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HERE we go; this is where the World Cup really starts. From now on if you lose, you pack your bags.

West Indies vs. Pakistan

Pakistan destroyed a woeful West Indies side in this, the first of the Quarter-Finals. With the Bangladeshi crowd cheering on Pakistan (who were playing the side who bowled their men out for 58 earlier in the tournament) they dismissed the West Indies for just 112.

The Pakistani opening pair, wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal (47) and Mohammad Hafeez (61) saw their side home by 10 wickets in just 20.5 overs. Pakistan have now reached the Semi-Finals in the last eight ICC tournaments.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 43, Quarter-Final 1) – Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh

West Indies won the toss and elected to bat

West Indies

vs.

Pakistan

112 (43.3 overs @ 2.57 rpo)

Day/Night Match

113-0 (20.5 overs @ 5.42 rpo)

S. Chanderpaul 44* (106)

Mohammad Hafeez 61* (64)

Shahid Afridi 4-30

D.J.G. Sammy 0-18

Man of the Match – Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan)

Pakistan won by 10 Wickets

 

Australia vs. India

India dumped triple reigning champions Australia out of the World Cup with a five wicket victory in front of their home fans in Ahmedabad :-). Aussie captain Ricky Ponting scored his first 50 since the first Ashes Test in Brisbane on his way to a grand total of 104. Australia eventually made 260-6, which was probably 15 or so runs short of what they needed.

The Indian batsmen scored three 50s during their chase and made it to the winning post with 14 balls remaining. This makes this the first World Cup since 1992 that Australia won’t play in the Final.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 44, Quarter-Final 2) – Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad, India

Australia won the toss and elected to bat

Australia

vs.

India

260-6 (50.0 overs @ 5.20 rpo)

Day/Night Match

261-5 (47.4 overs @ 5.48 rpo)

R.T. Ponting 104 (118)

Yuvraj Singh 57* (65)

Yuvraj Singh 2-44

D.J. Hussey 1-19

Man of the Match – Yuvraj Singh (India)

India won by 5 Wickets

 

New Zealand vs. South Africa

New Zealand caused the shock of the Quarter-Finals with victory over much fancied South Africa. After making a modest 221-8 and seeing The Proteas getting to 108-2 it seemed all over for the Black Caps.

But South Africa slammed the self-destruct button and collapsed to 172 all out, handing New Zealand a 49 run win. This is the sixth time New Zealand have made it to the last four of a World Cup, while South Africa’s World Cup knock-out match barren run stretches to five out of five.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 45, Quarter-Final 3) – Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat

New Zealand

vs.

South Africa

221-8 (50.0 overs @ 4.42 rpo)

Day/Night Match

172 (43.2 overs @ 3.97 rpo)

J.D. Ryder 83 (121)

J.H. Kallis 47 (75)

M. Morkel 3-46

J.D.P. Oram 4-39

Man of the Match – J.D.P. Oram (New Zealand)

New Zealand won by 49 Runs

 

England vs. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka sent a tired England back home after crushing them by all of 10 wickets. Jonathan Trott’s 86 helped England finish on 229-6 from their 50 overs.

Then Sri Lankan openers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga scored 108* and 102* respectively as the co-hosts reached their target of 230 in 39.3 overs. This is the highest successful run chase in a 10 wicket win in O.D.I. history.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 46, Quarter-Final 4) – R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka

England won the toss and elected to bat

England

vs.

Sri Lanka

229-6 (50.0 overs @ 4.58 rpo)

Day/Night Match

231-0 (39.3 overs @ 5.85 rpo)

I.J.L. Trott 86 (115)

T.M. Dilshan 108* (115)

M. Muralitharan 2-54

L.J. Wright 0-17

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

Sri Lanka won by 10 Wickets 😦

 

So, here we have the Semi-final line-up. Note the second match.

New Zealand

Vs.

Sri Lanka

India

Vs.

Pakistan

New Zealand vs. Sri Lanka is tomorrow (29 March) in Colombo (Sri Lanka), while India vs. Pakistan (the second biggest rivalry in Cricket) is on 30 March in Mohali (India).

P92 (Taking off his party hat): “Well…what can I say?

Stumpy: “I thought England would get further than that? I thought England would win? What happened to the Ashes form? How could Sri Lanka beat us by 10 wickets? The list is endless.

