2019 ICC Cricket World Cup | Match 37 | Australia v New Zealand | LIVE from Lord’s.

2019 ICC Cricket World Cup | Match 37 | Australia v New Zealand | LIVE from Lord’s.

Tonight, the ‘Battle of the Tasman’ takes centre stage at ‘The Home of Cricket’, in what is a re-match of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Final.
New Zealand, after a shock loss to Pakistan – maybe a wake-up call – will be out to secure their place in the semi-finals, by beating their rivals from across the ditch, just as they did in the group stage four years ago, in what was a World Cup classic… we’re expecting tonight to be no different.

It’s Match 37 of the tournament – Australia against New Zealand, and it’s LIVE from Lord’s on Zak Sports.

Good evening everyone, and welcome to Australia’s second last match of the group stage in the World Cup of 2019.

We’re tight for time off the top tonight, but we’ll be with you for the whole match, right though into the early hours of Sunday morning.

The good news, right off the top, is that the sun is out in London – a rarity for this tournament – and that should mean a full game tonight… we’re heading for a top of 33 degrees, which is easily one of the hotter days of the tournament thus far.

Sticking with news – the coin toss took place not long ago, where Aaron Finch won the toss – only the second time he’s done so in this World Cup – and he’s elected to BAT first, so he and David Warner will be heading to the middle very shortly.

We’ll have a look at the teams very shortly, but in the meantime, here’s a look at the New Zealand touring squad, and how they’ve gone so far.

A worrying sign for Australia tonight, is that every time New Zealand have chased in this tournament thus far, they’ve gone on to win the game.
They’ve played good Cricket, but haven’t hit their peak just yet.
The four teams to watch at the beginning of the tournament were England, India, Australia and New Zealand – in no particular order – and, sadly, as you can see in that graph, one of the key matches of this tournament – India v New Zealand – was washed out without a ball being bowled, so we didn’t get the chance to see how those two stack up against each other.

Thankfully, over the course of the next week, we’ll see three big matches, with this one tonight being followed by England and India tomorrow night, and then England against New Zealand on Wednesday, which will serve as an excellent preview for the Semi-Finals, should everything fall into place for England, who are under pressure from Bangladesh and Pakistan at the moment… if the Poms fail in both of their remaining matches, they could miss the finals, at the expense of Bangladesh, but more likely Pakistan, so there’s a lot to play out, and a lot to look forward to over the next week.

We’ll take a break, and come back with the two teams, and LIVE play, in just a moment… a reminder that Aaron Finch has WON the toss, and Australia will BAT first.

10:20pm | Hello again from Lord’s, where we’re not far away from LIVE play in this World Cup match, between Australia and New Zealand.

Here’s a look at the two teams – Australia fielding the same team that demoralised England on Tuesday, while New Zealand have made two changes to the team that went down to Pakistan on Wednesday… Ish Sodhi comes in for Matt Henry, and Henry Nicholls replaces Colin Munro.

For New Zealand, we know Kane Williamson will be one to watch tonight – he’s been an integral part of New Zealand’s success in this tournament to-date, and if he fires tonight, New Zealand will go a long way to chasing down whatever target Australia set them, and let’s not forget how destructive Martin Guptill can be when he gets firing as well.

With the ball, Trent Boult will be the key – he’s had great success against Australia in the past, so the Aussies will be mindful of seeing him through without losing too many wickets.

For Australia, Finch and Warner are the leading scorers in the tournament so far, and will not give their wicket away easily… with the ball, Mitchell Starc has been a star in this World Cup, as he was four years ago, and Jason Behrendorff has been retained after that magnificent five-wicket haul on Tuesday.

Play is LIVE when we come back.

10:30pm | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match 37 – Australia v New Zealand
LIVE from Lord’s
Australia 0/0 (0)
Aaron Finch 0* (0) | David Warner 0* (0)
#CWC19 | #AUSvNZ | #ZakSportsAU

Nice to have your company on this Saturday night, as we bring you ‘The Battle of the Tasman’ direct from ‘The Home of Cricket’ – Australia against New Zealand, and if the Black Caps can win tonight, they’ll secure their place in the Semi-Finals, alongside the Aussies, who qualified after their win over England here four days ago.

