Tuesday, March 20, 2007



March 20th 2007: Quiztion of the Day - 8:

On a day when records tumbled like nine pins, India thrashed Bermuda by 257 runs to record the highest margin of victory in any world cup match while registering the first ever total of 400 or more. India’s 413/5 erases the previous highest of 398 for 5 by Sri Lanka against Kenya at Kandy in 1996. Their 257 runs margin of victory edges past the previous best of 256-run win by Australia against Namibia in the 2003 World Cup. Just four days prior to India’s victory, on March 15th Sri Lanka defeated Bermuda by 243 runs.

India has done whatever they could by beating Bermuda by a higher margin than Sri Lanka and now hopes that Bangladesh doesn’t better their record of Bermuda thrashing, when they meet in the last encounter of the first phase of the World Cup to fancy any chances of reaching Super 8s, provided they beat Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka beats Bangladesh.

There were three other world cup records which were equaled in the same match. Sourav Ganguly’s second six took his tally of World Cup sixes to 25 , which makes him the joint record holder for hitting most number of sixes along with Australia’s Ricky Ponting whereas India’s 18 sixes in the their innings makes them 2nd team in world cup to hit 18 sixes, the most by a side in any World Cup match, which incidentally was set just three days back by South Africa against the hapless Flying Dutchmen at the boundary line in just 40 overs, with Heschelle Gibbs leading the way with six sixes in an over. Bermuda too equaled an unwanted World record of having most ducks in any innings of a World Cup match. They became the fourth team to do suffer the ignominy after England against West Indies at Lord’s in 1975, Canada against Sri Lanka at Paarl in 2003 and Sri Lanka against India at Johannesburg in 2003.

But there was a bright spot for Bermuda as one of their bowlers achieved something that never happened before in 31 year history of World Cup. Their youngest player Malachi Jones became the first bowler to take a wicket with his first delivery in a World Cup when Robin Uthappa edged him and Dwayne Leverock took a blinder stretching his 256 pounds body as far right as he could at the first slip.

Today’s 'Quiztion of the day' is related to one of the batting feats that was missed by a whisker in this India vs. Bermuda match. Here it is:

This World Cup feat was first achieved by the indomitable Issac Vivian Alexander Richards in 1987 and on this record shattering day it is very narrowly missed by one player in India vs. Bermuda match and surpassed by other in West Indies vs. Zimbabwe match. What is this feat and who else have emulated King Richards?

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