The ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 has only three days left, and the competing nations are putting the last touches on their preparations as they square off in the warm-up games. On Monday, October 2, the four participating teams were England, Bangladesh, New Zealand, and South Africa.
Sixth game: Bangladesh vs. England
The reigning champions eventually kicked off their World Cup campaign with a practise match against Bangladesh after their first warm-up match against India was postponed due to inclement weather. The game was trimmed to 37 overs per side in Guwahati due to rain once more. Having won the toss and chosen to bat first, Bangladesh struggled early on with to poor performances from opener Litton Das (5 off 6) and skipper Najmul Hossain. Shanto (2 off 11) quickly made his way back to the pavilion.
With their outstanding innings, Tanzid Hasan (45 off 44) and Mehidy Hasan Miraz (74 off 89) kept the innings together. Bangladesh completed their innings with a score of 188/9 in 37 overs thanks to their innings. The best bowler for England was Reece Topley, who finished with a 3/23 in five overs.
Dawid Malan was eliminated by Mustafizur Rahman in the first over alone, dealing a severe damage to England’s response. England eventually won the match by four wickets in 24.1 overs, thanks to a half-century from Moeen Ali (56 off 39) and valuable contributions from Jos Buttler (30 off 15) and Jonny Bairstow (34 off 21).
7th match: South Africa vs. New Zealand When Kane Williamson, the captain of New Zealand, won the toss and chose to bat first, his team’s performance supported the choice, scoring 321/6 in the allocated 50 overs. Glenn Philips (43 off 40), Tom Latham (52 off 56), and Devon Conway (78 off 73) all contributed runs for New Zealand.
Reeza Hendricks, the South African opener, was out in the first over of the reply, but Quinton de Kock (84* off 89), Rassie van der Dussen (51 off 56), Heinrich Klaasen (39 off 37), and David Miller (18* off 26) all had outstanding performances that helped stabilise the innings. When play was halted by rain after 37 overs, the trio helped their team reach 211/4. There could not be any more play, and New Zealand was given the victory. 7 runs (DLS Method) won the contest.
World Cup 2023 warm-ups in ODI: Day 3 Short Scores
Bangladesh scored 188/9 against England in the sixth match (Tanzid Hasan was 45 and Mehidy Hasan Miraz was 74); Reece Topley had three wickets).
Moeen Ali (56), Jonny Bairstow (34), Mustafizur Rahman (2/23), England: 197/6
7th match: South Africa vs. New Zealand
321/6 (Devon Conway 78, Tom Latham 52), Lungi Ngidi 3/33; New Zealand
211/4 (Quinton de Kock 84, Rassie van der Dussen 51), Trent Boult 2/20 for South Africa.