Cricket World Cup Round Up
After threatening to over-shadow the Cricket World Cup, the weather improved over the weekend with all matches getting a result.
England eased to victory over the West Indies at Southampton on Friday despite two injury scares with Jason Roy (hamstring) and captain Eoin Morgan (back) both leaving the field. The last thing England need are injuries, but with Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, who both suffered heavy defeats on Saturday, next in line, it may be a good time to give some of the prized players a rest and the guys on the sideline a taste of World Cup action in case they’re called upon.
Yesterday saw one of, if not, the biggest sporting events as India and Pakistan met at Old Trafford. With an estimated 1 billion people watching, India posted 336-5 from their 50 overs with Rohit hitting 140 from 113 balls after sharing 136 and 98-run partnerships with KL Rahul and Virat Kohli respectively. Only Amir posed any real threat with the ball and their fielding was again well below par.
Despite a steady 104 second wicket partnership between Fakhar and Babar, the run chase never really got going and Pakistan never looked like they would come close to their target, eventually losing by 89 runs on the DLS Method.
Along with New Zealand, India are the only other unbeaten side although the former haven’t really played anyone who would truly test them as yet. With what we have seen this weekend, the Indians are definitely the team to beat and it will take a very good team to do so.