The ICC World Cup tournament features the best international teams competing against each other to hold the trophy. Therefore, a lot of matches are contested between evenly placed teams. This has resulted in tied matches on five occasions in the World Cup.
Here is the list of the World Cup ties with their scores:
The first ever Cricket World Cup tie happened in the seventh edition in 1999. A strong Australian side fighted it out in the second innings to keep South Africa from winning the semi-final. This match is famous for the Lance Klusener-Allan Donald run-out in the 50th over to keep the scores tied at 213 all out. The Australian team went on to win the Final.
The second World Cup tie also involves the Proteas, this time against Sri Lanka. This rain-affected encounter was an absolute heartbreak for the South African fans. The Lankans had scored 268/9 in their 50 overs. In the second innings, the South African skipper Shaun Pollock read the D/L par score sheet wrong and sent out a wrong message to the not out batsman Mark Boucher. He kept defending balls in the last over when in fact they needed 1 run to win the match. Pollock had a horrible time later because of the fans.
The 2007 World Cup tie happened between the minnows. Ireland had posted 221/9 on the board in their 50 overs. The Zimbabwe batsmen had to score just 1 run off the last ball with the last pair on the crease. They lost their last wicket on the last ball of the innings and were all out for 221. This was the third tie in a World Cup.
The fourth Cricket World Cup tied match so far saw Zaheer Khan bring India back into the game. India posted a mammoth total of 338 on the board with the help of a Sachin Tendulkar hundred. England skipper Andrew Strauss compiled a bigger hundred (158) and almost clinched victory. India’s left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan struck late in the England innings and kept them at bay. Finally, the scores were tied at 338.
The fifth and last Cricket World Cup tie was in the final of World Cup 2019 where England won the nail biting match with the help of Ben Stokes who drew a path to their very first World Cup Victory. The match continued to a super over after the initial stage concluded to be a tie. It was unexpected to see the super over also being a tie, but England finally won the match on boundary count.