The 2023 Men’s ODI World Cup is underway in India and will run from October 5 to November 19. Each morning we’ll be gathering the latest action and news from the event and bringing you insights from our reporters on the ground.
TOP STORY: Warner, Marsh’s centuries seal crucial win over Pakistan
Australia 367 for 9 (Warner 163, Marsh 121, Afridi 5-51, Rauf 3-83) beat Pakistan 305 (Imam 70, Shafiq 64, Zampa 4-53) by 62 runs
Match Analysis: Warner still the best option for Australia in the World Cup
Last year, Virat Kohli had hit such a six off the ball of Haris Rauf which everyone praised. The six that David Warner hit off Rauf at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Friday afternoon was absolutely surprising. Remove the reference to Kohli’s six, and maybe, just maybe…
But why compare?
Here’s how Warner’s six unfolded – and that word has been chosen with some deliberation, because the shot was a marvel of folding and unfolding. Rauf swung the ball round the wicket and the ball hit the stumps at a speed of 146.1 kilometers per hour. This was a ball which was difficult to hit in the air in any direction. Warner not only hit it in the air, but also hit it on the roof of the stand at backward square leg.
Must Watch: Shane Bond on Mitchell Marsh
Netherlands vs Sri Lanka, Lucknow (10.30 am IST; 5.00 am GMT; 4.00 pm AEST)
When these two sides met three months ago, the picture could not have been more different. Sri Lanka recently made a clean sweep of the World Cup qualifiers and defeated the Dutch twice during the tournament. While the first was an exciting affair, the second – a final, although nothing really involved – was as one-sided as most Sri Lanka-Netherlands games are.
Overall, these teams have tied five times in ODIs, with Sri Lanka winning all of those encounters, including the match in which Sri Lanka scored its highest ever score of 443 runs in ODIs. But despite this unbalanced history, it is the Dutch who have been involved. Play at full speed.
Netherlands (Probable) 1 Vikramjit Singh, 2 Max O’Dowd, 3 Colin Ackerman, 4 Bas de Leede, 5 Teja Ndamanuru, 6 Scott Edwards (captain & wk), 7 Siebrand Engelbrecht, 8 Roelof van der Merwe, 9 Logan van Beek, 10 Aryan Dutt, 11 Paul van Meekeren
Sri Lanka (Probable) 1 Pathum Nissanka, 2 Kusal Perera/Dimuth Karunaratne, 3 Kusal Mendis (captain & wk), 4 Sadira Samarawickrama, 5 Charith Asalanka, 6 Dhananjaya de Silva, 7 Dunith Velalej, 8 Chamika Karunaratne, 9 Mahish Theekshana, 10 Lahiru Kumara, 11 Dilshan Madushanka
England vs South Africa, Mumbai (2pm IST; 8.30am GMT; 7.30pm AEST)
Will it be England, the reigning 50 and 20-over world champions, whose quest for a third global title in four years threatens to dissolve in self-doubt? Rather than cementing a legacy to rival the great Australian teams of the turn of the millennium, their humiliating defeats against New Zealand and Afghanistan threatened to take England’s story back to their World Cup dark ages of the 1990s and 2000s. Has been done, so that 2015- can be made. 19 The resurrection seems more like a mirage than a miracle.
Or will it be South Africa… the quietest, most peaceful force in the competition thanks to two heady performances, as a team swept through Australia and Sri Lanka with no baggage, with hardly any hindsight to look back on, it To give the impression that this… finally… could be their year. And then, out of the clear Himalayan sky, came out He Defeat in Dharamshala, and all bets are in vain
England 1 Jonny Bairstow, 2 Dawid Malan, 3 Joe Root, 4 Ben Stokes, 5 Jos Buttler (c/wk), 6 Harry Brook, 7 Chris Woakes/Gus Atkinson, 8 David Willey, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 Mark Wood, 11 Reece tople
South Africa (Probable) 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Temba Bavuma (captain), 3 Rassie van der Dussen, 4 Aiden Markram, 5 David Miller, 6 Heinrich Klaasen, 7 Marco Johnson, 8 Kagiso Rabada, 9 Keshav Maharaj, 10 Lungi Ngidi, 11 Tabrez Shamsi/Gerald Coetzee
Feature: South Africa team up for double World Cup clash with England
There are Super Saturdays and then there are Super Saturdays and this is one of the latter.
South Africa and England (hence SAFA: the casual expression for someone from South Africa – where a lot of English professional players also come from) had only previously played each other in international cricket and rugby on the same day once. And that was 25 years ago. In 1998, South Africa and England were locked in a draw on the third day of the Manchester Test, which eventually ended in a draw and the Springboks defeated England 18–0 in Cape Town. This time, both of them are playing on neutral grounds in the World Cup, an unprecedented occasion, which means at least 10 hours of entertainment and rivalry is guaranteed.