Some freaky facts from the semifinal of the World
*India* lost 3 early wickets
*Australia* also lost 3 early wickets
*India* were all out in the 49th over
*Australia* were also all out in 49 overs
*Dhoni* got run-out at a crucial stage
*Smith* also got run-out at a crucial stage
Dhoni got run-out when India were 216/8
Smith got run-out when Australia were 217/8
7 batsmen scored single digit score, 4 scored double digit score for *India*
7 batsmen scored single digit score, 4 scored double digit score for *Australia*
Rashid Khan will lead Afghanistan across all formats, while former captain Asghar Afghan has been appointed his deputy. The change comes after Afghanistan lost all their matches at the World Cup under Gulbadin Naib, with his decisions on the field during a thriller against Pakistan, in particular, coming under the scanner.
I cannot believe that I have just witnessed such a clinical dismemberment of the invincible Australian one-day team. They were made to look like junior school novices. Cousin Ralston predicted this with the utmost confidence. Through gritted teeth I will concede that if Finch had inserted he would have won the match. On this occasion it was obviously an advantage to bowl first.
New Zealand will be licking their lips because they will not encounter either Roy or Bairstow. Bairstow is obviously injured and Roy will most certainly be suspended for high level dissent.No reprimands,no raps on knuckles but kicked out big time for several matches. No question.
NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – JUNE 17: Jason Roy of England hits out for six runs during the 4th ODI Royal London One-Day match between England and New Zealand at Trent Bridge on June 17, 2015 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
He got a shocking decision from Kumar Dharmasena but so have we all. I will never forget how Tuffy dealt with me when I merely raised my eyebrows when I was given an appalling LBW decision. Roy did far more than raise his eyebrows and I would love to have seen Tuffy deal with him if he had been in the English dressing room this evening. His body would have been beyond identification!
That was one of the worst cases of dissent I have seen and Roy will be out till Christmas. Certainly no Final and no Ashes. Cannot imagine Kane Williamson or Kumar Sangakkara behaving like that.
Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler threw the ball from a little to his left and the ball went speeding through Steve Smith’s legs at thigh height and hit the wickets at the bowler’s end
One thing is certain: Steve Smith would have preferred to be smashed in the balls or his buttocks …. He values his wicket …. more than his balls.
Hilal Suhaib, in IslandCricket.lk, …., https://www.islandcricket.lk/news/featured/sri-lanka-2023-world-cup/?fbclid=IwAR2tOft4Zg5HmX4SSCo3HuD-Sv3V6h-ptSW6g16PdG9EZ9ymFMduSzdcoWg
Sri Lanka exceeded my expectations at the 2019 World Cup — a winless exit was a strong possibility. Dimuth Karunaratne’s men overcame the challenges set by their own camp to end the tournament with three wins. There is no criticism of this team for not making the semis. Not losing to Afghanistan is a praiseworthy accomplishment today for a nation that once won the ODI world title and were for many years considered strong contenders to enter the final stages of any ICC tourney.
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Kumar Sangakkara, in Sunday Times, 7 July 2019, with this title “Sri Lanka — near yet too far from the CWC semis”
So, Sri Lanka’s World Cup journey has ended without qualification. Few predicted they would reach the semi-finals and their final mid-table position represents a decent performance in the circumstances. Nevertheless, it was ultimately a disappointing campaign. In hindsight, it feels like we could and should have done better and could have competed harder for the fourth qualification spot secured by New Zealand. Sri Lanka were dogged by the inability to balance out the side with a specialist spinner, injuries, and the presence of players with no or little ODI experience within 18 months of the World Cup.
Rex Clementine, in Island, 2 July 2019, where the title is “Avishka goes past Kohli and Tendulkar as third youngest World Cup centurion”
Young batting sensation Avishka Fernando has made an impact with cameos against Australia and South Africa in the ICC Cricket World Cup from the moment he was given a break at the expense of Lahiru Thirimanne. On Monday, he converted a start against the West Indies into a match winning knock posting a less than run a ball century. Aravinda de Silva was 30 when he made a World Cup hundred while Sanath Jayasuriya was 33 and that makes Avishka’s achievement a remarkable one.
Sri Lanka’s Avishka Fernando plays a shot during the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between Sri Lanka and West Indies at the Riverside Ground, in Chester-le-Street, northeast England, on July 1, 2019.