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 INDIA WIN CRICKET WORLD CUP 2011

 

An inspired India on Saturday night regained the coveted World Cup after 28 years as they suppressed Sri Lanka with a six-wicket victory in a nerve-wrecking final to script a glorious new chapter in their cricketing history.

 

Chasing 275 for a historic win, the Indians held their nerves as they rode on Gautam Gambhir's 97 and Mahendra Singh Dhoni's unbeaten 91 to overhaul the target with 10 balls to spare and send the cricket-crazy nation into a frenzy.

 

The vociferous, jam-packed crowd at the Wankhede stadium erupted in wild celebrations as Dhoni hit the winning six runs to give India their biggest cricketing moment and crown themselves the ODI world champions, in addition to being the number one Test team.

 

The World Cup title triumph, coming as it did after more than two decades, was doubly special for Sachin Tendulkar since it was the only silverware missing from his collection.

 

It was also a fitting farewell to coach Gary Kirsten, for whom it was the last day in office as the Indian coach.

 

It was a momentous Saturday night marked by high emotion and poignant scenes as India, for long the game's financial power, stamped their supremacy on the field as well, eight years after Sourav Ganguly's team had made an abortive attempt to scale the pinnacle.

 

The players, many of them with tears in their eyes, rushed to the ground to hug each other as Dhoni finished it off in style by hitting a six, as fire crackers lit up the evening sky to mark the moment.

 

The highlight of the Lankan innings was Mahela Jayawardene's rollicking 103 as Sri Lanka capitalised on the batting powerplay to post a decent 274 for six.

 

Electing to bat after winning the toss, Jayawardene used his vast experience to good effect and anchored the Lankan innings together.

 

The islanders, desperate to regain the coveted cup after nearly 15 years, lost wickets at regular intervals against the Indians, who were spurred on by a vociferous jam-packed crowd.

 

The Indian bowlers were disciplined in the first half of the innings but conceded as many as 63 runs in the batting powerplay to undo all the good work.

 

Apart from Jayawardene's 88-ball knock, captain Kumar Sangakkara (48) Tillakaratne Dilshan (33) and Nuwan Kulasekara (32) were the other notable performers.

 

The Indian innings began on a disastrous note as the destructive Virender Sehwag was dismissed in the very second ball of the innings with paceman Lasith Malinga scalping the prized wicket.

 

Sehwag was hit on the pads by an incoming delivery by Malinga as he went for a flick. Umpire Aleem Dar ruled him out before he asked for review but television replays showed that the ball would have hit the stumps.

 

Tendulkar, playing in what probably is his last World Cup game, entertained his home crowd with a couple of delightful boundaries while Gambhir also looked for runs at the other end.

 

The Indians suffered a huge jolt went Malinga struck again by dismissing the champion batsman as he snicked an away-going delivery and captain Sangakkara latched on to a low catch. A hushed silence descended on the Wankhede stadium as he started his walk back to the pavilion.

 

Gambhir drove Kulasekara for a boundary in the extra cover region to notch up 4000 ODI runs while Virat Kohli also pulled the bowler to the boundary in the same over.

 

Gambhir was lucky to get a reprieve in spinner Suraj Randiv's first over when Kulasekara dropped him at the long off region.

 

The third-wicket pair of Gambhir and Kohli put on 83 runs before Dilshan broke the partnership by taking a brilliant acrobatic return catch.

 

The out-of-form Dhoni came ahead of Yuvraj to keep the left-right combination going and was immediately given two 'lives' by the Lankans -- first Sangakkara messing up a stumping chance off Muralitharan and then Dilshan dropping a return catch as he collided with non-striker Gambhir.

 

Dhoni, however, made the most of the Sri Lankan lapses to rediscover his form which had deserted him in the mega event.

 

Dhoni and Gambhir scored at a brisk pace to keep India in the hunt.

 

The pair stitched 109 runs for the fourth wicket before Gambhir paid the price for a horrendous stroke, just three runs short of what would have been a well-deserved century.

 

Gambhir made room to cut the ball but missed it completely to see his stumps dislodged.

 

Earlier, both the Indian new ball bowlers bowled a tidy line and length and did not allow the Sri Lankan openers to get off to a flying start while the fielding was also sharp.

