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THE first four matches of the 2011 Cricket World Cup has seen little in the way of shocks. The status quo has had it rather easy, which in turn makes me feel rather uneasy ahead of England’s opening match against the Netherlands.

India vs. Bangladesh

India’s Virender Sehwag smashed a huge 175 in the opening match for India who scored at almost seven and a half runs an over. They ended up with a score of 340-7 of their 50 overs and Bangladesh never really seemed like they would chase 341. But to their credit they weren’t all out and finished on a total of 283-9, thus giving India the win by 87 runs.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 1, Group B) – Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field

India

vs.

Bangladesh

370-4 (50.0 overs @ 7.40 rpo)

Day/Night Match

283-9 (50.0 overs @ 5.66 rpo)

V. Sehwag 175 (140)

Tamim Iqbal 70 (86)

Mohammad Mahmudallah 1-49

M.M. Patel 4-48

Man of the Match – V. Sehwag (India)

India won by 87 Runs

 

New Zealand vs. Kenya

In the second match New Zealand annihilated Kenya. The African side won the toss, went in to bat and were duly bowled out for just 69 in 23.5 overs. Man of the match Hamish Bennett took four wickets for just 16 runs. New Zealand went about their run chase at great speed. They managed to get smash 72 runs off just 8 overs at a run rate of nine an over to win by 10 wickets. They will be brimming with confidence ahead of their next match, an ANZAC derby with Australia.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 2, Group A) – MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai, India

Kenya won the toss and elected to bat

New Zealand

vs.

Kenya

72-0 (8.0 overs @ 9.00 rpo)

Day Match

69 (23.5 overs @ 2.90 rpo)

M.J. Guptill 39* (32)

R.R. Patel 16* (23)

N.N. Odhiambo 0-5

H.K. Bennett 4-16

Man of the Match – H.K. Bennett (New Zealand)

New Zealand won by 10 Wickets

 

Sri Lanka vs. Canada

Sri Lanka continued the trend of the stronger teams winning comfortably. They scored 332-7, which included a century from Mahela Jayawardene and a 92 from captain and keeper Kumar Sangakkara, who also dismissed four Canadian batsmen in their chase. Canada (who ran England close in a warm-up game) limped to 122 all out and Sri Lanka won by a grand total of 210 runs.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 3, Group A) – Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat

Sri Lanka

vs.

Canada

332-7 (50.0 overs @ 6.64 rpo)

Day/Night Match

122 (36.5 overs @ 3.31 rpo)

D.P.M. Jayawardene 100 (81)

Rizwan Cheema 37 (35)

J.M. Davison 2-56

K.M.D. Kulasekara 3-16

Man of the Match – D.P.M. Jayawardene (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lanka won by 210 Runs

 

Australia vs. Zimbabwe

Three-times reigning world champions Australia got their campaign off to a comfortable start by beating Zimbabwe by 91 runs. Shane Watson opened with a score of 79 to help the Aussies to a score of 262-6. In reply Zimbabwe were bowled out for just 171, with Mitchell Johnson rediscovering his form which deserted him in the Ashes, finishing with figures of 4-19.  

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 4, Group A) – Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad, India

Australia won the toss and elected to bat

Australia

vs.

Zimbabwe

262-6 (50.0 overs @ 5.24 rpo)

Day/Night Match

171 (46.2 overs @ 3.69 rpo)

S.R. Watson 79 (92)

A.G. Cremer 37 (51)

C.B. Mpofy 2-58

M.G. Johnson 4-19

Man of the Match – S.R. Watson (Australia)

Australia won by 91 Runs

 

The next four matches are: England vs. Netherlands (Group B), Pakistan vs. Kenya (Group A), South Africa vs. West Indies (Group B) and New Zealand vs. Australia (Group A).

Stumpy: “Will England keep up appearances by beating Netherlands?

P92: “Yes. I can’t see them beating us. No way.

Stumpy: “You said that about that Twenty20 game in 2009 and the Dutch won.

P92: “Shh! Anybody can beat anybody at Twenty20, but the Dutch won’t beat England in a full blown O.D.I.

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