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  • All Time Great Championship: Could Have Been T20 Heroes

    23 Year Old Scores a Century off 22 balls in 18 minutes.

    Over almost two decades, India has proven to be an unequal force in T20 international cricket. The likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah have proven themselves time and time again against fellow T20 greats such as Aaron Finch, Rashid Khan and Lasith Malinga. But if you rewind the years, there is a plethora of big hitters, crafty turners and elite allrounders who would've loved the chance to take their team to the top in the most electric format of the game. Will Kapil Dev's men prove India would prevail across multiple generations or would the likes of Michael Bevan, Lance Klusener and Michael Holding show the world their teams have what it takes to be All Time Great T20 Heroes?

    Similar to previous ATG Championships, the greatest players from around the world will gather to face off against each other. With T20 being such an unpredictable format, each team will play each other in a 'Super 8' format. After every team has played each other, the top teams will progress to a knockout stage where only the best teams will progress to the Final and battle it out for ATG glory.

    Any player who has never played a T20 international is eligible to be selected in this tournament. 15-man squads were chosen with some community input for each team. The initial XI will be selected by the Cricket Captain engine and changes to the team will be made based on form throughout the tournament.

    Players to Watch
    Most players selected are simply the best ODI players before the advent of T20 cricket. Other players may not have seen the success in more traditional formats but showed the aptitude to play at the intensity needed for the shortest form of the game. Here are a few players worth paying attention to:

    This tournament was made with one player in mind: Michael Bevan. Bevan has it all, explosive hitting, clutch performances, and a vibe that turns crowds electric. Other players to keep an eye out for are Simon O'Donnell, arguably Australia's biggest hitter, and the face of WSC, Dennis Lillee. One more player, who didn't even play a single ODI match, is Don Bradman. While not known for his big-hitting abilities, the Don obviously knew how to launch a serious ball. He showed this off in a match where he scored a century off 22 balls in just 18 minutes.

    If there was one overseas player in history who would have captivated the IPL more than anyone else, it would be Ian Botham. The 'stash, the chutzpah, the grit and the determination set him apart from most other players. That's before mentioning his incredible ability to rip wins out of his opponents' hands with the bat and the ball. A lesser-known English star to watch out for is Colin Milburn who was once described as the following: "He hit the ball with the strength of a lumberjack and he had the courage of a lion, but he was no Neanderthal clubber". Need there be anything else said?

    Some of the greatest cricketers of all time have hailed from India. Unfortunately, almost all of them have played T20I cricket at some point. Even Sachin Tendulkar played a singular match, barring him from entering the tournament. Kapil Dev will do his best to carry his nation to victory, and what a player he would have been in T20 cricket. If you thought Sam Curran fetched a high price last IPL, Dev would have at least doubled that figure if given the opportunity. Everyone knows a crafty spinner can make or break a T20 match and India brings two of the craftiest spinners to have ever bowled: Anil Kumble and Bishan Bedi. The spin duo will surely be a key to India's success.

    New Zealand
    Before T20 cricket, Martin Crowe developed a fast-paced format known as Cricket MAX. While it flopped harder than the New Zealand Super Smash, it paved the way for the biggest innovation in cricket since WSC. Obviously, Crowe would have had the perfect skill set and knowledge of what it takes to be a successful T20 batsman. The other big name for the Kiwis is Richard Hadlee. As you know, Hadlee's inswingers will cut you in half - hope you're wearing a box!

    Waqar Younis. Wasim Akram. Imran Khan. Saqlain Mushtaq. There's a World XI bowling attack right there and Pakistan still have top-class bowlers to spare. Batsmen around the world struggled against these bowlers at the best of time and in a short format, there's almost nowhere to hide if all four of them are playing. Their batting lineup isn't lacking either with Miandad, Abbas and Anwar leading the charge. This Pakistan team will be very difficult to dislodge.

    South Africa
    An element of cricket that has dramatically changed since the beginning of T20 cricket is fielding. With bigger hits and tighter singles, dramatic catches and spectacular run outs have become a staple in all formats. One cricketer who had shown those skills well before his time was Jonty Rhodes. He would've taken to T20 cricket like a duck to water. With a lineup that includes names such as Klusener, Pollock(x2), Donald and Cronje, South Africa believe they have a chance of becoming the first nation to pick up two ATG titles.

