Cricket World Cup upsets through the years

Raza Haidery
By Raza Haidery February 16, 2015 14:50

Cricket World Cup upsets through the years

Sri Lanka beat India in 1979 World Cup:

India elected to field first in the match but Sri Lanka scored 238-5 in their allotted 60 overs. India, despite an opening stand of 60 runs, were back in the pavilion for just 191 on the board, thus losing the match by 47 runs.

Zimbabwe beat Australia in 1983 World Cup:

Zimbabwe, playing their first one day international, defeated the Australian side by 13 runs.

Duncan Fletcher scored 69 against an attack which included the likes of Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson and took four wickets to win the match for his side.

Zimbabwe beat England in 1992 World Cup:

England, chasing a low target of 134, were shockingly back in the pavilion for 125 on the scoreboard. The African country was granted the status of a test playing nation after three months.

Kenya beat West Indies in 1996 World Cup:

West Indies dismissed Kenya for 166 as they chose to field first in their World Cup. The Kenyan side stunned the world as they bowled out the WIndies on 93 runs, clinching the match by 73 runs.

Bangladesh beat Pakistan in 1999 World Cup:

Pakistan, chasing the target of 224, were all out on 161 inside 45 overs against Bangladesh in the ’99 edition of the World Cup. Bangladesh were granted the status as a test playing nation in the same year.

Kenya beat Sri Lanka in 2003 World Cup:

Sri Lanka faced a 53 run shock defeat at the hands of Kenya in 2003 World Cup. Kenya had defeated Bangladesh and Zimbabwe to reach the quarter-final stage of the tournament.

Kenya beat Bangladesh in 2003 World Cup:

Maurice Odumbe’s four wicket haul gave Kenyans 32 run victory over the Asian side.

Kenya beat Zimbabwe in 2003 World Cup:

Zimbabwe were back in pavilion at 133 but the Kenyans chased the target in 26 overs with the loss of three wickets.

Canada beat Bangladesh in 2003 World Cup:

Canada, batting first in the match, against Bangladesh could put up 180 but the five wicket haul of Austin Codridge helped his team dismiss Bangladesh for 120 runs.

Ireland beat Pakistan in 2007 World Cup:

Pakistan were dismissed for 132 after being put into bat and the Irish chased down the target with three wickets in hand, thus knocking the green shirts out of the tournament.

Ireland beat Bangladesh in 2007 World Cup:

Ireland chose to take the crease first and scored 243 thanks to a half century from William Porterfield. In reply, Bangladesh could only manage 169 runs on the board.

Ireland beat England in 2011 World Cup:

England, who managed 327 runs in the first innings against Ireland, were taken to the cleaners as Irish side chased the target with three wicket to spare thanks to the fastest century in a World Cup match by Kevin O’Brien.

Raza Haidery is an avid cricket, football and tennis fan with a degree in Social Sciences.



Raza Haidery
By Raza Haidery February 16, 2015 14:50


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