Players and umpires have made their way to the centre… Trent Boult has the new ball in hand… David Warner will face the first ball of the innings, in front of a healthy crowd in London, at a venue hosting a Day-Night fixture for just the second time in its history.

We’ll go into the commentary box, for the first time today, and say good afternoon to Michael Clarke and Simon Doull.

10:47pm | Australia 1/15 (4.3)
Usman Khawaja 0* (0) | David Warner 6* (12)

OUT… PLUMB LBW… BOULT STRIKES… THE CAPTAIN IS GONE, AND THE BLACK CAPS HAVE BROKEN THE DOMINANT AUSTRALIAN PARTNERSHIP, OF THIS TOURNAMENT, VERY EARLY!!! IT’S 1/15!

Finch | LBW, b Boult | 8 (15) | FOW 1/15 (4.3)

Usman Khawaja is the new man in – it’s been a tricky start for Australia here… the first two overs were maidens, and Boult and De Grandhomme are applying the pressure right from the start, as we rejoin Michael Clarke and Simon Doull.

11:09pm | Australia 2/38 (9.1)
Usman Khawaja 12* (17) | Steve Smith 0* (0)

GONE… FERGUSON STRIKES FIRST BALL… A SHORT ONE CATCHES OUT DAVID WARNER, WHO’S EDGED IT IN HIS ATTEMPT TO GET OUT OF ITS WAY… AND AUSTRALIA HAVE LOST THEIR SECOND WICKET.

Warner | c Latham, b Ferguson | 16 (23) | FOW 2/38 (9.1)

2/38 – Australia’s worst start since the match against the West Indies on June 6… Steven Smith is the new man in, as Brendon McCullum and Michael Slater take up commentary!

11:22pm | Australia 3/46 (11.2)
Usman Khawaja 15* (22) | Marcus Stoinis 0* (0)

HE’S OUT… WHAT A CATCH!!! WHAT A SCREAMER FROM MARTIN GUPTILL… WE’VE SEEN SOME CLASSIC CATCHES IN THIS TOURNAMENT – THERE’S ANOTHER ONE…STEVE SMITH IS GONE, AND THE KIWIS HAVE GOT THE THREE KEY MEN CHEAPLY, TO BE RIGHT ON TOP HERE IN THE TWELFTH OVER – IT’S 3/46!

Smith | c Guptill, b Ferguson | 5 (8) | FOW 3/46 (11.2)

Marcus Stoinis has been sent in ahead of Glenn Maxwell, and the Aussies have some rebuilding to do… Ferguson has two wickets in as many overs, and the Aussies in the crowd are silent, as we rejoin Brendon McCullum and Michael Slater.

11:43pm | Australia 3/68 (16) – DRINKS
Usman Khawaja 21* (32) | Marcus Stoinis 16* (18)

The first drinks break at Lord’s – New Zealand have definitely had the better of the opening sixteen overs here… the Australian side is on the back foot, having lost Warner, Finch and Smith cheaply, but Stoinis and Khawaja have done a good job in trying to steady the ship…

Ish Sodhi continues, bowling to Usman Khawaja, and in the commentary box, it’s Ian Smith and Harsha Bhogle.

12:02am | Australia 4/81 (20)
Usman Khawaja 27* (48) | Glenn Maxwell 0* (0)

EDGED, AND GONE… AUSTRALIA’S STRUGGLE CONTINUES… STOINIS GOES, CAUGHT BEHIND… NEESHAM GETS HIS FIRST, WITH BEAUTIFUL LINE AND LENGTH… NEW ZEALAND HAVE THEIR FOURTH… IT’S 4/81!

