The 2023 Men’s ODI World Cup has now passed the halfway stage and is heading towards the final on 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: England’s title defense suffers another blow as Sri Lanka cruises to victory
Sri Lanka 160 for 2 wickets (Nisanka 77*, Samarawickrama 65*) defeated England 156 (Stokes 43, Kumara 3-35) by eight wickets
Match Analysis: England’s struggle between attack and defense does not leave them in any trouble
The light at the end of the tunnel was a train. England have spent the last four weeks wandering around India, reacting to setbacks and waiting for a spectacular performance that never came. If their defeats to New Zealand, Afghanistan and South Africa had been bad, it would have been their worst defeat.
The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru was a venue that should have been perfect for England. In the first of five impressive must-win games, they chose to bat first on a flat pitch with short boundaries, were 44 for 0 after six overs and could finally dream big: 350 to thrash Sri Lanka. Will that be enough, or should they look at the 400?
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Pakistan vs South Africa, Chennai (2pm IST; 8.30am GMT; 7.30pm AEDT)
As one campaign resolves, another takes full swing. This has been a familiar theme for Pakistan and South Africa for much of the history of ICC tournaments. While South Africa often look one of the strongest sides in the early stages of these tournaments, Pakistan continue to stumble and stumble until they have no margin for error left, and then they roar into life. This fixture, timed to coincide with that point of crossroads in the World Cup group stage, gives added emphasis to that narrative with South Africa being a little cautious and Pakistan being a little more optimistic.
But South Africa is trying to create history in this World Cup, while Pakistan is in danger of participating in this World Cup. South Africa’s enormous talent combined with clinical effectiveness has given the side the tenacity and ruthlessness they have often been accused of lacking. The team may always look vulnerable with Marco Jensen at number seven, but almost all of the top six players have been in such excellent form, no side bar the Netherlands has been able to force their way into that line-up until Unless explosive damage has already been done. to be done.
Pakistan: (Probable) 1 Abdullah Shafiq, 2 Imam-ul-Haq/Fakhar Zaman, 3 Babar Azam (captain), 4 Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), 5 Saud Shakeel, 6 Iftikhar Ahmed, 7 Shadab Khan, 8 Usama Mir, 9 Mohammad Wasim Junior, 10 Shaheen Shah Afridi, 11 Haris Rauf
South Africa: (Probable) 1 Temba Bavuma (captain), 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Rassie van der Dussen, 4 Aiden Markram, 5 Heinrich Klaasen, 6 David Miller, 7 Marco Johnson, 8 Keshav Maharaj, 9 Tabraiz Shamsi, 10 Kagiso Rabada, 11 Lungi Ngidi/Lizad Williams
Analysis: How Heinrich Klaasen turns the boss around with a devastating half-pull
Most simply defined, a pull is a horizontally-batted shot hit across the line of a short-pitched ball. Klaasen’s pull, particularly against spin bowling, regularly fails to check all three of those boxes.