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England Vs New Zealand – CWC Final 2019

England’s batting finally showed its class in a fairly one-sided contest against a new look Australian side.

Despite losing to Australia in the group stage at Lords, England showed just why they were favourites to lift the trophy for the first time at Lords.

As for New Zealand they did the unthinkable and defeated India in a closely contested low scoring thriller, a match which ebbed and flowed and wasn’t over till the 49th over.

With their thrilling victory, New Zealand have entered into the World Cup finals for a second consecutive time.

Opening Pair Comparison
New Zealand have a new opening pair of Henry Nicholls and Martin Guptill.

Nicholls looked good during his brief stay at the crease during the game against India, although his tentativeness and his vulnerability to the short will make even the most optimistic Kiwi fans wary.

As for Guptill, he captured the headlines against India by getting out early but compensating for it with a crucial run out of MS Dhoni, just when his team seemed to be heading for the exit.

But with the bat, Guptill has been disappointing. He was one of the highest run getters in the 2015 World Cup but this time around, he has been very ordinary.

Being one of the more experienced players in the squad, Guptill gets his last chance to show his class on the grandest stage of all, the World Cup final at Lords.

England on the other hand have been a resurgent side with the return of Jason Roy. Bairstow has been amongst the runs as well, and they both put on a 100 run stand against a rampant Aussie attack.

One feels that if the Kiwis let Roy and Bairstow bat till the 15th over, the match may already be gone away from their clutches.

Roy and Jonny Bairstow bear the responsibility of scoring the runs at the top of the order and set up a solid platform for the middle order to capitalise on.

Middle Order Comparison
The middle Order of India is heavily dependent on Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor.

Even in the match against India, both these batsmen scored the bulk of the runs, and managed to get New Zealand to a competitive total.

However, Kiwi fans will hope that Williamson and Taylor can play their free flowing game and set up New Zealand for a big total. But that can only happen if Guptill and Nicholls give a solid start to the Kiwi innings.

New Zealand will be wary that defending a smallish total against England can spell danger, as the Aussies found out the hard way. 

If these two get out early, then the inexperienced middle order exposes itself. Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Colin De Grandhomme are all good players, but if Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor were to fail, they must be able to stand up and deliver.

Neesham took a blinding catch against India to dismiss Dinesh Karthik while De Grandhomme has shown that he is more than capable with the bat having already bailed New Zealand out on two occasions.

Additionally, both players are handy with the ball, and can chip in with key wickets.

England on the other hand have an experienced middle order who have played together for the last couple years now.

Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler form the formidable four of England’s middle order. Joe Root along with Ben Stokes has been in fine form this Tournament.

Root and Morgan carried the team home in the semi-final against Australia and would like to make a statement of intent with the bat in the final as well.

Jos Buttler is well known for his ability to finish off games in the final ten overs, and he will be raring to go.

If England bat first and get a good start, expect him to come up the order and propel a moderate 300 score to a massive 350 odd score.

Bowlers Comparison
New Zealand have one the best bowling average in this world cup 2019, with all bowlers chipping in with wickets.

Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult are the three pacemen who lead the line with the new ball and at the death. All three of them played a crucial part in their win against India, with Henry and Boult dismantling the Indian top order.

In the middle orders they can rely on the medium pace of Jimmy Neesham and Colin De Grandhomme.

In the spin department, they have Mitchell Santner, making New Zealand a formidable bowling attack, who wasa miserly in the game against India, picking up two wickets in the middle overs as well. 

In Mark Wood, Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer, England have considerable bowling depth of their own.

Jofra Archer seems to be getting better each game, becoming the go-to bowler for Morgan to pick up wickets at crucial times.

Woakes himself ran riot through the Australian top order dismissing David Warner and Peter Handscomb.  

In the middle overs, they can rely on the medium pace of Ben Stokes and the spin of Adil Rashid.

Ben Stokes isn’t one to be taken lightly, however the Kiwis will look to take him on during the middle overs once the ball has become old.

Stokes can become a bit predictable at times with his off-cutters and slower bouncers, and New Zealand will look to exploit that area of his bowling.

Adil Rashid was superb in the middle overs against Australia and has been for the last couple of years now.

He bowls with great heart and is not afraid to toss the ball up to the batsman, forcing a drive. He is an aggressive wicket taking option along with the wily Liam Punkett.

England seem to have gotten back their mojo which made them such string favourites for the World Cup.

Our prediction is that England will win the final and lift the trophy at Lords.

