Wednesday, April 18, 2007



April 18th, 2007 : Quiztion of the Day - 37

South Africa stormed into the semi-finals utterly humiliating England and leaving them in total disarray to ponder over what went wrong with their World Cup campaign. There will definitely be more questions asked than answers told about their worst World Cup performance ever since Michael Atherton's 1996 World Cup debacle in which their only wins were against UAE and Netherlands. Everything went wrong after Michael Vaughan won the toss and elected to bat first. South African fast bowlers took advantage of bowling first and ran through the England's innings with the biggest celebration of the match taking place when Kevin Pietersen was caught by Graeme Smith off Andre Nel. Shaun Pollock though went wicket-less in the innings, was as economical as ever conceding just 17 runs of his 10 overs. Andrew Hall finished with 5 for 18 becoming the third bowler from South Africa to claim 5 or more wickets in this tournament. Earlier Charl Langeveldt took 5 for 39 against Sri Lanka and Andre Nel took 5 for 45 against Bangladesh. South Africa almost lost the match against Sri Lanka with Malinga's four in four during the final stages of the game whereas they did lose the match by 67 runs against Bangladesh in tournament's biggest upset.

Smith and de Villiers wasted no time in going about the task of chasing England's paltry total and finished off the match even before the powerplays ended. Graeme smith was at his belligerent best in making unbeaten 89 of just 58 balls and de Villiers made 42 of 35. The chasm between the two teams was so big that South Africa scored 64 runs of their first seven overs where as England could make just nine runs during the same number of overs in a pathetic display. England now plays against West Indies, another demoralized unit like themselves in the last game of the Super Eights and will be looking for salvaging some prestige and end their World Cup campaign on a winning note.

Today’s 'Quiztion of the Day' relates to their England's other miserable World Cup campaign in 1996. England failed to reach the semi-final stage in that tournament too and could not win a single game against any test playing nation.

England won the first game of the 1996 tournament against a team which had only one native-born player in their playing eleven. Shown below is the picture of this player who was believed to have owned more cars than the number of runs he scored in One Day Internationals. Identify the Player and the team he played for in 1996 World Cup.

Remember to email your answers for each quiz individually to with the subject line as '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.


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