The 2019 World Cup has seen some enthralling matches and a few rain-affected games as well. Two matches have already been washed out – including the South Africa v West Indies match on Monday – and more seem in store given the terrible weather forecast for the coming days.
The UK is expected to receive heavy rains over the week and all World Cup matches lined up for the next three days are expected to be greatly affected. Shared points mean some teams will be denied the full two points, plus no chance to improve their net run rate – which can be a major factor by the end of this month in the qualification race.
Here are the next three fixtures and their corresponding weather forecast:
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka: Tuesday, June 11 in Bristol
There is a 70 per cent chance of rain in Bristol on Tuesday and all through the week.
Australia v Pakistan: Wednesday, June 12 in Taunton
Showers expected in Taunton on Wednesday with chances of precipitation pegged at 60 per cent.
India v New Zealand: Thursday, June 13 in Nottingham
Almost guaranteed rain on Thursday with the met department forecasting 90 per cent chance of rain.
The BBC reported warnings for heavy rains across the UK. According to it, the Met Office has issued warning for rain in south east England “with a month’s rainfall forecast for some areas”.
Warnings have also been issued for east England, north east England and parts of the midlands.
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza insists reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup is still an attainable aim.
The Tigers were not among those tipped to prosper but they once again proved their calibre by beating South Africa in their tournament opener before running New Zealand close.
After being brushed aside by tournament hosts England on Saturday, Bangladesh now find themselves in the unusual position of favourites against Sri Lanka in their next group game in Bristol on Tuesday.
And Mashrafe believes that qualifying for the knockout stages is not a fanciful prospect despite just one win from their opening three matches.
He said: “If you’re asking all 10 captains this question, they will look through into the semis, which is an honest call.
“It’s not going to be easy, but obviously we would love to see ourselves in the semis.
“If we had managed to win one of those matches from New Zealand or England, it could have been a lot easier. At the moment, it looks to be very difficult. But again, I say ‘it’s possible’. It’s very much possible.”
Mashrafe is adamant that Bangladesh’s mindset will not change ahead of their clash against Sri Lanka, adding: “The New Zealand match, even the England match…I’m not sure that what people were thinking. We are expecting to win.
“Especially the New Zealand match, we thought that we could win, because against South Africa when we won, our concentration level, our confidence level was so high that we (thought we could) beat New Zealand.
“I don’t want to say there is no pressure; 100 per cent, pressure will be there. But at the same time, I have to say that we have to cope with those pressure and make sure we deliver.
“A few things can happen, go away from us, but we have to make sure the end of the day, we are in the winning side.”
Sri Lanka settled for a point against Pakistan last time out following an abandonment at Bristol, and the forecast is set for more rain in the south west.
Batting coach Jon Lewis thinks Sri Lanka are still riding the wave from their win over Afghanistan last week.
He said: “The mood’s pretty good. Obviously to be here five or six days ago and not get a chance to play was frustrating, but we’re still off the back of the win against Afghanistan.
“We needed that, because we were possibly a little bit low before that (after losing by 10 wickets to New Zealand). So in effect we’re still off the back of the last win. The last game we played was a win. We are in pretty good shape.”
The 2019 World Cup is up and running – except when it’s raining – and we have already seen some remarkable performances.
While batsmen have enjoyed some high-scoring surfaces, bowlers have made an impact as well.
We’re putting together a regular ‘player power ranking’ that monitors the top 10 players throughout the league stages in an effort to track the true MVPs of the summer.
The second edition analyses performances until the South Africa v West Indies washout on June 10.
1. Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh; up 2 spots)
Shakib Al Hasan becomes only the second Bangladeshi player to score a century in the World Cup...— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) June 8, 2019
The Bangladesh all-rounder has enjoyed a stellar opening week at the 2019 World Cup. Two fifties and a ton in three games is sensational. Add three wickets to it and it becomes one mighty effort. His 121 against England came in a losing cause but the Tigers will be strengthened by the form of Shakib.
2. Jason Roy (England; new)
The England opener showed what he is capable of by smashing 153 off 121 against a decent Bangladesh attack. He threw his wicket away with 15 overs to go, missing out on a double ton. Roy is at his dangerous best at the moment and is even more critical for England’s hope, now that Jos Buttler has fitness concerns.
3. Rohit Sharma (India; new)
A century and a fifty in two matches against tough opposition means it has been a brilliant start to the tournament for the India opener. Rohit respected the conditions and the South African and Aussie pace attacks to put India in winning positions and it looks like this could be his World Cup.
4. Lockie Ferguson (new Zealand; up four spots)
Consistently among to quickest bowlers in England, Ferguson has rattled batsmen with his pace and superb lines. Granted, his opposition were Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan but to pick up eight wickets in three games at an economy of 3.8 is brilliant in any book.
5. Ben Stokes (England; down four spots)
The England all-rounder had two quiet games with the bat against Bangladesh and Pakistan but has been right up there with the ball in hand. Stokes is operating at a high level this week and if he can sustain his performance in the coming fortnight, England will most likely sail into the semis.
6. Jofra Archer (England; down two spots)
The lanky pacer had a horror game against Pakistan – going for 79 from 10 overs – but bounced back with a three-for against Bangladesh. His pace and immaculate control will be more than a handful for most batsmen and if he gets to bowl with cloud cover around, watch out.
7. David Warner (Australia; down two spots)
The Aussie opener did score a fifty against India but his 56 came off 84 balls as Australia chased India’s 353. All other Australian batsmen went at near or over run a ball, which does not reflect well on Warner’s innings. But at least he has 148 runs from three games.
8. Pat Cummins (Australia; New)
The Aussie quick has been on the money for three games, picking up six wickets and maintaining an economy of less than five. Easily outperforming fellow quick Mitchell Starc, Cummins is the leader of the Aussie bowling attack and should only get better.
9. Alex Carey (Australia; Same)
The Aussie keeper started with a record five dismissals on his World Cup debut against Afghanistan. He then hit the second-fastest World Cup fifty by an Aussie, albeit in a losing cause against India. Two record efforts already with the bat and glove. Can’t ask for more.
10. Andre Russell (West Indies; down eight spots)
The West Indies superstar is still banging the ball in at high pace but it has taken a huge toll on his problematic knees, with Russell sitting out of the washed out South Africa match. It seems unlikely that Russell will be able to bat and bowl at 90mph for a month.