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YET more great matches in the 2011 Cricket World Cup to tell you about, including one that may go down as the greatest World Cup upset of all time.

Kenya vs. Sri Lanka

Kenya’s poor batting once again let them down, this time against Sri Lanka. The Obuya brothers, David and Collins, scored 51 and 52 respectively, but no other Kenyan batsman made more than 8. You know you have batting problems when your third highest scorer is Extras. Kenya may have made more than their 142 were it not for Lasith Malinga ripping the Kenyan batting line-up to shreds. In a vicious spell he took five wickets in 11 balls (four in his last six) and also took the second Hat-Trick of this World Cup. His Hat-Trick victims were Peter Ongondo, Shem Ngoche and Elijah Otieno. This was Malinga’s second O.D.I. Hat-Trick, making: himself, Wasim Akram, Saqlain Mushtaq (both Pakistan) and fellow Sri Lankan Chaminda Vaas the only players to do this. He is also now the only player ever to have taken two World Cup Hat-Tricks (remember his four in four against South Africa in 2007?). Sri Lanka barely broke sweat in reply, and cruised to victory by nine wickets.   

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 14, Group A) – R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Kenya won the toss and elected to bat

Kenya

vs.

Sri Lanka

142 (43.4 overs @ 3.25 rpo)

Day/Night Match

146-1 (18.4 overs @ 7.82 rpo)

C.O. Obuya 52 (100)

W.U. Tharanga 67* (59)

S.L. Malinga 6-38

E. Otieno 1-26

Man of the Match – S.L. Malinga (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lanka won by 9 Wickets

 

England vs. Ireland

England made a more than decent total of 327-8 off their 50 overs at the Bangalore batting track. Jonathan Trott hit a run a ball 92 while Ian Bell supported him down the other end with a score of 81. Trott became just the third player to score his first 1,000 O.D.I. runs in 21 innings, the others being England team-mate Kevin Pietersen and the legendary Sir Viv Richards of the West Indies. England’s total could’ve and should’ve been more, but they only scored 70 runs off the last 10 overs for the loss of six wickets. But against Ireland, an associate member side, 328 to win would surely be too much for them. It certainly looked the case when their captain, William Porterfield, was bowled by James Anderson off the first ball of their innings (a royal duck). Ireland lost their second, third, fourth and fifth wickets with the score on 62, 103, 106 and 111 (Nelson strikes!). Yes, Ireland were 111-5 at exactly halfway through their run chase.

Then it happened. Kevin O’Brien had the innings of his life as he tore England’s bowling attack to itty bitty pieces. He made the fastest ever World Cup century, making his 100 from just 50 balls, a full 16 balls faster than Mathew Hayden did for Australia in 2007. O’Brien also hit the first 100m+ six of this World Cup (102m) in a batting power play that saw Ireland make 62 runs at a rate of 12.40 an over. Alex Cusack partnered O’Brien well, making 47 off 58 balls before having to sacrifice his wicket (run out) in order to save O’Brien, who by this time was tiring. But the damage had been done both to the score board – O’Brien and Cusack’s sixth wicket partnership was worth 162 runs – and to the England team’s morale. The bowling was everywhere and catches were again being dropped. John Mooney continued to cause England pain, this time with the bat as he too scored runs freely. With only 11 runs needed to win O’Brien’s legs finally failed him and he was run out. He walked back to the pavilion to a standing ovation, his innings being one of the best the World Cup has seen. O’Brien had scored 113 runs off just 63 balls (a strike rate of 179.37) and hit 13 fours and six sixes. England’s greatest O.D.I. humiliation was completed when Mooney hit a four off the first ball of the final over to give Ireland a well deserved victory by three wickets. 😦

Ireland celebrated the highest successful run chase the World Cup has ever seen with what must have been a great party. England captain Andrew Strauss even donated his birthday cake to the Irish, who couldn’t get a lot of beer due to the local alcohol sale laws. England on the other hand had to taste one of the bitterest defeats they have ever suffered in their cricketing history.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 15, Group B) – M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, India

England won the toss and elected to bat

England

vs.

