Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament Preview

The Cricket World Cup circus is back in town, this time based in New Zealand and Australia. It’s a competition that comes around only every four years, so plenty of intrigue surrounds it in the cricketing world. Read on for all you need to know about the tournament, and playing along on SuperBru.

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logoFantasy Lite

Alongside the predictor game, we’ll be running a Cricket World Cup Fantasy Lite game, in which each week you pick four players from our carefully curated bands. You’ll score points depending on how well they do in real life – a fantasy game, but without the hassle of having to pick and manage a full squad of players.

What happened last time?

India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the final of the 2011 World Cup. South Africa were the only side to beat them in the whole tournament – the Proteas themselves were knocked out by New Zealand in a shock result in the quarter finals.

Tillakaratne Dilshan was the leading run scorer, scoring a whopping 500 runs from the nine matches he played in, while Shahid Afridi and Zaheer Khan were the leading wicket takers, with 21 apiece.

Year Winner
2011 India
2007 Australia
2003 Australia
1999 Australia
1996 Sri Lanka

First round fixtures

Sri Lanka v New Zealand
SAT 14 FEB 11:00 (LOCAL) Hagley Oval, Christchurch
England v Australia
SAT 14 FEB 14:30 (LOCAL) MCG, Melbourne
South Africa v Zimbabwe
SUN 15 FEB 14:00 (LOCAL) Seddon Park, Hamilton
India v Pakistan
SUN 15 FEB 14:00 (LOCAL) Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
West Indies v Ireland
MON 16 FEB 11:00 (LOCAL) Saxton Oval, Nelson

Who’s going to win it this year? Here are the latest bookmakers’ odds, according to Oddschecker:

Australia: 2/1
South Africa: 10/3
New Zealand: 11/2
England: 10/1
India: 11/1
Sri Lanka: 14/1
Pakistan: 20/1
West Indies: 28/1

Good luck with all your picks!

2 thoughts on “Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament Preview

  1. India is not in a very strong position this year in the ICC World Cup, but I would still love to see my team win. The first match of India is against Pakistan and this is definitely going to be one of the most viewed match of the world cup history. Can’t miss this one.

  2. Australia are quite rightly favourited and I think they will go all the way.
    All the ICC teams have big big game players however,is Sa,Dvilirts,du plessi,Nz,Mcalum,Taylor,Indi,Kholi, MsDhoni,WI, Gayle,Sammy etc. I think however bowling will play a huge part in the results.There has been a lot of talk about the opening fast bowlers finding their lengths,swing,etc,however,having just bowling all of the recent big bash in Australia where spinners actually opened the bowling,i believe that spin will also pay a huge part in the outcome!