WC Remembrances - 2007 ICC World Twenty20

It was a matter of pride. They had been brutally thrown out of the 50 over world cup in the group stage. They were beaten by minnows like Bangladesh & Ireland. But they came back. They made the first T20 world cup final the most memorable final in the history of wold cup finals. Yes, it were 'THE ARCH-RIVALS' India & Pakistan fighting for the inaugural T20 World cup. And I must say I was no less than any of wars India-Pak have had. But... it was the slighter better side, India who went home with the world cup.

In a match worthy of final, India won the all-crucial toss and decided to bat first. Save as Gautam Gambhir & Rohit Sharma no other batsmen crossed 15. India wraped up its innings with an average 157 on board. Playing a world cup final after 8 years, Pakistan didn't have a start it would have have wanted. They lost Hafeez in the very first over, thanks to a surprise first over by spinner Bhajji. Though they kept up with the required runrate they lost wickets at regular interval. Everything seemed to be going India's way till the 16th over, Pakistan requring 13.5 runs per over then. But then suddenly Misbah u Haq went mad. He stuck India's trump card, Harbhajan Singh for 3 huge sixes in the next over. Sohail Tanvir complimented him with a couple more in the next over and the game looked completely reversed.

Now the climax! Pakistan needs 13 runs off the last over with in form Misbah on crease. India going for the new medium pacer Joginder Sharma over experienced Bhajji for an over on which depends the result of hours & hours of hard work.
1st ball wide!
1st ball again-no run.
The second goes for a six!
6 needed off 4 balls with 1 wicket in hand
& the third, Pakistan is all out and loose by 5 runs! That easy!!
Misbah plays a highly risky scoop shot over short fine leg but straight in the hands of Sreesanth. India has beaten Pakistan by 5 runs. The catch by Sreesanth can undoubtedly be called the catch of the decade imagining the amount of pressure he was under.

It is worthwhile to note that both India & Pakistan were in the same group D at the group stage & their match was a tie! It was decided in India's favour by a bowl out. Winning the last 3 consecutive 50 over world cups, Australia came as favorites but were beaten by India in the semis. Also the Black caps just managed to reach the semis.

The inaugural T20 World cup was hosted by South Africa. A total of 12 teams participated. Besides the 10 Test playing nations, including Zimbabwe, Kenya & Scotland also qualified. 12 teams were divided into 4 groups of 3. Top two teams from each group entered the Super 8's in which the 8 teams were divided in two groups of 4 each. Top two teams of both the groups made it to the semis and winner of the semis played in the final. The matches were spread over a period of 13 days - a considerably short period comparing to the 50 over world cups.

It was not about record breaking this time but record making. Yuvraj hit 6 sixes in an over & fifty off just 12 bowls! Sri Lanka marauded Kenya when they scored a whooping 260 runs in 20 overs and won the match by 172 runs; a team total which is usually enough to win a T20 match. Chris Gayle scored a massive 10 sixes in his knock of 117 which will remain a record for a huge time for sure. Even a score of 117 in T20 is a world record as on date. Even then West Indies was eliminated after the group stage itself. Australia lost their first match to Zimbabwe! The T20 world cup saw a massive 265 sixes, 659 fours, 32 fifties & a century. And the poor Sanath Jayasuriya was hit 64 in is 4 overs against Pakistan. This clearly shows that it is mainly a batsman's game!

India went into the world cup with a young side. It was reported in media that Sachin had convinced Saurav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid & VVS Laxman to skip the cup so as to give the young blood an opportunity. So with the disaster of 2007 50 over world cup & relatively inexperienced side, India were the least favorites. But under the able captain-ship of MS Dhoni, India won the World cup. It was an all round performance by the team.

