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2019 Cricket World Cup

2019 Cricket World Cup
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 logo.svg
Official logo
Dates30 May-14 July
Administrator(s)International Cricket Council
Cricket formatOne Day International
Tournament format(s)Round-robin and Knockout
Host(s)England England
Wales Wales
Champions England (1st title)
Runners-up New Zealand
Matches played48
Player of the seriesNew Zealand Kane Williamson
Most runsIndia Rohit Sharma (648)
Most wicketsAustralia Mitchell Starc (27)
Official websiteOfficial website

The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup was the 12th Cricket World Cup, a quadrennial, One Day International cricket tournament contested by men's national teams and organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC). It was hosted by England and Wales, making it the fifth time England has hosted the World Cup, beginning on 30 May and ending with the final on 14 July. The final was played at Lord's in London, where England beat New Zealand on boundary count after both the match and the subsequent Super Over finished as ties.

The tournament was contested by 10 teams, who played in a single round-robin group, with the top four at the end of the group phase - India, Australia, New Zealand and England - progressing to the semi-finals.

Approximately 2.6 billion people around the world watched the tournament, making it the most watched cricket competition ever as of 2019.[1]


The hosting rights were awarded in April 2006, after England and Wales withdrew their bid to host the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, which was played in Australia and New Zealand. It was the fifth Cricket World Cup played in England, following the 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 World Cups. Wales also hosted matches at the 1983 and 1999 tournaments, the latter also seeing matches played in Scotland, Ireland and the Netherlands.[2][3]


Highlighted are the countries to participate in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
  Qualified as host
  Qualified via the ICC ODI Championship ranking
  Qualified via the 2018 qualifier
  Participated in the qualifier but failed to qualify

The 2019 World Cup features 10 teams, a decrease from previous World Cups in 2011 and 2015 which featured 14 teams.[4] The hosts, England, and the top seven other teams in the ICC One Day International rankings as of 30 September 2017 earned an automatic qualification, with the remaining two spots being decided by the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier.[5]

On 19 September 2017, results confirmed that the top eight ranked teams by 30 September would be Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka; and these teams all qualified automatically for the 2019 World Cup.[6]

At the time of the announcement of the qualification structure, ICC Associate and Affiliate Members, who were guaranteed four spots in the previous two World Cup tournaments, could be represented by at most two teams, and possibly none at all if they were beaten by the lowest-ranked Full Members in the Qualifier.[5] It also meant that at least two of the ten Test-playing nations at the time of the announcement would have to play in the qualifying tournament, and could miss the World Cup finals entirely. It also ensured that this was the first World Cup to be contested without all of the Full Member nations being present.[7]

Following recent successes, Ireland and Afghanistan were promoted to the ICC ODI Championship and were also granted full ICC membership, becoming the newest Test cricketing nations. However, they still needed to qualify for the World Cup via the current process.[]

The final stage of the tournament was a "Super Six" group, from which the top two teams qualified for the 2019 World Cup. The West Indies were guaranteed a spot after defeating Scotland in the penultimate round.[8]Afghanistan joined them after defeating Ireland in the final over of their match.[9] This was the first time since 1983 that Zimbabwe had failed to qualify for a World Cup contest.[10] Ireland also missed the competition for the first time since 2003,[11] and for the first time no Associate nation participated.[12]

Means of qualification Date Venue Berths Qualified[13]
Host nation 30 September 2006[14] -- 1  England
ICC ODI Championship 30 September 2017 Various 7  Australia
 New Zealand
 South Africa
 Sri Lanka
2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier 23 March 2018  Zimbabwe 2  Afghanistan
 West Indies
Total 10


The fixture list for the tournament was released on 26 April 2018 after the completion of an International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in Kolkata. London Stadium had been named as a possible venue in the planning stages,[15][16] and in January 2017 the ICC completed an inspection of the ground, confirming that the pitch dimensions would be compliant with the requirements to host ODI matches.[17] However, when the fixtures were announced, London Stadium was not included as a venue.[18][19] All of the grounds are in England except for Sophia Gardens, which is in Wales.

Birmingham Bristol Cardiff Chester-le-Street
Edgbaston Bristol County Ground Sophia Gardens Riverside Ground
Capacity: 25,000 Capacity: 17,500 Capacity: 15,643 Capacity: 17,000
Matches: 5 (including Semi-final) Matches: 3 Matches: 4 Matches: 3
Edgbaston---close-of-play.jpg Bristol County Ground.jpg Cathedral Road end, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff, Wales.jpg Riverside-ground.jpg
Leeds London
Headingley Lord's The Oval
Capacity: 18,350 Capacity: 30,000 Capacity: 24,500
Matches: 4 Matches: 5 (including Final) Matches: 5
Headingley Cricket Stadium.jpg Nat West media centre cropped.jpg OCS Stand (Surrey v Yorkshire in foreground).JPG
Manchester Nottingham Southampton Taunton
Old Trafford Trent Bridge Rose Bowl County Ground
Capacity: 26,000 Capacity: 17,500 Capacity: 25,000 Capacity: 12,500
Matches: 6 (including Semi-final) Matches: 5 Matches: 5 Matches: 3
Old Trafford Cricket Ground August 2014 (cropped).jpg Trent Bridge MMB 01 England vs New Zealand.jpg Pavilion stands.JPG County Ground, Taunton panorama.jpg


