Tribune, The (Seymour, IN) – BRISTOL, England — Batsmen on the rampage at the Cricket World Cup.
- South Africa wrist spinner Imran Tahir grabbed the headlines by dismissing England’s Jonny Bairstow in the very first over of the tournament.
- While Bairstow became the first opening batsman out for a golden duck in the opening innings of a World Cup, the 40-year-old Tahir’s achievement — the first spinner to bowl the first ball of a men’s World Cup — seemed more significant for the game’s future direction.
- Faf du Plessis’ South Africa has been the surprise team of the tournament but not for good reasons, with three straight defeats against England, Bangladesh and India.
- Any tournament in England is likely to have some rain — in any month — but the first 10 Cricket World Cup games were all completed.
- It was only the second match across five men’s Cricket World Cup tournaments in England, dating back to 1975, that not a single ball was bowled in a game.