Cricket World Cup

 Upcoming Game(s) and Some Recent Results
Congratulations Team India and the entire nation !
World Champions - India (Defeated Sri Lanka by 6 wickets )
Man of the Match - Mahendra Singh Dhoni (91*)
Player of the Series - Yuvraj Singh (362 runs & 15 wickets)
Most Runs - Tilakratne Dilshan (500 runs)
Most Wickets - Shahid Afridi (21 wickets)
Most Catches - Mahela Jayawardena (8 catchhes)
Most dismissals - Kumar Sangakkara (14 dismissals )
Highest Total - India (370 for 5 )
Highest individual score - Virender Sehwag (175 runs)
 The Finals India vs Sri Lanka April 2 2011   (Facts and Figures)
It has indeed been a miraculous day for cricket in India.. despite the early loss of Stalwarts like Sehwag and Sachin the team managed to get past the huge Sri Lanka score.. it was possible for Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni to turn the game in favour of India.. it was great to see India bat in most professional manner...
Malinga has dealt the biggest blow getting the danger man Sehwag out for a duck off the second ball.. I don't know if they had referred it for DRS.. it is all right.. there is less possibility of India succesfully chasing the target of 275 unless Sachin scores the hundred and others see to it that India wins depsite his hundred.. on earlier two occasions of Sachin's century in this world cup.. India tied in first and lost the second.. Great Advantage to Sri Lanka at the moment.. With the fall of Sachin too.. Sri Lanka would have to play really bad cricket to loose from here.. I think they are taking the cup to Colombo with them..
As per expectations the Sri Lanka has posted a good target of 275 runs for India to win the world cup.. it is now upto Sehwag to score that miraculous hundred.. thus he would have the first and last century of the tournament.. after his first against the Bangladesh.. his sensible batting could really take India home..
Everyone need to contribute their bit.. and key is the first 15 overs.. India should have atleast 90 runs and should not loose any wicket.. There is no cause to panic play natural game yet do not play risky shots.. I expect Dhoni and Gambhir would also rise to the occasion.. India needs all its seven batsman to chip in..
Congratulation Mahela for your second hundred in this world cup.. well played yet I can not say that your team is going to win.. it has to be India.. yet they have to work it around.. fight it out.. especially Murali and Malinga.. I was suprised by dropping of Mendis.. that is good for India though..
The final is likely to be a great dispaly of cricketing skills of the two strong Asian teams.. both heavily rely on their batsman to deliver.. each team has three batsman in the top ten run getters in the tenth edition of the ICC world cup.. The chances are almost equal for both the teams.. India should win this if they bat second and Sehwag fires the last century of this world cup.. he had the first century against his name.. if he does he would be my man of the match and man of the tournament..
India to meet Sri Lanka in cricket world cup finals on April 2 2011 at Wankhede Mumbai, India. Congratulations on winning a pitched battle against Pakistan so easily.. Best of luck for finals..
India vs Pakistan Wednesday March 30 2011
India are 220 for 6 in 44.4 overs.. Sachin Tendulkar alone could score some good runs though his 85 were quite scratchy and he did get some chances.. the master would only wish that his team could put a defendable total.. I feel 260 would be all right but can India get there.. only Raina can tell..
India winning the toss elected to bat despite a firing start from Sehwag.. they are very less likely to cross 300 mark and that may not really be enough with the kind of bowling options that have been chosen to serve th tean for all important semifinaI.. Tendulkar has been fortunate to be there after such lapses in the field and the DRS coming to his rescue earlier in the innings.. he is one man who could make it possible for India to fight in this game.. a score of 280 is what I believe a minimal requirement for winning this game from here.. right now India are 168 for 4 from 30 this score can not be doubled from here as we have already lost 4 important wickets.. Advantage Pakistan..
I am not convinced of my watching the match in theatre.. it is primarily for the reason that Virender Sehwag does not do too well most of the times I watch him play.. I have not only decided not to go to theatre I might just skip watching till the batsman has scored 30 runs.. I have a feeling that the team I announced may not be the best team and Dhoni bhaiya might just make one change by including Nehra in place of Patel from the team that won the quarter final against Australia..
