Cricket World Cup 2019 Results: Saturday's Top Run-Scorers; Latest Table

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IIJune 29, 2019

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Mitchell Starc of Australia is centre of attention after bowling Lockie Ferguson of New Zealand during the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between New Zealand and Australia at Lords on June 29, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Australia beat New Zealand by 86 runs at the 2019 Cricket World Cup on Saturday to move three points clear at the top of the standings.

The defeat is the second in a row for the Black Caps, who still have work to do to secure a place in the semi-finals of the tournament.

Meanwhile, Pakistan beat Afghanistan by three wickets with two balls remaining in a thrilling match at Headingley Cricket Ground in Leeds.

The result is bad news for tournament hosts England, who slip out of the top four with tough matches against India and New Zealand still to come.


Standings (Won, Lost, Net Run Rate, Points)

1. Australia: 7, 1, +1.000, 14

2. India: 5, 0, +1.160, 11

3. New Zealand: 5, 2, +0.572, 11

4. Pakistan: 4, 3, -0.792, 9

5. England: 4, 3, +1.051, 8

6. Bangladesh: 3, 3, -0.133, 7

7. Sri Lanka: 2, 3, -1.186, 6

8. South Africa: 2, 5, -0.080, 5

9. West Indies: 1, 5, -0.320, 3

10. Afghanistan: 0, 8, -1.418, 0

The full standings are available from the tournament's official website


Top Run-Scorers

1. David Warner, Australia: 516

2. Aaron Finch, Australia: 504

3. Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh: 476

4. Kane Williamson, New Zealand: 454

5. Joe Root, England: 432

6. Babar Azam, Pakistan: 378

7. Rohit Sharma, India: 338

8. Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh: 327

9. Virat Kohli, India: 316

10. Usman Khawaja, Australia: 298


Saturday Recap

Pakistan moved into fourth place in the standings after surviving a scare from an already-eliminated Afghanistan side who had looked set to pick up their first World Cup win on Saturday.

Afghanistan won the toss and went into bat, setting Pakistan a modest run chase. Asghar Afghan and Najibullah Zadran both made 42 as Afghanistan posted a total of 227-9 from their 50 overs.

Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Afridi took four wickets in a strong performance by the 19-year-old:


Shaheen Afridi steals the show! The 19-year old takes 4/47, which are record figures in a Men's World Cup game for a teenager. Afghanistan set Pakistan 228 to win. #PAKvAFG | #CWC19 https://t.co/nCy1RQ0zye

Yet Pakistan suffered an early blow when they lost opener Fakhar Zaman to a duck on just the second ball of the innings:

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Mujeeb gets Fakhar Zaman lbw with the second ball of the innings - the perfect start for Afghanistan! The batsman loses Pakistan's review. Ball-by-ball: https://t.co/XjyxyH17Zo Live report: https://t.co/S8Tyd9cbyl #PAKvAFG | #CWC19 https://t.co/jZx5wYUrNW

Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq produced a 72-run partnership to get Pakistan back on track, but they then slumped to 156-6 to put Aghanistan back in the driving seat.

The tournament's only winless team were left needing just 48 needed from 36 balls to claim their first win at the World Cup.

However, Imad Wasim and Wahab Riaz kept their nerve and composure to deliver the runs needed for Pakistan to clinch a tight victory with just two balls left.

Cricket World Cup @cricketworldcup

Imad Wasim has won it for Pakistan! A quite brilliant 49 not out seals an epic three-wicket win for his side. #CWC19 | #PAKvAFG | #WeHaveWeWill https://t.co/xxgHX2RGJg

Australia have already qualified for the semi-finals but clinched their seventh win in eight matches at Lord's.

The Aussies' top-order batsmen were not at their best, and they needed Usman Khawaja (88) and wicketkeeper Alex Carey (71) to help them to victory.

Trent Boult took a hat-trick for New Zealand, taking out Khawaja, Mitchell Starc and Jason Behrendorff to restrict Australia to 243-9:


👆 Usman Khawaja 👆 Mitchell Starc 👆 Jason Behrendorff Trent Boult becomes the first New Zealander to take a hat-trick in a Men's World Cup! #CWC19 https://t.co/FyLyYG8aIY

However, New Zealand went on to produce a below-par batting display and also came up against an in-form Starc, who took five wickets:

OptaJason @OptaJason

46 - Mitchell Starc has claimed 46 wickets across the last two men's @cricketworldcup campaigns (2015 & 2019); 11 more than anybody else. Destructive. #NZvAUS #CWC19 https://t.co/KLZgHAVGL3

Behrendorff managed to dismiss openers Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls, and Australia also produced a surprise as both captain Aaron Finch and Steve Smith made appearances with the ball:

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23 November 2014: Steve Smith takes his 27th ODI wicket. 1679 days later... Steve Smith takes his 28th ODI wicket! Worth the wait? #CWC19 | #NZvAUS | #CmonAussie https://t.co/aZFtBBNODq

The result means Australia continue to look the team to beat at the World Cup, while New Zealand go on to face England on Wednesday in a match that both sides may need to win to progress.