World Cup 2019: Ideal playing XI for India aga…

Will Shami and Chahal make a comeback into the XI?

Indian team is all set to face Kane Williamson’s New Zealand in the first semi-final of the 2019 World Cup on 9 July. Team India will be riding high on confidence after finishing on the top of the points table. New Zealand, on the other hand, finished at fourth with 11 points, courtesy of a superior net run rate.

Old Trafford, Manchester is going to host this crucial match. India previously played two of their group matches at the same venue. They defeated both Pakistan and West Indies quite comprehensively. The knock out match will be played on a fresh pitch. Manchester has been a high scoring venue as England scored tournament’s highest total (397) here against Afghanistan.

After remaining unbeaten during their first six matches, New Zealand lost its last three league matches. Lack of runs from their openers has been a huge cause of concern for them. Team’s fortunes in the batting department have been highly dependent on their skipper, Kane Williamson’s performances.

India will be entering this contest as favorites, considering their recent form. Their top order comprising Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli is arguably the most formidable one at the moment. Rohit Sharma has been in stupendous batting form and KL Rahul has been playing the role of second fiddle to perfection. Even though he has not scored a century in the tournament, Virat Kohli has been scoring crucial runs for the team during mid-phase of the innings. Rishabh Pant has shown some promise in the matches he played until now. Team management will be expecting a special innings from Pant in the upcoming match.

Coming to changes in XI, Shami and Chahal, who sat out the last league game, in all likelihood will make a come back into the playing XI. Kuldeep Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar might make way for the aforementioned players.  Kedar Jadhav might also come back into the side if India wants a part-time bowling option. But Dinesh Karthik’s superior finishing prowess might help him retain his place in the XI.

India’s ideal Playing XI

Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli ©, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Jasprit Bumrah.

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World Cup 2019: India’s ideal lineup for their…

Will Bhuvi get back into playing XI?

India suffered their first defeat in the tournament on Sunday at the hands of the English team. Team India is yet to mathematically confirm their spot in semi-finals. They will be looking to get back into winning ways when they face Bangladesh team on 2nd July, in match number 40 of ICC World Cup 2019. This will be India’s penultimate match before the knock out stages.

Edgbaston, Birmingham is going to host this crucial match. India played their previous match against England at the same venue so they might have a better understanding of the pitch and playing conditions.

India is currently in the second position in the points table whereas Bangladesh is placed 6th. Bangladesh needs to win this contest in order to stay in contention for a semi-final spot. On the other hand, a win in this match will confirm a place in the semi-finals for India.

The pitch at Edgbaston, Birmingham seemed to have gotten slower as the game progresses so both the teams might look to bat first on Tuesday.

Mohammad Shami once again showcased his wicket-taking abilities by picking up a fifer against England. He has picked up 13 wickets from just 3 matches. Even though he picked crucial wickets, Shami failed to contain runs in the death overs. Jasprit Bumrah was his usual self and was easily the best bowler on the day.

In the batting department, Rohit Sharma scored his third century of the tournament but could not take India home during the chase. Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya also played decent knocks. India made a forced change in the last match as Rishabh Pant came into the playing XI for injured Vijay Shankar. Now that Vijay Shankar has been ruled out of the tournament, team management might give Rishabh Pant a few more opportunities in the middle order.

The names Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja might be considered by team management while selecting playing XI for the upcoming match. Both of them provide the right balance to the XI. Chahal who conceded 88 runs in the last match might make way for Jadeja. Apart from one change, India might continue with the same combination for their next match.

India’s ideal XI

Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli ©, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah

World Cup 2019: New Zealand vs Australia – Ide…

Tim Southee

The finalists of the 2015 World Cup, New Zealand, and Australia are all set to clash in Match 37 of World Cup 2019. Cricket’s home, Lord’s Cricket Ground, is set to host this high-intensity match. Both the teams are in great form in the tournament as they lost just one match until now.

Currently, Australia is placed first and New Zealand is placed at third position in the points table. With 12 points already in their kitty, the defending champions Australia have sealed their semi-final spot. They will be looking to win both their remaining matches and consolidate their higher position in the points table.

On the other hand, a win for New Zealand in this match will secure their spot in the semi-finals. They will have one more match, against England, left after this encounter. They will be looking to win today and ensure there is no additional qualifying pressure on themselves during the next match.

Australia team are riding high on confidence as they comfortably defeated the English side in their previous match at the same venue. Their only loss in the tournament has come against the Indian team. Their openers are looking in great touch as they have constantly been providing good starts. Currently, David Warner and Aaron Finch are placed at 1st and 2nd positions in top run-getters list.