All the participating teams had to submit the names of their respective World Cup squads by 23 April 2019.[20] The teams were allowed to change players in their 15-man squad anytime up to seven days before the start of the tournament.[21] New Zealand were the first team to announce their World Cup squad.[22] The oldest player for the tournament was South African player, Imran Tahir who was forty years old while the youngest was Afghan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman who is eighteen years old.[23][24]

Match officials

In April 2019, the ICC named the officials for the tournament.[25]Ian Gould announced that he would retire as an umpire following the conclusion of the tournament.[26]



The ICC also named six match referees for the tournament.[25]

Prize money

The International Cricket Council declared a total prize money pool of US $10 million for the tournament, the same as the 2015 edition.[27] The prize money will be distributed according to the performance of the team as follows:[28]

Stage Prize money (US$) Total (US$)
Winner $4,000,000 $4,000,000
Runner-up $2,000,000 $2,000,000
Losing semi-finalists $800,000 $1,600,000
Winner of each league stage match $40,000 $1,800,000
Teams that do not pass the league stage $100,000 $600,000
Total $10,000,000

Warm-up matches

Before the World Cup, the participating nations competed in 10 warm-up matches, which were played from 24 to 28 May 2019. These matches did not have One Day International (ODI) status as teams were allowed to field all 15 members of their squad.[29]

Warm-up matches
24 May 2019
262 (47.5 overs)
263/7 (49.4 overs)
Babar Azam 112 (108)
Mohammad Nabi 3/46 (10 overs)
Hashmatullah Shahidi 74* (102)
Wahab Riaz 3/46 (7.4 overs)
Afghanistan won by 3 wickets
Bristol County Ground, Bristol
Umpires: Michael Gough (Eng) and Rod Tucker (Aus)
  • Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat.

24 May 2019
South Africa 
338/7 (50 overs)
 Sri Lanka
251 (42.3 overs)
Faf du Plessis 88 (69)
Suranga Lakmal 2/63 (9 overs)
Dimuth Karunaratne 87 (92)
Andile Phehlukwayo 4/36 (7 overs)
South Africa won by 87 runs
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Umpires: Richard Illingworth (Eng) and Paul Wilson (Aus)
  • Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field.

25 May 2019
297/9 (50 overs)
285 (49.3 overs)
Steve Smith 116 (102)
Liam Plunkett 4/69 (9 overs)
James Vince 64 (76)
Jason Behrendorff 2/43 (8 overs)
Australia won by 12 runs
Rose Bowl, Southampton
Umpires: Marais Erasmus (SA) and Sundaram Ravi (Ind)
  • England won the toss and elected to field.

25 May 2019
179 (39.2 overs)
 New Zealand
180/4 (37.1 overs)
Ravindra Jadeja 54 (50)
Trent Boult 4/33 (6.2 overs)
Ross Taylor 71 (75)
Jasprit Bumrah 1/2 (4 overs)
New Zealand won by 6 wickets
The Oval, London
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Bruce Oxenford (Aus)
  • India won the toss and elected to bat.

26 May 2019
South Africa 
95/0 (12.4 overs)
Hashim Amla 51* (46)
No result
Bristol County Ground, Bristol
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Rod Tucker (Aus)
  • West Indies won the toss and elected to field.
  • The match was reduced to 31 overs per side due to rain.

26 May 2019
Match abandoned
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZ) and Richard Kettleborough (Eng)
  • No toss.
  • No play was possible due to rain.

27 May 2019
Sri Lanka 
239/8 (50 overs)
241/5 (44.5 overs)
Lahiru Thirimanne 56 (69)
Adam Zampa 2/39 (9 overs)
Usman Khawaja 89 (105)
Jeffrey Vandersay 2/51 (7.5 overs)
Australia won by 5 wickets
Rose Bowl, Southampton
Umpires: Nigel Llong (Eng) and Joel Wilson (WI)
  • Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.

27 May 2019
160 (38.4 overs)
161/1 (17.3 overs)
Mohammad Nabi 44 (42)
Joe Root 3/22 (6 overs)
Jason Roy 89* (46)
Mohammad Nabi 1/34 (3 overs)
England won by 9 wickets
The Oval, London
Umpires: Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SL) and Paul Reiffel (Aus)
  • England won the toss and elected to field.

28 May 2019
West Indies 
421 (49.2 overs)
 New Zealand
330 (47.2 overs)
Shai Hope 101 (86)
Trent Boult 4/50 (9.2 overs)
Tom Blundell 106 (89)
Carlos Brathwaite 3/75 (9 overs)
West Indies won by 91 runs
Bristol County Ground, Bristol
Umpires: Michael Gough (Eng) and Ian Gould (Eng)
  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to field.

28 May 2019
359/7 (50 overs)
264 (49.3 overs)
MS Dhoni 113 (78)
Shakib Al Hasan 2/58 (6 overs)
Mushfiqur Rahim 90 (94)
Kuldeep Yadav 3/47 (10 overs)
India won by 95 runs
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (Eng) and Paul Wilson (Aus)
  • Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field.