Stoinis | c Latham, b Neesham | 21 (26) | FOW 4/81 (20)

Now Glenn Maxwell comes in… it’s a day for bowlers in London… what can the batsmen salvage here? What’s a good total?Let’s find out, as we join Brendon McCullum and Simon Doull.

12:10am | Australia 5/92 (21.3)
Usman Khawaja 32* (52) | Alex Carey 0* (0)

GONE… ANOTHER SUPERB CATCHING EFFORT FROM NEW ZEALAND… THIS TIME IT’S THE BOWLER, NEESHAM, WITH A TERRIFIC GRAB TO GET RID OF GLENN MAXWELL… OFF THE TOE OF THE BAT, AND THERE’S NOTHING HE CAN DO ABOUT IT… 5/92, AND YOU HAVE TO WONDER IF AUSTRALIA WILL BAT OUT THE OVERS FROM HERE…

Maxwell | c & b Neesham | 1 (5) | FOW 5/92 (21.3)

Alex Carey is the new man in – the last of the recognised batsmen… as we go back to Michael Clarke, Brendon McCullum and Simon Doull.

12:49am | Australia 5/143 (31.1)
Usman Khawaja 51* (80) | Alex Carey 32* (30)

TWO RUNS, AND FIFTY FOR USMAN KHAWAJA… RIGHT WHEN HIS TEAM NEEDED HIM TO GET A BIG SCORE… HE’S NOT THERE YET, BUT HE NEEDS TO BE THERE AT THE END IF THE AUSTRALIANS ARE ANY CHANCE TONIGHT…

5/143 – the fifty partnership up, between this pair as well… Alex Carey has started very well – 32 off 30 thus far… The best strike rate of any batsman thus far… Could today be his time to shine?

Let’s rejoin Michael Clarke and Harsha Bhogle.

1:05am | Australia 5/168 (35.4)
Usman Khawaja 57* (90) | Alex Carey 51* (47)

EDGED… FOUR… AND FIFTY FOR ALEX CAREY… A SOLID PARTNERSHIP FORMING HERE, AND ENOUGH TIME LEFT FOR BOTH CAREY AND KHAWAJA TO MAKE A CENTURY, IF THEY PLAY SENSIBLY ENOUGH FROM HERE.

Is the pitch starting to favour the batsmen, after being a bowlers deck for the first 25 overs?

Let’s go back to Lord’s, and rejoin Michael Slater and Simon Doull.

1:30am | Australia 6/199 (43)
Usman Khawaja 67* (109) | Pat Cummins 0* (0)

GONE… THE ONLY MISTAKE ALEX CAREY HAS MADE ALL AFTERNOON, AND IT’S COST HIM HIS WICKET… WILLIAMSON GETS THE BREAKTHROUGH… CAREY’S GONE FOR 71, AND THE PARTNERSHIP OF 107 COMES TO AN END… IT’S 6/199.

Carey | c Guptill, b Williamson | 71 (72) | FOW 6/199 (43)

Carey played beautifully – he was the aggressor, on a day where Usman Khawaja has struggled to score runs… but, as the last recognised batsman, he’ll need to pick up the pace over these last seven overs, to give his team-mates something to bowl at.

Pat Cummins is the new man in, and in the commentary box, Michael Clarke is with Ian Smith.

1:58am | Australia 7/243 (49.3)
Mitchell Starc 0* (0) | Pat Cummins 23* (19)

BOWLED HIM… TRENT BOULT STRIKES IN THE LAST OVER, AND USMAN KHAWAJA’S LONG FIGHT IS OVER… IT’S 7/243.

Khawaja | b Boult | 88 (129) | FOW 7/243 (49.3)

1:59am | Australia 8/243 (49.4)
Jason Behrendorff 0* (0) | Pat Cummins 23* (19)

BOWLED HIM!!! BOULT’S ON A HAT-TRICK… STARC GOES FIRST BALL, AND IT’S NOW 8/243!

Starc | b Boult | 0 (1) | FOW 8/243 (49.4)

Jason Behrendorff is the new man in, and he’ll be facing the hat-trick ball from Trent Boult.

