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Super 8, Match 15, SL vs NZ: Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 6 wickets

Sri Lanka Cricket team New Zealand Cricket team Sri Lanka ended New Zealand's unbeaten World Cup run and moved to within sight of the last four with a comfortable six-wicket Super 8 victory in Grenada.
Scott Styris made an unbeaten 111 as the Black Caps laboured to a modest total of 219-7 from their 50 overs. Chaminda Vaas took 3-33 and Muttiah Muralitharan 3-32 for Sri Lanka.
In reply, Sanath Jayasuriya made 64 before Kumar Sangakkara guided Sri Lanka home with almost five overs to spare with an unbeaten 69. Reported Earlier: Scott Styris gritty knock of 111 in 157 balls helped an otherwise unimpressive New Zealand post 219 for 7 in their allotted 50 overs in the World Cup Super Eight match against Sri Lanka at the Grenada National Stadium.
Styris held the New Zealand innings together but his partners deserted him in the efforts at regular intervals. Murali dismissed Brendon McCullum(1) and Daniel Vettori(5) in quick succession around the 40th over taking his tally in the match to three. Vaas also managed 3 wickets in his 10 overs. Reported Earlier: New Zealand have won the toss against Sri Lanka in Grenada and have elected to bat first.
Sri Lanka will be without paceman Lasith Malinga, who misses out with an ankle ligament injury, and his place goes to Farveez Maharoof.
Batsman Ross Taylor is recalled by New Zealand after missing their last four matches with a hamstring injury. He replaces Hamish Marshall in the line-up, while seamer Mark Gillespie is preferred to spinner Jeetan Patel. Sri Lanka team: W U Tharanga, S T Jayasuriya, D P M D Jayawardene, K C Sangakkara, L P C Silva, T M Dilshan, R P Arnold, W P U J C Vaas, M F Maharoof, C R D Fernando, M Muralitharan
New Zealand team: P G Fulton, S P Fleming, R L Taylor, S B Styris, C McMillan, J D P Oram, B B McCullum, D L Vettori, J E C Franklyn, S E Bond, M R Gillespie
World Cup Super 8, Match 15, Grenada: Sri Lanka 222-4 (45.1 overs) beat New Zealand 219-7 (50.0 overs) by 6 wickets

Super 8, Match 15, SL vs NZ: Malinga out of New Zealand match

Sri Lanka Cricket team New Zealand Cricket team Lasith Malinga, the leading bowler at the World Cup, has been ruled out of Sri Lanka's Super Eights clash against New Zealand on Thursday with an ankle injury.
Malinga, who missed practice Tuesday, trained at the Grenada National Stadium on Wednesday and bowled just three deliveries at reduced pace. He was then seen sitting in the stand with his left ankle heavily strapped. Malinga, whose distinctive slingy action makes him difficult to face, tops the tournament bowling averages with 15 wickets at an average of under 15 apiece.
Against South Africa, in a Super Eights match in Guyana last month, he became the first bowler to take four wickets in four balls in an international fixture. Farveez Maharoof or Nuwan Kulasekara, both right-arm ace bowlers, are the leading contenders to take the 23-year-old Malinga's place in the side. New Zealand, yet to win the World Cup, top the Super Eights table on run-rate ahead of champions Australia the only other unbeaten side in the tournament. Sri Lanka team (from): Upul Tharanga, Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara (Wicket Keeper), Mahela Jaywardene (Captain), Chamara Silva, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Russel Arnold, Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharan, Dilhara Fernando, Farveez Maharoof, Nuwan Kulasekara
New Zealand team (from): Stephen Fleming (Captain), Peter Fulton, Ross Taylor, Hamish Marshall, Scott Styris, Craig McMillan, Jacob Oram, Brendon McCullum (Wicket Keeper), Daniel Vettori, James Franklin, Shane Bond, Jeetan Patel, Mark Gillespie

