The 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup started this past weekend. For those who did not know, the tournament is being hosted by India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
The Proteas played in their first match of the tournament yesterday against the West Indies at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi. South Africa got off to a solid start, bowling out the West Indies for 222 runs. Newcomer Protea bowler Imran Tahir took 4 wickets in his first ever One Day International match. Dale Steyn (3), and Johan Botha (2) took the other wickets. 1 West Indies batsman was run out. The West Indies were bowled out in the 47th over.
South Africa came in to bat and were in trouble in the 5th over of their innings. At this stage the Proteas were 20/2. Both Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis were dismissed quickly by the West Indies. Luckily South African Captain Greame Smith and AB De Villiers dug in deep and rescued the SA innings. Smith managed to score 45 runs before he was bowled out by Pollard in the 28th Over. JP Duminy joined De Villiers at the crease and stayed with him until South Africa scored the winning runs in the 42nd over of their innings. De Villiers finished the match with 107 runs behind his name (which earned him the title of Man of the Match).
This was a brilliant start by the Proteas, let’s hope they keep this momentum going in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.
So far there have been 6 other matches played in the tournament. In the opening match in Mirpur on the 19th of Febuary India beat Bangladesh relatively comfortably by 87 runs. On the 20th of February New Zealand beat Kenya by 10 wickets and Sri Lanka beat Canada by 210 runs. On the 21st of February Australia beat Zimbabwe in Motera. England took on the Netherlands in Nagpur on the 22nd of February and almost lost the match. The manage to reach the 293 run target set by the Dutch with only 8 balls remaining in the match. On the 23rd of February Kenya took on Pakistan in Hambantota. Pakistan comfortably won the match by 205 runs.
There’s still plenty of cricket to come over the next month or so. The 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup final will be played on the 2nd of April. Check out the post on the Junk Mail blog which features the full 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup Match Schedule. If you’ve enjoyed reading this post, please share it with your friends.