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Six months to go - Six Associate shocks in CWC history

Sun, Aug 22, 2010 1:03 PM

Six months to go - Six Associate shocks in CWC history

Ireland celebrates beating Pakistan at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007
With the ICC Cricket World Cup fast approaching, players from next year's Associate representatives - Ireland, Canada, Netherlands and Kenya - will be wondering whether they can join the ranks of those teams who have shocked more celebrated opposition in the tournament.

With six months to go till England face the Netherlands in Nagpur, here we look back at six occasions when Full Members came unstuck at the hands of the Associates.

The shape of things to come

Two years before they were granted Test status, Sri Lanka gave notice of their rich potential when they claimed a 47-run victory over India in the 1979 CWC at Old Trafford, Manchester.

Sunil Wettimuny, Roy Dias and Duleep Mendis all hit half-centuries as the unfancied Associates racked up a challenging 238-5 after being put into bat.

That total proved too much for an Indian batting line-up including Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Gundappa Vishwanath and Kapil Dev as they were bowled out for 191 with 35 balls of their 60 overs left unused. Opening bowler Tony Opatha (3-31), Stanley de Silva (2-36) and Somachandra de Silva (3-29) were the stars with the ball. Despite their win, Sri Lanka's other performances in 1979 and in subsequent tournaments indicated there was still plenty of work to be done to compete with the more established countries on a regular basis. Yet, as it transpired, it was only 17 years from this fixture that they would go on to lift the CWC.

Debut delight

When still an Associate Member, Zimbabwe enjoyed an incredible CWC baptism when they defeated Australia by 13 runs at Trent Bridge in 1983.

All-rounder Duncan Fletcher, who would go on to successfully coach England, was the man of the match with 69 not out and 4-42. Australia's pursuit of 227 floundered at the hands of spinner John Traicos, whose 12 overs cost just 27 runs.

West Indies humbled

Kenya will have gone into their 1996 match against West Indies in Poona more in hope than expectation. An opposition line-up featuring skipper Jimmy Adams, Brian Lara, Richie Richardson and Shivnarine Chanderpaul with the bat and Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh and Ian Bishop with the ball was a formidable foe on paper.

Certainly, after the Caribbean bowlers dismissed Kenya for 166 it did not seem apparent that a shock was on the cards.

An inexplicable batting collapse then ensued with only Chanderpaul (19) and Roger Harper (17) reaching double figures as the West Indies were routed for 93.

Rajab Ali (3-17) and Maurice Odumbe (3-15) were the pick of the bowlers in a fine all-round display in the field from the Africans in their 73-run win.

Mahmud downs Pakistan

Another nation to advance their claims for Test status via the CWC was Bangladesh, with their 1999 victory over Pakistan at Northampton coming a year before elevation.

Khaled Mahmud played a pivotal role in the 62-run triumph as he contributed a vital 27 runs down the order before removing Shahid Afridi, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Saleem Malik to help reduce Pakistan to 42-5 in pursuit of 224. Middle and late order resistance saw the 1992 winners labour to 161 before Saqlain Mushtaq became the third run out victim in a sorry batting performance.

Opener Shahriar Hossan (39) and Akram Khan (42) were the batting mainstays for Bangladesh as only Saqlain (5-35) excelled with the ball for Pakistan.

Sri Lanka ondone by Obuya

The highlight of Kenya's unlikely march to the 2003 semi-finals came when they defeated Sri Lanka by 53 runs in Nairobi.

Celebrated bowling duo Chaminda Vaas and Muttiah Muralitharan claimed seven wickets between them but Kenya had greater success against the rest of the Sri Lanka attack on their way to 210-9. Kennedy Otieno's 88-ball 60 at the top of the order gave the hosts some early impetus while Peter Ongondo's 20 down the order ensured his team finished strongly.

Martin Suji removed dangerman Sanath Jayasuriya early in the reply and fellow opener Marvan Atapattu also fell quickly. But it was the introduction of Collins Obuya that really changed the course of the match. The leg-spinner took five wickets (for the cost of just 24 runs) to send the batting team spiraling from 71-2 to 119-7. There was no way back from there for Sri Lanka as they were eventually dismissed for 157 with five overs to spare.

Ireland make their mark

Having already claimed a thrilling tie with Zimbabwe in their first ever match in a Cricket World Cup, Ireland then pulled off an even more memorable result in their following match when they defeated Pakistan to qualify for the Super Eights of the 2007 tournament.

An enthusiastic display in the field from Ireland left Pakistan reeling in Jamaica as they were bowled out for 132 with 26 balls of their innings unused. Only two Pakistan batsmen surpassed 20 as all the Irish bowlers played their part. Stand-out figures came from Boyd Rankin (3-32) and Andre Botha (2-5 from eight overs).

Despite a shaky start to their reply, Ireland were always in command for as long as Niall O'Brien remained at the crease. But his removal - for 72 - saw the Irish slip from 108-4 to 113-7.

O'Brien's brother, Kevin, found an able partner in skipper Trent Johnston to seal a three-wicket victory on the Duckworth/Lewis method after rain had meant a slight reduction of the target.

Unfortunately the result would later be overshadowed by the death of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer, who passed away shortly after.

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