A summary of results

Group Stages

1st Match, Group A: South Africa v West Indies at Johannesburg - Sep 11, 2007
West Indies 205/6 (20/20 ov); South Africa 208/2 (17.4/20 ov)
South Africa won by 8 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)

2nd Match, Group C: Kenya v New Zealand at Durban - Sep 12, 2007
Kenya 73 (16.5/20 ov); New Zealand 74/1 (7.4/20 ov)
New Zealand won by 9 wickets (with 74 balls remaining)

3rd Match, Group D: Pakistan v Scotland at Durban - Sep 12, 2007
Pakistan 171/9 (20/20 ov); Scotland 120 (19.5/20 ov)
Pakistan won by 51 runs

4th Match, Group B: Australia v Zimbabwe at Cape Town - Sep 12, 2007
Australia 138/9 (20/20 ov); Zimbabwe 139/5 (19.5/20 ov)
Zimbabwe won by 5 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)

5th Match, Group A: Bangladesh v West Indies at Johannesburg - Sep 13, 2007
West Indies 164/8 (20/20 ov); Bangladesh 165/4 (18/20 ov)
Bangladesh won by 6 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)

6th Match, Group B: England v Zimbabwe at Cape Town - Sep 13, 2007
England 188/9 (20/20 ov); Zimbabwe 138/7 (20/20 ov)
England won by 50 runs

7th Match, Group D: India v Scotland at Durban - Sep 13, 2007
No result (abandoned with a toss)

8th Match, Group C: Kenya v Sri Lanka at Johannesburg - Sep 14, 2007
Sri Lanka 260/6 (20/20 ov); Kenya 88 (19.3/20 ov)
Sri Lanka won by 172 runs

9th Match, Group B: Australia v England at Cape Town - Sep 14, 2007
England 135 (20/20 ov); Australia 136/2 (14.5/20 ov)
Australia won by 8 wickets (with 31 balls remaining)

10th Match, Group D: India v Pakistan at Durban - Sep 14, 2007
India 141/9 (20/20 ov); Pakistan 141/7 (20/20 ov)
Match tied (India won the bowl-out)

11th Match, Group C: New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Johannesburg - Sep 15, 2007
New Zealand 164/7 (20/20 ov); Sri Lanka 168/3 (18.5/20 ov)
Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)

12th Match, Group A: South Africa v Bangladesh at Cape Town - Sep 15, 2007
Bangladesh 144 (19.3/20 ov); South Africa 146/3 (18.5/20 ov)
South Africa won by 7 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)

Super Eights

13th Match, Group E: India v New Zealand at Johannesburg - Sep 16, 2007
New Zealand 190 (20/20 ov); India 180/9 (20/20 ov)
New Zealand won by 10 runs

14th Match, Group F: Australia v Bangladesh at Cape Town - Sep 16, 2007
Bangladesh 123/8 (20/20 ov); Australia 124/1 (13.5/20 ov)
Australia won by 9 wickets (with 37 balls remaining)

15th Match, Group E: South Africa v England at Cape Town - Sep 16, 2007
South Africa 154/8 (20/20 ov); England 135/7 (20/20 ov)
South Africa won by 19 runs

16th Match, Group F: Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Johannesburg - Sep 17, 2007
Pakistan 189/6 (20/20 ov); Sri Lanka 156/9 (20/20 ov)
Pakistan won by 33 runs

17th Match, Group E: England v New Zealand at Durban - Sep 18, 2007
New Zealand 164/9 (20/20 ov); England 159/8 (20/20 ov)
New Zealand won by 5 runs

18th Match, Group F: Australia v Pakistan at Johannesburg - Sep 18, 2007
Australia 164/7 (20/20 ov); Pakistan 165/4 (19.1/20 ov)
Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)

19th Match, Group F: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Johannesburg - Sep 18, 2007
Sri Lanka 147/5 (20/20 ov); Bangladesh 83 (15.5/20 ov)
Sri Lanka won by 64 runs

20th Match, Group E: South Africa v New Zealand at Durban - Sep 19, 2007
New Zealand 153/8 (20/20 ov); South Africa 158/4 (19.1/20 ov)
South Africa won by 6 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)

21st Match, Group E: England v India at Durban - Sep 19, 2007
India 218/4 (20/20 ov); England 200/6 (20/20 ov)
India won by 18 runs

