The grand day 2 April 2011, India and Sri Lanka will face each other in the final of the ICC cricket world cup 2011. This is the first time that two Asian team will meet each other in the finals of the cricket world cup. This will be the third time both the team have reached the finals of the world cup and interestingly both India and Sri Lanka have won once and lost once in the finals.
Any of the team who wins the game on Saturday will carry home the world cup for the second time. Now one more record can be created if India manage to win the final match it will be first time in the history of the world cup that a host country wins the world cup.
No doubt Sri Lanka will be the toughest opponent India will face in the world cup. Let wait and watch the results of the match which are less than 48 hours from now. Keep yourself tune for the live score updates.
Pakistani batting has just begun and they have scored a boundary in the first delivery of Zaheer Khan. Current Pakistan score is 8 runs in the first over.
Lets see how they chase this target.
The team who will win today will play against Sri Lanka in the final of the 2011 cricket world cup. Please note that all the three Asian teams India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have appeared in world cup finals twice each and have one once and defeated once. Interestingly the second time all the three teams were defeated by Australia.
But this time one of the tree team will have the joy of winning the world cup twice and also equaling the record of two world cup wins by West Indies.
Latest News is that India have won the toss and started well, despite loosing Virendar Sehwag early. Though Sehwag got out on the score of 38 he provided a quick start India score is 68 for 1 in 9 overs.
Please note that New Zealand is the only non-Asian team to enter the semi finals thus it would be intersting to see if the final of the cricket world cup will be played between two Asian team or one asian team play against New Zealand in the finals.
I will keep you update in few moments. Till then bye bye
At the same time New Zealand cricket team has entered the semi finals for the sixth time. The winner of the today's match between Sri Lanka and England will take on New Zealand in the first semi final match of the world cup on Tuesday March 29 whereas the second semi final will be played between India and Pakistan on the next day at Mohali Cricket Stadium in Mohali, Punjab.
Let talk about today's match which is about to begin in few minutes. Both the teams have different playing styles and Sri Lanka may look strong due to home conditions but we should not forger than England cricket team is the winner of T20 world cup and they are playing very good cricket from last few months. Though England have lost to Ireland and had a draw against India, they defeated South Africa, West Indies and other teams convincingly. On their day English team can defeat any team in the world. Let see how luck turn out to be for both the teams.
Latest news is that England won the toss and elected to bat first.
Well unlike the first quarter final of the world cup, second one between Australia and India was a thrilling one day cricket match many one will remember for years to come. Till the last half an hour of the match it was hard to decide which team is going to win the match and no doubt Australia looked better in most of the match but 2 over is a row that cost 25 runs to Australia changed the game. Not only they eased the pressure off for both Yuvraj and Suresh Raina but also bring the required run rate under 6 runs.
It was third man of the match for Yuvraj Singh in this world cup and he is having a wonderful world cup so far. He has been second highest wicket taker for India in the world cup after Zaheer Khan and he has batted sensibly also. So far he has got more than 300 runs in the tournament. Even Suresh Raina proved that his inclusion for today s match was not wrong. The only thing that went wrong for India today and which might be an area of concern to the think tank is the bowling of Munaf Patel. Munaf is neither picking up wicket nor containing the batsmen. It might be good if Indian cricket team can take risk in including Sreesanth who played only single match in the world cup so far.
Now it’s confirmed that India will play Pakistan in the semi-final match at Mohali on 30th March.
Till then we have two more quarter finals and important one comes tomorrow between South Africa and New Zealand at Dhaka. New Zealand has been responsible for sending South Africa out of the world cup tournaments in the past but this time South Africa seem to have learned from their past and it looks more balanced team now. It would be interesting to see the competition between Imran Tahir and Daniel Vettori.
First quarter final between Pakistan and West Indies was a one sided game easily won by Pakistan. Only winning the toss was the last thing happened well to the Caribbean team. There decision to bat first proved to be wrong when the team crashed to a low total but somehow surpassed the lowest total ever by West Indies. 112 runs just too short of a target for Pakistan. Pakistan won the match by 10 wickets.
