Cricket World Cup moments: Benedict Bermange counts down from 60-51
Last Updated: 22/05/19 2:24pm
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.
60: Shane Bond's 6-23 against Australia in 2003
Despite a career ridden with chronic back injury troubles, Shane Bond's express pace proved too hot for the Aussies to handle at Port Elizabeth in 2003 as he finished with figures of 6-23. However, his efforts went in vain as Australia, who were skittled out for 208, in turn bowled New Zealand out for 112.
59: Viv Richards scores 181 from just 125 balls against Sri Lanka at Karachi in 1987
Desmond Haynes' century was made to look terribly slow as Richards ran amok. He hit 16 fours and seven sixes and records tumbled as he rampaged along. His 181 was the highest individual score in World Cups and the team total of 360 was the highest ever in ODIs. Ashantha de Mel conceded 97 runs in his 10 overs, at the time the most expensive bowling performance in a one-day international.
58: Gilchrist walks in the 2003 semi-final against Sri Lanka
With Australia 34-0 at the end of five overs, Sanath Jayasuriya, the Sri Lanka captain, brought Aravinda de Silva into the attack. Adam Gilchrist tried to sweep de Silva's second ball but got an edge. The ball flew off his pads and was caught by Kumar Sangakkara. Umpire Rudi Koertzen ignored the Sri Lankans' appeals, ruling that the ball had only hit the pad before popping up. Gilchrist waited to hear the verdict and then turned and walked back to the pavilion.
57: Australia beat India by 1 run at Chennai in 1987
India had eight wickets in hand and required just 70 runs off the last 15 overs to win their World Cup opener. But they were up against the Aussies, who had arrived in Madras a full nine days before the game to train. When it came down to two needed off the last ball, Steve Waugh bowled Maninder Singh.
56: Zaheer Abbas is caught behind off Colin Croft in the 1979 semi-final and Pakistan collapse
Pakistan were on their way to sealing a place in the 1979 final before Colin Croft halted their charge with an inspired spell. Majid Khan and Zaheer Abbas had put Pakistan in control with a 166-run stand in a chase of 294 when Croft broke the stand, having Zaheer caught behind. Three wickets fell 12 balls and West Indies had crucially fought back.
55: Courtney Walsh refuses to run out Saleem Jaffar for backing too far at Lahore
Pakistan needed 14 from the last over to beat the West Indies at Lahore in 1987. Abdul Qadir got it down to two runs from the last ball. Walsh ran in to bowl the last ball and pulled up without delivering: Saleem Jaffar, at the non-striker's end, was well out of his crease. Walsh could have run him out comfortably but chose not to do so. However, Qadir scored the necessary runs from the last ball.
54: Joel Garner's yorkers seal triumph for the West Indies in 1979
Chasing 287 to win the 1979 final, England reached 183-2 but were running out of overs. In the 48th over, Joel Garner returned from the Nursery End. He fired in a succession of yorkers, taking five wickets in 11 balls and England lost their last eight wickets for just 11 runs.
53: Lara's tournament opening ton in 2003 which defeats the hosts by three runs
Striding to the crease with his side 7-2 in the 2003 tournament opener against the hosts South Africa, Brian Lara started circumspectly, before opening his shoulders. He reached a memorable century and helped inspire the West Indies to a narrow three-run victory.
52: John Davison's 67-ball century for Canada against the West Indies in 2003
Playing for Canada against the West Indies in 2003, John Davison reached his century off 67 balls - the fastest century in World Cup history at the time. He hit six sixes and eight fours before eventually falling to a spectacular backwards-leaping catch at the boundary by Vasbert Drakes.
51: Henry Olonga wins it for Zimbabwe at Leicester in 1999
Unable to find his length or line, Olonga bowled three embarrassing overs, trying both ends and bowling a string of wides and an unintentional beamer. However, with India apparently coasting to victory with nine more runs needed for victory Olonga returned to take the last three wickets and propel Zimbabwe into the Super Sixes.
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