Top 3 close encounters in the world cup 2019
The ICC world cup 2019 was officially started on 30th May 2019 and since then it’s fever was going on and nearly 2 weeks are left for the first semi-final which will be held on 9th of July but there are only 3-5 close encounters where till last no one can say who will win, rest all the matches are one-sided which are sometimes become boring. So in this article, you will see the top 3 close encounters in the world cup 2019
Close Encounter No.1 Bangladesh vs New Zealand
This match no. 9 of the world cup was so interesting and entertaining that till the last no one who’s gonna win. New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to field first, so the Bangladeshi opener comes to play and they build a partnership of 45 runs. Shakib made a crucial 64 runs in just 68 balls with 7 fours. No other batsman score a fifty. Lower order Saifuddin played an important knock of 29 runs of just 23 balls. The whole team was all out for just 244 runs.
Everyone thinks that it was an easy run chase for New Zealand but the Bangladeshi bowling made it difficult. Both the New Zealand openers are sent back to pavilion within the first powerplay. And they were on 55 runs. Now came the most experienced players of their side i.e skipper Williamson and Ross Taylor scored 105 runs partnership. At that position everybody thought they would win easily but that was not the case . New Zealand kept on losing a wicket in an equal interval of time and within 78 runs they lose there 6 wickets but Mitchell Santner makes 17 runs and won the match for his team.
Close Encounter No.2 India vs Afghanistan
match no. 28 i.e India vs Afghanistan match. this match became interesting in the second innings. After winning the toss,India chooses to bat first. everybody thought that India will put the big score on the board, unfortunately, that not happen. India manage to score only 224 for 8 wickets. Their spinners bowl really well and don’t give to many runs and they take wickets at regular intervals. before this match, India faced 50 overs against spinners and didn’t lose a single wicket to them. but in this match, India lose 5 wickets.
When Afghanistan came to bat it’s our to take revenge and we take it well. Till the last over, Nabi was batting on 50 odd and in last over need just 16 runs and Shami was the bowler first ball was gone for 4 and now everyone thought the match had gone but Shami back himself and take the first hat-trick of this world cup. So India won by just 11 runs.
Close Encounter No. 3 West Indies vs New Zealand
The very next match i.e match no. 29 was the most interesting match in this world cup till now. In this match, West Indies won the toss and choose field first. His decision came true as both the opener out in the very first over of Sheldon Cottrell. After their dismissals, the most experienced players of their side i.e skipper Williamson and Ross Taylor and score 160 runs partnership. This partnership helps to score292 runs. Now WI came to bat and their 2 wickets are also felt very early. Chris Gayle and Hetmyer score 122 runs partnership and now within 20 runs, west indies lose 5 wickets but at non-striker, Carlos Brathwaite scoring runs.
Now the match came to a very interesting point Wi needs 40 runs in just 22 balls. The most entertaining over where Brathwaite scores 25runs. Now they require just 6 runs in 7 balls he hits hard but unfortunately, it doesn’t clear the boundaries and Boult take the catch and Nz won the match by just 5 runs.