I would have loved that India does few things differently than expectations.. just make room  to surprise the Pakistani preparations.. inclusion of Pathan or Sreesanth could one of the factors for which Pakistan may not have prepared well.. yet I know it is not correct of me to ask to rest Kohli.. he is a brilliant fielder and might get to bowl a few overs besides his batting strength.. I leave the decision to the captain.. he is the best judge of the situation.. he is the one who would be held responsible lest anything goes haywire.. I have a strong feeling that India would just manage to pull this one up to their credit.. it is now the fear of Sri Lankan batting for which we need to plan well.. yet it is not correct to talk of the finals before actually reaching the milestone.. one thing is assured it is going to be an all subcontinet final on Apriol 2 2011
This one is going to be a livewire from the moment the first ball of the match is bowled till the match acually gets over.. a match which can easily  be treated as bigger than the finals on April 2 2011.. One just can not predict who is likely to win at Mohali.. it could well be India.. it could as well be Pakistan.. I am supporting both teams so I am not going to be a looser.. something I learned from my 12 year old son Amrit.. who would merrily agree to such situations and say both the teams belong to him.. so for a change I am supporting both the teams.. yet I have a fair amount of heart for India who have Virender Sehwag amongst them who is known to be the most dangerous batsman in the cricket world today..
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Tuesday March 29 2011
Sri Lanka did manage to win the game with 5 wickets to spare and they are now waiting for the results of the other semifinal to be played at Mohali between India and Pakistan.. Kumar Sangakkara took 3 catches besides his 54 runs with the bat to become the man of the match..
It is highly improbable that New Zealand could surprise the Sri Lankans.. so one of the finalists is already decided unless some kind of miracle takes place and Black Caps wear white hats after winning.. less likely.. very less likely
New Zealand were shot out for a paltry 217 runs after they had elected to bat first after winning the toss.. I think Sri Lanka are no chokers.. in all probabilities should be moving to Mumbai for Finals on April 2..
Quarter Finals Results
March 23 2011 : Pakistan beat West Indies by 10 wickets, Mohammad Hafeez 61* was declared Man of the match at Mirpur They move to Mohali ! Shahid Afridi picks yet another four wicket haul under his belt his fourth in the tournament.. West Indies were bundled for a paltry 112 Saeed Ajmal and Hafeez also contributed handsomely besides the skipper..
March 24 2011 : India vs Australia, Ahmedabad : Australia were 260 for 6 in 50 overs after electing to bat first.. David Hussey is no surprise addition yet omission of Pathan and exclusion of Chawla hurts.. yet India has done well so far.. Sachin just bowled his first over of the world cup 2011.. would Sehwag also be tested for his bowling arm.. Yuvraj strikes again.. good going for India.. Zaheer gets one more on his name.. his first wicket in the match.. Virat Kohli into the attack for first time too.. where is Sehwag.. probably he can get Ponting who is looking very difficult to be dislodged.. Finally Ashwin accounts for Ponting but only after the punter scored a wonderful hundred thanks to the incitement by Yuvraj Singh..
India would look upto batting Maestro Sehwag and Tendulkar for another extraordinary start.. it is advantage Australia as of now.. not for those 260 runs but for the beautifully hundred by the man not in form.. Well played Punter..
India managed a great show towards the end.. Yuvraj Singh proving that he has covered miles ahead of others for nominations for the player of the tournament.. in fact two of his competitors are still Indians in Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.. yet he is more or less won it already.. if India just about manges to reach finals.. Great day for Raina too.. Great day for small but meaningful partnerships.. a collective effort altogether did put brakes on the leaps and bounds of Kangaroos.. they did play good cricket though..
March 25 2011 : South Africa vs New Zealand, Mirpur . New Zealand who chose to bat after winning the toss have been restricted to a meagre 221/8 in 50 overs.. it is somewhat higher advantage to South Africa..  Ross Taylor and black caps could not do another kiwi act that they did admirably against Pakistan.. and he is gone as third wicket out to Tahir while he tried to pull him down the leg side where Kallis takes his sixth catch of the tournament.. South Africa sitting pretty high as of now in this third quarter final..
One just can believe that South Africa has lost to New Zealand.. though full credit to Black caps for pulling off this upset victory over the most powerful contenders of the world cup 2011.. Congratulations Jacob Oram.. Congratulations New Zealand.. a win by 49 runs defending just 221 runs on board is incredible.. I was just thinking of it yesterday.. and it did happen today.. who knows England may surprise Sri Lanka tomorrow..
March 26 2011 : Sri Lanka vs England, Colombo ** Delay in reporting and updating is regretted and it has nothing to do against Sri Lanka..