 

Pace spearhead Zaheer's first three overs were maidens and that put some pressure on the two Lankan openers who were not being able to capitalise on the powerplay overs.

 

Dilshan broke the stranglehold by hitting the first boundary of the innings in the 5th over by pulling Sreesanth to the square leg fence.

 

In the same over, he produced a delightful cut to the point for his second boundary.

 

Tharanga looked completely out of sorts at the other end as he found it difficult to find the gaps as Zaheer bowled a searching length right through his opening spell.

 

Zaheer drew first blood in his fourth over by evicting Tharanga with an outgoing delivery and Virender Sehwag holding on to diving catch at first slip much to the delight of a capacity crowd at the stadium. Tharanga scored just two runs off 20 balls.

 

The Lankans could manage just 31 runs in the first ten overs, their lowest in the tournament. That was largely because of Zaheer's excellent first spell of 5-3-6-1.

 

Dilshan and Sangakkara put on 43 runs for the second wicket before Harbhajan Singh struck for his team by getting rid of Dilshan (33), who scored 500 runs in the tournament.

 

Dilshan went for a sweep but the ball hit his gloves and lobbed onto his stumps to trigger off wild celebrations in the galleries.

 

Sangakkara and Jayawardene then took upon themselves the task of rebuilding the innings and the duo scored at a decent pace to steer the team to a comfortable position.

 

Yuvraj Singh, who had a dream tournament with both the bat and the ball, was introduced into the attack in the 22nd over but the two experienced batsmen were not really troubled by his left arm spin.

 

It was Yuvraj who finally broke the 62-run third wicket partnership which was assuming dangerous proportions by dismissing Sangakkara who tried to cut a wide ball outside the off stump but only succeeded in edging the ball to Dhoni behind the stump. His knock of 48 came off 67 balls and contained five boundaries.

 

It was left to the well-settled Jayawardene to hold the innings together and he found an able ally in Thilan Samaraweera to take the Sri Lankan total close to the 180 mark.

 

Yuvraj was again instrumental in breaking the fourth- wicket partnership by accounting for Samaraweera. Umpire Simon Taufel turned down the leg before appeal but the Indians went for the referral and television replays showed that the ball would have hit the stumps.

 

New batsman Chamara Kapugedera did not survive long as he offered a simple catch to Suresh Raina at extra cover off a slower delivery from Zaheer, leaving the visitors in a spot of bother at 182 for five.

 

Jayawardene and Nuwan Kulasekara then teamed up ensure that Sri Lanka had a competitive total on the board as they went about accumulating runs in the batting powerplay, which was taken in the last five overs.

 

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Munaf Patel.

 

Sri Lanka: Kumar Sangakkara (capt), Mahela Jayawardene, Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Kapugedera, Suraj Randiv, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Muttiah Muralitharan.

 

Umpires: Simon Taufel (AUS) and Aleem Dar (PAK)

TV umpire: Ian Gould (ENG)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

 

India batsman Yuvraj Singh was on Saturday named as the player of the tournament at the conclusion of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 at Wankhede, Mumbai.


Yuvraj was the unanimous choice of a select group of experts* following his sensational form that helped guide his side to the title before an adoring home crowd. The 29-year-old batted eight innings in the tournament, scoring a total of 362 at an average of 86.19.

He also took 15 wickets at an average of 25.13 and an economy-rate of 5.02 with his more-than-useful slow left-arm bowling.

During their deliberations, the members of the panel discussed several names, highlighting such players as Sri Lanka’s inspirational captain Kumar Sangakkara, joint-top wicket-takers Shahid Afridi of Pakistan and Zaheer Khan of India, as well as leading run-scorer TM Dilshan and Muttiah Muralidaran of Sri Lanka, and AB de Villiers of South Africa. 