CWC Semi-Final 2019: Australia to Face England

Australia face England in the second semi-final of the 2019 World Cup, having already got the better of England in their previous encounter.

Australia come into the semi-finals not in the best of states. They lost their final match against South Africa, which means they will not be a hundred percent confident coming into tomorrow’s match.

What’s worse is that they have lost two players to injury. Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja have both been ruled out of the tournament and have been replaced by Matthew Wade and Peter Handscomb.

This is not the most ideal situation for Justin Langer and his men, who would have liked to maintain their winning combination.

They have now been forced to change their line-up, which could alter the dynamic of the game.

In this game, we will analyse Australia’s chances with a changed squad and a renewed batting line-up.

The Opening Pair
The top order of Aaron Finch and David Warner have been in sublime form, with their recent dun with the bat the reason why Australia have come so far and scored big runs.

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Both the openers have scored 150+ runs in a single game.

Warner has scored over 600 runs and sits only behind Rohit Sharma in the highest run scorer list in this tournament.

After choosing not to participate in the recent edition of the IPL, Finch has instead worked on his batting technique and it has reaped rewards for the aggressive opener, as he has scored over 500 runs in this World Cup alone, continuing where he left off in the series against Pakistan.

These two have considerable experience batting together and were part of their 2015 World Cup winning opening duo. Warner has been in exemplary form.

The bad news for the other teams is that Warner is not even close to his explosive best. If that happens, teams are in for a surprise, as we all are aware of Warner’s hitting prowess.

Finch has had a magnificent 2019 himself and has also really evolved as a captain. Michael Vaughan has added that according to him, Finch is the best captain of the World Cup, owing largely to his understanding of the game, and his stoic mindset which is reminiscent of MS Dhoni’s 2011 World Cup triumph.

The Middle Order
The middle order is the Achilles heel of the Australian side, with injuries making the situation more worrisome than ever. Oratntly

Steve Smith will probably now bat at number three after the injury to Usman Khawaja.

This might prove to be a blessing in disguise as Steve Smith is more comfortable in the number three position and has often played out of position in this World Cup so far.

His form with the bat has not been great in the last three games, but there is no doubting his class, One need not go much farther than the 2015 World Cup semi-final against India where he scored a hundred.

Smith is a big match player, and the semi-final is as big a match as it gets. If Warner and Finch get going, Smith is the perfect player to come in next and solidify the innings.

MOHALI, INDIA – MARCH 10: Peter Handscomb of Australia celebrates scoring his century during game four of the One Day International series between India and Australia at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium on March 10, 2019 in Mohali, India. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Smith is a big match player, and the semi-final is as big a match as it gets. If Warner and Finch get going, Smith is the perfect player to come in next and solidify the innings.

Coach Justin Langer has confirmed that Peter Handscomb will play his first ever World Cup game tomorrow.

He was part of the Australian A squad who travelled to England and has scored 197 runs at a healthy average. More importantly, he played a crucial part in ensuring that Australia came back to win the series against India and whitewash Pakistan.

Langer acknowledged that Handscomb was brutally unlucky to miss out, but here is the chance. He is the perfect number four Australia need.

He is a good player of spin, and can rotate the strike. He, along with Smith, provides much needed stability to the Australian middle order, and his inclusion will certainly be useful if Australia end up chasing against England.

Alex Carey has been the revelation of the tournament so far. He has been extremely effective lower down the order and almost put his team over the line against South Africa.

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Some have suggested that he bat higher up in the order, due to his finesse and class, and the fact that he seems so clam under pressure.

With Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis supporting him, Australia have a solid back end batting attack which can lift Australia from a sub-par 270 score to a competitive 340 odd score.

The Bowling Attack
The bowling is undoubtedly the strength of this Aussie team led by the fearful duo Mitchell Starc and Jason Benrendorff with the new ball.

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Both are extremely potent with not only the new ball but also with their unique knack to take wickets both during the middle overs as well as at the death.

Starc has already taken a whopping 26 wickets this World Cup, and in Behnrendorff, he has found a partner in crime.

In the previous game against England, Benhrendorff claimed five wickets as he ran through the England batting unit, Cummins has been a revelation this past year, having won the Allan Border Medal for Australian Player of the Year, and he seems to be getting better and better.

The good news for Australia is that both Cummins and Starc are among the wickets in this World Cup. Starc himself was the leading wicket taker in the 2015 WC and will be looking to maintain his record.

The remaining two bowling slots are shared between leg spinner Nathan Lyon and medium pacer Marcus Stoinis.