    Sri Lanka
    While some may believe many of the players in the Sri Lankan squad are there to make up the numbers, the same thing was said about their '96 World Cup team. Aravind de Silva is the spearhead of their lineup and will need to score a lot of runs for Sri Lanka to be successful. Another way Sri Lanka can find success is if Kumar Dharmasena gives LBW dismissals off of his own bowling.

    West Indies
    There's a reason why the West Indies became one of the most feared teams in the world. Extreme, unplayable pace and huge hits. Viv Richards, Brian Lara, Clive Lloyd and Garry Sobers are enough to make any bowler think twice about wanting to bowl while the likes of Garner, Holding and Roberts will have most batsman ducking for cover. After coming agonisingly close to clinching the ATG ODI World Cup, the West Indies are hot favourites to take out the T20 Championship.

    Ladder Played Wins N/R NRR Total
    Australia 0 0
    England 0 0
    India 0 0
    New Zealand 0 0
    Pakistan 0 0
    South Africa 0 0
    Sri Lanka 0 0
    West Indies 0 0

    Round 1 Fixture
    Round 1
    ENG vs IND
    AUS vs SA
    PAK vs WI
    NZ vs SL

  • #2
    Game 1: England vs India
    England XI: J Hobbs, W Grace, G Hick, F Woolley, A Lamb, A Stewart+, I Botham, T Greig*, F Trueman, B Willis, D Underwood
    India XI: S Ganguly, A Jadeja, V Kambli, M Azharuddin, A Malhorta, V Mankad, K Dev*, V Yadav+, J Srinath, B Bedi, D Doshi
    England won the toss and elected to bowl.

    Willis was given the honour of bowling the first ball of the tournament to Ganguly, which was delicately pushed behind point for a single. Trueman opened up at the other end and the opening bowlers had leaked just eight runs from the first two overs. Caught off-guard by a shorter delivery, Jadeja skied Willis to mid-on for the first wicket of the tournament. After four overs, Kambli flicked a straight ball off his pads for the first 4 but became Willis' second victim a ball later. India were 2-30 at the end of the six-over powerplay and were already looking wounded. Ganguly and Malhotra steadied things in terms of falling wickets but struggled to find the boundary and going for a run rate above a run per ball. Spin bowlers, Underwood and Woolley were unplayable, going for more dots balls than runs. Dev took on the role of aggressive stroke maker while Ganguly remained unbeaten as the Indians went into the final overs still scoring at under a run per ball. The runs came to a stop once Dev was dismissed and it took Ganguly the full 20 overs to score an unbeaten 50.

    India 5-119

    Despite needing to score at just six an over to win, Hobbs launched the third ball of the innings into the crowd for the first 6 of the tournament. Dev struck in the second over, removing Hobbs for 11 runs. Hick edged his first ball for 4 but Dev had two wickets in three balls with an inswinging yorker. Even though Grace and Woolley had never even played a one-day match, let alone a T20, they looked at ease scoring multiple boundaries per over. At the end of the powerplay, England had amassed 71 runs for two wickets. Grace fell to Bedi but Woolley continued to score quickly, reaching 50 and guiding England to a convincing first-round victory.

    India 5-119
    S Ganguly 50no, K Dev 23
    B Willis 2-21, D Underwood 2-21

    England 3-122
    F Woolley 63no, A Lamb 23no
    K Dev 2-35, B Bedi 1-33

    England won by 7 wickets
    F Woolley was awarded Man of the Match.


    • #3
      Game 2: Australia vs South Africa
      Australia XI: M Waugh, M Slater, D Lehmann, D Bradman*, M Bevan, K Miller, D Tallon+, R Lindwall, S Warne, D Lillee, J Thomson
      South Africa XI: K Wessels, B Richards, A Faulkner, G Pollock, M Procter, J Rhodes*, L Klusener, D Richards+, P Pollock, H Tayfield, A Donald

      South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.