Super 8, Match 14, ENG vs BAN: England beat Bangladesh by 4 wickets

England Cricket team Bangladesh Cricket team England produced a hugely disappointing batting performance as they struggled to a four-wicket win over Bangladesh.
Chasing a target of only 144, they made heavy weather of their task after losing opener Ian Bell for a duck. Michael Vaughan (30) and Andrew Flintoff (23) again looked well below their best but England eventually wrapped things up in the 45th over. Reported Earlier: Fast bowler Sajid Mahmood and left arm spinner Monty Panesar bagged three wickets apiece to bowl out Bangladesh for just 143 in the crucial Super 8 match at the Kensington Oval on Wednesday.
England required just 37.2 overs to skittle out their rivals as seamers enjoyed the bounce of the Barbados wicket, which was being use for the first time in the World Cup. It was evident that Bangladesh were ill-equipped to cope with quality of the English attack and Panesar removed the tail-enders after the top order had been blow away. Reported Earlier: England skipper Michael Vaughan won the toss and opted to field first in their crucial Super Eight game aginst giant killers Bangladesh.
Bangladesh skipper Habibul Bashar had lost the toss even against the South Africans and was asked to bat first much to their delight. Bangladesh would be expecting a similar performance against an out of form England who are set to crash out of the World Cup Bangladesh hope their spin king trio can bamboozle England, just like they did South Africa, and boost their bid for a World Cup semi-final place on Wednesday. England team: M P Vaughan, I R Bell, A J Strauss, K P Pietersen, P D Collingwood, A Flintoff, R S Bopara, P A Nixon, S I Mahmood, M S Panesar, J M Anderson
Bangladesh team: Shahriar Nafees, Tamim Iqbal, Habibul Bashar, Saqibul Hasan, Mohammad Ashraful, Aftab Ahmed, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Rafique, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Syed Rasel
World Cup Super 8, Match 14, Barbados: England 147-6 (44.5 overs) beat Bangladesh 143 all out (37.2 overs) by 4 wickets

Super 8, Match 14, ENG vs BAN: Bangladesh could snap England in a super eight game in Barbados

England Cricket team Bangladesh Cricket team A rejuvenated Bangaldesh, who shocked South Africa in their last match meet England is a Super Eight match of the World Cup at Barbados on Wednesday.
Defeat by Australia has left England with an uphill task of reaching the semi-finals while the Tigers will be looking to add another upset to their growing list. England's bowling attack has been performing reasonably well and the chief concern at the moment is the lack of runs from skipper Michael Vaughan and allrounder Andrew Flintoff.
Vaughan is averaging only 13 in the tournament, and coach Duncan Fletcher said: "He probably just puts pressure on himself, knowing as captain he has to go out there and get runs. "I believe he is a good one-day batsman, but he has got to get back to realising his true potential, Fletcher was quoted as saying to BBC.
Mohammad Rafique and Abdur Razzak are a threat for Bangladesh as their off spinners could create doubt in the minds of English batsmen. "The English team has some good players but they are not playing well at the World Cup, so it will not be impossible to beat them," Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar said on the eve of the match. "If we can get the same kind of wicket as we had in Guyana, our spinners can repeat that [performance], but England also have some pretty good players who score runs against spinners," he added. England team (from): M Vaughan (Captain), I Bell, A Strauss, K Pietersen, P Collingwood, A Flintoff, R Bopara, P Nixon (Wicket Keeper), S Mahmood, M Panesar, J Anderson, E Joyce, L Plunkett, J Dalrymple, S Broad.
Bangladesh team (from): Habibul Bashar (Captain), Javed Omar, Tamim Iqbal, Aftab Ahmed, Mohammad Ashraful, Saqibul Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (Wicket Keeper) Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Mohammad Rafique, Abdur Razzak, Syed Rasel, Shahriar Nafees, Farhad Reza, Rajin Saleh, Shahadat Hossain.

