Following the conclusion of the World Cup 2019, the ICC has named the team of the tournament. Only two Indians feature in the team -- Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah -- while losing finalist leader Kane Williamson will captain the side. The team features four from World champs England, two from New Zealand, two from Australia and one from Bangladesh.
So here we are then. After many permutations, combinationd and predictions, England are New Zealand are the two sides that will battle it out for the World Cup 2019 crown at Lord's on Sunday. The hosts making it to the summit clash was very much on expected lines even as New Zealand continue to shine with their methodical ways.
Australia's 1999 World Cup-winning captain believes that England have it in them to become one of the greatest ODI teams by defeating New Zealand in the final at Lord's on Sunday. England made it to the summit clash by overpowering defending champions Australia while the Kiwis got the better of a much fancied India.
The India vs New Zealand semi-final has moved into the reserve day, with play unable to be completed due to poor weather conditions at Old Trafford in Manchester. Unfortunately, the predictions for the remaining World Cup days are not great as well.
With the league stages done and dusted, India will face New Zealand in the first semi-final of World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford in Manchester. India go into the match on a high having registered only one loss against England in the group stage while New Zealand just about sneaked into the last four after losing their last three matches.
On expected lines, veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik announced his retirement from ODIs following his team's elimination from the World Cup. The 37-year-old had a terrible World Cup, managing only eight runs and one wicket in the three games he featured in.
Such a pity and Australia and South Africa who, over the years, have produced one of the greatest rivalries in cricket, will feature in a game of no consequence at Manchester on Saturday. Twenty years back in England, these two sides produced back-to-back fascinating games which concluded in the Edgbaston humdinger. Things have been drastically different this time.
The four semi-finalists of World Cup 2019 may have been decided but India still have a lot to play for when they face Sri Lanka in their last league game at Headingley, Leeds on Saturday. There a number of issues they need to sort which may haunt them in the semis. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will be playing for pure pride.
Afghanistan and West Indies, two of the teams who have been knocked out of the World Cup 2019, will look to finishing their disappointing campaign on a high when taking on each other in match number 42 at Headingley in Leeds.