ODI World Cup digest: Pakistan need a miracle; Australia seeking seven in a row

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The Men’s 2023 ODI World Cup is heading towards the final on November 19. Each morning we’ll round up the latest action and news from the event and bring insights from our reporters on the ground.

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Top story: Van der Dusen and Phehlukweo seal nervy chase for South Africa

South Africa 247 for 5 (van der Dusen 76*, de Kock 41) lost Afghanistan 244 (Omarzai 97*, Coetzee 4-44) for five

A pair of 65 runs from 62 balls between them Rasi van der Dusen And Andile Phehlukwe also South Africa held on for victory against Afghanistan in their final league-stage game of the 2023 ODI World Cup, ensuring they could not stutter in a tough chase ahead of their semi-final against Australia.

Phehlukwe also came in at no. South Africa need 63 at No. 7 but have pace with Afghanistan’s spinners. Phehlukwayo finished with 6, 4, 6 to remain unbeaten on 39, while van der Dusen controlled the chase with his 95-ball 76*.

in the afternoon, Gerald Coetzee (4-44) and Keshav Maharaj (2-25) ensured Afghanistan could manage just 244 runs in 50 overs. In fact, the target could have been much lower had it not been done Azmatullah OmarzaiHis unbeaten 97 masterfully held Afghanistan’s battered innings.

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News headlines

  • South Africa captain Temba Bavuma Their semi-final against Australia – most likely to take place in Kolkata on Thursday – could be in doubt later Sustaining a hamstring injury In their last league match against Afghanistan in Ahmedabad.

  • Alan Donald is running out of time As a fast bowling coach of Bangladesh After their World Cup campaign. He told ESPNcricinfo that he initially agreed to a one-year extension to his contract, but has since realized he wants to spend more time with his family back home.

Must Watch: Did Temba Bavuma Risk Too Much?

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Should the injured Bavuma have continued playing?

Steve Harmison on Bavuma’s decision to play with injury against Afghanistan

Match preview

Australia vs Bangladesh, Pune (10.30 IST; 5.00 GMT; 4.00 pm AEDT)

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Vettori: Jumper’s length control makes him ‘almost unplayable’

Australia’s spin coach on how Zampa and Maxwell have strengthened their attack at the World Cup

before Glenn Maxwell Unveiling the most surreal batting imaginable, Australia cruised to a massive defeat against Afghanistan and a must win against Bangladesh. That nervous scene was tempered by Maxwell, who guided Australia to the semi-finals against South Africa. But Australia will not consider this a dead rubber and will field their strongest available line-up for the clash in Pune.

Although Australia have won six matches in a row, their form has deteriorated at times after such a torrid start. They are relying on individual brilliance – none more so than Maxwell’s power tour – rather than a collective one.

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Team news

Australia (Probable): 1 David Warner, 2 Travis Head, 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Steven Smith, 5 Josh Inglis (wicketkeeper), 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Marcus Stoinis/Marnus Labuschran, 8 Pat Cummins (captain), 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazelwood

Bangladesh 1 Liton Das, 2 Tanjid Hasan/Anamul Haque, 3 Nazmul Hussain Shanto (captain), 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper), 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Mehdi Hasan Miraj, 7 Nasum Ahmed/Mehedi Hasan, 8 Tauhid Hriday, 9 Taskin Ahmed, 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Shariful Islam

England v Pakistan, Kolkata (2pm IST; 8.30am GMT; 7.30pm AEDT)

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Hermison: Even if some England careers end, they are absolutely outstanding

For Pakistan, Wasim Zafar suggested that three seamers and two spinners should be the right combination.

So here we are: the last time in the group stage at the Eden Gardens, and – almost certainly – the last time for these two teams at this World Cup. As for the title defence, it was an all-time disaster for England, comparable not only to other cricketing fizzle-fests, but perhaps to all sports: think France at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, or Leighton Hewitt’s first-round exit. Wimbledon years later. England have gone almost a month between their only two World Cup wins, with six defeats – many of them pestering – blighting their campaign, one so bad it could knock them out of the 2025 Champions Trophy.

Against Pakistan, though, they have a chance to sign off on a poor tournament in something highly similar. A number of this England squad may not wear the ODI shirt again – certainly not at the World Cup – and it is perhaps fitting that they play against Pakistan, the last team before their potential departure.

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Team news

England 1 Jonny Bairstow, 2 David Malan, 3 Joe Root, 4 Ben Stokes, 5 Harry Brook, 6 Jos Buttler (capt/wk), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 David Willey, 10 Gus Atkinson, 11 Adil Rashid

Pakistan 1 Abdullah Shafiq, 2 Fakhar Zaman, 3 Babar Azam (captain), 4 Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), 5 Saud Shakeel, 6 Iftikhar Ahmed, 7 Agha Salman, 8 Hasan Ali, 9 Mohammad Wasim Jr., 10 Shaheen Shah Afridi, 11 Haris Rauf

Comment: England’s golden generation faces the end of an era

It is the end of an era. England will lose their status as reigning champions in both men’s white-ball formats next Sunday, and the golden generation of players who built on their unprecedented limited-overs success will crumble. Saturday’s match against Pakistan in Kolkata will be the last match of a storied ODI career.

David Willey has already announced his international retirement, and while there is no incentive for others to follow suit – they all have central contracts that run until September 2024 or beyond – there is widespread recognition that England must revive. After all, 11 of their 15-man squad are aged 30 or over.

Read the complete piece on Kolkata’s Matt Roller

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