Brathwaite heroics in vain, Pakistan hunt down England

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But I strongly believe we are more than capable of qualifying for the semi-finals. Although England, India and Australia, the pre-tournament favourites, besides New Zealand are all heading in the right direction, it is not a case of dead certainty.

"They (England) are a very, very good cricket team. India's remaining matches are against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, and everyone saw the way they played against Afghanistan", Basit was quoted as saying ARY News. Sohail played really well in the last two games and Babar Azam too.

They have lost a wicket in the opening powerplay in just one match, and average a tournament-high 52 runs per match. But it's pretty unlikely.

Meanwhile, New Zealand would be seeking to secure their semi-final berth when they take on Australia in a crucial league match on Saturday.

Pakistan and Bangladesh share seven points on the table.

What went wrong for England?

Today they got both, which is why this defeat is so worrying. At least let the team perform and reach a certain level before showering praise on them.

England also have fitness concerns over bowlers Jofra Archer and Adil Rashid.

Rooney hands sound Man Utd advice to Wan-Bissaka
I think they're miles away. "Wan-Bissaka has a big future, but I think they need four, five, maybe even six players". As you can see from his expression, this isn't the shot United will use to promote Wan-Bissaka's announcement.

England's two most recent defeats have coincided with the absence through a hamstring injury of Jason Roy, with replacement James Vince struggling to fill the gap left by the Surrey opener.

With 7 wins from 8 matches, Australia are perched at the top with 14 points having already qualified for the knockouts - which is a great result for a team who had their worst year in 2018 (in terms of win-loss ratio) in ODI cricket.

Bumrah, ranked number one bowler in one-day internationals, boasts an unconventional action but offers a real wicket-taking threat with his pace and ability to move the ball.

Joe Root has admitted England's batsmen "haven't adapted" to the surfaces they have encountered in the World Cup. So far at this World Cup, a softer approach has not impacted on their hard attitude in the big moments, and Finch is happy to revel in the wider benefits. "If we embrace the challenge that is in front of us and play anywhere near our potential we are more than capable of getting in the semis".

Mohammed Shami's match-winning hat-trick against Afghanistan has been India's most eye-catching moment with the ball, but Jasprit Bumrah is the star of the attack. Their batting, led by Shakib-Al-Hasan, has been a revelation. He's now on 16, alone in second place, and rated a [5.5] chance.

If England beat India and New Zealand both, they end with 12 points.

They're all trailing Mitchell Starc, though.

"We have made a conscious effort of that over the tournament, and that was basically on the back of coming over here".

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