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Posted by anccricket on April 2, 2011 at 4:19 PM Comments comments (1)

MUMBAI: 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)


Posted by anccricket on September 28, 2010 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (1)


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:



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



Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka

Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong


Sri Lanka



R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo


Format of the Tournament

There are 14 teams who will be participating in the tournament including 10 test playing nations and 4 associate member countries. The test playing teams have automatically qualified for the tournament, while the 4 associate members have come through the qualifying tournament held in South Africa earlier this year. The four associate members are: Ireland, Canada, Netherlands and Kenya.

The format of ICC World Cup 2011 is not same to that of the previous world cup that took place in West Indies in 2007. All of the 14 teams are divided into two groups of 7 teams each. In the group stage, each team will play against all other group members once in a round robin league system.


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

Group B: India, South Africa, England, West Indies, Bangladesh, Ireland and Netherlands.


In 2007 world cup, there was a ‘Super Eight’ phase involving 8 teams who qualified through group stage, and four best teams from ‘Super Eight’ progressed to the semi final. However, there is no super eight phase in 2011 world cup. In stead, top four teams from each group in terms of points achieved will qualify for the quarter final. There are four quarter finals scheduled to take place on 23 March, 24 March, 25 March and 26 March. That means knock out stage starts just after the group stage. Four winners of the four quarter finals will get into the semi final of the tournament. The winners of the semi finals will meet each other in the tournament final at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on 2 April 2009.


The probable reason behind the format change is perhaps to ensure that each of the participating teams play at least 6 games even if they fail to qualify for the quarter final. Last year, two test playing nations: India and Pakistan- failed to reach the ‘Super Eight’ round and had to go back home, having played only 2 matches. The early exit of the two cricket powerhouses caused huge loss for the TV channels, sponsors as well as for those who bought time slots for TV commercials beforehand to promote their products. That is why, ICC has now ensured that each of the teams will play at least 6 games in the 2011 tournament.


Here, I am giving the full schedule of the ICC World Cup 2011 tournament:



Sat Feb 19 1st match - India v Bangladesh

Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

Sun Feb 20 3rd match - Sri Lanka v Canada

Hambantota International Cricket Stadium

Sun Feb 20 2nd match - Kenya v New Zealand

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

Mon Feb 21 4th match - Australia v Zimbabwe

Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad

Tue Feb 22 5th match - England v Netherlands

Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur

Wed Feb 23 6th match - Kenya v Pakistan

Hambantota International Cricket Stadium

Thu Feb 24 7th match - South Africa v West Indies

Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

Fri Feb 25 9th match - Bangladesh v Ireland

Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

Fri Feb 25 8th match - Australia v New Zealand

Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur

Sat Feb 26 10th match - Pakistan v Sri Lanka

R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Sun Feb 27 11th match - India v England

Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Mon Feb 28 12th match - Netherlands v West Indies

Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

Mon Feb 28 13th match - Canada v Zimbabwe

Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur

Tue Mar 1 14th match - Kenya v Sri Lanka

R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Wed Mar 2 15th match - England v Ireland

M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Thu Mar 3 17th match - Canada v Pakistan

R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Thu Mar 3 16th match - Netherlands v South Africa

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh

Fri Mar 4 19th match - Bangladesh v West Indies

Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

Fri Mar 4 18th match - New Zealand v Zimbabwe

Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad

Sat Mar 5 20th match - Australia v Sri Lanka

R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Sun Mar 6 21st match - India v Ireland

M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Sun Mar 6 22nd match - England v South Africa

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

Mon Mar 7 23rd match - Canada v Kenya

Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

Tue Mar 8 24th match - New Zealand v Pakistan

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium

Wed Mar 9 25th match - India v Netherlands

Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

Thu Mar 10 26th match - Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium

Fri Mar 11 28th match - Bangladesh v England

Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong

Fri Mar 11 27th match - Ireland v West Indies

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh

Sat Mar 12 29th match - India v South Africa

Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur

Sun Mar 13 30th match - Canada v New Zealand

Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Sun Mar 13 31st match - Australia v Kenya

M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Mon Mar 14 33rd match - Bangladesh v Netherlands

Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong

Mon Mar 14 32nd match - Pakistan v Zimbabwe

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium

Tue Mar 15 34th match - Ireland v South Africa

Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Wed Mar 16 35th match - Australia v Canada

M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Thu Mar 17 36th match - England v West Indies

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

Fri Mar 18 37th match - New Zealand v Sri Lanka

Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Fri Mar 18 38th match - Ireland v Netherlands

Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Sat Mar 19 40th match - Bangladesh v South Africa

Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

Sat Mar 19 39th match - Australia v Pakistan

R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Sun Mar 20 41st match - Kenya v Zimbabwe

Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Sun Mar 20 42nd match - India v West Indies

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

Wed Mar 23 Quarter Final - TBC v TBC

Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

Thu Mar 24 Quarter Final - TBC v TBC

R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Fri Mar 25 Quarter Final - TBC v TBC

Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

Sat Mar 26 Quarter Final - TBC v TBC

Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad

Tue Mar 29 Semi Final - TBC v TBC

R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Wed Mar 30 Semi Final - TBC v TBC

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh

Sat Apr 2 Final - TBC v TBC

Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai