups in the tournament and can rattle any batting line-ups on their day. As far as batting is concerned their talented and expected trio Babar Azam Fakhar Zaman and imam ul-Haq are not faring well and this remains a huge concern for them. Because of these factors, they couldn’t able to get the right starts as they would like to be.
New Zealand on another hand they are facing the real challenge against Pakistan bowling line-up today. They are the team that is constantly improving in every game they pass led from the front their skipper Kane Williamson is in red hot form and he is ably supported by Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, and Tom Latham. As far as their bowling department is concerned Lockie Ferguson has been their revelation and he gets the right amount of support from fellow pacers like matt henry and Trent Boult. James Neesam and Colin de Grandhome are providing the right balance for the side and Mitchel Santner is also doing his job with economical spells.
Pakistan and New Zealand are having a long-standing history as far as ICC tournaments are concerned and both the teams have against each other in 8 occasions and Pakistan is clearly taking the upper hand with six victories and New Zealand has won 2 games so far. The history is backing Pakistan and current form of New Zealand makes the match more interesting.
Expected playing XI:
New Zealand: Kane Williamson(C), Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(WK), James Neesham, Colin De Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, and Lockie Ferguson
Pakistan: Ahmed (C and WK), Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz Hassan Ali, and Mohammad Amir
Players to watch out for:
The kiwi’s skipper leading from the front has already scored two hundred and two fifties so far in the tournament will be looking to score big against quality opposition like Pakistan which will boost his confidence as well as fancies the chance of his team to seal the semi-final berth.
One of the pillars of New Zealand batting line up already contributed the team;’s cause with three fifties in the tournament so far. He will look to make his presence felt by scoring big today. It will boost his confidence while heading towards semi-finals of the tournament.
One of the talented batsmen in world cricket these days Babar Azam has been the mainstay of Pakistan’s batting line-up as of now and he had quiet tournament till now with only two fifties to his name. batsmen of his caliber can able to bounce back at any time and he will look to score big today which will help his team to forge a grand total which also boost his confidence to move ahead in the tournament.
Mohammad Amir is doing everything for his team’s cause. He is picking early wickets with the new ball and giving breakthroughs in middle overs and also bowling exceptionally well in later part of the innings. So New Zealand will face a tough challenge in the name of Amir today.
New Zealand looking well-balanced side on paper can seal the match with their current form but have to work hard on their skills to win big.
Bangladesh is no longer minnows as they have beaten top teams consistently prior to the world cup and here too they have surprised many with their breath-taking performance. Led by ever inspired Mashrafe Mortaza and their performance is mainly due to one man Shakib Al Hassan he has been in top-notch form with batting, fielding, and bowling. He has been their leading wicket taker and run scorer for Bangladesh and played a key role with their win against West Indies and South Africa. His form is vital for them to keep their semi-final hopes alive as they are taking on Afghanistan today at Hampshire bowl. With Sri Lanka handed a shocking defeat to England it is important to win this match to move closer to their semi-final berth.
Afghanistan on another hand has given India a jolt and run for their money will look to continue the same performance to pull off their first victory in the tournament. Their spinning bowling finally started clicking and their bowlers are pitching the balls at right areas which trouble the Indian batsmen. As far their batting is concerned they have fared well decently against strong Indian bowling line-up and they have to repeat the same performance which will help them to upset the inspired Bangladeshi unit.
Overall both the teams have met against each other in 7 occasions and out of them, 4 of the matches has been won by Bangladesh and 3 of them won by Afghanistan. When it comes to world cup they played against each other in the occasion and Bangladesh won that match considerably in 2015. Both the teams eying to raise their standards and bars so this match will bring much excitement to the cricketing fans across the globe.
Expected playing XI:
Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Litton Das, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mashrafe Mortaza (Capt), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman.
Hazratullah Zazai, Gulbadin Naib(c), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali Khil(w), Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Players to watch out for:
Tamim Iqbal has been the highest run-getter for Bangladesh and he is slowly getting his rhythm right with his performance. He seems to be out of touch in initial stages of the game but now he is converting the starts into decent scores which is very much important for his team’s victory.
Shakib al Hassan:
As you all know the fact that how much impact he has created this world cup. He is one among the top run-getters so far in the tournament. He loves to put up yet another strong performance which will help his team to get past the winning mark without many hurdles.
The talented all-rounder is leading the Afghanistan outfit with his all-around efforts which helped them to raise their bar in the last match against India. He will look to put up a strong performance again that will help his team to earn their first victory in the tournament.
He is an experienced campaigner and the value he is bringing it to the team is enormous. He is a quality finger spinner who can break any partnerships as well as he can play the role of a finisher. So he will look to repeat the same performance against Bangladesh to earn his team’s first victory.
With clean weather and the dry surface, you can expect a slowness in pitch which will suit the Afganistan spinners very much. Hope we can expect yet another close encounter in the tournament.
