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Kirsten to be South Africa's new coach?
April 3 Mumbai: After guiding the Indian team to the coveted World Cup title after a gap of 28 years in his final assignment as coach, Gary Kirsten may be seen in the same avatar with his native South Africa.

Talking to BBC Radio 5, Kirsten said he has been approached by Cricket South Africa to take over as coach from Corrie Van Zyl in June but is yet to take a decision.

"They have approached me but I've said I'm not going to make any decisions just yet. I need to take some time off and clear my mind for a while after this magnificent journey," he said.

After India attained its hour of glory, the 43-year-old former South Africa opener was chaired around the ground by ecstatic young players Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina, who have grown under him to become vital cogs in the team, to the roar of the packed Wankhede Stadium.

Under Kirsten, the Indian team rose to become the world's highest ranked Test outfit in 2009 and has maintained that coveted spot till date, besides attaining the pinnacle of the one-day game by winning the World Cup on Saturday. (PTI)

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March 30: India Defets Pakistan in today semi finals at Moholi, Punjab. Meets Srilanka on April 2nd at Finals !
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Ricky Ponting resigns as Australian cricket captain    Top
Ricky Ponting Resign as Aussie CaptainRecord-breaking batsman Ricky Ponting announced his resignation as captain of the Australia cricket team on Tuesday following team's Cricket World Cup defeat by India.

The 36-year-old revealed in a news conference that his decision was motivated by a desire to improve his form without the demands of the captaincy and maintained that he will remain part of the team.

Ponting, who is the most successful captain in Australia's history, made the announcement after returning home following his team's quarterfinal defeat in the Cricket World Cup by India.

"I've decided to step down as captain of the Test team and the one-day team as of now," he told media at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

"I think it'll keep me a bit mentally fresher than I have been in the last couple of years and I think that if I'm mentally fresh and have got my skills in reasonable order, then I'll be able to certainly bat better than I have in the past six months."

Ponting endorsed Michael Clarke to take over his captaincy -- a reign which saw the Tasmanian lead Australia to 48 victories in 77 Tests during an illustrious career spanning nine years as a one-day skipper and seven years as Test captain. He also helped Australia claim three one-day World Cup tournaments and under his leadership, Australia posted first place in the ICC One Day International rankings.

Despite such impressive credentials, Ponting's Ashes record has been less successful, with three series defeats by England under his captaincy -- the last of which was the first Ashes series Australia had lost at home in 24 years. In the face of recent speculation, Ponting maintained that the decision to relinquish the captaincy was entirely his own and made with the advice of those close to him.

If I'm mentally fresh then I'll be able to bat better than I have in the past six months. - Ricky Ponting

"I have thought long and hard about what Australian cricket needs," Ponting added.

"We have to be doing everything we can to win back the Ashes in 2013-14 and the World Cup in 2015.

"It is highly unlikely that I will be still playing, so it is the right decision for Australian cricket that the next captain now be appointed. This will give him the opportunity to create his own direction and legacy."

Cricket Australia confirmed that a new captain will be named on Wednesday ahead of the next two major tournaments -- the ICC Champions Trophy and the Ashes Series in 2013-14.

Ponting became Australia's one-day captain in 2002 and took over the Test captaincy from Steve Waugh in 2004. He became the most prolific run-scorer of all time, hitting 39 Test centuries and amassing 12,363 runs.

The right-handed batsman and close catching fielder was named ICC Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007 -- the only player to win the award twice -- and also scooped the Captain of the Year and Test Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007 respectively.

Heavy rainfall, thunderstorm in Mohali, ahead of semi-final    Top
March 29, Mohali: Heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and lightening were witnessed as the venue of Pakistan's World Cup semi-final against India late Tuesday.

Chandigarh, the capital of Indian states of Punjab and Haryana, and Mohali, where the two teams will meet in the second semi-final of the ICC World Cup, were drenched hours ahead of the clash.

While the rainfall continued for hours, weather forecast for Wednesday remains clear and sunny and the match is likely to go ahead as per schedule.

In the event the match is abandoned due to rain, Pakistan will qualify for the final on the basis of better position at the end of the group matches. Pakistan topped Group A while India was second in Group B.

The match is schedule to begin at 2.30pm local time (02.00pm PST).

Most awaited Cricket Match of the Year: India vs Pakistan, World Cup Semi finals    Top
March 29, Mohai:Trying to stay away from the distractions: Dhoni
Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says the team is trying to keep away from all distractions ahead of the much-awaited World Cup semifinal against Pakistan here on Wednesday.

Dhoni said at a news conference on the eve of the match that the hype surrounding the encounter had little effect on the team.

We all know it's a big tournament and we have prepared a lot for it and it's better to take one game at a time. We are playing the semifinals but the most important thing is how you prepare yourself irrespective of what stage it is. I think one needs to prepare for every game in the same way and that is what we have been doing," he said.

The Indian captain said his players are aware of what is expected of them.

"We are not getting involved in any other thing and that is what is important. You need to know what you are expected to do and we are expected to play good cricket. It is not happening for the first time," he said.

Dhoni, who led India to the inaugural World Twenty20 triumph beating Pakistan, said they are trying to keep the pressure at bay.

"When you talk of the hype and pressure, one thing for sure - either you are thinking about it or you are not thinking about it. I don't think it helps you perform. So what's not helping you perform needs to be kept away," he said.

Dhoni admitted he is wary of the Pakistani bowling attack.

"They have a very good attack, they have bowlers who can bowl quick and at the same time they have spinners who can bowl really well. They also have some part-timers who can contribute. Since they have a couple of bowling all-rounders in (Abdul) Razzaq and (Shahid) Afridi, it gives them the liberty to play with more than five bowlers," he said.

On Afridi, who is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 21 scalps, Dhoni said: "He has been bowling really well and if you see his performance you will find it really interesting. Especially the time he took to take the first 100 wickets and the second 100 wickets in ODIs."

Dhoni, who has scored only 154 runs from 10 matches in this World Cup, says he is happy the way he is batting.

"I feel that I have been batting quite well. Just that some of the situations have not been great to play flamboyant cricket. In a couple of innings where we were chasing, I wasn't able to bat freely. I think the last game (against Australia) was an ideal game where I could have scored more. But it doesn't always go according to your plan."

Dhoni refused to tag the Wednesday's match as the most crucial game of his career.

"I don't believe in comparisons. I have said that a few times before. Because in a cricketer's life, you will have instances where you will feel that this is the most important game. But as you move on in life and the longer you play, more often than not you forget how you feel before a big game. In 2007 (World Twenty20 final against Pakistan), I don't remember how I felt before the semifinal or the final."

Bollywood gripped by cricket fever    Top
Cricket Fever touches BollywoodMarch 29, Mumbai: Bollywood's gripped by cricket fever and B-towners seem to be reeling under the spell of the on-going World Cup. And even while all roads in B-Town may not be leading to Mohali in Punjab, where our men in blue will be taking on the rival Pak team in what is expected to be a thrilling semi-final tomorrow, our stars are not letting go of their dose of the cricket action. Whether in person at Mohali or catching up on the action while at work, B-Town will make sure cricket's the name of the game.

Actors Abhishek Bachchan and Preity Zinta are two of the few stars who're planning to catch the action live by flying to Mohali. Actor Deepika Padukone might also be joining them. Singer Mika will also be catching the match live.

Though the others won't be seen in the stands cheering team India, they will be keeping their fingers crossed for our boys for sure. Reportedly, Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan will host a cricket party at Mannat where he, along with his close coterie of friends, will be cheering for India, as is actor Aamir Khan, who will apparently be hosting a bash at home with wife Kiran Rao.

Film-maker Sajid Khan said he would be attending a small get-together being planned at actor Akshay Kumar's residence, though initially, the star was rather keen to attend the match. Actor Tusshar Kapoor was planning to go catch the action live, but changed his mind about it.

Actor Saif Ali Khan will be unable to attend the match as he's shooting in Delhi for Agent Vinod. According to a source, "They are on a tight schedule, so, it may be tough for him to fly to Mohali even for a day. But he does plan to catch up on the match." Bollywood hottie Kareena Kapoor is busy shooting for Short Term Shaadi, while Katrina Kaif who's an avid cricket buff will be busy with Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. "But I'll definitely keep a tab of the scores," she smiles.

Actor Ranbir Kapoor is busy shooting for Barfee, and so will be skipping the match, but has plans to keep up with the team on TV. Bong beauty Bipasha Basu too is planning to catch on the action at home. "Will be at home watching and cheering for the team with my friends and family," says Bips. Work commitments will be keeping actor Sonakshi Sinha away from the pitch too, as is also the case with the Devgns - Ajay and Kajol, who are at present in Goa.

Actors Riteish Deshmukh and Sanjay Dutt who are shooting for Double Dhamal in Macau have plans to put up the screens on sets and catch the match in between the shoots. Actor Sameera Reddy too wishes she could have gone to Mohali, but 'I'm shooting in Karaikudi. But wishing the men in blue all the best!' she says.

Updates - 1st SF: Sri Lanka vs New Zealand    Top
at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, SL Won by 5 Wickets
Man of the Match: SL Captain, Kumara Sangakara

Complete Match Details

2nd Innings, SL 220/5 in 47.5 Overs
Fall of Wickets: 1-40 (Upul Tharanga, 7.2 Over) 2-160 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 32.4 Over) 3-161 (Mahela Jayawardena, 33.1 Over) 4-169 (Kumar Sangakkara, 36.2 Over) 5-185 (Chamara Silva, 42.2 Over)

Sri Lanka innings
Runs Balls Fours Sixes SR FoW
Upul Tharanga c J Ryder b Southee 30  31  96.77  1-40 ( 7.2 ov. ) 
Tillakaratne Dilshan c J Ryder b Southee 73  93  10  78.49  2-160 ( 32.4 ov. ) 
K Sangakkara (c)(wk) c S Styris b McKay 54  79  68.35  4-169 ( 36.2 ov. ) 
M Jayawardene lbw b Vettori 33.33  3-161 ( 33.1 ov. ) 
Thilan Samaraweera not out   23  38  60.53   
Chamara Silva   b Southee 13  25  52.00  5-185 ( 42.2 ov. ) 
Angelo Mathews not out   14  18  77.78   
Ajantha Mendis                
Lasith Malinga                
Muttiah Muralitharan                
Rangana Herath                
Extras: ( 10 wd, 2 lb, 0 b, 0 nb, 0 p)   Total: 220 / 5 in 47.5 overs (Run Rate: 4.60) 

1st Innings, NZ all out for 217/10 in 48.5 overs, Cur RR: 4.44
Fall Of Wicket: 1-32 (Brendon McCullum, 7.1 Over) 2-69 (Jesse Ryder, 18.3 Over) 3-84 (Martin Guptill, 21.3 Over) 4-161 (Ross Taylor, 39.1 Over) 5-192 (Kane Williamson, 43.3 Over) 6-204 (Nathan McCullum, 45.1 Over) 7-213 (Scott Styris, 47 Over) 8-215 (Jacob Oram, 47.4 Over) 9-217 (Tim Southee, 48.3 Over) 10-217 (Andy McKay, 48.5 Over)

New Zealand innings
Runs Balls Fours Sixes SR FoW
Martin Guptill   b Malinga 39  65  60.00  3-84 ( 21.3 ov. ) 
B McCullum (wk)   b Herath 13  21  61.90  1-32 ( 7.1 ov. ) 
Jesse Ryder c K Sangakkara b Muralitharan 19  34  55.88  2-69 ( 18.3 ov. ) 
Ross Taylor c U Tharanga b Mendis 36  55  65.45  4-161 ( 39.1 ov. ) 
Scott Styris lbw b Muralitharan 57  77  74.03  7-213 ( 46.6 ov. ) 
Kane Williamson lbw b Malinga 22  16  137.50  5-192 ( 43.3 ov. ) 
Nathan McCullum c K Sangakkara b Malinga 100.00  6-204 ( 45.1 ov. ) 
Jacob Oram c M Jayawardene b Dilshan 77.78  8-215 ( 47.4 ov. ) 
Daniel Vettori (c) not out   100.00   
Tim Southee c K Sangakkara b Mendis 0.00  9-217 ( 48.3 ov. ) 
Andy McKay   b Mendis 0.00  10-217 ( 48.5 ov. ) 
Extras: ( 6 wd, 5 lb, 0 b, 1 nb, 0 p)   Total: 217 / 10 in 48.5 overs (Run Rate: 4.44) 

India bowling still a concern, believes Sunil Gavaskar    Top
New Delhi, Mar 25 (PTI) Former skipper Sunil Gavaskar believes India's bowling is still a concern and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will have to add some sting to their attack ahead of World Cup semifinal clash against Pakistan. "Bowling is still a concern. Zaheer Khan is bowling well but there is still some sting missing in the second new-ball bowler. Munaf Patel is trying but he has just not been able to get any success," Gavaskar told ESPN STAR Sports. "With R Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh bowling the way they are and Yuvraj picking up wickets, a bad spell or an off day for a regular bowler is camouflaged. But now with the rounds moving to the semi-finals and the finals, India as a team cannot afford too many bad overs," he said.