Opening ceremony

The opening ceremony took place on The Mall during the evening of 29 May 2019, a day before the start of the World Cup.[30]Andrew Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Shibani Dandekar hosted the event. A 60-second challenge took place among the 10 participating 'teams', with each side represented by two guest figures each, involving Viv Richards, Anil Kumble, Mahela Jayawardene, Jacques Kallis, Brett Lee, Kevin Pietersen, Farhan Akhtar, Malala Yousafzai, Jaya Ahsan, Yohan Blake, Damayanthi Dharsha, Azhar Ali, Abdur Razzak, James Franklin, Steven Pienaar, Chris Hughes, Sean Fitzpatrick and Pat Cash, while David Boon was the umpire for the game. England won the game by scoring 74 points, and Australia came second with 69 points.[31]

Michael Clarke, who captained Australia to the title in 2015, took the World Cup trophy to the stage, accompanied by former England spin bowler Graeme Swann. The ceremony came to an end with the official World Cup song "Stand By", performed by Loryn and Rudimental.[31]

Group stage

The initial stage of the tournament saw the 10 teams grouped together for a single round-robin, in which each team played the other nine once for a total of 45 matches. Teams earned two points for a win and one for a tie or no-result (a minimum of 20 overs per side was needed to constitute a result). Matches in this stage had no reserve day set aside in the event of bad weather. After four games in seven days were rained off and complaints were made about the lack of reserve days, the ICC chief executive, Dave Richardson, said that trying to include reserve days "would significantly increase the length of the tournament and practically would be extremely complex to deliver".[32]

The top four teams from the group progressed to the knockout stage. If teams were tied on points, then the number of wins and then the net run rate was used to separate them. A similar format was previously used in the 1992 Cricket World Cup, though that tournament featured nine teams instead of ten.

Following the 2019 Pulwama attack, several former Indian players and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) called for the boycott of the group match fixture between India and Pakistan, wanting to ban the Pakistan team from playing in the tournament.[33][34][35] However, after conducting a board meeting in Dubai, the ICC rejected the BCCI's proposal and confirmed that the scheduled match would go ahead as planned, despite the ongoing standoff between the two nations.[36][37]

Points table

Pos Team Pld W L T NR Pts NRR Qualification
1  India 9 7 1 0 1 15 0.809 Advance to semi-finals
2  Australia 9 7 2 0 0 14 0.868
3  England (H) 9 6 3 0 0 12 1.152
4  New Zealand 9 5 3 0 1 11 0.175
5  Pakistan 9 5 3 0 1 11 -0.430 Eliminated
6  Sri Lanka 9 3 4 0 2 8 -0.919
7  South Africa 9 3 5 0 1 7 -0.030
8  Bangladesh 9 3 5 0 1 7 -0.410
9  West Indies 9 2 6 0 1 5 -0.225
10  Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0 0 -1.322
Source: ICC, ESPNcricinfo
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Wins; 3) Net run rate; 4) Results of games between tied teams; 5) Pre-tournament seeding
(H) Host.

Tournament progress

Group stage Knockout
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 SF F
 Afghanistan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Australia 2 4 4 6 8 10 12 14 14 L
 Bangladesh 2 2 2 3 5 5 7 7 7
 England 2 2 4 6 8 8 8 10 12 W W
 India 2 4 5 7 9 11 11 13 15 L
 New Zealand 2 4 6 7 9 11 11 11 11 W L
 Pakistan 0 2 3 3 3 5 7 9 11
 South Africa 0 0 0 1 3 3 3 5 7
 Sri Lanka 0 2 3 4 4 6 6 8 8
 West Indies 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 5
Won Lost No result
Note: The total points at the end of each group match are listed.
Note: Click on the points (group matches) or W/L (Playoffs) to see the match summary.


Week 1

Joe Root (pictured in 2014) was the first centurion of the tournament with a 107 against Pakistan.

The 2019 tournament began on 30 May at The Oval in London, between the host nation, England, and South Africa. England batted first and, despite losing their first wicket to the second ball of the tournament, went on to score 311/8, with Ben Stokes top-scoring with 89 runs. In reply, South Africa were bowled out for 207, which included a collapse of eight wickets for 63 runs, to give England a victory by 104 runs.[38] The next three matches were one-sided: in the first, the West Indies bowled out Pakistan for just 105 before chasing the target down in only 13.4 overs.[39] The first double-header of the group stage saw comfortable wins for New Zealand and Australia, as they won by 10 and 7 wickets respectively over Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.[40][41]

At the Oval in the fifth match of the group stage, Bangladesh made their highest score in ODIs, with 330/6. Mushfiqur Rahim top-scored for Bangladesh with 78, as he and Shakib Al Hasan had a 142-run partnership for the third wicket.[42] In reply, the South Africans could not sustain a partnership with wickets falling regularly throughout their innings. Mustafizur Rahman took three wickets for Bangladesh as South Africa fell short by 21 runs.[43] The following day saw Pakistan cause an upset over one of the tournament favourites, as they beat England by 14 runs at Trent Bridge. This was despite Joe Root (107) and Jos Buttler (103) both scoring centuries in the chase, as they became the first and second batsmen to score hundreds at the tournaments.[44]

