India and Sri Lanka gear up for world cup final

Posted April 1, 2011 by merinews
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INDIA AND Sri Lanka, who showed Pakistan and New Zealand the way back home in the semi-finals, are now all set to take the final challenge on April 2, 2011 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

The excitement is building up and expectations are mounting, especially for India because if they win it would be a ‘perfect farewell’, as many would like to put it, for Gary Kirsten and Sachin Tendulkar. Though, there is no retirement call for Sachin for now, but it is definitely his last World Cup.

Sri Lanka has been a very strong contender so far. They have consecutively reached the World cup finals and their performance against New Zealand was stupendous. However, it is also being said that the Sri Lankan middle order hasn’t been put to test in this tournament. Their spinners have done well throughout the tournament and Muralitharan is the highest wicket taker so far.

On the other hand India has been everyone’s favourite since the beginning of the tournament. But their performance hasn’t been good on the batting side. In matches against the strong teams like South Africa and England India’s batting line up was wobbly. However, India has been pretty nice on the fielding front; thanks to the coach, Gary Kirsten.

The game on Saturday is going to be a tough fight for both the teams. Dhoni will have a difficult time in deciding his team’s bowling cadre, after a good performance by Munaf and Nehra in the semi-final. Kumar Sangakkara may decide to take up 3 spinners. But the final decisions about the team would be made on Saturday only.

Both the teams have been longing for the Cup, India since 1983 and Sri Lanka since 1996. But, somehow everyone’s gut feeling says that this World Cup is for India, Sachin, Dhoni and his cadre. The history is bound to repeat itself after 28 years, but nothing is decided yet. An unpredictable turn of events till the last ball is always a possibility. And, every spectator is looking forward to some good cricket and great performances on field.

The two teams will be performing in front of a hysterical crowd. Strategies are being worked out on both ends. Every player is looking forward to perform his best. The feeling with both the teams is ‘we are ready, bring it on’. Who will hold World Cup 2011? This remains a mystery to be unfolded by destiny.

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Indian team all set for India vs Sri Lanka World Cup 2011 final

Posted March 31, 2011 by merinews
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THIS SATURDAY on April 2 at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, Indian team under the guidance of coach Gary Kirsten and leadership of captain MS Dhoni will take on co-hosts Sri Lanka to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 tournament for the second time in the history.

India has played two finals of the Cricket World Cup and won the trophy in 1983. Kapil Dev was the captain of Cricket World Cup winning squad in 1983. In 2003, under the leadership of Sourav Ganguly, India appeared second time in the World Cup final.

In 2011, Indian team is looking perfect and capable of winning the title. In the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, Indian legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar, who has scored 464 runs in eight matches, is the second highest run getters among the batsmen and bowling spearhead Zaheer Khan is in the second spot with 19 wickets among the top wicket takers.

Here are the records of Indian ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 squads

 

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Player
Mat
Inns
NO
Runs
HS
Ave
100
50
Wickets
BBM
Ct/Stump
Virender Sehwag
7
7
0
380
175
54.29
1
1
 
 
 
Sachin Tendulkar
8
8
0
464
120
58
2
2
 
 
 
Gautam Gambhir
8
8
0
296
69
37
0
3
 
 
 
Virat Kohli
8
8
1
247
100*
35.29
1
1
 
 
 
Yuvraj Singh
8
7
3
341
113
85.25
1
4
13
31/5
 
MS Dhoni
8
7
2
150
34
30
0
0
 
 
6/3
Suresh Raina
3
3
2
74
36*
74
0
0
1
12/1
 
Yusuf Pathan
6
6
1
74
30*
14.8
0
0
1
49/1
 
Harbhajan Singh
8
4
0
18
12
4.5
0
0
8
53/3
 
Zaheer Khan
8
4
0
18
9
4.5
0
0
19
20/3
 
Munaf Patel
7
4
1
1
1
0.33
0
0
11
48/4
 
Ravichandran Ashwin
2
1
1
10
10*
 
0
0
4
41/2
 
Ashish Nehra
3
2
0
1
1
0. 5
0
0
3
33/2
 
Piyush Chawla
3
1
0
2
2
2
0
0
4
47/2
 
Sreesanth
1
0
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
0
NA
 

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India vs Pakistan semi final: The road to Mumbai is clear

Posted March 31, 2011 by merinews
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THE PRESSURE was mounting on both sides when Pakistan came to batting in the second half of the World Cup semi-final against India to chase a not so huge great target of 261runs. Since, their bowling had been good, they didn’t allow India to set a high target.

Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez came to open for Pakistan. But, in the ninth over, Akmal was sent to the pavilion by Zaheer Khan. Since then wickets kept falling within every couple of overs, Pakistan could not get partnerships. Hafeez scored well but was dismissed after making 43 runs. Asad Shafiq scored a decent 30 on 39. By then, it was evident that the Pakistani team was going way behind the average run rate required. But, somehow they managed to keep the momentum and score with a run rate of 4.6 runs.

The momentum broke when Yuvraj took the third and fourth wickets within three overs. Later, Umar Akmal managed to increase run rate by scoring 29 runs in 24 balls. His batting brought Pakistan back into the game but then Harbhajan Singh drowned the hopes of Pakistan making it to the finals. Even Afridi couldn’t surprise the crowd and went back to the pavilion with 19 in 17 balls. But the Pakistani team fought till the end and went all out in 49.5 overs.

The Indian bowling was good. The trio of Zaheer , Munaf and Nehra worked for the team and for the captain. The otherwise underperformers, Munaf Patel and Ashish Nehra, managed to take two wickets each without giving away too much runs.

Yuvraj turned out to be the first spinner for India. He gave 57 runs, bowled a maiden over and took two crucial wickets at a crucial time. Harbhajan and Zaheer also took two wickets each.

The Indian fielding was good; Virat Kohli, Raina and Yuvraj did exceptionally well along with other players. India managed to get two maiden overs. Ashish Nehra gave away just 33 runs for which he shares the credit with fielders. Sachin Tendulkar appeared tense on the field since Pakistan was giving a good fight.

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India vs Pakistan semi final: India manages to scrape through

Posted March 31, 2011 by merinews
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THE AMAZING and delightful performance by Virender Sehwag in the initial overs of India vs Pakistan match on Wednesday had raised hopes of all the Indians that the team would be setting a target of nothing less than 300 runs.

After Sehwag got out with 38 runs in 25 balls in the 6th over, the run rate of more than 9 crumbled down to slightly above 7. However with Gambhir, Sachin picking up the momentum they brought the run rate to 8.5.

Later, Gambhir went down and Virat Kohli scored less and wasted more balls. The 5th batsman to arrive got out on duck and he was none other than Yuvraj Singh, who has been the World cup’s star performer so far, but couldn’t play a yorker by Wahab Riaz.

The next was the turn of Master blaster, Sachin Tendulkar, who managed to score 85 runs in 115 balls, but his innings wasn’t a glorious one. It was Sachin’s pure luck that he stayed on the pitch. Firstly, he was given benefit of doubt when the Pakistani team appealed against him, being stumped out. Secondly, the Pakistani fielders missed three catches offered by him.

MS Dhoni had a long partnership with Sachin, he went for 25 runs in 42 balls in the 42nd over. Suresh Raina came out as a saviour for India in the last overs. He scored 36 runs for 39 balls without losing his wicket. The rest of the batting order showed no wonders. Harbhajan scored 12 in 15 balls, Zaheer scored 9 in 10 balls, Nehra scored 1 in 2 balls and Munaf Patel did not face any ball.

The Pakistani bowling was let down with Umar Gul giving 21 runs in his second over, Afridi didn’t even give the senior bowler 10 complete overs, and he had to finish up with 8 overs. On other hand Wahab Raiz showed some great bowling by taking 5 wickets in 10 overs and giving 46 runs. He could be called Pakistan’s saviour for the day. Saeed Ajmal took 2 wickets for 44 runs.

Pakistan fielded badly and it looked like as if they had soaked their hands in butter. But, they managed to break the momentum of Indian team in the middle overs. However in the last 5 overs their fielding revived and Pakistan managed to save a lot of runs.

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India vs Sri Lanka final match, can Sachin hold the trophy

Posted March 31, 2011 by merinews
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AFTER ONE of the most exciting matches at PCA stadium in Mohali between India and Pakistan on Wednesday, March 30, all eyes are set on Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, where two host nations will take on each other in the grand final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

It is about 51 hours to go to start the biggest match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai between India and Sri Lanka. Fans of both the teams are excited about the match and pitching for their countries to win the historic trophy. Both the teams have won the world cup once and they are seeking to repeat history. However, for the Indian fans, there is a special attraction to the final as all of them want their beloved Sachin Tendulkar, who is playing his last world cup to hold this trophy as a winner.