      South Africa
      Setting the tone early, Wessels middled Lillee for 4 on the very first ball of the innings. The opening over went for 11 runs and a no ball even denied Lillee a wicket, giving the Proteas the perfect start. A leading edge had Wessels caught off the bowling of Lindwall, giving the Aussies a much needed breakthrough. Despite the tournament being full of players who never played T20 cricket, Warnie stood out as the most experienced player with 74 matches under his belt. This experience came in handy as he picked up the wicket of Richards in his first over. South Africa were 2-43 at the end of the power play. Wickets fell in consecutive overs and the tide had turned in Australia's favour. The South African middle order collapsed to the point where they'd be lucky to make it to 100 runs after such a positive start. Klusener was the only South African batter who looked remotely comfortable while the Aussie quicks restricted the South African to a modest total of 106.

      South Africa 8-106

      With no urgency, Australia were content to just rotate strike for a few overs. Once Mark Waugh had his eye in though, the boundaries came thick and fast. Slater couldn't keep pace and was trapped by Peter Pollock. Australia were already halfway to their target by the power play. Donald had Waugh caught in the deep but with just over 30 runs remaining, it was too little too late. Two massive wickets of Bradman and Bevan fell to Faulkner. While they had no bearing on the match itself, it proved Faulkner would be a key asset in the South African bowling attack. A flurry of boundaries from Lehmann sealed victory for the Aussies.

      South Africa 8-106
      L Klusener 36 no, A Faulkner 18
      K Miller 2-10, S Warne 2-13

      Australia 4-107
      D Lehmann 36 no, M Waugh 35
      A Faulkner 2-7, A Donald 1-24

      Australia won by 6 wickets
      D Lehmann was awarded Man of the Match.


      • #4
        Game 3: Pakistan vs West Indies
        Pakistan XI: S Anwar, S Elahi, Z Abbas, J Miandad, I Ahmed, I Khan*, M Khan+, W Akram, S Mushtaq, I Qasim, W Younis
        West Indies XI: G Greenidge, G Headley, B Lara, C Walcott+, V Richards, G Sobers*, M Marshall, A Roberts, J Garner, M Holding, C Ambrose

        Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl.

        West Indies
        A boundary from each of the opening batsmen in the first over got the West Indies off to a positive start. Boasting a team of five fast bowlers with little batting ability, they would need as many top-order runs as they can get. After a solid start for the batsmen, Akram sent Greenidge's stumps flying in the fourth over. The left arm quick had Lara caught behind in the next over too. After six overs, the West Indies were 2-49. Headley launched two huge 6s in a row once Qasim came into the attack to give the batting team some reprieve but became Akram's third victim in the next over. Viv Richards looked to maintain the run rate going into the final overs of the innings. The Master Blaster launched two balls into the crowd to bring up his 50 off 31 balls, guiding the West Indies to 160 runs. Unfortunately, Richards was dismissed on the last ball of the innings.

        West Indies 8-160

        160 is a very achievable target but when the bowling lineup consists of five of the quickest bowlers from the Caribbean, doubts set in early. Anwar got a life when he was dropped on the first ball of the innings but Garner trapped him LBW two balls later. Abbas struggled to find the middle of the bat and was knicked off by Roberts for a very slow 11 runs. It was Elahi who mounted the fightback, hitting Roberts for 21 runs off a single over to get Pakistan back into the match. With just his second ball, Ambrose was able to snuff out any chance of Elahi pulling off a heroic innings. When Miandad was bowled by Marshall, things were looking dire for the Pakistan batters. From there, the West Indies fiery pace attack tore through the Pakistani middle and lower order, taking the last five wickets of the match for just 28 runs.

        West Indies 8-160
        V Richards 56, G Headley 37
        W Akram 3-26, W Younis 3-39

        Pakistan 108
        S Elahi 34, I Khan 14
        M Marshall 3-16, A Roberts 3-32

        West Indies won by 52 runs
        V Richards was awarded Man of the Match.


        • #5
          Game 4: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka
          New Zealand XI: B Sutcliffe, G Turner, A Jones, M Crowe*, R Hadlee, I Smith+, C Harris, B Taylor, L Cairns, M Snedden, E Chatfield
          Sri Lanka XI:
          T Paranavitana​, S Jayantha, T Samaraweera, A de Silva*, R Silva, A Ranatunga, K Dharmasena, R Kaluwitharana​+, U Chandana, N Zoysa, S de Silva
          Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bowl.

