With the league stages done and dusted, India will face New Zealand in the first semi-final of World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford in Manchester. India go into the match on a high having registered only one loss against England in the group stage while New Zealand just about sneaked into the last four after losing their last three matches.
On expected lines, veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik announced his retirement from ODIs following his team's elimination from the World Cup. The 37-year-old had a terrible World Cup, managing only eight runs and one wicket in the three games he featured in.
Such a pity and Australia and South Africa who, over the years, have produced one of the greatest rivalries in cricket, will feature in a game of no consequence at Manchester on Saturday. Twenty years back in England, these two sides produced back-to-back fascinating games which concluded in the Edgbaston humdinger. Things have been drastically different this time.
The four semi-finalists of World Cup 2019 may have been decided but India still have a lot to play for when they face Sri Lanka in their last league game at Headingley, Leeds on Saturday. There a number of issues they need to sort which may haunt them in the semis. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will be playing for pure pride.