When David slays Goliath

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World Cups are infamous for quickly separating the men from the boys, but every now and then, the little guys trump the giants, as witnessed six times during this year's tournament…

Hamid Hassan v Kumar Sangakkara, Dunedin, 22 February

Sangakkara's stretch of form, including two centuries, has been outstanding this tournament. The veteran Afghanistan seamer, however, was able to punctuate the dominance by dismissing the stalwart left-hander for just seven. Venomous swing accounted for the wicket, with Hassan's celebration completed by a comical attempt at a cartwheel.

Kyle Coetzer v Stuart Broad and James Anderson, Christchurch, 23 February

A cocksure England bowling attack, sporting the services of Anderson and Broad, were entirely challenged by the steely Scottish opener. Coetzer was the first to admit he should have converted a solid 71 to three figures, but the innings was a fine one regardless. The English are in the habit of recruiting Irishmen for their Test, ODI and T20I XIs, so perhaps there will eventually be room for a Scot.

Mohammad Naveed v Shikhar Dhawan, Perth, 28 February

The Indian opener is merciless at the best of times, and would have looked forward to cashing in against a very inferior Afghanistan attack. Naveed begged to differ, though, dismissing Dhawan cheaply. Admittedly, it wasn't a wonderful delivery – and required a superb catch from Rohan Mustafa at backward point – but the scorebook says what the scorebook says.

Andy McBrine v AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla, Canberra, 3 March

The inexperienced Irish spinner returned to the attack with centurion Hashim Amla en route to a rare ODI double-century and AB de Villiers eager to build on the quickfire ton he had scored against the West Indies a couple of days prior. While his effort was a case of too little, too late for the team, McBrine's individual standing enjoyed a boost, as he proceeded to remove Amla and de Villiers in relatively quick succession.

Amjad Javed v Sohail Khan, Napier, 4 March

Pakistan's bowling attack has ostensibly been ravaged by injury to Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hafeez and Mohammad Irfan. Saeed Ajmal, of course, is absent too. The unit remains quite formidable regardless, but not strong enough to successfully combat Javed. The UAE all-rounder had a field day with the bat, particularly against Khan, and walked with a consolation cameo of 40 in defeat at McLean Park.

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