Former England skipper Kevin Pietersen has predicted his finalists for the ongoing World Cup. The semifinals and the team’s standings were finally confirmed on Saturday after Australia’s game against South Africa. Australia had the chance to stay at the top of the points table. However, they suffered a shock defeat against South Africa and dropped to number two.
Australia’s defeat helped India leapfrog them to the number one spot. Just hours before Australia’s game ended, India had thrashed Sri Lanka by seven wickets to take the pole position. Indian bowlers came up with another fine effort to restrict Sri Lanka to 264 despite a century from Angelo Mathews. In-form Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul then struck centuries as India chased down the total without much trouble.
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Australia, on the other hand, lost to South Africa by 10 runs short in the competition’s final group game. Chasing 326 for victory, Australia started poorly and were reeling at 95 for 3. It looked all over for them at that stage before a sublime ton from David Warner gave the defending champions hope of a win. Wicketkeeper Alex Carey blasted his way to 85. However, Australia kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were eventually all out for 315.
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 6, 2019
The other two semifinalists are hosts England and New Zealand. England finished the group stage at the third spot while New Zealand are at fourth. Consequently, India will take on New Zealand in Manchester while Australia will lock horns with their Ashes rivals England in Birmingham. And ahead of the two blockbuster clashes, Kevin Pietersen has revealed his pick for the final.
Kevin Pietersen took to Twitter to boldly predict that England would whack the Aussies and would take on India in the final.
” We’ll whack the Aussies! Eng v India FINAL!,” wrote Kevin Pietersen.
We’ll whack the Aussies!
Eng v India FINAL!
— Kevin Pietersen? (@KP24) July 6, 2019
The first semifinal will take place on Tuesday (July 9) while the second one will take place on Thursday (July 11). The final will take place on July 14.