P92: “You’re not helping with the pain. So who is going to win now that England and South Africa are out?

Stumpy: “Hopefully the best team.

P92: “Right now I’m an A.B.P. (Anybody But Pakistan). But if pressed for comment I’d say Sri Lanka because that’s where my parents went on their Honeymoon.

Stumpy: “Arrr.

THE group stage of the 2011 World Cup finished in a flurry. South Africa destroyed Bangladesh, which allowed England to advance to the Quarter-Finals. :–) And continuing the good news, Pakistan beat Australia, inflicting the first World Cup loss on the Cons since 1999. 😛

South Africa vs. Bangladesh

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 39, Group B) – Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh

South Africa won the toss and elected to bat

South Africa

vs.

Bangladesh

284-8 (50.0 overs @ 5.68 rpo)

Day Match

78 (28.0 overs @ 2.79 rpo)

J.H. Kallis 69 (76)

Shakib Al Hasan 30 (49)

Rubel Hossain 3-56

R.J. Peterson 4-12

Man of the Match – L.L. Tsotsobe (South Africa)

South Africa won by 206 Runs

 

Australia vs. Pakistan

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 40, Group A) – R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Australia won the toss and elected to bat

Australia

vs.

Pakistan

176 (46.4 overs @ 3.77 rpo)

Day/Night Match

178-6 (41.0 overs @ 4.34 rpo)

B.J. Haddin 42 (80)

Asad Shafiq 46 (81)

Umar Gul 3-30

B. Lee 4-28

Man of the Match – Umar Akmal (Pakistan)

Pakistan won by 4 Wickets

 

Zimbabwe vs. Kenya

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 41, Group A) – Eden Gardens, Kolkata, India

Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat

Zimbabwe

vs.

Kenya

308-6 (50.0 overs @ 6.16 rpo)

Day Match

147 (36.0 overs @ 4.08 rpo)

C.R. Ervine 66 (54)

N.N. Odhiambo 44* (47)

E. Otieno 2-61

R.W. Price 2-20

Man of the Match – C.R. Ervine (Zimbabwe)

Zimbabwe won by 161 Runs

 

India vs. West Indies  

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 42, Group B) – MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai, India

India won the toss and elected to bat

India

vs.

West Indies

268 (49.1 overs @ 5.45 rpo)

Day/Night Match

188 (43.0 overs @ 4.37 rpo)

Yuvraj Singh 113 (123)

D.S. Smith 81 (97)

R. Rampaul 5-51

Zaheer Khan 3-26

Man of the Match – Yuvraj Singh (India)

India won by 80 Runs

 

Here is how both the groups ended up. The top four in each has advanced to the Quarter-Finals.

Group A

Pos.

Team

P

W

L

T

NR

NRR

Pts.

1

Pakistan

6

5

1

0

0

+0.758

10

2

Sri Lanka

6

4

1

0

1

+2.582

9

3

Australia

6

4

1

0

1

+1.123

9

4

New Zealand

6

4

2

0

0

+1.135

8

5

Zimbabwe

6

2

4

0

0

+0.030

4

6

Canada

6

1

5

0

0

-1.987

2

7

Kenya

6

0

6

0

0

-3.042

0

 

Group B

Pos.

Team

P

W

L

T

NR

NRR

Pts.

1

South Africa

6

5

1

0

0

+2.026

10

2

India

6

4

1

1

0

+0.900

9

3

England

6

3

2

1

0

+0.072

7

4

West Indies

6

3

3

0

0

+1.066

6

5

Bangladesh

6

3

3

0

0

-1.361

6

6

Ireland

6

2

4

0

0

-0.696

4

7

Netherlands

6

0

6

0

0

-2.045

0

 

And so after 42 matches, we finally have the Quarter-Final line-up, which looks like this:

Pakistan

Vs.

West Indies

Australia

Vs.

India

South Africa

Vs.

New Zealand

Sri Lanka

Vs.

England

 

P92: “These all have the potential to be cracking matches, but Australia vs. India is the one that really sticks out.

Stumpy: “I can’t wait either. The triple reigning champions verses the highest ranked host team. It’s just a shame it isn’t the Final. But more importantly for you, how do you think England will get on?

P92: “Let’s see, it’s the Quarter-Finals of a major World Cup so…we’ll lose. We only make it into the last four once in a blue moon.

