Cricket World Cup diary

Welcome to our 2019 Cricket World Cup diary. Throughout the whole of the World cup period we provided a quick daily summary on what happened in each match. These summaries have been listed below to provide you with a feel of how the tournament went. The schedule is a long and extensive one and as such it can be easy to forget what happened in the less significant games. Help refresh your memory with the information below.

Days 1, 2 & 3

England and South Africa got the tournament started and they didn’t disappoint. An entertaining match saw England deserved winners and the Windies followed that on with a sublime performance on day 2. Day 3 was a day for the Southern hemisphere, with New Zealand and Australia cruising to a comfortable victory against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan respectively.

Day 4

Day four brought South Africa’s second game who were be looking for a win after losing to the tournament favourites on day one. Bangladesh have historically proven that they are capable of creating an upset and did so again on the biggest stage with a fine batting performance from all involved.

The game went on to become the first 100 over match of the tournament, with South Africa working hard to chase down a 330 total. Unfortunately they were only able to muster 309 after their allotted overs and in doing so conceded two points to the Bangladesh Tigers.

Day 5

The advantage started to show with the opening batsmen as Pakistan punished England for whitewashing them in the ODI series by beating them at the World Cup, in their own back yard! A fine batting and fielding display by the men in green gave them a 14 run lead after 100 overs had been bowled. A very entertaining game indeed.

Day 6

Afghanistan took on Sri Lanka, with both teams looking to pick up their first points of the tournament. It was the first game whereby the weather played a part. Rainfall reduced the game to a 41 over match. Despite Afghanistan picking up three wickets in one over, they were not able to put in the batting performance required and were all bowled out for 152 – 34 runs short (based on the DLS method).

Day 7

Two matches occurred on day 7. India got their campaign started against a struggling South Africa team who had been hampered further by news of Dale Steyn becoming injured, resulting in the end of his World Cup.

South Africa won the toss and opted to bat but could only muster 227 after a fine display of both spin and pace from the Indian Bowlers. Despite India taking over 47 overs to get the job done, they always looked in control and a fine display of batting was shown by Rohit Sharma who knocked out 122 not out off 144 balls. Three losses on the bounce for South Africa means it is going to take something miraculous now from the Proteas to turn things around.

New Zealand took on Bangladesh and were faced with chasing down a 244 run total. A very entertaining match saw the Black Caps steadily creep towards and past the target set by the Tigers with just under three overs to spare. That win takes New Zealand top of the leaderboard and the togetherness of the team should be admired and also feared by those looking to replace them at the top of the tree.

Day 8

The most entertaining match of the tournament so far, in my opinion. Australia narrowly beat The West Indies by 15 runs with sterling performances put on by both teams. Australia did a fantastic job of clocking up a run score of 288 after going down four wickets early on for just 38. A well disciplined Australian bowling performance restricted the West Indies ability to score and despite the West Indies hitting out desperately at the end, it was Australia who take the points.

Day 9

A complete wipeout here with rain preventing one ball from being bowled. Points shared between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Day 10

England put on a fine display of batting to leave the Bangladesh Tigers with an overwhelming 386 runs to chase down. A great knock by Jason Roy saw him hit 153 runs of 121 runs. The only Englishman to achieve a higher score than that in World Cup is Andrew Strauss, who managed 158 against India in 2011. A sterling effort was shown by Bangladesh – Shakib Al Hasan in particular who made his own century (bowled for 121). However 386 was just to too big of a number and Bangladesh ended up all out for 280 after 48.5 overs. England pick up the two points.

New Zealand continued to look strong in their third match against and opted to field after winning the toss, which looked like the correct decision. After a nice bedding in opening partnership Zazai was the first to fall after 66 runs. From there the batting order collapsed, losing three more wickets for just 4 more runs leaving Afghanistan on 70/4. A total score of 172 was mustered which was easily acquired by the Black caps, despite Guptill being dismissed from the very first ball of the innings.

