Glenn Maxwell blazed away to his first century as Australia deposited enough in the bank to defeat Sri Lanka by 64 runs in the Pool A World Cup game at the Sydney Cricket Ground, in spite of a scintillating chase led by Kumar Sangakkara.
Spectacular bowling from Daniel Vettori followed by a calm and composed half-century from Martin Guptill helped New Zealand chase down a modest Afghanistan target of 187, winning their World Cup game by six wickets at McLean Park.
Ireland captain William Porterfield sounded upbeat about his team’s chances of booking a berth in the quarterfinals of the World Cup after their thrilling five-run win over Zimbabwe in Hobart on Saturday.
Ed Joyce's flamboyant century helped Ireland script another memorable World Cup win edging Zimbabwe out by just five runs at Bellerive Oval in probably the thriller of the tournament so far, letting valiant knocks from Brendan Taylor and Sean Williams go waste.
Lacklustre batting and bizarre bowling tactics by West Indies towards the end followed by a characteristic MS Dhoni chase at the WACA allowed India to extend their World Cup winning streak to eight, in a reasonably tight match.
South African pace bowler Dale Steyn was all praise for his captain AB de Villiers, who has smashed two incredible knocks in the last two months, including the fastest 100 and 150 in One-Day Internationals.
The International Cricket Council has confirmed the Event Technical Committee’s approval of Sri Lanka’s leg-spinner Seekkuge Prasanna as a replacement for injured Dimuth Karunaratne for the rest of the World Cup.