One could not imagine the Sri Lankan appetite for scoring Hundreds for their team.. Dilshan and Tharanga make two equal sides game look like a lop-sided QF as they clinch a 10 wicket voctory.. Sri Lankan pair scored yet another hundred for themselves and shared yet another 200 plus runs partnership against their names.. Sri Lanka now take upon New Zealand in the first semifinals on the same ground..
Sri Lanka seems to be on course to a much easy victory here.. for a change England did not opt for the bowling power play immediately after the tenth over.. Sri Lanka 94 for no loss from 18 overs..
England elected to bat first after winning the toss have scored 229 runs for 6 wickets in stipulated 50 overs .. Sri Lanka have done half their job well restricting Englishmen to much less than 250.. it would now depend on how Dilshan, Sanga and Jaya take the flight for a Sri lanka's win..
Earlier a slow start.. should accelerate and try to reach 250 to make a match of it.. yet one does not know after what happened to South Africa.. Sri Lanka would not take any chances and play sound and sobre cricket to get into the semifinals.. it is anyway not going to be a cakewalk as England have come into this stage after great diffciulties and would do their best to make Lanka toil for a win..
The match is scheduled to start ar 14.30 Hrs local time. This is going to be the last of the quarter finals and Sri lanka would just be hoping that they do not exit from the world cup like Australia and South Africa in the second and third QFs.. Onus would be on their bowlers to get some cheap wickets.. their batsman have been in good form though.. England on the other hand would be thanking their stars for just sneaking into the Quarter finals when the goings were really tough.. they would give a good fight.. might possibly win as well if the Trott and Strauss decide to continue their batting form.. it is difficult to say how much would be a safe target but less than 250 if you bat first would put your team under pressure..
 The Indian Team for India vs Australia : Sehwag, Sachin, Gambhir, Kohli, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Pathan, Chawla, Harbhajan, Ashwin, Zaheer.  If required use the services of Virat Kohli.. you would be surprised if I share the information that Sunil Gavaskar did share the new ball on some occasions in test cricket.. One day cricket is closing in on to the Test level.. one has to make experiments to suit their needs.. and Chawla had a good measure of Australians in the practice warm-up game.. let us throw back some more of him at Ponting and Co. I know it is one of the impossible team but then India must do something similar to achieve the impossible task of beating Australia.. who have lost just one game under the captaincy of Ponting in the world cup history on March 19 to Pakistan..
Addendum : Pakistan breaks the Australian Jinx.. they (Aussies) are beatable and India should remember this well.. as they are likely to face them in their quarter final game..
March 19 2011 I have a feeling that in all likelihoods it would be Pakistan who would win this game.. though one can still not write off the Australians.. it would mean Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand qualify from group A in that order..
Tomorrow India, if it wins is still going to be placed behind South Africa.. in such a case they would have to contend to compete with Australians.. suppose if they loose may finish third and take up the game with Sri Lanka.. I think it is better to finish second as Australia is after all not as invincible as it did appear in the beginning of the tournament.. I would like to make some changes to my eleven declared at angelfire site I would rather love to include Ashwin in place of patel and Chawla in place of Pathan leaving Raina out.. thus I would not mind experimenting with three regular spinners in the side for the first time with Zaheer and Nehra as seamers..  
March 18 2011 - There were four run-outs in the Netherlands innings in the last three balls (one being wide) must be a record of some sort.. yet Netherlands have set up a daunting target of 307 runs for Ireland to win... There have already been three hundreds in the day so far.. and there is ample scope for one more if Kiwis decide to take the fight into Sri Lankan Camp..
India bites the dust as South Africa lower order batsman ensure 3 wicket victory when Indian bowlers could not stop them from scoring required 13 runs from the final over.. a bad day.. that is all.. hope it does India some good..
21:12 PM South Africa struggling at the moment to catch up with the asking rate 170 for 2 from 35 overs.. it seems they have resigned to their fate.. it is good fielding effort from India.. looks like 296 is not such a bad score after all.. still require 127 runs from 15 overs.. and this time Harbhajan has even been  expensive as well.. (For Sunil Gavaskar..!) it is all right..
18:26 PM The end of the innings was so much different than the expected that one can not believe that Indian team was playing cricket or Gulli Danda.. from 267 for 1 only India could fall to 296 all out..India is 50 runs short.. South Africa have to only bat sensibly to get those two important points after ignominous defeat to England last Sunday..
