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: South Africa go on top by narrow margin in thriller
South Africa 271 for 9 wickets (Markram 91, Shaheen 3-45) defeated Pakistan 270 (Shakeel 52, Babar 50, Shadab 43, Shamsi 4-60, Johnson 3-43) by one wicket
The one-wicket win took them level on ten points with India at the top of the table, but they are ahead in terms of net run rate, although they have played an extra game.
Match reaction: Maharaj unlikely to return to World Cup with cathartic winning role
Keshav Maharaj was having dinner when Pakistan’s concussion substitute Usama Mir had Rassie van der Dussen out LBW for 21. At that time South Africa’s score was 121 runs for 3 wickets and it needed 150 runs in about 30 overs. Looking at South Africa’s middle order – Aiden Markram at No. 4, Heinrich Klaasen at No. 5 and David Miller at No. 6 – Maharaj must have felt he could just keep his feet up during the chase, with the changes Have played the ball in the scorching heat of Chennai.
But he eventually got the chance to score the winning runs for South Africa with No. 11 Tabraiz Shamsi at the other end, bringing down the curtain on a situation that had caused huge tension in Chepauk.
Must Watch: Urooj Mumtaz on Mohammad Rizwan
Australia vs New Zealand, Kolkata (10.30 am IST; 6.00 am GMT; 4.00 pm AEDT)
New Zealand’s focus may currently be on another World Cup, with their beloved All Blacks on the brink of regaining the Webb Ellis Cup. But the cricketers have made a particularly strong start to this tournament, with only another Virat Kohli chasing masterclass damaging their unbeaten run.
Despite this, New Zealand can almost book a semi-final place – defying the predictions of many pundits – with a win over Australia in another interesting trans-Tasman contest. But it will not be easy as after a poor start to the tournament, fresh Australia are finally emerging as serious contenders for the title.
Australia (Probable) 1 David Warner, 2 Travis Head, 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Steve Smith, 5 Josh Inglis (wk), 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Marcus Stoinis/Cameron Green, 8 Pat Cummins (c), 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood
new zealand (Probable) 1 Devon Conway, 2 Will Young, 3 Rachin Ravindra, 4 Tom Latham (captain & wk), 5 Daryl Mitchell, 6 Glenn Phillips, 7 Mark Chapman, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Matt Henry, 10 Lockie Ferguson, 11 Trent Boult
Bangladesh vs Netherlands, Kolkata (2pm IST; 8.30am GMT; 7.30pm AEDT)
The World Cup has arrived in Kolkata, with Bangladesh hoping for good support when they take on the Netherlands at the Eden Gardens. At least 2000 fans are expected to come from Dhaka and other parts of Bangladesh for the match, with cultural ties with Kolkata and good travel options between the two making it a popular destination for Bangladeshis.
Bangladesh come to Kolkata after a 149-run defeat against South Africa in Mumbai. Furthermore, the Netherlands’ inspiring performance issues a warning.
bangladesh (Probable) 1 Tanjeed Hasan, 2 Liton Das, 3 Nazmul Hussain Shanto, 4 Shakib Al Hasan (captain), 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper), 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Mehdi Hasan Miraj, 8 Nasum Ahmed/Tawheed Hridoy, 9 Taskin Ahmed, 10 Shoriful Islam, 11 Mustafizur Rahman
Netherlands (Probable) 1 Vikramjit Singh, 2 Max O’Dowd, 3 Colin Ackerman, 4 Siebrand Engelbrecht, 5 Bas de Leede, 6 Scott Edwards (captain & wk), 7 Teja Nidamanuru, 8 Logan van Beek, 9 Roelof van der Merwe, 10 Aryan Dutt, 11 Paul van Meekeren
Feature: Sitting down with Trent Boult and Tim Southee
Southee and Boult, New Zealand’s old fast bowling team, take a trip down memory lane, pausing every now and then to poke each other in the ribs.
“I remember when we hit a six on him… how old were we then?” Boult’s head is bowed down. He’s probably just thinking but it seems like he wants to forget. “He might have been 15-16.”