          New Zealand
          Turner's first three balls found their way to the boundary with ease before Sajeewa de Silva hooped one back to dismiss him. With a first over like that, the match was set to lift the roof. After six overs, New Zealand had propelled themselves to 1-57 to give them the perfect start. Led by Jones, the Kiwis continued to pile on runs. A couple of quick wickets stemmed the run rate, keeping the Sri Lankans in the game. Jones kept finding ways to score runs to bring up his 50 but boundaries had just about dried up completely. Samaraweera bowled Jones leaving the Kiwis a fair bit of work to do in the death overs. A few big hits from Hadlee allowed New Zealand to reach 151 runs but a constant flow of wickets stopped them from capitalising on a great start. A De Silva picked up the tournament's first four-wicket haul.

          New Zealand 9-151

          Sri Lanka
          Sri Lanka would still need a massive effort from the batters to chase down 151 against the New Zealand all-star bowling lineup and when Hadlee knocked over Paranavitana in the first over, things only got more difficult. Jayantha and Samaweera launched the Sri Lankan team to 55 within the powerplay, reducing the required runs to under seven runs per over. Hadlee once again put a dampener on things though, removing Samaweera after a big over. Two balls later, Hadlee had R Silva. Then Ranatunga skied one making it three wickets in four balls. A short ball squared up Dharmasena, which he gloved through to the keeper to give Hadlee a hattrick and his fifth wicket of the innings. The four-wicket maiden dashed any hopes of a Sri Lankan upset. Sri Lanka barely survived the 20 overs and fell short by 30 runs.

          New Zealand 9-151
          A Jones 50, R Hadlee 39
          S de Silva 4-36, T Samaweera 3-43

          Sri Lanka 8-120
          A de Silva 37 no, S Jayantha 27
          R Hadlee 5-28, L Cairns 1-18

          New Zealand won by 31 runs
          R Hadlee was awarded Man of the Match.


          • #6
            Round 1 Results
            Round 1
            ENG defeated IND
            AUS defeated SA
            PAK lost to WI
            NZ defeated SL

            Current Standings
            Ladder Played Wins N/R NRR Total
            England 1 1 3.56 2
            West Indies 1 1 2.55 2
            Australia 1 1 2.17 2
            New Zealand 1 1 1.55 2
            Sri Lanka 1 -1.55 0
            South Africa 1 -2.00 0
            Pakistan 1 -2.55 0
            India 1 -3.56 0

            Tournament Stat Leaders
            Player Runs Bowler Wickets
            F Woolley 63 R Hadlee 5
            V Richards 56 S de Silva 4
            S Ganguly 50 A Roberts 3
            A Jones 50 M Marshall 3
            R Hadlee 39 W Akram
            +2 others

            Round 2 Fixture
            Round 2
            WI vs NZ
            SL vs ENG
            SA vs PAK
            IND vs AUS


            • #7
              Game 5: West Indies vs New Zealand
              West Indies XI: G Greenidge, G Headley, V Richards, B Lara, C Walcott+, G Sobers+, M Marshall, A Roberts, J Garner, M Holding, C Ambrose
              New Zealand XI: B Sutcliffe, G Turner, A Jones, M Crowe*, M Greatbach, R Hadlee, I Smith+, C Harris, L Cairns, M Snedden, E Chatfield

              West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl.

              New Zealand
              Who needs all-rounders when you have deadly fast bowlers in your attack? Certainly not the West Indies who went with an unchanged lineup while New Zealand have added Greatbach for more batting depth. A 15-run over got New Zealand off to a flying start, led by Turner who hit Roberts for three consecutive boundaries. He made it to 26 runs before knicking one through to Smith off Marshall. Jones and Greatbach fell in two balls from Garner, whose hattrick ball was belted to the rope by Hadlee. Having a five-pronged pace attack means there's no respite for the batsmen and new batsmen went as quickly as they came. A decent effort from an unbeaten Hadlee eked New Zealand to 116 before he had run out of partners.

