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JUST when you thought the status quo had been restored in this World Cup…BOOM! It gets smashed again.

Netherlands vs. India

The Dutch won the toss and decided to bat against India in New Delhi. The Netherlands failed to build on an opening stand of 56, and after Zaheer Khan took three wickets for 20 they were all out for 189. They had their captain, Peter Borren, to thank for his 38 from 36 balls at number eight or else their total would have been much less.

India’s batsmen made starts to their innings, but they kept getting out in the 20s and 30s. But Yuvraj Singh stayed put and steered India to a five wicket win with plenty of overs remaining. He also scored his third consecutive 50 in this World Cup.  

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 25, Group B) – Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi, India

Netherlands won the toss and elected to bat

Netherlands

vs.

India

189 (46.4 overs @ 4.05 rpo)

Day/Night Match

191-5 (36.3 overs @ 5.23 rpo)

P.W. Borren 38 (36)

Yuvraj Singh 51* (73)

Zaheer Khan 3-20

P.M. Seelar 3-53

Man of the Match – Yuvraj Singh (India)

India won by 5 Wickets

 

Sri Lanka vs. Zimbabwe

 Sri Lanka’s innings was a classic ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ affair. Opening batsmen Upul Tharanga and Tillekeratne Dilshan put on a huge 282 run stand (the biggest partnership of this World Cup) for the first wicket. This is just four off the all time record, which is also held by Sri Lanka. Tharanga was out for a career best 133, while Dilshan was out soon after, having 144 to his name. Sri Lanka were now 289-2 and could easily get to a final score of around 360ish. However Zimbabwe’s Christopher Mpofu (who got Tharanga out) led a bowling revival that skittled Sri Lanka to 308-6. The co-host’s eventually finished on 327-6, still a very good total, and one that Zimbabwe would have a hard time chasing.

In response Zimbabwe’s top pair, Brendan Taylor and Regis Chakabva, put on their own century partnership, which in the end was worth 116. Taylor top scored in the Zimbabwe innings with a score of 80. His achievement in this innings was overshadowed however, by one of Sri Lanka’s first innings heroes, Dilshan. He got Prosper Utseya out stumped with the help of keeper/captain Kumar Sangakkara. He then dismissed Craig Ervine (leg-before), and with his very next delivery sent Greg Lamb back to the pavilion for a golden duck, after getting him to edge the ball to Mahela Jayawardene at first slip. Dilshan was inches away from taking a Hat-Trick when Alex Cremer edged the ball to Jayawardene who only just missed the catch. Dilshan picked up his fourth wicket, that of Tinashe Panyangara (leg-before) to put Sri Lanka only one wicket away from victory. Dilshan’s bowling figures proved to be quiet exceptional: three overs, one maiden, four wickets for four runs. To score 144 runs and take four for four with the ball in the same match is simply outstanding. Sri Lanka won by 139 runs when Muttiah Muralitharan bowled Mpofu, securing Sri Lanka’s place in the Quarter-Finals.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 26, Group A) – Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to field

Sri Lanka

vs.

Zimbabwe

327-6 (50.0 overs @ 6.54 rpo)

Day/Night Match

188 (39.0 overs @ 4.82 rpo)

T.M. Dilshan 144 (131)

B.R.M. Taylor 80 (72)

C.B. Mpofu 4-62

T.M. Dilshan 4-4

Man of the Match – T.M. Dilshan (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lanka won by 139 Runs

 

West Indies vs. Ireland

With a victory against England under their belt, Ireland would have fancied causing another upset against the West Indies. But the Windies made the most of being put into bat first as Devon Smith and Shivnarine Chanderpaul made an opening stand of 89. Smith would go on to anchor the West Indian innings with Keiron Pollard. Pollard smashed a career best of 94 off just 55 balls and was out trying to go to his first 100 with a six, but Smith did score his first ever O.D.I. 100, eventually being bowled out by Kevin O’Brien for 107. Without this pair though, Ireland would have gotten the West Indies out for around 60! Yes the rest of their batting card was really that bad.

Ireland put on a brave run chase, with Ed Joyce (84) and Gary Wilson (61) providing the backbone of the innings, making a 91 run stand for the fourth wicket. Unfortunately for the romantics, Ireland’s run rate wasn’t up with the required one, and had they made it into the last over they would have needed 45 to win from six balls.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 27, Group B) – Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Punjab, India

Ireland won the toss and elected to field

West Indies

vs.

Ireland

275 (50.0 overs @ 5.50 rpo)

Day Match

231 (49.0 overs @ 4.71 rpo)

D.S. Smith 107 (133)

E.C. Joyce 84 (106)

K.J. O’Brien 4-71

S.J. Benn 4-53

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

West Indies won by 44 Runs

 

England vs. Bangladesh

England’s World Cup dreams hang in the balance after yet another shock loss, this time to co-hosts Bangladesh.

England were put into bat and only scored a very chaseable 225 all out. Jonathan Trott and Eoin Morgan scored 67 and 63 respectively, when no other English batsman made it into the 20s.

Bangladesh were 155-3 in reply and going well before things started to go pear shaped for them with Imrul Kayes run out when he had scored 60. The Tigers then slumped to 169-8 and England had a chance to save their blushes and Graeme Swann’s temper. His quite vocal on field complaints about the ball cost him 10% of his match fee. It was up to Mohammad Mahmudallah and Shafiul Islam to see Bangladesh home in front of the partisan Chittagong crowd, and see their side home they did. Their ninth wicket partnership was worth 58, which was enough to win the match for The Tigers by two wickets. England’s Lions on the other hand were left licking their wounds once again. 😦 Perhaps conceding those 33 extras (23 wides in that lot) was what cost us?

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 28, Group B) – Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong, Bangladesh

Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field

England

vs.

Bangladesh

225 (49.4 overs @ 4.53 rpo)

Day/Night Match

227-8 (49.0 overs @ 4.63 rpo)

I.J.L. Trott 67 (99)

Imrul Kayes 60 (100)

Naeem Islam 2-29

Ajmal Shahzad 3-43

Man of the Match – Imrul Kayes (Bangladesh)

Bangladesh won by 2 Wickets

Stumpy: “Bangladesh Bangladesh Bangladesh!

P92: “Oh go step on your trunk! Do you know what the injured Kevin Pietersen was up to the night of the match? He was at a seedy nightclub in Soho with his brother and agent.

Stumpy: “I don’t know what to say about that other than I’m stunned.

P92: “Anyway, I don’t really mind about Bangladesh winning. In light of other events that day a cricket match isn’t important at all.

Stumpy: “Here here.

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