Day-by-day at the World Cup

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, March 26, 2007 (AFP) – How the action unfolded in the first round of the 2007 World Cup: March 11
Sir Garfield Sobers opens the ninth World Cup at a colourful ceremony in Trelawny.

March 12
Australia skipper Ricky Ponting hits back at Sunil Gavaskar after the former India captain said the Aussies were unpopular winners. Ponting says Gavaskar is ‘high and mighty’.

March 13
West Indies beat Pakistan by 54 runs at Sabina Park in the tournament opener. Gavaskar won’t relent in his attacks saying he wouldn’t be surprised if an Aussie got ‘whacked’ in a bar.

March 14
Australia crush Scotland by 203 runs to get their title defence off to a flying start with skipper Ricky Ponting hitting his 23rd career one-day century. Kenya beat Canada by seven wickets.

March 15
Sri Lanka beat Bermuda by 243 runs, the second biggest winning margin in World Cup history, but fellow debutants Ireland clinch a thrilling last ball tie with Zimbabwe. Former Zimbabwe star Andy Flower calls for sporting sanctions against the Muga