Top 5 World Cup Upsets

Top 5 World Cup upsets
  • WestIndies vs. Kenya 1996

Cricket has long been a game fraught with uncertainty, and the outcomes of certain contests may be impossible to predict. One such famous match occurred during the 1996 World Cup between both the West Indies and Kenya. No one could have predicted before the game that this game would go down in history as a memorable one. Kenya defeated the powerful West Indies by 73 run in a low-scoring match.

West Indies experienced one of the devastating setbacks in world cup history at the hands of an associated team, Kenya. It wouldn’t have attracted considerable attention if it had come from any other known test playing squad, but for a team that included a slew of world-class talents such as Brian Lara, Richie Richardson, Curtley Ambrose, Courtney Walsh, and others, the defeat was excruciating. Although it was a joyous day for Kenya, it was one that West Indies cricket would rather forget. “I have no words right now,” a stunned Richie Richardson, West Indies captain at the time, stated. Player of the Match Odumbe recounted a previous occurrence. “I requested for Lara’s signature at a tournament in England some decades previously prior to his inclusion in the West Indies squad.” “When we defeated them in the World Cup, I walked up to him and said, ‘A few years ago, I requested for your signature and you refused to give it.'” ‘Now I’m offering you mine.'”

  • Bangladesh v. Pakistan 1999

On May 31, 1999, Bangladesh defeated Pakistan in a World Cup match played in Northampton. Even now, the jubilant scenes following the victory give Bangladesh cricket supporters a rush.

Bangladesh has only defeated Scotland on their maiden appearance at the highest level of the sport. Pakistan, on the other side, defeated the West Indies and Australia in the opening round by playing their finest cricket. They were also undefeated. Bangladesh had dominated the six previous games between Bangladesh and Pakistan by percentages of seven wickets, 173 runs, six wickets, 109 runs, nine wickets, and 152 runs.

So, when the Cup Final internationals faced a side that included Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Saeed Anwar, Saqlain Mushtaq, and Ijaz Ahmed, to mention a few superstars, only one outcome was predicted. The scorecard at the conclusion of 94.3 overs presented a different story; an implausible one, if you will. The decibel levels climbed dramatically as the Bangladesh tigers made tremendous progress towards an unexpected conclusion. It was one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history.

  • Kenya v. Srilanka  2003

Kenya startled everybody in 2003 by advancing for the World Cup semifinals, beginning with the upset in the 2003 World Cup. Their golden run came to an end against India, but they had already defeated numerous major powers. While other countries chose not to play in Kenya owing to political concerns, Sri Lanka chose to compete against the Kenyan squad.

This encounter was contested in Nairobi, and the kenyans were the contenders to win as they had recently blasted out Canada for 36 runs in their previous encounter. Kenya performed better in the first innings, scoring 210/9 in 50 overs, with Kennedy Otieno leading the way. Sanath Jayasuriya, Aravinda de Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, and Marvan Atapattu all fell short of Kenya’s small aim of 211 runs. Collins Obuya finished with 5/24 after destroying the Sri Lankan batting lineup. Kenya won the match by a score of 53 runs.

  • Bangladesh v. India 2007

On March 17, 2007, the cricketer world has witnessed two surprising events as two cricket titans were knocked off during the first round of the World Cup. In the first shock match, Bangladesh faced India at the Queen’s Park Oval as it was both teams’ first meeting. India’s captain, Rahul Dravid, won the coin toss and chose to bat first.

This appeared to be the worst choice of his leadership tenure, as no Indian batsman scored more than 15 runs, with the exception of Sourav Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh. Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, and Mohammad Rafique annihilated India’s batting lineup, bowling them out for 191 runs. Tamim Iqbal gave the Tigers a quick start in the bowling attack, scoring 51 runs off 53 pitches. Later, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan both hit fifty to help Habibul Bashar’s Bangladesh to their largest triumph in world cricket. Bangladesh won by 5 wickets with 9 balls remaining.

  • Srilanka v. England

On Friday, Sri Lanka (232 for nine) pulled off the greatest upset of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, defeating champions England (212) by 20 runs to widen the race for the semi-finals. England headed into the encounter with only one setback and were anticipated to easily defeat the Islanders, but their batters were unable to respond the Sri Lankan spinners. With four wickets, Lasith Malinga (10 overs, 43 runs) dominated the show.


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