              New Zealand 116

              West Indies
              Greenidge and Headley scored quickly enough that the chase would never be in doubt. Even after Headley was caught in the deep off Cairns, the run rate never really slowed down at all. A few more wickets saw Lara and Walcott together at the crease but the result was never in doubt. The unbeaten 56-run partnership came from seven overs and sealed the West Indies' second victory.

              New Zealand 116
              R Hadlee 29 no, G Turner 26
              C Ambrose 3-16, J Garner 3-20

              West Indies 3-119
              C Walcott 41 no, G Greenidge 27
              L Cairns 3-34

              West Indies won by 7 wickets
              J Garner was awarded Man of the Match.


              • #8
                Game 6: Sri Lanka vs England
                Sri Lanka XI: R Kaluwitharana+, S Jayantha, T Samaraweera, A de Silva*, R Silva, A Ranatunga, U Chandana, K Dharmasena, T Paranavitana​, N Zoysa, S de Silva
                England XI: J Hobbs, W Grace, G Hick, F Woolley, A Lamb, A Stewart+, I Botham, T Greig*, F Trueman, B Willis, D Underwood
                England won the toss and elected to bat first.

                Hobbs and Grace put on a jolly good show for the opening overs, both clearing the rope at least once each. Once the bowlers hit their stride, the runs soon dried up. The two ageless batsmen reached a 50 partnership before Samaraweera bowled Hobbs for a run-a-ball 29. Chandana's first ball bamboozled Grace and both openers were back in the sheds. Woolley took no time to get his eye in and started to dispatch the spinners to all corners of the ground. He and Hick put on quite a performance for the crowd until Dharmasena bowled Woolley for 32. Zoysa and Dharmasena had the ball on a string in the death overs and managed to restrict England to a respectable 142-run lead.

                England 6-143

                Sri Lanka
                Willis skittled Jayantha for a duck in the first over. That didn't frighten the Sri Lankan batsmen though. Smaraweera took a liking to Trueman and put him away for multiple boundaries in the second over. The Willis rampage couldn't stop. He took three more wickets in the next over leaving the Lankans reeling. Samaraweera's defiance in the face of defeat rallied the lower order to the point where they needed 60 runs in the last 10 overs but with just four wickets in hand. Underwood and Trueman picked up a few more and Samaraweera was stranded with no. 11 at the other end needing 22 runs in the last three overs. Greig bowled him the first ball of the 18th over for an anticlimactic finish to the match.

                England 6-143
                G Hick 38, F Woolley 32
                N Zoysa 2-30, K Dharmasena 2-35

                Sri Lanka 122
                T Samaraweera 48, T Paravitana 19
                B Willis 4-16, T Greig 2-16

                Sri Lanka lost by 21 runs
                B Willis was awarded Man of the Match.


                • #9
                  Game 7: South Africa vs Pakistan
                  South Africa XI: K Wessels, B Richards, G Pollock, J Rhodes, H Cronje, A Faulkner, L Klusener, M Procter, D Richardson+, P Pollock, A Donald
                  Pakistan XI: S Anwar, S Elahi, Z Abbas, J Miandad, I Ahmed, I Khan*, W Raja, M Khan+, W Akram, W Younis, I Qasim

                  South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl.

                  Looking for a better performance than his opening match, Anwar took on Donald in the first over, scoring three 4s in a row. Donald got his revenge in his second over bowling finding the edge of both Anwar and Elahi. The South African finished his four overs with three wickets. The wickets kept falling but Miandad was determined that Pakistan would have some type of score to defend but the pressure of being the last recognised batsman got to him as he fell for 28. Pakistan found themselves at 9-85 and looking down the barrel of a second straight defeat until Raja and Qasim put on a 42-run partnership to guide their team to 127 runs. Not great but at least they had a slim hope.

                  Pakistan 127

                  South Africa
                  A golden duck for Richards got the Pakistan bowlers' tails up, especially when Graeme Pollock was bowled not too long after. Just as the Pakistani bowlers were looking like they might have a chance, Rhodes got off a series of huge hits to bring the run rate down to under a run per ball. Rhodes and Crojne put on a masterclass partnership, which was only broken when the required runs were in the single digits. A straight drive for 4 brought up Rhodes' half-century and sealed the match for the South Africans.

