Five great upsets in limited overs cricket

Mar 31, 2014, 21:43 IST | AFP

The Netherlands' stunning defeat of England is the biggest upset of the 2014 ICC World T20, a rare feat achieved with the minnows defending a paltry total. Here we look at 5 of the biggest upsets by minnows in the world of limited overs cricket

London: Following the Netherlands' stunning 45-run thrashing of England in Chittagong on Monday, the second time the Dutch have defeated their Test opponents in the ICC World Twenty20, AFP Sport recalls five huge limited overs shocks:

Nottingham, 1983: Zimbabwe beat Australia by 13 runs, World Cup

The 1983 World Cup got off to a sensational start as Zimbabwe, then a non-Test nation, defeated an Australia side featuring all-time greats in Allan Border, Rodney Marsh and Dennis Lillee by 13 runs. Zimbabwe captain and future England coach Duncan Fletcher led from he front with an unbeaten 69 before taking four wickets for 42 runs.

Cardiff, 2005: Bangladesh beat Australia by 5 wickets, NatWest Series

Reigning world champions Australia were 1/500 with some London bookmakers to win this match before play started against perennial makeweights Bangladesh. But a brilliant hundred by Mohammad Ashraful saw Bangladesh to only their 10th win in 108 one-day internationals amid jubilant scenes at Sophia Gardens.

Lord's, 2009: The Netherlands beat England by 4 wickets, ICC World Twenty20

Edgar Schiferli

Edgar Schiferli of Netherlands (2nd R) celebrates getting the 2 runs and winning the match after Stuart Broad of England (2nd L) misses the stumps during their ICC World Twenty20 Cup match at Lord's cricket ground in London, on June 5, 2009. Pic/AFP

Lightning struck for the first time when the Dutch kicked off the 2009 World Twenty20 at the 'home of cricket' with a dramatic four-wicket success. England, without the injured Kevin Pietersen, were held to 162 for five but, with Tim de Grooth making 49, the Dutch got home off the last ball of the match when bowler Stuart Broad missed with a wild shy at the stumps and the minnows pinched an extra run off the over-throw. Broad, Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara would all experience the feeling of losing to the Netherlands again five years later.

Bangalore, 2011: Ireland beat England by 3 wickets, World Cup

Kevin O'Brien struck the fastest-ever World Cup hundred as Ireland chased down a seemingly challenging 327 to win by three wickets. O'Brien needed just 50 balls for his century and in total made 113 off 63 deliveries including 13 fours and six sixes.

Chittagong, 2014: The Netherlands beat England by 45 runs, ICC World Twenty20

Double Dutch disaster for England as they rounded off their World Twenty20 campaign in emphatically embarrassing fashion. It seemed England were half-way to victory in holding the Dutch to 133 for five only to collapse to 88 all out and a 45-run defeat -- a mammoth margin in a Twenty20 match. No England batsman made more than Bopara's 18 and there were only four fours in the entire innings. Mudassar Bukhari (3-12) and Logan van Beek (3-9) were the Dutch's destroyers-in-chief with the ball.

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