Latest Results:
1st Quarter Final - Wed 23 Mar 02:00 PM IST - Pakistan v West Indies, Shere Bangla National Stadium
Result: Pakistan won by 10 Wickets, Man of The Match: Mohammad Hafeez
Pakistan*: 113 / 0 in 20.5 overs RR: 5.42 | West Indies: 112 in 43.3 overs RR: 2.57

2nd Quarter Final - Thu 24 Mar 02:30 PM IST - India vs Australia , Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, Motera
INDIA Won by 5 Wickets in the 2nd Quarter Finals of World Cup 2011. Australia out of Worldcup
Man of the Match: Yuvraj Singh, IND 261/5 in 47.4 overs, AUS 260/6 in 50 Overs.

3rd Quarter Final - Fri 25 Mar 02:00 PM IST NZ vs SA , Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
New Zealand won by 49 runs. Man of the match: Jacob Oram

4th Quarter Final - Sat 26 Mar 02:30 PM IST SL vs ENG, R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Sri Lanka Won by 10 Wickets. Man of the match: Tillakaratne Dilshan (Runs: 108 in 115 Balls, Fours:10, Sixes:2, Strike Rate:93.91). Upul Tharanga:102 Runs.
Sri Lanka : 231 / 0 in 39.3 overs (RR: 5.85), England : 229 / 6 in 50.0 overs (RR: 4.58)

1st Semi Final - Tue 29 Mar 02:30 PM IST NZ vs SL R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo,
Sri Lanka Won by 5 Wickets. Man of the match: Kumara Sangakara

Upcoming Matches
2nd Semi Final - Wed 30 Mar 02:30 PM IST PAK vs IND Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
Final - Sat 02 Apr 02:30 PM IST SF1 vs SF2 Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

  Jacob Oram leads Kiwis to Victory in tight fight against South Africa, NZ enters Semi Finals!
Jacob Oram leades Kiwis to victory in cricket worldcup quarter finals against South Africa
Dhaka, March 26 (IANS) Jesse Ryder and Jacob Oram plotted to defy conventional wisdom in inspiring New Zealand to outplay South Africa in all departments of the game and enter the World Cup semi-final with a 49-run victory here Friday.

The twist was as unexpected as it was shocking. Cruising at 108-2 in the 25th over, the South Africans lost old warhorse Jacques Kallis (47), and 64 runs and 116 balls later it was all over as a holiday crowd of over 22,000 watched in awe at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.

Jacob Oram took four wickets and two catches to trigger a South Africa collpase in Mirpur.
Oram was declared Man of the Match. New Zealand 221 for 8 (Ryder 83, Taylor 43, Morkel 3-46) beat South Africa 172 (Oram 4-39) by 49 runs

Big Fight: INDIA Won the 2nd Quarter Finals of World Cup 2011. Australia out of Worldcup.
India vs Australia in 2nd Quarter finals world cup cricket 2011
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Live Match Highlights:
1. Shewag's dismissal was a big Disappointment, 1 billion poeple kept big hopes on this blaster, but he was out for just 15 runs, Shewag is one of best players in world cricket but he couldn't keep upto the mark on his big day, he should have played more cool and contribute to the match.

2. Tendulkar's dismissal was a critical point, he was caught behind by keeper but empire gave noball but the Ausies asked for 3rd empire and then it was declared as not a noball and Master has to return to pavillion. He is indeed one of best batsman ever, playing on since past 22 years since he is 16 years old. Hail Master! He scored 53 runs from 68 balls and 7 fours. Sachin Tendulkar (IND) scored 379 (7 Matches) so far in this World Cup

3. Gambhir was run out, he took a mindless decision to go for the run even while Yuvraj doesn't want it. It was silly move when match was in crital stage.

