New Delhi: When the world’s best teams congregate, there ought to be some predictions – who wins and how? Such predictions at times tend to sensationalise the very competition, often giving birth to wild assumptions like claiming the matches have been fixed.
The ongoing 2015 Cricket World Cup is no different. A viral message on WhatsApp is doing the rounds, predicting the outcome of matches and claiming the entire tournament is fixed. And helping this seemingly innocuous claim is the results themselves, and also cricket’s past with betting and corruption.
So far, nine matches have been played out in front of record crowd, and all results of these encounters have went the way as they have been predicted in this circular. West Indies’ lost to Ireland, India’s sixth World Cup win over Pakistan, and New Zealand’s win over England a while ago were all predicted.
According to this script, cricket’s perennial chokers South Africa will win their maiden world title, defeating Australia in the final. And the teams to qualify for the knock-out stages besides the ‘predicted’ finalists are defending champions India, Asian heavyweights Sri Lanka and Pakistan, England, New Zealand and Zimbabwe.
For India, after beating Kiwis in the first quarter-final, will lose the semis to Australia.
At the end, it may well prove to be a perfect example of crystal gazing but this claims have made cricketing world jittery for sure.
Following is the list of the match-by-match prediction:
February 14: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, winner New Zealand
February 14: Australia vs England, winner Australia
February 15: South Africa vs Zimbabwe, winner South Africa
February 16: Ireland vs West Indies , winner Ireland
February 17: New Zealand vs Scotland, winner New Zealand
February 18: Afghanistan vs Bangladesh , winner Bangladesh
February 19: United Arab Emirates vs Zimbabwe, winner Zimbabwe
February 20: New Zealand vs England, winner New Zealand
February 21: Australia vs Bangladesh, winner Australia
February 22: Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, winner Sri Lanka
February 22: India vs South Africa, winner South Africa
February 23: England vs Scotland, winner England
February 24: West Indies vs Zimbabwe, winner West Indies
February 25: Ireland vs United Arab Emirates, winner Ireland
February 26: Afghanistan vs Scotland, winner Afghanistan
February 26: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, winner Sri Lanka
February 27: South Africa vs West Indies, winner South Africa
February 28: New Zealand vs Australia, winner New Zealand
March 1: England vs Sri Lanka, winner England
March 3: Ireland vs South Africa, winner South Africa
March 4: Pakistan vs United Arab Emirates, winner United Arab Emirates
March 4: Australia vs Afghanistan, winner Australia
March 5: Bangladesh vs Scotland, winner Bangladesh
March 7: Pakistan vs South Africa, winner South Africa
March 7: Ireland vs Zimbabwe, winner Zimbabwe
March 8: New Zealand vs Afghanistan, winner New Zealand
March 8: Australia vs Sri Lanka, winner Australia
March 9: England vs Bangladesh, winner England
March 11 Scotland v Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
March 12 South Africa v United Arab Emirates South Africa
March 13 New Zealand v Bangladesh New Zealand
March 13 Afghanistan v England England
March 14 India v Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
March 14 Australia v Scotland Australia
March 15 United Arab Emirates v West Indies West Indies