Sunday, March 18, 2007



March 18th 2007: Quiztion of the Day-6:

March 17th, 2007 will be forever remembered as day of the minnows in cricketing world. Never before in a Cricket World Cup two major upsets took place on the same day as they did today. In the end both the matches were convincingly won by the teams that were considered as easy pushovers. India at least can consider that they did not lose to a non test playing nation like their traditional rivals Pakistan who lost to a team that has played just nine official One day international prior to today’s match at Kingston. Pakistan is now out of the World Cup Super eight stage whereas India does not control their destiny of reaching the next phase of the World Cup all by themselves. India’s chances now rest on either Bangladesh beating Sri Lanka or Bermuda putting up a shabby display against India. But mathematically they are not out of the tournament like Pakistan.

It was really a gutsy call by Irish captain Trent Johnston to insert the opposition of Pakistan’s caliber in after winning the toss. His bowlers lived up to the expectations of their captain, but it was more of poor shot selection by Pakistani batsmen that led to them getting bundled out for a paltry 132. To their credit Ireland has put up an excellent show on the field whether in bowling or fielding. Pakistani team utterly lacked the kind of composure shown by Trent Johnston and Kevin O’Brien after Pakistan took some momentum away when they took three quick wickets to send Ireland reeling at 113/7 and they still needed 15 runs to register a victory. Earlier Kevin’s brother Niall anchored the innings with an 157 ball innings of 72 runs and made sure Ireland doesn’t falter on their way to registering a historic win.

Ireland now fancy the chances of reaching the Super 8 stage in their first attempt at World Cup barring another miraculous upset win by Zimbabwe either against West Indies or Pakistan. I am sure those who watched Pakistan’s pathetic display in all areas of the game can not rule out the possibility another upset of Zimbabwe beating Pakistan. For a side which started playing Official One Day Internationals just nine months back and has an experience of eight ODIs prior to this World Cup with only one those outings being against a test playing nation (England in their first ODI), this is remarkable achievement and a apt gift to their fellow countrymen on St. Patrick’s Day.

Today’s Quiztion of the day is related to this biggest upset in the World Cup history. Here it is:

How many times a non test playing nation defeated a test playing nation in World Cup matches so far including Ireland’s win against Pakistan and in what way is Ireland’s victory different from all the other wins by non test playing nations?

Remember to email your answers for each quiz individually to with the the subject line "Quiztion of the Day - X", (X being the Question number) through out the tournament duration. Results will be first posted on website within a week of the World Cup Final.

Do not forget that the top scorer of the quiz will have a chance to win a fabulous World Cup 7-DVD Pack of World Cup Highlights (courtesy : and the runner up has a chance to grab a 3-DVD Pack consisting of India's Victorious 1983 campaign and Australia's unbeaten run of victories in 2003 (courtesty :

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