Stumpy: “That’s good to hear. Come on Sri Lanka!

P92: “COME ON ENGLAND! THE ASHES URN AND TWENTY20 TROPHY NEED A NEW FRIEND!

FROM now until the Quarter-Finals I’ll just be putting the scorecards on this blog. Trying to blog each match (especially when I can’t watch them) has proved too much. Sorry about this.

Bangladesh vs. Netherlands

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 32, Group B) – Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong, Bangladesh

Netherlands won the toss and elected to bat

Netherlands

vs.

Bangladesh

160 (46.2 overs @ 3.45 rpo)

Day Match

166-4 (41.2 overs @ 4.02 rpo)

R.N. ten Doeschate 53* (71)

Imrul Kayes 73* (113)

Abdur Razzak 3-29

T.L.W. Cooper 2-33

Man of the Match – Imrul Kayes (Bangladesh)

Bangladesh won by 6 Wickets

 

Pakistan vs. Zimbabwe

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 33, Group A) – Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat

Zimbabwe

vs.

Pakistan

151-7 (39.4 overs @ 3.81 rpo)

Day/Night Match

164-3 (34.1 overs @ 4.80 rpo)

C.R. Ervine 52 (85)

Asad Shafiq 78* (97)

Umar Gul 3-36

R.W. Price 2-21

Man of the Match – Umar Gul (Pakistan)

Pakistan won by 7 Wickets (D/L Method)

 

South Africa vs. Ireland

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 34, Group B) – Eden Gardens, Kolkata, India

Ireland won the toss and elected to field

South Africa

vs.

Ireland

272-7 (50.0 overs @ 5.44 rpo)

Day/Night Match

141 (33.2 overs @ 4.23 rpo)

J-P Duminy 99 (103) 😦

G.C. Wilson 31 (48)

J.F. Mooney 1-36

R.J. Peterson 3-32

Man of the Match – J-P Duminy (South Africa)

South Africa won by 131 Runs

 

Canada vs. Australia  

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 35, Group A) – M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, India

Canada won the toss and elected to bat

Canada

vs.

Australia

211 (45.4 overs @ 4.62 rpo)

Day/Night Match

212-3 (34.5 overs @ 6.09 rpo)

H. Patel 54 (45)

S.R. Watson 94 (90)

B. Lee 4-46

J.M. Davison 1-29

Man of the Match – S.R. Watson (Australia)

Australia won by 7 Wickets

 

England vs. West Indies  

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 36, Group B) – MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai, India

England won the toss and elected to bat

England

vs.

West Indies

243 (48.4 overs @ 4.99 rpo)

Day/Night Match

225 (44.4 overs @ 5.04 rpo)

I.J.L. Trott 47 (38)

A.D. Russell 49 (46)

A.D. Russell 4-49

J.C. Tredwell 4-48

Man of the Match – J.C. Tredwell (England)

England won by 18 Runs 😀

 

 

Ireland vs. Netherlands

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 37, Group B) – Eden Gardens, Kolkata, India

Ireland won the toss and elected to filed

Netherlands

vs.

Ireland

306 (50.0 overs @ 6.12 rpo)

Day Match

307-4 (47.4 overs @ 6.44 rpo)

R.N. ten Doeschate 106 (108)

P.R. Stirling 101 (72)

P.R. Stirling 2-51

T.L.W. Cooper 2-31

Man of the Match – P.R. Stirling (Ireland)

Ireland won by 6 Wickets

 

 

Sri Lanka vs. New Zealand

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 38, Group A) – Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India

Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat

Sri Lanka

vs.

New Zealand

265-9 (50.0 overs @ 5.30 rpo)

Day/Night Match

153 (35.0 overs @ 4.37 rpo)

K.C. Sangakkara 111 (128)

L.R. Taylor 33 (55)

T.G. Southee 3-63

M. Muralitharan 4-25

Man of the Match – K.C. Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lanka won by 112 Runs

P92: “I have a confession to make. I wrote England off when the West Indies needed about 25 runs to win.

Stumpy: “You should know by now that anything can happen in this game.

WELL everybody, he’s just one away now.