22nd Match, Group F: Australia v Sri Lanka at Cape Town - Sep 20, 2007
Sri Lanka 101 (19.3/20 ov); Australia 102/0 (10.2/20 ov)
Australia won by 10 wickets (with 58 balls remaining)

23rd Match, Group F: Bangladesh v Pakistan at Cape Town - Sep 20, 2007
Bangladesh 140 (19.4/20 ov); Pakistan 141/6 (19/20 ov)
Pakistan won by 4 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)

24th Match, Group E: South Africa v India at Durban - Sep 20, 2007
India 153/5 (20/20 ov); South Africa 116/9 (20/20 ov)
India won by 37 runs


1st Semi Final: New Zealand v Pakistan at Cape Town - Sep 22, 2007
New Zealand 143/8 (20/20 ov); Pakistan 147/4 (18.5/20 ov)
Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)

2nd Semi Final: Australia v India at Durban - Sep 22, 2007
India 188/5 (20/20 ov); Australia 173/7 (20/20 ov)
India won by 15 runs


Final: India v Pakistan at Johannesburg - Sep 24, 2007
India 157/5 (20/20 ov); Pakistan 152 (19.3/20 ov)
India won by 5 runs

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WC Remembrances - 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup

The Aussies have once again proved their worth. The way they ran over whoever came their way is simply amazing. They spared none. Suffering a horror 5 losses in a row just prior to the mega event, Australia came back strongly and took their winning streak in the world cups to 23. The mighty Lankans, Proteas, Kiwis - all meekingly bowed down to the champions. Under the able leadership of Ricky Ponting, Australia defeated Sri Lanka by 53 runs(D/L method) in the final reduced by rain to secure their fourth world cup victory and third in the row.

The champions, placed in Group A, commenced their world cup tour against Scotland on Mar 14 where they brutully defeated them by 203 runs. Next came the defeats for Netherlands and much hyped South Africa. Australia thus strommed their way to the super eights with 3 wins, 3 300+ scores, 2 points and NRR of +1.66. The super eights brought much more beating for the opponents as Australia defeated West Indies, Bangladesh, England, Ireland, Lanka and New Zealand. Placed at 1 place it moved to semis and played Graeme Smith's men just like the 1999 world cup semi-final. But this time not taking any chances it defeated South Africa with 8 wickets and moved to the finals, full of confidence. To ensure there victory in the finals against Sri Lanka, Gilcrist made the move and Mcgrath did the rest so as to ensure that Australia is the best.

For the first time 16 teams competed in the world cup which included new comers Ireland and Bermuda. The playing of 16 teams made the itinearary quite long. With 52 matches the cup was spread over 49 days. The teams were divided into 4 groups of 4 teams each. Top 2 teams from each group were to move to super eights where each team played 6 matches. Next the top four were to fight in the semi finals and the top two moved to the finals.

The 9th edition of the world cup held in the colourful Carribean islands commenced with the opening ceremony in Trelawny Stadium when the teams marched and the captains posed with the cup. Like the previous of its type, the world cup was very eventful. The group stages which were seen only as a formality showed way home to previous world cup winners and neighbours India and Pakistan. Just a few hours after Pakistan declared out of the world cup, Pakistan coach and one of the greatest contributer of cricket, Bob Woolmer breath his last after being strangled by a towel in his room. As for minnows Bangladesh and Ireland - both produced unimagined setbacks with Bangladesh beating India (group stage) and South Africa (super eights) and Ireland beating Pakistan

Record are meant to be broken. A number of records were broken and set in this world cup. Herchelle Gibbs smashed Netherlands bowler Bunge for six 6's in an over, something that has happenned for the first time in international cricket. India scored the highest world cup score of 413/5 against Bermuda to break the previous best set by Sri Lanka of 398 eleven years ago. Lankan spedster Lasith Malinga took 4 wickets off 4 bowls against Proteas, which also happenned for the first time. Glenn McGrath took record 26 wickets and took his overall tally to 71 n world cups much beyond Pakistan's Wasim Akrams's 55.

