All the test playing nations participated in the tournament along with the leading Associates Bangladesh and hosts Kenya. As there were 11 teams taking part, three would miss out on a spot in the quarter finals. Therefore a playoff stage took place between 6 of the teams.
October 3 – Kenya (208–9, 50 ov) lost to India (209–2, 42.3 ov) by 8 wickets.
October 4 – Sri Lanka (287–6, 50 ov) beat West Indies (179, 46.4 ov) by 108 runs.
October 5 – Bangladesh (232–8, 50 ov) lost to England (236–2, 43.5 ov) by 8 wickets. .
October 15 – India (264–6, 50 ov) lost to New Zealand (265–6, 49.4 ov) by 4 wickets.
Indian captain Sourav Ganguly top scored for India with 117, helped along by his opening partner Sachin Tendulkar who made 69. Scott Styris took two wickets for New Zealand as well as affecting a couple of run outs. New Zealand were struggling in their chase at 5 for 132 when Chris Harris joined Chris Cairns at the crease. The pair put on 122 together until Harris fell for 46 with 9 balls remaining. Cairns however saw his side home, his unbeaten 102 giving his side victory with 2 balls to spare