Their middle order has provided them with just enough support. Their bowling line-up comprising Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Jason Behrendorff is one of the best in this tournament. They will mostly play with an unchanged XI in this clash unless they want to rest one of their key bowlers.

New Zealand on the other hand, suffered their first defeat in this tournament in their previous match against Pakistan. They will look to bounce back and get back on winning ways as the tournament is nearing its end. Skipper, Kane Williamson has been in exceptional form with the bat for them.

The form of opener Colin Munro and wicket-keeper Tom Latham are the areas of concern for them. They might persist with attacking Munro for this match and replace Latham with Henry Nichols in the middle order. In the bowling department, they might think of bringing back experienced campaigner Tim Southee into the playing XI in place of Matt Henry, who has taken one wicket in the last four matches, for this important clash.


New Zealand’s ideal XI

Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson ©, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult

Australia’s ideal XI

David Warner, Aaron Finch ©, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff

World Cup 2019, Pakistan vs Afghanistan: Ideal…

Babar Azam

Afghanistan and Pakistan are all set to clash in Match 36 of World Cup 2019 at Headingley, Leeds on 29th June. Afghanistan are currently at the 10th position in the points table and are already out of contention for a semifinal spot. Pakistan’s chances, on the other hand, are still very much alive, so they will look to win the match and extend their winning streak.

Afghanistan will play to salvage some pride after enduring a disappointing tournament. In their last match, Afghanistan showed great fighting spirit against India as they came very close to sealing an unlikely victory. Their confident performance against a strong team like India would have lifted the morale of their players considerably.

Afghanistan haven’t had the services of their star opener Mohammad Shahzad in the last few matches as he was ruled out of the tournament because of an injury. Experienced players like Asghar Afghan have not stepped up and performed consistently for the team either.

Their bowling department has been decent for the most part, but it is their batting department that has been a cause for concern. They will in all likelihood play with the same XI as in their last game. They will look to give under-fire stars like Asghar Afghan and Hashmatullah Shahidi another chance to showcase their skills.

Coming to Pakistan, their batting line-up was highly inconsistent during the initial half of the tournament. But in the last few matches, they have come back into form and this has enabled Pakistan to win their last two matches – against South Africa and New Zealand – quite convincingly.

Ever since Haris Sohail made a comeback into the side, their middle order has performed decently. Even their bowlers seemed to have found their rhythm in the last match.

Pakistan are unlikely to make any changes to the winning combination from the last match.

Pakistan’s ideal XI

Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi

Afghanistan’s ideal XI

Rahmat Shah, Gulbadin Naib ©, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shinwari, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

World Cup 2019, Sri Lanka vs South Africa: Ide…

Lasith Malinga

Currently placed at 9th and 7th positions respectively in the World Cup 2019 points table, South Africa and Sri Lanka will be desperately looking for a win when they clash against each other on Friday.

South Africa will want to win their remaining matches and end their disappointing campaign on a high note. The Sri Lankan team, on the other hand, will be looking to keep their semi-final hopes alive by winning all their remaining matches.

The match is set to take place in Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street, Durham. This is going to be the first match at this venue, so a fresh pitch will be available for the encounter.

In their previous match, Sri Lanka shocked the entire cricketing universe by defeating the favorites for the title, England. That would have given Sri Lanka a lot of confidence ahead of their remaining fixtures.

As for South Africa, they lost their last match, against Pakistan, by 49 runs. Sri Lanka might even start as favorites against South Africa if recent form is considered as the measuring gauge.

South Africa lost the services of their premier fast bowler Dale Steyn during the earlier stages of the tournament and since then they have felt his absence in the bowling department. Kagiso Rabada has not been able to replicate the same form that he displayed in the IPL.

Chris Morris has been the best pace bowler for the South African team in the World Cup so far. Imran Tahir has also performed well as the lone specialist spinner in the side.

In the batting department, South Africa’s top order and middle order have failed collectively on most occasions so far. The team’s most experienced players, Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis, have failed to deliver consistently at the top. Aiden Markram, JP Duminy and David Miller have also failed to perform to their potential.

Only Rassie van der Dussen has played a few useful knocks in the middle order. Given that the Proteas are already out of the tournament, they might give a few more chances to youngsters like Markram.

South Africa might continue with the same playing XI as the last game, because it is their most balanced playing XI available right now.

For Sri Lanka, Kusal Perera and skipper Dimuth Karunaratne have been providing good starts to the team. Experienced campaigner Angelo Mathews came back into form in the last game too, playing a crucial unbeaten knock in testing conditions.

Their bowling attack led by the veteran pacer Lasith Malinga has been in decent form. Sri Lanka will in all likelihood play with the same successful combination for their upcoming clash against South Africa.

South Africa’s ideal XI

Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis ©, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir.