Lyon has been a welcome addition to the side, bringing his wealth of experience and class to the side. He bowls a miserly line and picks up wickets at the right intervals.

Stoinis and Maxwell have the duty to complete the remaining ten overs between them.

One cannot certainly write Australia off, as they are after all five time winners and the reigning champions. Our prediction is that Australia will win this match.

So who is gonna win this match? Let us know your predictions.

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Australia – Key Players To Watch Out for This Semi-Final

Now that we have narrowed down to 4 teams, you definitely don’t wanna miss out on the crucial players who might give your cricket fantasy teams a valuable boost.

This is the first in a series of 4 articles where we analyze who could be the potential performers for your fantasy teams in todays Australia Cricket World Cup Team.

Mitchell Starc
You have to be living under a rock if you don’t have Starc in your team.

HOBART, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 11: Mitchell Starc of Australia bowls during game three of the One Day International series between Australia and South Africa at Blundstone Arena on November 11, 2018 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

He has taken 26 wickets in 9 matches, comfortably the most in the competition at an average of 16.61; his prowess with his yorkers is exemplary.

Moreover, if conditions favour him, he can also strike in the early overs. Leave him out at your own risk.

David Warner
David Warner is hitting deadly form at the right time. One of the major gains for Australia from their game against South Africa was how positive Warner looked throughout, in contrast to the beginning to the tournament where he was still getting runs but not looking comfortable at the crease.

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He has amassed 638 runs so far in the competition, the second most.

It appears his rhythm is back, and his headspace is very positive; expect HUGE runs.

Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch is not that behind his batting companion. He has scored 507 runs in the competition and looks set for more.

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Before the tournament, India worked him out and caught him in front of the stumps on a number of occasions.

He has worked through this brilliantly and ensured that he remains mostly side on. This has ensured that he has been dismissed in the first 10 overs only 3 times the whole tournament, once getting out to a spinner.

What increases his attractiveness is that Australia’s semi-final is at Birmingham, where the pitch is expected to favour the batters.

Also, Finch’s record against England in ODIs is exceptional; he averages 52.2 in 26 matches against them. He proved so in the league match earlier, where he scored a century and bagged the man of the match award. On Thursday, if he gets through the initial stages, he could wreak havoc.

Nathan Lyon
Nathan Lyon’s selection in the list is also inspired by the venue of the match.

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Lyon has played only thrice, but has already convinced the selectors that he is a better option than Zampa for the lone spinner spot. While he has only 3 wickets so far, his economy has been 4.55, which is exceptional.

What works for him is the bounce he generates, which is difficult to hit at times. Therefore, when the England batsmen attack him, they will present opportunities.

You NEED to pick differential players when everyone has the main men on their teams, and Lyon presents one such opportunity.

Alex Carey
Alex Carey has arguably been the best wicketkeeper batsman of the tournament so far.

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Granted, his wicketkeeping can perhaps improve, but he has simply been exceptional with the bat.

He has scored 329 runs so far, at an average of 65.8 and a brilliant strike rate of 113.45; he has stood up at the biggest stage for Australia. Another thing worth consideration is the injury plague within the Australia camp right now.

Shaun Marsh has been ruled out and Khawaja is on the brink of being so. There are question marks on the fitness of Stoinis and Maxwell. All these factors might lead Australia to consider promoting Carey up the order; perhaps even to 5.

If that happens, you definitely don’t wanna miss out.

So whom you going to have as Captain or Vice captain in your Cricket Fantasy Team? Let us know your predictions.

Pakistan vs Bangladesh – A Pre Match Analysis

Pakistan have a monumental task ahead of them if they are to replicate their 1992 victorious World Cup campaign.

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Currently, they lie in fifth position, and need to not only win against Bangladesh, but also to win by a colossal margin.

As for Bangladesh, their World Cup journey is over, and they will be playing this match for more pride rather than anything else, as they look to end their promising campaign on a high.

In this article, we shall analyse the match ups between the two sides.

OPENING PAIR COMPARISON
Pakistan’s opening order has blown hot and dry throughout this tournament. However, the potential of Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq should not be underestimated.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – JANUARY 27: Fakhar and Imam of Pakistan in partnership during the 4th Momentum One Day International between South Africa and Pakistan at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on January 27, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

They have been playing with each other for quite some time now, and complement each other well.

The more aggressive Zaman appears far more comfortable and at his best when Imam is playing second fiddle but keeps the scoreboard ticking along.

