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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 gone 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.