India got a big time wake up call at prime time this Saturday. Over a series, you would back us to beat both comfortably, but in pressure games, we have lost both.
First-wicket stands have negotiated the new ball with confidence and have averaged 44.36, with only 2011, when they averaged 45.20, seeing openers make more runs.
England's rise to the top of the one-day global rankings since their woeful first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup has been based on aggressive batting. Lasith Malinga bowled his battle-scarred heart out to send the fancied hosts off the trail by a mile.
To get into the semi-finals Sri Lanka have to win their remaining three games against South Africa, West Indies and India while England have three tough games to play against Australia, India and New Zealand. Sri Lanka's and Afghanistan's showing has once again reiterated the age old adage that cricket is indeed a game of glorious uncertainties. "We probably know what to do when he's in".
With England, I think that they are a far better team when they are going out there and setting a target - they just go out there and play their own game. However, Warner's century against Bangladesh last Thursday was greeted with a muted reception while one of the loudest cheers of the day was when Smith was unsuccessful in overturning an lbw decision against him.
So, while they walked into the tournament as one of the favourites, they are now in a scenario where they might not even qualify for the knockout stages. The Bangla Tigers response to a mammoth total of 381 runs by title holders Australia was a fabulous effort. For a team that oscillates from the awesome to the absurd, it is a almost impossible task.
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If one looks at the expectations before the start of WC19, the dice was heavily loaded England's way. The team will next face Australia on June 25. Thankfully, the tournament has now become one that is loaded with suspense due to the performances by the lower ranked teams.
Did anyone say this is a boring World Cup? They also have a good net run-rate (1.457). By the time Australia meet New Zealand at Lord's on June 29, the Blackcaps may already have secured passage to the semi-finals if they beat Pakistan three days earlier at Edgbaston.
Archer, who only made his England debut in May, has never faced Australia before, having been rested for the warm-up game. "They are the best team in the world". However, Moeen tried to hit a second consecutive six off Dhananjaya de Silva and gave Sri Lanka another opening.
Peaking at the right time is imperative for any team if they are to pass the final hurdle and win the championship.
Are England just a bunch of "flat-track bullies"? But the spirited show that Afghanistan put up against India is enough to leave Bangladesh in anxious state.