With just a solitary win each in their respective pools and a dismal run rate these countries have surprised experts and dismayed their fans. True, both teams are alive for a place in the quarter-final, but only just; one more bad day could mean a premature exit from the tournament.
In direct parallel to the 87th Academy Awards on Monday, held some 11,000 kilometres upwards of the Pacific Ocean, was a rather lifeless one-day international at Hagley Park. In the glitzy surroundings of Hollywood, the Oscars threw up some surprises to leave film critics and moviegoers somewhat puzzled. In Christchurch, England's defeat went pretty much to script. England won, made 300 and won by 119 runs. And yet there was something hollow about this win over Scotland.