2:01am | Australia 9/243 (49.5)
Nathan Lyon 0* (0) | Pat Cummins 23* (19)

Boult to Behrendorff…
IT’S HIT HIM ON THE PAD, THERE’S A BIG APPEAL… HE’S PLUMB, HE’S GOT TO BE OUT, SURELY… YES, HE’S GONE!!!
TRENT BOULT HAS A WORLD CUP HAT-TRICK, AND HE’S DONE IT AT LORD’S…

Behrendorff calls for the review, but ball-tracking shows that it’s cleaning up middle-stump, and the decision STANDS!

IT’S THE ELEVENTH HAT-TRICK IN WORLD CUP HISTORY, AND THE FIRST FOR A NEW ZEALANDER.

THE PERFECT FINAL OVER FROM TRENT BOULT HAS ENSURED THAT AUSTRALIA WON’T REACH 250… IT’S 9/243!

Behrendorff | LBW b Boult | 0 (1) | FOW 9/243 (49.5)

2:05am | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match 37 – Australia v New Zealand
LIVE from Lord’s
Australia 9/243 (50)
Nathan Lyon 0* (1) | Pat Cummins 23* (19)
New Zealand need 244 runs to win.
#CWC19 | #AUSvNZ | #ZakSportsAU

WOAH… WHAT A FINISH THAT WAS FROM TRENT BOULT… 3/1 IN HIS FINAL OVER, TO RESTRICT AUSTRALIA TO 243… and, he was unlucky not to get Nathan Lyon off the final ball too…

New Zealand will be delighted with that… Boult’s hat-trick really overshadowed the great work done by Jimmy Neesham and Lockie Ferguson in the earlier overs, but they won’t be complaining… they’ve given themselves a huge chance of winning this match tonight.

That said, there’s no reason Australia can’t defend 243 – they defended 285 on Tuesday night, when they bowled England out for 221, and during the innings break then, we weren’t sure if 285 was enough… this could again be a case of it being a bowlers deck, rather than poor batting from the Aussies.

As brilliant as some of the fielding was from New Zealand – those two catches, from Guptill and Neesham specifically – it wasn’t perfect, but Australia will be grateful for the contributions from Khawaja and Carey, because without them, it could’ve been a very sorry state of affairs for the defending champions!

Here’s a look at the batting card and bowling figures… it’s 244 for New Zealand to win, and the chase begins when we come back… it’s the Cricket World Cup LIVE on Zak Sports.

2:35am | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match 37 – Australia v New Zealand
LIVE from Lord’s
Australia 9/243 (50) | New Zealand 0/0 (0)
Martin Guptill 0* (0) | Henry Nicholls 0* (0)
New Zealand need 244 runs to win.
#CWC19 | #AUSvNZ | #ZakSportsAU

Good morning, everyone. It’s great to have your company this Sunday, as our coverage of Match 37 from the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup continues…
Australia battled their way to 243… Trent Boult took a hat-trick in the final over to ensure his team would be chasing less than 250, but even 243 won’t be an easy task…

In the five completed games this week, the chasing side has only won twice, and all targets have been sub-300.
In the only other day/night fixture played here at Lord’s, way back ion September 20, 2010, Pakistan set England a target of 266, and bowled them out for 227… whether that’s an omen for Australia, or not, remains to be seen over the next few hours.

Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls will open the batting for New Zealand, and Jason Behrendorff is being rewarded for his efforts on Tuesday, as he has the ball in hand… we’re ready to go, and in the commentary box, it’s Brendon McCullum and Harsha Bhogle.

New Zealand 0/0 (0)
Target: 244
Overs Remaining: 50
Wickets in Hand: 10
Required Run Rate: 4.88

3:17am | Australia 9/243 (50) | New Zealand 1/29 (9.2)
Martin Guptill 17* (36) | Kane Williamson 0* (0)
New Zealand need 215 runs to win off 244 balls.

