When are the Cricket World Cup semi-finals? England and India in final four but who has joined them?

3 Jul

The Cricket World Cup is reaching the business end with the tournament’s semi-finals taking place this week.

The round robin group stage has seen the table chop and change throughout the last few weeks but the final four have now been confirmed.

England are in the Cricket World Cup semi-finals
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England followed up their stunning victory over India with a fine win over New Zealand to book their place in the semi-finals.

So with the final coming up on Sunday 14 July, who could be in action at Lord’s?

Which teams are out of the Cricket World Cup?

Afghanistan

Afghanistan were the first team to go home and have yet to win a match, although they did push India to within 12 runs.

West Indies

The Windies started brilliantly by crushing Pakistan in their opening match, but failed to replicate that form since and will be going home.

The West Indies are out of the World Cup
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South Africa

The Proteas have disappointed hugely this summer and will not be progressing any further after a dreadful campaign which saw them become the second team to be eliminated.

Bangladesh

As a result of their loss to India, Bangladesh have been knocked out of the Cricket World cup.

Sri Lanka

England’s win over India saw Sri Lanka dumped out of the tournament.

While they could draw level with Eoin Morgan’s side on points, England would still progress by virtue of winning more games.

Pakistan

Pakistan were the final team to be knocked out of the group stage. They had to beat Bangladesh by at least 308 runs in their last group and couldn’t pull off a miracle.

Which teams have qualified for the Cricket World Cup semi-finals?

Australia

Australia’s victory over England saw them become the first team to make the semi-finals.

India

India made it to the semi-final with victory over Bangladesh.

England

England’s 31 run victory over India and then their 119 run win over New Zealand booked their place in the semis.

New Zealand

The Kiwis claimed the last semi-final spot after Pakistan failed to beat Bangladesh by at least 308 runs in their final group game.

India look to be the team to beat at the World Cup
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When are the Cricket World Cup semi-finals?

India vs New Zealand – Tuesday, July 9 – Old Trafford

Australia vs England – Thursday, July 11 – Edgbaston

The Cricket World Cup final – Sunday, July 14 – Lord’s

World Cup 2019: England smash Afghanistan thanks to Eoin Morgan’s record-breaking haul of 148 in just 71 balls

18 Jun

Eoin Morgan unleashed a furious, record-breaking assault as England overpowered Afghanistan by 150 runs at Old Trafford, hitting 17 sixes as his side took over top spot in the World Cup standings.

The England captain was a pre-match injury doubt having been laid low by a painful back spasm but proved himself more than fit for purpose as he hammered his way into the history books with a merciless knock of 148 in just 71 balls.

Eoin Morgan was in sensational form for England
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Morgan broke new ground when he cleared the ropes for the final time – Chris Gayle, AB De Villiers and Rohit Sharma having all hit 16 in a one-day innings – leaving England on course for their highest ever World Cup total, 397 for six.

It was an astonishing display from the Dubliner, who was agonisingly dropped on 28 by Dawlat Zadran, and enough to make window dressing out Jonny Bairstow’s 90 and Joe Root’s 88.

Afghanistan batted admirably in response without ever threatening, leaving them on five consecutive defeats and allowing England to leapfrog Australia on net run-rate.

On paper the fixture was the biggest mismatch of the tournament – 10th against first in the world rankings – and the final margin reflected that gulf.

Rashid Khan had an evening to forget for Afghanistan
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What nobody predicted was the fate of master spinner Rashid Khan, who returned ghoulish figures of 9-0-110-0, the worst in the competition’s 44-year history and just three shy of Mick Lewis’ all-time ODI nadir.

Afghanistan batted on gamely to 247 for eight, their best World Cup score but nowhere near enough to challenge.

The first 20 overs of the match represented little more than a prelude to the coming destruction, James Vince’s inconsequential 26 drawing attention to the injury-enforced absence of Jason Roy, before Bairstow and Root built a careful base at 106 for one.