4. Dhoni and Yuvraj are now playing, hopes are high, so hope these players play calculated and intelligent game.

5. Dhoni was out for just 7 runs, this is just unacceptable. He is Captain and has more responbility but on a day like this he disappointed the poeples expectations.

6. Yuvraj and Raina currently playing.

7. India croses 200, needs 51 runs in 55 balls.

8. Hook shot from Yuvraj hurts Bret Lee, his eyeline bleeds as he tried to stop the boundry, he is replaced with extra.

9. Yuvraj hits is 4th half century in this world cup.

10. Bret Lee is back with a bandage, bowls 46 over, Raina hits 6 on his 1st delivery

11. Yuvraj finishes the match with a four. His unbeaten 57 leads India to Victory in Quarter Finals, enters Semis. Ricky's century go wasted, Australia out of tournament.

Even though, Shewag, Dhoni, were out with out much contribution. Sachin, Gambhir, Yuvraj batting with support of Kohli and Raina and good bowling, fielding by India has contributed victory in this match. Best of Luck Team India in Semifinals.

Yuvraj has become the fifth Indian batsman to amass 8000 runs in ODIs, joining Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Mohammad Azharuddin.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has become the first wicketkeeper/captain to have appeared in 100 ODIs.

Result: IND 261/5 in 47.4 overs, AUS 260/6 in 50 Overs. INDIA Wins by 5 Wickets in the 2nd Quarter Finals of World Cup 2011.

Yuvraj's Stunning Century in world cup 2011 leads India to Victory against WI at Chennai -   Top

Yuvraj Singh hits his 13 ODI Century 269 is the target for West Indies. but WI were all out for 188/10(43 Over)RR: 4.37, leading India to Win 42nd World Cup Match at Chennai

Yuvraj played a classy knock hiting is 13th ODI hundered and first ton in World Cup 2011, despite in pain emerging as Man of the Match
IND 268/10 in 49.1 overs, Cur RR: 5.45
WI 188/10(43 Over)RR: 4.37

Man of the Match is Yuvraj Singh for his stunning Ton and 2 Wickets

India will play against Australia in Quarter Finals at Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad on 24th March, Thursday.

Sri Lanka spinners secure huge win over New Zealand at Mumbai
Friday 18 Mar : Muttiah Muralitharan, second from left, walks to shake hands with New Zealand's Jacob Oram after Sri Lanka's Cricket World Cup win in Mumbai

In Sri Lanka there is still the sense of a World Cup waiting to happen. England's crackpot campaign has brought excitement and unpredictability to the tournament every time they have taken the field, but the beneficiaries of that have been crowds in India and Bangladesh. In Colombo they are now aching for their slice of England in the quarter-finals. Sri Lanka are destined for second place in their group after a 112-run victory over New Zealand. The fear lingers that India will contrive to finish third and they will have to travel to face them in Ahmedabad in the last eight under the "India Is Richer So Gets Its Own Way" clause. Their dream is that England will finish third and that Andrew Strauss's band of merry men, viewed almost universally in Colombo as the perfect party opposition, will be heading for a quarter-final in Colombo next Saturday.

England stay alive in another thriller
England 243 (Trott 47, Russell 4-49) beat West Indies 225 (Russell 49, Tredwell 4-48) by 18 runs
In a campaign of ludicrously slender margins, England gave themselves a fighting chance of reaching the World Cup quarter-finals after emerging victorious in a monstrous battle of wills against West Indies at Chennai. In a contest that fully lived up to the "arse-nipper" billing that Graeme Swann had given it beforehand, England once again teetered on the brink of oblivion before the spin of Swann and James Tredwell hauled them back into contention in a sensational denouement. Needing 244 for victory, West Indies were coasting on 222 for 6, before losing their last four wickets for three runs in 20 deliveries.

It was a finale that would have been sensational in any other context, but coming from a team that has managed to turn each of its six qualifying fixtures into horror-shows best viewed from behind the sofa through cracks in the fingers, it was a finale that teetered towards self-parody. Following a schizophrenic batting performance, in which Jonathan Trott shed his demure image to crash six fours from his first nine balls, England themselves crashed from 121 for 2 to 151 for 6, before Luke Wright justified his first call-up of the campaign with a vital 44. Their eventual total was at least 30 runs below par, but not for the first time, the team's fighting spirit made up for it lacked in planning and application.

