World Cup 2007: Australia create history with a hat-trick of World Cup wins

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 28, 2019UPDATED: May 28, 2019 21:21 IST Australia won the World Cup 2007 by beating Sri Lanka in the finals (Photo: Reuters)The ninth edition of ODI cricket’s biggest tournament was held in the Caribbean Islands. The number of participants increased to 16 and the teams were pooled into four groups of four with the top two nations from each group progressing to the Super Eights. Apart from the 10 Test nations and Kenya, who had their full ODI status; Canada, Scotland, Netherlands, Ireland and Bermuda had also qualified for the tournament after finishing among the top five ranked teams in the 2005 ICC Trophy. Both Bermuda and Ireland were making their World Cup bows and it would go on to be an especially memorable debut for the Irish.Most of the matches went as per script with the favourites emerging triumphant more often than not. Ireland and Bangladesh, however, put a real spanner in the works by upstaging established powerhouses and contributing to their early as well as unexpected exits. After a dramatic tie against Zimbabwe in their opening match, Ireland stunned Pakistan with a 3-wicket victory (D/L method). The loss sealed Pakistan’s fate and dumped them out of the competition on the back of successive losses against West Indies and Ireland.Pakistan’s darkest hour though came the following day when their coach Bob Woolmer, known for his experience and expertise, died mysteriously in his hotel room. Tributes poured in from the cricketing fraternity and Pakistan beat Zimbabwe in their last match of the group, but it’s safe to say that no one associated with Pakistani cricket will remember the 2007 World Cup fondly. The same, of course, can be said about India, looking at how they fared in the tournament. Like their arch-rivals, India were dumped out of the World Cup after a shock loss against Bangladesh and a defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka.advertisementBangladesh and Ireland were the beneficiaries following Pakistan and India’s eliminations, however, the Super Eights was a step too far for them. Bangladesh just managed to win one of their Super Eight games against South Africa, whereas Ireland’s sole win at this stage came at the expense of the Bangladeshis. While the Super Eights did feature some classic matches, it served more of an indicator of who the frontrunners for the World Cup were. Both Australia and Sri Lanka looked strong and confident with the latter involved in several thrilling finishes.One close finish even saw Lasith Malinga take a hat-trick and go one better by claiming a fourth scalp from four successive deliveries. Chasing 210, South Africa needed just 4 runs with 5 wickets remaining before Malinga’s brutal spell began and accounted for four wickets in a row. The Proteas managed to get over the finish-line in the end, but Malinga’s fiery spell ensured it wasn’t plain sailing. Another dramatic finish saw them beat England by 2 runs and they went on to win most of their remaining Super Eight matches after that to qualify for the semis.The semi-finals pitted Sri Lanka against New Zealand, while the unbeaten Australians faced South Africa. Both semis were one-sided contests that ended in easy wins for Sri Lanka and Australia, thus making it a repeat of the 1996 final. Unlike 1996, Australia emerged as convincing winners in a rain-marred final that witnessed Adam Gilchrist unleash a belligerent assault on the Sri Lankan bowlers en-route to 149 from 104 balls. Having bowled the minimum 20 overs required to constitute a game, Australia eventually won the match by 53 runs via Duckworth Lewis Method after bad light suspended play. The win made Australia the first nation to win three successive World Cups and it was also their fourth cup overall.Also Read | World Cup 1999: Australia become two-time World Champions, Klusener’s heroics go in vainAlso Read | World Cup 2015: Australia reclaim World Cup and become record five-time championsAlso Read | World Cup 1992: Imran Khan inspires Pakistan to World Cup gloryAlso Read | World Cup 1975: The birth of World Cups and West Indies’ dominanceAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Australia vs Sri LankaFollow World Cup 2007Follow Australia World Cup 2007: Australia create history with a hat-trick of World Cup winsAustralia beat Sri Lanka in the 2007 final to become the first nation to win three successive World Cups and it was also their fourth 50-over title trophy overall.advertisementlast_img read more

CPIMs state committee meet likely to be stormy today

first_imgKolkata: The state committee meeting of CPI(M) scheduled for Tuesday is likely to be stormy, with many leaders holding the party’s bigwigs responsible for the poll debacle in the general election.In Bengal, CPI(M) had fielded 29 candidates and the deposit of all candidates except Bikas Ranjan Bhattacharya had been forfeited. Bhattacharya had contested from the Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat and finished third. Mimi Chakraborty of Trinamool Congress won the seat, followed by Anupam Hazra of BJP. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaAmong the prominent leaders whose deposits had been forfeited, include Nandini Mukherjee, a teacher of Jadavpur University who had contested from the Kolkata South seat. The others are Nepaldeb Bhattacharya in Dum Dum, Gargi Chatterjee, Ram Chandra Dom, Abhas Roychowdhury, Amiyo Patra and Deblina Hebram. Meanwhile, a tweet by the party’s politburo member and former MP Mohammed Salim criticising the party line that Trinamool Congress and BJP are equally dangerous in Bengal and they are two sides of the same coin, has added fuel to the fire. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersOn May 31, Salim had tweeted: “The time has come to categorise BJP as the main enemy in the state and take measures to thwart its advance.” This was in direct opposition to party state secretary Surya Kanta Mishra’s view that Trinamool and BJP are equally dangerous in Bengal and this was the line followed by the party during the Lok Sabha elections. Many party leaders who had opposed the line felt that the senior state leaders had failed to assess the situation and guide the party accordingly. They hinted at a major shakeup in the state committee of the party. The leaders said the transfer of 22 percent votes to BJP is alarming for the party. From 30 percent votes which the party got in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, their share came down to 7 percent in 2019. The leadership could not assess that erosion of support base had reached such a rock bottom level. Political experts said they are eagerly waiting to hear the explanation CPI(M) leadership would give for the poll debacle.last_img read more