Published: Wed, July 03, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

NZ lose top wicket taker for England showdown

NZ lose top wicket taker for England showdown

"New Zealand proved a point that you can actually be really good humans and grow the game and play cricket in your own way and win at the same time, which is incredibly eye-opening for a lot of countries around the world".

England and Pakistan have both played eight games and are separated by a point.

New Zealand are near enough to certainties to join them.

Such is the ebb and flow of a long group-stage campaign that England suddenly appears to be on the up after beating India, while New Zealand, which won its first five matches, might be lacking some belief after losing to Pakistan and Australia back to back. However, if Pakistan beat Bangladesh, England's World Cup dream stands quashed. They will have to beat the latter with a huge margin so that they get a huge net run rate boost.

However, if they lose to England and then Pakistan beat Bangladesh, it will all boil down to the NRR as both Pakistan and New Zealand will be on 11 points.

Earlier, chasing a target of 338 set by England, India could manage 306/5 in their full quota of 50 overs at Edgbaston and suffered their first defeat in the ongoing Cricket World Cup tournament. "Once you make the semi-finals, you know you are only two games away".

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Ask any Indian or Pakistani cricket fan which cricket clash is the biggest one for them and chances are India vs Pakistan will always be their number one pick.

The fact of the matter is that India's very questionable display did achieve one end - it has made Pakistan's survival in this competition extremely hard and perhaps even impossible.

"He (Fakhar) should be given every chance to come good, and at the same time, just think how much pressure that would put on the player coming into the side at such an important time".

An attack led by left-arm quick Trent Boult, who took a hat-trick hero against Australia, and featuring the express pace of Lockie Ferguson is a testing proposition for any side and they would like to stop the attacking English batting line-up from bludgeoning. One is quite willing to accept the argument that making life nearly impossibly hard for Pakistan was not the reason for India's baffling display. Overall in ODI World Cup history, India and Pakistan have played each other seven times so far, with India winning all 7 encounters. And that should be the ICC - even if it gets a major share of its revenues from India.

The money just keeps flowing for England, now at $1.39 to beat the Black Caps ($2.85). We lose a couple of games and he is a bad captain. "Obviously, I was following the game intently and was disappointed that India did not get up because that would have opened the door for us", he added. But all that is irrelevant.

Shahed Sadullah is a former editor of The News London and a former editor of Cricket Life magazine, the editor-in-chief of which was Pakistan's current Prime Minister Imran Khan.

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