Now let’s talk about the second quarter final, trust me this is not a quarter final but a kind of mini final or a semi-final game. Both Australia and India are among the top contenders for this cricket world cup and it would be interesting to see which team wins tomorrow. I will keep you all updated about the match throughout the day. So far India don't have an impressing record against Australia in the world cup but one thing must be on the Indian cricketers mind in Pakistan can defeat Australia then they too are capable of doing this.
West Indies on the other hand is not in that good form, some top players are already injured, plus the fact that they didn't defeated any test playing nation in the group stage. Only thing that can ensure a victory for West Indies in the quarter final match is that the top 4 batsmen play well otherwise the middle and lowers batsmen can get our in a socre as low as 20 to 50 runs.
Toss will be a crucial factor for the match and the team batting first will definitely have much more chances of winning the match. I will keep you updated about the match live updates, till then bye bye.
However suspense about who are the other 3 teams that will qualify for the quarter finals along with South Africa from the group B is still maintained. England best West Indies to keep there hopes for the next round live. Now its a virtual quarter final ahead of knock out rounds for West Indies and India who will play against each other on Sunday 20th March.
Now its time for score update Sri Lanka despite gettin a good start ended up with a score of 265/9 in 50 overs. Now lets see if the Kiwi team will be able to chase this score or not. As far as pitch conditions are concerned it will remain a good track to bat despite some assistance to the pace bowlers.
Well both Ireland and Netherlands will play the last matches for the world cup. Even though both the team will fly home after that match as they fail to qualify for the nest round. Still there is difference in the way both the teams play, Netherlands team was unable to cause any impression against the other teams whereas Ireland team not only give a tight competition to the opposition teams they also chased the highest score in world cup tournament so fay by defeating England.
A win here for Ireland will further enhance there chances of getting more support for the team. Interestingly Ireland will also play against Sri Lanka after the world cup when Sri Lankan team will be touring England for one day and test series.
On the other hand in a deciding match between West Indies and England, the West Indies team came back strongly after a very good start by the England team. England was looking good till the 25th over but after that the team collapsed and they might somehow be possible to post a total of 250 runs which England team is capable of defending in a must win match.
Let the case of match today between West Indies and England if West Indies wins the match then it will be good bye time for England. Thus England needs to win the match to remain in the tournament. If West Indies lose the today’s match then they still have the chance to make it to the next round by winning the next and the last match they have against India. Let’s wait which team will qualify for the quarter finals.
Today SOuth Africa beat Ireland by 131 runs and secure their way to the quarter finals.
Other interesting matches ot watch this week:
- England v West Indies on March 17th 2:30 pm IST
- Ireland v Netherlands on March 18th, 9:30 am IST
- N Zealand v Sri Lanka March 18th, 2:30 pm IST
- Bangladesh v Sth Africa, March 19th, 09:00 IST
- Australia v Pakistan March 19th, 2:30 pm IST
- Kenya v Zimbabwe , March 20th 09:30 am IST
- India v West Indies , March 20th 02:30 pm IST
India will definitely need to beat West Indies to qualify for the next round of the world cup 2011.
Lets wait and watch as the match will begin in one hour from now. It'd be interesting to see which players will be choosen for playing 11 for the Indian team.
Yesterday I was expecting Ireland to win the game against West Indies but one decision changed the game for Ireland and Bangladesh win over England made the tournament matches more intersting oncxe again. Now Englan and Bangladesh both will have to win the next matches so as to secure the place for the next round.
West Indes has set a target of 276 runs for the Ireland team and this target seems a tough task but as they have chased 300+ runs against England the Irish team may go for the kill here.
Batting for the Ireland team will begin in 15 minuted from now and if they manage to post a 80 to 100 runs opening partnership we will have a chance to see a close match in the world cup.
Keep a view at the scoreboard.
Cricket wallpapers of the moment:
Sri Lanka has score 248 run in 41.1 overs without loosing any wickets and this game is also heading for a 300+ score.
Now lets see in India will manage to remain at the top of points table tomorrow or not. Watch the next match of India against Netherlands
Indian team looke very poor in bowling and they will need to get a good bowling combination before moving to the knock out rounds of the world cup. Let wait and watch how tomorrows match may go for team India and Netherlands as well. In the mean time New Zealand has accelerated heavily in the slog voers and team score reaching 257 for 6 in 48 overs. Pakistan here played a heavy price for Dropping birthday boy Ross taylor in the very first over he played bowled by Shohaib Akhtar.