Day 11

The Men in Blue (India) took on the baggy Greens (Australia) on a marvellous and typical English summer’s day. India showed they were here to compete after batting Australia all round the Oval, accumulating a first innings score of 352. A conservative approach to the second innings by Australia was their ultimate downfall and fell 36 runs short at the end of their allotted 50 overs. India take the two points and ruin Australia’s 100% win record from this tournament.

Day 12

Another washout, causing the points to be shared. Seven and a half overs were bowled in the morning leaving South Africa on 29/2. However the rain started and never really stopped, causing disappointment to players and fans alike.

Day 13

Not even a coin tossed today. The second day where the World Cup crowd failed to see one ball bowled. Game abandoned and one point each for Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Day 14

Australia took on Pakistan the green caps may well regret putting Australia straight in to bat as they got off to a good start and steadily progressed to over 300 runs before being bowled out on 49 overs. In comparison, Pakistan got off to a dreadful start with Zaman being caught for a duck after facing only three balls. Australia displayed a disciplined performance throughout and picked up two points after bowling Pakistan out for 266.

Day 15

The third day of the tournament whereby not a single ball was bowled. This spoiled what could have been the match of the tournament so far, as both teams have been in sparkling form. This unfortunate circumstance caused both India and New Zealand to drop their first points of the World Cup, due to no fault of their own. You have to wonder whether it was the wisest move to have England and Wales as host nations! More rain is forecast over the weekend so get ready for more games ending up with the points shared.

Day 16

The host nation, England faced the West Indies. A morale boosting convincing victory was needed in both camps, but it was England that achieved it. The West Indies batted first and openers started steady but the middle order and tail enders did not produce the goods at all, leaving England to chase down a measly 212. England cruised to the total with 8 wickets to spare in their 34th over. Another 2 points go to England.

Day 17

Two matches today that pretty much went as expected. South Africa faced off against Afghanistan and proceeded in giving the Afghans a cricket lesson. Afghanistan were bowled out for only 125 and South Arica surpassed that score with only the loss of one wicket. Sri Lanka and Australia was a more tighter affair. However Australia did what they had to to ensure they walked away from the game with another 2 points. Australia set a batting score of 334, which was too much for the Sri Lankans to contend with. Sri Lanka were bowled out in the 46th over for 247.

Day 18

India and Pakistan played out a 40 over innings match, despite India facing 50 overs thanks to the DLS method and a spot of rain. 40 overs was enough for India to display their dominance and send a very strong message to the host nation, England. Some very strong partnerships at the beginning put India in to the driving seat and they never wavered from that point on. India ended up victorious, winning the match by 89 runs.

Day 19

The 19th day of action saw a very exciting match between Bangladesh and West Indies that had a little bit of everything. From three wides in the last over of Bangladesh’s bowling session to three consecutive sixes in the Tiger’s 37th over of batting. Despite West Indies putting up a target of over 300, Bangladesh chased it down with ease and ended the game as deserved victors.

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Day 20

England needed to show their dominance over Afghanistan to send a message to those around them that they mean business. They certainly did that by winning the toss, opting to bat and setting a score just shy of the 400 mark. 25 sixes helped achieve that score, with a record breaking 17 coming from Eoin Morgan. A Fantastic knock by him saw him finsih on 148 off 71 balls. The score was just too much for Afghanistan and although they saw their 50 overs out, they were 150 short of their target. A comfortable and impressive two points for the Lions – putting them for the time being, at the top of the tree.

Day 21

A fine competitive match that saw New Zealand beat South Africa by a vey narrow margin. However, enough to pick up the two points and take England off the top of the leaderboard. Possibly one of the most exciting games of the tournament so far with New Zealand winning with only three balls to spare. Hard to criticise any part of the play here. Some fine cricket on display.

Day 22

Australia faced Bangladesh and this match was the David Warner show, with him securing his second century of the tournament. He hit a fantastic 166 off 147 balls, including 14 fours and 5 sixes. That knock helped set Australia a total target of 381, with the loss of only 5 wickets. A valiant effort was shown by the Tigers to chase that target down, with Mushfiqur Rahim helping himself to a century. However, Bangladesh still found themselves 48 runs short come the end of the 50th over.