Sri Lanka got off to a good start in their game against Afghanistan in Cardiff, reaching 144/1 in the 21st over. This was before three wickets in five balls from Mohammad Nabi provided the catalyst for a collapse that saw Sri Lanka bowled out for 201. Kusal Perera top-scored for Sri Lanka with 78, while Nabi took another wicket to finish with four for the innings. In reply, rain reduced Afghanistan's innings to 41 overs, but by the 14th over, they had already fallen to 57/5. A partnership of 64 from Najibullah Zadran (who top-scored with 43) and Gulbadin Naib steadied the innings for Afghanistan, but it was not enough, with Nuwan Pradeep taking two quick wickets as Afghanistan fell 34 runs short of their revised target.[45] Wednesday saw a double-header being played at the Rose Bowl and The Oval. At the Rose Bowl, India started their campaign with a six-wicket win over South Africa. Yuzvendra Chahal took four wickets as he helped restrict the batsmen to a total of 227. In reply, Rohit Sharma scored 122 not out to help India chase the target with 15 balls to spare.[46] The other match on the Wednesday saw Bangladesh give New Zealand a scare, as the Black Caps went from 160/2 to 191/5 chasing 244, before getting home with three overs to spare. Ross Taylor top-scored for New Zealand in the run-chase with 82, while Matt Henry was the pick of the bowlers in the match with four wickets.[47]

Week 2

The second week began in Nottingham, Australia had an early batting collapse to fall to 38/4 early in their innings. Half-centuries from Steve Smith and Nathan Coulter-Nile helped Australia recover before they were bowled out for 288. In response, Chris Gayle had two overturned decisions go his way before he was dismissed. Despite a 68 from Shai Hope, Australia won by 15 runs off the back of a five-wicket haul by Mitchell Starc.[48] After the Friday match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Bristol was abandoned due to rain,[49] the Saturday matches were played in nearby Cardiff and Taunton. At Cardiff, Jason Roy made the highest score of the tournament so far, with 153, as he was named man of the match in England's 106-run victory over Bangladesh.[50] In Taunton, a five-wicket haul from Kiwi bowler James Neesham led New Zealand to their third consecutive win, with a seven-wicket victory over Afghanistan.[51]

The final completed match of the week saw India defeat Australia by 36 runs at The Oval. Batting first, India targeted Marcus Stoinis and Adam Zampa's bowling with a combined total of 113 runs coming from their 13 overs, as India scored 352/5. Shikhar Dhawan top-scored for India with 117, while Stoinis was the only bowler to take more than one wicket. In the run chase, Australia were behind the required run rate for much of their innings, despite half-centuries from David Warner, Steve Smith and Alex Carey, and were bowled out for 316, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah taking three wickets each.[52] The following two games of the week were washed out. Only 7.2 overs of play was possible in the fixture between South Africa and the West Indies,[53] while the match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka was abandoned without the toss taking place.[54] The following day at Taunton saw Australia open with a 146-run stand between David Warner and Aaron Finch, with Warner going on to get a century. Pakistan fought back into the innings, with Mohammad Amir taking five wickets, which restricted Australia to 307.[55] In response, Pakistan could not get a partnership established with regular wickets coming from Australia; Pat Cummins finished his 10 overs with figures of 3/33. Sarfaraz Ahmed and Wahab Riaz tried to get Pakistan the victory with a quick-fire 64-run partnership, but it was not enough, with Starc taking two of the final three wickets in the 41-run victory.[56]

Week 3

After a fourth wash-out came in Nottingham to open up the third week,[57] Joe Root scored his second century of the tournament and took two wickets in England's eight-wicket victory over the West Indies at Southampton.[58] However, the English victory was soured with Jason Roy missing the next two games with a hamstring injury after going off after the eighth over.[59] South Africa recorded their first win of the tournament at Cardiff against Afghanistan, with Imran Tahir taking four wickets as Afghanistan were bowled out for 125. In reply, South Africa chased down their target for the loss of just one wicket.[60] The other match on Saturday at The Oval saw Aaron Finch and Mitchell Starc guide Australia to an 87-run victory over Sri Lanka that sent them to the top of the table with eight points from five games.[61] The following day saw rivals India and Pakistan face each other at Old Trafford. India scored 336/5 from their 50 overs, which included a man-of-the-match performance of 140 runs from Rohit Sharma. In response, Pakistan got off to a good start and were 117/1 at one stage before Kuldeep Yadav took two wickets in three balls[A] to turn the tide for India, helping them to an 89-run victory via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.[62]