The Afghan attack began with admirable discipline and plenty of dot balls but a dismal fielding performance repeatedly released the pressure. That allowed the Yorkshire duo to settle in, Root progressing at a serene rate while scarcely swinging his bat.

Eoin Morgan celebrates his century with Joe Root
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Bairstow was more forceful, rocking onto the back foot to heave Rashid Khan for the first of 11 sixes against and drilling Mohammad Nabi flat down the ground for another.

The partnership yielded 120 before Bairstow fell 10 short his ton, suckered into a return catch by Gulbadin Naib’s back-of-the-hand slower ball. The bowler celebrated with his customary bicep flex in the middle, deflecting attention from Morgan’s arrival.

He would not stay in the shadows for long. Root had 45 at the time but was soon the junior partner, Morgan lashing his eighth and ninth balls for six.

England did not reach 200 until the 36th over but would almost double their total before the close. It might have been a different story had Dawlat not flailed when Morgan erred, palming an inviting top-edge for four and setting in motion a relentless passage of power-hitting.

Dawlat Zadran of Afghanistan appeals in Manchester
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Rashid was the unlucky bowler and quickly paid the price, Morgan heaving two of his next four balls for six. The star leg-spinner had conceded 36 off his first five overs and shipped an incredible 74 off his next four.

Morgan race past Root in the 40th over, during which he became the eighth man to reach 200 ODI sixes. He converted 50 into 100 in just 21 deliveries, clearing the ropes three times in six Rashid Khan balls, and kept on swinging.

Morgan levelled the sixes record with back-to-back blows off Gulbadin then brushed off Root’s dismissal by hitting a 17th hard over his fellow skipper’s head. He holed out next ball, finally falling short as he aimed over long-off.

Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes came and went without adding to the entertainment but Moeen Ali whacked 30 in an eight-ball cameo that took England’s six tally to 25, another all-time high.

Only the wildest optimist would have entertained hopes of a successful chase and the reply became something of a box-ticking exercise as a result.

Jofra Archer began the process, bowling Noor Ali for a duck via a healthy inside edge, before Gulbadin floundered to Mark Wood’s 92mph bouncer.

Adil Rashid cashed in with three wickets through the middle, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan and Nabi all beaten, but Afghanistan refused to be rolled over.

Hashmatullah Shahidi played an indignant hand, felled by a wicked Wood bouncer on 24 but carrying on to make 76. Archer ended his resistance, and added Rashid Khan for good measure, to take his tournament tally to 11.

England thrash Afghanistan by nine wickets in final warm-up match before Cricket World Cup

27 May

England eased to an emphatic nine-wicket victory over Afghanistan on the eve of the Cricket World Cup.

Jason Roy made light work of the visitor’s 161 target to give the hosts a morale-boost ahead of Thursday’s opening fixture with South Africa.

Afghanistan were dismissed for just 160, Jofra Archer leading the way with three wickets and Joe Root matching that haul with his part-time spin.

Jason Roy smashed 89 not out in the England win
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The chase was conducted with brutal disdain by Roy, smashing 11 fours and four sixes, in his 46-ball 89 not out.

The Surrey man finished it in the 18th over with a maximum beyond mid-wicket, leaving 195 deliveries unused.

There was more good news from England’s medical department too, with paceman Mark Wood cleared for action against South Africa after an all-clear from scans on his left ankle.

Captain Eoin Morgan was also back from his fractured finger, but opted not to field and was not needed with the bat.

Faced with a paltry chase on a docile wicket, England’s opening pair were never likely to take a timid approach.

Part-time spinner Joe Root claimed three wickets
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Roy confirmed as much when he chopped the first ball for four and Jonny Bairstow needed no invitation to follow suit, cracking Dawlat Zadran for back-to-back boundaries.

