From Virat Kohli’s 50th ODI Ton To Timed Out Controversy: Top 10 Moments Of Cricket World Cup 2023
After 46 days and 48 matches, huge totals, shock wins, heartbreaking losses, records and controversies, the Cricket World Cup came to an end on Sunday. Australia beat hosts India to earn sixth one-day international title. Opener Travis Head starred during the final in Ahmedabad on Sunday, hitting a scintillating 137 off 120 deliveries, powering Australia to a convincing six-wicket win. Headman joined Ricky Ponting and Gilchrist as the third Australian to score a century in a men’s World Cup final. Let’s take a look at 10 highlights from the 2023 tournament:
South Africa, Markram in fast lane
The tournament was just two days old when South Africa’s Aiden Markram hit the fastest World Cup debut off 49 balls against Sri Lanka in New Delhi.
His team also entered the record books with a record tournament total of 428 in a 102 run victory.
Markram’s blitz improved Ireland’s 50 balls Caoimhín O’Brien he had to hit a hundred against England in Bengaluru in 2011.
However, Markram said he would not be “surprised” if his record was beaten by the end of the competition. Glenn Maxwell proved it right just 18 days later.
The pursuit of Pakistan’s record
Mohammad Rizwan and Abdullah Shafique made centuries as Pakistan chased the highest target in World Cup history to beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in Hyderabad.
Rizwan overcame leg cramps to score 131 not out while Shafique hit 113 as Pakistan overhauled their 345-run target.
Sri Lanka’s mammoth total of 344-9 was built around hundreds from Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama.
Afghanistan, the Netherlands make a mark
Afghanistan pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the World Cup when they beat defending champions England by 69 runs in New Delhi.
Chasing 285 to win, after opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz hit a blistering 80, England were bowled out for 215 with spinners Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan claiming three wickets each.
Eight days later in Chennai, Afghanistan were chased down for 283 to shock their neighbors in Pakistan with Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah and Gurbaz scoring fifties.
Meanwhile, the Netherlands capitalized on South Africa’s unpopularity by thrashing the Proteas by 38 runs in what the Dutch media described as the “Dharamsala miracle”.
Maxwell’s record breaker — part 1
Maxwell captured Markram’s record for fastest century in a World Cup when he hit a 40-ball hundred in Australia’s 309-run chase against the Netherlands at New Delhi.
Australia made 399-8 before the Dutch were dismissed for 90 in 21 overs. Maxwell’s ton was also the fastest fourth century in all ODIs.
A festival held in Australia, New Zealand
Australia were bowled out for just five runs by New Zealand in the highest-scoring World Cup match in Dharamsala.
Australia scored 388 as Travis Head top scored with 109 and fellow opener David Warner made 81.
New Zealand fought hard with Rachin Ravindra making 116.
With a total of 771 runs, he was the highest score at the World Cup, beating the 754 scored in South Africa’s win against Sri Lanka earlier in the tournament.
India adds to Sri Lanka’s problems
Mohammed Shami took five wickets as Sri Lanka were bowled out for just 55 as India booked a semi-final spot with a mammoth 302-run win in Mumbai.
Sri Lanka’s torturous innings featured five wickets, with both openers falling to golden ducks in flight in pursuit of 358.
Controversy over time
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan has been branded “disgraceful” by Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews after he became the first player in 146 years of international cricket to be given a “time out”.
Mathews was deemed out when he failed to strike within the two-minute time limit when he came out to bowl in New Delhi.
Shakib refused to withdraw the appeal.
“I had to make a decision to make sure my team wins,” he said.
The Maxwell record breaker — part 2
Australian captain Pat Cummins described it as “the greatest one-day innings ever played” as Glenn Maxwell’s brilliant 201 not out guided Australia into the semi-finals with a stunning three-wicket win over Afghanistan in Mumbai.
At 91-7, chasing 292, Australia were staring at victory before Maxwell’s 128-ball innings of 21 fours and 10 sixes became the third batsman to score a World Cup century double.
He reached the mark despite battling back cramps and spasms, which meant he was reduced to leisurely pace and left Afghanistan rue Mujeeb Ur Rahman dropping a simple catch when Maxwell had made just 33.
Virat Kohli scored a record 50th one-day international in the semi-final win over New Zealand in Mumbai, hailing the landmark as “like a dream”.
Kohli, 35, reached his age — the third of the tournament — with two-time fast bowler Lockie Ferguson, after facing 106 balls, hitting eight fours and a six, to reach the record of 49 ODI hundreds. he shared with Sachin to break. Tendulkar.
He did so on the home soil of his former India teammates, with Tendulkar among those applauding at the Wankhede Stadium as Kohli moved towards his childhood hero and fellow 2011 World Cup winner.
The one breaks a billion hearts
Opening batsman Travis Head hit 137 and took a brilliant catch to dismiss Rohit Sharma to lead Australia to a six-wicket win over India in the final for a sixth World Cup title.
India were bowled out for 240 before Australia reached their target with seven wickets to spare in front of over 90,000 fans in Ahmedabad.
“That’s huge, that’s the pinnacle of cricket, winning the World Cup, especially here in India, and these are the moments you remember for the rest of your life,” said skipper Pat Cummins.
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