This World Cup was rescued from 10 days in cold storage by a single result – Sri Lanka’s remarkable victory over favourites hosts and favourites, England. Had that result gone according to form, the four semifinalists would have been settled with around 10 matches to go.   

As it is, Wednesday’s encounter between England and New Zealand is another knockout match for Eoin Morgan’s team assuming Pakistan beat Bangladesh on Friday. Pakistan, meanwhile, remain deeply cynical about India’s meak capitulation to England in Birmingham on Monday when well set for a large run chase. It was a result that took Pakistan’s fate out of their own hands.   

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