Top 4 biggest upsets in a world cup tournament.
One of the things that makes the ICC Cricket World Cup so special is the upsets and surprises that happen throughout the tournament. There is something about being on cricket’s grandest stage that lifts players up and draws teams together when taking on more favored opposition. Below are the top 4 biggest upsets in the world cup history.
4. Zimbabwe beat Australia by 13 runs in 1983 world cup.
Playing in its first official One-Day International, Zimbabwe was given no chance of competing against an Australia side stacked with legendary names like Lillee, Thomson, Border, Hookes and Marsh.
But someone forgot to tell Zimbabwe captain Duncan Fletcher as he top-scored with an unbeaten 69 in Zimbabwe’s innings before playing a leading hand with the ball.
Chasing 240 to win, Fletcher again played tormentor with four wickets as Australia fell 13 runs short to hand Zimbabwe a historic victory.
3. Kenya beat Sri lanka by 53 runs in 2003 world cup.
In 2003 world cup, Kenya not only made a giant stride towards a semi-final berth but also gave inspiration to all other Associate teams hoping to shine on cricket’s biggest stage.
Playing on home soil in Nairobi, opener Kennedy Otieno resisted the Sri Lanka bowlers to top score with 60 as Kenya was dismissed for 210, with Chaminda Vaas and Muttiah Muralidaran picking up seven wickets between them.
In response, Sri Lanka seemed to be cruising to victory at 70-2 until Collins Obuya came into the attack.
In one of the great spells of leg-spin bowling in the tournament’s history, Obuya left Sri Lanka in tatters with figures of 5-24 off 10 overs to help Kenya to an impressive 53 run victory.
2. India beat West Indies by 34 runs in 1983 world cup.
Kapil Dev's men stunned the cricketing fraternity by upsetting double world champions West Indies to begin their World Cup campaign on a high. Although Sunil Gavaskar, Mohinder Amarnath and Kapil Dev himself, had played in the multi-nation event before, the Indian side was considered to be relatively inexperienced
While Yashpal Sharma's determined 89 in the middle-order took India to a respectable total, Roger Binny and Ravi Shastri bowled very well and shared three wickets each as India enjoyed a 34-run win at Manchester.
1. Ireland beat Pakistan by 3 wickets in 2007 world cup.
Having already tied with Zimbabwe in its previous pool match, Ireland needed an unlikely victory over Pakistan to progress to the knockout stage of the tournament for the first time.
Ireland started strongly by reducing Pakistan to 72-6 before dismissing the powerhouse for 132. Although the wickets were shared around, Andre Botha was the standout with figures of 2-5 off eight overs.
In a tense chase, Pakistan speedster Mohammad Sami knocked the top off the Ireland order before wicketkeeper Niall O’Brien dug in for 72 as wickets fell around him.
At 113-7, Pakistan was poised to deny Ireland a famous victory before future hero Kevin O’Brien hit an unbeaten 16 to see Ireland home and Pakistan crashing out of the tournament.