No breakthrough in Woolmer case

Investigators have not made any breakthroughs into the killing of Pakistan World Cup coach Bob Woolmer, more than three weeks after he was found strangled to death, police spokesman Karl Angell said on Tuesday.

Super 8, Match 13, SA vs WI: South Africa beat West Indies by 67 runs

South Africa Cricket team West Indies Cricket team West Indies saw their World Cup dreams all but ended after a crushing 67-run defeat against South Africa in Grenada.
A fantastic innings by Ramnaresh Sarwan came to an abrupt end when Pollock caught him off the bowling of Ntini for 92. Sarwan missed out on a well-deserved hundred as the West Indian hopes of making a comeback went awry with the fall of his wicket. It was the turn of the South African captain, Graeme Smith, to come to the party when he got Denesh Ramdin caught at short mid-wicket by Peterson for 4. Bravo lost his wicket to Pollock when he tried to lift one above short mid-wicket but was caught brilliantly by Gibbs for 6. He was soon followed by Pollard who lost his middle-stump to Kallis for 10.
Brian Lara was the next man to go for the West Indies when he gave charge to Kallis but ended up losing his stumps. Kallis struck early getting the big West Indian fish for 21 runs. After a flurry a runs both Devon Smith and Chris Gayle departed in quick succession. It was a stroke of bad luck for the West Indians who were scoring at a prolific rate till now. The loss of these two stroke-makers has caused a severe setback to the home team. Shivnarine Chanderpaul became the first casualty of West Indies as they started the mammoth run chase of 357 runs against South Africa. Graeme Smith took an easy catch and Shaun Pollock an easy wicket as Chanderpaul drove the ball in hunger for runs. Chanderpaul made just 4 runs from 7 balls. Reported Earlier: South Africa put behind them their shocking loss to Bangladesh the other day with a superlative batting performance to post a mammoth 356-4 in 50 overs against a hapless West Indian bowling attack in a Super Eight match at Grenada on Tuesday.
Skipper Brian Laras decision to insert South Africa into bat seemed momentarily justified when Correy Collymore sent back rival captain Graeme Smith just for 7 in after 7 overs. West Indies moment of joy proved to be short lived as what followed thereafter was total massacre as the Proteas top order led by AB de Villiers magnificent 146 off 130 balls paved the way for a huge total. Reported Earlier: West Indies have decided to bowl first after winning the toss against South Africa in a must-win Super 8 game of the World Cup at National Cricket Stadium,Grenada.
The Windies have decided to go into this game with Corey Collymore , who would be replacing Jerome Taylor. The Proteas have made two changes to their side, Charle Langeveldt and Justin Kemp have been kept out and they would be replaced by Andrew Hall and Loots Bosman. South Africa team: G C Smith, A B de Villiers, J H Kallis, H H Gibbs, A G Prince, L L Bosman, M V Boucher, S M Pollock, A J Hall, A Nel, M Ntini
West Indies team: S Chanderpaul, C H Gayle, R R Sarwan, D S Smith, B C Lara, D J Bravo, K A Pollard, D Ramdin, I D R Bradshaw, D B Powell, C D Collymore
World Cup Super 8, Match 13, Grenada: South Africa 356-4 (50.0 overs) beat West Indies 289-9 (50.0 overs) by 67 runs

Super 8, Match 13, SA vs WI: West Indies face South Africa in a must win super 8 game in Grenada

South Africa Cricket team West Indies Cricket team West Indies meet South Africa in a must-win Super Eight game in Grenada on Tuesday to keep their hopes alive of staying in contentions for a semi-final berth of the World Cup. A defeat to Proteas will shut their chances of progressing beyond the Super 8s as the home team is yet to win a second round match following their downfall against Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. South Africa too will be aiming at recovering from their shock loss to Bangladesh on Saturday and would be hoping to be back on track for a semis berth. Going by records, South Africa have lost just six times in 21 one-day internationals to West Indies this decade and more significantly, they triumphed 5-0 in a one-day series in the Caribbean in 2005. South Africa team (from): G Smith (Captain), J Kallis, L Bosman, M Boucher, AB de Villiers, H Gibbs, A Hall, J Kemp, C Langeveldt, A Nel, M Ntini, R Peterson, S Pollock, A Prince, R Telemachus.
West Indies team (from): B Lara (Captain), R Sarwan, C Gayle, Dwayne Smith, S Chanderpaul, D Bravo, M Samuels, I Bradshaw, C Collymore, J Taylor, D Ramdin, Devon Smith, L Simmons, D Powell, K Pollard.

