Top 12 dramas and issues from the 2011 World Cup

Top 12 dramas and issues from the 2011 World Cup

Mumbai, 19 June 2011

Fittingly, it was skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni who hit the winning six in the 2011 World Cup Final to  herald India as champions in Mumbai. This video article captures the drama and incidents over the preceding  six weeks as one of the most successful world cup editions of all time unfolded in the cricket mad sub-continent.

1. A funny look at the finals re-toss drama (Mumbai)

What was behind the the bizarre toss that was won by Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara in his second attempt before the start of the World Cup final? The Back Page panel take a humourous poke at the drama. Match referee Jeff Crowe couldn’t hear Sangakkara’s initial call due to crowds noise and called for a re-toss. India won the finals to take the 2011 World Cup. Mumbai, Apr 2011

2. Sachin downs Pak, takes India to final

Sachin Tendulkar (85) was man of the match as India beat Pakistan by 29 runs to reach the World Cup final.Virender Sehwag (38) hit nine fours and Sachin Tendulkar, reprieved by referral and dropped four times, was out for 85 from 115 balls as India compiled 260-9 with Wahab Riaz taking a career-best 5-46. In reply, Mohammad Hafeez struck 43 and Misbah-ul-Haq made a defiant 56 but Pakistan were all out for 231 in the final over.2011 World Cup Semi Final (Mohali). Mar 2011

3. Confrontation: Tait vs Dilshan (RPS)

Shaun Tait exchanges words with Tillakaratne Dilshan druing the Sri Lanka v Australia Group A ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 match at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Dilshan in his BBC collumn went onto say "I don't think my row with Shaun Tait and Ricky Ponting in the first over resulted in my dismissal. Actually I have already forgotten that incident - we shook hands after the match and that is something in the past now". Mar 2011

4. Ugly spat: Enraged Ponting turns on team mate (Bangalore)

In yet another outburst, Ricky Ponting had an ugly spat and embarrassed teammate Steve Smith before Australia completed a comfortable seven-wicket win over Group A minnows Canada in the World Cup. Mar 2011

5. Fuming: Kiwis upset at game turning Mahela catch (Mumbai)

A heated exchange took place in the key Sri Lanka-New Zealand world cup game as Mahela Jayawardene was given not out after after a third umpire review for a return catch off Nathan McCullum. The decision obviously didn’t go well with skipper Ross Taylor and the off-spinner. Jayawardene, on 24 then, stood his ground and benefitted by the inconclusive replays. He went onto make 66 as Sri Lanka eventually crushed the Kiwis by 112 runs. Mar 2011

6. Pakistan end 12 year Australian streak

Australia's streak of 34 Cricket World Cup matches unbeaten run stretching back to 1999 is over after a batting collapse led to a four-wicket loss to Pakistan. Australia was bowled out for just 176 in its Group A match against Pakistan. Brad Haddin (42), Michael Clarke (34) and youngster Steve Smith (25) were the only batsmen to pass 20 as Australia saved its worst batting performance of the tournament. Paceman Umar Gul (3-30) bowled superbly with both the new and the old ball, who were the last team to defeat Australia in a World Cup match in 1999. Umar Akmal (44 not out) and Asad Shafiq (46) helped steer Pakistan to victory in 41 overs. 2011 World Cup #40 (RPS), Mar 2011

7. Broken TV Drama: Furious Ponting admits he threw box

Australia captain Ricky Ponting was charged by the ICC after admitting to damaging a television set in the dressing room after being runout during a World Cup match with Zimbabwe at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad.The International Cricket Council, who yesterday said they would not pursue the matter, have performed a U-turn after a complaint was sent to the Indian Cricket Board from the Gujarat Cricket Association who oversee the sport in the region. Feb 2011

8. One short: Umpire censures Umar Akmal (RPS)

Umpire Ian Gould displays some deft footwork as he tells Umar Akmal not to jump on the pitch. SL-Pak, World Cup #10, R Premadasa Stadium), Feb 2011

9. King of Sling: Malinga yorks his way into history

Lasith Malinga landed his second World Cup hat-trick, insisting that his famous four wickets in four balls against South Africa in 2007 was a greater achievement. The 27-year-old's searing yorkers and toe-crushers helped him to a career-best 6-38 as Sri Lanka beat Kenya by nine wickets on Tuesday to put his team back on top of World Cup Group A. Mar 2011

10. Slow coach or spot fixing? Aussies deny charge

Brad Haddin has down played reports that the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) were looking into Australia's slow start in their World Cup Group A match against Zimbabwe in Ahmedabad. Haddin and Shane Watson, the Australian openers, scored five runs in the first two overs and only 28 in the first ten. Australia posted 262 for 6 to clinch a 91-run victory. March 2011

11. O'Brien record ton stuns England, shock win to Ireland

Kevin O'Brien smashed the fastest century (113) in World Cup history off just 50 balls as Ireland recorded their greatest win on cricket's biggest stage. Ireland were struggling at 111-5 chasing England's massive 327 for eight when O'Brien delivered an astonishing display of power-hitting as he beat the previous fastest Cup century record held by Australia's Matthew Hayden, who hit 100 off 66 balls in 2007.2011WC #15 (Bangalore). Mar 2011

12. Strauss counters brilliant Sachin for thrilling tie

An epic 158 from Andrew Strauss saw England tie an extraordinary World Cup group B match against India. The co-hosts set an intimidating 339-run victory target after a superb 120 from Sachin Tendulkar. India made 338 (Tendulkar 120, Bresnan 5-48) to tie with England 338 for 8 (Strauss 158, Bell 69, Zaheer 3-64). 2011WC #11 (Bangalore). Feb 2011

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