World Cup Roundup: 5th Match-9th match…

ICC world Cup 2011 progresses further and unable to pull any up-set victory associate nations continue to be an easy prey for full nation. Defending champions Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, all win their matches comfortably and comprehensively while Netherlands, only mellow to score more than two hundred runs, was able to tease England but eventually gave up after keeping grip on the match in first half.

5th Match: After four one-sided contests next match was played between England and Netherlands. “Bradman of ODIs” Ryan Ten Doeshante played an innings of his life and scored his first hundred of the world cup. He helped his team to reach a winning total of 292. Netherlands scored 104 runs in last ten overs of the innings.

After an inspiring batting performance half of their job was done. For remaining, they were expecting their bowlers to deliver. Unfortunately for them, that didn’t happen. Dutch opening bowlers conceded too many runs and were unable to maintain pressure. Petersen and Strauss provided their team with much-needed foundation while middle order done the remaining job. After a pathetic day in fielding and an ordinary bowling performance, England was still able to emerge victorious. Beating Netherlands with 6 wickets in 49th over.

Ryan Ten Doeshante was named player of the match for his brilliant all round performance.

6th Match: After an unexpected performance from the mellow Netherlands, all eyes were on Kenya, the semi-finalists of 2003 WC, to prove their wealth. They face off against Pakistan in their 2nd match of competition.

After a forgettable performance against Kiwis, Kenyans were hoping for a comeback. Kenyan were asked to bowl first, their bowlers showed determination causing great problems for Pakistanis. They picked Pakistani openers within 7 overs and conceding only 12 runs going for less than 2 runs per overs.

After initial success, bowlers probably became over existed, started trying too hard, bowling too many variations hence, losing control of the bowl. They provided Kamran Akmal and Younis Khan with some juicy deliveries and experienced batsmen were confident enough to cash in every provided opportunity. Both shared an important partnership digging Pakistan out of the hole.

Then, world cup debutants, test skipper Misbah and talented Umar Akmal provided the required acceleration. With the four half centuries in the middle order Pakistan was able to score 318 runs from their 50 overs, bowlers appreciated their efforts by conceding 46 extras.

As far as Kenyan batting was concerned, it was repeat telecast of their poor show against New Zealand. Although, they started carefully but were not able to proceed in similar passion. With scorecard displaying 5 zeros, they were dismissed for just 112 runs. Shahid Afridi attained the best figures for a skipper in all World Cups by picking up 5 wickets for just 16 runs.

7th Match: On the 6th day of event, South Africa faced West Indies in 7 match of the tournament. Ambitious West Indies batted first against consistent South Africa.

Well, nothing unexpected occurred, West Indians started well, progressed slowly and when they were required to explode, they collapsed. With a vital performance by duo-Bravos West Indians were dismissed for just 222 runs with Darren Bravo scoring 72 and Dwayne Bravo scoring 40 runs. The Pakistani-born debutant Imran Tahir got 4 wickets.

In their reply, Africans saw two of their top scoring batsmen, Amla and Kallis heading back early but presence of Smith and AB de Villiers ensured no more dramas in the match. South Africa chased the target in 43 overs losing just 3 wickets. AB de Villiers was awarded man of the match for his century.

8th Match:With 29 WC matches winning streak on the line, Defending Champions Australia faced New Zealand in 8th game. Unfortunately, Kiwis put up a poor batting show again. They were only able to bat for 45 overs before been all out for just 206 runs on a flat wicket. Kiwis lost their first 7 wickets for just 121 runs then Vettori and Nathan McCullum shared a crucial partnership and helped their team to pass the 200 runs mark.

In reply, Watson and Haddin provided Aussies with a strong start while Clarke and White concluded the match with some responsible batting. Both Watto and Haddin scored half centuries and Kangaroos chased down the target with 7 wickets and 96 balls to spare. Mitchell Johnson was named Man Of  The Match for his another 4 wicket haul.

9th Match: After an early honorable defeat co-hosts Bangladesh played Ireland. Both teams eagerly wanted a win in order to get an early advantage. Bengali batsmen disappointed nearly a full house crowd by losing continuous wickets. Although, openers provided them with a reasonable but rest of the batsmen were not able to capitalize. They asked their bowlers to accomplish an uphill task by defending  a mere total of 205 runs. Tamim was top scorer with  44 runs.

Infact, Ireland’s reply was even worse. They kept conservative approach throughout the innings and lost wickets at crucial times before losing their last five wickets for just 28 runs. The sudden collapse resulted in an easy victory for the hosts. Bangladesh won the match and hence, 2 important points by 27 runs. Shafiul Islam played an important role in his team’s victory by picking up 4 wickets and was rightly named Man Of The Match.

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