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  • AUS NZ

    New Zealand in form, but Australia formidable at home

    New Zealand are electrifying, but Australia are clinical at home. The visitors are unbeaten, but the hosts have big-tournament pedigree

  • India not carrying any scars: Rohit

    Scars? What scars? Everyone's talking about scars, but Rohit Sharma sees none. The scars being discussed do not concern cosmetic surgery for a movie star, but the Indian team's memory of what Australia had been like around six weeks ago.

  • South Africa players

    Who will be the World Cup's newest first-time finalist?

    Nine World Cup semi-finals, zero World Cup finals. New Zealand and South Africa are no strangers to the last four, but neither has ever experienced the ultimate shoot-out.

  • New Zealand Team

    New Zealand aim to continue as overwhelming favourites

    South Africa are not the only country to have struggled with knockout games in previous World Cups. New Zealand have won only one such match.

  • Pakistan players

    Surging Pakistan prepare for dominant Australia

    Contentious-selection riddled, injury-ravaged, have Pakistan limped to this quarter-final, or have they surged?

  • Bangladesh players

    Bangladesh aim to fell a giant

    At the start of the World Cup, defending champions India would have accepted gleefully the position they find themselves in - a quarter-final against Bangladesh

  • Pakistan players

    Ireland, Pakistan in virtual shootout

    This has already dubbed been "the biggest game we've ever had" by Ireland's key batsman, Ed Joyce. The winner of this game is assured of a quarter-final place.

  • Chris Gayle

    WI must beat UAE, weather and then watch

    This is what it has come down to. The group stage of the World Cup will end with two Full Members, West Indies and Pakistan, fighting for their spot

  • Zimbabwe batsman Brendan Taylor

    India eye six out of six, Taylor happy farewell

    Two teams at opposite ends of the Full-Member spectrum will finish their group-stage engagements tomorrow. As far as the World Cup is concerned, there is next to nothing riding on this match.

  • Australian players

    Australian eyes on quarter-final line-up

    The penultimate day of the pool stage brings Australia and Scotland together in Hobart, with very different immediate futures ahead of them.

  • England's Jos Buttler smiles as he walks with team mates

    Home-bound England fear one last shock

    In some ways a meaningless match, in others quite the opposite. England and Afghanistan are both guaranteed to be going home regardless of what transpires at the SCG

  • Bangladesh bowler Rubel Hossain

    NZ firepower between Bangladesh and third spot

    For both these teams a place in the quarter-finals is safe - New Zealand courtesy of a serene run through the tournament and Bangladesh after their seismic victory over England

  • South Africa's teammates huddle

    UAE last test run for South Africa

    South Africa are as far away from pressure as they can get and that may be just what they want as they build up to the quarterfinals.

  • Ireland cricketers celebrate

    Ireland's chance to make big statement

    Defying all pre-tournament predictions, India are cruising the calmest sea towards top spot in Group B - another win will make it official

  • Bangladesh cricket team players

    Bangladesh aim to prey on England's unease

    After a prolonged period of foreplay, we have reached the business end of the World Cup. For both sides this is, effectively a must-win match.

  • Australia's Mitchell Marsh celebrates with team mates

    In-form Sri Lanka gear up for all-round Australia

    Australia's quicks are fast and fit. Their batsmen are explosive. They might not quite be New Zealand in the field, but they take their catches, make crucial saves.

  • New Zealand Team

    New Zealand keep winning team together

    New Zealand are unbeaten after four matches and every expectation is that they will be unbeaten after six when the group stage is finished. However, these next two games are as vital as the brace that have gone before them.

  • Pakistan players

    Pakistan top order, and weather, in focus

    Safe South Africa. Precariously placed Pakistan. It could not be a better prospect. With one of the tournament favourites already looking to the knockouts and the other desperate to get there, Eden Park could see a clash of a strategies

  • Irish players

    Eyes on the knockouts for Ireland

    Thirteen venues have been used so far in this tournament. On Saturday the fourteenth and final ground makes its 2015 World Cup debut: Bellerive Oval in Hobart.

  • West Indies bowler Jason Holder

    WI quicks key to stopping Indian juggernaut

    The last time these sides played each other, West Indies pulled out of the tour of India midway over a payment dispute with their board. That led to a change in leadership and the exit of a couple of players.

  • Bangladesh teammates celebrate

    Bangladesh seek quarter-final boost

    If Bangladesh are to make the World Cup quarter-finals, they have to win at least two of their next three matches.

  • Hosts look to inject momentum into slow campaign

    One win. One washout. One loss. Australia wouldn't have thought that the first half of their World Cup group matches would pan out this way. But you cannot control the weather, which was really bad in Brisbane, and as Michael Clarke said, Australia were beaten by a quality New Zealand side in Auckland. Afghanistan may just run into a keyed-up outfit determined to put that narrow loss behind them.

  • England's Jos Buttler smiles as he walks with team mates

    England seek surge against rallying Sri Lanka

    If social media is to be believed, England's players have been enjoying themselves in Wellington. Several have been spotted in bars and restaurants.

  • Clash of the trans-Tasman Titans

    When good neighbours become good friends. Perhaps not on Saturday at Eden Park when New Zealand and Australia renew a rivalry which, in one-day cricket, has been in hibernation apart from at global tournaments since 2010.

  • West Indies

    South Africa need to make statement

    West Indies played the role of punching bags for AB de Villiers and his team during their recent bilateral series in South Africa

  • Afghanistan celebrate Tillakaratne Dilshan being caught by keeper Afsar Zazai

    Fortunes of well-matched teams to diverge

    There is a remarkable similarity in the route Afghanistan and Scotland have taken in this tournament so far. They registered big wins against each other in the two games they played in the UAE this January.

  • William Porterfield wants to keep the shop window open for the Associate

    Ireland, UAE seek to keep shop window open

    Ireland and the UAE represent two sides of the Associate coin. The Irish have emerged as the tightest unit outside the Full Members, many of their players fully professional via the English system, and their record at ICC events conspicuous for its gallantry. The UAE are a little more problematic, having never won a World Cup match in two appearances 19 years apart, their ranks occupied by journeymen amateurs of largely subcontinental origin.

  • Berrington bolster Scot batting

    Shaken England an opportunity for Scotland

    Scotland face England in the 14th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at Christchurch.

  • Afghanistan face strong opponents

    Sri Lanka aim to get campaign on track

    Much talk before the opening World Cup game was of how Sri Lanka lift themselves for global tournaments

  • Shakib Al Hasan

    Batting reshuffle a needless complication

    The 10,000-plus people who turned up to create a raucous atmosphere in Canberra gave Bangladesh a little taste of home. But the players were far from known conditions against Afghanistan and will be even further away in Brisbane

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