India will look to strengthen their stands in the points table as they are taking on minnow’s Afghanistan here at Hampshire bowl at Southampton today. India is riding on the confidence after they thrashed arch-rivals Pakistan at Old Trafford. So far they are unbeaten in tournament with 9 points. Despite injury concerns to all-rounder Vijay Shankar who undergone a fitness test Patrick Farhart and the team is very happy with his progress. Their batsmen are in top-notch form as they have scored 300 plus scores twice each and bowlers have also put up a strong person and team is riding on the confidence.
On the other hand fellow, south Asians Afghanistan have plenty of problems to fix as their batting line-up is fell prey to quality bowling and are often bundled out for low scores. The only time they played their full quota and that too came against their last game against England where they faced a humiliating defeat against England and scored 247/8. They can draw some confidence but facing India is again an uphill task and they have to ready for the challenge. Adding plenty to their owes, their premier bowler Rashid Khan is not clicking and is leaking runs consistently which halts their bowling performance.
Afghanistan has never beaten India in any formats of the game and when it comes to ODI’s both teams have met against each other in 2 occasions in which India have won once and another one washed out due to rain. So there is no bigger history between these two teams. Rashid Khan’s sudden loss of form is the talk of the town and many former players predict that he needs to stick to the basics in order to find his rhythm back.
Expected playing XI:
India: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Mohammad Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Jasprit Bumrah.
Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (c), Hazratullah Zazai, Hamid Hassan, Ikram Ali Khil, Asghar Afghan, Rahmat Shah, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Aftab Alam, Mujeeb ur Rahman,
Players to watch out for:
It is going to be the cakewalk for Rohit Sharma considering the kind of tournament he is having so far. With Afghanistan’s weak bowling line-up he will look to demolish them with a breathtaking knock. His contribution is also valiant for India to post a grand total on board.
World’s premier batsmen as of now Virat Kohli is in top-notch form but still, he is yet to score a century thanks to the strong performance from the openers. He will look to score big this match which will boost his confidence in upcoming matches.
The handy all-rounder along with his brilliant fielding skills Mohammad Nabi is a valuable addition to any kind of team but he is not yet used properly by Afghanistan team management. If he gets the right chance he will look to grab the opportunity and showcase his talent with both bat and ball.
Captain and a useful all-rounder Gulbadin Naib will look to shoulder the struggling team with his performance from bat and ball. His performance is crucial for the team to put up a fighting performance against resilient India.
India can have easy run considering their performance and they have to give the right chance to players like Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar which will boost their confidence.
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Another interesting encounter awaits between top sides as unbeaten New Zealand is all set to take on struggling South Africa here at Edgbaston, Birmingham today. South Africa will realize the fact that they need to win all matches in order to seal semi-final berth but they have to face an uphill task against mighty New Zealand side who are unbeaten as of now. Batting worries coupled with lack of contribution at crucial stages from the bowlers contributed for their losses. They have back on winning ways as they defeated minnows Bangladesh at their last encounter. South Africa will be keen to continue the momentum. It’s time for Amla to step up and produce a good score that will help them to post a competitive total. On their bowling part lungi, Nigidi has completely recovered from his illness and he is expected in place for Raza Hendricks.
New Zealand on another hand is a team to beat and they look more dynamic and well-balanced right from they landed in England. Their last match against India has washed away due to rain and even though they have won 3 matches in a row they were untested and the real test will begin from here. Their side looks well balanced and is expected to field the same XI even though they have got the opportunity to replace Colin Munro with Henry Nicholas. With the right mix of all-rounders and pacemen, their bowling looks like a real threat. But South Africans are the quality side and they can bounce back at any time. So New Zealand has to be careful and don’t let that circumstance to happen.
New Zealand and South Africa are having a long-standing rivalry as both the teams have met against each other in 7 occasions and New Zealand has clearly got upper hand by winning 5 out of them and South Africa has won two matches. Last time they have met each other in semi-finals of 2015 world cup where Eliot steals the show by guiding kiwis to victory single-handedly.
Expected playing XI:
Kane Williamson(capt), Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Faf du Plessis (capt), Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (captain), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir
Players to watch out for:
Technically sound Kane Williamson has quiet having decent outings so far but he has to be in Midas touch which will help kiwis to seal semi-final berth without any hurdles. So he will look to put up a strong score today against quality line-up which will boost his confidence.
Over the years Ross Taylor is the pillar of kiwis batting line-up and has produced so many match winning knocks over the years. He is expected to do the same in order to pull off a victory against South Africa today.
Quinton de Kock:
Quinton de Kock is one of the modern day batsmen who can play long and match-winning knock. So far he has not produced such knocks at today he looks to overcome this which will help him to boost his confidence.
Talented-young and quality pacemen of current generation Kagiso Rabada has been in top-notch form but he is not getting ample support from another end. Like the last match, he will look to bowl the kiwi’s top order with his initial bursts.
With the chances for rain seems to be minimal teams batting first will have a clear advantage than batting second. Kiwis can pull off a victory if they can able to get out Faf and Quinton cheaply.
