The men’s 2023 ODI World Cup now heads 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: Bangladesh bow out after Afridi and Fakhar seal big win for Pakistan
Pakistan 205 for 3 (Fakhar 81, Shafiq 68, Mehdi 3-60) beat Bangladesh 204 (Mahmudullah 56, Liton 45, Shakib 43, Afridi 3-23, Wasim 3-31) by seven wickets.
Pakistan produced their best performance in a World Cup to end their longest losing streak in a World Cup, defeating Bangladesh by seven wickets and keeping alive their faint hopes of semi-final qualification.
Match Analysis: It’s hard work, but Afridi has found a way
Shaheen Shah Afridi may not have been among the best bowlers of the World Cup. Nevertheless, he is the joint-highest wicket-taker, clocking in at an acceptable pace of 5.22 per over and taking a wicket every 23 balls.
This is a more remarkable achievement than it appears. Firstly, because it is easier to isolate a bowler in a one-man show than a batsman. A batsman can still bat for the entire innings even if other players do not come in; A bowler only gets a chance to bowl ten overs and batsmen can sit on them if they know that others are not in form. For example, Rashid Khan knows that feeling and he has to struggle continuously for success.
Must Watch: Wasim is an effective back-end bowler
New Zealand vs South Africa, Pune (2pm IST; 8.30am GMT; 7.30pm AEDT)
It started with the World Cup quarter-final, which turned into a proper scrap, in Mirpur in 2011. It marked the advent of a cricket rivalry which is not talked about much but often gives us sports which are not good for the heart. – Just like the Rugby World Cup final a few nights ago.
Auckland 2015 and Birmingham 2019, the two most recent Men’s ODI World Cup matches since the rivalry began, were both thrilling in different ways. A semi-final in which everything is at stake, and another league match, as on Wednesday. This will decide how the top half of the points table fares in the final stages of the league stage.
South Africa (Probable): 1 Temba Bavuma (capt), 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Rassie van der Dussen, 4 Aiden Markram, 5 Heinrich Klaasen, 6 David Miller, 7 Marco Jansen, 8 Keshav Maharaj, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Gerald Coetzee/Tabriz Shamsi, 11 Lungi Ngidi
new zealand (Probable): 1 Will Young, 2 Devon Conway, 3 Rachin Ravindra, 4 Tom Latham (c, wk), 5 Daryl Mitchell, 6 Glenn Phillips, 7 Mitchell Santner, 8 Jimmy Neesham, 9 Matt Henry, 10 Trent Boult , 11 Tim Southee/Lockie Ferguson
Feature: South Africa’s cricketers are stronger together as they look to emulate the Springboks
The match that matters most has already been won. By South Africa. He was crowned world champion for a record fourth time by 12-11 on Saturday night in the City of Lights. Yes, this is a cricket website. No, there is nothing about cricket in this part of the story.
In one of rugby’s fiercest rivalries, the Springboks and All Blacks met in the World Cup finals in Paris over the weekend in a match that has been hailed as one of the game’s greatest ever games. It was a nerve-wracking affair, as you can probably tell from the score-line, and ended with 14 players on both teams and a lot of tears.