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THE barren run of upsets continued during matches five to nine of this Cricket World Cup, but trust England to nearly be the first Test side to go down to an associate member team.

Netherlands vs. England

England were really made to work hard for their first win of the 2011 World Cup, but this was largely their own fault. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Netherlands went on to score their highest total against a Test playing nation, 292-6. Ryan ten Doeschate (who plays for Essex) smashed his way to his highest score in an O.D.I. (119) as England’s fielding discipline fell to pieces. Catches were dropped, there were comic miss-fields, and Stuart Broad had a wicket taken away from him when it became apparent that Paul Collingwood wasn’t in the 30-yard circle when the ball was bowled. England’s chase was nail-biting to watch, and all that was going through my mind was the Dutch’s win at Lord’s in 2009. But England got there with just eight balls remaining, but it was the Netherland’s who took the moral victory.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 5, Group B) – Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur, India

Netherlands won the toss and elected to bat

Netherlands

vs.

England

292-6 (50.0 overs @ 5.84 rpo)

Day/Night Match

296-4 (48.4 overs @ 6.08 rpo)

R.N. ten Doeschate 119 (110)

A.J. Strauss 88 (83)

G.P. Swann 2-35

R.N. ten Doeschate 2-47

Man of the Match – R.N. ten Doeschate (Netherlands)

England won by 6 Wickets

 

Pakistan vs. Kenya

Kenya wanted to put their humiliating loss to New Zealand out of their minds with a good performance against Pakistan. They started off well, restricting Pakistan for 12-2. But then things went from bad to worse for the Africans. Four Pakistani batsmen scored a half-century, with Umar Akmal making 71 off 52 balls on his World Cup debut. Pakistan’s total of 317-7 included 46 extras from Kenya, which included a record equalling 37 wides. Kenya never looked like chasing down Pakistan’s total, and were duly bowled out for just 112 in an innings that included no less than four (one golden) ducks. Pakistan’s captain Shahid ‘Boom Boom’ Afridi destroyed the Kenyan batting line up by taking five wickets for only 16 runs. These are the best bowling figures for a Pakistani in the World Cup.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 6, Group A) – Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota, Sri Lanka

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat

Pakistan

vs.

Kenya

317-7 (50.0 overs @ 6.34 rpo)

Day/Night Match

112 (33.1 overs @ 3.38 rpo)

Umar Akmal 71 (52)

C.O. Obuya 47 (58)

T.M. Odoyo 3-41

Shahid Afridi 5-16

Man of the Match – Umar Akmal (Pakistan)

Pakistan won by 205 Runs

 

West Indies vs. South Africa

The West Indies collapsed at the end of their innings, losing their last five wickets for just 13 runs. Imran Tahir (formerly of Pakistan) took four wickets for 41 runs on his South Africa debut. Things got worse for the Windies when Dwayne Bravo injured his knee immediately after bowling just the first ball of his third over. AB de Villiers scored 107 not out at just over a run a ball to see South Africa home by all of seven wickets after a short rain stoppage.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 7, Group B) – Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi, India

South Africa won the toss and elected to field

West Indies

vs.

South Africa

222 (47.3 overs @ 4.67 rpo)

Day/Night Match

223-3 (42.5 overs @ 5.21 rpo)

D.M. Bravo 73 (82)

A.B. de Villiers 107* (105)

Imran Tahir 4-41

K.A. Pollard 1-37

Man of the Match – A.B. de Villiers (South Africa)

South Africa won by 7 Wickets

 

New Zealand vs. Australia

Australia won their second game in a row as they attempt to win the World Cup for a fourth consecutive time, and in doing so brought New Zealand back down to Earth with a bump. The Aussies never allowed the Black Caps to put a big partnership together and restricted their neighbours to just 206. Shane Watson and Brad Haddin put on 133 runs for the opening wicket and set up a seven wicket victory for Australia. But the New Zealand players probably had other things on their minds.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 8, Group A) – Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur, India

Australia won the toss and elected to field

New Zealand

vs.

Australia

206 (45.1 overs @ 4.56 rpo)

Day Match

207-3 (34.0 overs @ 6.09 rpo)

N.L. McCullum 52 (76)

S.R. Watson 62 (61)

M.G. Johnson 4-33

H.K. Bennett 2-63

Man of the Match – M.G. Johnson (Australia)

Australia won by 7 Wickets

 

Bangladesh vs. Ireland

Bangladesh avenged their 2007 World Cup defeat to Ireland with a 27 run victory against them. Ireland thought that their luck was in after they had bowled Bangladesh out for 205 and were 75-2 themselves. But spurred on by their home fans the Tigers dug deep and didn’t allow any Irish batsmen to get a score of 40 in the low scoring match. The wheels ended up coming off Ireland’s run chase and they ended up losing a game they really should have won.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 9, Group B) – Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat

Bangladesh

vs.

Ireland

205 (49.2 overs @ 4.16 rpo)

Day/Night Match

178 (45.0 overs @ 3.96 rpo)

Tamim Iqbal 44 (43)

N.J.N. O’Brien 38 (52)

A.C. Botha 3-32

Shafiul Islam 4-21

Man of the Match – No Award

Bangladesh won by 27 Runs

 

Stumpy: “Coming up next are two MASSIVE matches and I can’t wait!

P92: “You’d be referring to Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka and India vs. England I take it?

Stumpy: “Yep. Sri Lanka and India all the way!

P92: “Sri Lanka and England all the way!

Stumpy and P92 glare at each other.

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