World cup hosts England is taking on Afghanistan at Old Trafford, Manchester today. It is expected to be the high scoring encounter as the last match India vs Pakistan produced a high scoring octane on last Sunday. For England, they are on a roller coaster ride as they remain unbeaten so far. Not only unbeaten most of the matches ended as a one-sided contest on England favour. With home advantage and form of the players will definitely help them and it will be an easy task for them to seal a victory. They are facing few injury worries like Jason Roy left the field in the last match against Bangladesh and he will be out for two matches. Eoin Morgan is also facing injury niggles and he is expected to be fit for today’s match.
Afghanistan on another hand yet to play a 50 over innings in batting as they are suffering the batting collapse in every match. Once their top order got out their batting line-up getting collapsed every time. This is the never-ending story. It’s high time that their batting order should step up and do the needful for the team’s cause. Rashid Khan has been less effective these days and it seems to be the worrying factor for them. He is not getting wickets as he has done in the past and he looks like an out of touch these days. So Afghanistan is having plenty of problems to fix but if their spin bowlers play up to their potential they can be match winners.
Both the teams have faced each other in only one time and England emerged victorious in the one-sided contest. That was the dead rubber encounter as both the teams were out of the quarterfinal qualifier. So today both the teams are again meeting each other and weather not seems to cause any issues and after the initial burst from bowlers, the spinners can take the control in later part of the innings.
Expected playing X1:
James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer
Hazratullah Zazai, amid Hassan, Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib (c), Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Aftab Alam, Mujeeb ur Rahman
Players to watch out for:
Joe Root is in excellent form this world cup as he is the highest run scorer till date. So far he has scored 2 centuries and he looks to continue the same form against weakest opposition like Afghanistan. With Jason Roy not playing today, he might move on to no.3 which will give ample amount of time to settle down and score big
Jofra Archer has been the revelation to England’s bowling line-up. He has got a swing, pace, and ability to hit line and length. With the new ball in hand and relatively inexperienced side, he can cause major troubles to Afghanistan top order.
20-year old Hazratullah Zazai is one of the high-quality top order batsmen who can score big hundreds without any hurdles. He has got a wide range of shots that can unsettle any bowler’s rhythm. So Afghanistan will look at him to counter the Jofra archer’s new ball burst.
As mentioned earlier he is not in his prime form but can able to change the tables on his corner. After the initial pace burst, it is spinners who is going to control the innings and he can make a difference if he hit in right areas.
It will be an easy outing for England if the Afghanistan spinners not played up to their potential.
West Indies vs Bangladesh 23rd Match: Victory is important for both the teams to stay alive in the contest
Mighty WI is all set to face much improved Bangladesh country ground Taunton today. Both the teams have got three points from four matches but both have played better than the points suggests. They have put a strong performance but failed to capitalize on the momentum. For West Indies, rain played a major spoilsport and their bowling unit is not clicking despite the strong winning performance against Sri Lanka in their first match of the series. The highly talented team contains strike rotators, big hitters, and nasty bowlers along with capable all-rounders. Their captain is the face of the team and he has got the ability to do anything in the failed but somehow they are not clicking as a unit, which is a major concern for them.
For Bangladesh, their batting unit is in top-notch form and delivering every time. Especially Shakib al Hassan who has already got a century and 2 half-centuries to his name. WI bowlers need to get him out early for their winning hopes but for Bangladesh, he needs to be at the top in order to put up a strong performance with the bat. Weather remains clear and a full day of play is expected. So it is important for both the teams to pull off a victory in order to keep their semi-final hopes alive.
Both the teams have met each other in world cup 4 times before and west indies clearly taking the upper hand by winning three out of them and one match was washed out due to rain. So history is behind with West Indies and they need to win and capitalize the crucial moments of the game in order to emerge victoriously. Last time they have met each other in 2011 world cup which went completely one-sided as Bangladesh was bowled out for 58 and West Indies won by 9 wickets.
Expected Playing X1:
Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai hope, Nicolas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason holder(Capt), Andre Russell, Carlos Braithwaite, Sheldon cottrel, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach.
Tamim Iqbal, soumya Sarkar, shakib al hassan, mushfiqur Rahim, sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, mohammad saifuddin, mashrafe mortaza, mehidy hassan, mustafizur Rahman, rubel Hossain.
Players to watch out for:
One of the finds of modern one-day cricket Shai hope had a dream run last year and is continuing the same this year also. He has not yet clicked well as of now in world cup and he will look to make the things big today which will ultimately help his team to put off a fighting target on board.
True leader Jason holder is a much-improved player now as he is getting better and better. His bowling skills have not flourished as of now and he will look hit the decent line and length that will help him to take early wickets and to counter Shakib al Hassan.
Shakib al Hassan:
The mighty all-rounder has got a dream run till now and he is superb with both bat and ball. He will look to continue the same form that will help his team to pull off a victory.
This 22-year-old bowling all-rounder has been repaying the faith and he is a weapon for captain Mortaza in death overs these days. To keep Russell and Braithwaite under control he needs to be at top of his game. Hoe he will live up to the expectations.
Both the teams have been standing on the same page when it comes to performance and team strength but west indies need to find their combinations right. If they were able to do so they can clearly emerge as victorious.
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