Monday saw Bangladesh defeat the West Indies by seven wickets at the County Ground in Taunton. This was thanks to a century from Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who scored 124 from 99 balls as they chased down the target of 322. In the West Indies' innings, Shai Hope top-scored with 96 runs from 121 balls as he and Evin Lewis (70) got the West Indies to 321/8 from their 50 overs.[63] At Manchester, Eoin Morgan hit 17 sixes, a new world record in ODIs, as he top-scored for England with 148, leading the hosts to a total of 397/6, the highest total of the tournament so far. Afghanistan's Rashid Khan conceded 110 runs without taking any wickets, the most expensive bowling spell in Cricket World Cup history.[64]Hashmatullah Shahidi managed 76 in response for Afghanistan, but they were always behind the required rate and fell 150 runs short, managing just 247 from their 50 overs. Wednesday would see South Africa taking on New Zealand at Edgbaston. With the match reduced to 49 overs each due to a wet outfield, South Africa posted a total of 241/6 with some late hitting from Rassie van der Dussen, who was unbeaten on 67, while Lockie Ferguson was the best of the bowlers with three wickets. In response, New Zealand were 137/5 at one stage, before a partnership from Kane Williamson (who went on to score a century) and Colin de Grandhomme guided New Zealand to their fourth victory of the tournament.[65]

Week 4

Week four started in Nottingham saw David Warner score 166, aided by a score of 89 from Usman Khawaja. Australia's total of 381/5 proved out of reach for Bangladesh, despite Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim getting them within 48 runs of the target.[66] Friday saw Lasith Malinga dismantle the English top order, as his four wickets helped Sri Lanka defend a total of 232 for their second win of the tournament. Angelo Mathews top-scored for the Sri Lankans with an unbeaten 85, while Mark Wood was the best of the English bowlers with 3/40.[67] The Saturday games saw the first elimination of the tournament, with Afghanistan's loss to India at Southampton meaning they could no longer qualify for the knockout stage. Despite limiting India to 224 from their 50 overs, a Mohammed Shami hat-trick saw Afghanistan fall 11 runs short.[68] The other match on the Saturday saw a close game between New Zealand and the West Indies at Manchester. After New Zealand scored 291/8, including 148 from Kane Williamson, they had the West Indies reeling at 164/7 after 27 overs. The momentum, though, was swung to the West Indies, with Carlos Brathwaite hitting 101 runs (including five sixes and nine fours) as he led them to within five runs of the target; however, his attempt to finish off the game with a maximum saw him caught by Trent Boult at long on, as New Zealand won by only five runs.[69]

The following day saw South Africa eliminated from the World Cup after an 89-run performance from Haris Sohail got Pakistan to 308/7 before Shadab Khan took three wickets in the South African run chase to give Pakistan a 49-run victory.[70] Monday saw Bangladesh record their third win of the tournament, a 62-run victory over Afghanistan at the Rose Bowl, with Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan becoming the second player in World Cup history to take five wickets and score a half-century in the same match.[B][72] Australia became the first team to qualify for the semi-finals as a five-wicket haul from Jason Behrendorff and another four from Mitchell Starc guided them to a 64-run victory over England at Lord's.[73] Pakistan gave New Zealand their first loss of the World Cup at Edgbaston with a Babar Azam century guiding them to a victory by six wickets.[74]

Week 5

Shakib Al Hasan (pictured in 2009) became the only cricketer in the World Cup history with 600 runs and 10 wickets.[75]

The fifth week of the tournament started with India demolishing the West Indies by 125 runs at Old Trafford, with Mohammed Shami taking four wickets as they bowled the West Indies out for only 143. The result also knocked the West Indies out of the World Cup.[76] The following day saw play suspended in the match between South Africa and Sri Lanka when bees swarmed the Riverside Ground pitch. Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla led the run chase with an opening partnership of 175 runs, taking South Africa to a nine-wicket victory.[77] Saturday saw two matches played; at Lord's, Starc became the first player to get three five-wicket hauls at a World Cup as he guided Australia to an 86-run victory over New Zealand. This was after Australia were 92/5 in the 22nd over before a century partnership between Khawaja and Carly got the total to 243/9. New Zealand managed just 157 in response, Kane Williamson top-scoring with 40.[78]

The other match saw Afghanistan set Pakistan 228 for victory, with Shaheen Afridi taking four wickets. The run chase got off to a shaky start with Fakhar Zaman being bowled for a duck. A partnership of 72 between Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq got Pakistan off to a good start, but their progress was throttled by regular wickets, leaving them needing 46 runs from the last five overs. Imad Wasim immediately hit 18 runs in the 46th over, and despite losing Shadab Khan to a run out in the 47th, Imad Wasim and Wahab Riaz saw Pakistan home to a three-wicket victory with only two balls to spare.[79] Sunday saw centuries from Jonny Bairstow and Rohit Sharma as England took a 31-run victory over India, who had been unbeaten up to that point.[80] After Sri Lanka won the dead rubber against the West Indies at Chester-le-Street,[81] Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan made history against India, as he became the first man to score 500 runs and take 10 wickets in a single World Cup.[82] This performance was not enough, though, with a Rohit Sharma century leading India into the semi-finals at their opponents' expense.[83]

Week 6

The final round started with England taking on New Zealand, with the winner guaranteed a semi-final position; a Jonny Bairstow hundred saw England win by 119 runs and qualify for the semi-finals for the first time since 1992.[84] After the West Indies won the dead rubber against Afghanistan at Leeds,[85] Pakistan needed to win their final match against Bangladesh by a record margin of over 300 runs at Lord's. They won, but only by 94 runs, allowing New Zealand to take the fourth and final semi-final berth.[86] Despite Bangladesh losing the match, Shakib Al Hasan finished his tournament with 606 runs, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar's record for the most runs in the group stage of a World Cup.[87]

