The Four Best Individual Performances at the 2019 Cricket World Cup so far
There have been many standout moments at the 2019 Cricket World Cup which are worthy of winning the performance of the tournament as record after record has been broken, with many of the world’s best players shining. Here is a look at four of those individual performances which stood out more than any other.
David Warner’s 166 vs Bangladesh
David Warner went into the World Cup under pressure to deliver for his country following the ball-tampering scandal which led to bans for him and former Aussie captain Steven Smith. The left-handed opener has been one of the star players of the tournament with the bat and that was demonstrated with his innings of 166 against Bangladesh. That score helped Australia to a mammoth 381-5 after their 50 overs which was more than enough to see them seal the victory. Warner is the first player to pass 150 twice at a World Cup.
Eoin Morgan's Record 17 6s vs Afghanistan
The most explosive and entertaining innings seen during group stages of the World Cup was Eoin Morgan’s 148 off just 71 balls against Afghanistan. The England captain hit a record 17 sixes and what made it so extraordinary was that Morgan was struggling with a back strain going into the game. Largely thanks to the rate their skipper was hitting at, the hosts were able to reach 397 and in doing so made a mess of the Afghanistan bowling figures.
Mitchell Starc’s Five Wickets vs New Zealand
Leading wicket-takers in #CWC19 robin-round:— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 7, 2019
Mitchell Starc ?? 26
Mustafizur Rahman ?? 20
Jasprit Bumrah ?? 17
Jofra Archer ?? 17
Mohammad Amir ?? 17
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Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc has really enjoyed himself on the wickets in England this summer where he has been a handful for every team in the tournament. Starc’s standout performance came against New Zealand where he finished with figures of 5-26. He was responsible for the big wickets of Kane Williamson and Tom Latham. After scoring just 243/9 from their 50 overs, Australia needed their bowlers to win the game for them and with the support of Jason Behrendorff and Pat Cummins, Starc was able to do that. The New South Wales man will be looking to continue his form in the Ashes series in England later in the summer where Australia are 7/4 in the cricket betting to win back the urn against their old foes.
Shaheen Afridi’s 6-36 vs Bangladesh
Pakistan only just missed out on qualification to the semi-final of the World Cup on run-rate, however, they have found themselves a superstar at this tournament in 19-year-old Shaheen Afridi who produced the best figures of the competition with 6-36 against Bangladesh. The quick bowler is the first teenager to take a five-wicket haul at a World Cup. Bangladesh, who have batted so well during the tournament, just could not handle Afridi who picked up the key wickets of Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan before the Tigers were bowled out for just 221. We are certain to see a lot more of Afridi at future World Cups where he could be on course to establish himself as one of the best in the world.
The next major tournament on the calendar in cricket is the Ashes which begins on August 1 with the First Test from Edgbaston.
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