Upsets that rocked the cricketing world

Upsets that rocked the cricketing world

The cricket World Cup has seen certain chapters repeat over the years. The West Indies dominated the scene in the early stage. The second half saw the Australians soar to the top with three straight titles to their credit. And not to be missed is the constant hunger of the sub-continent teams to be at the top.


Amidst this, there have been quite a few interesting twists to the tale, with teams least expected to come good producing stunning victories over stronger opposition. Here’s the pick of those moments that shook the cricketing world.

India's arrival (1983)After surprising the Caribbeans with a 34-run victory in their first match, India progressed steadily to the final, though nobody expected them to triumph on the biggest stage. Some inspired performances had lifted their spirits but none gave them a chance against the mighty West Indies. 

Indian hearts sank when the team was bundled out for 183 at the iconic Lord’s. West Indies seemed to be in command with Viv Richards in full flow. But a breathtaking catch from Kapil and some clever bowling from Mohinder Amarnath tilted the game in India's favour and Kapil's Devils became world champions for the first time. They won by 43 runs, inarguably an epoch-making triumph.Fletcher the hero (1983)

In their first official one-day international, Zimbabwe  met a confident Australian side at Nottingham. Reduced to 94 for five, they seemed to be on the wrong track. Skipper Duncan Fletcher then took up the recovery act. Fletcher was patience personified, stitching a useful 70-run alliance with Kevin Curran (27). In his unbeaten stay of 69, Fletcher slammed five boundaries and took Zimbabwe to a respectful 239 for six. The Aussies started well, but after the dismissal of opener Kepler Wessels, they slowly fell back on the required rate.  
Fletcher sprung into action with the ball too, picking four crucial wickets as Zimbabwe kept pegging the Aussies back. They eventually held their nerves to win by 13 runs.
Kenyan coup (1996)

In the group stage encounter at Pune, the match was turning out to be a lopsided affair, with Kenya skittled out for just 166.

West Indies lost early wickets but and they looked up to Brian Lara. But on that day, Lara was not in his familiar touch and the Kenyan team scented a possible win. 

Opening bowler Rajab Ali ended Lara's (8) painful stay and there was no looking back for Kenya. West Indies lost the plot and gave in to the pressure. Kenya bowled them out for 93 and registered a shocking 73-run victory.Kenya at it again (2003)

In their Group B game against Sri Lanka at  Nairobi, opener and wicket-keeper Kennedy Otieno's 60 spurred Kenya to a modest total of 210, not a great total against a strong Lankan team. But Kenya played with unceasing energy which saw them toppling the islanders. After a poor start, the experienced duo of Arvinda De Silva and Hashan Tillakaratne steadied the ship. Leg spinner Collins Obuya removed Tillakaratne and then became instrumental in spinning a fairy tale victory with a five-wicket haul (5/24). Sri Lanka were all out for 157. The Kenyan team celebrated with a  lap of honour.

Ireland stun Pak (2007)

Playing in a must win game at Jamaica against a non-Test playing nation, Pakistan were expected to cruise. But Ireland had other plans. It was a match where the O’Brien brothers — Kevin and Niall — showed their class. Ireland chose to field and demolished the Pakistan batting. 

All-rounder Kevin also came up with a tight spell, stifling the Pakistani batting. Pakistan were eventually bowled out for 132. Ireland's chase got off to a disastrous start  with the top order failing to fire. Rain interruption lead to a revised target of 128 off 47 overs. Niall’s 72 then came at the right time and Ireland rode to a major victory. Pakistan crashed out of the competition after the three-wicket defeat.
Bangla tigers roar (2007)

Runners-up in 2003, India were favoured to do well in the 2007 edition. They faced a confident Bangladesh in the first match at Trinidad. Bangladesh struck early, pushing India to the wall. 

Mashrafe Mortaza breathed fire with a four-wicket haul (4/38) to dismantle the Indian batting unit. 

Useful knocks from  Sourav Ganguly (77), Yuvraj Singh (47) and a 32-run final wicket stand between Munaf Patel and Zaheer Khan helped India scrape to 191. Tamim Iqbal (51) and Mushfiqur Rahim (56) then launched a strong assault on the wayward Indian bowlers and pulled off the first upset of the event with a handsome five-wicket win.

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