Quinton de Kock has told his South Africa team-mates to keep their heads when they face New Zealand in a must-win World Cup match on Wednesday. Defeats to England, Bangladesh and India have left wicket-keeper/batsman de Kock billing the New Zealand match as a ‘quarter-final’. South Africa’s hopes of making the semi-finals would be over if they lose at Edgbaston.
Former Pakistan captain Intikhab Alam slammed national team’s poor performance in the ongoing World Cup. He especially spoke about their performance against traditional rivals India. He further demanded an immediate inquiry against the players who have been allegedly seen enjoying themselves in a shisha cafe the night before the match.
A local climber was killed while six, including foreigners, were injured while scaling a 5,300-metre high peak situated in Ishkoman valley of Ghizer district on Monday. A Pakistan-Italian friendship expedition was hit by a snow avalanche. Adventure Tours of Pakistan, which has organised the expedition, said if weather permitted two army helicopters would start rescue operation on Tuesday.
Former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar blamed "brainless" captaincy for Pakistan's loss against India. He criticized the decision to win the toss and fielding first. "Knowing that our strength is... bowling... when we won the toss we had won half the match then and there, but what did you do?", Akhtar said. He also attacked the mindset of Hassan Ali.
India remain unbeaten after four group stage games, as they defeated Pakistan by 89 runs. India have now won all seven of their matches against Pakistan in World Cups. Rohit Sharma's 140 was the centerpiece of the Indian innings. After rain stopped play for the third time, Pakistan was given an outlandish target of 136 runs in five overs under the DLS method.
Many question why Imran Khan's advice for Pakistan team to bat first was ignored. Rohit Sharma once again delivered on the big stage with his second century this World Cup. Muhammad Amir was the lone Pakistani paceman carrying any threat. Yadav's spin proved key and 26,000 lucky fans were able to add to the spectacle with music and revelry.
India set Pakistan a target of 337 runs on the back of Rohit Sharma's second century in this World Cup. Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman put up a fight in the second innings but were both removed by Kuldeep Yadav. After rain interrupted play in the 35th over, the target was adjusted to 302 runs, and Pakistan lost by 89 runs.
Pakistan have failed to perform, yet again, in accordance with expectations during the ongoing 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup in England and Wales. This also means that Pakistan set a undesired record, as KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma century opening was the second time Pakistan conceded an opening partnership of more than 100 runs, during the 2019 World Cup.
India and Pakistan are scheduled to face off against each other in a World Cup blockbuster on Sunday. The two countries have been rivals for decades and this tension is always heightened when the two play cricket against each other. So far India has won all six of its encounters with its neighbors during the World Cup.