                  Pakistan 127
                  W Raja 40, J Miandad 28
                  L Klusener 3-29, A Donald 3-34

                  South Africa 4-129
                  J Rhodes 53 no, H Crojne 49
                  W Raja 1-11, W Younis 1-18

                  South Africa won by 6 wickets
                  J Rhodes was awarded Man of the Match.


                  • #10
                    Game 8: India vs Australia
                    India XI: S Ganguly, A Jadeja, V Kambli, M Azharuddin, A Malhotra, K Dev*, V Mankad, V yadav+, A Kumble, J Srinath, B Bedi
                    Australia XI: M Waugh, M Slater, D Lehmann, D Bradman*, M Bevan, K Miller, D Tallon, R Lindwall, S Warne, D Lillee, J Thomson

                    Australia won the toss and elected to bowl.

                    A couple of boundaries in the first over got things going for India. Warne surprisingly took the second over and dismissed Ganguly with his first ball. He always did say he bowled better with a new ball. Australia's bowlers were all over the Indians and they should have had them on the ropes but with a couple of dropped catches, the game was evenly poised at the end of the powerplay. There must be something with the Aussies and first balls because Thommo struck the pads of Jadeja to remove him LBW for 35. Kambli and Azharuddin put on a strong partnership but needed to really put their foot down for the last few overs if they wanted to put pressure on the Aussie's intimidating batting lineup. 45 runs were scored off the last four overs to give India a defendable total of 147.

                    India 4-147

                    Waugh did one better than Ganguly and instead of hitting the first ball of the innings for 4, he launched it into the stratosphere for 6! Still mirroring the Indian innings, a wicket fell in the second over. Srinath seemed unplayable for little reward but certainly got the Australian batsmen worried about their run rate early on. Waugh got a life with a dropped catch and made it to 30 before his luck had run out. The turning sub-continent conditions did nothing to help the spinners against Bradman and Lehmann. Despite the poor display from Bradman's last match, he was keen to show he had what it takes to dominate shorter formats too. Lehmann's 50 was slow and steady, coming off 41 balls. Bradman was a lot more aggressive but was run out just before reaching his own 50. Bevan hit a couple of streaky boundaries to finish the match off.

                    India 4-147
                    M Azharuddin 48, V Kambli 41
                    S Warne 1-28, D Lillee 1-29

                    Australia 4-151
                    D Lehmann 67 no, D Bradman 42
                    J Srinath 1-23, B Bedi 1-27

                    India lost by 6 wickets
                    D Lehmann was awarded Man of the Match.


                    • #11
                      Round 2 Results
                      Round 2
                      WI defeated NZ
                      SL lost to ENG
                      SA defeated PAK
                      IND lost to AUS

                      Current Standings
                      Ladder Played Wins N/R NRR Total
                      West Indies 2 2 1.79 4
                      England 2 2 1.70 4
                      Australia 2 2 1.26 4
                      New Zealand 2 1 0.07 2
                      South Africa 2 1 0.03 2
                      Sri Lanka 2 0 -1.30 0
                      India 2 0 -1.88 0
                      Pakistan 2 0 -2.46 0

                      Tournament Stat Leaders
                      Player Runs Bowler Wickets
                      D Lehmann 103 B Willis 6
                      F Woolley 95 R Hadlee 5
                      V Richards 69 M Marshall 5
                      T Samaraweera 69 C Ambrose 5
                      R Hadlee 68 A Faulkner
                      +10 others

                      Round 3 Fixture
                      Round 2
                      NZ vs SA
                      PAK vs IND
                      ENG vs AUS
                      SL vs WI
                      Last edited by Wilted; 09-18-2023, 12:42 PM. Reason: edit


                      • #12
                        Game 9: New Zealand vs South Africa
                        New Zealand XI: M Greatbatch, G Turner, A Jones, M Crowe*, R Hadlee, B Congdon, C Harris, I Smith+, L Cairns, M Snedden, E Chatfield
                        South Africa XI: K Wessels, B Richards, A Faulkner, G Pollock*, J Rhodes, H Cronje, L Klusener, M Procter, D Richardson+, P Pollock, A Donald

                        South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.

