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ENGLAND vs. India at Lord’s 2011 saw Test Match Cricket (the pure form of the game) celebrate a very special landmark, its 2,000th match.

The match was also the 100th Test Match between England and India, but all eyes were on one man…the Little Master Sachin Tendulkar.

Tendulkar went into this match on 99 international hundreds. You couldn’t have set it up better. Tendulkar scoring his 100th 100 in the 100th Test between England and India at Lord’s (the home of Cricket) in the 2,000th Test.

But Tendulkar’s highest score at Lord’s before this Test was only 37, and as fate would have it, 37 is still his highest score at Lord’s. He was caught in the slips by Graeme Swann off the bowling of Stuart Broad for 34 in India’s first innings, and was out L.B.W. to James Anderson in India’s
second innings for only 12.

The Man of the Match was Kevin Pietersen. After his slowest 50 in Test Cricket in England’s first innings, he powered his way to his third double hundred in 326 balls, hitting 21 fours and one six.

With this win, England go 1-0 up in the four Test series that the hosts must win by two clear Tests in order to become world No. 1, a title currently held by the tourists.

England vs. India

England vs. India 1st Test @ Lord’s, 21/07/2011 – The 2,000th Test Match and 100th between England and India

India won the toss and elected to bowl

England

vs.

India

474-8dec.

(131.4 overs @ 3.60 rpo)

1st Innings

286

(95.5 overs @ 2.98 rpo)

K.P. Pietersen 202*

R. Dravid 103*

P. Kumar 5-106

S.C.J. Broad 4-37

269-6dec.

(71.0 overs @ 3.79 rpo)

2nd Innings

261

(96.3 overs @ 2.70 rpo)

M.J. Prior 103*

S.K. Raina 78

I. Sharma 4-59

J.M. Anderson 5-65

Man of the Match – K.P. Pietersen (England)

England won by 196 Runs, England lead series 1-0 with three Tests remaining.

 

So far ten nations and the ICC World XI have played a Test Match. Kenya were so close to gaining Test status in 2003 after their Semi-Final appearance in the World Cup, but lately Kenyan Cricket has gone through hard times. Ireland and Afghanistan have said that they want to want to have Test status bestowed upon them.

Nation

Test Debut

Matches

Wins

Draws

Loses

Ties

Australia

15/03/1877

730 (36.5%)

341

195

192

2

Bangladesh

10/11/2000

68 (3.4%)

3

6

59

0

England

15/03/1877

912 (45.6%)

323

328

261

0

ICC World XI

14/10/2005

1 (0.05%)

0

0

1

0

India

25/06/1932

452 (22.6%)

110

201

140

1

New Zealand

10/01/1930

364 (18.2%)

68

149

147

0

Pakistan

16/10/1952

358 (17.9%)

108

150

100

0

South Africa

12/03/1889

358 (17.9%)

125

109

124

0

Sri Lanka

17/02/1982

201 (10.05%)

61

69

71

0

West Indies

23/06/1928

473 (23.65%)

153

163

156

1

Zimbabwe

18/10/1992

83 (4.15%)

8

26

49

0

TOTAL

2,000

1,300 (65%)

698 (34.9%)

2 (0.1%)

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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.

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.

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.

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?

IT’S official; the World Cup has come alive. We have seen some fantastic matches (one of which will go down in the history books) and a Hat-Trick! But which teams came out on top? Read on to find out.

Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka

 Pakistan strengthened their reputation as the dark horse of this World Cup with a win against co-hosts Sri Lanka in their own back yard. After winning the toss and going into bat Pakistan made a competitive score of 277-7. Misbah-ul-Haq made it two half centuries in his first two World Cup matches with an unbeaten 83. Sri Lanka were slow in starting their run chase and lost wickets regularly, which hindered their run rate. Pakistan’s captain, Shahid Afridi once again led from the front by taking four wickets for 34 runs. In doing so he became only the second player in O.D.I. history to score 6,000 runs and take 300 wickets. The only other man who has achieved this, Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya, saw his fellow countrymen come up short by just 11 runs.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 10, Group A) – R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat

Pakistan

vs.

