The Newsroom recaps the action of the Cricket World Cup.
Dominant India beat West Indies
Since their first match against Pakistan, the world is watching a whole new India right now as they beat the West Indies by four wickets.
Batting first, West Indies managed to just score 182 runs in 44 overs for the cost of all wickets. Their top order looked really shaky against India’s bowling attack. Captain Jason Holder was the top scorer for the team by making 57. After the double ton against Zimbabwe, Chris Gayle failed again to make an impact against the Indians as he got out after scoring a nervous 21. Fast bowler Mohammed Shami was the pick of the bowler, claiming three wickets for 35 runs.
In reply, India also had to go under a nervy start as they lost their first five wickets for only 10 runs. But captain cool MS Dhoni kept his calm and made an unbeaten 45 to take India home. West Indians bowlers tried their best to make a match out of it but lack of runs in the scorecard has cost them the match.
Bowlers give Pakistan huge win
Pakistan has made a solid comeback against South Africa, beating them by 29 runs on a rain affected match at Auckland.
Both innings was reduced to 47 overs as the rain was preventing the match from going smoothly. Batting first, Pakistan has only managed to score 222 runs for 10 in their innings. Fast bowler Dale Steyn took three wickets in his 10 overs including the crucial wicket of Misbah-ul-Haq who made yet another half century to take his team in a modest total.
But some accurate bowling from Pakistani bowling line ups made the score big enough for the Proteas as they were five down for 77 at one stage. Captain AB de Villiers tried to take his team to victory by scoring 77 in just 58 balls but lack of support from the other end did not make it possible. They were bowled out for just 202 in 33.3 overs. Mohammad Irfan, the tallest bowler of the tournament, took three wickets for 52 runs and guided his team to victory.
Spirited Ireland shock Zimbabwe
Ireland has kept their quarterfinal hopes alive by beating Zimbabwe by five runs.
After winning the toss, captain Brendan Taylor asked Ireland to bat first and the Irish replied with a massive total of 331 in their 50 overs. Ed Joyce made a valiant 112 in 103 balls, supported well by Andy Balbirnie who scored 97 in just 79 balls. Tendai Chatara took three wickets for 61 runs in his 10 overs.
Zimbabwe started poorly in reply, losing first four wickets for just 74 runs. But Taylor and Sean Williams built a solid partnership and almost took their side to the victory. But some late blow from Irish bowlers and a controversial catch of Williams gave Ireland their third victory in the world cup. Alex Cusack took four wickets for 32 runs.
Dominant New Zealand overcome Blue Tigers
An all round effort from New Zealand made sure they stay on the top of Group A point as they beat Afghanistan convincingly by six wickets.
Spin legend Daniel Vettori took four wickets to make sure Afghanistan bowled out for only 186 runs. Najibullah Zadran and Samiullah Shenwari made some resistance by scoring 56 and 54 respectively.
In reply, New Zealand lost four wickets but was never in doubt to clinch the victory. Opener Martin Guptill high scored with 57 while Captain Brendon McCullum smashed 42 in 33 balls.
Maxwell maiden ton gives big win against Sri Lanka
Glenn Maxwell’s first one day century and some disciplined bowling from the bowlers gave Australia a comfortable win against Sri Lanka.
Batting first, Australia made 376 in their 50 overs, thanks to some nasty blow from Glenn Maxwell who made 102 from 73 balls. Shane Watson gave good support to him by scoring 67 off 41 balls after coming to bat at number six.
In reply, Sri Lanka scored 312 for 10 in 46.2 overs. Kumar Sangakkara high scored for the team with a 104 off 107 balls. James Faulkner made a good comeback with the ball by taking three wickets for 48 runs.
Bangladesh knock English out of Cup
It was a historical day for Bangladesh cricket in Adelaide as they beat England by 15 runs and enter the second round of the world cup for the first time.
Unlike their other matches, England got off to a good start. They took two Bangladesh wickets for eight runs. But Mahmudullah Riyad scored the first ever hundred in the world cup for Bangladesh.
He, alongside with some timely blowing from Mushfiqur gave Bangladesh a fighting total of 275 in their 50 overs.
England made a promising start with the bat, but the run out of Moeen Ali changed the whole scenario of the game. Jos Buttler tried his best to give his nation the victory, scoring 65 off 52 balls. But some accurate fast bowling from Bangladeshi Players did not allow it. Rubel Hossain took four wickets for 53 runs. His last two wickets helped Bangladesh to win one of the biggest matches in their history.
– Report and photo by Md Zahin