Day 23

England were left baffled and bemused after being outdone by Sri Lanka. England looked to have bowled well initially keeping the Sri Lankan’s from tallying up a high total. Sri Lanka finished on 232/9 after their 50 overs, which looked more than reachable. However, England could not get any rhythm going with the bat at all. A bottom order collapse sealed England’s fate, being bowled out for 212 after 47 overs, 20 runs short of the target.

Day 24

Two unbelievably close matches today made for some fine cricket spectating – from the couch or from the stands. India took on Afghanistan and the West Indies faced off against New Zealand. Both India and New Zealand left scores below 300 after their opening innings, leaving Afghanistan and the West Indies both with the belief they could chase these totals down. Afghanistan were chasing 224 and the Windies chase 291.

Both teams found themselves with a chance in the dying overs, forcing them to hit out and risk wickets. Carlos Baraithwaite secured a century for the Windies and then got caught on the boundary with 6 balls remaining, 7 runs short of victory. Afghanistan found themselves needing 11 runs from the last three balls. this situation led to Mohammed Shami helping himself to a hat-trick from the last three balls of the game to break Afghan hearts.

Day 25

Pakistan make somewhat easy work of a South African team that has struggled and shown signs of weakness throughout the tournament. Pakistan won the toss, elected to bat and set a respectable target just over the 300 mark at 308 after their full 50 over innings. South Africa started poorly and scored slowly, resulting in South Africa falling short of the 308 target by 49 runs. This loss for South Africa sealed their fate, eliminating any chance pf progressing in to the later stages.

Day 26

Nothing too out of the ordinary or surprising here with Bangladesh winning the game comfortably. A steady score of 262 was set by the Tigers, who batted first. A tight and disciplined bowling display followed, restricting Afghanistan to only 200 runs from 47 overs. The last ball of the 47th over saw the fall of the last Afghanistan batsman, confirming the two points to Bangladesh.

Day 27

England got embarrassed by their fiercest and oldest rivals right on their own turf. England won the toss and put Australia in to bat, which looked the right thing to do. However both Aussie openers whipped up quick half centuries to put a nice early modest 100/0 on the board. The Australians struggled a little through the middle order, but still managed to set a target of 285. not the biggest score and one England would have believed was achievable.

However, all of that changed when James Vince was bowled from the second ball of the innings, leaving England on 0/1. The Australians kept a disciplined line of bowling and played a longer ball than England and the Lions just couldn’t get the runs. England finished on 221 all out, 64 runs short. Australia now certain to qualify and England have it all to do with the Black caps and India to still face in their last two games.

Day 28

Pakistan have already done a number on England in this World Cup and they did the same again to New Zealand here, winning by 6 runs. A good all round performance kept the black caps at bay pretty much throughout the whole of the match. Despite losing both openers early on, Pakistan were easily able to run down the 237 target in the 50th over for only the total loss of 4 wickets. Babar Azam deserves a significant proportion of the praise with a very impressive 101 not out.

Day 29

India demonstrated they were a class above the West Indies in this match. India opted to bat first and put in  a reasonable but not amazing 268. However the Indian bowlers did not ease up for  a second – sliding through the West Indies batting order like a knife through butter. The Windies never got in to their rhythm behind the crease and were easily despatched after just 34 overs, managing only 143 runs. India looked very confident and very strong.

Day 30

The Proteas finally turned up to the tournament and put on a fine display that easily outwitted and broke down the resilience of the Sri Lankans. South Africa won the toss and opted to bowl. This seemed to be the correct choice, especially when Dimuth Karunaratne was dismissed for a golden duck. the whole team were erased for a score of 203. This total was chased down with ease by the South Africans. It was done within 38 overs and for the loss of only one wicket. Things could have been a lot different if South Africa had played consistently like this earlier in the World Cup.

