Mitchell Marsh and Steven Smith have taken Australia to a clinical eight-wicket victory in the final Group game of the sides. It has been striking cricket ball play from Marsh and sensible batting by Smith which did the trick. This chase will give them huge confidence going into the semifinal against South Africa at the Eden Gardens.
Earlier, Towid Hriday’s 74 had taken Bangladesh to a decent total on the surface, which looked excellent for batting. The Australian bowlers, though they started poorly, pulled back things nicely as the innings progressed. Adam Zampa’s spin and brilliance in the field helped the Aussies restrict Bangladesh. Pat Cummins won the toss and decided that Australia would bowl first.
Score: Bangladesh: 306/8 (50), Australia: 307/2 (44.4). Australia will meet South Africa on 16 November in their semifinals. Meanwhile, as Pakistan is out of reckoning for the semis, India will face New Zealand at Mumbai in the first semifinals. Tomorrow, i.e., 12 November 2023, India will play the last match with the Netherlands in the league at Bengaluru.
England beat Pakistan by 93 runs. For the first time, England have lost 6 matches. Pakistan too lost 5 matches and won 4 matches. Ravindra Jadeja is the new face of this World Cup. Afghanistan has arrived on the scene in this World Cup. A new word, “Maxwellitis,” is added as a cricketing hallucination due to Glenn Maxwell’s unbeaten 201 when he was injured. During this Cup, matches Pakistan took just 6 wickets less than Bangladesh during the power play.
So, tomorrow the league stage will come to an end with the match between India and the Netherlands at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
- Mitchell Marsh’s debut at 17 made him the youngest player in an Australian domestic one-day game.
- Under Mitchell Marsh’s captaincy, Australia won the 2010 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
- Geoff Marsh was part of the Australian team that won the 1987 Cricket World Cup and later coached the team to victory in the 1999 Cricket World Cup.