Big 5’s 2019 Cricket World Cup Roundup July 18, 2019 – Posted in: General
The 2019 Cricket World Cup was the most unpredictable and open World Cup since 1996. Of the 48 total games in this years Cricket World Cup, there were 12 matches where the margin of victory was less than 25 runs, or less than equal to three wickets. If we add the phenomenal final game into this equation, almost a third (29.54%) of the matches could be considered close encounters. In the last two World Cups, this was only 16.67% (2015) and 12.5% (2011), so we were in for a rollercoaster of a tournament!
Australia were favourites in 1999, 2003 and 2007, and won all of these rather emphatically. The moolah was on India in 2011 and no one bet against Australia at home in 2015. In 2019, England started out as the favourites on home turf, as the highest rated ODI team within the championships, and two of their best players coming back from bans – David Warner and Steve Smith. Despite this, they had a bit of a rocky start to the tournament, where they stumbled and were almost ousted before making the semi-finals, but bounced back in fine style, winning 4 matches in a row to win the tournament.
The second-half of the group stages saw some of the biggest upsets of the competition. Sri Lanka beat England and the Pakistani team saw a real resurgence, ensuring that the suspense and the tension of qualifying for the knockouts remained till the very end. This really made the tournament more exciting and unpredictable, and any of the actual four semi-finalists or Pakistan could easily have been the ones to lift the trophy.
In the semi-finals, England were truly returned to form, and pulled out a cracking win over Australia, while the classic British weather put a literal dampener on India’s World Cup hopes, with the match being rained off half way through the day. Despite being firm favourites going into the semi finals, even after picking back up the next day, India were beaten by underdog New Zealand in a shock win. New Zealand had lost their previous three games, and despite reaching the final against Australia in the last World Cup, weren’t expected to go the distance by many.
Coming into the final, both teams had gone through their rocky patches, but were very evenly matched, giving us one of the closest and most exciting finals in many years. We saw a close, exciting and amazingly played match, culminating in the Cricket World Cup’s first ever Super Over. At the end of it all, England lifted the cup by a very slim margin, beating a well-played New Zealand by boundary countback.
This result means that each of the last three ODI world cups have been won by the home teams – the 2011 edition by India, in 2015 by Australia and now by England in 2019.
New Zealand’s bowling average of 27.86 was the lowest (best) in the 2019 World Cup. So was their strike rate of 34.1. Not only were they effective in picking wickets but also in choking the opposition’s batsmen – their bowlers were the most restrictive in this tournament conceding at an economy of just 4.89. Just for perspective, England had the second-best economy rate (5.11).
Lockie Ferguson was the second-highest wicket-taker of the tournament with 21 wickets from 9 matches at an average of 19.47 and strike rate of 23.9, and three other New Zealand bowlers picked more than 10 wickets in the tournament – Trent Boult picked up 17 at 28.17, Matt Henry bagged 14 at 28 while James Neesham got 15 at just 19.46.
As many as five New Zealand bowlers had an economy rate of less than 5 – Ferguson, Boult, Henry, Colin Grandhomme and Michael Santner, showing their incredible discipline with their line and length. New Zealand did not reach 300 even once in the tournament and their batting average was seventh-lowest – yet they did so well courtesy of their splendid bowling attack.
England’s batting average of 39.21 was the second-highest in the tournament after India. They had 7 hundreds (the same as India) and 17 fifty-plus scores in the tournament (the maximum for any team). Their combined strike rate of 100.45 was the best in the World Cup.
Two English batsmen scored in excess of 400 (Jason Roy and Ben Stokes) and two in excess of 500 (Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow). Three of them averaged in excess of 60 and two between 40 and 50. Bairstow and Roy put together 4 century partnerships in the tournament – the maximum by any pair in a World Cup.
Root was their highest scorer with 556 runs but England’s player of the series was Ben Stokes. He scored tough runs under pressure (including in the final) and ended with an aggregate of 465 runs in 10 innings at an average of 66.42 – the highest for England in the World Cup. He was phenomenally consistent throughout the World Cup, registering 5 fifties in the tournament.
England had the second-highest run rate in the first powerplay (5.01) after Sri Lanka (5.67) and the highest in the death overs (40-50) – 8.1.
The English bowlers complimented their batsmen and had the third-best batting average and strike rate in the tournament. They also had the second-best economy after New Zealand.
England had six 300+ totals in 2019, which is an ODI record, and hit 25 sixes in their match against Afghanistan, the most by any team in a single ODI match, as well as 76 sixes over the course of the tournament – the most by any team in an edition of ODI World Cup.
Stand Out Players
Mitchell Starc was the highest wicket-taker of the tournament with 27 wickets from just 10 matches at an average of 18.59 and strike rate of 20.5. His exploits included two five-wicket and two four-wicket hauls. No bowler has picked more wickets in any single edition of the World Cup.
Jofra Archer was the third-highest wicket-taker of the tournament with 20 wickets in 11 matches at an average of 23.05 and economy of 4.57 – he was both the highest wicket-taker and most restrictive bowler for England.
Mark Wood picked 18 wickets while Chris Woakes also returned with 16.
Shakib-Al-Hasan and Ben Stokes were the two outstanding all-rounders of the tournament. Shakib scored 606 runs at an average of 86.57 and also picked 11 wickets in the tournament. Ben Stokes bagged 7 wickets to go with his 465 runs in the World Cup.
Ben Stokes also scored 84 not out in the final, which is now the fourth highest score while chasing in an ODI world cup final. The highest is 107 by Arvinda de Silva against Australia in Lahore in 1996. Stokes also hit five 75+ scores in the tournament which is now the joint-most in an edition of ODI world cup alongside Sachin Tendulkar in 2003.
Kane Williamson scored 578 runs in the 2019 edition – the most by any captain in ODI World Cup.
England’s Eoin Morgan hit 22 sixes in the tournament – second most by a player in any world cup, and his century off 57 balls against Afghanistan at Old Trafford was the fastest century of the tournament.
Alex Carey (against India at The Oval) and Shimron Hetmyer (against Bangladesh at Taunton) hit fifties in 25 balls — the fastest in World Cup 2019.
England’s opening pair of Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy’s became the first duo to add four century stands in an edition of ODI World Cup. In fact, England had a total of 11 century stands in the tournament – the most by any team in an edition of ODI World Cup.
Facts and Figures
Batting first was a definite advantage in the 2019 World Cup. 28 of the 44 matches were won by the team who batted first – this percentage of 63.63 was the second-highest in the 12 editions of the World Cup after 1987 (70.37%). The corresponding percentage in 2015 was only 50%.
The average score batting first in the tournament was 266.26. The corresponding score for the English team between the 2015 and 2019 World Cups was 272.5 – 6 runs higher. The slowness of the pitches and the pressure of a world tournament are two possible reasons for teams batting somewhat conservatively in this World Cup.
There was an increase in the overall run-rate from the 2007 World Cup (4.95) to 2011 (5.03). The increase was more significant from 2011 to 2015 (5.65). However, the run rate has actually fallen in this World Cup, even though marginally to 5.59.
New Zealand became the third team to lose consecutive World Cup finals, in 2015 and 2019.
With the cup now over, at Big 5 Cricket and Hockey we want to give a huge congratulations to England, our world cup champions, and say thank you to all the teams for making this edition one of the most exciting Cricket World Cups ever!
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