 


 
 

 

PlayerMatRunsHSAvg10050
Tillakaratne Dilshan950014455.5622
Sachin Tendulkar948212053.5622
Kumar Sangakkara846511158.1213
Jonathan Trott74229260.2905
Upul Tharanga939513343.8921
 
  
 

 

PlayerMatOvRunsWAvgEco
Shahid Afridi874.32702112.863.62
Zaheer Khan981.33952118.814.85
Tim Southee872.23121817.334.31
Muttiah Muralitharan871.02911519.404.10
Robin Peterson756.02381515.874.25
 

 

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 ICC World Cup 2011 Highlights 
 
India2nd Semi-Final - India v PakistanPakistan
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Sri Lanka1st Semi-Final - Sri Lanka v New ZealandNew Zealand
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Sri Lanka4th Quarter Final - Sri Lanka v EnglandEngland
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New Zealand3rd Quarter Final - New Zealand v South AfricaSouth Africa
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India2nd Quarter Final - India v AustraliaAustralia
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Pakistan1st Quarter Final - Pakistan v West IndiesWest Indies
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India42nd Match, Group B - India v West IndiesWest Indies
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Kenya41st Match, Group A - Kenya v ZimbabweZimbabwe
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Australia40th Match, Group A - Australia v PakistanPakistan
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Bangladesh39th Match, Group B - Bangladesh v South AfricaSouth Africa
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New Zealand38th Match, Group A - New Zealand v Sri LankaSri Lanka
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Ireland37th Match, Group B - Ireland v NetherlandsNetherlands
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England36th Match, Group B - England v West IndiesWest Indies
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Australia35th Match, Group A - Australia v CanadaCanada
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Ireland34th Match, Group B - Ireland v South AfricaSouth Africa
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Pakistan33rd Match, Group A - Pakistan v ZimbabweZimbabwe
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Bangladesh32nd Match, Group B - Bangladesh v NetherlandsNetherlands
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Australia31st Match, Group A - Australia v KenyaKenya
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Canada30th Match, Group A - Canada v New ZealandNew Zealand
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India29th Match, Group B - India v South AfricaSouth Africa
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Bangladesh28th Match, Group B - Bangladesh v EnglandEngland
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Ireland27th Match, Group B - Ireland v West IndiesWest Indies
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Sri Lanka26th Match, Group A - Sri Lanka v ZimbabweZimbabwe
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India25th Match, Group B - India v NetherlandsNetherlands
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New Zealand24th Match, Group A - New Zealand v PakistanPakistan
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Canada23rd Match, Group A - Canada v KenyaKenya
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India22nd Match, Group B - India v IrelandIreland
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England21st Match, Group B - England v South AfricaSouth Africa
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Sri Lanka20th Match, Group A - Sri Lanka v AustraliaAustralia
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Bangladesh19th Match, Group B - Bangladesh v West IndiesWest Indies
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New Zealand18th Match, Group A - New Zealand v ZimbabweZimbabwe
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Canada17th Match, Group A - Canada v PakistanPakistan
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Netherlands16th Match, Group B - Netherlands v South AfricaSouth Africa
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England15th Match, Group B - England v IrelandIreland
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Sri Lanka14th Match, Group A - Sri Lanka v KenyaKenya
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Netherlands13th Match, Group B - Netherlands v West IndiesWest Indies
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Canada12th Match, Group A - Canada v ZimbabweZimbabwe
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India11th Match, Group B - India v EnglandEngland
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Sri Lanka10th Match, Group A - Sri Lanka v PakistanPakistan
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Bangladesh9th Match, Group B - Bangladesh v IrelandIreland
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Australia8th Match, Group A - Australia v New ZealandNew Zealand
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South Africa7th Match, Group B - South Africa v West IndiesWest Indies
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Kenya6th Match, Group A - Kenya v PakistanPakistan
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England5th Match, Group B - England v NetherlandsNetherlands
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Australia4th Match, Group A - Australia v ZimbabweZimbabwe
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Sri Lanka3rd Match, Group A - Sri Lanka v CanadaCanada
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Kenya2nd Match, Group A - Kenya v New ZealandNew Zealand
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India1st Match, Group B - India v BangladeshBangladesh
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 Following are the records which were made during the matches played in this world cup.
  1. Sachin Tendulkar become the Second Player in the History of Cricket to participate in 6 Cricket World Cup Tournament after Javed Miandad (Pakistan).
  2. Virender Sehwag scored his career best score of 175 runs. He got injured in the middle of the match otherwise everyone was guessing about the another innings against the world record of 200 runs by Sachin Tendulkar.
  3. Virender Sehwag becomes the first Indian Batsman to score a century against bangladesh in World Cup matches.
  4. Sachin Tendulkar Become the First Batsman to Score Maximum Centuries in World Cup by Scoring the fifth Century in the India England World Cup Match on 27th Feb 2011.
  5. Sachin Tendulkar Made his 47th ODI Century in the same match against England.
  6. Andrew Strauss becomes the first English Caption to score the highest run against India in Cricket world cup history.
  7. A new world cup record made and that is highest match aggregate in world cup i.e. 676 for 18 wickets ( India Vs England), previous was 671/16 between Australia & South africa on March 24, 2007.
  8. World record by Ireland: Ireland become the first team in history of Cricket world cup to chase the highest score of 327 runs. Its a new record by Ireland Team. ( after defeating England by 3 wickets on 2/Mar/2011.
  9. New ICC Record by K O’Brien:K O’Brien made the Fastest Century in the history of Cricket World Cup in just 50 balls, played verses England on March 2, 2011.
  10. Bangladesh becomes the first team to score lowest total (58 runs, March 4, 2011) against west Indies in any world cup.
  11. New ICC World Cup Record by Yuvraj Singh (India) March 6, 2011 : Yuvi becomes the first Left Arm spinner to take 5 wickets in any World Cup Tournament.
  12. Second Record by Yuvraj March 6, 2011 in the same day: Yuvraj singh became the first player to take 5 wickets and 50 runs in same inning in the history of Cricket.
  13. First time two Asian teams are in final of ICC Cricket World Cup i.e. India and Sri Lanka.
  14. India have played 5 matches with Pakistan in all cricket world cup Tournament and every time India have won the match and in every match Sachin Tendulkar was part of it.


