A look at four significant upsets of international cricket history…
1) Kenya defeated India (1998):: – This match took place in Gwalior City. There was a big upset in this match. Kenya defeated India by a large margin. In this day-night match, Indian captain Azharuddin took the field with his team against Kenya. The Indian captain won the toss and invited Kenya to bat first. Indian bowlers could not justify this decision. Kenya scored 265 runs in 50 overs, hitting first. Kenya set a challenging target for India. In response to which the Indian team came out chasing the mark badly. India’s batsmen showed an embarrassing performance and were all-out by scoring 196 runs in 47.1 overs. In this way, India was defeated by Kenya and made a big upset. Only Rahul Dravid scored 33 runs from the Indian team. Apart from these, no batsman can compete with the bowlers of Kenya. Kenya’s all-rounder Maurice Odumbe played the most crucial role in defeating India. Who performed brilliantly with both bat and ball and played a crucial role in defeating India. Please tell that Odumbe, apart from playing a brilliant inning of 83 runs, also took three wickets. In this way, Kenya managed to make a big upset by defeating India by 69 runs.
2) Bangladesh beat Pakistan (1999 World Cup):: – Bangladesh made its debut in the Cricket World Cup played in the year 1999 hosted by England and managed to make a big upset for the first time. This team surprised everyone by defeating a strong team like Pakistan by 62 runs in their very first World Cup. Bangladesh surprised everyone by defeating Pakistan and told that they are going to emerge a great team in the next time. Bangladesh, batting first in the match, scored 223/9 in 50 overs. But the Bangladesh bowlers managed to dismiss Pakistan all out, performing well. In response, the Pakistani team was piled on for 161 runs, and the Bangladesh team managed a big upset.
3) Ireland beat England (2011):: – This World Cup was Ireland’s second World Cup. In the second World Cup, Ireland created a sensation by defeating England in a thrilling match. In this Group B match, England won the toss and gave a target of 328 runs against Ireland. In response, the Irish team achieved the goal of 328 runs by winning seven wickets in 49.1 overs and made a big upset. In the history of the World Cup, Ireland also produced the record of winning by scoring the most significant goal later. Everyone felt that Ireland would not be able to make such a big goal. But the players of Ireland had some other sanction, and they blasted the bowling of the England bowlers, performing brilliantly. Kevin O’Brien, who was the architect of his victory, achieved the fastest hundred of the World Cup by scoring a century in just 50 balls. He hit 13 fours and six sixes in his memorable innings. Kevin is the hero of this match. Those who lost the game took their team to victory. Earlier, this record was in the name of Australia’s Matthew Hayden, who scored a 66-ball century against South Africa in the 2007 World Cup. Which was broken by Kevin O’Brien? In this way, Ireland made a big upset, defeating England.
4) India beat the West Indies (1983 final):: – West Indies, who had won the World Cup twice, were eyeing the title for the third time. But this dream of West Indies was not allowed by India, and in a big upset India won the World Cup. West Indies captain Clive Lloyd won the toss and invited Team India to bat first. Team India had an abysmal start and lost their first wicket (Sunil Gavaskar) on two runs. But India put the challenging target in front of the West Indies. Team India was reduced to just 183 terms. The bowlers of India performed brilliantly and captured the final match, dismissing the West Indies. In this way, India won the World Cup in a big upset.
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