The final two matches of the group stage were played on the Saturday to determine who would finish top of the group. At Leeds, India cruised to a seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka off the back of centuries from K. L. Rahul and Rohit Sharma as they chased down a target of 265 runs with seven wickets to spare.[88] With South Africa defeating Australia by 10 runs, India finished top, sending Australia to a semi-final against England. A century from Faf du Plessis and a further 95 from Rassie van der Dussen saw South Africa set the Australians a target of 326. In response, Australia lost Usman Khawaja early on to a hamstring injury; he later returned but was dismissed for 18. David Warner scored 122, his third century of the tournament, but crucial wickets in the middle of the innings gave South Africa the victory by only 10 runs.[89]


The ICC released the fixture details on 26 April 2018.[90]

30 May 2019
311/8 (50 overs)
 South Africa
207 (39.5 overs)
31 May 2019
105 (21.4 overs)
 West Indies
108/3 (13.4 overs)
1 June 2019
Sri Lanka 
136 (29.2 overs)
 New Zealand
137/0 (16.1 overs)
1 June 2019 (D/N)
207 (38.2 overs)
209/3 (34.5 overs)
2 June 2019
330/6 (50 overs)
 South Africa
309/8 (50 overs)
3 June 2019
348/8 (50 overs)
334/9 (50 overs)
5 June 2019
South Africa 
227/9 (50 overs)
230/4 (47.3 overs)
5 June 2019 (D/N)
244 (49.2 overs)
 New Zealand
248/8 (47.1 overs)
6 June 2019
288 (49 overs)
 West Indies
273/9 (50 overs)
8 June 2019
386/6 (50 overs)
280 (48.5 overs)
8 June 2019 (D/N)
172 (41.1 overs)
 New Zealand
173/3 (32.1 overs)
9 June 2019
352/5 (50 overs)
316 (50 overs)
10 June 2019
South Africa 
29/2 (7.3 overs)
12 June 2019
307 (49 overs)
266 (45.4 overs)
14 June 2019
West Indies 
212 (44.4 overs)
213/2 (33.1 overs)
15 June 2019
334/7 (50 overs)
 Sri Lanka
247 (45.5 overs)
16 June 2019
336/5 (50 overs)
212/6 (40 overs)
17 June 2019
West Indies 
321/8 (50 overs)
322/3 (41.3 overs)
18 June 2019
397/6 (50 overs)
247/8 (50 overs)
19 June 2019
South Africa 
241/6 (49 overs)
 New Zealand
245/6 (48.3 overs)
20 June 2019
381/5 (50 overs)
333/8 (50 overs)
21 June 2019
Sri Lanka 
232/9 (50 overs)
212 (47 overs)
22 June 2019
224/8 (50 overs)
213 (49.5 overs)
22 June 2019 (D/N)
New Zealand 
291/8 (50 overs)
 West Indies
286 (49 overs)
23 June 2019
308/7 (50 overs)
 South Africa
259/9 (50 overs)
24 June 2019
262/7 (50 overs)
200 (47 overs)
25 June 2019
285/7 (50 overs)
221 (44.4 overs)
26 June 2019
New Zealand 
237/6 (50 overs)
241/4 (49.1 overs)
27 June 2019
268/7 (50 overs)
 West Indies
143 (34.2 overs)
29 June 2019
227/9 (50 overs)
230/7 (49.4 overs)
29 June 2019 (D/N)
243/9 (50 overs)
 New Zealand
157 (43.4 overs)
30 June 2019
337/7 (50 overs)
306/5 (50 overs)
2 July 2019
314/9 (50 overs)
286 (48 overs)
4 July 2019
West Indies 
311/6 (50 overs)
288 (50 overs)
5 July 2019
315/9 (50 overs)
221 (44.1 overs)
6 July 2019
Sri Lanka 
264/7 (50 overs)
265/3 (43.3 overs)
6 July 2019 (D/N)
South Africa 
325/6 (50 overs)
315 (49.5 overs)

Knockout stage

The knockout stage started with semi-finals at Old Trafford and Edgbaston, the winners of each progressing to the final at Lord's. All three knockout games were allotted a reserve day.[91] If a reserve day came into play, the match would not be restarted but resumed from the previous day's play (if any).[92] In the event of no play on the scheduled day or the reserve day, in the semi-finals, the team that finished higher in the group stage progressed to the final, and if no play were possible in the final, the trophy would be shared.[92] If any match ended in a tie, a Super Over would be used to determine the winner; each team would select three batsmen and a bowler, with the full team available to field. There would be no penalty for the loss of a wicket, but the loss of two wickets would end the Super Over. If the scores in the Super Over were also tied, the winner would be determined by the two teams' overall boundary count, including both the match itself and the Super Over.[92]

On 25 June 2019, Australia became the first team to qualify for the semi-finals after beating England at Lord's.[73] India became the second team to qualify for the semi-finals after they defeated Bangladesh at Edgbaston on 2 July 2019.[83] The following day saw tournament hosts England become the third team to qualify for the semi-finals, after they beat New Zealand at the Riverside Ground.[84] New Zealand were the fourth and final team to qualify for the semi-finals after Pakistan were unable to increase their net run rate sufficiently enough in their match against Bangladesh at Lord's.[93]