Super 8, Match 12, NZ vs IRL: New Zealand beat Ireland by 129 runs

New Zealand Cricket team Ireland Cricket team Brothers Niall and Kevin O'Brien shared a 75-run stand but Ireland lost to New Zealand by 129 runs as the Black Caps kept up their 100% winning record.
Hamish Marshall's throw did for Kevin, who had hit three huge sixes in his 47. But when Niall fell to Jeetan Patel, it sparked a late-order collapse as the Irish lost their last six wickets for just nine runs. Reported Earlier: Peter Fulton fell short of a second ODI ton as New Zealand stuttered in a rain-interrupted game with Ireland, making 263-8 off their 50 overs.
Fulton underpinned the innings but was trapped lbw by Kyle McCallan for 83. But a late assault by Brendon McCullum (47) and James Franklin (34 not out) boosted the Black Caps' score. Dave Langford-Smith (2-41) was impressive with the ball for Ireland, while McCallan and Andrew White also picked up two wickets apiece. New Zealand team: P G Fulton, S P Fleming, H J H Marshall, S B Styris, C D McMillan, J D P Oram, B B McCullum, D L Vettori, J E C Franklin, S E Bond, J S Patel
Ireland team: J P Bray, W T S Porterfield, E J G Morgan, N J O'Brien, A R White, P G Gillespie, K J O'Brien, D T Johnston, W K McCallan, D Langford-Smith, W B Rankin
World Cup Super 8, Match 12, Guyana: New Zealand 263-8 (50.0 overs) beat Ireland 134-10 (37.4 overs) by 129 runs

Super 8, Match 12, NZ vs IRL: Bracewell wary of Irish scrappers

New Zealand Cricket team Ireland Cricket team New Zealand coach John Bracewell is wary of the challenge of World Cup debutants Ireland on Monday because they are a mirror image of his own team.
Ireland, who progressed to the Super Eights after a shock win over 1992 champions Pakistan in the group stage, are expected to finish last in the second-stage round robin as they have 12 amateurs in their 15-man squad. Bracewell's observations of Ireland came after their coach Adrian Birrell worked with him while Bracewell was employed at English county team Gloucestershire, then the leading one-day team in England. New Zealand team (from): S Fleming (Captain), P Fulton, H Marshall, R Taylor, S Styris, C McMillan, J Oram, B McCullum (Wicket Keeper), D Vettori, S Bond, J Franklin, M Gillespie, J Patel, M Mason, C Martin.
Ireland team (from): T Johnston (Captain), J Bray, W Porterfield, E Morgan, N O'Brien (Wicket Keeper), A Botha, K O'Brien, A White, K McCallan, D Langford-Smith, B Rankin, P Mooney, J Mooney, P Gillespie, K Carroll.

