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 journalists on the ground.
TOP STORY: Markram, van der Dussen and de Kock score centuries in huge South Africa performance
South Africa 428 for 5 (van der Dussen 108, Markram 106, de Kock 100) beat Sri Lanka 326 (Asalanka 79, Mendis 76, Shanaka 68, Coetzee 3-68) by 102 runs
Match Analysis: South Africa overcome disappointment
This is different from the South African teams we are used to. He has come here with fantastic numbers against spin. Since the start of 2022, his average against spin in the middle overs is 42 at one run per ball, the best by distance. They have two of the most sought-after middle-overs batsmen in Markram and Heinrich Klaasen. And yet even those who drafted them were a little cautious because, after all, they had lost to spin in the T20 World Cup, which they were one of the favorites to win last year.
Starting in Delhi against a team that relies on slow bowlers was going to be challenging, but a loose surface did not test South Africa well on the conditions front. With that rider out of the way, South Africa issued a warning to other contenders. The highest score of the World Cup, the fastest century of the World Cup, three centuries in an innings should be enough for the world to take notice, but the assured, unhurried way in which he did it will be a matter of concern for others . ,
Bangladesh’s Mehdi stars take early lead against Afghanistan
bangladesh 158 for 4 wickets (Shanto 59*, Mehdi 57) defeated afghanistan 156 (Gurbaz 47, Mehdi 3-25, Shakib 3-30) by six wickets
After being sent in, Afghanistan made a solid start before Shakib changed the momentum with the wickets of Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmat Shah. Afghanistan could never recover from there and were all out from 83 for 1 to 156 for 1. Mehdi, who had contributed to that collapse by taking three wickets of his own, then scored a half-century from No. 3, although Nazmul Hossain Shanto also continued his excellent form with an unbeaten 59. Bangladesh won the game with 15 overs remaining.
Match Analysis: How it ended for Afghanistan
First with the bat and then in the field, he brought about his own demise. The loss of 9 wickets for 73 runs resulted in the dismissal of Rahmat Shah for a slog sweep against spin on the very first ball after drinks. Perhaps surprised by a slower pitch than most people expected, no one in their middle order could score more than 22 runs.
Their captain Hashmatullah Shahidi reflected on the collective failure to find the right rhythm with the bat. He had promised to play positively on the eve of the opening match of the tournament, but at one point struggled to score 5 runs from 22 and was shot shot by Mehidy Hasan Miraj and Shakib.
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India vs Australia, Chennai (2pm IST; 8.30pm GMT; 7.30pm AEDT)
The air will be buzzing with anticipation, but there will also be a bit of anxiety, as this is India’s first match in a home World Cup in which they start as favourites. It’s hard to imagine the amount of pressure a team can go through in these conditions, and it will be a relief for India’s players when the umpire calls “play”, and there is a ball to focus on, or a There is a batsman and a set of stumps. other side.
It will be a tough test right from the start, as they are playing Australia, and is there such a thing as a chance of facing Australia in the Cricket World Cup in the game?
India (Probable XI): 1 Rohit Sharma (captain), 2 Shubman Gill/Ishan Kishan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Shreyas Iyer/Suryakumar Yadav, 5 KL Rahul (wk), 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Mohammad Siraj
Australia (Probable XI): 1 David Warner, 2 Mitchell Marsh, 3 Steven Smith, 4 Marnus Labuschagne, 5 Cameron Green, 6 Alex Carey (wk), 7 Glenn Maxwell, 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Pat Cummins (c), 10 Josh Hazlewood , 11 Adam Zampa
Feature: Mitch Marsh is huge and taking sixes to new heights
Captain Pat Cummins praised Marsh’s six on Saturday. “I mean, first of all, he’s got great size and he’s always been a power-hitter,” Cummins said. “I think that’s his most natural quality as a batsman. He’s very powerful and can get over the hurdles with ease.