ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 – Important Takeaways from Warm up Matches

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ICC World Cup Warm up Matches 2019 Results – The ICC, in its quest to conduct the 12th edition of the ICC CWC in England and Wales, has provided the participating teams to get into a groove by conducting warm-up matches. Each team was awarded two matches to warm themselves for the mega tournament to follow. Given that the tournament has returned to the former round-robin format, the practice matches prove to be of extreme use for every team who choose to find balance in their squad.

icc world cup warm up matches 2019 results

Let us see some of the bright spots of the warm-up matches that were played team wise –

Pakistan

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Takeaway – Babar Azam’s Hundred and Wahab Riaz’s Spell

Pakistan could not play its second warm-up match against Bangladesh but it sure tasted what the tough nut in its first outing against the neighbors Afghanistan where it was comprehensively beaten. The only bright spot that could infuse some sense of enthusiasm in the side was that of an aggressive knock from Babar Azam. The right-handed batsman walked out on his usual third spot to register a fabulous hundred amidst a collapse happening on the other side. The other bright spot was the bowling spell of Wahab Riaz who got the ball to talk with his vicious reverse swing in the final spell. The bowler, who was picked post the England series debacle, is a sure starter in the team’s first match. Though the loss against Afghanistan was the team’s 11th in a row, the team would like to show some spark when it comes down in the league game where it takes on West Indies on May 31 at Kennington Oval, London.

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ICC World Cup Warm up Matches 2019 Results

Afghanistan

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Takeaway- Team Performance is the Key

Afghanistan played two warm matches against Pakistan and England. While it won the first one comprehensively, the second one was lost miserably. One could sum up the practice matches for Afghanistan in just one line – A-Team which works together to win matches and fail together to lose. While we must see apart from Rashid’s heroics, the Afghanistan team has a lot to gain this world cup. The team saw a wonderful batting performance from the young Hashmatullah Shahidi against Pakistan; he was sloppy against England with a strike rate of 36. However, the team would be willing to improve when they take against Australia in their first match on 01 June at Bristol.

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Sri Lanka

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Takeaway – Batting Looks Bleak, Bowling dead

There is one team which needs huge inspiration going in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 would be the island nation team of Sri Lanka. The Lankan team which could not get itself back on track following the departure of its legends is struggling to cope with the international completion. While it was decimated by an inspired bowling performance by South Africa in the first opener, it could not stop the Khawaja roll in the second one. There was, however, small performances from Karunaratne, Thirimanne, and the Mathews that the team could use to instill confidence in their batting line up. The bowlers looked helpless against the Proteas but managed to make some mark against Australia. The one-time champion team would like to give a strong statement when it would take on New Zealand on 01 June at Cardiff.

South Africa

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Takeaways – Lots of Positives, Few loose screws

The South African team has been called a sure shot semi-finalist by the greats of the game not because they had a good cricketing year but because they look a formidable unit. While the batting looks ever refreshing, the bowling is as neat as a clean slate. The desperation to thwart the chokers tag has insinuated South Africa to the level of achieving greatness. The team played two warm-up matches against Sri Lanka and West Indies – the latter being washed away due to rain. The batting promised a great deal when the likes of Amla, Du Plessis, and Van der Dussan contributed hugely; it got impetus in the second match as well when both Amla and De Kock looked set to take the team to a big score. Their bowling too looked penetrative with Lungi Ngidi, Rabada, and Phehlukwayo showing promise. Lungi Ngidi’s precise first spell saw Sri Lanka decimate to 10-2 in the second over itself. The Proteas would be desperate to settle the score against England when they on the host for the tournament opener on May 30 at Kennington Oval, London.

