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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!

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.

HOW to sum up matches 18 – 20 of the Cricket World Cup? ‘Two thrashings and some splashing’ works…I think.

Zimbabwe vs. New Zealand

New Zealand won their second match of this World Cup by 10 wickets, this time against Zimbabwe. The Africans won the toss but their top order – with the exception of opener Brendan Taylor (44 off 57) – failed with the bat. It was left to the Zimbabwe lower order to help bring their total up to their eventual 162.

New Zealand’s openers, Martin Guptill and wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum, went about putting memories of their match against Australia to bed. The pair put on the highest opening partnership of the World Cup so far, 166, which was also what they needed to make in order to win the match for the Black Caps.  

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 18, Group A) – Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad, India

Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat

Zimbabwe

vs.

New Zealand

162 (46.2 overs @ 3.50 rpo)

Day Match

166-0 (33.3 overs @ 4.96 rpo)

B.R.M. Taylor 44 (57)

M.J. Guptill 86* (108)

T.G. Southee 3-29

G.A. Lamb 0-18

Man of the Match – M.J. Guptill (New Zealand)

New Zealand won by 10 Wickets

 

Bangladesh vs. West Indies

 The West Indies utterly humiliated Bangladesh in their own back yard. The Windies bowled out Bangladesh for just 58: the 11th lowest total in O.D.I. history, the fourth lowest total in World Cup history, and Bangladesh’s lowest ever O.D.I. total. It took just 12.2 overs for the West Indies to secure victory by nine wickets and an early bus ride back to their hotel. But their bus got stoned by angry Bangladesh fans, who also reportedly stoned the house of the Bangladesh captain, Shakib Al Hasan. This has prompted the ICC to say that it will move matches if it feels that the players’ safety is threatened. This remember is why Pakistan lost all their hosting rights, although that particular incident was quite a lot worse.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 19, Group B) – Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat

Bangladesh

vs.

West Indies

58 (18.5 overs @ 3.08 rpo)

Day/Night Match

59-1 (12.2 overs @ 4.78 rpo)

Junaid Siddique 25 (27)

C.H. Gayle 37* (36)

S.J. Benn 4-18

Naeem Islam 1-14

Man of the Match – No Award

West Indies won by 9 Wickets

 

Sri Lanka vs. Australia

The much anticipated re-match of the last World Cup Final was spoilt by rain just as it was getting intriguing. Sri Lanka’s wicketkeeper captain, Kumar Sangakkara, provided the backbone of his side’s innings, scoring 73 not out. But after 32.5 overs of the match were bowled, the players fled the field after a nasty downpour parked itself over Colombo. No more play was possible, so the match was abandoned with both sides taking a point each.

2011 Cricket World Cup (Match 20, Group A) – R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat

Sri Lanka

vs.

Australia

146-3 (32.5 overs @ 4.45 rpo)

Day/Night Match

0-0 (0.0 overs @ 0.00 rpo)

K.C. Sangakkara 73* (102)

? 0 (0)

S.W. Tait 1-23

? 0-0

Man of the Match – No Award

Match Abandoned (rain) after 32.5 overs of Sri Lanka’s innings. No Result

 

Stumpy: “I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for the way the Bangladesh fans acted towards the West Indian team after their match.

P92: “Indeed. There is no place in Cricket for bad losers.

Stumpy: “Hang on; you were in a foul mood when Ireland beat England.

P92: “Yes but neither I nor any England fans in India stoned Ireland’s bus did we?

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.

Murali – A must pick for any fantasy XI.

YESTERDAY in Galle Sri Lanka beat rivals India in the first Test match of their series by 10 wickets. But the result doesn’t really matter when you consider the significance of the match.

Muttiah Muralitharan was playing in his last ever Test match for Sri Lanka – the end of a record breaking and rule book rewriting era.

The off-spinner played his first Test for Sri Lanka against Australia way back in late August 1992, and made Craig McDermott his first victim by trapping him L.B.W. Muralitharan’s last wicket was that of India’s Pragyan Ojha. This was the last ball he would ever bowl in Test Cricket, and with it took his 800th wicket.

I doubt that we will ever see this record surpassed in our life-times, if indeed ever. The closest any other bowler comes to him in terms of wickets taken is Australia’s Shane Warne with 708.

Now to me, Cricket is a game of statistics. So here are some of Muralitharan’s astonishing bowling numbers from his 133 Test matches (one of which was played for ICC World XI).

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wickets

Economy

Average

Strike Rate

7,339.5

1,792

18,180

800

2.48

22.73

55.05

Murali took 67 five wicket innings, and 22 ten wicket matches along the way. These are both international records to his name, as are these:

  • Most international wickets in all forms of the game – 1,320.
  • Only player to take ten wickets in a match against every other Test nation.
  • Only player to take ten wickets in a match in four consecutive matches. (He did this twice).
  • Only player to take 50 wickets against every other Test nation.
  • Only player to take seven wickets in an innings against five Test nations.
  • Most Bowled dismissals – 157. (This is the most common dismissal in Test Cricket bar Run Out).
  • Most Stumped dismissals – 41.
  • Most Caught & Bowled dismissals – 31.
  • Most Man of the Series awards – 11.
  • Only player to take 75+ wickets in a calendar year three times – 2000, 2001 & 2006.

Correct at time of publication.

He never took all ten wickets in an innings unfortunately. Muralitharan’s best in that department is 9 for 51 against Zimbabwe. His best figures in a match are 16 for 220 against England at The Oval in 1998.

He was also handy with a bat in his hand instead of a ball. He scored 1,261 runs at an average of 11.68. His best score was 67 against India in 2001. But he scored 33 Ducks and four Pairs as well, so it is a good thing he didn’t quit his day job – causing the batsmen the world over hell. Muralitharan also made himself useful in the field taking 72 catches.

Personally I’m sad to see him go, but at the age of 38 I can see why he has decided to call an end to his Test career, and on the highest possible note to boot.