Today we bring to you the interesting information about the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The cricketing global event was held in England and it produced some of the most breathtaking encounters between great sides. There were 10 participating teams in the event which were all put in a singles group. Each side played the other once in the round-robin stage which thus had 45 matches. England finally emerged as the champions for the first time in history. The hosts beat New Zealand in what was one of the most scintillating finals in world cup history. Here we detail how it happened at the 2019 cricket world cup.
Group Stage Great Encounters
The group stage of the 2019 cricket world cup saw each team play 9 matches. India emerged on top of the table having lost just 1 of their matches. The first match of the tournament saw hosts England take on South Africa at the Oval cricket ground. The English side batted first and put a commanding total on 311 runs on the board. Jason Roy, Joe Root, and skipper Eoin Morgan registered gutsy the half-centuries but it was Ben Stokes who crafted the English innings with a brisk 89. The Proteas could only reach 207 in return and thus lost the match by 104 runs.
Bangladesh looked like one of the most improved sides in the 2019 cricket world cup. They won their first match against the South Africans in style. Batting first at the Oval, the Bangladeshis scored 330 runs with Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan scoring 78 and 75 respectively. The South Africans tried their best to chase down the big total but eventually fell short by 21 runs after scoring 309 in their 50 overs.
Pakistan and England played one of the highest-scoring matches of the tournament at Trent Bridge. The Pakistani team batted first and made 348 runs after a blistering knock of 84 by Mohammad Hafeez along with Babar Azam’s 63. The English team also batted aggressively in return. They reached very near to the total but could only manage 334 runs in their innings thus losing the contest by 14 runs. Joe Root and Joss Butler made sensational centuries 107 and 103 respectively while Wahab Riaz took 3 wickets for his team.
India who was the best side in the league stage of the 2019 cricket world cup had their best match against Australia at the oval. The Indian chose to bat first and made a towering total of 352 runs. The hard-hitting opener Shikhar Dhawan played a great knock of 117 while Captain Virat Kohli registered 82 runs. The Aussies were also looking aggressive in the chase. They reached 316 in return and thus fell well of the target short by 36 runs.
The India Pakistan encounter at Old Trafford was one of the most anticipated matches in the 2019 cricket world cup. The Indians were put to bat first and what followed was a typical Rohit Sharma master-class. The fiery opener made 140 runs from just 113 deliveries and was well aided by Virat Kohli who scored 77. The Indian team’s total got to 336 runs despite Mohammad Amir’s great bowling. The match was affected by rain and Pakistan’s chase total was revised to 302 runs in 40 overs. The Pakistanis managed only 212 runs thus giving India a convincing victory in the highly charged match.
The Semi-final Matches
The top 4 sides of the group stage India, Australia, England, and New Zealand got their place in the semi-finals of the 2019 cricket world cup. Pakistan and New Zealand were locked at 11 points each but the Kiwis advanced further due to their better run-rate during the league matches. Unlike the earlier world cup tournaments, there were no super 6 or quarter-finals in the 2019 edition. This was helpful to all the qualifying teams who had earlier gone through a gruelling round-robin stage.
The first semi-final match of the 2019 cricket world cup was played between India and New Zealand at Manchester. The contest was a low scoring one but very tense and closely fought. The Kiwis chose to bat first on a wicket that looked extremely helpful to the bowlers. Their Captain Kane Williamson and senior batsman Ross Taylor anchored the New Zealand innings. They scored 67 and 74 runs respectively but the Kiwis had a quick batting collapse once these two departed from the crease. The whole New Zealand team was restricted to 239 runs with Bhuvneshwar Kumar taking 3 wickets for India.
As the Indians came to bat, it became pretty clear how difficult the pitch was to bat on. They lost the top 4 wickets for just 24 runs thus having the worst possible start. The middle-order rescue was led by Ravindra Jadeja’s heroic 77 and MS Dhoni’s watchful 50 but India was always on the back foot after the early damage. After Dhoni was run-out on the worst moment it was all over for India. The whole team was dismissed in the 50th over for 221 giving the Kiwis the entry in the final. Matt Henry was the best bowler for New Zealand as he took 3 Indian top-order wickets in the early overs.
If the first semi-final of the 2019 cricket world cup was a nail-biter, the second proved to be a one-sided contest. The Aussies won the toss and chose to bat in the anticipation of registering a mighty total. These hopes were quickly shattered as the English new-ball bowlers struck early dismissed both the Australian openers with just 10 runs on the board. Steve Smith and Alex Carey were then left to steer the innings but hey could never play freely as all the English bowlers were deadly accurate in their line and length. Smith scored 85 runs whereas Carey made 46.
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The Australian batsmen however failed to accelerate the scoring at any stage. They were finally dismissed for 223 runs in 49 overs. English seam bowlers Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer bowled exceptionally well taking 3 and 2 wickets respectively while also remaining highly economical. The English batsmen chased the total with great ease in just 32 overs. Their opener Jason Roy played aggressive innings of 85 runs of 65 balls. Joe Root and Skipper Eoin Morgan remained not-out for 49 and 45 runs respectively. The hosts would thus take on New Zealand in the 2019 cricket world cup final.
The 2019 Cricket World Cup Tournament Decider
England and New Zealand locked horns in the one match shootout for the 2015 ICC cricket world cup. It was one of the most exciting and epic finals in the cricket world cup history. New Zealand batted first scoring 241 runs on the Lord’s pitch that had a fair share to offer for the bowlers. The Kiwi innings were anchored by Henry Nicholl’s 55 and Tom Letham’s 47 runs while other batsmen also offered support. Among the English bowlers, Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett took 3 wickets each.
The England team needed a moderate total to chase to take home their first world cup trophy. After the early losses, Ben Stokes and Joss Buttler put the side in a firm position with a 116 partnership for the 5th wicket. Stokes made an unbeaten 84 while Buttler was out on 59. At 196/5 England was cruising along before having a batting collapse in the lower order. Strokes heroically took his team to a draw and the 2019 cricket world cup final was to be decided by a super-over.
England chose Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler to again bat in the super-over. The two aggressive batters took on the Kiwi pacer Trent Boult to make 15 runs. This meant that the New Zealanders had to get 16 to win the match and lift the trophy. James Neesham and Martin Guptill came to bat from the Kiwi side facing English bowling star Jofra Archer. More drama would unfold as the New Zealand batters who needed 2 runs of the last delivery were run out while trying to scamper through the to the 2nd run. The super-over again resulted in a draw.
The hosts England won the match and the tournament on account of an unusual rule known as the boundary count. England had 28 boundaries in their innings compared to 17 by the Kiwis. The English team had finally become the world champions in the 2019 cricket world cup. This was their 4th world cup final. The Kiwis were in utter disbelief with fans witnessing both agony and ecstasy on the ground. Ben Stokes was awarded man of the match in the final while Kane Williamson got the player of the tournament.
This was our detailed overview of the 2019 cricket world cup. We hope that you liked the article and will bring you more interesting and refreshing details about this epic tournament in the coming days. In the meantime do let us know about your valuable comments in the section below.
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