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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%)

INDIA are the new Cricket world champions, having beaten fellow co-hosts Sri Lanka by six wickets in the Final in Mumbai. Unfortunately due to a work load of a more important kind than what goes on this blog, I haven’t really had the time to review the Final. This is why I’m sticking the link to the game’s Wikipedia page below so you can read about the match in much more detail. I hope this isn’t a problem for you.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Cricket_World_Cup_Final

Sri Lanka vs. India

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 49, The Final) – Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India

Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat

Sri Lanka

vs.

India

274-6 (50.0 overs @ 5.48 rpo)

Day/Night Match

277-4 (48.2 overs @ 5.73 rpo)

D.P.M. Jayawardene 103* (88)

G. Gambhir 97 (122)

Yuvraj Singh 2-49

S.L. Malinga 2-42

Man of the Match – M.S. Dhoni (India)

India won by 6 Wickets

 

India’s Yuvraj Singh was awarded ‘Player of the Tournament’ for his 362 runs (at an average of 90.50), 15 wickets (at an average of 25.13), three catches and four ‘Man of the Match’ awards.

Sri Lankan opener Tillakaratne Dilshan ended up as the top run scorer of this World Cup, with exactly 500 runs to his name at an average of 62.50. Dilshan and his opening partner Upul Tharanga made the highest partnership (282) in their group match against Zimbabwe.

Virender Sehwag (India) made the highest individual score of the tournament in the first match (Bangladesh vs. India), scoring 175 off of 140 balls. In this innings India also made the highest team score of the tournament – 370-4 at 7.40 runs per over.

With the ball, both Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi and India’s Zaheer Khan finished as the joint highest wicket takers of the competition, with 21 victims each.

West Indies Kemar Roach recorded the best individual figures in an innings, taking 6-27 against the Netherlands – Hat-Trick included.

Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara took the most dismissals of this World Cup. The wicketkeeper caught ten batsman and stumped a further four. His good friend Mahela Jayawardene took the most catches by an outfielder, with a grand total of eight.

P92: “Well that’s it for another four years. The 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup is to be co-hosted between Australia and New Zealand.

Stumpy: “It’s been fun covering this World Cup with you, and I hope England have a successful summer…apart from when Sri Lanka and India tour.

P92: “But they’re the only sides coming over to England in the summer.

Stumpy: “Exactly.

We are now at the stage of the tournament where nobody wants to lose. Well curiously if I was going to lose in a knock-out tournament I would rather lose here than in the Final, but that’s just me.

New Zealand vs. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka survived this potential banana-skin Semi-Final against New Zealand in order to make their third World Cup Final, their previous appearances coming in 1996 (victory over Australia) and 2007 (loss to Australia).

New Zealand looked to be one course for a high total, but fell from 192-4 to 217 all out with seven balls of their innings remaining. Muttiah Muralitharan, playing his last ever international in Sri Lanka, did just as he did in his last Test match by taking a wicket with his final ball. The victim on this occasion was Scott Styris who was caught in the leg trap.

Sri Lanka’s reply was steady, with Tillekeratne Dilshan and keeper/captain Kumar Sangakkara putting on 120 for the second wicket. But Sri Lanka slipped from 160-1 to 185-5 by the 43rd over, exactly the same position New Zealand had found themselves in (but for the loss of one more wicket). The match was anyone’s, and that anyone proved to be Sri Lanka who reached the target score without the loss of any further wickets. There was a comedy of errors right at the death which didn’t ease the tension one bit.

Fireworks were set to go off all around the stadium when and if Sri Lanka won, and with less than four needed to win somebody was developing an itchy trigger finger. The fireworks were set off just as the ball which Thilan Samaraweera hit for four was being bowled. ‘Dead Ball’ was called and the winning runs didn’t count, but as we know now Sri Lanka still won.

New Zealand’s long standing captain Daniel Vettori has since stepped down as the Black Caps skipper, but this was the plan anyway. He and his team go back home with their heads held high, but yet again taste bitter defeat in a sixth Semi-Final. They are still waiting for their first Final appearance.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 47, Semi-Final 1) – R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat

New Zealand

vs.

Sri Lanka

217 (48.5 overs @ 4.44 rpo)

Day/Night Match

220-5 (47.5 overs @ 4.60 rpo)

S.B. Styris 57 (77)

T.M. Dilshan 73 (93)

B.A.W. Mendis 3-35

T.G. Southee 3-57

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

Sri Lanka won by 5 Wickets

 

India vs. Pakistan

This was more than just a Cricket match. This was (hopeful) the first step on the road to peace for these two rival countries.

On the pitch India, after winning the toss and electing to bat, got off to a flying start and the crowd watched eagerly as Sachin Tendulkar set about trying to score his 100th century for India. Pakistan it seems, were determined to help him out as well. They conspired to drop him on no less than four occasions after he had originally been saved by a correct L.B.W. appeal (he had been given out) and by a fraction of an inch the very next ball when he was almost stumped. Tendulkar fell just 15 runs short of his century, but his innings had set India on their way to a grand total of 260-9 after their 50 overs. Pakistan’s star bowler was Wahab Riaz, who took a career best 5-46 which included clean bowling Yuvraj Singh for a golden duck.

Pakistan knew they could chase India’s total down, and India more than anybody knew that. Pakistan like India made a fast start, but India were sharper in the field and took wickets regularly as some Pakistani batsmen began to crack under the pressure. Even captain Shahid Afridi lost his bottle (and thus his wicket) before he really got going. Pakistan also didn’t help their cause by not taking the batting power play until it was forced upon them. Misbah-ul-Haq’s slow batting also wasn’t what Pakistan needed. They eventually ran out of balls and with a win impossible Misbah-ul-Haq thumped the ball down Virat Kohli’s throat and gave the win and a place in the Final to India by 29 runs. This will also be India’s third Final after 1983 (victory over West Indies) and 2003 (loss to Australia).

Off the pitch the match broke records and helped to close old wounds. The game was watched by a global TV audience of over 1 billion people, putting up there with the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners and the funeral of Pope John Paul II in terms of audience figures.

Elsewhere, in the ground itself, the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan sat together and watched the match. After the games, Yousaf Raza Gillani (Pakistan) and Manmohan Singh (India) pledged to resolve their differences and to cooperate in the investigation into the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

This is why I love sport so much. It can tear down any wall.    

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 48, Semi-Final 2) – Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh, India

India won the toss and elected to bat

India

vs.

Pakistan

260-9 (50.0 overs @ 5.20 rpo)

Day/Night Match

231 (49.5 overs @ 4.64 rpo)

S.R. Tendulkar 85 (115)

Misbah-ul-Haq 56 (76)

Wahab Riaz 5-46

A. Nehra 2-33

Man of the Match – S.R. Tendulkar (India)

India won by 29 Runs

 

So finally after 48 matches, we have the two teams who will contest the tenth World Cup Final…and it’s an organisers dream.

SRI LANKA

Vs.

INDIA

Match to be played at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India

 

P92 “I believe India vs. Pakistan at the 2011 World Cup will go down in the annals of sporting history for both its quality and its outside impact.  

Stumpy: “I totally agree with you. Now comes the really hard question: Sri Lanka or India? Murali or the Little Master?

P92: “I can’t answer that. I just hope the best team wins.

Stumpy: “Again my friend I’m going to have to agree with you.

P92: “You can watch the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup Final on Sky Sports 1 from 9am on Saturday 2 April.

Stumpy: “Hold onto your hats, because this is all set up to be an absolute classic.

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!

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.

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.

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 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.