Sunday, February 20, 2011

Cricket World Cup Wrapup - Day 2

A couple of mismatches on day 2 as Group A got underway with Kenya taking on New Zealand and Canada taking on Sri Lanka. Neither Kenya nor Canada are full members of the ICC, and the difference in the quality was obvious on the pitch yesterday.

Kenya batted first in their match against New Zealand and were all out in just 23.5 overs, scoring only 69 runs. New Zealand needed just 8 overs to surpass Kenya's score finishing with 72 runs and having all ten wickets left and an absurd 252 balls remaining. New Zealand's Hamish Bennett was named man of the match after bowling 5 overs and picking up 4 wickets while conceding just 16 runs. Kenya's 69 runs was their lowest total ever in World Cup play, and the 5th lowest overall. Canada scored just 36 runs against Sri Lanka in 2003.

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Canada faired a little bit better against co-host Sri Lanka this time around, but still suffered the 7th worst defeat in World Cup history losing by 210 runs, 332-122. Vice-Captain Mahela Jayawardene had a century for the Sri Lankans with 100 runs in 81 balls and Captain Kumar Sangakkara added 92 runs on 87 balls to lead Sri Lanka to the easy win tying them with New Zealand atop Group A. Jayawardene was named the man of the match as he helped lead Sri Lanka post their 2nd highest score in World Cup play (they put up 398 against Kenya in 1996), and the 19th highest score in World Cup history.

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Cricket Term of the Day: Maiden

A maiden over is one in which no runs are scored off the bat, an no "wides" or "no balls" are bowled. Considered a good performance for a bowler, maiden overs are tracked on the scorecard for the individual bowlers.

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