It would be one of the greatest gifts to the Little Master if the Indian team manages to win the world cup in Sachin’s home town.

The two finalists of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, India and Sri Lanka won against Pakistan and New Zealand respectively in their semi final matches. In the first semi final match of the Cricket World Cup 2011, Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by five wickets on Tuesday, March 29. On Wednesday, March 30 in the second semi final match, India beat Pakistan by 29 runs.

In the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, both Indian and Sri Lankan openers, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sachin Tendulkar are the top two run getters so far. In the eight matches, Tillakaratne Dilshan has scored 467 runs with an average of 66.71 runs and strike rate of 93.02 and Sachin Tendulkar has scored 464 runs in the same number of matches with an average of 58 and strike rate of 90.98.

Among the top five wicket takers of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, Indian bowling spearhead Zaheer Khan and Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan are in the second and fifth spot with 19 wickets and 15 wickets each in eight matches

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India vs Pakistan Semi Final, Sachin completes 50, Live Updates

Posted March 30, 2011 by merinews
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India reached the 100 mark in the 16th over of the match in the second semi final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 against Pakistan at Mohali’s Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, this afternoon. According to the latest score, Sachin Tendulkar completed his 93rd ODI fifty.
Indian openers Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar opened the Indian inning. Before leaving the crease Sehwag played some good strokes. He was out for 38 runs in 25 balls. Next man Gautam Gambhir scored 27 runs in 32 balls with two fours.
Earlier, Indian captain MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first against Pakistan in the second semi final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
Indian captain has made one change in the playing XI from the quarter final match against Australia. He included left-hand medium pacer Ashish Nehra in place of spinner R. Ashwin.
Pakistani captain Shahid Afridi has retained the same team, who won against West Indies in the quarter final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who announced his retirement from the International Cricket, once again watching the match from dressing room.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Lok Sabha speaker, Bollywood actor Aamir Khan are among the important dignitaries, who are watching India vs Pakistan semi final at PCA Stadium, Mohali.
Here are the playing XI of India and Pakistan in the second semi final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011:
India: Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (capt, wk), Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel.
Pakistan: Kamran Akmal (wk), Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi (capt), Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal.

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India vs Pakistan semi final, ‘Cricket ka Maha Muqabla’

Posted March 29, 2011 by merinews
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THERE ARE only two days to go for the most anticipated match in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. All eyes of cricket lovers from across the globe are on India vs Pakistan semi final match of the Cricket World Cup on Wednesday, March 30, at Mohali’s Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.

Both Indian and Pakistani cricketers know very well the importance of the semi final match of the ongoing Cricket World Cup. All cricketers will have to perform double their potential to beat their opponents.

Captains of both sides will have to maintain calm from toss to the last ball of the match. Both, Dhoni and Afridi, should pick a playing XI according to their performances and the PCA stadium wicket.

In the maha muqabala a sinister element has been added. This is becasue prior to the India vs Pakistan semi final match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has warned his Pakistani team not to indulge in any spot-fixing. He also said that he is keeping a close watch on this aspect.

India vs Pakistan semi final match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 is being describing as the "mother of all Indo-Pak matches" Indian and Pakistani cricket-mad fans are in no mood to listen to any negative result about their country. They want only one thing that their country wins at any cost against their estranged neighbour.

Indian fans are claiming to have Sachin, Sahwag, Yuvraj, Dhoni and Zaheer as their crunch situation performers. The overall record is also in India’s favour.

Then there’s the massive expectation of Sachin scoring his hundredth international hundred against arch-rival Pakistan. For Indian fans and cricket lovers around the world the icing on the cake would be sachin making a dashing century and leading the country to a good win.

But Pakistan is not going to sit on their hanuches and let India dictate proceedings on the field. Players like Afridi, Gul, the Akmal brothers, and their shrewd spinners are going to throw everything they have in their loaded arsenal at the famed Indian batting line-up.

It seems everything is set for the maha muqabla to begin – talent, revenge, pressure, patriotism, landmarks, past record, the setting in Mohali, the distinguished audience, expectation of fans in respective countries and those in tens of other countries – and of course, a place in the final of the ICC 2011 World Cup.

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