2023 ODI World Cup digest: Angelo Mathews embroiled in timed out drama; Australia face spin threat

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The 2023 ODI Men’s World Cup now builds towards the final on November 19. Every morning we round up the latest action and news from the event and bring you insights from our reporters on the ground.

Top story: Bangladesh trumps Sri Lanka amid time-out drama in Delhi

Bangladesh 282 for 7 (Shanto 90, Shakib 82, Madushanka 3-69) beating Sri Lanka 279 (Asalanka 108, Nissanka 41, Tanzim 3-80) with three wickets

Another chapter was written in the story of subcontinental cricket’s most compelling rivalry, with Bangladesh coming out as a deserved winner against Sri Lanka by three wickets and, crucially, 53 deliveries in Delhi. The margin of victory means Bangladesh has surpassed Sri Lanka on the points table in terms of net run rate, while Bangladesh, Netherlands and Sri Lanka are all on four points with all three – and England – still battling for the two remaining places among the 2025 champions. Trophy.

However, this was a game where one solitary incident overshadowed everything else. The now usual controversy associated with the “Naagin Derby” was a historic first this time as Angelo Mathews was dismissed after a timeout – the first example of a rare dismissal in international cricket.

Explanation: The Mathews had a timeout – what happened

Angelo Mathews became the first ever player to be timed out in international cricket after a helmet failure during Sri Lanka’s World Cup group match against Bangladesh in Delhi, adding more drama to the rivalry no less.

Mathews was already on the pitch making his final preparations before striking against Shakib Al Hasan. His helmet strap broke just as he fastened it around his chin. He called for a replacement helmet, which was presented to him by Chamika Karunaratne. Shakib appeared to start a conversation with referee Marais Erasmus after this, after which Mathews, having not been ready to face his first ball within the two minutes beforehand, as permitted in ICC playing conditions, was told to had a timeout.

Must Watch: Shakib Al Hasan explains his actions

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Afghanistan vs Australia, Mumbai (2:00 PM IST; 8:30 AM GMT; 7:30 PM AEDT)

There was a time when facing Afghanistan at a World Cup held no fear for Australia. The five-time world champion has been nothing short of ruthless in the previous two ODI World Cup matches. In 2015, in Perth, Australia collected 417 for 6 as David Warner scored 178 on his way to a 275-run win. In 2019, in Bristol, Australia romped home with a seven-wicket win with 91 balls to spare, after bowling Afghanistan out for 207 before Warner made another 89 not out.

But there’s no chance the 2023 Australians will head to Wankhede Stadium, assuming they win at a canter again. Afghanistan poses a huge threat despite Australia’s five-match winning streak. Afghanistan themselves have won three in a row and have already defeated England, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Netherlands as they push for a top spot in the semi-finals.

Team news

Afghanistan (probable): 1 Rahmanullah Gurbaz, 2 Ibrahim Zadran, 3 Rahmat Shah, 4 Hashmatullah Shahidi (captain), 5 Azmatullah Omarzai, 6 Ikram Alikhil (wk), 7 Mohammad Nabi, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Mujeeb Ur Rahman, 10 Naveen- ul-Haq/Noor Ahmad, 11 Fazalhaq Farooqi

Australia (probable): 1 David Warner, 2 Travis Head, 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Steven Smith/Marnus Labuschagne, 5 Josh Inglis (wk), 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Marcus Stoinis, 8 Pat Cummins (capt), 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood

Event to remember: Maxwell prepares to take on the Afghan spinners

Glenn Maxwell stands diagonally behind the nets of the Australian team. Arms folded, body straight, cap worn backwards on head, dark shades covering eyes that are presumably fixated on what’s happening in the nets.

He’s seen Josh Inglis and Marcus Stoinis knock the ball around. He’s seen plenty of Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschagne making throwdowns. And the way he poses just a few steps away from the nets with a deadpan expression makes it seem as if he is not allowed to bat and is being further punished by watching his teammates smother the ball in the nets. nets, especially considering the number of runs on offer again at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.

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