The Final Word, World Cup 2019 Podcast: Listen to Geoff Lemon and Adam Collins as they discuss Sri Lanka's bowling masterclass

Cricket writers Geoff Lemon and Adam Collins discuss Sri Lanka's bowling prowess against Afghanistan at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

FirstCricket Staff, Jun 05, 2019 10:32:26 IST

Day 6 at the World Cup: Afghanistan just fell short against Sri Lanka in their World Cup match in Cardiff, when two brilliant bowling performances and two chaotic batting performances went head to head in a rain-shortened match.

On the World Cup Daily, Geoff Lemon and Adam Collins are following the Cup all around England and Wales. Their long weekly podcast The Final Word has been going for five years, but now it has changed into a short daily form for cricket’s biggest tournament.

Every day, The Final Word will team up with Firstpost to bring you a new episode from wherever they are on the road. On trains and buses, in pubs, on the street, in parks, on barges floating down rivers, and anywhere else that they might end up.

They are also watching an awful lot of cricket, and can summarise all the matches that you didn’t have time to see, or can bring you into the discussion about the ones you did watch.

They will nominate their player of the day, who will probably not be the official man of the match, and will pick one moment or person or incident to go into The Final Word Hall of Fame, with an overall winner to come at the end of the tournament.

From the start of the day, the match swung one way and then the other. Kusal Perera and Dimuth Karunaratne smashed 92 in quick time to start the innings, then the wickets started to fall. Mohammad Nabi picked up three in one over, and Sri Lanka eventually collapsed to 201 for 9. A long rain delay shortened their innings to 41 overs, and Afghanistan were set 187 to win at the same time.

But Sri Lanka's seamers bowled beautifully, with Nuwan Pradeep picking up four wickets thanks to seam movement and a tight line, while Thisara Perera and Lasith Malinga were important.

On Day 7 we move on to London, where New Zealand take on Bangladesh at The Oval, while in the morning India finally start their World Cup campaign against South Africa in Southampton.

Tune in to The Final Word World Cup Daily on Day 7.

For all the latest news, opinions and analysis from ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, click here

 

Updated Date: Jun 05, 2019 14:05:45 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 7 6 1 0 12
New Zealand 7 5 1 1 11
India 5 4 0 1 9
England 7 4 3 0 8
Bangladesh 7 3 3 1 7
Pakistan 7 3 3 1 7
Sri Lanka 6 2 2 2 6
West Indies 6 1 4 1 3
South Africa 7 1 5 1 3
Afghanistan 7 0 7 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4674 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254