Published: Sat, July 06, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Australia, India would want to lockhorns with New Zealand in the semis

Australia, India would want to lockhorns with New Zealand in the semis

"I think we do tap into what we have achieved the last two games", he said after England spanked New Zealand by 119 runs.

Pakistan are participating in the World Cup since its introduction in 1975.

Game of margins Before the World Cup began, former New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson had told Mirror that teams could not afford to lose by big margins in the tournament.

Then came the turnaround for the side as they won three matches on the trot to put themselves back in contention for a place in the knockouts. Australia are now leading the points table with 14 points in eight games, followed by India who have 13 points in the same number of matches.

"Look if we win against Bangladesh we would end the World Cup with five wins out of nine with one match abandoned which is not a bad performance by my standards".

Should England win, it would be their first final since 1992 and first time since 1979 they have reached a final on home soil.

Ferguson has been a revelation for New Zealand at this year's World Cup, the right-armer bowling at speeds of up to 150kmh. West Indies then chased down the target in just 13.4 overs, and the impact on the net run-rate has been massive and now, at this crucial juncture, this aforementioned loss has all but ended their campaign. If they score 400 and win by 316 runs, they qualify. Captain Eoin Morgan said he was going to "watch lots of horse racing" and go to Wimbledon on Saturday.

Speaking to Ramiz Raja after the match, Afridi said that the Man Of The Match trophy was very special for him since 'this was for my abbu (Dad).' This was in response to a question from Ramiz, who asked about the significance of the Friday's Man Of The Match award.

He explained: "One of the things that sort of stands out for me, in great partnerships, is that both of them ebbed and flowed".

Those brilliant knocks were in vain, though, and New Zealand will take on Australia or India in the last four next week. And we have played our best in the last two games.

Australia, India and England have already qualified from the 10-team group phase.

New Zealand are nearly certain to take fourth spot, barring a freakishly big win for Pakistan in their final group game against Bangladesh on Friday. Have Pakistan really had a bad tournament? England have 12 points after six victories and three defeats, one point ahead of New Zealand. We leave it for you to answer.

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