World Cup Roundup: 1st four Matches…

After four years of wait, most prestigious tournament of Cricket, World Cup, has finally started in sub-continent. It is featuring 5 associates nations, non-test playing countries, and 9 member teams of International Cricket Council, ICC. 

1st Match: The first match of CWC 2011 was played between the two hosts of World Cup, Hot favourite India and under dogs Bangladesh at Dhaka. India, after winning the toss posted mammoth total of 370 runs. Opener Virender Sehwag, scored a breath-taking innings of 175 runs. He was well supported by the talented youngster, Virat Kohli, who also scored an impressive century.

In reply, Bangali tigers tried hard, Imrul Kayes provided them with a good start, other batsmen also responded well, every one chipping in and scored some valuable runs but the target proved to be too much. Bangladesh scored 283 runs in their 50 overs, falling short by 87 runs.

Man Of The Match: Without any doubt, Virender Sehwag was awarded the Man Of The Match award of the curtain raiser.

2nd Match: It was played between the group A teams of, struggling        New Zealand and semi finalists of 2003 world cup, Kenya.

Kenyan Captain Jimmy Kamande made a brave decision of batting first after winning the toss and the decision as was expected went in wrong way, Kenya was bowled out within 24 overs for mere 69 runs. Hamesh Bennet was the pick of the bowlers, he took 4 wickets only conceding 16 runs in his 5 overs.

In reply, Kiwi openers Martin Guptill and Bredon McCullum proved to be too much for the bowlers. New Zealand chased the target of 70 runs in 8 overs winning the match by 10 wickets.

Man Of The Match: Hamesh Bennet was named player of the match for his impressive bowling performance.

3rd Match: Co-hosts and winners of 1996 world cup Srilanka faced Canada in the fourth encounter of the WC.

Srilanka after winning the toss batted first. Captain, Kumar Sangakara and  ex-captain, Mahela Jayawardena helped their team to post a total of 332 runs. Mahela Jayawardena scored another century while Kumar Sangakara scored 92 runs.

In their reply, Canadian batsmen proved to be the wall of glass in front of experience bowling line up of SriLanka. Canada was dismissed for 122 runs in 37 over. Hence, SriLanka winning the match by 210 runs.

Man Of The Match: Mahela Jayawardena was named maned of the match.

5th Match: Defending champions and undefeated in their last 28 games of world cup, Australia competed Zimbabwe in 5th match.

Australia after winning the toss chose to bat first. Zimbabwean bowlers kept things tight right from the start. The bowled perfect line and length and at tremendous pace. The over rate of more than 15 oph was maintained throughout the Australian innings. With Shane Watson and Micheal Clarke’s fighting innings Aussies were able to score 262 runs in 50 overs.

In reply, Zimbabwean batsmen seemed to be threatening for short spans of time but no one was able to stay there for long. Zimbabwean innings folded in 47th over when they were bowled out for 171 runs falling short by 91 runs.

Man Of The Match: Shane Watson was awarded man of the match for his 79 runs fighting innings.

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