GONE… NICHOLLS HAS GLOVED THAT ONE… CAREY TAKES THE CATCH, AND AUSTRALIA HAVE THEIR FIRST, IN THE TENTH OVER, AFTER WHAT’S BEEN A SLOW START FOR THE BLACK CAPS – IT’S 1/29.

Nicholls | c Carey, b Behrendorff | 8 (20) | FOW 1/29 (9.2)

3:35am | Australia 9/243 (50) | New Zealand 2/42 (13.1)
Ross Taylor 0* (0) | Kane Williamson 10* (16)
New Zealand need 202 runs to win off 221 balls.

GOT HIM… LBW… BEHRENDORFF TRAPS MARTIN GUPTILL, AND A KIWI DANGER MAN IS BACK IN THE PAVILION… THAT’S TWO WICKETS NOW FOR BEHRENDORFF, AND IT’S 2 FOR 42.

Guptill | LBW b Behrendorff | 20 (43) | FOW 2/42 (13.1).

Ross Taylor is the new man in, and once again the pressure will be on Kane Williamson to score big, as we rejoin Michael Clarke and Simon Doull.

4:26am | Australia 9/243 (50) | New Zealand 3/97 (25.4)
Ross Taylor 21* (40) | Tom Latham 0* (0)
New Zealand need 147 runs to win off 146 balls.

GOT HIM… THAT’S A HUGE MOMENT IN THIS MATCH… A POOR SHOT FROM KANE WILLIAMSON, AND MITCHELL STARC HAS GOT HIS MAN…

IT’S A DIFFICULT AFTERNOON TO BE A BATSMAN… 3/97.

Williamson | c Carey, b Starc | 40 (51) | FOW 3/97 (25.4)

Tom Latham is the new man in, and New Zealand’s required run rate is now above 6 an over, as Simon Doull and Michael Slater take over commentary!

4:52am | Australia 9/243 (50) | New Zealand 4/118 (31.4)
Colin de Grandhomme 0* (0) | Tom Latham 12* (22)
New Zealand need 126 runs to win off 110 balls.

GONE… GOOD CATCH FROM ALEX CAREY – BOY, HE HAD TO WORK HARD FOR IT… ROSS TAYLOR, TRYING TO LIFT THE SCORING RATE, SKIED ONE, AND IT WENT AN ABSOLUTE MILE IN THE AIR… CAREY GOT HIMSELF UNDER IT, WATCHED IT ALL THE WAY DOWN, AND TOOK A SAFE, BUT NERVY CATCH, TO GIVE PAT CUMMINS HIS FIRST WICKET OF THE DAY…

AUSTRALIA ARE ON TOP AT LORD’S… IT’S 4/118.

Taylor | c Carey, b Starc | 30 (54) | FOW 4/118 (31.4)

4:55am | Australia 9/243 (50) | New Zealand 5/118 (32.1)
Jimmy Neesham 0* (0) | Tom Latham 12* (24)
New Zealand need 126 runs to win off 107 balls.

GONE… CAUGHT IN THE DEEP… COLIN DE GRANDHOMME GOES FIRST BALL… STEVE SMITH HAS A WICKET AT LORD’S, AND AUSTRALIA HAVE THEIR FIFTH…

De Grandhomme attacked immediately, but didn’t get enough of it, and picked out Usman Khawaja… his innings over before it began – over in less time than it took him to walk to the middle to begin with… it’s 5/118.

de Grandhomme | c Khawaja, b Smith | 0 (1) | FOW 5/118 (32.1)

Jimmy Neesham is the new man in, as Michael Clarke and Ian Smith take over commentary.

5:09am | Australia 9/243 (50) | New Zealand 6/125 (35.3)
Jimmy Neesham 5* (16) | Mitchell Santner 0* (0)
New Zealand need 119 runs to win off 87 balls.

OUT… SMITH TAKES A BEAUTY… WE’VE SEEN SOME CRACKING CATCHES TODAY, AND THERE’S ANOTHER… NEW ZEALAND LOSE THEIR SIXTH WICKET, AND THE WHEELS ARE FALLING OFF NOW… LATHAM GOES, AND IT’S 6/125!