Duminy out classes Ireland , puts South Africa in Quarters

Tue 15 Mar : Kolkata, (AFP): South Africa rode on JP Duminy's robust 99 to storm into the World Cup quarter-finals with a crushing 131-run victory over Ireland on Tuesday. The Proteas were wobbling at 117-5 after a tight bowling and fielding show by Ireland, but Duminy played a responsible knock to help his team post a challenging 272-7 in the day-night match at Eden Gardens.

The target proved too big for Ireland who were bowled out for 141 in 33.2 overs, with Gary Wilson top-scoring with 31. South Africa currently top Group B with eight points from five matches, followed by India (7/5), the West Indies (6/4), Bangladesh (6/5) and England (5/5). Ireland, with two points in five games, are eliminated.

JP Duminy is the Man of the Match.

Sachin Tendulkar scores century but then India collapse spectacularly against South Africa

Sat 12 Mar : Sachin Tendulkar's 99th international century put India on course for a huge total against South Africa in Nagpur, before the co-hosts lost nine wickets for just 29 runs in an astonishing collapse. Tendulkar compiled 111 off 101 balls to register his sixth World Cup century in the Group B match, but only Virender Sehwag (73) and Gautam Gambhir (69) supported him, Dale Steyn finishing with 5-50 as the Proteas rampaged through the middle and lower order. Having won the toss on a flat wicket, India dominated from the outset, with Tendulkar and Sehwag building a 142-run opening stand in quick time. At one stage a total approaching 400 seemed likely but remarkably India found themselves bowled out with eight deliveries left. As well as Steyn's lethal spell, spinner Robin Peterson took two for 52 after recovering from a poor start.Tendulkar and Sehwag raced through the mandatory powerplay to put on 87 runs as the latter brought up his 50 with a four off Peterson and gave similar treatment to JP Duminy's first delivery. Dale Steyn outstanding 5 wickets and good batting efforts by Kallis, Amla and Robin lead South Africa to win the match.

Dale Steyn is the Man of the Match.

Taylor's unbeaten century helped New Zealand defeat Pakistan by 110 runs

Tue 08 Mar : Birthday boy Ross Taylor's unbeaten century helped New Zealand defeat Pakistan by 110 runs in a Group A match. Taylor celebrated his 27th birthday in grand style as he hit eight boundaries and seven huge sixes en route to his fourth one-day century as New Zealand amassed 302-7 in a Group A match against Pakistan at the new Pallekele Stadium. Pakistan needed a positive start in their run chase, but Tim Southee and Kyle Mills ensured Shahid Afridi's team were never in the contest and reduced them to 45 for 5 inside 15 overs. Southee dismissed Mohammad Hafeez, who lost a review when he challenged a LBW decision, Kamran Akmal (who had a match to forget) and Misbah-ul-Haq; while Mills accounted for Ahmed Shehzad and Younis Khan. Jacob Oram then got into the act and clean bowled captain Shahid Afridi to leave Pakistan tottering at 66 for 6.

Taylor was declared Man-of-the-Match.

Yuvraj powers India to win against fighting Irish

Sun 06 Mar : India Won by 5 wickets against Ireland in 22nd World Cup Match played at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.

Yuvraj Singh saved the blushes for India, allowing them to hide the ordinary effort from other spinners, by picking his maiden five-for to restrict Ireland to 207 before he hit an unbeaten fifty to settle India's nerves in a hard-fought win in Bangalore. Ireland enhanced their reputation by defending the target with disciplined bowling and excellent fielding and made India huff and puff to the victory line. On a dry pitch, where the ball came on slowly, the Indian batsmen preferred to play within themselves and tried to play risk-free cricket but kept losing wickets at regular intervals to keep Ireland interested in the chase. India were 24 for 2 in the sixth over, reached 100 for four at the fall of Virat Kohli in the 24th over, and recovered to 167 for 5 when MS Dhoni exited in the 41st over before Yusuf Pathan flexed his muscles to hasten the end.

Yuvraj Singh was declared Man-of-the-Match.