Super 8, Match 11, AUS vs ENG: Australia beat England by 7 wickets

Australia Cricket team England Cricket team Australia cruised to comfortable seven wicket win over England in Antigua despite a maiden World Cup century for Kevin Pietersen in Antigua. Reported Earlier: The mighty Australians made sure that they would give England a hard time as they bundled the latter for the score of 247 runs in 49.5 overs. Englands batting order tumbled instantly as they lost one too many wickets while attaining the score of 247 runs. Reported Earlier: In a key match that would decide Englands fate in the World Cup, England has won the toss and has elected to bat first. Michael Vaughan has confided in Andrew Strauss as the latter is included in the team. Australia team: A C Gilchrist, M L Hayden, R T Ponting, M J Clarke, A Symonds, M E K Hussey, B J Hodge, G B Hogg, N W Bracken, S W Tait, G D McGrath
England team: M P Vaughan, A J Strauss, I R Bell, K P Pietersen, P D Collingwood, A Flintoff, R S Bopara, P A Nixon, S I Mahmood, J M Anderson, M S Panesar
World Cup Super 8, Match 11, Antigua & Barbuda: Australia 248-3 (47.2 overs) beat England 247-10 (49.5 overs) by 7 wickets

Super 8, Match 11, AUS vs ENG: Australia ready to shatter England's hopes

Australia Cricket team England Cricket team Rampant Australia take on struggling England in the World Cup Super Eights on Sunday knowing a victory could severely damage their old rivals' chances of making the semi-finals.
The defending champions have won every game so far on their impressive march towards the last four while England have lost to New Zealand and Sri Lanka and looked unconvincing in wins over non-test playing nations Canada, Kenya and Ireland. A defeat for England would mean they would have to win their last three matches against Bangladesh, South Africa and hosts West Indies but also hope other results go their way.
One of the few positives England can take into the game is the memory of their victory over Australia in the tri-series earlier this year, where they won four games on the bounce to claim the title. England will also be enthused by the performance of Ravi Bopara and Paul Nixon in Wednesday's nailbiting two-run defeat by Sri Lanka. The duo put on 87 for the seventh wicket to pull England back into the game when all seemed lost.
Changes to the line-up are expected though with the so far ignored Andrew Strauss poised to come in for struggling opener Ed Joyce. Australia will make an alteration too, but only because of all-rounder Shane Watson's calf injury. Batsman Brad Hodge is likely to take his place. Australia team (from): R Ponting (Captain), M Hayden, A Gilchrist (Captain), M Clarke, A Symonds, B Hodge, M Hussey, B Hogg, N Bracken, G McGrath, S Tait, M Johnson, S Clark.
England team (from): M Vaughan (Captain), E Joyce, A Strauss, I Bell, K Pietersen, P Collingwood, A Flintoff, P Nixon (Wicket Keeper), R Bopara, S Mahmood, M Panesar, J Anderson, J Dalrymple, L Plunkett, S Broad.

Super 8, Match 10, SA vs BAN: Bangladesh beat South Africa by 67 runs

South Africa Cricket team Bangladesh Cricket team Bangladesh outplayed the mighty South Africa and notched up their third victory of the World Cup, and their first of the Super Eight stage at Guyana on Saturday.
Set 252 for victory, the Worlds top-ranked side caved in quite inexplicably and lost the match by 67 runs as Bangladesh, after beating India earlier in the group-opener, once again lived up to their reputation of being the giant killers. Bangladesh recorded their first win against South Africa as they managed to skittle their famed rivals for 184 in 48.3 overs. Reported Earlier: Bangladesh surprised the Africans with a late fight back led by youngster M Ashraful who literary toyed around with an experienced South African bowling line up as he scored a brilliant 87 from just 83 balls. He was finally dismissed by Nel who led the African attack with a 5 wicket haul.
Bangladesh scored an inspiring 251 to take the challenge to the opposition camp.Earlier, after M Rahim was run out by Kemp, Bangladesh were struggling to reach a defendable total before Asraful and Mortaza started turning things around. After a brilliant spell of fast bowling by Andre Nel and Pollock, Bangladesh survived the middle over scare thanks to a spirited fight back by M Ashraful and Aftab Ahmed Reported Earlier: South African captain Graeme Smith won the toss in their crucial World Cup Super Eights match in Georgetown.Smith elected to field against an unpredictable Bangladeshi team.
Bangladesh were at their most confident in their five-wicket win over India in a Group B match in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad on March 17. That shock reverse led to the 1983 champions' first-round elimination. South Africa team: Graeme Smith (Captain), A.B. de Villiers, Jacques Kallis, Herschelle Gibbs, Ashwell Prince, Justin Kemp, Mark Boucher, Shaun Pollock, Andre Nel, Charl Langeveldt, Makhaya Ntini
Bangladesh team: Javed Omar, Tamim Iqbal, Habibul Bashar (Captain), Aftab Ahmed, Saqibul Hasan, Mohammad Ashraful, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Rafique, Mashrafee Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Syed Rasel.
World Cup Super 8, Match 10, Guyana: Bangladesh 251-8 (50.0 overs) beat South Africa 184-10 (48.4 overs) by 67 runs

