CWC19: Power Rankings After Week Five

Where do the teams sit on the Pinch Hitters Power Rankings at the end of the Group Stages of the 2019 World Cup?

1. (2) INDIA

There might be a feeling that they fell into top spot but having lost just one game all tournament they are more than deserving of the position.

LAST FIVE: AFG (W), WI (W), ENG (L), BANG (W), SL (W).


The first Aussies team to qualify for the semi finals, injuries and a late defeat are the only question marks on the champs defending their crown.

LAST FIVE: SL (W), BANG (W), ENG (W), NZ (W), SA (L).

3. (6) ENGLAND

Having looked shaky in the middle stages of the tournament the hosts have rediscovered some of their best form with the return of Jason Roy.

LAST FIVE: AFG (W), SL (L), AUS (L), IND (W), NZ (W).


Pakistan were unquestionably one of the hottest teams in the back half of the tournament. A slow start, and some might argue the washout in the India v New Zealand match, ultimately proved too much for them too overcome.

LAST FIVE: IND (L), SA (W), NZ (W), AFG (W), BANG (W).

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Another team who might be asking ‘what if’ after their last group game victory over Australia. An early exit for one of the pre-tournament favourites makes them the biggest disappointment of World Cup 2019.

LAST FIVE: AFG (W), NZ (L), PAK (L), SL (W), AUS (W).


Their upset victory over South Africa gave them a chance, but their inability to beat another competition heavyweight meant they were destined to watch on come the Semi Finals.

LAST FIVE: WI (W), AUS (L), AFG (W), IND (L), PAK (L).


As one of the four semi finalists this position might seem harsh to some readers but, given only Afghanistan finished the tournament with a worse losing streak, it might actually be a little kind.

LAST FIVE: SA (W), WI (W), PAK (L), AUS (L), ENG (L).

8. (7) SRI LANKA

Given their form coming into the tournament, that their destiny was in their own hands with three games to play was a big surprise. That they would lose only two of them was almost equally amazing.

LAST FIVE: AUS (L), ENG (W), SA (L), WI (W), IND (L).


Flattered to deceive with an early domination of Pakistan and close tussle with Australia but have been, in fact, a long way off the pace.

LAST FIVE: BANG (L), NZ (L), IND (L), SL (L), AFG (W).


Remain winless in the 2019 World Cup but did go agonisingly close to completing the upset of the tournament against India.


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Game 34 – India 7/268 (50) def West Indies 143 (34.2)

Game 35 – Sri Lanka 203(49.3) def by South Africa 1/206 (37.2)

Game 36 – Afghanistan 9/227 (50) def by Pakistan 7/230 (49.4)

Game 37 – Australia 9/243 def New Zealand 157 (43.4)

Game 38 – England 7/337 (50) def India 5/306 (50)

Game 39 – Sri Lanka 6/338 (50) def West Indies 9/315 (50)

Game 40 – India 9/314 (50) def Bangladesh 286 (48)

Game 41 – England 8/305 (50) def New Zealand 186 (45)

Game 42 – West Indies 6/311 (50) def Afghanistan 288 (50)

Game 43 – Pakistan 9/315 (50) def Bangladesh 221 (44.1)

Game 44 – Sri Lanka 7/264 (50 def by India 3/265 (43.3)

Game 45 – South Africa 6/325 (50) def Australia 315 (49.5)

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