World Cup: The Netherlands pulled off the second biggest upset of the ICC World Cup 2023 by defeating South Africa by 38 runs at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium on Tuesday.
Afghanistan made the first major upset of the World Cup 2023. When it defeated defending champions England by 69 runs at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. Let us know when such big upset matches were played in the World Cup before this. Read
1. India vs West Indies, 1983 World Cup, Final
On June 25, 1983, India defeated two-time defending champion West Indies by 43 runs in the final of the ODI World Cup. At that time India became the cricket world champion for the first time. The best performance for India was done by Mohinder Amarnath, in batting Mohinder scored 26 runs in 80 balls, while in bowling he took 3 wickets in 7 overs.
2. Zimbabwe vs Australia, 1983 World Cup, Group Stage
On 9 June 1983, Zimbabwe was playing its first World Cup and its first match was against a very experienced Australian team. Australia won the toss and decided to bowl first. Zimbabwe set a target of 239 runs for Australia after losing 6 wickets. Zimbabwe captain Duncan Fletcher played an unbeaten inning of 69 runs in 84 balls which included 5 fours. Australia’s opening batsman Kepler Wessels, who came to chase this target, played a brilliant inning of 76 runs in 130 balls. Australian player Rod Marsh had completed his half-century, he scored 50 runs in just 42 balls which included three fours and two sixes. Despite this, Australia lost the match by only 13 runs.
3. West Indies vs Kenya, 1996 World Cup,
4. India vs Zimbabwe, 1999 World Cup, Group Stage
19 May 1999, Zimbabwe surprised everyone by defeating India by just three runs. At that time India won the toss and decided to bowl first. Zimbabwe gave India a target of 252 runs after losing nine wickets. Chasing which, the Indian team was all out for 249 runs in the 45th over itself.
5. South Africa vs Zimbabwe 1999 World Cup, Group Stage
29 May 1999, This match is one of the most memorable matches of the World Cup. Zimbabwe won the toss and decided to bat and scored 233 runs in 50 overs. Zimbabwe’s opening batsman Neil Johnson played an excellent inning of 76 runs in 117 balls which included ten fours. In the second innings, South Africa was restricted to only 185 runs. This was amazing by the Zimbabwean bowlers who did not allow the top 4 batsmen of South Africa to even cross the 10-run mark. In which big names like Gary Kirsten, Herschelle Gibbs and Jacques Kallis were there. In that match, Zimbabwe defeated South Africa by 48 runs.
6. Sri Lanka vs Kenya 2003 World Cup, Group Stage
In this match held on 24 February 2003, Sri Lanka became the victim of Kenya. In this match played in Nairobi, Kenya created a big upset by defeating Sri Lanka by 53 runs. After winning the toss, Sri Lanka decided to bowl first. Kenya scored 210 runs losing 9 wickets in 50 overs. While chasing this target, the Sri Lankan team collapsed in the 45th over and was all out after scoring only 157 runs.
7. Ireland vs Pakistan 2007 World Cup, Group Stage
In this match held on 17 March 2007, Kenya defeated Pakistan by three wickets. After that defeat, Pakistan team could not qualify for the semi-finals. Actually, Ireland won the toss and invited Pakistan to bat first. After which Ireland demonstrated amazing bowling and limited Pakistan to just 132 runs. For Ireland, Niall O’Brien played a tremendous inning of 72 runs on 107 balls and led the team to victory and Ireland defeated Pakistan by 3 wickets in this match.
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