Sri Lanka

277-7 (50.0 overs @ 5.54 rpo)

Day/Night Match

266-9 (50.0 overs @ 5.32 rpo)

Misbah-ul-Haq 83* (91)

L.P.C. Silva 57 (78)

H.M.R. Herath 2-46

Shahid Afridi 4-34

Man of the Match – Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)

Pakistan won by 11 Runs

 

India vs. England

This match will surly go down in history as one of the greatest matches the Cricket World Cup has ever seen.  With the partisan home crowd behind him all the way, the legendary Sachin Tendulkar powered his way to his fifth World Cup century. This makes him the only player in history to achieve this. Tendulkar has now scored 98 centuries for India. Can you imagine the noise if he makes his 100th international 100 in India in this World Cup? When he was eventually out for 120, Tendulkar had helped India to a score of 236-3 and they looked set to make another huge total. But England hit back thanks largely to the bowling of Tim Bresnan. He helped clean up the Indian lower order and finished with figures of 5-48. India could have gone on to make around 350 to 360, but England still needed to make 339 to win. If successful this would be the highest run chase ever in the World Cup and third highest of all time. England lost Kevin Pietersen to a freak caught and bowled from Munaf Patel and Jonathan Trott fell with the score on a Nelson (111). But Captain Andrew Strauss was in superb form, and he along with Ian Bell smashed England to a score of 281-2. But Bell gave his wicket away in the batting power play (although he was lucky to be still at the crease after surviving a contentious referral). Strauss fell with the score still on 281, but his innings of 158 must be his finest for England in an O.D.I. Paul Collingwood went for just 1 and wicketkeeper Matt Prior went back to the pavilion with only 4 runs to his name. England were now 289-6 and contriving to throw the match away. Michael Yardy hit 13 off 10 balls and Bresnan made 14 of 9 balls to see England to within 20 of the target, but overs and wickets were quickly running out. Number ten Ajmal Shahzad larruped the first ball he faced for six to put England back on course for victory, but the last over didn’t quite go to plan thereafter, and it was left to Graeme Swann to hit a single of the last ball to tie one of the best matches O.D.I. cricket has seen.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 11, Group B) – M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, India

India won the toss and elected to bat

India

vs.

England

338 (49.5 overs @ 6.78 rpo)

Day/Night Match

338-8 (50.0 overs @ 6.76 rpo)

S.R. Tendulkar 120 (115)

A.J. Strauss 158 (145)

T.T. Bresnan 5-48

Zaheer Khan 3-64

Man of the Match – A.J. Strauss (England)

Match Tied

 

Zimbabwe vs. Canada

Zimbabwe got off to the worst possible start, losing Brendan Taylor to the very first ball of the match (a platinum duck). But a third wicket partnership of 181 between wicketkeeper Tatenda Taibu (98) and Craig Ervine (85) set Zimbabwe on their way to a total of 298-9. The start of Canada’s chase was awful. They lost their first three wickets to Raymond Price with just seven runs on the board. Price conceded only 16 runs from his eight overs, which included all of four maidens. Canada limped to 123 all out and a loss by 175 runs.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 12, Group A) – Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur, India

Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat

Zimbabwe

vs.

Canada

298-9 (50.0 overs @ 5.96 rpo)

Day Match

123 (42.1 overs @ 2.92 rpo)

T. Taibu 98 (99)

Z.E. Surkari 26 (48)

W.D. Balaji Rao 4-57

R.W. Price 3-16

Man of the Match – T. Taibu (Zimbabwe)

Zimbabwe won by 175 Runs

 

