Monday, February 21, 2011

Cricket World Cup Wrapup - Day 3

Defending Champion Australia started the 2011 World Cup off on the right foot knocking off Zimbabwe 262-171 in Group A play. The Aussies, who have won the last 3 World Cups and been been to the finals in the last 4, got half centuries from Shane Watson (79 runs on 92 balls) and vice-captain Michael Clarke (58 runs on 55 balls), but held Zimbabwe to just 3.69 runs per over before they went all out at 46.2. Zimbabwe actually got their best production out of the bottom of their order bowler Graeme Cremer put up a team-bets 37 runs on 51 balls including four fours. Watson was named the man of the match as in addition to hit 79 runs he also bowled 3 overs conceding only 7 runs.

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Australia now founds themselves tied atop Group A with fellow ICC members New Zealand and Sri Lanka. Australia will take on New Zealand on Friday in the 8th match of the tournament.

Cricket Term of the Day: Wicket-keeper

The wicket-keeper is the player on the fielding side who stands immediately behind the batting end wicket. It's a specialist position of oftentimes the wicket-keepers aren't adept at batting. From what I can gather, it's basically the cricket equivalent of a catcher.

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