The World Cup 2019, after so much anticipation, has got underway and the hosts, as expected lived up to the billing by defeating South Africa in the opening game. It is going to be a long haul for all the teams as they will have to play as many as nine matches to make it to the knockout stage. Consistency will be key for them even as the cricket experts have put their prediction hats on. Brendon McCullum has also joined the list now and has predicted the outcomes of the league stage.
According to him, England and India will be the top two sides at the end of the league stage of the competition. McCullum thinks the home side will lose to Australia and beat all the other teams while the Men in Blue will lose only one game throughout to England. The former Kiwi cricketer also went on to back Afghanistan to be at the seventh position after nine matches with two wins over Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Who are the other two semi-finalists?
Brendon McCullum, on his official Instagram account, posted the prediction in which he claimed that Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will only manage to win a solitary match. Interestingly, he feels that the Islanders will get better of the Windies and lose to rest of the sides.
As for the semi-finalists apart from India and England, McCullum feels that Australia will be the third to go through with six wins and three losses to Windies, India and Pakistan. Now, here is another interesting prediction from the Kiwi. As per the 37-year-old, it will be a four-way tie for the fourth position between the Windies, Pakistan, South Africa and New Zealand.
Moreover, Brendon McCullum also believes that India will continue having a lid over Pakistan in the ICC mega event and reckons that rain will play a huge part in deciding the fourth team.
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World Cup game by game predictions. 4 teams will fight out the 4th qualifying spot and net run rate will decide who progresses. Rain and luck will likely play a part as well. I hope Nz gets that little bit of luck and can qualify. Enjoy the 6 week celebration of the best players on the planet. ???????? #CWC2019