For Pakistan it would be ideal if they can pick some quick wickets and manage to restric New Zealand under 250 otherwise it wont be easy for them to chase.
For those who have watched today's match and saw Canada defeating Kenya, one question must have raised in the mind - Will any of the associate team make it to the next round of the ICC world cup 2011. Well I really want one associate team from both the groups to proceed to the quarter finals but chances of this looks very rare. Let see how the tournament progresses.
In the mean while England bowlers failed to cause any early blows to south African batting line up. Though South Africa had a slow start as they score just 38 runs in 9 overs but keepoin in view thy don't have a hug target to achieve this will not bother the captain, coach or the team.
But as they say its not over yet and England team might havea little opprotunity if they can mamage to get some quick early wickets as South African bowlers did. Let wait and watch South African batting is about to begin in 20 mins from now and at the same time its less than 1.5 hours left for next match i.e. India Vs Ireland.
Please note that both these drawn matches will havea great influence on the future of the world cup especially the knock out stages.
Another important match will be played tomorrow between India and Ireland. Ireland who already have won match against England, but I must say team is not riding high on the win as the captain said on pre match conference that they (Ireland team) will
have to make a fresh start for tomorrows match. No matter Indian team looks strong here but the Indian think tank is also worried after Ireland's victory over England.
I am confident of Indian team winning tomorrows match and I want that team India should bat second in tomorrows match as I will want to see how strong batting line up can chase a score. I will keep you updated tomorrows about match progress. Do visit again. In the mean while dont forget to havea look at updated world cup points table.
As expected sri Lanks is playing with 3 spin bowlers, Latish Malinga in for this match while Kuleskera has benn rested.
Aussies are playing with full pace attack and one spinner. Pitch is a good batting track let see how thing progress from here.
No doubt tomorrows match will also decide the fate for Australian fourth consecutive world cup title. Lasith Malinga, Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis are three top guns in bowling Sri Lanka have, I am not sure how many of Australian batsmen will have any special plans to handle the 30 overs to be bowled by these three bowlers.
Though Australia have won the matches against New Zealand and Zimbawe but one should keep in mind the fact that Ausralia lost both the warm up matches hey played against world cup favorties South Africa and India. Luckily for Ricky Ponting both the teams are not in the same group.
Keep logged in to watch the live action of the match between the two teams.
Match one - Zimbawe Vs New Zealand: Its has been noticed that New Zealand team win matches against ICC associate teams by large margin and at the same time they get defeated by world cup hot favorites by same margin. Today New Zealand beat Zimbawe by 10 wickets, they score of 166 was chased easily without loosin a single wicket in 33.3 overs. This win definitely give some boost to New Zealand team and they can now think of moving to the next round of the world cup.
Match two - West Indies Vs Bangladesh: A horrible performance from Bangladesh and this performance one again raises the question if Bangladesh Test status be canceled or not. Bangladesh team managed to score only 58 runs whic West Indies chased easily by loosign just one wicket in less than 15 overs. With this victory West Indies team too looks to be in the next round of the world cup easily.
Some wallpapers from the cricket matches today:
- Fastest century in worl cup history
- Highest 5th wicket partnership
- Highest socre chased in world cup
I must also admit here that this was the most interesting match in the 2011 world cup so far, next best can be rated as the one between India and England played at the same venue last Sunday. England team is having trouble with macthes against under dogs as they had problem with match against Netherlands as well but they somehow managed to escape the Ryan ten Doeschate's onslaughter.
I can now defintely agree with the post match statement od Ireland captain who said the team still can qualify for the nest round of the tournament. They do have thre chances at the same time India and England will definitely have to work harder in comming matches so as they can qualify easily to the next round. India will play Ireland this sunday and this game wll be interesting one to watch now.
World cup match today: Today in world cup Netherlands is playing against the strong South African team who already have scored 284/4 in 46 overs. Now we will have to see if Netherlands can do the same thing as the Irish team did yesterday.
Good luck to the Netherlands team.
Player of the day : Kevin O'Brien
In the mean time South Africa have scored 351/5 in 50 overs and thus set a target hard for Netherlands to achieve.