After leaking 32 from three overs Afghanistan sent an SOS to star man Rashid Khan but even an over of his tricky leg-spin failed to slow the charge. Roy pierced the infield to take four from his loosener and Rashid departed again after five more runs from his next five balls.

Roy was badly dropped by Dawlat on 20 and it proved a painful error, England cashing in with 30 runs in two overs. Bairstow’s fun stopped on 39 when Mohammad Nabi beat him on the outside edge and his trailing boot lifted just long enough for Rahmat Shah to make a smart stumping.

Root played anchor for 29 not out as Roy continued swinging the bat, a turbo-charged ramp shot off Gulbadin Naib and a slog-sweep against Rashid both soaring for six before the early finish.

Joe Root and Jason Roy walk off after a successful run chase
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Archer had earlier kickstarted the collapse with a brisk new-ball spell, drawing a top edge from Hazratullah before Rahmat was cramped for room and spoon-fed a catch to mid-on. Having not been named in England’s preliminary World Cup squad, it increasingly appears impossible that the 24-year-old will not take the new ball in the opening fixture.

Opener Noor Ali offered some resistance, scrapping to 30 before playing Ben Stokes into his off stump attempting an uncertain stroke.

With Hashmatullah chewing up dot balls at one end, former captain Asghar Afghan decided the introduction of Root’s occasional spin could not go unpunished. After missing out on a full toss, Asghar tried to launch his second ball over the ropes but instead picked out Roy in the deep.

The next four wickets tumbled in the space of just seven deliveries, Hashmatullah and Najibullah Zadran carelessly run out, Gulbadin holing out to Moeen Ali and Rashid guided Root to slip for a golden duck. It was a calamitous period for the Afghans, who were shaping to use up little more than half their allotted overs.

Nabi spared them from the worst projections, striking three sixes and inflating the total by 68 alongside the last two batsmen.

Aftab Alam gave Root a third success of the day and Nabi was last man out when a meaty thick edge off the returning Archer sailed to Bairstow at third man.

Cricket World Cup semi-final standings: Fixture dates and start times, venues and results for all 48 matches

14 May

England will be looking to claim World Cup glory on home soil this summer as they host the planet’s best.

England are among the favourites to win the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup which is being held at stadiums around the British Isles and starts later this month.

Australia won the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015

Australia hosted and won the tournament in 2015 as did India in 2011.

So as England look to make it three from three this summer, here’s all the key dates for your cricket calendar.

Cricket World Cup 2019: Fixture dates, start times and stadiums

England v South Africa: 30 May, 10:30, The Oval (London) England won by 104 runs

Pakistan v West Indies: 31 May, 10:30, Trent Bridge (Nottingham) West Indies won by seven wickets

New Zealand v Sri Lanka: 1 June, 10:30, Sophia Gardens (Cardiff) – New Zealand won by 10 wickets

Australia v Afghanistan: 1 June, 13:30 (D/N), County Ground (Bristol) – Australia won by 7 wickets

Bangladesh v South Africa: 2 June, 10:30, The Oval (London) – Bangladesh won by 21 runs

England v Pakistan: 3 June, 10:30, Trent Bridge (Nottingham) – Pakistan won by 14 runs

Afghanistan v Sri Lanka: 4 June, 10:30, Sophia Gardens (Cardiff) – Sri Lanka won by 34 runs

India v South Africa: 5 June, 10:30, Rose Bowl (Southampton) – India won by 6 wickets

Bangladesh v New Zealand: 5 June, 13:30 (D/N), The Oval (London) – New Zealand won by 2 wickets

Eoin Morgan will lead England in the World Cup

Australia v West Indies: 6 June, 10:30, Trent Bridge (Nottingham) – Australia won by 15 runs

Pakistan v Sri Lanka: 7 June, 10:30, County Ground (Bristol) – No result

England v Bangladesh: 8 June, 10:30, Sophia Gardens (Cardiff) – England won by 106 runs

