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Highlights of the first half of the 2023 World Cup

The 2023 Cricket World Cup held in India is attracting huge interest from fans of the sport. 10 teams from around the world met to determine the strongest one on the planet. We are looking back at the highlights of the first half of the 2023 World Cup.

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Results of Afghanistan and Pakistan 

One of the tournament’s openers was the Afghanistan and Pakistan national teams. They unexpectedly showed decent results at the group stage and exceeded all expectations.

Both teams won 4 matches each at the tournament. Afghanistan beat Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and reigning world champions England. Afghanistan showed bold play in the match against India and lost only by the narrowest of margins. Pakistan emerged victorious against the Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and sensationally against New Zealand.

Both the national teams scored 8 points each in the group stage. They were just one win short of reaching the semi-finals. However, both Afghanistan and Pakistan, thanks to their victorious results, have earned an entry in the Champions Trophy tournament, which will be held in 2025.

England’s failure

The English arrived at the tournament in the status of reigning world champions. Although England was not considered favorites before the tournament, their early exit was a surprise.

England’s first match was against a formidable New Zealand team. And only with an advantage of 9 wickets won the New Zealanders. In the next game, England managed to get their first tournament win. Bangladesh was beaten with a difference of 137 runs. However, England went on to sensationally lose the next three games. Afghanistan, South Africa, and Sri Lanka were those obstacles.

The next game against India was probably one of the best for England in the tournament. India was conceding by the middle of the game but managed to win the encounter by 100 runs. The next match against Australia was again a defeat and an early exit for England from the tournament. 

Two victories in the tournament’s final matches against the Netherlands and Pakistan were no savior for the English. As a result, they finished seventh in the group stage.

Unbeaten India

The Indian team was one of the favorites to win the World Cup before the tournament started. The team has a star-studded squad. In addition, the tournament is held in India’s home stadiums.

India’s chances of winning the tournament increased progressively after each game. In the first match, India defeated one of their main rivals for the trophy – Australia. A tight and demanding match for both teams ended with a minimum advantage in India’s favor. The Pakistanis played a challenging game too, but the Indians still celebrated the victory.

Bangladesh, New Zealand, England, Sri Lanka, South Africa, England, Sri Lanka, South Africa and the Netherlands were beaten consecutively.

With a 100 percent win rate in the group stage, India qualified unconditionally for the semi-finals of the World Cup as the best team in the group stage.

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