The first semi-final was played between India and New Zealand at Old Trafford, while the second semi-final was played between Australia and England at Edgbaston.[94]

9-10 July - Old Trafford, Manchester
14 July - Lord's, London
 New Zealand239/8
 New Zealand241/8
11 July - Edgbaston, Birmingham


The first semi-final between India and New Zealand was played at Old Trafford in Manchester. Batting first, New Zealand lost opener Martin Guptill in the fourth over, having scored just one run. However, the Indians found wickets hard to come by after that, as Kane Williamson combined with Henry Nicholls and Ross Taylor for partnerships of 68 and 65 respectively. Williamson managed 67 runs before he was the third man out in the 36th over, a score matched by Taylor when rain stopped play in the 47th over with the score at 211/5 following the wickets of Neesham and De Grandhomme. No further play was possible on the day, so the match went into its reserve day.[95] Taylor managed another seven runs to top-score for the Kiwis, who managed to get the score to 239/8 at the end of their 50 overs. The Indian chase got off to a poor start with India falling to 5/3 in the fourth over, with the top three batsmen all going for one run, then 24/4 after 10 overs. After a small partnership of 47 runs for the fifth wicket between Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja was joined by MS Dhoni for a century partnership for the seventh wicket that left India needing 37 runs from the final three overs; however, a late-order collapse saw New Zealand take the last four wickets for just 13 runs, sending them into their second consecutive World Cup final.[96]

The second semi-final saw England take on Australia at Edgbaston. Australia won the toss and chose to bat first, but lost three of their top four batsmen for single-figure scores, two of them to Chris Woakes, to reduce them to 14/3 a ball into the seventh over. Wicket-keeper Alex Carey was promoted up the order due to his recent form, but after getting his helmet knocked off by a Jofra Archer bouncer,[97] he recovered to score 46 before being caught by Adil Rashid. As wickets continued to tumble at the other end, Steve Smith held his wicket to top-score with 85 as Australia were bowled out for 223 with Woakes and Rashid being the best of the bowlers with three wickets apiece.[98] England took their time to get going in the run chase but were soon cruising towards victory, reaching 124 before Jonny Bairstow was trapped LBW by Starc for the first wicket. Quick-hitting Jason Roy went two overs later to a controversial decision, caught behind off a bouncer that appeared not to touch his bat, but England had already used their review on Bairstow's wicket, and Roy departed for 85 off just 65 balls, including five sixes. Nevertheless, England were well over halfway to their target by this point, and an unbroken partnership of 79 between Joe Root and captain Eoin Morgan saw them home to an eight-wicket victory and their first World Cup final since 1992.[99]

9-10 July 2019
New Zealand 
239/8 (50 overs)
221 (49.3 overs)
11 July 2019
223 (49 overs)
226/2 (32.1 overs)


After New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat first, Henry Nicholls' first half-century of the tournament and a further 47 from wicket-keeper Tom Latham helped the Kiwis to a total of 241/8 from their 50 overs, as Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett each secured three wickets for the hosts.[100] Defending a middling score, the New Zealand bowlers bowled effectively, hampering England's top order, with only Jonny Bairstow managing more than a start with 36. With the loss of their top order, England fell to 86/4 in the 24th over; however, a century partnership between Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler for the fifth wicket got them back into the game before Buttler was caught. However, with five overs to play, England still required another 46 runs, and the bottom order were forced to bat more aggressively. Stokes managed to farm the strike and, more crucially, score runs, leaving England needing 15 to win from the final over, two wickets still in hand. After two dot balls, Stokes first planted a six into the stands at deep mid-wicket, before a deflection off his bat as he was coming back for two that went to the boundary for an additional four; umpire Kumar Dharmasena awarded six runs for that ball, despite the Laws of Cricket saying only one of the batsmen's runs should have counted towards the total as they had not crossed for the second at the moment the fielder threw the ball in.[101] The final two deliveries went for a run each, but England lost their last two wickets going for a second run each time.[102]

With the scores tied at 241, the match went to a Super Over. England returned Stokes and Buttler to the crease, and they handled Trent Boult's bowling to accumulate 15 runs without loss. For New Zealand, Martin Guptill and James Neesham went in to face Jofra Archer needing at least 16 runs to claim the title. Archer's over started poorly, beginning with a wide, and a steady accumulation of runs along with a six left New Zealand needing two from the final delivery. Guptill hit the ball out to deep mid-wicket and tried to scamper back for the winning run, but Roy's throw in to Buttler was a good one, and Guptill was run out well short of his crease. New Zealand finished with 15 runs to tie the Super Over, but England's superior boundary count in the match and Super Over combined (26 to New Zealand's 17) meant they claimed the World Cup title for the first time after three previous final defeats.[103]

14 July 2019
New Zealand 
241/8 (50 overs)
241 (50 overs)
  • Super Over: England 15/0, New Zealand 15/1.
  • England won the match on the boundary count back rule (26-17).


