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THE 2011 Cricket World Cup continues to give us some utterly unforgettable moments, including one of the most awesome power hitting displays ever witnessed.

England vs. South Africa

England really needed to win this crunch match against South Africa after their shock defeat to Ireland. After deciding to bat first England lost captain Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen for a bronze duck and two runs respectively. Ian Bell was out soon after and England were 15-3 and up against it big time. But Jonathan Trott and Ravi Bopara made 99 for the fourth wicket before Trott’s dismissal (caught and bowled by Imran Tahir). Bopara scored 60 but nobody else in the England batting line up made upwards of 16, and England were all out for 171 in 45.4 overs. The bowlers had a mighty task on their hands.

South Africa got themselves to 123-3 and had plenty of time to score the 49 runs they required to win. Then either something just seemed to click for England or South Africa hit the self-destruct button. Before they knew it they had slumped to 127-7. James Anderson had bowled AB de Villiers (although nobody knew so at the time), Francois du Plessis was run out by Ian Bell in the very next over, JP Duminy was bowled by Anderson for a duck and Robin Peterson was caught behind off the bowling of Michael Yardy. After this collapse South Africa picked themselves up and started to score runs again. At 160-7 (12 away from victory) things looked promising for South Africa, well until England got the breakthrough they were looking for in the shape of wicketkeeper Morne van Wyk’s wicket (bowled Tim Bresnan). Unfortunately for England, Dale Steyn was still at the crease and looking to end the match sooner rather than later. That was the case until he was out for 20 with South Africa needing to score just eight more runs. They got one closer to their target thanks to a single from Imran Tahir, but they would get no further. Morne Morkel was caught behind off a Stuart Broad delivery, and England had won they heart stopping match by only six runs. 😀

But the fallout has been rather bad for both teams. England have lost Kevin Pietersen and Stuart Broad to a hernia and side strain respectively, and will be replaced by Eoin Morgan and hopefully Chris Tremlett respectively. Meanwhile South Africa have just learned that their new star player, Imran Tahir, has fractured his left thumb. 

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 21, Group B) – MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai, India

England won the toss and elected to bat

England

vs.

South Africa

171 (45.4 overs @ 3.74 rpo)

Day Match

165 (47.4 overs @ 3.46 rpo)

R.S. Bopara 60 (98)

H.M. Amla 42 (51)

Imran Tahir 4-38

S.C.J. Broad 4-15

Man of the Match – R.S. Bopara (England)

England won by 6 Runs

 

India vs. Ireland

 Ireland couldn’t repeat their heroics against England when they played India, but they gave it a damn good go nonetheless. After being put into bat by India, Ireland quickly found themselves 9-2. Then came a 113 run partnership between captain William Porterfield who eventually made 75, and wicketkeeper Niall O’Brien who was run out for 46. Niall’s brother Kevin, who scored that masterful hundred against England, could only make 9 before being caught and bowled by Yuvraj Singh, who finished the innings with 5 wickets for 31 runs.

Chasing 208 to win India lost Virender Sehwag for just 5 in the third ball of the innings, and soon thereafter were two down with the loss of Gautam Gambhir. Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, keeper/captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yusuf Pathan all made scores of between 30 and 40 while Yuvraj Singh did his job with the bat by scoring 50 not out. Ireland restricted India’s scoring rate enough to get to with four overs of another famous win, but it was India who took the two points with a 5 wicket win.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 22, Group B) – M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, India

India won the toss and elected to field

Ireland

vs.