Ireland

327-8 (50.0 overs @ 6.54 rpo)

Day/Night Match

329-7 (49.1 overs @ 6.69 rpo)

I.J.L. Trott 92 (92)

K.J. O’Brien 113 (63)

J.F. Mooney 4-63

G.P. Swann 3-47

Man of the Match – K.J. O’Brien (Ireland)

Ireland won by 3 Wickets

 

South Africa vs. Netherlands

South Africa mashed the Dutch in a way that England could only have dreamt of doing when the pair met in Chandigarh.

Netherlands again elected to field first, and again wished that they hadn’t. Well with South Africa at 58-2 I think they were pretty happy. But then Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers made the highest partnership of the World Cup so far, 221 for the third wicket. Amla made 113 from 130 balls, while de Villiers hit his second century in two games at a much faster rate. He scored 134 runs off just 98 balls (a strike rate of 136.73) and hit three sixes in three balls at one point. South Africa even outshone Ireland in the batting power play, scoring 69 runs at a run rate of 13.8!

In the end the Dutch had to chase 352 to win – that’s more than seven runs per over. Imran Tahir once again finished top of South Africa’s bowling stats, taking three wickets for 19 runs. He’s turning out to be quite the find isn’t he? The Netherland’s only resistance came from their wicketkeeper, Wesley Barresi, who scored 44 of his sides’ 120 runs. South Africa won extremely comfortably in the end by 231 runs.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 16, Group B) – Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh, India

Netherlands won the toss and elected to field

South Africa

vs.

Netherlands

351-5 (50.0 overs @ 7.02 rpo)

Day Match

120 (34.5 overs @ 3.44 rpo)

A.B. de Villiers 134 (98)

W. Barresi 44 (66)

R.N. ten Doeschate 3-72

Imran Tahir 3-19

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

South Africa won by 231 Runs

 

Pakistan vs. Canada

Canada almost pulled off an even greater shock than Ireland did against England in their match against Pakistan. Canada put Pakistan in first and prevented them from making a big score by regularly taking wickets. No Pakistani batsman made 50 – Umar Akmal top scored with 48 – and Pakistan’s total would have been much less, but Canada gave them 24 extra runs. When you bowl a side out for just 184 in an O.D.I. 24 bonus runs is a lot.

But nevertheless Canada had a chance to actually beat Pakistan, and went about it well – after they steadied themselves from losing both openers with the score on 16 and their third wicket on 44 that is. At 104-4 things still looked good for Canada, and at 111-5 all was still not lost. After all Ireland were 111-5 and still won. Pakistan needed to make something happen, so step forward captain Shahid ‘Boom Boom’ Afridi. He bowled Canada’s top scorer, Amarbir Hansra, for 43 and with his very next ball bowled Harvir Baidwan for a golden duck. Canada were now 114-7 and Pakistan had the upper hand. They went eight down when Afridi got Tyson Gordon out, courtesy of a terrific catch from Wahab Riaz. With figures of 5-23, Afridi became the first bowler ever to take three consecutive four wicket hauls in the World Cup. But on the down side, it does seem as if he is carrying Pakistan a little bit in the field. Canada on the other hand only added eight more runs before they were all out, giving Pakistan their third win out of three in this World Cup.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 17, Group A) – R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Canada won the toss and elected to field

Pakistan

vs.

Canada

184 (43.0 overs @ 4.28 rpo)

Day/Night Match

138 (42.5 overs @ 3.22 rpo)

Umar Akmal 48 (68)

A.S. Hansra 43 (75)

H.S. Baidwan 3-35

Shahid Afridi 5-23

Man of the Match – Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)

Pakistan won by 46 Runs

 

Stumpy: “Ireland! Ireland! Ireland!

P92: “Oh please give it a rest. I just understand how Ireland managed to beat England at all, let alone in that manner.

Stumpy: “Considering they beat Pakistan and Bangladesh in 2007, England in 2011 and West Indies back in the late ‘60s, do you think Ireland should now be given Test status?

P92: “They seem to be the best associate member by far. I can’t see any reason not to give them Test status; they’ve shown that they can beat the Test sides more than once, so why not?

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