India vs. South Africa

Sachin Tendulkar scored his 99th international century with a score of 111 as India batted first against South Africa. When the ‘little master’ was out India were 267-2 and a score of over 330+ was on the cards. But the rest of the Indian batting line-up collapsed. They lost their last eight batsmen for just 28 runs and failed to make 300. Dale Steyn showed why he is one of the best bowlers in the world by taking five for 50.

South Africa went about their chase at a steady pace, but as the end drew nearer India seemed to have the upper hand. With just one over remaining in the match South Africa needed 13 runs to win. These were made in just four balls, leaving a stunned partisan crowd wondering just what might have been had their lower order batsmen showed up.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 29, Group B) – Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur, India

India won the toss and elected to bat

India

vs.

South Africa

296 (48.4 overs @ 6.08 rpo)

Day/Night Match

300-7 (49.4 overs @ 6.04 rpo)

S.R. Tendulkar 111 (101)

J.H. Kallis 69 (88)

D.W. Steyn 5-50

Harbhajan Singh 3-53

Man of the Match – D.W. Steyn (South Africa)

South Africa won by 3 Wickets

 

New Zealand vs. Canada

New Zealand once again went mad with their scoring rates as Canada were put to the sword once again. ‘Black Caps’ wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum made 101 – his first 50 runs coming from just 38 balls. Captain Ross Taylor hit Hanvir Baidwan for four sixes in an over in a fourth wicket partnership worth 69 in only 4.1 overs (16.83 runs per over)! New Zealand continued to go up through the gears in the last part of their innings, whacking 122 runs from the last 60 balls. James Franklin made a spectacular contribution, making an unbeaten 31 runs from the eight deliveries he faced.

Canada needed to put on the run chase of their lives to reach the target total of 359. A brave fourth wicket partnership of 125 between keeper/captain Ashish Bagai (84) and Amarbir Hansra (70* – a personal best score) saw Canada to a 50 over total of 261-9. They may have lost by 97 runs and are now out of Quarter-Final contention, but they weren’t bowled out, which is a plus I guess. New Zealand on the other hand will play in the last eight.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 30, Group A) – Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India

Canada won the toss and elected to field

New Zealand

vs.

Canada

358-6 (50.0 overs @ 7.16 rpo)

Day Match

261-9 (50.0 overs @ 5.22 rpo)

B.B. McCullum 101 (109)

A. Bagai 84 (87)

H.S. Baidwan 3-84

J.D.P. Oram 3-47

Man of the Match – B.B. McCullum (New Zealand)

New Zealand won by 97 Runs

 

Australia vs. Kenya

Australia have also made it into the last eight thanks to their 60 runs win over Kenya. Michael Clarke came up seven runs short of a century as the triple reigning champions made 324-6 in their 50 overs.

Kenya did the same as Canada in the game before. They lost but batted their whole allocation of 50 overs, reaching a score of 264-6. Collins Obuya anchored the innings but unfortunately ended up two runs away from what would have been his first O.D.I. ton.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 31, Group A) – M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, India

Australia won the toss and elected to bat

Australia

vs.

Kenya

324-6 (50.0 overs @ 6.48 rpo)

Day/Night Match

264-6 (50.0 overs @ 5.28 rpo)

M.J. Clarke 93 (80)

C.O. Obuya 98* (129)

N.N. Odhiambo 3-57

S.W. Tait 2-49

Man of the Match – C.O. Obuya (Kenya)

Australia won by 60 Runs

Stumpy: “How did India loose?

P92: “It happens. I’m English I should know.

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?

THE barren run of upsets continued during matches five to nine of this Cricket World Cup, but trust England to nearly be the first Test side to go down to an associate member team.

Netherlands vs. England

England were really made to work hard for their first win of the 2011 World Cup, but this was largely their own fault. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Netherlands went on to score their highest total against a Test playing nation, 292-6. Ryan ten Doeschate (who plays for Essex) smashed his way to his highest score in an O.D.I. (119) as England’s fielding discipline fell to pieces. Catches were dropped, there were comic miss-fields, and Stuart Broad had a wicket taken away from him when it became apparent that Paul Collingwood wasn’t in the 30-yard circle when the ball was bowled. England’s chase was nail-biting to watch, and all that was going through my mind was the Dutch’s win at Lord’s in 2009. But England got there with just eight balls remaining, but it was the Netherland’s who took the moral victory.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 5, Group B) – Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur, India

Netherlands won the toss and elected to bat

Netherlands

vs.