 

   

 

The 14th edition of ICC World Cup cricket tournament will be co-hosted by three South

Asian test playing counties: Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka. ICC World Cup 2011 kicks off with the opening ceremony scheduled to take place at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur in Bangladesh on 17 February 2011. The same venue will host the opening game of the tournament between Bangladesh and India on 19 February. Out of total 49 matches in the tournament, India will host highest 29 games including a quarter final and the tournament final. Sri Lanka will organize 12 matches including a quarter final as well as a semi final, while Bangladesh will stage 8 games including 2 quarter finals. Except the opening game, India will play all of their group stage matches at home; while Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will play the group stage matches in front of their home crowd.

 

India will host its first match on 20 February when Kenya and New Zealand will face each other at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk in Chennai. The first game in Sri Lanka will be held on the same day at Hambantota where Sri Lankan team will take on Canada. Pakistan was one of the co-hosts of the tournament initially, but was stripped off the host status on security ground by ICC. Pakistan will play all of their matches in Sri Lanka unless they reach the semi final. If Pakistan can get into the last four of the tournament, they have to travel to India.

 

Tournament Venues

 

All of the 49 matches will be held in 13 different venues across the three countries. Except two new venues in Sri Lanka (Hambantota and Pallekele), the rest of them are test venues including India’s 8 well-known test grounds. Here, I am giving the names of the venues:

 

India

 

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai,

Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad,

Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur,

Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi,

Eden Gardens, Kolkata,

M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore,

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh,

Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

 

Bangladesh

 

Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka

Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong

 

Sri Lanka

 

Hambantota,

Pallekele,

R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

 

     
 
 CRICKET WORLDCUP 2011 SCHEDULE
 
Warm-up games : will be at least 2-3 for each team before the opening ceremony on 17 February in Dhaka. ICC has announced the dates of practice games.
 

Group A : Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Canada, Kenya.

Group B : India, S Africa, England, West Indies, Bangladesh, Ireland, Holland.    
Match no.
Time
(local)

