Glenn Maxwell’s masterclass in Delhi and David Warner’s stunning century followed by Adam Zampa’s brilliance helped Australia record the highest ever World Cup win as they beat the Netherlands by 309 runs at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on Wednesday. The Aussie side looked in commanding touch as they torched Nethreland with both bat and ball. The winning margin of 309 runs is the largest ever in a Men’s Cricket World Cup and the second largest in ODI history.
The big win put the chances of other teams, including reigning World Cup champions England and Pakistan, in jeopardy.
Pakistan are currently in fifth position after playing five matches and winning only two of them and their current success rate is negative (-0.400). Pakistan’s upcoming matches include some tough teams like South Africa, New Zealand and England. The next team that Pakistan will face is Bangladesh. The team needs to win at least six matches to be assured of a semi-final berth and for that to happen, Pakistan needs to win all the remaining matches and hope that the other teams at the top of the table slip up badly.
England’s condition is also not looking very positive as they have just won 1 match out of 4 they have played and they will have to win the remaining matches and have to beat team like India, Australia and register a big win against team like Netherlands which Australian team did today. England’s current net run rate is (-1.248).
Meanwhile, when news agency AFP reported that Pakistan’s bowling, which had been touted as world-class ahead of the Asia Cup, and when they restricted a strong Indian side to 266 all out in a scrappy match at Pallekele, commentators saw it as a big warning ahead of the World Cup. opponents.
But two weeks before the exhibition event, key fast bowler Naseem Shah was ruled out with a shoulder injury.
Spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi has 10 wickets in five matches for India, but he hasn’t got it right from the start – his 2-36 against India and 5-54 against Australia came as losses. In the opening wins over Holland and Sri Lanka, he managed two wickets at a total cost of 103 runs.
*With agency inputs
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