England

292-6 (50.0 overs @ 5.84 rpo)

Day/Night Match

296-4 (48.4 overs @ 6.08 rpo)

R.N. ten Doeschate 119 (110)

A.J. Strauss 88 (83)

G.P. Swann 2-35

R.N. ten Doeschate 2-47

Man of the Match – R.N. ten Doeschate (Netherlands)

England won by 6 Wickets

 

Pakistan vs. Kenya

Kenya wanted to put their humiliating loss to New Zealand out of their minds with a good performance against Pakistan. They started off well, restricting Pakistan for 12-2. But then things went from bad to worse for the Africans. Four Pakistani batsmen scored a half-century, with Umar Akmal making 71 off 52 balls on his World Cup debut. Pakistan’s total of 317-7 included 46 extras from Kenya, which included a record equalling 37 wides. Kenya never looked like chasing down Pakistan’s total, and were duly bowled out for just 112 in an innings that included no less than four (one golden) ducks. Pakistan’s captain Shahid ‘Boom Boom’ Afridi destroyed the Kenyan batting line up by taking five wickets for only 16 runs. These are the best bowling figures for a Pakistani in the World Cup.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 6, Group A) – Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota, Sri Lanka

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat

Pakistan

vs.

Kenya

317-7 (50.0 overs @ 6.34 rpo)

Day/Night Match

112 (33.1 overs @ 3.38 rpo)

Umar Akmal 71 (52)

C.O. Obuya 47 (58)

T.M. Odoyo 3-41

Shahid Afridi 5-16

Man of the Match – Umar Akmal (Pakistan)

Pakistan won by 205 Runs

 

West Indies vs. South Africa

The West Indies collapsed at the end of their innings, losing their last five wickets for just 13 runs. Imran Tahir (formerly of Pakistan) took four wickets for 41 runs on his South Africa debut. Things got worse for the Windies when Dwayne Bravo injured his knee immediately after bowling just the first ball of his third over. AB de Villiers scored 107 not out at just over a run a ball to see South Africa home by all of seven wickets after a short rain stoppage.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 7, Group B) – Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi, India

South Africa won the toss and elected to field

West Indies

vs.

South Africa

222 (47.3 overs @ 4.67 rpo)

Day/Night Match

223-3 (42.5 overs @ 5.21 rpo)

D.M. Bravo 73 (82)

A.B. de Villiers 107* (105)

Imran Tahir 4-41

K.A. Pollard 1-37

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

South Africa won by 7 Wickets

 

New Zealand vs. Australia

Australia won their second game in a row as they attempt to win the World Cup for a fourth consecutive time, and in doing so brought New Zealand back down to Earth with a bump. The Aussies never allowed the Black Caps to put a big partnership together and restricted their neighbours to just 206. Shane Watson and Brad Haddin put on 133 runs for the opening wicket and set up a seven wicket victory for Australia. But the New Zealand players probably had other things on their minds.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 8, Group A) – Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur, India

Australia won the toss and elected to field

New Zealand

vs.

Australia

206 (45.1 overs @ 4.56 rpo)

Day Match

207-3 (34.0 overs @ 6.09 rpo)

N.L. McCullum 52 (76)

S.R. Watson 62 (61)

M.G. Johnson 4-33

H.K. Bennett 2-63

Man of the Match – M.G. Johnson (Australia)

Australia won by 7 Wickets

 

Bangladesh vs. Ireland

Bangladesh avenged their 2007 World Cup defeat to Ireland with a 27 run victory against them. Ireland thought that their luck was in after they had bowled Bangladesh out for 205 and were 75-2 themselves. But spurred on by their home fans the Tigers dug deep and didn’t allow any Irish batsmen to get a score of 40 in the low scoring match. The wheels ended up coming off Ireland’s run chase and they ended up losing a game they really should have won.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 9, Group B) – Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat

Bangladesh

vs.

Ireland

205 (49.2 overs @ 4.16 rpo)

Day/Night Match

178 (45.0 overs @ 3.96 rpo)

Tamim Iqbal 44 (43)

N.J.N. O’Brien 38 (52)

A.C. Botha 3-32

Shafiul Islam 4-21

Man of the Match – No Award

Bangladesh won by 27 Runs

 

Stumpy: “Coming up next are two MASSIVE matches and I can’t wait!

