All was forgotten but to get up early in the mornings to catch the World Cup matches, it helped huge when we got to witness some awesome cricket during the pool matches. With some finest performances by the teams and individuals World Cup 2015 has been packed with excitement.
High Scoring Matches
Contributions of the T20 matches have been aplenty to the limited overs format. The pool matches in the World Cup were a feast to the crowd. Until the first knockout match there has been three 400 plus scores and an incredible twenty three (23) 300-plus scores. More awe-inspiring is that many of these high scoring matches have had close finishes.
Best Batting Performances
Source: http://www.icc-cricket.com Augmenting to the high scoring matches, a total of one double century and 33 centuries have been hit in the World Cup 2015. There have been many batsmen who have hit multiple centuries Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara (4), Tillakrathne Dilshan (2), Mahmudullah (2), Brendan Taylor (2) and Shikhar Dhawan (2).
Best Bowling Performances
Matches between strong teams have stood out because of the tight finishes. These tight finishes where credited to the bowlers who were able to contain/bowl-out the team batting first with low scores (exemplary example was the Australia vs New Zealand) or bowling-out the team batting second. The first knockout match between South Africa vs Srilanka where the former went in with the tag of being chokers, but they delivered with a great bowling performance and tight fielding to win a first ever knockout match in the World Cup. Some of the great bowling actions in the tournament were of Tim Southee (New Zealand) 7/33l vs England; Mitchell Starc (Australia) 6/28 vs New Zealand, Trent Boult (New Zealand) 5/27 vs Australia
- Kumar Sangakkara became the first batsman in ODI history to score four consecutive hundreds.
- Highest Individual score in World Cup Match Chris Gayle 215 (147 balls) vs Zimbabwe
- Most Sixes in World Cup by AB de Villiers 36, and a record fastest 150 in limited overs cricket in 64 balls
- Highest batting total in a World Cup of Australia 417/6 vs Afghanistan
Since debuting in the 1999 world cup and participating in 5 editions, Bangladesh made a credible noise in this year’s world cup. Mahmudullah became the first Bangladesh batsman to score consecutive centuries in the World Cup. With his well-made 124* against the Kiwis he is in the fifth place of leading run-scorers of ICC Cricket World 2015 with a total of 344 runs. Finally, thanks to the memorable win against England, Bangladesh qualified for the quarter-finals for the first time.
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