This time we bid goodbye to 4 cricket legends. McGrath who is the Man of the tournament for the world cup will be soon announcing his retirement on a high of his carrer. Brain Lara, against whose name number of records are named has announced his retirement after the match against England on 21st Apr. Even Inzamam-ul-Haq announced his retirement from ODI's but hopes to play in tests. Opposite to him, the dashing Lankan batsman, Sanath Jayasuriya, announced his retirement from tests.

Now its time that we discuss about India's failures at this world cup. A much hyped 'balanced' Indian team under the captainship of Rahul Dravid had a disastrous world cup being thrown out of the world in group stage. Though India did make many records against the minnows Bermuda, its losses against Bangla and Lankans showed it the way back home. Except from Saurav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag, all the top guns failed to fire.

A summary of results

Group Stages

Tue 13: West Indies v Pakistan, Jamaica
West Indies won by 54 runs, West Indies 241/9 (50 overs) Pakistan 187/10 (47.2 overs)

Wed 14: Australia v Scotland, St. Kitts
Australia won by 203 runs, Australia 334/6 (50 overs) Scotland 131/9 (40.1 overs)

Wed 14: Canada v Kenya, St. Lucia
Kenya won by 7 wickets, Canada 199/10 (50 overs) Kenya 203/3 (43.2 overs)

Thu 15: Sri Lanka v Bermuda, Trinidad
Sri Lanka won by 243 runs, Sri Lanka 321/6 (50 overs) Bermuda 78/10 (24.4 overs)

Thu 15: Ireland v Zimbabwe, Jamaica
Tie, Ireland 221/9 (50 overs) Zimbabwe 221/10 (50 overs)

Fri 16: Netherlands v South Africa, St Kitts
South Africa won by 221 runs, South Africa 353/3 (40 overs) Netherlands 132/9 (40 overs)
***Due to rain match was reduced to 40 overs each side***

Fri 16: England v New Zealand, St Lucia
New Zealand won by 6 wickets, England 209/7 (50 overs) New Zealand 210/4 (41 overs)

Sat 17: Bangladesh v India, Trinidad
Bangladesh won by 5 wickets, India 191/10 (49.3 overs) Bangladesh 192/5 (48.5 overs)

Sat 17: Pakistan v Ireland, Jamaica
Ireland won by 3 wickets, Pakistan 132/10 (45.4 overs) Ireland 133/7 (41.4 overs)
***Target for Ireland was revised to 128 in 47 overs under D/L method***

Sun 18: Australia v Netherlands, St Kitts
Australia won 229 runs, 358/5 (50 overs) Netherlands 129/10 (26.5 overs)

Sun 18: Canada v England, St Lucia
England won by 51 runs, England 279/6 (50 overs) Canada 228/7 (50 overs)

Mon 19: India v Bermuda, Trinidad
India won by 257 runs, India 413/5 (50 overs) Bermuda 156/10 (43.1 overs)

Mar 19: Zimbabwe v West Indies, Jamaica
West Indies won by 4 wickets, Zimbabwe 202/5 (50 overs) West Indies 204/5 (47.5 overs)

Mar 20: South Africa v Scotland, St Kitts
South Africa won by 7 wickets, Scotland 186/8 (50 overs) South Africa 188/3 (23.2 overs)

Mar 20: New Zealand v Kenya, Jamaica
New Zealand won by 148 runs, New Zealand 331/7 (50 overs) Kenya 183/10 (49.2 overs)

Mar 21: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Trinidad
Sri Lanka won by 198 runs, Sri Lanka 318/4 (50 overs) Bangladesh 112/10 (37 overs)
***Target for Bangladesh was revised to 311 in 46 overs under D/L method***

Mar 21: Pakistan v Zimbabwe, Jamaica
Pakistan won by 93 runs, Pakistan 349/10 (49.5 overs) Zimbabwe 99/10 (19.1 overs)
***Target for Zimbabwe was revised to 193 in 20 overs under D/L method***