P92: “You’d be referring to Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka and India vs. England I take it?

Stumpy: “Yep. Sri Lanka and India all the way!

P92: “Sri Lanka and England all the way!

Stumpy and P92 glare at each other.

THE first four matches of the 2011 Cricket World Cup has seen little in the way of shocks. The status quo has had it rather easy, which in turn makes me feel rather uneasy ahead of England’s opening match against the Netherlands.

India vs. Bangladesh

India’s Virender Sehwag smashed a huge 175 in the opening match for India who scored at almost seven and a half runs an over. They ended up with a score of 340-7 of their 50 overs and Bangladesh never really seemed like they would chase 341. But to their credit they weren’t all out and finished on a total of 283-9, thus giving India the win by 87 runs.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 1, Group B) – Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field

India

vs.

Bangladesh

370-4 (50.0 overs @ 7.40 rpo)

Day/Night Match

283-9 (50.0 overs @ 5.66 rpo)

V. Sehwag 175 (140)

Tamim Iqbal 70 (86)

Mohammad Mahmudallah 1-49

M.M. Patel 4-48

Man of the Match – V. Sehwag (India)

India won by 87 Runs

 

New Zealand vs. Kenya

In the second match New Zealand annihilated Kenya. The African side won the toss, went in to bat and were duly bowled out for just 69 in 23.5 overs. Man of the match Hamish Bennett took four wickets for just 16 runs. New Zealand went about their run chase at great speed. They managed to get smash 72 runs off just 8 overs at a run rate of nine an over to win by 10 wickets. They will be brimming with confidence ahead of their next match, an ANZAC derby with Australia.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 2, Group A) – MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai, India

Kenya won the toss and elected to bat

New Zealand

vs.

Kenya

72-0 (8.0 overs @ 9.00 rpo)

Day Match

69 (23.5 overs @ 2.90 rpo)

M.J. Guptill 39* (32)

R.R. Patel 16* (23)

N.N. Odhiambo 0-5

H.K. Bennett 4-16

Man of the Match – H.K. Bennett (New Zealand)

New Zealand won by 10 Wickets

 

Sri Lanka vs. Canada

Sri Lanka continued the trend of the stronger teams winning comfortably. They scored 332-7, which included a century from Mahela Jayawardene and a 92 from captain and keeper Kumar Sangakkara, who also dismissed four Canadian batsmen in their chase. Canada (who ran England close in a warm-up game) limped to 122 all out and Sri Lanka won by a grand total of 210 runs.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 3, Group A) – Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat

Sri Lanka

vs.

Canada

332-7 (50.0 overs @ 6.64 rpo)

Day/Night Match

122 (36.5 overs @ 3.31 rpo)

D.P.M. Jayawardene 100 (81)

Rizwan Cheema 37 (35)

J.M. Davison 2-56

K.M.D. Kulasekara 3-16

Man of the Match – D.P.M. Jayawardene (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lanka won by 210 Runs

 

Australia vs. Zimbabwe

Three-times reigning world champions Australia got their campaign off to a comfortable start by beating Zimbabwe by 91 runs. Shane Watson opened with a score of 79 to help the Aussies to a score of 262-6. In reply Zimbabwe were bowled out for just 171, with Mitchell Johnson rediscovering his form which deserted him in the Ashes, finishing with figures of 4-19.  

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 4, Group A) – Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad, India

Australia won the toss and elected to bat

Australia

vs.

Zimbabwe

262-6 (50.0 overs @ 5.24 rpo)

Day/Night Match

171 (46.2 overs @ 3.69 rpo)

S.R. Watson 79 (92)

A.G. Cremer 37 (51)

C.B. Mpofy 2-58

M.G. Johnson 4-19

Man of the Match – S.R. Watson (Australia)

Australia won by 91 Runs

 

The next four matches are: England vs. Netherlands (Group B), Pakistan vs. Kenya (Group A), South Africa vs. West Indies (Group B) and New Zealand vs. Australia (Group A).

Stumpy: “Will England keep up appearances by beating Netherlands?

P92: “Yes. I can’t see them beating us. No way.

Stumpy: “You said that about that Twenty20 game in 2009 and the Dutch won.

P92: “Shh! Anybody can beat anybody at Twenty20, but the Dutch won’t beat England in a full blown O.D.I.