Latham | c Smith, b Starc | 14 (28) | FOW 6/125 (35.3)

They’re into the tail – a tail that has a hell of a fight on their hands, as the asking rate approach 8 an over… as we go back to Michael Clarke and Ian Smith.

5:21am | Australia 9/243 (50) | New Zealand 7/131 (38.1)
Ish Sodhi 0* (0) | Mitchell Santner 2* (10)
New Zealand need 113 runs to win off 71 balls | Australia need 3 Wickets

GONE… LYON TAKES THE CATCH, OFF HIS OWN BOWLING, AFTER JIMMY NEESHAM SMASHED ONE INTO THE SKY… HEIGHT WITHOUT DISTANCE IS ALWAYS A PROBLEM IN THIS GAME, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU’RE PLAYING A TEAM THAT HOLDS ON TO ITS CATCHES…

IT’S TURNING INTO A BAD EVENING FOR NEW ZEALAND… 7/131.

Neesham | c & b Lyon | 9 (22) | FOW 7/131 (38.1)

5:33am | Australia 9/243 (50) | New Zealand 8/141 (40)
Lockie Ferguson 0* (0) | Mitchell Santner 4* (17)
New Zealand need 103 off 60 | Australia need 2 Wickets.

OUT… LBW… SODHI GOES… HE DECIDED TO REVIEW THE UMPIRE’S DECISION, AND AS IT WAS UMPIRE’S CALL, HE’S STILL OUT, BUT NEW ZEALAND RETAIN THEIR REVIEW… BUT, IT’S NOW ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE AUSTRALIA WRAP THIS ONE UP… IT’S 8/141!

Sodhi | LBW b Starc | 5 (4) | 8/141 (40)

5:39am | Australia 9/243 (50) | New Zealand 9/144 (41.1)
Trent Boult 0* (0) | Mitchell Santner 5* (21)
New Zealand need 100 off 53 | Australia need 1 Wicket.

BOWLED HIM… THE PERFECT YORKER… STARC REMOVES FERGUSON, AND IS ON A HAT-TRICK… 9/144.

Ferguson | b Starc | 0 (3) | FOW 9/144 (41)

5:51am | Australia 9/243 (50) | New Zealand 10/157 (43.4)
Australia win by 86 Runs.

GONE… FINE LEG TAKES THE CATCH… SANTNER IS OUT… STARC HAS FIVE, AND AUSTRALIA HAVE TAKEN A COMFORTABLE VICTORY HERE, OVER NEW ZEALAND, AT LORD’S…

86 RUNS THE WINNING MARGIN IN THE END, AND NEW ZEALAND STILL YET TO OFFICIALLY SECURE THEIR PLACE IN THE SEMI-FINALS.

Santner | c Behrendorff, b Starc | 12 (29) | FOW 10/157
Boult | not out | 2 (7)

Well, New Zealand had the edge earlier in the day, but that quickly changed when Australia took to the field… turns out it was another day for the bowlers… Mitchell Starc remains the leading wicket-taker in this tournament, and becomes the first player to take three 5-wicket hauls in World Cups

A look at the cards… Kane Williamson was New Zealand’s best – he scored 40, which indicates what a difficult day it was for them with the bat… in fact, sundries/extras was the fourth-highest score in this total of 157.

Aaron Finch used eight bowlers, including himself, but got the results he was looking for with Starc and Behrendorff, and Pat Cummins was exceptionally economical in his six overs.

It’s been quite a night… we’ll be back to wrap things up very shortly.

7am | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match 37 – Australia v New Zealand
LIVE from Lord’s
Australia 9/243 (50) | New Zealand 10/157 (43.4)
Australia win by 86 Runs.
Man of the Match: Alex Carey (AUS)
#CWC19 | #AUSvNZ | #ZakSportsAU

If you’ve been asleep overnight, and are just waking up wondering how things went at Lord’s overnight, it’s nothing but good news for you, as we say good morning… this was Australia’s eighth match of the tournament, and they’ve claimed their seventh win, beating New Zealand by 86 runs at ‘The Home of Cricket’.

