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HOW to sum up matches 18 – 20 of the Cricket World Cup? ‘Two thrashings and some splashing’ works…I think.

Zimbabwe vs. New Zealand

New Zealand won their second match of this World Cup by 10 wickets, this time against Zimbabwe. The Africans won the toss but their top order – with the exception of opener Brendan Taylor (44 off 57) – failed with the bat. It was left to the Zimbabwe lower order to help bring their total up to their eventual 162.

New Zealand’s openers, Martin Guptill and wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum, went about putting memories of their match against Australia to bed. The pair put on the highest opening partnership of the World Cup so far, 166, which was also what they needed to make in order to win the match for the Black Caps.  

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 18, Group A) – Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad, India

Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat

Zimbabwe

vs.

New Zealand

162 (46.2 overs @ 3.50 rpo)

Day Match

166-0 (33.3 overs @ 4.96 rpo)

B.R.M. Taylor 44 (57)

M.J. Guptill 86* (108)

T.G. Southee 3-29

G.A. Lamb 0-18

Man of the Match – M.J. Guptill (New Zealand)

New Zealand won by 10 Wickets

 

Bangladesh vs. West Indies

 The West Indies utterly humiliated Bangladesh in their own back yard. The Windies bowled out Bangladesh for just 58: the 11th lowest total in O.D.I. history, the fourth lowest total in World Cup history, and Bangladesh’s lowest ever O.D.I. total. It took just 12.2 overs for the West Indies to secure victory by nine wickets and an early bus ride back to their hotel. But their bus got stoned by angry Bangladesh fans, who also reportedly stoned the house of the Bangladesh captain, Shakib Al Hasan. This has prompted the ICC to say that it will move matches if it feels that the players’ safety is threatened. This remember is why Pakistan lost all their hosting rights, although that particular incident was quite a lot worse.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 19, Group B) – Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat

Bangladesh

vs.

West Indies

58 (18.5 overs @ 3.08 rpo)

Day/Night Match

59-1 (12.2 overs @ 4.78 rpo)

Junaid Siddique 25 (27)

C.H. Gayle 37* (36)

S.J. Benn 4-18

Naeem Islam 1-14

Man of the Match – No Award

West Indies won by 9 Wickets

 

Sri Lanka vs. Australia

The much anticipated re-match of the last World Cup Final was spoilt by rain just as it was getting intriguing. Sri Lanka’s wicketkeeper captain, Kumar Sangakkara, provided the backbone of his side’s innings, scoring 73 not out. But after 32.5 overs of the match were bowled, the players fled the field after a nasty downpour parked itself over Colombo. No more play was possible, so the match was abandoned with both sides taking a point each.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 20, Group A) – R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat

Sri Lanka

vs.

Australia

146-3 (32.5 overs @ 4.45 rpo)

Day/Night Match

0-0 (0.0 overs @ 0.00 rpo)

K.C. Sangakkara 73* (102)

? 0 (0)

S.W. Tait 1-23

? 0-0

Man of the Match – No Award

Match Abandoned (rain) after 32.5 overs of Sri Lanka’s innings. No Result

 

Stumpy: “I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for the way the Bangladesh fans acted towards the West Indian team after their match.

P92: “Indeed. There is no place in Cricket for bad losers.

Stumpy: “Hang on; you were in a foul mood when Ireland beat England.

P92: “Yes but neither I nor any England fans in India stoned Ireland’s bus did we?

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