Sri Lanka’s ideal XI

Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep.

World Cup 2019: Ideal playing XI for India aga…

Who will play the next game – Rishabh Pant (left) or Vijat Shankar (right)?

After escaping with a narrow win against the spirited Afghanistan side, Team India will be looking to get back into the groove by putting on a professional performance against West Indies. India will square off against the Caribbean side atthe Old Trafford in Manchester on 27th June, in match 34 of the ICC World Cup 2019.

India are currently at the third position in the points table whereas West Indies are placed 8th.

West Indies will have to play the remainder of the tournament without the services of their star all-rounder, Andre Russell. Russell’s absence will likely hurt the West Indies team’s progress during the slog overs. But with or without Russell, they will have to defeat India on Thursday in order to keep their slim semi-final hopes alive.

India on the other hand are still undefeated in the tournament and have almost sealed a semi-final spot. They will still have 3 games left to play after this encounter.

The venue for the game is conducive to batting as 291, 397 and 336 runs have been scored in the last 3 matches during the first innings. So we can expect another high-scoring match this Thursday.

Even though India’s batting department disappointed against Afghanistan, the bowlers held their own and produced a collective performance to hand a hard-earned victory. Mohammad Shami, who replaced the injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the clash, picked up a hat-trick in the last over. Jasprit Bumrah was his usual self and put on another match-winning performance. The wrist spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal along with Hardik Pandya also played their parts well to round off a cumulative effort.

In the batting though, everyone barring Virat Kolhi struggled to score runs freely. MS Dhoni even faced criticism from retired cricketers due to his slow-paced innings. Kedar Jadhav scored a fighting half-century but he could not accelerate the innings the way the team management would have liked.

India did not get a good start in the last match as Rohit Sharma was dismissed early in the innings. Rohit will look to get back among the runs in the upcoming clash, and set a solid platform for the Indian middle order.

India might be tempted to replace Vijay Shankar with Rishabh Pant in the middle order. Shankar has played in the last two matches but hasn’t done enough to cement his place in the playing XI. He didn’t bowl even a single over during the last match.

So if the team management does not consider him as a bowling option, then they should pick a better batsman like Dinesh Karthik or Pant in his place. The inclusion of the attacking Pant will definitely add some variety to the batting line-up. But India might require the services of the sixth bowler during the upcoming clashes against teams like England, so they might stick with Shankar for now.

Thus, India will in all likelihood play with the same XI during the upcoming clash as there is no pressing need to change the current winning combination.

India’s ideal XI

Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli ©, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Mohammad Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

World Cup 2019, New Zealand vs Pakistan: Ideal…

The Pakistan team

New Zealand and Pakistan are all set to clash in Match 33 of World Cup 2019 at Edgbaston, Birmingham on 26th June. Both teams have won their previous match and will be looking to extend their winning spree.

New Zealand and India are the only teams which are still unbeaten in this tournament. Currently, New Zealand are placed at the second position in the points table while Pakistan occupy the 7th spot.

A win for New Zealand in this match will secure their spot in the semi-finals with two more games remaining. Pakistan on the other hand need to win their remaining 3 matches to stay in contention for a semi-final spot.

New Zealand won their previous match against West Indies by a very close margin, while Pakistan defeated South Africa quite convincingly and are currently riding high on confidence.

Edgbaston, the venue for this encounter, hosted the New Zealand vs South Africa game earlier. The pitch was a bit slow during that game, and we can expect similar conditions yet again.

Kane Williamson has been in splendid form with the bat and has been leading his side from the front. He played a phenomenal knock of 148 in the last match against West Indies. Ross Taylor has also played a few good supporting innings in the tournament so far.

Openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro have failed to perform consistently, and the team management might look at Henry Nicholls as an opening option. But Munro might get another chance against Pakistan to prove his worth.

Colin de Grandhomme and Jimmy Neesham have been playing the role of enforcers to perfection.

Their bowling line-up comprising Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Mitchell Santner and Trent Boult has been highly consistent in this tournament, so there should be no changes in that department.

New Zealand have gone in with the same side in all the matches so far. The same trend might continue in the next match, as there is absolutely no need to tinker with the successful winning combination.

Coming to Pakistan, their batting line-up has been highly inconsistent throughout the tournament. But whenever they have performed, Pakistan have won the match quite comfortably.

Haris Sohail’s blistering knock came as a welcome sign for them in the last match. Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez need to take the onus upon themselves and score the majority of the runs for the team.

Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Afridi and Shadab Khan will form the bowling line-up. Pakistan are unlikely to make any changes to the winning combination from the last match.

Pakistan’s ideal XI

Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c&wk), Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi

New Zealand’s ideal XI

Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Trent Boult