14:09 PM India are not playing Raina.. nor Ashwin.. Patel comes in for Chawlkit is a good team.. though more than enough runs required on the board.. I feel a score of 350 should be sufficient.. Best of Luck Sehwag.. we need to see you in best form.. play some fearless cricket.. I know you are capable of making the first double hundred of the world cup.. just stay there for 50 overs..
What is probably a virtual final or atleast a group B's final it would take a side making 300 and still end on a loosing side.. India should try to play second tonight.. knowing the target would be far better than setting one.. who knows even 350 may fall short as a winning total..  India must make room for the fifth bowler and I would personally love to include 3 seamers besides I would love to include the dashing fielder Raina to be in the eleven too..
Sehwag, Sachin, Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Ashwin, Nehra and Patel..
* Tilakratne Dilshan (144) and Upul Tharanga (133) scored centuries becoming the third pair to achieve the pair of hundreds in the world cup 2011 match after Sehwag-Kohli and Amla-De Villiers.. Zimbabwe did well in the end to restrict the Lankans to 327 for 6 at the end of 50 overs after record 282 runs partnership for the first wicket that got unsettled only in 44.4 overs.. Chris Mpofu picked 4 wickets for 62 runs.. Lankans would only be keeping their fingers crossed as the same score was overmauled by Ireland when England could not defend a massive 327 for 8.. Could someone come and play the Kevin O'Brien for Zimbabwe.. Will Tatenda Taibu not want to settle for a hundred he missed sometime back.. right moment to bring about the world cup live on its feet.. 
March 10 - India registered a tortoise level of victory after starting like rabbit against Netherlands.. Dhoni had guts to play Chawla all over agian.. good.. but do not repeat him against South Africa.. Time to experiment with some bowling options..
Heartening to see the return of batting form of Yuvraj Singh.. congratulation Yuvi for a hat-rick of Fifties.. keep the good form in upcoming important matches too.. especially for quarter- and semi-finals.. you make an appearance in the records for world cup for most fifities and highest batting averages.. and move few nothches up in the race for Player of the World cup 2011.. Good.. Very good.. Extremely good..
March 9 - New Zealand completed the formality of beating the Pakistan in their group match after that huge push was made possible by taylor and compnay in last five over rush of blood as New Zealand posted their first ever 300 plus score in a world cup game.. Ross Taylor was adjudged the man of the Match for his brilliant unbeaten 131 runs.. Pakistan lost by 110 runs
 March 8 2011 6:53 PM New Zealand from 200 for 5 in 45 overs and batting power play being counterproductive with only 37 added for loss of two wickets stunned everyone by raising more than 100 runs in last 5 overs. Pakistan would really have to bat as well as they can if they wish to maintain their winning streak.. but Haffez has already fallen in second over.. Ya Allah.. Ross Taylor realised 131 runs on his birthday.. with eight hits to the fence and as many as 7 over the rope..
MOST UNEXPECTED UPSET - In a historic and a golden moment for Ireland - Kevin O'Brien becomes the new man with the fastest hundred in the world cup under his belt. Kevin O' Bien's 100 came in just 50 balls and haralds a new dawn for Irish cricket. England could not beleive that they have lost the match after having set up 327 runs on the board. The record for highest successful chase in the world cup also goes to the credit of Ireland.. Kevin O'Brien was declared 'man of the match' for his 63 ball 113 studded with 13 fours and 6 sixes..
 The tenth edition of the ICC World cup of Cricket is going to kickstart in another four days time on February 19 2011. Two of the host teams India and Bangladesh play at Mirpur, Dhaka in the first encounter of an important Quadrennial cricket tournament. There are 14 teams taking part in this tournament and Final is to be played at Wankhede stadium, Mumbai, India on April 2 2011. The tenth world cup is being hosted jointly by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Being a great lover of the game I put forth my opinions on Indian chances and some articles about the teams especially featuring India. One can always expect a results at a glance page and link to some of the other sites covering the tournament..
There are 14 teams which are going to take part in this tenth edition of ICC cricket world cup. that are divided into two groups as follows :
 Group A  Group B  
 Australia          Ricky Ponting  India  MS Dhoni
 Pakistan     Shahid Afridi   South Africa  Graeme Smith
 New Zealand  Daniel Vettori  England  Andrew Strauss
 Sri Lanka  Kumar Sangkkara  West Indies  Darren Sammy


 E Chigumbura  Bangladesh  Shakib Al Hasan
 Canada  Ashish Bagai  Ireland  W Porterfield
 Kenya  Jimmy Kamande  Netherlands  Peter Borren