ODI World Cup digest: Mathews embroiled in timed out drama; Australia face spin threat

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

Main article: Bangladesh beats Sri Lanka amid protracted drama in Delhi

Bangladesh 282 for 7 (Shanto 90, Shakib 82, Madushanka 3-69) won Sri Lanka 279 (Asalanka 108, Nissanka 41, Tanzim 3-80) for three wickets

Yet another chapter was written in the history of the most exciting rivalry in subcontinental cricket, with Bangladesh claiming a deserved victory against Sri Lanka, winning by three wickets and, crucially, 53 deliveries in Delhi. The margin of victory means Bangladesh has overtaken Sri Lanka in the points table in net run rate, while Bangladesh, Netherlands and Sri Lanka have four points and the three, and England, are still competing for the remaining two places. in the 2025 Champions League. Trophy.

This, however, was a game in which one lone incident overshadowed everything else. The now usual controversy associated with the ‘Naagin Derby’ was this time a historic first as Angelo Mathews was dismissed for time-out – the first case of a rare dismissal in international cricket.

Explainer: Mathews’ time ran out: what happened?

Angelo Mathews became the first player to suffer a timeout in international cricket after a helmet malfunction in Sri Lanka’s World Cup group match against Bangladesh in Delhi, adding more drama to a rivalry. not exempt from that.

Mathews was already on the field and in his final preparations before attacking Shakib Al Hasan. The strap on his helmet broke just as he was tightening it around his chin. He asked for a spare helmet, which Chamika Karunaratne handed him. Shakib then appeared to start an argument with umpire Marais Erasmus, after which Mathews, as he was not ready to face his first ball within two minutes to do so as permitted under ICC playing conditions, was informed of that his time had run out.

Must watch: Shakib Al Hasan explains his actions

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Afghanistan vs Australia, Mumbai (2:00 pm IST; 8:30 am GMT; 7:30 pm AEDT)

There was a time when facing Afghanistan in a World Cup did not raise fears for Australia. The five-time world champions have been nothing short of ruthless in the previous two ODI World Cup encounters. In 2015, at Perth, Australia piled up 417 for 6 with David Warner making 178, en route to a 275-run victory. In 2019, at Bristol, Australia cruised to a seven-wicket win with 91 balls to spare, having bowled out Afghanistan for 207 before Warner again made 89 not out.

But there’s no chance the Australians of 2023 will head to the Wankhede Stadium assuming they’ll win at a canter again. Afghanistan poses a huge threat, despite Australia’s five-game winning streak. Afghanistan have won three games in a row and have already defeated England, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Netherlands in their fight for their first place in the semi-finals.

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Afghanistan (probable): 1 Rahmanullah Gurbaz, 2 Ibrahim Zadran, 3 Rahmat Shah, 4 Hashmatullah Shahidi (captain), 5 Azmatullah Omarzai, 6 Ikram Alikhil (wk), 7 Mohammad Nabi, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Mujeeb Ur Rahman, 10 Naveen- ul-Haq/Noor Ahmad, 11 Fazalhaq Farooqi

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

Report: Maxwell prepares to take on Afghanistan spinners

Glenn Maxwell is standing diagonally behind the Australian team’s nets. Arms crossed, body upright, cap pushed back on the head, dark glasses covering the eyes that are presumably focused on what is happening on the networks.

He’s seen Josh Inglis and Marcus Stoinis throw the ball. He’s seen enough takedowns of Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschagne. And from the way he holds his pose just a few steps from the nets with a serious face, it would seem as if he had been banned from batting and been punished even more by watching his teammates smother the ball in the nets, especially given the amount of races that could be offered again at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.