West Indies vs. Netherlands

After running England close in their first match, the Dutch were on a high…not in the narcotics sense. 😛 They won the toss, put the West Indies into bat and promptly wished that they hadn’t. Devon Smith and Chris Gayle cut loose and made exactly 100 for the first wicket. Smith made 53 and Gayle scored 80 when he departed the crease, just one run short of his 8,000th in O.D.I. cricket. Keiron Pollard hit 60 runs off just 27 balls in an innings which included five fours and four sixes. This along with a few other cameos got the West Indies to 330-8 from their 50 overs. Try as they might the Dutch just couldn’t rediscover the class they showed against England. There were only four scores in double figures and their ace in the pack, Ryan ten Doeschate only made 7. But the headlines went to West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach who finished with figures of 6-27 from 8.3 overs. His last three wickets came in the form of a Hat-Trick (Peter Seelar, Bernard Loots and Berend Westdijk the victims) which finished the Dutch innings with the score on 115, handing the West Indies a massive 215 run win.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 13, Group B) – Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi, India

Netherlands won the toss and elected to field

West Indies

vs.

Netherlands

330-8 (50.0 overs @ 6.60 rpo)

Day/Night Match

115 (31.3 overs @ 3.65 rpo)

C.H. Gayle 80 (110)

T.L.W. Cooper 55* (72)

P.M. Seelar 3-45

K.A.J. Roach 6-27

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

West Indies won by 215 Runs

 

Stumpy: “I don’t know about you but I was on the edge of my seat for most of that India vs. England match.

P92: “Oh trust me I was as well. I think the whole cricketing world was on the edge of its seat in the last overs.

Stumpy: “And what about that Hat-Trick!?

P92: “I can’t say. I was at school and missed it. :-(“

Stumpy: “Ha ha! :-D”

P92 gives Stumpy evils.

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.

WHAT a weekend this has been.

England won their opening Six Nations match in Wales 26-19. Ireland needed a late score to beat Italy in Rome 13-11, and reigning champions France beat Scotland at home 34-21.

The Premier League saw a whopping 43 goals in the ten fixtures this weekend. Results included: Everton 5-3 Blackpool, Newcastle 4-4 Arsenal (Arsenal were 4-0 up after 26 minutes), Wigan 4-3 Blackburn, Wolves 2-1 Man Utd (this ends Man Utd’s 29 match unbeaten run).

But the best result of all was Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool! Fernando Torres (JUDAS!) making his debut for €hel$ea couldn’t prevent Liverpool from doing the double over the defending league champions thanks to a second half strike from Raul Meireles. 😀

In Cricket, Australia completed a 6-1 O.D.I. series win over England by taking victory at the WACA Ground in Perth by 57 runs. This series has been to drawn out in my opinion. The two Twenty20 games should have been played on the same day and there should only have been three O.D.I. games. Now England have injures and tiredness to cope with before the World Cup in India/Sir Lanka/Bangladesh. A World Cup preview blog will appear on this site soon.

On the ugly side of the game now; three Pakistani cricketers have been handed down lengthy bans by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for last Augusts’ spot-fixing scandal at Lord’s. Former Captain Salman Butt has been banned for 10 years (five suspended) and bowlers Mohammads Asif and Amir have been banned for seven years (two suspended) and five years respectively for agreeing to bowl no-balls at a certain point in the match against England in exchange for money. All three have the right to appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Formula 1’s Robert Kubica may well have ended his F1 career after crashing heavily in a Rally in Genoa, Italy. The Pole hit a church wall at high speed and suffered fractures to his right arm, leg and hand. It is almost certain that he will miss the season opening Bahrain Grand Prix on 13 March. This means that his seat at Renault will now be filled by either former HRT driver Bruno Senna or 2009 Renault driver Romain Grosjean. Get well soon Robert.

And finally, I have just heard of the extremely sad news that legendary rock guitarist Gary Moore has died at the age of 58. 😦 He was found dead in the early hours of Sunday (6 February) morning while on holiday in Spain. During his musical career he released a number of solo albums and was once a member of Thin Lizzy and played with Greg Lake on one of my all time favorite albums. He will be sorely missed.

RIP Gary.