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ICC World Cup Warm up Matches 2019 Results

England

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Takeaways – Roy out to destroy, Plunkett to pluck wickets

England is the clear cut favorites to the cup as per some of the greatest of the games but they always were the favorites in all other editions as well. The English team takes into this world cup, the new found the zeal to seal the matches as and when they come. The over thinking in the team has gone and a fresh head of Morgan is set to give England their first World Cup Trophy of a game they taught the world to play. The English team has been one of the most consistent teams in the past year which also saw them getting to the top of the table as well. Coming back to the practice match, the team played two warms up matches against Australia and Afghanistan. While they fell short by 12 runs against Australia, they thumped Afghanistan out with a 9-wicket victory. The biggest positive that came out was the batting of Jason Roy who pummelled the Afghan attack to tatters while Plunkett was amongst wickets again. Jofra Archer who was drafted into the team late proved quite fatal with his straight line bowling against Afghanistan and will prove to be of importance when they take on the Proteas in the tournament opener on May 30 at Kennington Oval, London.

ICC World Cup Warm up Matches 2019 Results

Australia

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Takeaways – Smith and Warner’s prowess with Bat, Jason Behrendorff with Bowl

Australia was bolstered in the batting department with the return of their two most powerful batsmen in Steve Smith and David Warner. Having had a great outing in the Indian Premier League, Warner proves to the oil which was needed by Australia’s engine to start speeding their performances. It seems to have worked as both the batsmen contributed hugely with Smith scoring a ton in the first warm-up match against England. The second match saw Khawaja score a brilliant 80 showing no signs of injury received in the first warm-up match. The Australian team’s bowling also looked balanced with the likes of Starch and Cummins taking early wickets. However, it was Behrendorff’s burst against England that saw Bairstow and James Vince walking. The team would, however, look to improve their performance and take a big lead on NRR when they take on against Afghanistan on 01 June at Bristol.

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ICC World Cup Warm up Matches 2019 Results

India

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Takeaway – KL’s power and MSD finish

When the Indian team last visited England, it saw a mixed result in the T20 and ODI series where the Indian side could not get past at some points. However, it’s thumping performance in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand show how strong visitors the Indian team are. The team has already been named a finalist by some of the greats of the game. The Indian team led by Virat Kohli played two warm-up games against New Zealand and Bangladesh. While they were thumped by New Zealand’s pace battery in the first warm-up, the team came back strongly in the second warm-up game against Bangladesh. To learn from mistakes and not repeat them again has been the success mantra for this team in the past couple of years. The second warm-up game saw KL Rahul score a wonderful hundred to seal his spot at the fourth position. But the talk of the town was the form of veteran MS Dhoni who pummelled the Bangladeshi attack by hitting a 73 ball hundred that saw him clear boundary 7 times. With his batting back on track and his brain behind the stumps, the Indian team would be eager to replicate its success story of 2011 when they take on their tournament opener against South Africa on June 05th at Southampton.

ICC World Cup Warm up Matches 2019 Results

New Zealand

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Takeaway – Boult’s prowess with the ball, Taylor’s magic with the bat

New Zealand was aggressive when they took on India in their first warm-up match against India. Their bowlers were right on the money and but were helpless against a fiery West Indies side where they were thumped to 421 runs. The only sign that they see a silver lining was Boult’s performance with the bowl against India and West Indies as well. With bat too, they would need to improve a lot if they are to survive in the tough competition. They would look to start with a win when they take on Sri Lanka on their tournament opener on June 01 at Cardiff.

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ICC World Cup Warm up Matches 2019 Results

West Indies

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Takeaway – The side looks completely overhauled and oiled

The West Indian side would look completely different in this ICC CWC 2019 under Jason Holder where they would look to script history and get their respected place in the world cricket. While in the first warm-up match, the team could not bat due to rain, the second warm-up match proved to be a belter for the team when they scored 421 with the bat, when Shai Hope registered a hundred off 86 balls and received valuable contributions from Holder, Lewis. Russel seems to have continued where he left off in the IPL by hitting a blistering 54 off 23 balls with 3 sixes and 7 fours. The West Indies team would be the team to look out for this world cup and they would love to set the ball rolling from the very start when they take on Pakistan on 31 May at Nottingham.

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