Along with the title contenders, there have always been the minnows who have mostly taken part in the World Cups to add to the numbers. They have been beaten, disgraced and pulverised by the superior forces on most occasions.
But there have been moments where the minnows have got the better of these bigger teams, thus writing their names in the annals of history. CricketNDTV.com takes a look at the top upset wins in the World Cups.
2011: Bangladesh beat England by 2 wickets
After Ireland, it was Bangladesh who pushed England to the wall with a thrilling 2-wicket win in their Group B match in Chittagong.
Bundling out England for a modest 226 was just the half work done by the Bangla Tigers. They started the chase on a positive note with Imrul Kayes making 60 runs. At one stage they were cruising at 153-3.
However, their middle collapsed after Kayes' departure and were 169-8 in the 40th over. It was then all left to the ninth-wicket pair of Mohammad Mahmudullah and Shafiul Islam. And they did not disappoint. They had hammered 58 runs to send England crashing to a two-wicket defeat in the World Cup with 6 balls to spare.
2011: Ireland beat England by 3 wickets
Ireland beat title contenders England by three wickets in Bangalore. England looked to be cruising after accumulating 327 in their innings and reducing Ireland to 111-5 but Kevin O'Brien turned the match on its head with the fastest-ever World Cup century off 50 balls.
2007: Ireland beat Pakistan by 3 wickets
Pakistan needed to win this match after losing the opener to West Indies. But the batting flopped again. This time against part-timers Ireland who bowled them out for just 132 runs. After rain interrupted play, Ireland were given a target of 128 from 47 overs.
Pakistan tried hard to fight back but a brilliant 72 by Niall O'Brien ensured that Ireland get their first win in the World Cup. As a result Ireland moved into the Super Six while Pakistan were dumped out of the tournament.
2007: Bangladesh beat India by 5 wickets
It was supposed to be a warm-up for India to start their campaign. But Mashrafe Mortaza made sure that the Indians knew what was to follow. He picked up 4 wickets while Abdur Razzak and Mohammad Rafique picked up three each as the famed Indian line-up folded for 191 with Ganguly top scoring with 66.
And all the ideas about a batting slump for the Bangladeshis were proved wrong by opener Tamim Iqbal who came out all guns blazing and scored 51 runs off 53 balls.
Young keeper Mushfiqur Rahim (53 not out) held one end up and his 84-run stand with Sakib-Al- Hasan (53) took Bangladesh to a memorable win.
1999: Bangladesh beat Pakistan by 62 runs
It was a dead rubber as Pakistan had already made it to the Super Six while debutantes Bangladesh had been dumped out. But no one really expected an outcome which came as a shock.
Batting first, Bangladesh managed to score 223 runs even after Saqlain Mushtaq had picked up 5 wickets. Khaled Mahmud with his military medium exploited the English conditions well to rip apart the Pakistan top order. Azhar Mehmood and Wasim Akram tried a repair job but wickets kept falling and Pakistan were scuttled out for 161, handing Bangladesh a shock 62-run win.
1996: Kenya beat West Indies by 73 runs
Kenya were rank outsiders in the 1996 World Cup. A bunch of amateurs who had secured their place in the tournament through the ICC Trophy organised for the associate members.
Playing the West Indies at Pune, Kenya could grind out only 166 runs and were ready for yet another drubbing. What happened after that is seen as one of the biggest upsets in cricketing history.
Rajab Ali and Martin Suji cleaned up the openers and Ali then took the big scalp of Brian Lara. Chanderpaul hung in there for a while but a three-wicket burst from the Kenyan skipper Maurice Odumbe meant that the long West Indian tail was exposed early and Rajab Ali came back to clean bowl Cameron Cuffy to complete a resounding 73-run win for the Africans. West Indies were aghast.
1983: Zimbabwe beat Australia by 13 runs
Zimbabwe were debutantes and no one really gave them a chance to win against any of their opponents. But in the first match of Group B, the Africans led by their skipper Duncan Fletcher pulled of a great upset win over the mighty Australians.
Batting first, Zimbabwe scored a below par 239 for 6 in their allotted 60 overs. Skipper Fletcher was the star as he remained unbeaten on 69.
Fletcher then turned in an all-round display with the ball as he picked up 4 Aussie wickets.
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