It was joy for Asian underachievers and agony for the traditional bigwigs at the Adelaide Oval as Bangladesh, on the back of a Mahmudullah century, knocked England out of the World Cup, winning a fiercely contested game by 15 runs.
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.
After yesterday's win over West Indies, India are really on a roll and they are not just going to the quarter-finals - there is a strong case of getting to the semi-finals as well now, says Farokh Engineer.
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.
Pakistan completed a rousing 30-run win over South Africa in their Pool B match in Auckland on Saturday, taking control of their destiny in qualifying for the quarter-finals of the 2015 One-Day International World Cup.
In many ways, the game needs Associate nations as much as they need the game. Yet, the ICC is behaving like a ring leader that only allows the lions and the elephants, the horses and the tigers writes Krish Sripada.