Mar 22: Canada v New Zealand, St Lucia
New Zealand won by 114 runs, New Zealand 363/5 (50 overs) Canada 249/9 (49.2 overs)

Mar 22: Netherlands v Scotland, St Kitts
Netherlands won by 8 wickets, Scotland 136/10 (34.1 overs) Netherlands 140/2 (23.5 overs)

Mar 23: India v Sri Lanka, Trinidad
Sri Lanka won by 69 runs, Sri Lanka 254/6 (50 overs) India 185/10 (43.3 overs)

Mar 23: West Indies v Ireland, Jamaica
West Indies won by 8 wickets, Ireland 183/8 (48 overs) West Indies 190/2 (38.1 overs)
***The Match was reduced to 48 overs each and West Indies were set a revised target of 190 in 48 overs under D/L method***

Mar 24: Australia v South Africa, St Kitts
Australia won by 83 runs, Australia 377/6 (50 overs) South Africa 294/10 (48 overs)

Mar 24: England v Kenya, St Lucia
England won by 7 wickets, Kenya 177/10 (43 overs) England 178/3 (33 overs)

Mar 25: Bangladesh v Bermuda, Trinidad
Bangladesh won by 7 wickets, Bermuda 94/9 (21 overs) Bangladesh 96/3 (17.3 overs)
***Due to rain match was reduced to 21 overs each side***

Super Eight

Mar 27: West Indies v Australia, Antigua
Australia won by 103 runs, Australia 322/6 (50 overs) West Indies 219/10 (45.3 overs)

Mar 28: South Africa v Sri Lanka, Guyana
South Africa won by 1 wicket, Sri Lanka 209/10 (49.3 overs) South Africa 212/9 (48.2 overs)

Mar 29: West Indies v New Zealand, Antigua
New Zealand won by 7 wickets, West Indies 177/10 (44.4 overs) New Zealand 179/3 (39.2 overs)

Mar 30: England v Ireland, Guyana
England won by 48 runs, England 266/7 (50 overs) Ireland 218/10 (48.1 overs)

Mar 31: Australia v Bangladesh, Antigua
Australia won by 10 wickets, Bangladesh 104/6 (22 overs) Australia 106/0 (13.5 overs)
***Due to rain, the match was reduced to 22 overs each side***

Apr 1: Sri Lanka v West Indies, Guyana
Sri Lanka won by 113 runs, Sri Lanka 303/5 (50 overs) West Indies 190/10 (44.3 overs)

Apr 2: Bangladesh v New Zealand, Antigua
New Zealand won by 9 wickets, Bangladesh 174/10 (48.3 overs) New Zealand 178/1 (29.2 overs)

Apr 3: South Africa v Ireland, Guyana
South Africa won by 7 wickets, Ireland 152/8 (35 overs) South Africa 165/3 (31.3 overs)
***The match was reduced to 35 overs each side due to rain and South Africa was given a revised target of 160 in 35 overs under D/L method***

Apr 4: Sri Lanka v England, Antigua
Sri Lanka won by 2 runs, Sri Lanka 235/10 (50 overs) England 233/8 (50 overs)

Apr 7: Bangladesh v South Africa, Guyana
Bangladesh won by 67 runs, Bangladesh 251/8 (50 overs) South Africa 184/10 (48.4 overs)

Apr 8: Australia v England, Antigua
Australia won by 7 wickets, England 247/10 (49.5 overs) Australia 248/3 (47.2 overs)

Apr 9: Ireland v New Zealand, Guyana
New Zealand won by 129 runs, New Zealand 263/8 (50 overs) Ireland 134/10 (37.4 overs)

Apr 10: South Africa v West Indies, Grenada
South Africa won by 67 runs, South Africa 356/4 (50 overs) West Indies 289/9 (50 overs)

Apr 11: Bangladesh v England, Barbados
England won by 4 wickets, Bangladesh 143/10 (37.2 overs) England 147/6 (44.5 overs)

Apr 12: New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Grenada
Sri Lanka won 6 wickets, New Zealand 219/7 (50 overs) Sri Lanka 222/4 (45.1 overs)

