On Sunday marked the most important day of cricket for both New Zealand and England. What a day of cricket it was, the crowd was electric and they were hyped up even more by all the drama.
The time as come for the the ICC Cricket World Cup Final and we officially know who will be in it.
The Proteas took on table toppers Australia who were tipped to win the game with ease. The Proteas proved that they are still a top side and that they aren’t just pushovers. The Proteas spoiled the Aussies party and their fixture in the semi-finals.
Friday was probably the biggest game of Pakistan’s tournament as they not only needed to defeat Bangladesh but they also needed to beat them by a large margin in order to qualify for the semi-finals.
If we want to go back to the last time that England reached a World Cup semi-final we have to go all the way back to 1992. For England to change that they needed to defeat New Zealand at Chester-le-Street. England came into the game with a lot of momentum after winning their last two games.
It was match day 40 of the ICC Cricket World Cup on Tuesday which meant that the group fixtures were nearing an end. This also meant that the clash between India and Bangladesh was a game of utmost importance for both sides who still had a chance of reaching the semi-finals.
An England team that was low on confidence came into their game against India knowing that anything less than a win would mean they would be knocked out of the tournament.
The Proteas have had a pretty rough time at the Cricket World Cup having only one game out of seven coming into the game against Sri Lanka. The Proteas have already been eliminated from the tournament which meant they knew that they could come into the game and play with freedom.
India remained unbeaten thus far throughout the tournament after crushing the West Indies.
Pakistan has further extended their reputation as the most unpredictable side in world cricket. One day they’re struggling against average teams and the next they are beating strong opponents like New Zealand.
A battle between nations that were both in the top four looked sure to be an exciting game but instead Australia dominated the match. England faltered once again after stumbling earlier in the tournament to Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
On Saturday New Zealand has the chance to return back to the top of the table of the Cricket World Cup 2019. All they needed to do was beat a West Indies side that had slim chances of progressing.
There are 20 group games still to be played at the Cricket World Cup and after New Zealand’s impressive win over South Africa, they went top of the table which has meant that the semi-finalists all but look set. The Black Caps showed grit to get out on the winning side of an intense game that sealed the Proteas fate.
A clash that was eagerly awaited between to favourites in the World Cup never disappointed as England and the West Indies faced one another on Friday. This was to be a tough game with both sides possessing speedy attacks and quality batsmen.
On Wednesday afternoon an exciting game of cricket between defending champions Australia and Pakistan took place. The World Cup needed this after two previous games were abandoned due to bad weather that has negatively affected the proceedings.
A colossal clash between to powerhouse nations took place between India and Australia. This game was a massive one for both countries and was a chance to make a statement going forward.
England has never won the ICC Men’s World Cup and the train to success might have looked to derail.
On Thursday afternoon the much anticipated matchup between Australia and the West Indies took place. From the get go the match was characterised by intense fasting bowling, crazy batting and some rather mediocre fielding mixed with some mind blowing moments.
Trust Pakistan to pull off an upset by beating an immensely strong England side. They are probably the most unpredictable side at this years World Cup, especially after a poor first game loss to West Indies and now a great bounce back against England.
There are moments in sports where teams hope and optimism are extremely high. That applied to Sri Lanka and Afghanistan before their matches against New Zealand and Australia respectively began.
On Thursday the cricket World Cup began, and it was kicked off with two cracking games. Both fixtures weren’t as tightly contested as one would would’ve expected but they had a lot to offer.
Anticipation was growing ahead of England’s World Cup opener at The Oval, and thanks to Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, that anticipation quickly turned into delight, as they both starred in a fantastic England win against South Africa.
Other than the hosts England, India has been tipped as the favourites to win the 2019 World Cup. They have put up some spectacular performances in recent times in ODIs, their only hiccup was against Australia at home where its usually a fortress.
There is certainly no ‘I’ in team, but it just takes one moment of magic to separate the winners and losers in elite sport. This may play out to be true in the 2019 Cricket World Cup which is set to start on the 30th of May.