Mustafizur Rahman is congratulated by his teammates. Getty Images.

Each cricketing nation is no stranger to upsets wins, and losses. For minnow sides, dismantling one of the game's best XIs comes around like a blue moon.

From Ireland to Zimbabwe, Bangladesh to Kenya, some of the smaller nations have chalked up some of the biggest wins ever seen on a cricket field.

Here we look at five of the most famous wins from minnow nations.


1. Ireland beat England - 2011 World Cup

Having been involved in just the third tie in World Cup history against Zimbabwe four years earlier, Ireland were no strangers to dramatic matches. Yet, coming up against cricketing powerhouse, England, in their second match of the tournament, only the most optimistic fan could have predicted a similar result here.

Indeed, after England won the toss and blasted their way to 3/278 after 43 overs, things looked dire for the Irish. The English superstars had come to play with Jonathon Trott making 92, Ian Bell 81 and Kevin Pietersen 59. Late wickets from John Mooney (four for 63) and Trent Johnston (two for 58) restricted the total a little, but the Lions finished on a very imposing 327.

After Ireland fell to 5/111 in response, with Graeme Swann spinning a web around the top order, the Bangalore fans would've been forgiven for thinking that the game was virtually over. Indeed, Wisden cricket writer George Dobell reflected that he had already started writing up his report on an English victory.

Despite only averaging in the twenties for his whole career, this was pink-haired Kevin O'Brien's moment of greatness. He immediately dispatched Swann, Anderson and Broad for sixes after arriving at the crease and kept dispatching them on his way to the fastest century in World Cup history, off just 50 balls. When he was finally dismissed on 113, Ireland only needed eleven to win off two overs. With a four off the first ball of the final over, John Mooney sealed the deal for the Irish and the celebrations began. Out of nowhere, Ireland had humbled the old enemy and written themselves into the history books.