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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.


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.

alex carey cricket world cup 2019

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.

Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins Cricket World Cup 2019

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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Bangladesh – A Underdog Walkover Team in Cricket World Cup 2019

Bangladesh have indeed come far beyond the “underdog walkover team” that everyone thought to be.

Bangladesh Cricket World Cup Team 2019

Their rise in the international cricket scene has been slow but steady. It has been incremental and is now on show for all to see.

Qualification into the top four is still hard for Bangladesh, but if Bangladesh win their remaining games, along with other fixtures going their way, Bangladesh can do the unthinkable and reach the final four of the Cricket World Cup for the first time in their history.

And it will not be one based on pure luck. They will have deserved it thoroughly and will be a testament to their progress, with emphasis on fitness and fielding efforts.

Their first match against South Africa was an indicator as to what one could expect from Bangladesh. Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim played a brilliant knock as they put more misery on the Proteas.

Their recent win against West Indies also showed that they are more than capable of chasing down big totals. Gone are the days when Bangladesh would be daunted by big totals and be knocked down for a paltry score.

In this article we shall analyse the Bangladesh Cricket team and how the team has become a force to be reckoned with in this Cricket World Cup 2019.

One of the primary strengths of Bangladesh has been the wealth of experience available at their disposal.

Tamim Iqbal, Shakib-Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmadullah Riyad, and captain Mashrafe Mortaza form the core of the team who carry the bulk of the responsibility both on and off the pitch.

Openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar form a good opening partnership and on their day can be absolutely devastating.

Tamim Iqbal Soumya Sarkar Bangladesh Cricket World Cup 2019
Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar
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Tamim is the leading run scorer in the country’s history and will shoulder a significant responsibility of scoring runs at the top of the order. So far, he has blown hot and cold, with only one fifty plus score.

However, one cannot keep a player of his calibre quiet for long. Sooner or later, he will be amongst the runs, and Bangladesh can only hope that he finds his form in the remaining games left, so that his team have a chance of qualifying for the final four.

The man at number three, Shakib Al Hasan is the man of the moment so far.

Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh Cricket World Cup 2019
Shakib Al Hasan
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Having been promoted up the order, he is now the lynchpin of the Bangladesh team and is scoring runs for fun at the moment.

He has already scored two hundreds in this game, and will only be hungrier to help his team over the finishing line.

With experience and form backing him, Shakib is an asset to the team with his all-round abilities and he will certainly have to be at his best if Bangladesh are to reach the semi-finals.

Shakib’s middle order partner in crime, Mushfiqur Rahim is another mainstay in the Bangladesh team who seems to be around for eternity.

In the first game against South Africa, it was Mushfiqur’s and Shakib’s 150+ stand that allowed Bangladesh to post a mammoth total on the board, their highest in the Cricket World Cup.

Mushfiqur Rahim Cricket World Cup 2019 Bangladesh Team
Mushfiqur Rahim

Even in the last match against Australia, Mushfiqur’s brilliant hundred almost saw them take the lead against Australia.

Another batsman who almost steered Bangladesh over the line against Australia is wily all-rounder, Mahmadullah Riyad.

A highly effective batsman lower down the order, he was responsible for inflicting pain on the South Africans in their first game when he catapulted Bangladesh to score 54 runs in three overs.

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.

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

 Mashrafe Mortaza Bangladesh Cricket World Cup Team 2019
Mashrafe Mortaza
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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.

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

Mustafizur Rahman Mohammad Saifuddin Cricket World Cup Bangladesh 2019
Mustafizur Rahman & Mohammad Saifuddin
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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.

The lone spinner is Mehidy Hasan Miraj who is a decent off spinner but bowls a very good line and length which makes him harder to cut or hit over the top.

He is more of a damage mitigation bowler rather than an out and out wicket taker. Nevertheless, if Mehidy does his job well, it takes the pressure off the captain as well as the other bowlers.

Mahmudullah Riyad
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Handy with both bat and ball, he partnered Mahmudullah against South Africa to score a massive 54 runs in just 18 balls. He will be a player to look out for.

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