Week 2 of World Cup marred by controversies, injuries and washouts

From MS Dhoni's glove controversy to Shikhar Dhawan's thumb injury, here are major highlights of the second week of Cricket World Cup 2019

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka - abandoned

Pakistan's World Cup match against Sri Lanka was called off without a ball being bowled after persistent rain in Bristol. 

Both teams took a point each from the wash-out and have three from their opening three matches. 

"It is unfortunate that we were not able to play," Pakistan captain Sarfaraz said. 

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Dhoni's glove controversy

Dhoni's gloves in the opening game against South Africa bore an apparent military insignia that breached rules laid down by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The ICC turned down a request by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to allow Dhoni to sport the symbol that gained widespread attention on television and on social media in India, with #DhoniKeepTheGlove trending on Twitter.

According to the World Cup clothing and equipment regulations manual, only two manufacturer identifications can be sported on the back of each glove. Also, any logos should not have any political or racial connotations.

MS Dhoni took the field without a controversial dagger logo on his wicketkeeping gloves in the game against Australia after being ordered to remove the symbol by cricket's governing body. 

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Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka washed out

Sri Lanka were forced to split points for the second successive time in the ongoing World Cup after their match against Bangladesh was called off without a ball being bowled due to persistent rain.
 
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka were left staring at the sky, waiting for some divine intervention after the start of their key match was delayed due to heavy rains.

Both the teams came into the match with one win from three matches and now each will get a point for the washout.

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Shikhar Dhawan's thumb injury

Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan will miss the next three to four games with a hand injury, assistant coach Sanjay Bangar confirmed.

Dhawan sustained the injury during his match-winning hundred against Australia on June 9 when Nathan Coulter-Nile's rising delivery hit on his hand. 

"In 10-12 days we'll be taking a call on the status of Shikhar," Bangar told reporters after the team's light practice at Trent Bridge.

Rishabh Pant has been called as early cover for Dhawan. 

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South Africa vs West Indies no result

The World Cup match between South Africa and the West Indies was abandoned on June 10 after persistent heavy rain in Southampton.

West Indies paceman Sheldon Cottrell reduced Faf du Plessis's team to 29.

In the following over, delivered by Oshane Thomas, the rain stopped play and the covers came on.

Both the sides earned a point each after the match was called off. 

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Smith booed, Kohli urges fans to respect him

Steve Smith was subjected to audible boos, jeers and chants of "cheat" from a group of Indian fans during India vs Australia World Cup match on June 9. 

Indian skipper Virat Kohli showed his true sportsmanship spirit when he gestured towards a section of the Indian fans to stop booing at Smith and cheer for him instead. 

Virat's act was appreciated by Smith, who came up to him, shook his hand and patted him on the back during the drinks break. 

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India beat defending champs Australia

Virat Kohli-led India defeated the defending champions Australia by 36 runs in the Match 14 of World Cup on at London's Kennington Oval. 

Opener Shikhar Dhawan smashed his 17th century in one-day internationals as India's top order fired in unison to power them to 352 for five wickets. 

Australian team failed to chase down the target as they were all out 316-all out. 

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Mohammad Shahzad's conflict with ACB

Afghanistan's wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Shahzad ruled out of the World Cup because of his aggravating knee injury which he picked up during the warm-up match against Pakistan. 

Shahzad, however, has blamed the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) for his withdrawal from the team's squad. 

"My injury wasn't that severe. It was not an injury that required 2-3 months of recovery time. The board is to be blamed for my withdrawal from the Afghanistan squad. I was feeling good, they did not mention anything to me before the replacement," Shahzad told ANI.

He was replaced by Ikram Ali Khil. 

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Marcus Stoinis sustains injury

Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis was ruled out of Australia's clash against Pakistan on June 12 due to a side strain.

Defending champions Australia will have to rely on Glenn Maxwell as their only all-rounder in the squad.

Although Stoinis has not been ruled out the tournament, Mitchell Marsh, who was supposed to tour England with the Australia A team, has been flown in early as cover. 

Stoinis will be re-examined before Australia's match against Sri Lanka on June 15 to determine if he will be out of the tournament permanently. 

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Shakib Al Hasan's thigh strain

Shakib strained a muscle in his left thigh while batting against England in Cardiff last week, but fought past the pain to make 121 runs as Bangladesh lost by 106 runs. 

Bangladesh are optimistic that all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will recover from a thigh injury in time for next match against West Indies in Taunton, their coach Steve Rhodes has said. 

The match is scheduled for June 17. 

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