• Well thank heavens for that. The Sado-Masochists in the ICC World Cup Planning Committee devised a format to guarantee the top eight teams would contest the quarter-finals and, despite a few scary moments almost entirely generated by England's exhausted, frequently inept and fractious squad, they have been rewarded.

     

    Whether it was strictly necessary to spend 29 days confirming what we already knew would happen is another matter. And indeed next time the ICC are dispensing with the tiresome lesser nations altogether, but in spite of the ridiculously attenuated format and regular diet of one sided matches, this World Cup has been by far the most enjoyable since 1996.

     

    Paradoxically the fascination has been caused by a succession of unpredictable games between the top sides. Of the eight quarter-finalists only England remain undefeated in matches between the survivors. Australia's irksome unbeaten record has now been consigned to history leading Ian Chappell to fume about Shahid

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  • Finally the men have been separated from the boys. The pretenders did threaten to upstage the big boys and even qualify for the quarterfinals. But when it came to the crunch situation it is the Goliaths who survived while the Davids fell by the wayside. But then it has always been like that when it comes to the World Cup or other such major events. Kenya's entry into the semifinals in 2003 can be taken as a one-off. The associate members will always be capable of pulling off the odd upset or two as they have done repeatedly over the years. After all in limited overs cricket it is a question of one team having a good day and another having a bad day at the office. Sustained campaigns however can only be carried out by experienced teams with the skill and class and the self belief to take such ups and downs in their strides.

    It was always on the cards that Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand and Sri Lanka from group A and South Africa, India, West Indies and England from group B would make

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  • West Indies capped KA Edwards for this game. He became the 194th cricketer to make his one day debut in the world cup and the ninth West Indian cricketer to do so.

    R Ashwin of India and R Rampaul of West Indies were making their world cup debut in this game.

    India was all out for 268 in this game providing the 24th occasion of India dismissed all out in the world cup - a record for most occasions of a team all out in the world cup.

    V Kohli and Yuvraj Singh added 122 runs for the third wicket in this game to provide the 209th occasion of a century partnership in the world cup. This stand represents the 57th occasion of a three figure partnership for the third wicket in the world cup.

    V Kohli and Yuvraj Singh added 122 runs for the third wicket in this game to provide the 24th occasion of a century partnership by Indian batsmen in the world cup. This stand represents the fifth occasion of a three figure partnership for the third wicket in the world cup. The other four occasion are –

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