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IT’S official; the World Cup has come alive. We have seen some fantastic matches (one of which will go down in the history books) and a Hat-Trick! But which teams came out on top? Read on to find out.

Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka

 Pakistan strengthened their reputation as the dark horse of this World Cup with a win against co-hosts Sri Lanka in their own back yard. After winning the toss and going into bat Pakistan made a competitive score of 277-7. Misbah-ul-Haq made it two half centuries in his first two World Cup matches with an unbeaten 83. Sri Lanka were slow in starting their run chase and lost wickets regularly, which hindered their run rate. Pakistan’s captain, Shahid Afridi once again led from the front by taking four wickets for 34 runs. In doing so he became only the second player in O.D.I. history to score 6,000 runs and take 300 wickets. The only other man who has achieved this, Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya, saw his fellow countrymen come up short by just 11 runs.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 10, Group A) – R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat

Pakistan

vs.

Sri Lanka

277-7 (50.0 overs @ 5.54 rpo)

Day/Night Match

266-9 (50.0 overs @ 5.32 rpo)

Misbah-ul-Haq 83* (91)

L.P.C. Silva 57 (78)

H.M.R. Herath 2-46

Shahid Afridi 4-34

Man of the Match – Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)

Pakistan won by 11 Runs

 

India vs. England

This match will surly go down in history as one of the greatest matches the Cricket World Cup has ever seen.  With the partisan home crowd behind him all the way, the legendary Sachin Tendulkar powered his way to his fifth World Cup century. This makes him the only player in history to achieve this. Tendulkar has now scored 98 centuries for India. Can you imagine the noise if he makes his 100th international 100 in India in this World Cup? When he was eventually out for 120, Tendulkar had helped India to a score of 236-3 and they looked set to make another huge total. But England hit back thanks largely to the bowling of Tim Bresnan. He helped clean up the Indian lower order and finished with figures of 5-48. India could have gone on to make around 350 to 360, but England still needed to make 339 to win. If successful this would be the highest run chase ever in the World Cup and third highest of all time. England lost Kevin Pietersen to a freak caught and bowled from Munaf Patel and Jonathan Trott fell with the score on a Nelson (111). But Captain Andrew Strauss was in superb form, and he along with Ian Bell smashed England to a score of 281-2. But Bell gave his wicket away in the batting power play (although he was lucky to be still at the crease after surviving a contentious referral). Strauss fell with the score still on 281, but his innings of 158 must be his finest for England in an O.D.I. Paul Collingwood went for just 1 and wicketkeeper Matt Prior went back to the pavilion with only 4 runs to his name. England were now 289-6 and contriving to throw the match away. Michael Yardy hit 13 off 10 balls and Bresnan made 14 of 9 balls to see England to within 20 of the target, but overs and wickets were quickly running out. Number ten Ajmal Shahzad larruped the first ball he faced for six to put England back on course for victory, but the last over didn’t quite go to plan thereafter, and it was left to Graeme Swann to hit a single of the last ball to tie one of the best matches O.D.I. cricket has seen.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 11, Group B) – M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, India

India won the toss and elected to bat

India

vs.

England

338 (49.5 overs @ 6.78 rpo)

Day/Night Match

338-8 (50.0 overs @ 6.76 rpo)

S.R. Tendulkar 120 (115)

A.J. Strauss 158 (145)

T.T. Bresnan 5-48

Zaheer Khan 3-64

Man of the Match – A.J. Strauss (England)

Match Tied

 

Zimbabwe vs. Canada

Zimbabwe got off to the worst possible start, losing Brendan Taylor to the very first ball of the match (a platinum duck). But a third wicket partnership of 181 between wicketkeeper Tatenda Taibu (98) and Craig Ervine (85) set Zimbabwe on their way to a total of 298-9. The start of Canada’s chase was awful. They lost their first three wickets to Raymond Price with just seven runs on the board. Price conceded only 16 runs from his eight overs, which included all of four maidens. Canada limped to 123 all out and a loss by 175 runs.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 12, Group A) – Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur, India

Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat

Zimbabwe

vs.

Canada

298-9 (50.0 overs @ 5.96 rpo)

Day Match

123 (42.1 overs @ 2.92 rpo)

T. Taibu 98 (99)

Z.E. Surkari 26 (48)

W.D. Balaji Rao 4-57

R.W. Price 3-16

Man of the Match – T. Taibu (Zimbabwe)

Zimbabwe won by 175 Runs

 

West Indies vs. Netherlands

After running England close in their first match, the Dutch were on a high…not in the narcotics sense. 😛 They won the toss, put the West Indies into bat and promptly wished that they hadn’t. Devon Smith and Chris Gayle cut loose and made exactly 100 for the first wicket. Smith made 53 and Gayle scored 80 when he departed the crease, just one run short of his 8,000th in O.D.I. cricket. Keiron Pollard hit 60 runs off just 27 balls in an innings which included five fours and four sixes. This along with a few other cameos got the West Indies to 330-8 from their 50 overs. Try as they might the Dutch just couldn’t rediscover the class they showed against England. There were only four scores in double figures and their ace in the pack, Ryan ten Doeschate only made 7. But the headlines went to West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach who finished with figures of 6-27 from 8.3 overs. His last three wickets came in the form of a Hat-Trick (Peter Seelar, Bernard Loots and Berend Westdijk the victims) which finished the Dutch innings with the score on 115, handing the West Indies a massive 215 run win.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 13, Group B) – Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi, India

Netherlands won the toss and elected to field

West Indies

vs.

Netherlands

330-8 (50.0 overs @ 6.60 rpo)

Day/Night Match

115 (31.3 overs @ 3.65 rpo)

C.H. Gayle 80 (110)

T.L.W. Cooper 55* (72)

P.M. Seelar 3-45

K.A.J. Roach 6-27

Man of the Match – K.A.J. Roach (West Indies)

West Indies won by 215 Runs

 

Stumpy: “I don’t know about you but I was on the edge of my seat for most of that India vs. England match.

P92: “Oh trust me I was as well. I think the whole cricketing world was on the edge of its seat in the last overs.

Stumpy: “And what about that Hat-Trick!?

P92: “I can’t say. I was at school and missed it. :-(“

Stumpy: “Ha ha! :-D”

P92 gives Stumpy evils.

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