It’s was an old-school ODI in many respects… a hard slog for batsmen, a dream for bowlers, and a real low scoring affair by today’s standards.

Today had a little bit of everything:
– 4 ducks (three of which were golden)
– 4 Maiden overs (very rare in modern limited-overs Cricket)
– 3 Classic Catches
– 2 compelling matches – we’ll tell you about the other one in a moment.
– 1 Hat-Trick, and
– 1 five-wicket haul

Alex Carey was named Man of the Match here, and while there were a few candidates – Usman Khawaja, Trent Boult and also Mitchell Starc – it was unsurprising to see him take it out, as his efforts across both innings were first class – 71 with the bat, off 72 balls – he was the only batsman to strike anywhere near a run a ball today, and he backed that effort up with three catches in the New Zealand innings, including the key wickets of Williamson and Taylor.

We’re only seven games away from the end of the group stage of the tournament, and things have just got interesting, thanks to today’s earlier game, which was between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Pakistan scrapped home, by three wickets, with 2 balls to spare (AFG 9/227 [50] | PAK 7/230 [49.4]), and by doing that, they’ve moved themselves into the top four, at the expense of England, who now MUST win their remaining two matches, against India (Tonight) and New Zealand (Wednesday), if they’re to secure a finals birth.

Australia remains the only team qualified thus far… India have three matches ahead of them – England (tonight), Bangladesh (Tuesday) and Sri Lanka (Saturday), and will need to win just one of those to secure their place.

Pakistan’s final match is against Bangladesh on Friday, and given that Bangladesh have knocked off South Africa and the West Indies in this tournament already, that’s by no means a guaranteed two points for Pakistan, as it once might’ve been.

The other team that isn’t safe is New Zealand… if they lose to England, and Pakistan defeat Bangladesh, the Black Caps could be left to rely on Net Run Rate if they’re to play in the finals… but, if England fail to defeat India, that equation drops off the table, and it’ll be England relying on Bangladesh to defeat Pakistan…

In a tournament where weather has played its part, only England, Australia and Afghanistan haven’t featured in a match that has been abandoned… poor old Afghanistan, who came so close against India, and nearly held off Pakistan, can’t take a trick… mother nature hasn’t been of any assistance to them, and as a result, they’ll likely leave England without scoring a point.

Let’s have a quick look at the remaining fixtures in the group stage, because, by gee, there’s some cracking matches ahead, there’s no doubt about that…

Tonight | England v India | Edgbaston | 7:30pm AEST
Tomorrow | Sri Lanka v West Indies | Chester-le-Street | 7:30pm AEST**
Tuesday | Bangladesh v India | Edgbaston | 7:30pm AEST**
Wednesday | England v New Zealand | Chester-le-Street | 7:30pm AEST
Thursday | Afghanistan v West Indies | Headingley | 7:30pm AEST**
Friday | Bangladesh v Pakistan | Lord’s | 7:30pm AEST**
Saturday | India v Sri Lanka | Headingley | 7:30pm AEST**
Saturday | Australia v South Africa | Old Trafford | 10:30pm AEST
** = ONLY on FOX Cricket

We’ll keep an eye on what unfolds over the next seven days, but the next time we’ll be with you proper will be for the 1st Semi-Final on Tuesday, July 9… but, at this time, you’d say England would be the most nervous side heading into the last of the preliminary matches, and with good reason to.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our coverage throughout the night… a great win for Australia, and one that further cements their place at the top of the ladder… the worst they can finish from here is second… they got home by 86 runs, and now they wait to play South Africa, at Old Trafford, next Saturday night… and while they wait, all eyes now turn to the England-India fixture, which you’ll see on FOX Cricket and 9GEM, LIVE from Edgbaston, tonight from 7pm AEST.

Have a great day, everybody. From us here, it’s bye for now.

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