                        South Africa
                        A dropped catch and a top edge for 6 meant that New Zealand were doing all of the right things from the very first over but luck was going the way of the Proteas. A second over brain fade from Richards sent him packing, negating the poor luck from the first over. The remaining overs of the powerplay were quiet from both teams until Wessels tried to hit a third 6 in a row but gave Chatfield a second wicket instead. Harris had Graeme Pollock for a duck. The wickets continued to fall regularly but Jonty Rhodes pulled out some fantastic shots to keep South Africa's innings afloat. His innings finished on 40 runs and there was no one to fight out the last overs, leaving South Africa on 148 runs (just shy of a big score).

                        South Africa 7-148

                        New Zealand
                        In his debut match, Greatbatch looked to impress but instead found himself looking at a set of broken stumps. Procter bowled him over for one run in the opening over. The Kiwis were in strife when Pollock dismissed Jones with the first ball of the second over and bowled Crowe with his second. Fortunately for the New Zealand captain, he was recalled for a front-foot no-ball. Procter picked up two more wickets in his next over and Pollock also picked up another shortly after. The scorecard read 5-15 until Congdon and Harris began to fight back. A mix-up while running between the wickets undid the 50-run partnership and dashed any chance of a further comeback. The tail fell quickly and New Zealand found themselves all out with four overs and 35 runs remaining.

                        South Africa 7-148
                        J Rhodes 40, A Faulkner 28
                        L Cairns 3-24, E Chatfield 2-28

                        New Zealand 113
                        C Harris 34, B Congdon 21
                        M Procter 3-20, P Pollock 2-26

                        New Zealand lost by 35 runs
                        M Procter was awarded Man of the Match.


                        • #13
                          Game 10: Pakistan vs India
                          Pakistan XI: S Anwar, S Elahi, A Sohail, J Miandad, Z Abbas, W Raja, I Khan*, M Khan+, W Akram, A Qadir, W Younis
                          India XI: S Ganguly, A Jadeja, M Azharuddin, V Kamblie, S Patil, V Mankad, K Dev*, V Yadav+, J Srinath, B Bedi, A Kumble

                          Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl.

                          Fast. Hooping. Unplayable. Those three words never trail too far behind Akram throughout his career and his first ball was no exception as he cleaned up Ganguly's stumps for a golden duck. Jadeja and Azharuddin made up for the first ball wicket with some big shots. Akram had a second wicket but India was determined to not let the run rate drop. The two Pakistani spinners slowed things down a bit with Raja not leaking any boundaries and Qadir picking up a couple of wickets. Jadeja brought up his 50 in 38 balls but his teammates were falling like flies around him. Imran Khan quickly cleaned up the tail, leaving India all out with 130 runs on the board.

                          India 130

                          Not wanting to be shown up by the Pakistani quicks, Dev took a wicket in his first over to give the Indians a bit more hope than they started with. Another quick wicket to the Indian all-rounder brought Miandad to the crease who began making quick runs to inch Pakistan to a winning position. He finished his innings with 28 runs but the run rate required was now under six runs per over. Bedi and Mankad picked up a couple of quick wickets between them putting Pakistan into an uncomfortable position. For the first 15 overs of Anwar's innings, he played safe and steady cricket. He hit 17 runs in the 16th over to bring up his 50 and put the match into a fantastic position for Pakistan. With an over to spare, Imran Khan hit the winning runs to give Pakistan their first win of the tournament.

                          India 130
                          A Jadeja 53 no, V Kambli 23
                          I Khan 3-20. A Qadir 3-29

                          Pakistan 5-131
                          S Anwar 58 no, J Miandad 28
                          K Dev 2-27, B Bedi 2-33

                          Pakistan won by 5 wickets
                          S Anwar was awarded Man of the Match.


                          • #14
                            Game 11: England vs Australia
                            England XI: J Hobbs, W Grace, G Hick, F Woolley, A Lamb, A Stewart+, I Botham, T Greig*, F Trueman, B Willis, D Underwood
                            Australia XI: M Waugh, M Slater, D Lehmann, D Bradman*, M Bevan, S O'Donnell, K Miller, D Tallon+, S Warne, D Lillee, J Thomson

                            Australia won the toss and elected to bat.

