ODI World Cup digest: Marsh goes big, NZ locked into semis, England finish with a bang

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The 2023 Men’s ODI World Cup is approaching the final on November 19 with the semi-finalists already secured. Each morning we’ll round up the latest action and news from the event and bring you insights from our reporters on the ground.

Main article: Marsh’s 177* propels Australia to seventh straight win

Australia 307 for 2 (Marsh 177*, Smith 63*, Warner 51) won Bangladesh 306 for 8 (Hridoy 74, Shanto 45) for eight wickets

Australia’s aversion to chasing has faded ahead of a semi-final with old foes South Africa, after a long innings of 177 not out from Mitchell Marsh at No 3 helped his team to their record second consecutive Cup chase of the World against Bangladesh in Pune. running for 307 with eight wickets and 32 balls to spare.

Marsh scored his highest ODI score and first century in the first fall, hitting 177 off 132 balls with 17 fours and nine sixes in brutal fashion.

Australia had only chased over 300 once in the last four years, but the rejigged batting line-up finally clicked with Steven Smith making a calm, unbeaten 63 at No. 4 and sharing a 175-run stand to guide Australia to his seventh consecutive victory of the tournament.

Match analysis: Marsh owns the number 3 spot with monstrous batting

Australia’s World Cup campaign has resembled a puzzle of balls in a maze. From dropped catches in the first two games to Steven Smith having to adjust to a new role, to his vertigo and Glenn Maxwell’s concussion on a golf course, Australia simply haven’t been able to get all the balls in the game. innermost circle. .

One concern must have been how Mitchell Marsh, a big part of their plan to anticipate his batting, did not immediately respond by dropping to No. 3 midway through the tournament. Against Bangladesh, in the final league match of the tournament, Marsh ticked that box with an innings full of power and intent that should sound a warning to their opponents in the week ahead.

Match report: Stokes and Willey give England one last hurrah

England 337 for 9 (Stokes 84, Root 60, Bairstow 59, Rauf 3-64) won Pakistan 244 (Salman 51, Willey 3-56) for 93 runs

Soon-to-be-ousted world champions England bid farewell to the 2023 World Cup with a glimpse of their former dominant self, as they cruised to an emphatic 93-run victory over Pakistan at Eden Gardens. The result means Babar Azam’s men are officially out of the semi-final contention.

David Willey marked the final appearance of his international career with a brilliant all-round display that included his 100th and final ODI wicket, and after Ben Stokes underpinned a commanding total of 337 for 9 with his second emphatic outing in quick succession, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid turned the screw on a spin-friendly surface to extinguish any pretense of competition with four wickets between them.

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News headlines

  • Temba Bavuma has “shown overnight improvement” from the hamstring strain that affected him during South Africa’s World Cup match against Afghanistan on Friday.
  • Match preview

    India vs Netherlands, Bengaluru (2:00 pm IST; 8:30 am GMT; 7:30 pm AEDT)

    They have occasionally been tested, but otherwise, India’s World Cup run has been nothing short of magical. Now, on the day of the auspicious Indian festival of Diwali, they have the opportunity to treat their fans to another dose of entertainment and, although we know that anything can happen in sport, a defeat for the hosts is extremely unlikely.

    This is because India have been absolutely dominant during their 8-0 run in this World Cup. Coming into their final league match, they face the least desirable team in the tournament, the Netherlands, even if they have performed better than expected. With a semi-final against New Zealand on Wednesday as their next big match, Sunday also offers India a chance to rest key personnel should the need arise.

    team news

    India (probable) 1 Rohit Sharma (captain), 2 Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 KL Rahul, 6 Suryakumar Yadav, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Kuldeep Yadav / R Ashwin, 9 Jasprit Bumrah / Prasidh Krishna, 10 Mohammed Shami , 11 Mohammed Siraj

    Netherlands (probable) 1 Max O’Dowd / Vikramjit Singh, 2 Wesley Barresi, 3 Colin Ackermann, 4 Sybrand Engelbrecht, 5 Scott Edwards (captain), 6 Bas de Leede, 7 Teja Nidamanuru, 8 Logan van Beek, 9 Roelof van der Merwe , 10 Aryan Dutt, 11 Paul van Meekeren