The 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup is now in its second week, and has already produced a bunch of head-turning moments. If you haven't been following the game's biggest spectacle, say no more. Check out the five of the very best moments from CWC 2015 down below.
But before you do that, take a look at something that is too spectacular for even this list. It can't be one of the five moments because it was THE MOMENT of the 2015 World Cup, and will go down as the greatest knock ever in the tournament's history:
AB de Villiers Beating The Living Daylights Out Of West Indian Bowlers
How do you describe a once-in-a-lifetime innings in which the fastest 150 record was shattered. The South African captain did this in his mind-boggling knock of 162 runs off just 66 deliveries. The man smashed 17 fours and 8 sixes to power the Proteas to a mammoth total of 408. He might've broken cricket here with shots like these:
And now, the mere mortals:
1. New Zealand's Schooling Of England In One Of The Most Lopsided Matches Ever
It seemed as if New Zealand were in a hurry here. They bowled England out for a paltry 123, and then hit the English bowlers all out of the park to reach their target with more than 37 overs to spare. Check out Kiwi captain Brendon McCullum's outrageous 25-ball 79 below:
2. David Miller And JP Duminy's Match-Saving And Face-Saving 256-Run Partnership
South Africa endured a nightmare start against Zimbabwe when they lost their first four premier batsmen at 83. JP Duminy joined David Miller in the 21st over and the two combined to put a massive 339-run target on board against their fellow Africans.
3. Chris Gayle Scoring First Ever Double Century At A Cricket World Cup
Chris Gayle is a bad, bad man, and Zimbabwe bowlers will attest to that. Having survived an lbw appeal on the first ball he faced, Gayleforce inspired a smash-fest the likes of cricket World Cup have never seen before. He hit 16 maximums and 10 fours to score 215 runs off just 147 deliveries.
4. Pakistan's Humiliating Meltdown In The Face Of Public Pressure
With more than a billion people watching them, Pakistan suffered a meltdown in their opening game against arch nemesis India. Having looked lackluster in bowling, their batting lineup completely collapsed at the biggest of stages. Their plight became even deeper the next game against the West Indies when pretty much the same happened again. Chasing a target of 311, the once proud nation's top four batsmen had returned back to the pavilion for a combined total of just one run. They eventually succumbed to a 150-run defeat.
5. Ireland And UAE Combine For The Best Match Of The Tournament
With so many talented teams competing for the big prize, one would expect them to produce the most thrilling game of the tournament. But the match of the entire event took place between minnows UAE and Ireland. The Arabs set a target of 279 for the Irish, who started slow in their reply and had lost four of their wickets with less than 100 on the board. But they then picked up the pace and piled up runs in a hurry to reach the target in the final over. What a match that was!