Cricket World Cup 2015: Three talking points as England finally win
Sam Rogers takes a look at three big talking points from Cricket World Cup 2015
Majestic Moeen gives England fans something to cheer about
Fans of England have had very little to smile about since the start of the World Cup (and for a fair while leading up to it), especially after a lacklustre opening match against Australia, with an utter mauling at the hands of New Zealand a few days later. Onto their match against Scotland then, and a fixture that should have been relatively pressure free, became a must-win match already for Eoin Morgan and his team-mates. While Scotland did bowl well against England and never really let them get away during their innings, credit must go to Moeen Ali whose inspired century set the foundation for a solid if unspectacular total by England. Unlike his opening partner Ian Bell, who managed 54 from 85 balls, Moeen’s 128 came at a strike-rate of 119, and his five maximums were struck with time and grace.
India strengthen their claim by dispatching Proteas
Lead brilliantly by Shikhar Dhawan’s wonderful 137, India plundered 307-7 from their allocation, before allowing their bowlers to have their fun, Ravi Ashwin finishing the pick of the bowlers with 3-41 to leave the South Africans with plenty to ponder after two matches. Despite going for over two months without a single win in Australia, no-one is feeling brave enough to write off India in their pursuit for back-to-back World Cup titles. The defending champions have all the right components to make a brilliant one-day unit, but have inexplicably misfired in recent times. Fast forward to now and wins over bitter rivals Pakistan and this resounding win over hotly-tipped contenders South Africa, and the Indians are quietly going about their business, and should barring any upsets, finish atop their Pool.
West Indies get campaign back on track with big win
Having suffered the ignominy of being beaten by lowly Ireland in their first match, the West Indies camp was sent into disarray after twitter fiasco involving the chairman of their board. With all that to contend with, you would be forgiven for thinking the Windies would be distracted heading into their match against Pakistan. Instead they post a solid total of 310 thanks to fifties from Lendl Simmons and Dinesh Ramdin, before reducing their opponents to a quite unbelievable 1-4 after 19 balls. Jerome Taylor (3-15) and Andre Russell (3-32) ran riot, with only Sohaib Maqsood (50) and Umar Akmal (59) providing any resistance. They must try to take down a confident Indian side in their next match but despite all the stress off the field, the Windies are getting the job done on it.