Top 10 Upsets in the History of Cricket World Cup

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  • http://static.sify.com/cms/image/lb0rqPfjffbsi.jpg1. Zimbabwe beat Australia by 13 Runs, June 9, 1983

  • If there is one man in England who might understand what the Bangladeshis felt after their heady triumph at Cardiff it might be Duncan Fletcher, the English coach.

    Twenty twoyears back, Fletcher and his band ofZimbabweandebutants it was theirfirst-everODI game stunned Australia in the World Cup opener atTrent Bridgein 1983. Fletcher entered when the innings was on the verge of collapse,spanked 69in quick time and guided them to a fighting total.Australiawere cruising along at 61 for no loss in reply, but Fletcher returned, snapped up four vital Australian top-order wickets that set up the historic triumph. 1. Zimbabwe beat Australia by 13 Runs, June 9, 1983

  • http://mjblast.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Kenya-Beat-West-Indies-in-1996-World-Cup.jpg2. Kenya Beat West Indies by 73 Runs, 1996

  • An enthusiastic bunch of cricketers from Kenya came over to the sub continent to play in the World Cup for the first time but their performance initially did not match their keenness.

    They went down to India, Australia and Zimbabwe and with group matches against West Indies and Sri Lanka still to come, it was taken for granted that they would return winless.

    2. Kenya Beat West Indies by 73 Runs, 1996

  • http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ukNQv_cAv4A/Tsd9bJIslJI/AAAAAAAAAB4/i-h-GCsfofw/s1600/Kambli_crying_1996_world_cup%255B3%255D.jpg3. Sri Lanka beat India by D/L in 1st Semi Final, 1996

  • March 13, 1996 India are outplayed by a brilliant Sri Lankan side in thesemi-finalat Eden Gardens.

    The crowd cannot digest the disappointment.

    The disgraceful hooliganism was there which led to match-referee Clive Lloyd awarding the match to the Lankans by default.3. Sri Lanka beat India by D/L in 1st Semi Final, 1996

  • http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2008/12/12/cricket_wideweb__470x274,0.jpg4. Australia beat South Africa by match Tie, 2nd Semi Final, 1999

  • Thesecondsemi-final of the1999ICC Cricket World Cup was a famous cricket match played between South Africa and Australia on 17 June 1999 at Edgbaston, England.

    It ended in a tie, but Australia qualified for the final because of their victory over the South Africans in the precedingSuper Sixstage match. Australia went on to beat Pakistan in the final on20 June.

    The match is most remembered for the disastrous run out involvingAllan DonaldandLance Klusenerwhich ended the game.4. Australia beat South Africa by match Tie, 2nd Semi Final, 1999

  • http://s3.india.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/image_20130531170252.jpg5. Bangladesh beat Pakistan, 1999

  • As the group matches unfolded Pakistan were perhaps the 'hottest' team in the competition. They scored successive victories over West Indies, Australia, Scotland and New Zealand; had already made sure of a place in the Super Six from group B and were installed as one of the favourites for the title. There remained the formality of a match against Bangladesh.

    Making their debut in the competition, Bangladesh had gone down tamely to Australia, New Zealand and West Indies and had only an unremarkable 22-run victory over fellow debutants Scotland on the plus side.

    5. Bangladesh beat Pakistan, 1999

  • http://icc-live.s3.amazonaws.com/cms/media/images/650x433/63675.jpg6. Zimbabwe beat South Africa, 1999

  • If Pakistan were the 'hot' team in one group South Africa looked similarly unbeaten in the other group. They registered comfortable victories over India, England, Sri Lanka and Kenya to make sure of a place in the Super Six and along with Pakistan had emerged as one of the favourites for the title.

    There remained one more group match against Zimbabwe who had started off well with victories over India and Kenya. But then they had faltered going down to Sri Lanka and England.

    6. Zimbabwe beat South Africa, 1999

  • http://www.youngisthan.in/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/kenya-vs-sri-lanka.jpg7. Kenya beat Sri Lanka by 53 runs, 2003

  • In handingSri Lankaits only pool loss at the2003tournament,Kenyanot only made a giant stride towards asemi-finalberth but also gave inspiration to all other Associate teams hoping to shine on crickets biggest stage.Playing on home soil inNairobi, openerKennedy Otienoresisted the Sri Lanka bowlers to top score with 60 as Kenya was dismissed for210, with Chaminda Vaas and Muttiah Muralidaran picking upseven wicketsbetween them.In response, Sri Lanka seemed to be cruising to victory at70-2untilCollins Obuyacame into the attack.In one of the great spells of leg-spin bowling in the tournaments history, Obuya left Sri Lanka in tatters with figures of5-24off 10 overs to help Kenya to an impressive53 run victory.7. Kenya beat Sri Lanka by 53 runs, 2003

  • https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bi7gwuqCIAAwjeP.jpg8. Bangladesh beat India by 5 wickets, 2007

  • India had the superstars, with the side stacked with world class players and the expectation of a billion people on their shoulders. Bangladesh was young, inexperienced and seen as nothing more than a sparring partner for mighty India.

    India was soon in trouble after electing to bat first on a lively surface. Bangladesh pace bowler Mashrafe Mortaza ripped through the India top order on his way to claim4-38, while spinners Abdur RazzakandMohammad Rafiquepicked up the other six wickets to seeIndiaall out for191.

    8. Bangladesh beat India by 5 wickets, 2007

  • http://mjblast.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Ireland-Beat-Pakistan-in-2007-Cricket-World-Cup.jpg9. Ireland beat Pakistan by 3 wickets, 2007

  • Having alreadytiedwithZimbabwein its previous pool match, Ireland needed an unlikely victory overPakistanto progress to the knockout stage of the tournament for the first time.Fittingly played on St Patricks Day, Ireland started strongly by reducingPakistanto 72-6 before dismissing the powerhouse for132. Although the wickets were shared around,Andre Bothawas the standout with figures of 2-5 offeight overs.In a tense chase, Pakistan speedsterMohammad Samiknocked the top off the Ireland order before wicketkeeperNiall OBriendug in for 72 as wickets fell around him.At113-7, Pakistan was poised to deny Ireland a famous victory before future heroKevin OBrienhit an unbeaten 16 to see Ireland home and Pakistan crashing out of the tournament.9. Ireland beat Pakistan by 3 wickets, 2007

  • http://i.ytimg.com/vi/-Ls8YwvgBB0/maxresdefault.jpg10. Ireland beat England by 3 wickets, 2011

  • In a remarkable game between two of sports oldest rivals, outsider Ireland looked to be down and out after England posted an imposingtotal of 327on a slowing Bangalore wicket.

    After losing a wicket on the first ball,Irelandstumbled through to106-4when burly all-rounderKevin OBriencame to the crease.

    With the game seemingly out of Irelands reach, OBrien went on an all-out assault on Englands bowling. After two hours at the wicket, OBrien departed having hit113 from just 63 balls, including the fastest century in ICC Cricket World Cup history off just50 balls.

    10. Ireland beat England by 3 wickets, 2011

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