World Cup 2007 Story Part 4


World cup 2007 was one of the worst tournament India had after 1979. India lost to Bangladesh, it is the biggest upset till now for the Indian cricket team. India had to win against Sri Lanka but they lost by 69 runs. After these two losses, India was knocked out from the tournament. This was the third time when Australia showed their dominance. They won the tournament for the third consecutive time. Same as India Pakistan lost to Ireland which knocked out Pakistan from the tournament. Teams qualified for the next round were Australia, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, South Africa, England Windies, Bangladesh, and Ireland. Australia leads the group by winning matches, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and South Africa follow them for the next round of semi-final.

In semi-final Sri Lanka faced New Zealand captain Jayawardene scored 115 runs and Tharanga added 70 runs for Sri Lanka and his contribution take the score to 289 for 5 which was enough target to defend. To chance, this target Newzealand needs a miracle but after the wickets of captain Fleming and Taylor, they lost all the hope. Fulton and Styris contributed to the score to 208 but even they were not able to change this target.

On the other hand, South Africa lost to Australia in the one-sided match by 7 wickets. Australia faced Sri Lanka in the final at Bridgetown Barbados. Due to rain, the match was played for 38 overs instead of 50. Australia opener fired up and Gilchrist 149 runs set the target of 281 runs for 4 wickets. Sri Lanka not able to test this target even Sangakkara’s 54 runs were not even enough to chase and Sri Lanka lost by 53 runs by (D/L method).