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Who would have predicted that: India score World Cup's highest total but a diving Dwayne Leverock steals the thunder

Bermuda's Leverock celebrates
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In our feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.

 

India may have blasted 413 runs against Bermuda to break the record for ODI World Cup's highest total, but a diving catch from a 20 stone (127 kg) Dwayne Leverock on just the seventh ball of the match turned out to be the biggest talking point.

 

Match Summary

 

India 413/5 (50 overs) - Virender Sehwag 114 (87), Sourav Ganguly 89 (114); Delyone Borden 2/30 (5), Kevin Hurdle 1/53 (10)

Bermuda 156 (43.1 overs) - David Hemp* 76 (105), Dean Minors 21 (36); Ajit Agarkar 3/38 (10), Anil Kumble 3/38 (9.1)

Result - India won by 257 runs

 

India's 2007 World Cup campaign did not begin on an ideal note. The team suffered a 5-wicket defeat against Bangladesh in their first game. The Men in Blue came back strongly in their next match and posted 413 runs against Bermuda. This was the highest total in the World Cup at that point but was later broken by Australia in the 2015 edition.

Virender Sehwag was the top scorer for India and was awarded the Man of the Match for his 114 while Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh and Sachin Tendulkar also scored half-centuries.

 

 

The most memorable part of the match though came on the first ball of the second over bowled by Malachi Jones. Robin Uthappa went for a drive on a ball that moved away from him and took the outside edge, which was caught by a diving Dwayne Leverock at slips. The snap became the first lead of the sport page of several newspapers the next day.

 

Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Robin Uthappa, 1.1 ov), 2-205 (Virender Sehwag, 29.5 ov), 3-238 (Sourav Ganguly, 34.5 ov), 4-269 (MS Dhoni, 38.2 ov), 5-391 (Yuvraj Singh, 48.4 ov)

 

Bermuda did not trouble India much in the chase and were bowled out for 156. David Hemp, with unbeaten 76, was the top scorer as the Rahul Dravid-led side registered a 257-run victory.

Leverock is a policeman by profession and was a prison van driver when Bermuda qualified for the World Cup. He now works with the emergency dispatches.

 

Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Oliver Pitcher, 0.6 ov), 2-18 (Steven Outerbridge, 6.3 ov), 3-47 (Delyone Borden, 13.5 ov), 4-57 (Irving Romaine, 16.4 ov), 5-63 (Janeiro Tucker, 18.3 ov), 6-106 (Dean Minors, 29.2 ov), 7-106 (Lionel Cann, 29.4 ov), 8-110 (Kevin Hurdle, 31.2 ov), 9-154 (Dwayne Leverock, 41.3 ov), 10-156 (Malachi Jones, 43.1 ov)

 

Teams

 

Bermuda - Oliver Pitcher, Steven Outerbridge, Delyone Borden, David Hemp, Irving Romaine (c), Janeiro Tucker, Dean Minors (wk), Lionel Cann, Kevin Hurdle, Dwayne Leverock, Malachi Jones 

India - Robin Uthappa, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, MS Dhoni (wk), Yuvraj Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid (c), Ajit Agarkar, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel

 

Match Details

 

Match: BER v IND, 12th Match, Group B, ICC World Cup, 2007 

Date: Monday, March 19, 2007 

Toss: Bermuda won the toss and decided to bowl 

Venue: Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad 

Umpires: Aleem Dar, Ian Howell 

Third Umpire: Daryl Harper 

Match Referee: Alan Hurst 

 

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