Sri Lanka. Perpetual underdogs. Perpetual over-achievers. They have never entered a World Cup as title favorites. They have never entered a World Cup with the best batting or the best bowling line-ups. Their run-ups to most World Cups isn't smooth either.
A five-wicket haul from Mohammad Irfan and a fighting unbeaten half-century from Sohaib Maqsood, helped Pakistan win a closely contested match against Bangladesh in their World Cup warm-up game in Sydney.
From Zimbabwe beating Australia in their first One-Day International match during the 1983 World Cup to Ireland beating England in the last version of the tournament, there has been no lack of unexpected and dramatic results in cricket’s show piece event.
Pakistan will definitely be one of those X-factor teams heading into the tournament since they possess a solid team on paper. However, whether they can perform on the pitch and lead their side to World Cup glory is a whole different matter.
Following their better-than-expected performance in Australia, Matthew Hoggard has revised his World Cup view and reckons England could be on course to upset a few teams in the fast-approaching tournament.
According to reports, Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma is almost certain to be ruled out of the upcoming World Cup as he failed to bowl a single delivery during India's practice session in Adelaide on Saturday.