Day 31

Afghanistan v Pakistan was an incredible match to watch, but was marred by violence erupting inside and outside the Stadium. Tis was mainly caused by a light aircraft displaying unauthorised political messages to the crowd. This was one of the closes matches we have seen this tournament, with Pakistan leaving it until the last over to secure victory. Imad Wasim was able to strike a four with two balls left in the match to surpass the 227 set by Afghanistan.

Australia outplayed the Black Caps to win comfortably at Lord’s. Australia batted first and set a score of 243 from their 50 over spell. A poor batting display by New Zealand and unrelenting bowling by the Australians saw the whole New Zealand team fall for just 157 runs. The highest run total from a New Zealand player in this match was Ross Taylor. He managed 30 runs off 57 balls. This goes to show how tough the Australian bowlers made it for their international neighbours.

Day 32

England faced India in what was a must-win game for England to keep their hopes alive of qualifying for the semi-final stages. Win they did and in good style too! England won the toss and wisely chose to bat, as the Indians struggled to break down the opening partnership. This led England to a score of 337 after 50 overs.

India seemed to follow suit in attempting to preserve wickets in the early stages. However the run rate was much slower, leaving India with much to do in the second half of their innings. India were unable to pick up the pace sufficiently enough to surpass the target, reaching only 306 in their 50 over innings. A well deserved win for England and India’s first defeat of the tournament.

Day 33

Sri Lanka player the West Indies for nothing much other than pride with both teams having no chance of reaching the semi final stages.

Both teams put in a good performance and made a good account of themselves. However it was Sri Lanka who ended up with the victory. The main difference was the start of each innings. Sri held firm initially at the beginning of their innings whereas Malinga struck twice in quick succession to leave the Windies on 22/2.

Both teams put in a 300+ score total. Sri Lanka set a target of 338 for six wickets. West Indies put in a valiant chase attempt despite the two early wickets, but could only manage 315/9 in reply.

Day 34

India bounced back from their defeat against England by defeating Bangladesh in this match. Another score of over 300 (314) was set for the Tigers to chase down. Although they came close, they were unable to do so. Bangladesh were al bowled out for 286 after 48 overs. Rohit Sharma helped himself to his fifth century from 15 World Cup innings and seems to be the main threat in this team currently. He was eventually caught for 104 from just 92 balls. Another incredible opening knock!

Day 35

England needed to beat New Zealand here to secure their spot in the semi final stages, and win they did. Convincingly too! This was aided by a fantastic Bairstow century and some schoolboy errors made by the Kiwi batsmen. England batted first and finished the innings on 305/8. New Zealand could only manage 186 runs before being all bowled out after 45 overs. England now bring a new sense of confidence in to the later stages of the tournament after beating India and New Zealand in their last two games.

Day 36

Afghanistan face the West Indies here that brought about an entertaining game of cricket in what was expected to be Cris Gayle’s last international appearance. It was therefore fitting that the West Indies won the match. Chris Gayle did not contribute greatly with the bat, scoring only 7 runs from the 18 balls he faced before being caught out. This left the Windies on 21/1. The rest of the Windies team held it together though, finishing on 311/6 after 50 overs.

A valiant effort was put in by the Afghan openers after Gulbadin Naib was dismissed early on, but runs weren’t coming fast enough, leaving to desperation creeping in. This was Afghanistan’s downfall as wickets then started to fall. Afghanistan were eventually bowled all out 23 runs short with the last ball of the innings.

Day 37

Pakistan played Bangladesh and needed to score over 400 and bowl Bangladesh out for 80 if they were to qualify for the semi-finals. This was never going to happen ut still Pakistan put on a good show and beat Afghanistan convincingly. Just not convincingly enough! Pakistan did manage to score 315, which always looked like a tall ask for the Tigers and indeed it was. Bangladesh were all out for 221 in the 45th over.

