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: De Kock, Klaasen lead South Africa to demolish Bangladesh
South Africa 382 for 5 (de Kock 174, Klaasen 90, Markram 60) defeated bangladesh 233 (Mahmudullah 111, Coetzee 3-62) by 149 runs
When South Africa bat first, they keep thrashing everyone in their path, and it doesn’t matter who is in the way. This time, it was Bangladesh who were the unfortunate victims, demolished by South Africa by 149 runs.
Match analysis: Understanding South Africa’s sixth start at the World Cup
The top three totals in this World Cup are from South Africa, including the only total of over 400, which is also the highest total of the tournament so far. Of the 19 centuries scored so far, six have come from the South African. The leading run-scorer so far – Quinton de Kock – is a South African and also has the best individual score so far.
In his 150th ODI, de Kock scored 174 runs – 14 runs short of Gary Kirsten’s South African record – and 26 runs short of a double century, which batting coach JP Duminy confirmed is on de Kock’s wish list, He has to achieve something before retiring. The format after this World Cup. Since the match against Sri Lanka in Delhi, it has become clear that De Kock has been saving his best for last, but saying that he has just been throwing his bat in his last few innings and hoping for the best , would be a disservice to a brilliant player. touch.
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Australia vs Netherlands, Mumbai (2pm IST; 8.30am GMT; 7.30pm AEDT)
The Netherlands and Australian cricket have a long-standing relationship. It is perhaps not as strong as South Africa’s relationship with the current Dutch team, but their captain Scott Edwards is an Australian national who grew up in Melbourne and has played second XI cricket for Victoria. He has introduced a Netherlands team song which is a shameless rebrand of his favorite Australian Football League club Richmond’s song. A number of Australian domestic players have made an impact on Netherlands cricket, from Edwards to former Dutch coach Ryan Campbell, Tom Cooper, Tim van der Gugten, Michael Swart and Dirk Nannes.
But no love will be lost in Delhi on Wednesday. The Netherlands will be looking for another big achievement, having already beaten South Africa and possibly missing a chance against Sri Lanka. Australia wants to continue its momentum. They won’t take the Netherlands lightly, but they would love to come off testing victories against Sri Lanka and Pakistan at times.
Australia (Probable) 1 David Warner, 2 Travis Head, 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Steven Smith, 5 Josh Inglis (wk), 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Marcus Stoinis, 8 Pat Cummins (c), 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Josh Hazlewood, 11 adam zampa
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
Feature: Dear World Cup, please be more exciting?
Almost halfway through the league stage, there have been three major upsets at this World Cup – the latest being Afghanistan beating Pakistan on Monday. Normally that would seem like a lot, but in this World Cup, it doesn’t seem nearly enough.
There have been no finishes in the final over, and iconic moments have been in short supply (such as Jonty Rhodes supermaning the stumps, or Ben Stokes salmon-leaping backwards to take an outfield catch). Like the Death Star finale on Alderaan, India’s assault on Knockout is going almost exactly as the powers that be had planned.