Centuries in the ICC Cricket World Cup at Emirates Old Trafford
It’s been just over a week since England historically lifted the ICC Cricket World Cup trophy for the first time.
England beat New Zealand in what was one of the most dramatic games of cricket ever last Sunday at Lord's. Emirates Old Trafford hosted six enthralling fixtures throughout the tournament, with six batsman hitting a hundred at the home of Lancashire Cricket.
See as we’re celebrating our partner Hilton’s 100th birthday this year, we thought we’d take a look at each century.
A record-breaking show of brutality, Eoin Morgan lit up Emirates Old Trafford with no fewer than 17 sixes, the most in a One-Day International innings, en route to scoring 148 from a mere 71 balls.
One in every four balls was deposited into the crowd in an astonishing display of hitting as he picked apart Rashid Khan, one of the world’s best bowlers, with consummate ease. England piled up 397 runs off their 50 overs.
Even by the high, attacking standards set in the four years leading up to the ICC Cricket World Cup, this was an assault unlike anything ever seen before in an England One-Day International shirt.
A matter of inches stopped Carlos Brathwaite from completing perhaps the most remarkable comeback ever seen in ICC Cricket World Cup history.
Seemingly down and out at 164/7 chasing 292 to win, Brathwaite took over the show. The all-rounder got victory to within 33 runs off three overs with one wicket in hand before launching a brutal assault on Matt Henry in the 48th, taking 25 runs off the over and himself to within one of a century.
That came from the fourth ball of the next over and from the sixth, with six needed to win, Brathwaite went for glory but could only find Trent Boult inside the boundary. Remarkably, it wasn’t even to be the most dramatic finish the Blackcaps were involved in…
Brathwaite and co faced a huge task in reaching 292 thanks to the brilliance of Kane Williamson, New Zealand’s captain and eventual Player of the Tournament.
Such accolades were handed on the basis of knocks like this one, where he scored a measured 148 from 154 balls to save his side from a position of 7/2 after losing both openers without scoring.
It was a classic innings from the 28-year-old, reaching his century in steady fashion at 124 balls to rebuild the innings before upping the tempo with his final 45 runs coming from just 20 balls. It proved to be a vital, match-winning effort, the kind of which he produced on many occasions throughout the tournament.
In what is undoubtedly the biggest match in world cricket, Rohit Sharma cemented his status as a national hero in scoring a majestic century against arch rivals Pakistan.
Watched by a reported billion-strong TV audience around the world and a capacity crowd at Emirates Old Trafford, the Indian opener delighted his nation by putting Pakistan to the sword. Sharma struck 17 boundaries, including three sixes, scoring 140 from 113 balls as India piled up 336/5 from their 50 overs.
It was the highest of Sharma’s five centuries in the tournament, scoring 648 runs to make it into the Team of the Tournament.
Faf du Plessis
South Africa endured a miserable ICC Cricket World Cup but were determined to bow out on a high at Emirates Old Trafford, with captain Faf du Plessis returning to the ground where he played county cricket back in 2008/9.
The 35-year-old enjoyed his return to familiar territory, rounding off his own CWC19 campaign with South Africa’s only century of the tournament, scoring exactly 100 off 94 balls before departing in the 43rd over.
It was a memorable way to mark what could well be the captain’s final ICC Cricket World Cup innings.
The du Plessis innings helped set a stiff chase for the Australians and David Warner led from the front, as he did for much of the tournament on his return to international cricket.
Injury to Usman Khawaja and the early loss of Steve Smith had hampered the chase but Warner stuck in, eventually finding a partner in Alex Carey to give Australia an outside chance. The left-hander finished with 122 from 117 balls in a losing cause, striking 15x4s and two maximums.
The result had implications for the knockout stages of the tournament, sending Australia to Edgbaston to face England rather than keeping them at Emirates Old Trafford for a showdown with New Zealand.
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