Cricket World Cup moments: Benedict Bermange counts down from 70-61
Last Updated: 20/05/19 5:11pm
Each and every Cricket World Cup has delivered some truly memorable moments and this summer's will be no different!
To help get you in the mood ahead of our biggest summer ever, Sky Sports Cricket statistician Benedict Bermange has compiled his top 70 World Cup moments.
So sit back and enjoy - and why not join the debate and share your memories by filling out the feedback form at the foot of this page? Then make sure you join us for the first match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup when hosts England take on South Africa at the Kia Oval - live on Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event from 9.30am on Thursday May 30.
70: David Houghton's 142 in a losing cause at Hyderabad in 1987
Half-centuries from Martin Crowe and Martin Snedden had taken New Zealand to 242, but Houghton waged a lone battle for Zimbabwe, and dominated a 117-run stand for the eighth wicket (then an ODI record) with Iain Butchart, to take his team close to a win. Six were needed off the last over, but Houghton's innings ended with a great catch by Crowe and Zimbabwe fell short by just four runs.
69: Andrew Symonds to the rescue in 2003 with 143 not out against Pakistan at Johannesburg in 2003
Australia were 86-4 against Pakistan and staring down the barrel because Symonds had made very little impact in his ODI career before then. He compiled a nerveless, unbeaten 143 from 125 balls and set the tone for Australia's unbeaten tournament.
68: Brendon McCullum hits 77 from 25 balls against England at Wellington in 2015
Chasing a modest target, McCullum decided to rub more salt into the Englishmen's wounds. He started the demolition act by cutting Stuart Broad's first delivery for a six. He clearly wanted to finish the match before the break and went berserk, smashing Steve Finn for six maximums, four of them coming off consecutive deliveries in the English bowler's second over. The carnage also saw him reach the fastest World Cup half-century in 18 deliveries.
67: Sultan Zarawani coming out to bat in a sunhat against Allan Donald
The UAE had slumped to 68 for six when Sultan Zarawani walked out to face a rampant Allan Donald - in a sunhat. Donald bounced him, Zarawani took his eyes off the ball and it hit him on the head, knocking his hat off. The South African fielders converged around him, but to his credit, Zarawani replaced his hat and continued batting, eventually falling for a seven-ball duck.
66: Mark Waugh's third ton of 1996 takes Australia through their quarter-final against New Zealand
Clearly prospering in his role as an opener in the limited-overs game, Mark Waugh hit 110 in 112 balls to follow hundreds in the group games against Kenya and India. He helped Australia stroll past New Zealand's challenging target of 287 despite a slow outfield and Chris Harris's memorable 130 for the Kiwis.
65: Tim Southee routs England with 7-33 in 2015
Tim Southee produced one of the great fast bowling spells to take seven for 33 as England were bowled out for just 123 at Wellington, their third lowest World Cup total. Between the 27th and 33rd over, he took five for eight in 20 balls as England folded.
64: Kumar Sangakkara's fourth successive ODI century
Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara became the first player to score four successive one-day international centuries as his side beat Scotland in 2015. The left-hander hit 124 in a total of 363-9 in Hobart, to go with his previous tons in the tournament against Bangladesh, England and Australia.
63: Shoaib Akhtar delivers the first 100mph delivery in 2003
Shoaib Akhtar bowled the fastest recorded ball in the history of cricket in the World Cup match against England at Newlands in 2003. The last ball of his second over was recorded at 161.3km/h or 100.2mph and completed a maiden over bowled at Nick Knight.
62: Afghanistan beat Scotland in a thriller at Dunedin in 2015
Afghanistan beat Scotland by one wicket with three balls to spare to claim their first World Cup win. Chasing 211 in Dunedin, Afghanistan were reduced to 97-7 but Samiullah Shenwari's 96 gave them hope. He was caught on the boundary with 19 still required, but last man Shapoor Zadran hit the third ball of the final over for four to seal victory.
61: Dwayne Leverock's catch to dismiss Robin Uthappa at Port-of-Spain in 2007
Weighing in at about twenty stone, Dwayne Leverock was in the slips for Malachi Jones' first over of the match when Indian opener Robin Uthappa edged one. Leverock dived full-length to his right and pouched a remarkable one-handed catch to send the Indian batsman packing. Leverock completed the athletic catch with a victory lap in Queen's Park Oval, Trinidad.
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