Date

Teams

Venue

1
14:30


19 Feb

India vs Bangladesh

Dhaka

2
09:30


20 Feb

New Zealand vs Kenya

Chennai

3
14:30
20 Feb

Sri Lanka vs Canada

Hambantota

4
14:30
21 Feb

Australia vs Zimbabwe

Ahmedabad

5
14:30
22 Feb

England vs Netherlands

Nagpur

6
14:30
23 Feb

Pakistan vs Kenya

Hambantota

7
14:30
24 Feb

South Africa vs West Indies

New Delhi

8
09:30
25 Feb

Australia vs New Zealand

Nagpur

9
14:30
25 Feb

Bangladesh vs Ireland

Dhaka

10
14:30
26 Feb

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan

Colombo

11
14:30
27 Feb

India vs England

Kolkata

12
09:30
28 Feb

West Indies vs Netherlands

New Delhi

13
14:30
28 Feb

Zimbabwe vs Canada

Nagpur

14
14:30
1 Mar

Sri Lanka vs Kenya

Colombo

15
14:30
2 Mar

England vs Ireland

Bangalore

16
14:30
3 Mar

South Africa vs Netherlands

Mohali

17
14:30
3 Mar

Pakistan vs Canada

Colombo

18
09:30
4 Mar

New Zealand vs Zimbabwe

Ahmedabad

19
14:30
4 Mar

Bangladesh vs West Indies

Dhaka

20
14:30
5 Mar

Sri Lanka vs Australia

Colombo

21
09:30
6 Mar

India vs Ireland

Bangalore

22
14:30
6 Mar

England vs South Africa

Chennai

23
14:30
7 Mar

Kenya vs Canada

New Delhi

24
14:30
8 Mar

Pakistan vs New Zealand

Pallekelle

25
14:30
9 Mar

India vs Netherlands

New Delhi

26
14:30
10 Mar

Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe

Pallekelle

27
09:30
11 Mar

West Indies vs Ireland

Mohali

28
14:30
11 Mar

Bangladesh vs England

Chittagong

29
14:30
12 Mar

India vs South Africa

Nagpur

30
09:30
13 Mar

New Zealand vs Canada

Mumbai

31
14:30
13 Mar

Australia vs Kenya

Bangalore

32
09:30
14 Mar

Pakistan vs Zimbabwe

Pallekelle

33
14:30
14 Mar

Bangladesh vs Netherlands

Chittagong

34
14:30
15 Mar

South Africa vs Ireland

Kolkata

35
14:30
16 Mar

Australia vs Canada

Bangalore

36
14:30
17 Mar

England vs West Indies

Chennai

37
09:30
18 Mar

Sri Lanka vs New Zealand

Mumbai

38
14:30
18 Mar

Ireland vs Netherlands

Kolkata

39
09:30
19 Mar

Australia vs Pakistan

Colombo

40
14:30
19 Mar

Bangladesh vs South Africa

Dhaka

41
09:30
20 Mar

Zimbabwe vs Kenya

Kolkata

42
14:30
20 Mar

India vs West Indies

Chennai

43
14:30
23 Mar

First Quarterfinal

Dhaka

44
14:30
24 Mar

Second Quarterfinal

Colombo

45
14:30
25 Mar

Third Quarterfinal

Dhaka

46
14:30
26 Mar

Fourth Quarterfinal

Ahmedabad

47
14:30
29 Mar

First Semifinal

Colombo

48
14:30
30 Mar

Second Semifinal

Mohali

49
14:30
02 Apr

FINAL

Mumbai

                  

 
CRICKET WORLD CUP HISTORY
 
List of World Cup Cricket Winners till date

Now that we are in the world cup cricket mood, here are some facts, trivia about Cricket World cup finals. World cup tournament was conducted 9 times before the 2011 and the winners of the same are as follows:

2011 Cricket finals - played in Mumbai,India 

India vs Sri Lanka - India won by 6 wickets

 
2007 Cricket finals – played in West Indies
Australia vs Sri Lanka – Australia won by 53 Runs – Duckworth Lewis method

 

2003 Cricket finals – played in South Africa
Australia vs India – Australia won by 125 Runs

 

1999 Cricket finals – played in England
Australia vs Pakistan – Australia won by 8 Wickets

 

1996 Cricket Finals – played in Pakistan
Sri Lanka vs Australia – Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets

 

1992 Cricket Finals – played in Australia
Pakistan vs England – Pakistan won by 22 runs

 

1987 Cricket Finals – played in India
Australia vs England – Australia won by 7 runs

 

1983 Cricket Finals – played in England 
India vs West Indies – India won by 43 runs

 

1979 Cricket Finals – played in England
West Indies vs England – West Indies won by 92 runs

 

1976 Cricket Finals – played in England
West Indies vs England – West Indies won by 17 runs

 



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