                            If you didn't get enough of big rivalries with the Pakistan vs India game, then consider yourself lucky because up next are the old enemies, England and Australia, who are fighting it out to continue their undefeated streaks. Within four balls, Willis had struck Mark Waugh on the body, barely missed the edge and finally knocked his stumps over. The English were fired up and ready to tear through the Aussies. Slater changed gears and hit Botham for a 19-run over to put the Australians at 1-51 at the end of the powerplay. Lehmann and Slater put on a fantastic partnership before Underwood forced a top edge from Slater to dismiss him for 46 runs. Runs did not come easily for Lehmann, who scored 22 off 26 before he was bowled by Greig. Two wickets in two balls got momentum swinging back towards the English but an unbeaten 41 from Bradman gave the Australian a solid 148 runs to defend.

                            Australia 6-148

                            Hobbs dispatched the first ball from Lillee to the boundary. Hobbs himself was dispatched with the second ball. With a series of boundaries throughout the next few overs, Hick and Grace put the English into a dominant position. The pair had put on over 50 runs when Thomson decided to go around the wicket to the right-handers and a short ball found Hick's edge. The wicket dried up the runs putting pressure on the English to slog through the latter overs, needing 50 runs in five overs. Woolley hit Miller for back-to-back 4s but his third attempt at finding the boundary picked out Thomson at mid-on instead. Grace's 50th run came from a single when they needed boundaries but the Aussie bowlers weren't giving an inch. With only one boundary in four overs, Grace and Stewart needed an unlikely 26 runs off the final over. Grace started with a huge 6 and then swung at fresh air on the second ball. The third ball he declined to take a single to retain strike. The fourth ball cleared the rope again but 14 runs off the final two balls required a no-ball to even have a chance at winning. O'Donnell didn't err and despite being hit for a 20-run final over, the Aussies fended off the English attack with five runs to spare.

                            Australia 6-148
                            M Slater 46, D Bradman 41 no
                            F Trueman 3-17, D Underwood 1-19

                            England 4-143
                            W Grace 72 no, G Hick 31
                            D Lillee 2-24, J Thomson 1-21

                            England lose by 5 runs
                            M Slater was awarded Man of the Match.


                            • #15
                              Game 12: Sri Lanka vs West Indies
                              Sri Lanka XI: M Warnapura, S Jayantha, T Samaraweera, A de Silva*, A Ranatunga, D Mendis, R Kulatharana+, U Chandana, K Dharmasena, N Zoysa, S de Silva
                              West Indies XI: G Greenidge, G Headley, V Richards, B Lara, G Sobers*, C Walcott+, M Marshall, A Roberts, J Garner, M Holding, C Ambrose

                              Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bowl.

                              West Indies
                              It was a lacklustre start to the match, with each of the opening batsmen scoring just one boundary each. The Sri Lankan bowlers kept to tight lines and were backed up in the field to restrict the West Indies to 32 runs in the six-over powerplay. Samaraweera and Dharmasena brought along two wickets with their change of pace, bowling both openers. The turning pitches made scoring runs off the spinner tricky, something that Lara and Sobers would reflect on after being dismissed cheaply. Viv Richards needed to score the bulk of the runs since his remaining support consisted of the Windies' long tail end. An edge to third man for a single brought up his half-century on the last ball of the innings./

                              West Indies 7-151

                              Sri Lanka
                              The West Indies had gone with the same, five-pronged bowling attack as they did in the first match. Garner proved it was the right choice by taking two wickets in the opening over. Roberts had a bit of fun with the ball too, leaving Sri Lanka with 4-11 at one stage. Wickets were falling constantly but Duleep Mendis seemed to be seeing beach balls in the middle and scored most of Sri Lnka's runs. He had 50 runs in 27 balls. Ambrose drew Mendis into playing a false shot and getting him caught in the deep. With Mendis back in the sheds, there wasn't enough firepower for Sri Lanka to reach the total.

                              West Indies 7-151
                              V Richards 50 no, G Greenidge 31
                              U Chandana 3-37, K Dharmasena 2-26

                              Sri Lanka 126
                              D Mendis 58, U Chandana 23
                              J Garner 4-24, C Ambrose 2-18

                              West Indies win by 25 runs
                              J Garner was awarded Man of the Match.