Cricket Today – 13 July 2019

(Jacob Rumans) #1

Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rahman
returned 5-75. That haul included a superb
caught and bowled catch against Shadab
Khan after diving low, to move to 20 wick-
ets, four behind tournament leader Starc.
Chasing 316 runs to win, Bangladesh ended
on 221 all out. Mashrafe
said he had enjoyed the
all-play-all format of this
edition. “Playing each
other, to know our
strengths, to know our
weaknesses, and how can
we improve our game
going forward, it’s (a)
really very exciting tour-
nament.” When asked
about his retirement
plans, he said, “My future
plan is obviously going
home from here, and then
I’ll rethink,” he said.

Jasprit Bumrah is a
freak. The best part
about him is that the 25
years old is a complete
pacer. The captain can
rely on this gun bowler
to bail the team out be it
in the first 10 overs, in
the middle overs or at the
fag-end of the innings.
Bumrah has taken 17 wick-
ets in eight matches and has
been the star for India with
the ball in hand in the ongoing
edition of the Cricket World
Cup. What keeps him going
day in and day out. “I don’t
take praise or criticism serious-
ly,” said Jasprit Bumrah.

Pakistan defeated Bangladesh by 94 runs
at Lord’s for a fourth straight win and still
missed out on the Cricket World Cup semifi-
nals. Going to the last four instead was New
Zealand, a team Pakistan beat by six wickets
in the final over. “I do feel net run-rate
needs to be looked at. One really poor game
and you’re really battling to recover,”
Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur said. His side
rued losing its opener to West Indies by
seven wickets after being dismissed for 105.
With the benefit of hindsight, Arthur added,
“I’d like it to be number of wins and then
head to head and then net run-rate in the
future that determines places when points
are level.”



Fanatics are generally so
extreme that they lose sanity.
A lot of fanatics, mostly from
Pakistan had alleged that
India lost to England on pur-
pose so that Pakistan’s chances
of qualifying for the
final four reduces
considerably. But,
Pakistan captain,
Sarfaraz Ahmed
quashed all the con-
spiracy theories and
said England out-
played India than
anything else. “No,
no, it is not right to
say this. I don’t
think India lost
because of us.”
Sarfaraz also taught
a lesson to a jour-
nalist who had used
the word ‘Bengalis’
while asking about
the match against Bangladesh.






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