Super 8, Match 10, SA vs BAN: Young and confident Bangladesh worry Smith

South Africa Cricket team Bangladesh Cricket team Bangladesh's youthful confidence has given South African captain Graeme Smith cause for concern ahead of their World Cup Super Eights match in Georgetown on Saturday.
"If you give them a chance they will pounce on it," Smith told a news conference on Friday. "You've got to start well against them and put them on the back foot as early as you can. "If you give them a sniff they've got players who have, under (coach) Dav Whatmore, learnt how to win games. "They're young, and they don't think about the situations that they're in. They play with that sort of freedom."
Bangladesh were at their most confident in their five-wicket win over India in a Group B match in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad on March 17. That shock reverse led to the 1983 champions' first-round elimination. Since then they have lost momentum and they were beaten by 10 wickets and nine wickets by Australia and New Zealand respectively in their last two matches. Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar hoped his men would bounce back against the South Africans, who like Australia and New Zealand, are also among the favourites to win the tournament. South Africa team (from): G Smith (Captain), J Kallis, L Bosman, M Boucher, AB de Villiers, H Gibbs, A Hall, J Kemp, C Langeveldt, A Nel, M Ntini, R Peterson, S Pollock, A Prince, R Telemachus.
Bangladesh team (from): Habibul Bashar (Captain), Tamim Iqbal, Aftab Ahmed, Saqibul Hasan, Mohammad Ashraful, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Rafique, Abdur Razzak, Mashrafe Mortaza, Shahadat Hossain, Syed Rasel, Javed Omar.

Super 8, Match 9, ENG vs SL: Sri Lanka defeat England by 2 runs

England Cricket team Sri Lanka Cricket team Sri Lanka has won a thrilling match against England by 2 runs. Both Paul Nixon and Ravi Bopara stood on the crease to bring England closer to the target that at one point seemed invincible. It was only on the last delivery when England required 3 runs to win that Bopara was bowled out by Dilhara Fernando.
England lost the precious wicket of Paul Nixon as he gave an easy catch to Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene off Malingas delivery. Nixon made 42 runs from 44 balls. Dilhara Fernando struck a major blow to England as their in-form batsman Paul Collingwood was declared out. Collingwood was declared out leg before the wicket. He made 14 runs from 21 balls. Reoprted Earlier: Fast bowler Sajid Mahmood claimed four wickets while allrounder Andrew Flintoff secured three as England put up a fine performance in the field to contain Sri Lanka to 235 all out in their World Cup Super 8 match in Antigua on Wednesday.
Fifties from captain Mahela Jayawardene and opener Upul Tharanga were the highpoints of the Sri Lanka batting display after Englands decision to bowl first proved fruitful. Mahmood who claimed 4-50 and Andrew Flintoffs 3-35 gave England a manageable total to chase and the one their batsmen would feel confident about claiming two points from the Super Eight game. Reoprted Earlier: England skipper Michael Vaughan won the toss and invited the Sri Lankans to have the first use of the pitch in the 9th World Cup Super Eights match at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Wednesday
The England team has decided to retain their same eleven from the last match. While the Sri Lankans too go with an unchanged side which won their last match against the West Indies side. The islanders look pretty confident as they have got comprehensive victories so far with key players coming into form just in the right time. Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga took 13 wickets and young opener Upul Tharanga amassed 347 runs with two hundreds in the series and both have since grown in stature. Malinga looms as a daunting prospect again, his low-slung action making it tough for batsmen to pick. England team: E C Joyce, M P Vaughan, I R Bell, K P Pietersen, P D Collingwood, A Flintoff, R Bopara, P A Nixon, S I Mahmood, J M Anderson, M S Panesar
Sri Lanka team: S T Jayasuriya, W U Tharanga, D P M D Jayawardene, K C Sangakkara, L P C Silva, R Arnold, T M Dilshan, W P U J C Vaas, C R D Fernando, S L Malinga, M Muralitharan
World Cup Super 8, Match 9, Antigua & Barbuda: Sri Lanka 235-10 (50.0 overs) beat England 233-8 (50.0 overs) by 2 runs