India

207 (47.5 overs @ 4.33 rpo)

Day/Night Match

210-5 (46.0 overs @ 4.57 rpo)

W.T.S. Porterfield 75 (104)

Yuvraj Singh 50* (75)

Yuvraj Singh 5-31

D.T. Johnston 2-16

Man of the Match – Yuvraj Singh (India)

India won by 5 Wickets

 

Kenya vs. Canada

 For both Kenya and Canada, this was their World Cup Final. Kenya wanted to take full advantage of winning the toss and going into bat first, but lost their first wicket (keeper Maurice Ouma) to the second ball of the match for a silver duck. The Kenyans lost wickets regularly, but 51s for both Tanmay Mishra and Thomas Odoyo got their side’s score to 198 all out off exactly 50 overs. Canada’s Henry Osinde took four for 26, and his team needed to make 199 to win. But as Canada’s chase went, on minds kept wandering back to their match against Pakistan (when they needed 185 to win and didn’t make it) when they found themselves at 48-3. However, Amarbir Hansra and his keeper/captain Ashish Bagai, clubbed together and put on Canada’s first ever century partnership in the World Cup with a stand of 132 for the fourth wicket. Hansra was eventually out for 70 and Tyson Gordon got his leg-stump knocked over when he scored just 3 to put a wee bit of pressure on Canada with victory in sight. Unfortunately for Kenya the next man in was Canada’s veteran John Davison, who smacked the only ball he faced for four through the covers. Bagai saw Canada over the finish line in the next over, giving them only their second ever World Cup win. Kenya on the other hand, cannot advance to the Quarter-Finals now.  

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 23, Group A) – Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi, India

Kenya won the toss and elected to bat

Kenya

vs.

Canada

198 (50.0 overs @ 3.96 rpo)

Day/Night Match

199-5 (45.3 overs @ 4.37 rpo)

T. Mishra 51 (73)

T.M. Odoyo 51 (62)

A.S. Hansra 70 (99)

H. Osinde 4-26

N.N. Odhiambo 2-45

Man of the Match – H. Osinde (Canada)

Canada won by 5 Wickets

 

New Zealand vs. Pakistan

New Zealand had the unenviable task of trying to stop Pakistan, who had won their three previous matches in the World Cup. I’ll skip the first 40 overs of the New Zealand innings, with the exception of Pakistan wicketkeeper dropping birthday boy Ross Taylor while he was on zero and four. The Black Caps were 163-4 after 40 overs and perhaps would have bitten your hand off it you gave then a total of 230 and six overs later they were 210-6, with Taylor and Jacob Oram at the crease. The duo then proceeded to put on one of the most jaw-dropping batting displays that O.D.I. cricket has ever seen. They smashed 92 runs of the last four overs at a rate of 23 runs per over! Taylor walloped 62 runs off only 16 balls (26 of these runs came in a single over), while Oram thumped 25 off nine! Taylor had failed to make double figures in four of his last five innings, but on his 27th birthday finished not out on 131 runs from 124 balls, which included eight fours and seven sixes (a few of which are still in orbit). After this brutal display of batting, New Zealand had set a stunned Pakistan 303 to win.

Still in a state of shock, Pakistan fell to 125-8 and were resigned to a heavy defeat. Abdul Razzaq and Umar Gul put on a ninth wicket partnership worth 66 to make the final result seem (if ever so slightly) more respectable before Razzaq was caught by Oram off the bowling of Scott Styris for 62. A 110 run victory for New Zealand was sealed one run later with the wicket of Shoaib Akhtar.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 24, Group A) – Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy, Sri Lanka

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat

New Zealand

vs.

Pakistan

302-7 (50.0 overs @ 6.04 rpo)

Day/Night Match

192 (41.4 overs @ 4.61 rpo)

L.R. Taylor 131* (124)

Abdul Razzaq 62 (74)

Umar Gul 3-32

T.G. Southee 3-25

Man of the Match – L.R. Taylor (New Zealand)

New Zealand won by 110 Runs

Stumpy: “Well I wasn’t expecting England to win that game when South Africa needed 49, or New Zealand to thump Pakistan like they did.

P92: “Same. I tell you one thing though, you can never write anybody off in Cricket. Just one ball, throw, extra, absolutely anything really can change the course of a match, even the whole tournament itself.

Stumpy: “How do you think England will do against Bangladesh on Friday?

P92: “I think we’ll win so should I armour up the team bus now?

Stumpy doesn’t see the funny side.

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