Day 38

India played Sri Lanka today and Australia played South Africa in the last day of the league round. Australia needed to win to guarantee to top the leaderboard, but they didn’t. South Africa put in what had to be their performance of the tournament to deal a massive upset to the Aussies. South Africa opened the batting and the openers and front order did a fantastic job of keeping runs consistent. They finished on 325/6, with Du Plessis picking up a century. David Warner picked up a century himself in response in the second innings but it couldn’t aid in surpassing South Africa’s total. It was tight at the end but the target was just out of reach as Australia crumpled to 315 all out with one ball remaining – 10 runs short of what was required.

A historic match was witnessed in the India v Sri Lanka for at least two reasons. It was expected to be Malinga’s last World Cup game as Sri Lanka had no hope of qualifying and also the fact Rohit Sharma became the first ever player to hit 5 centuries in one World Cup tournament here. Sri Lanka put in a good account of themselves, but India always looked at least one class above.

Sri Lanka batted first, knocking out 264/7 after 50 overs, with a valiant century achieved by Angelo Mathews. India came out strong scoring runs fast and minimising wickets. Centuries coming from both openers Rahul and Rohit pretty much sealed Sri Lanka’s fate in this match early on. India surpassed the 264 target in the 44th over for the loss of only 3 wickets.

Semi final 1

An absolutely breathtaking match was witnessed in the first semi final between India and New Zealand. This match had everything. Superb catches, unbelievable run outs, sterling batting performances, sunshine and rain all featured here. Because of the rain the match had to be played over two days. India bowled on the first day and did a good job of restricting New Zealand to 239 off a full 50 over innings. This left India outright favourites to win the match, with bookies pricing them at 1/6 overnight.

However, India got off to a horrific start. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were despatched with ease, leaving India on quite an embarrassing 5-2. To make things even worse Rahul then went without any more runs being scored. Both openers and arguably the best batsman on the planet gone for just 5 runs! India then started to build up a bit of rhythm, which left a nail-biting finish for all involved. ball umbers remaining were depleting, causing the India tail-enders to hit out. Unfortunately India were bowled all out 18 runs short with three balls remaining. New Zealand progressed to the final.

Semi final 2

Another highly entertaining semi final here but for a display of dominance rather than a tense finish. England faced up with one of their oldest and fiercest rivals in Australia. The Aussies won the toss and chose to bat first, which turned out to be somewhat of an unwise decision. The England bowlers got off to a flying start. Another opening order collapse left Australia with three wickets down for the gain of only 14 runs.

Smith and Carey then went on to form a nice partnership to start a recovery. However very little contributions were given by the rest of the batting order. Australia were bowled all out after 49 overs for 223. Not a gimme by any stretch, especially with what happened in the other semi final.

England were more than up for the challenge though. Englands openers Roy and Bairstow put on a fantastic opening partnership that settled the nerves in the camp and paved the way to a very convincing victory. England chased down the total in the 32nd over with 8 wickets to spare to progress to the final with what must be an overwhelming feeling of pride and confidence.

Final

What a final. By far the best cricket match I have ever seen in this format. An absolute nail-biter of a finish with a Super over needed in order to determine a winner. Even then it wasn’t so clear cut! New Zealand batted first and put up a valiant, yet reachable 241 on to the scoresheet. Losses to England’s front men fairly early on put the home nation in a tricky situation, but Ben stokes and Buttler put together a nice partnership to give them a fighting chance. Buttler went and in the later stages the middlemen and tail enders were trickling off as Stokes continued to strive towards the target.

A hugely dramatic last over saw a catch given as a six due to a foot on the boundary line and another six given after Stokes ran for a risky two and ended up hitting the ball for six with his bat as he dived for the crease. Stokes got the vital run on the last ball but England were unable to secure the least run they needed to win. A super over was needed. More drama in the super over saw the match still tied with 15 runs a piece, but rules dictated that in case of a tie, the team with most boundaries throughout the game would be determined winners. That team was England. A fantastic game and a fantastic tournament. One of which will hopefully inspire an entire new generation of potential cricket stars!