Most runs

Runs Player Inns HS Ave SR 100 50 4s 6s
648 India Rohit Sharma 9 140 81.00 98.33 5 1 67 14
647 Australia David Warner 10 166 71.88 89.36 3 3 66 8
606 Bangladesh Shakib Al Hasan 8 124* 86.57 96.03 2 5 60 2
578 New Zealand Kane Williamson 10 148 82.57 74.96 2 2 50 3
556 England Joe Root 11 107 61.77 89.53 2 3 48 2
Last updated: 14 July 2019[104]

Most wickets

Wkts Player Inns Ave Econ BBI SR
27 Australia Mitchell Starc 10 18.59 5.43 5/26 20.5
21 New Zealand Lockie Ferguson 9 19.47 4.88 4/37 23.9
20 Bangladesh Mustafizur Rahman 8 24.20 6.70 5/59 21.6
England Jofra Archer 11 23.05 4.57 3/27 30.2
18 India Jasprit Bumrah 9 20.61 4.42 4/55 28.0
Last updated: 14 July 2019[105]

Team of the Tournament

The ICC announced their team of the tournament on 15 July 2019 with Kane Williamson being named as player of the tournament and captain of the team.[106]

Player Role
England Jason Roy Opener
India Rohit Sharma Opener
New Zealand Kane Williamson Top order batsman / Captain
England Joe Root Top order batsman
Bangladesh Shakib Al Hasan All-rounder (Slow left-arm)
England Ben Stokes All-rounder (Right-arm fast medium)
Australia Alex Carey Wicketkeeper
Australia Mitchell Starc Bowler (Left-arm fast)
England Jofra Archer Bowler (Right-arm fast)
New Zealand Lockie Ferguson Bowler (Right-arm fast)
India Jasprit Bumrah Bowler (Right-arm fast)


The ICC agreed deals for broadcast and digital distribution on a range of platforms, including television, radio and online streaming.[107] The in-house ICC TV served as host broadcasters of the world feed, in collaboration with Sunset+Vine (as part of a new long-term agreement covering all ICC events, excluding the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup and 2023 Cricket World Cup in India).[108]

In the United Kingdom, live coverage of the tournament was exclusive to pay television service Sky Sports, with free-to-air highlights packages sub-licensed to Channel 4. Sky later agreed to sub-license a simulcast of the final to Channel 4 if England reached the final.[109]Sky Sport (New Zealand) also decided to air the final on its co-owned free-to-air channel Prime.[110]

Hotstar held digital rights to the tournament in India and several other markets. Hotstar surpassed 100 million daily users during the group match between India and Pakistan, and reached a record 25.3 million concurrent viewers during the semi-final between India and New Zealand.[111]

Location Television broadcaster(s) Radio broadcaster(s) Web streaming Mobile
 Afghanistan Cable/satellite Afghanistan National Television Hotstar.com Hotstar
 Australia Cable/satellite (pay): Fox Sports
Free-to-air: Nine Network (only Australia matches, selected matches, both semi-finals and the final)
ABC Grandstand
1116 SEN
Macquarie Sports Radio
 Saudi Arabia
 United Arab Emirates
Cable/satellite OSN Sports Cricket, Eleven Sports Radio 4 89.1 FM & Gold FM 101.3 (UAE) OSN.com/PlayWavo.com OSN, Wavo
 Bangladesh Cable/satellite Bangladesh Television, Gazi TV and Star Sports Bangladesh Betar Rabbitholebd.com Rabbithole App
Star Cricket astrogo.astro.com.my Astro Go
 Canada Cable/Satellite (pay): ATN Network Hotstar.com Hotstar
 Costa Rica
All Caribbean islands
ESPN espn.co.uk Caribbean ESPN Play
Hotstar.com Hotstar
(except UK and Ireland)
Hotstar.com Hotstar
 Hong Kong Star Cricket nowtv.now.com Now TV App
 Mainland China
 South Korea
Star Sports
 United Kingdom
Cable/satellite (pay): Sky Sports
Channel 4 (highlights, final)
BBC Radio Skysports.com Sky Go
Cable/satellite (pay): Star Sports
Terrestrial television and DD Free Dish: DD Sports (India matches, Semi-finals and Final only)
Sports Flash[112]
Hotstar.com, Jio.com Hotstar, Jio
 Papua New Guinea
Digicel www.digicelplay.com.pg/Sports/ Digicel Play
 New Zealand Cable/satellite (pay): Sky Sport Radio New Zealand Sky.co.nz
Fan Pass
 Pakistan Cable/satellite: Ten Sports Pakistan & PTV Sports Hum FM 106.2 Sonyliv.com
Sony Liv
 Philippines SkyCable
 Singapore Star Cricket Starhubgo.com Starhub Go
 Sri Lanka Star Sports, Dialog TV Channeleye.lk
Watch ESPN Brazil
ESPN Play South
ESPN Play North
Africa Cable/satellite: SuperSport SuperSport.com SuperSport App
Fox Sports
 United States
 Puerto Rico
 US Virgin Islands
 American Samoa
 Northern Mariana Islands
Willow TV[113] WillowTv.com
Willow TV App
Source: icc-cricket.com[114](unless otherwise stated)


  1. ^ From two overs as the first wicket came at the end of the 24th over. The second coming in the second ball of the 26th over.
  2. ^ The other player was Yuvraj Singh in 2011.[71]


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