The 2019 Cricket World Cup in reverse

The home favourites prove that they deserve the hype: England started the tournament in dominant fashion. Jason Roy and Bairstow combine to overpower two of their main rivals for the trophy - India and New Zealand. There is a lot of cricket left to play but, with two dangerous teams out the way and a healthy run rate, England are in a good place

Pakistan are the other undefeated team with wins against un-fancied Bangladesh and minnows Afghanistan. Worryingly, they needed every over to chase down Afghanistan and they are likely to struggle when they meet stronger opposition later in the tournament

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The Indian Coin Flip Contest

MS Dhoni recently forfeited the opportunity to become the most successful captain in the Indian Premier League. Instead, with one throwback, toe-seeking yorker, Lasith Malinga handed the trophy to his own captain, Rohit Sharma of the Mumbai Indians. Four titles in seven years, all at Dhoni’s expense; it is an impressive record… yet Dhoni’s record is arguably superior when we consider the broader extent of his achievements through 12 IPL seasons: Chennai Super Kings have never failed to make the playoffs under his leadership. He has competed in 9 finals. He has taken 44 different players with him to those finals.

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