So far, it has been Imam who has impressed, but Fakhar has had lots of good starts. Unfortunately for Pakistan, he has failed to capitalise on the start and go on to make a big score.

Pakistan will hope that both these two batsmen can give the team a good start to post a big score, being wary of the fact that Bangladesh are a good chasing side.

As for Bangladesh, the story is more or less similar, with Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar struggling to make a mark throughout this World Cup.

Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar

It has come as a bit of a surprise as both Tamim and Sarkar are natural timers of the cricket ball, and on their day, can wreak havoc on any opposition.

One need not go much further back than the trilateral series against West Indies and Ireland where both openers gave Bangladesh a solid platform for the middle order to come in and consolidate on the good start.

Both these players would like to end their tournament on a high, as they look to bow out of the World Cup.

MIDDLE ORDER COMPARSION
Pakistan’s middle order is dependent on Babar Azam getting the runs, while being supported by Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail and Sarfaraz Ahmed.

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The addition of Haris Sohail has been inspired and has added much needed teeth to the middle order. Ever since he came back into the side, replacing the ageing Shoaib Malik, Pakistan’s middle order looks much sharper and more balanced, and eases the pressure on Babar Azam to get the runs.

Babar has been in fine form himself this world cup, and he is no doubt Pakistan’s best batsman.

Azam and Hafeez have played together at the crease for a long duration this world Cup and their experience together will hold them in good stead if Pakistan are to dismantle Bangladesh.

It will not be an easy task, so both these two batsmen will have to play out if their skin.

As for captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, he has been famous in this World cup for his antics rather than his batting. But there is no doubting his ability with the bat.

He may not have the style and elegance of Babar Azam but he certainly has grit and tenacity, which is exactly what Pakistan need today.

They need their captain to be on top of his best game, if they are to topple New Zealand and finish fourth.

For Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan is the man of the moment so far. He is now the lynchpin of the Bangladesh team and is scoring runs for fun at the moment, and will only be hungrier to finish his impressive tournament on a high.

Shakib’s middle order partner in crime, Mushfiqur Rahim is another mainstay in the Bangladesh team. Another batsman who steered Bangladesh over the line against West Indies along with Shakib is the elegant Liton Das.

A highly effective batsman lower down the order, he was responsible for inflicting pain on the West Indies in his debut World Cup when he catapulted Bangladesh to a massive 300+ victory in only the 46th over.

He has the knack of both stabilizing the innings when wickets have fallen quickly, while also possessing the ability to score big runs in the dying overs of the innings.

These qualities make him invaluable to the Bangladesh team.

BOWLERS COMPARISON
Pakistan’s addition of Shaheen Shah Afridi has added much needed tooth to the Pakistan team.

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Pakistan’s bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi reacts during the 2019 Cricket World Cup warm up match between Pakistan and Afghanistan at Bristol County Ground in Bristol, southwest England, on May 24, 2019. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)

The three left arm quicks in Shaheen Afridi, Wahab Riaz and Mohammed Amir are a threat with the new ball, and at the death.

Mohammed Amir has been in scintillating form this tournament, and if Pakistan are to defeat Bangladesh by a huge margin, Pakistan needs Amir to dismantle the Bangladesh team for cheap, along with his fellow pacemen.

In the spin department they have all-rounder Imad Wasim, and leg spinner Shadab Khan. Imad has the knack of being effective with both ball and bat in hand, and he is an effective player lower down the order.

He gets through his overs quickly as well, and bowls a tight line. His main role however will be to strangle the opposition for runs, while Shadab picks up the wickets, the latter being the more aggressive of the two.

Shadab has particularly been impressive the last couple of games, and Pakistan’s bowling attack needs to take a leaf out of the 1992 team’s bowling manual if they are to reach the semi finals.

The bowling department is led by captain Mashrafe Mortaza, who has now played in a remarkable five World Cups.

Although he isn’t as effective as he was back in his youthful days, he nevertheless still possesses a plethora of experience and game intelligence which has been very impressive so far.

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The fast bowling duo of Mustafizur Rehman and Mohammad Saifuddin are the two bowlers who are entrusted with new ball duties.

Mustafizur has been plying his trade around the world playing T20 cricket and has the experience of playing alongside the best players in the world. His experience will therefore be extremely vital, as will Mohammad Saifuddin’s.

The latter is able with both bat and ball in hand and he is the perfect foil for Mistafizur.

Saifuddin mostly tries to economical and stifle batsmen for runs while Mustafizur tries to get capitalize and take wickets off of them.

The duo works in tandem and has been fairly successful in this World Cup.

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