Saturday, February 19, 2011

Cricket World Cup Wrapup - Day 1

The Cricket World Cup kicked off today with co-hosts India and Bangladesh facing off against one another. India, coming into the match ranked 2nd in the ICC ODI Championship rankings, did not disappoint scoring 370 runs, the 5th highest total in World Cup history en route to a 370-283 victory of #8 Bangladesh. India got centuries from vice-captain Virender Sehwag (175 in 140 balls) and Virat Kohli (100 in 83 balls) and won comfortably despite a solid offensive performance from Bangladesh. Sehwag and Kohli combined for 22 fours and 7 sixes with Sehwag taking man of the match honors as India started off Group B play in strong fashion. The 175 runs by Sehwag tied for the 4th highest ever in a World Cup match. The record is 188 done on 159 balls by South Africa's Gary Kirsten in 1996 against U.A.E.

India last won the World Cup in 1983, but lost in the 2003 Finals to Australia.

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Cricket Terms of the Day: Century, Four, Six

A Century is when an individual scores 100 runs in a game. 

A Four is a shot that reaches the boundary after hitting the ground (i.e. not on the fly). This shot is worth 4 runs, hence the name. Think ground rule double.

A Six is a shot that passes over or hits the boundary without having bounced or rolled. Think home run. This shot is worth six points. It is the highest scoring shot in cricket.

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