Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Opening Week of the ICC World Cup 2015 in Pictures!!

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 has seen loads of action and some breathtaking cricket over the past one week or so. Let us take a look at some of the best pictures from the first 10 days of this World Cup!

Virat Kohli is ecstatic after scoring a century against Pakistan in India's opening encounter - Virat Kohli stuck a superb century against nemesis Pakistan as India defeated them comfortably to kickstart their World Cup 2015 campaign in style!

Niall O Brien and John Mooney walk off after hitting the winning runs against West Indies - Ireland defeated an abject West Indies side and made a strong case against the ICC's decision to reduce the 2019 World Cup to 10 teams.

David Miller and JP Duminy walk off after a record breaking unbroken 256 run partnership off 178 balls for the 5th wicket against Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe had South Africa in huge trouble as they were reduced to 80 odd for 4 in 20 overs. But then David Miller and JP Duminy resurrected the innings taking their time and launching an assault in the last 10 overs as South Africa ended with 330 runs.

Tim Southee exults after picking another English batsman as Joe Root watches the carnage from the non strikers end - Southee produced a high class display of swing bowling, producing unplayable balls taking 7-33, the registered the 3rd best figures by a bowler in a World Cup. New Zealand cantered home by 8 wickets with 226 balls to spare!!

Afghanistan's Hamid Hassan does a somersault after bowling Kumar Sangakkara neck and crop - The so called minnow nations continued a strong performance as Afghanistani quicks reduced Sri Lanka to 50 odd for 4 and had a realistic chance of causing an upset before being thwarted by a silky century by Mahela Jayawardena.

South African skipper AB De Villiers walks off after being run out by an accurate throw from Mohit Sharma in Melbourne - South Africa were in trouble chasing India's 307 and as the run rate soared to over seven the pressure started to mount on Faf Du Plessis and AB De Villiers. Going for a tight run AB De Villiers found himself well short of the crease and the man had got a taste of his own medicine after being run out courtesy a splendid fielding effort! The Proteas lost the match easily.

PS - The images were taken from www.espncricinfo.com but I have edited them myself.

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