India, Pakistan defeats stun cricket fans
The World Cup matches so far have been worked off without a hitch,
and the organisers expect it to stay that way till the final ball is
bowled in the final in Barbados on April 28.
Trinidad, the home of Brian Lara, who like good wine needs no bush,
has been spruced up for the occasion, and is looking a picture.
While everything has gone on smoothly, what has stunned cricket fans
are the defeats of Pakistan by Ireland and India by Bangladesh. Of the
four groups, group B which included Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh and
Bermuda is the toughest.
Going on form if somebody had suggested that India was going to lose
to Bangladesh and Pakistan to Ireland, he would have been laughed at.
But then cricket is not called a funny game for nothing. That is how
the dice turned for Bangladesh and Ireland has they dumped the
favourites by the way side. Bangladesh beating India would certainly
have jolted the Sri Lankans and they will have to take their opponents
very seriously, when they meet.
The Lankas had a stroll in the park, as it were against Bermuda, who
were no opponents whatsoever. Some of the Bermuda players seemed
ignorant of the basics of the game and were just going through the
The Lankans must see that complacency does not set in after this
I said that the stronger teams playing against the minnows should go
for individual and total records. This being internationals records
would be records.
But while Sri Lanka failed to do it against Bermuda, South Africa one
of the favourites for the Cup made mincemeat out of the Netherlands in a
group A game. Opening batsman Herchelle Gibbs who has a knack of getting
involved in controversy, set up a new world record when he hammered six
sixes in an over.
Gibbs was allegedly accused in a match fixing scandal with his former
captain the late Hansie Cronje and recently had a ban slapped on him for
uttering naughty words at some of the Pakistan spectators when Pakistan
His sixes were well timed and hit and sailed over the fence in St.
Kitts. After Gibbs finished his act, the reliable wicket keeper batsman
Mark Boucher lit up St. Kitts with a mighty blast that saw write his
name in the record books as having scored the fastest 50 in the World
Cup in just 21 deliveries.
Sanath Jayasuriya Sri Lanka's batting powerhouse would have been
hitching to do it against Bermunda, but must be regretting that he
Jayasuriya has the most number of sixes in one day cricket 224.