Afghanistan v New Zealand: 8 June, 13:30 (D/N), County Ground (Taunton) – New Zealand won by 7 wickets

Australia v India: 9 June, 10:30, The Oval (London) – India won by 36 runs

South Africa v West Indies: 10 June, 10:30, Rose Bowl (Southampton) – No result

Bangladesh v Sri Lanka: 11 June, 10:30, County Ground (Bristol) – No result

Australia v Pakistan: 12 June, 10:30, County Ground (Taunton) – Australia won by 41 runs

India v New Zealand: 13 June, 10:30, Trent Bridge (Nottingham) – No result

England v West Indies: 14 June, 10:30, Rose Bowl (Southampton) – England won by 8 wickets

Australia v Sri Lanka: 15 June, 10:30, The Oval (London) – Australia won by 87 runs

Afghanistan v South Africa: 15 June, 13:30 (D/N), Sophia Gardens (Cardiff) – South Africa won by 9 wickets

India v Pakistan: 16 June, 10:30, Old Trafford (Manchester) – India won by 89 runs

Bangladesh v West Indies: 17 June, 10:30, County Ground (Taunton) – Bangladesh won by 7 wickets

England v Afghanistan: 18 June, 10:30, Old Trafford (Manchester) – England won by 150 runs

India superstar Virat Kohli

New Zealand v South Africa: 19 June, 10:30, Edgbaston (Birmingham) – New Zealand won by 4 wickets

Australia v Bangladesh: 20 June, 10:30, Trent Bridge (Nottingham) – Australia won by 48 runs

England v Sri Lanka: 21 June, 10:30, Headingley (Leeds) – Sri Lanka won by 20 runs

Afghanistan v India: 22 June, 10:30, Rose Bowl (Southampton) – India won by 11 runs

New Zealand v West Indies: 22 June, 13:30 (D/N), Old Trafford (Manchester) – New Zealand won by 5 runs

Pakistan v South Africa: 23 June, 10:30, Lord’s (London) – Pakistan won by 49 runs

Afghanistan v Bangladesh: 24 June, 10:30, Rose Bowl (Southampton) – Bangladesh won by 62 runs

England v Australia: 25 June, 10:30, Lord’s (London) – Australia won by 64 runs

New Zealand v Pakistan: 26 June, 10:30, Edgbaston (Birmingham) – Pakistan won by 6 wickets

India v West Indies: 27 June, 10:30, Old Trafford (Manchester) – India won by 125 runs

South Africa v Sri Lanka: 28 June, 10:30, Riverside Ground (Chester-le-Street) – South Africa won by 9 wickets

Afghanistan v Pakistan: 29 June, 10:30, Headingley (Leeds) – Pakistan won by 3 wickets

Australia v New Zealand: 29 June, 13:30 (D/N), Lord’s (London) – Australia won by 86 runs

Australia star Aaron Finch

England v India: 30 June, 10:30, Edgbaston (Birmingham) – England won by 31 runs

Sri Lanka v West Indies: 1 July, 10:30, Riverside Ground (Chester-le-Street) – Sri Lanka won by 23 runs

Bangladesh v India: 2 July, 10:30, Edgbaston (Birmingham) – India won by 28 runs

England v New Zealand: 3 July, 10:30, Riverside Ground (Chester-le-Street)

Afghanistan v West Indies: 4 July, 10:30, Headingley (Leeds)

Bangladesh v Pakistan: 5 July, 10:30, Lord’s (London)

India v Sri Lanka: 6 July, 10:30, Headingley (Leeds)

Australia v South Africa: 6 July, 13:30 (D/N), Old Trafford (Manchester)

Semi-finals

Qualifier 1 v Qualifier 4: 9 July, 10:30, Old Trafford (Manchester)

Qualifier 2 v Qualifier 3: 11 July, 10:30, Edgbaston (Birmingham)

Final

Winners Semi-final 1 v Winners Semi-final 2: 14 July, 10:30, Lord’s (London)