Apr 13: Australia v Ireland, Barbados
Australia won by 9 wickets, Ireland 91/10(30 overs) Australia 92/1 (12.2 overs

Apr 14: New Zealand v South Africa, Grenada
New Zealand won by 5 wickets, South Africa 193/7 (50 overs) New Zealand 196/5 (48.2 overs)

Apr 15: Bangladesh v Ireland, Barbados
Ireland won by 74 runs, Ireland 243/7 (50 overs) Bangladesh 169/10 (41.2 overs)

Apr 16: Australia v Sri Lanka, Grenada
Australia won by 7 wickets, Sri Lanka 226/10 (49.4 overs) Australia 232/3 (42.4 overs)

Apr 17: England v South Africa, Barbados
South Africa won by 9 wickets, England 154/10 (48 overs) South Africa 157/1 (19.2 overs)

Apr 18: Ireland v Sri Lanka, Grenada
Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets, Ireland 77/10 (27.4 overs) Sri Lanka 81/2 (10 overs)

Apr 19: Bangladesh v West Indies, Barbados
West Indies won by 99 runs, West Indies 230/5 (50 overs) Bangladesh 131/10 (43.5 overs)

Apr 20: New Zealand v Australia, Grenada
Australia won by 215 runs, Australia 348/6 (50 overs) New Zealand 133/10 (25.5 overs)

Apr 21: West Indies v England, Barbados
England won by 1 wicket, West Indies 300/10 (49.4 overs) England 301/9 (49.5 overs)


Apr 24: New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Jamaica
Sri Lanka won by 81 runs, Sri Lanka 289/5 (50 overs) New Zealand 208/10 (41.4 overs)

Apr 25: Australia v South Afica, St Lucia
Australia won by 7 wickets, South Africa 149/10 (43.5 overs) Australia 153/3 (31.3 overs)


Apr 28: Australia v Sri Lanka, Barbados
Australia won by 53 runs, Australia 281/4 (38 overs) Sri Lanka 215/8 (36 overs)
***Due to rain the match was reduced to 38 overs each side and due to bad light the target was revised to 269 in 36 overs for Sri Lanka under the D/L method***

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World Cup - Highest Team Totals

The West Indian pitches look to be a batsmen paradise with
already 16 300+ team totals scored excluding 1 in the
Warm up matches scored by India against Netherlands.
Here are the Top Ten.

1413/5 (50 overs)INDBERGroupTrinidad


2377/6 (50 overs)AUSSAGroupSt Kitts


3363/5 (50 overs)NZCANGroupSt Lucia


4358/5 (50 overs)AUSNETGroupSt Kitts


5356/4 (50 overs)SAWISuper8Grenada


6353/3 (40 overs) SANETGroupSt Kitts


7349/10 (49.5 overs)PAKZIMGroupJamaica


8348/6 (50 overs)AUSNZSuper8Grenada


9334/6 (50 overs)AUSSCOGroupSt Kitts


10331/7 (50 overs)NZKENGroupSt Lucia


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World Cup - Most runs in 4's & 6's

NameCountryRuns in 4's & 6's4's6's% of Total Runs


ML Hayden







SP Fleming






3GC SmithSA






ST Jayasuriya







RT Ponting







AC Gilchrist







AB de VilliersSA






Imran Nazir







SB Styris







MJ Clarke






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World Cup - Top 10 Wicket Takers

1GD McGrathAUS2680.513.7318.604.413 for 14
2M MuralitharanSL2384.415.2622.004.144 for 19
3SW TaitAUS2384.320.3022.005.524 for 39
4GB HoggAUS2182.515.8023.604.004 for 27
5SL MalingaSL1858.215.7719.404.864 for 54
6NW BrackenAUS1671.416.1226.803.604 for 19
7DL VettoriNZ1697.4


36.604.574 for 23
8A FlintoffENG146921.2829.504.314 for 43
9AJ HallSA147623.9232.504.405 for 18
10CK LangeveldtSA146625.7828.205.465 for 39

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