This looked like being one of the better games of the pool stage but given South Africa’s two lacklustre performances so far, it now looks like another pretty good opportunity for India to win.
A loss to the host nation in the tournament opener is probably fair enough, but the Proteas have since dropped the basket against minnows Bangladesh and it’s tough imagining them improving enough to compete with one of the world’s better sides.
This is India’s first match at the 2019 World Cup and I’m expecting players like Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah to send a message to the rest of the competition.
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The Kiwis were outstanding first-up but will need to produce a similar performance to assure themselves victory over a decent Bangladesh side.
As anticipated, New Zealand faced little resistance from Sri Lanka and bowled the subcontinent nation out for a measly 136; reaching the figure in just over 16 overs and without the loss of a wicket. Matt Henry was the main destroyer with the ball and claimed Man of the Match honours, but I’m confident that Trent Boult is still the one to be with in the top wicket taking market.
Bangladesh pulled off the upset of the tournament so far when they saw off the second-up South Africa and they will be full of confidence when they step out opposite the Blackcaps. They will need to improve, however, to contain what is clearly a better side.
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