Major takeaways from first week of the Cricket World Cup 2019

The ICC Cricket World Cup started on May 30 and the first week saw thumping victories by India, Australia and New Zealand and the downfall of South Africa and Afghanistan

Hosts get reality check

England hosting their fifth World Cup, started off their campaign with a win against South Africa.

They had a great all-round performance, with batsmen setting up a target of 312 and bowlers restricting the opposition to just 207 runs.

They started the tournament as favourites but the team got a reality check when they were outplayed by Pakistan in their second match.

England lost by 14 runs, failing to chase 349-run-target.

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Defending champs Australia start strong

Defending champions Australia defeated Afghanistan by seven wickets in their campaign opener of Cricket World Cup 2019.

Australia's Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa took three wickets each as Afghanistan were bowled out for 207 in 39 overs. 

Openers Aaron Finch and David Warner completed their half-centuries as Australia chased down the target of the 208-run target in 34.5 overs.

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India announce arrival in style

India launched their World Cup campaign with a six-wicket win over South Africa at Southampton on Wednesday as the Proteas suffered their third defeat in as many matches this tournament.

South Africa put up a meagre total of 227 for nine in their 50 overs.

Jasprit Bumrah took two early wickets, while Yuzvendra Chahal took four.

Rohit Sharma took India home with an unbeaten 122, which is the highest individual score yet in the tournament.

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Two wins in two games for New Zealand

New Zealand are the only team yet to win two matches from as many games at the World Cup.

New Zealand beat Bangladesh by two wickets at the Oval on Wednesday and in their World Cup opener, the blackcaps crushed Sri Lanka by 10 wickets at Cardiff.

They look determined to win this year, unlike the last World Cup where they finished as runner-ups. 

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Where is the Proteas fire?

South Africa had never lost three games in a row at any World Cup, but this changed when the lost to India.

South Africa were beaten in the tournament opener by England on Thursday and were then upset by Bangladesh on Sunday.

They were beaten again by six wickets by India at the Rose Bowl, leaving the side with a massive task if they are to get through to the semi-finals.

This means the Proteas need to win all of their remaining six round-robin matches to stand any chance of progressing to the last four.

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Windies' impressive start

West Indies quicks bowled out Pakistan in 21.4 overs for their lowest World Cup total since 1992. 

Captain Jason Holder finished with figures of (3-42), Andre Russell (2-4) and the star for Windies Oshane Thomas with (5.4-4). 

Chasing the 106-run target, West Indies won the game in 13.4 overs for a loss of three wickets.  

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Afghanistan seek motivation

Afghanistan suffered a seven-wicket loss to champions Australia in their tournament opener. 

Afghanistan set up a total of just 207 runs, which Australia chased down comfortably. 

Trying to come-back in their second game against Sri Lanka, the Afghans against failed. 

Chasing a revised total of 187 in 41 overs as per the DLS method, Afghanistan crumbled for just 152. 

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Pakistan, Sri Lanka stage a come back

Both the sub-continent teams had a poor start to the tournament, but came back with a win in their second matches respectively.

Pakistan lost to West Indies in their opening game but came back stronger to beat favourites England, while Sri Lanka lost to New Zealand and went on to defeat Afghanistan in their second game.

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