Monday, February 26, 2024

India power to World Cup triumph

India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in a pulsating final to deliver World Cup glory to their cricket-mad population for the first time since 1983. Sri Lanka smashed 91 from their last 10 overs to post 274-6 in Mumbai, with Mahela Jayawardene making a superb 103

Battle for glory

India-Sri Lanka WC final today The curtain will fall on cricket’s biggest event today. Besides some fortunate ones who have got the precious tickets to watch the match from the stands, billion of cricket-mad people around the world will stay glued to their TV screens when India lock horns with Sri Lanka in the all-Asian ... Read more

Muralitharan’s mom-in-law will cheer both teams

Mumbai:  When Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan played his last Test match (vs. India at Galle, in July last year), he had invited his Indian mother-in-law, Dr. Nithiya Rammurthy, to witness his 800th wicket. She will be in Mumbai on Saturday for the World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka. “My daughter, Madhi, will obviously ... Read more

It’s India vs SL in the final

Hosts edge out arch-rivals Pakistan in tense battle An atypical Sachin Tendulkar, a menacing Munaf Patel and a wily spell of spin bowling from Harbhajan Singh propelled India into the final of the 2011 World Cup, with a hard fought 29 win over arch-rivals Pakistan at Mohali yesterday. India will now face Sri Lanka in ... Read more

SL set all-Asia final

The Colombo sky was ablaze with fireworks last night as Sri Lanka fought their way over murky waters and into the World Cup final, giving their legend Muttiah Muralidaran a fitting farewell from international cricket. The five-wicket win was not an easy ride, thanks to a late rally by New Zealand at the flashbulb-laden R ... Read more

More than a semi

The World Cup 2011 will reach its zenith as the two fiercest rivals of world cricket, India and Pakistan, square off against each other in a semifinal match in Mohali today. The excitement has already reached fever pitch, with Indian police leaving no stone unturned to ensure peaceful progress of a match where both the ... Read more

Kiwis clinch semi-final place

New Zealand sealed their place in the March 29 semi-finals in Colombo, Sri Lanka, after stunning South Africa by 49 runs in the third quarter-final match at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka on Friday. The protease were bowled out for 172 runs in 43.2 overs as a gritty Jacob Oram captured four wickets followed ... Read more

Champs gone

India set up semis with Pakistan Yuvraj Singh smashed an unbeaten half-century under pressure as India dispatched defending champions Australia from the World Cup with a five-wicket win at Ahmedabad yesterday. Their victory set up a dream semifinal against archrivals Pakistan at Mohali on March 30. It had looked to be slipping away from the ... Read more

S Africa-New Zealand quarter-final today

The curtain on the six-week long World Cup fiesta will fall in Bangladesh with South Africa facing New Zealand in a quarter-final match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium today. The carnival began here on February 12 with the Bangladesh-Canada warm-up game in Chittagong and it has gone through a lot of highs and lows before ... Read more

Pakistan outplay Windies to storm into semis

Dhaka: Pakistan thrashed West Indies by ten wickets to move into the World Cup semi-finals here at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur on Wednesday. Chasing an easy target of 113 runs, openers Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez completed the Pakistan victory without being separated, in just 20.5 overs

Afridi leaves Imran behind

It is still too early to think that Shahid Afridi can emulate Imran Khan by leading Pakistan to their second World Cup trophy, but he did at least one thing better than his legendary countryman on Wednesday. With his 4-30 against the West Indies in the first quarter-final, Afridi overtook Imran to become Pakistan’s most ... Read more

WC set for knock-out stage

Pakistan take on Windies today The much-anticipated knock-out phase of the World Cup is set for a cracking start as unpredictable Pakistan take on a youthful West Indian side in the first quarter-final in Dhaka today. More than a semi-final place will be at stake for Pakistan, who missed out on a second-round place in ... Read more

Only good-looking cops for World Cup final

smh.com.au Only good-looking police officers will be allowed to work on security for the cricket World Cup final in Mumbai, the city’s police commissioner has reportedly said. Arup Patnaik told senior officers during a briefing that he wanted only “tall, well-built and slim policemen” to be working on April 2 when the last match of ... Read more

Pak, Windies in city to play first quarterfinals

Dhaka: Pakistan and West Indies teams arrived in Dhaka on Monday evening to take part in the first quarter-final match of the ICC Cricket World Cup to be held at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on March 23. Pakistan team led by the mercurial all-rounder Shahid Afridi arrived in the capital directly from Sri Lanka. ... Read more

West Indies team to get ‘state-level’ security

The security personnel have spread a safety blanket ranking to ‘state-level’ for the West Indies team in an attempt to ensure a hassle free quarter-final match of the Cricket World Cup 2011 tomorrow, officials confirmed. To avoid repetition of the embarrassing March 4 like incident, the security experts are asked to

Struggling Aussies face knock-out clash with India

The Sydney Morning Herald Australia will fly from Sri Lanka to India facing arguably the most daunting challenge of the cricket World Cup: beating India in a knock-out quarter-final on its own turf. India’s stuttering victory over the West Indies overnight gave it a second-placed finish in group B, ensuring it would be drawn against a ... Read more

Defeat spoils Tamim’s birthday party

Mumbai:  Tamim Iqbal, who turned 22 on Sunday, accepted the congratulatory message, saying, “Thank you”,  to this scribe. Had Bangladesh won its crucial World Cup match against South Africa on Saturday, the team could have had a grand party and his birthday celebration as well. “After leaving the team hotel, he preferred to celebrate the ... Read more

Gloomy face all over after sad exit

Dhaka: The euphoria which gripped the country for the last one month is over now. Bangladesh are now a mere spectator of the cricket’s showcase event in their own den as they will hold two quarterfinal matches on March 23 and 25. Surroundings of Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) are beautifully lit up on the ... Read more

Tigers’ WC dream shattered

The Proteas proved far too strong for the Tigers who failed firstly to check South Africa’s run making and later to withstand their bowling attack, folding for only 78 and thus ending their Cricket World Cup dream at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Saturday. South Africa secured its place at the top on the ... Read more