England Won by 6 runs against South Africa in 21st World Cup Match

Sun 06 Mar : England Wins by 6 runs against South Africa at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. Victorious captain Andrew Strauss says that he knew the wicket would deteriorate but 170 was too less. They were aiming for 230 but losing 3 wickets within 5 overs was a crime. But credits his team for putting in a fight. Praises his bowlers and says that the team is keeping people interested! Says that the next game against Bangladesh is a massive one and England still need to learn things. Says that they will have a few days' rest and they will be ready for Bangladesh.

Ravi Bopara has been named the Man-Of-The-Match. Says that he came to know last night hat he would be playing. Adds that it feels great to be back into the side. Says that he never expected the side to be 15/3, especially with the quality of players at the top. He too, did not expect the pitch to turn so much, but adds that in an IPL game in 2010, his team had defended a target of 120, so he was sure that the spinners will come into play.

Lanka-Australia Match Abandoned due to rain
The ICC Cricket World Cup Group A clash between Sri Lanka and Australia at Colombo has been abandoned due to rain. Opting to bat first under cloudy conditions, Sri Lanka had reached 146 for three in 32.5 overs before the heavens opened. Both sides pick up a point apiece. The Lions lost three early wickets - those of Tillakaratne Dilshan (four), Upul Tharanga (six) and Mahela Jayawardene (23) - before captain Kumar Sangakkara (73 not out) built a 71-run stand with Thilan Samaraweera (34 not out) to lead their recovery. The result puts Sri Lanka in second place in Group A ahead of Australia. Both teams have five points. Sri Lanka had lost their second game of the competition to Pakistan at the same venue, and the onus was on the hosts to deliver against major opposition, with their wins so far coming against Canada and Kenya. But a stunned silence prevailed around the R Premadasa Stadium in the second over as Shaun Tait despatched Dilshan - caught at second slip by Cameron White - just moments after the duo were involved in a bit of sledging. The hosts' were two down in the seventh over as Tharanga's cut off Brett Lee was brilliantly caught by Steve Smith at point. Sangakkara helped build a promising 44-run stand, but Smith again spoiled the party by running out Jayawardene with a direct hit. Things settled down with the introduction of spin as Sangakkara crossed his 50, while Australia used up both their decision reviews against Samaraweera, who provided able support until the stoppage of play.

Kevin O'Brien of Ireland hits quickest World Cup century, smashing England
Ireland's Kevin O'Brien has hit the quickest century in World Cup history to give Ireland the chance of a sensational victory over England.

An astonishing knock by O'Brien, who clobbered 13 fours and six sixes to reach three figures in only 50 balls, helped the Irish to live up to their reputation as giant-killers, as they overhauled England's total of 327-8 with five balls to spare. It was the highest successful run chase in the tournament. Four years after beating Pakistan in the group stage in the Caribbean, the Irish repeated the feat to dent England's hopes of progressing into the knock-out stages of the 2011 tournament. "When you are 111-5, I just said to myself, we could just potter around and get 220 off 50 overs for eight or nine and the game would have been pretty boring to watch and it wouldn't have been anything to watch on TV," a grinning O'Brien said, clutching his man of the match trophy. "I just chanced my arm and said I'm going to be as positive as I can and I got a few away and didn't look back really." The 26-year-old O'Brien dismantled the English bowling to score 113 runs in 63 balls and his knock helped produce the first upset in this year's showpiece. He was run-out -- the only way he could fall -- with 11 runs still required off as many balls. However, John Mooney (33 off 30 balls) kept his head and with three required to win off the last over, smashed a boundary to spark off the Irish celebrations. Ireland's victory also throws Group B, which includes India, West Indies and South Africa , wide open.

Cricket World Cup: Virender Sehwag and Virat Kholi leads India to win
Cricket World Cup, Mirpur: India 370-4 (50 overs) beat Bangladesh 283-9 (50 overs) by 87 runs

Match Highlights
19/02/2011: Mirpur: India X Bangladesh ( India Won)
Man of the Match: Virender Shewag
Top Score: Virender Shewag - 175 (140 bals, 14 fours, 5 sixers)
Best Bowling: Munaf Patel (10-0-48-4)
Sixers: 10 (India: 7, Bangladesh: 3)
Boundries: 47 (India: 29, Bangladesh: 18)

Virender Sehwag got the World Cup off to an explosive start with 175 as India spoilt Bangladesh's party with a resounding 87-run victory in Mirpur. Sehwag added 203 with Virat Kohli, who scored 100 not out on his World Cup debut as India racked up 370-4. Bangladesh, hosting their first World Cup match, faded after a rapid start to 283-9, Tamim Iqbal top-scoring with 70. Seamer Munaf Patel took 4-48 as India gained revenge for their shock World Cup loss to the Tigers four years ago. There was an atmosphere of feverish anticipation at the Shere Bangla Stadium but the home fans were given an immediate illustration of the size of the task facing their heroes when Sehwag leant back and effortlessly clouted the first ball of the innings through the covers for four. That set the tone for a devastating knock, featuring 14 fours and five sixes as Sehwag compiled the joint fourth-highest innings in World Cup history.
188* G Kirsten SA v UAE 1996
183 S Ganguly Ind v SL 1999
181 V Richards WI v SL 1987
175* Kapil Dev Ind v Zim 1983
175 V Sehwag Ind v Ban 2011

Kohli, a 22-year-old averaging 46 in 45 one-dayers, was equally impressive, happily playing second fiddle to Sehwag for the early part of his innings before accelerating in the later overs and reaching his 83-ball hundred off the penultimate delivery of the innings. India, the 1983 winners and favourites to land the trophy in Mumbai on 2 April, were humbled by Bangladesh as they crashed out in the group stage of the 2007 World Cup. The manner in which Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar began their innings suggested they were determined to exact violent retribution for that aberration - the batsmen racing to 32-0 after three overs. Such was the partisan nature of the Bangladesh crowd that even India's boundaries were greeted with total silence. And there was very little for the home fans to cheer until the 11th over when Tendulkar pressed the self-destruct button. A drive to mid-on was well-stopped by Shakib Al Hasan but Tendulkar had already set off for a quick single. With both batsmen at the non-striker's end, Shakib had the simple task of running the 'Little Master' out. The wicket did little to stem the flow of runs and Sehwag brought up his fifty with a nonchalant swat over cow corner for six off Abdur Razzak. Gautam Gambhir made an effortless run-a-ball 39 in a partnership of 83 with Sehwag before missing a straight ball from Mahmudullah in the spinner's first over. Sehwag batted the latter part of his innings with a runner after receiving treatment for a knee injury but it did little to hamper his scoring as Razzak was fleeced for three boundaries in a row. After reaching his 14th one-day hundred, he was on course to overhaul Gary Kirsten's World Cup record score of 188 not out before playing his first false shot of the innings and chopping a Shakib ball on to his stumps. Meanwhile, Kohli was putting together his own mini-masterpiece, characterised by lightening-quick reactions and powerful flashes of his blade. He posted his fifth one-day hundred in the final over before Yusuf Pathan was caught behind off the last ball of the innings. Any thoughts that Bangladesh would wilt in their reply were dispelled in five extraordinary overs at the start of the Tigers' innings, featuring seven boundaries from the blade of Imrul Kayes, 24 off a single Sreesanth over and 51 runs in total. But a bowling change had the desired effect as Kayes chopped Munaf Patel's fifth ball onto his stumps. Junaid Siddique and Tamim continued to carry the fight to India but the introduction of spinners Harbhajan Singh and Pathan stemmed the flow of runs as boundaries were hard to come by. Siddique scored 37 from 52 balls before he was cleverly stumped by Mahendra Singh Dhoni off Harbhajan. Tigers opener Tamim Iqbal scored 70 off 86 balls Tamim, playing an unusually subdued innings, reached his 17th half-century off 71 balls. He showed signs of an acceleration with a huge six off Yuvraj but the all-rounder got his own back with a sharp, low catch that sent Tamim back to the pavilion for 70. With Tamim's dismissal went any last hope of a Bangladesh triumph but a half-century from captain Shakib helped the Tigers to a respectable total. With fans leaving the ground in their droves, Mushfiqur Rahim was caught off a Zaheer Khan slower ball for 25 before Patel returned to remove Mahmudullah and Naeem Islam. Razzak and Shafiul were both out in the penultimate over, but Raqibul Hasan (28 not out) ensured Bangladesh saw out their 50 overs, limiting the damage to their net run rate - a factor that could determine who goes through to the quarter-finals.