Super 8, Match 9, ENG vs SL: Confident Sri Lanka to take fresh guard versus England

England Cricket team Sri Lanka Cricket team Sri Lanka will not dwell on last year's 5-0 series sweep in England when the teams meet again in a World Cup Super Eights match on Wednesday, skipper Mahela Jayawardene said.
Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga took 13 wickets and young opener Upul Tharanga amassed 347 runs with two hundreds in the series and both have since grown in stature. Malinga looms as a daunting prospect again, his low-slung action making it tough for batsmen to pick. He is the leading bowler at the tournament with 13 scalps, after his feat of taking four in successive deliveries in a dramatic one-wicket loss to South Africa in their opening Super Eights clash. Sri Lanka bounced back with a 113-run victory over West Indies in Guyana on Sunday after explosive opener Sanath Jayasuriya stroked 115, his second hundred of the tournament.
Both England skipper Michael Vaughan and all-rounder Andrew Flintoff missed that home series due to injuries. Sri Lanka have four points and two more wins would almost certainly secure a semi-final spot. They are expected to go through with champions Australia and New Zealand, who both head the table with six points, and South Africa. Jayawardene said last year's success in England was the launchpad for a strong team, comments that could worry England who looked below their best in beating debutants Ireland by 48 runs on Friday to score their first points. Three-times finalists England have said their tournament would start in earnest against Sri Lanka. England team (from): E Joyce, M Vaughan (Captain), I Bell, K Pietersen, P Collingwood, A Flintoff, P Nixon (Wicket Keeper), R Bopara, S Mahmood, J Anderson, M Panesar, J Dalrymple, A Strauss, L Plunkett, J Lewis.
Sri Lanka team (from): U Tharanga, S Jayasuriya, K Sangakkara (Wicket Keeper), M Jayawardene (Captain), C Silva, T Dilshan, R Arnold, C Vaas, D Fernando, L Malinga, M Muralitharan, F Maharoof, N Kulasekera, M Atapattu, M Bandara.

Greg Chappell resigns as Indian cricket coach

India Cricket team Days after India crashed out of the World Cup, coach Greg Chappell on Wednesday resigned from his post. Chappell offered to quit as the coach of Indian Cricket Team in an e-mail sent to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sharad Pawar, citing "family and personal" reasons.

South Africa memorial service for Bob Woolmer

A memorial service for murdered Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer will be held in South Africa today.

Super 8, Match 8, SA vs IRL: South Africa sweeps Ireland aside

South Africa Cricket team Ireland Cricket team South Africa swept aside Ireland in a cricket World Cup Super 8s match on Tuesday, passing the underdog's rain-affected target of 160 with seven wickets and 21 balls to spare. The victory keeps South Africa on track for a place in the semifinals but leaves tournament outsiders Ireland with, as expected, two Super 8 defeats and virtually no prospect of going any further. Ireland, however, has been thrilled to reach the last eight for the first time. South Africa team: G C Smith, A B de Villiers, J H Kallis, H H Gibbs, A G Prince, M V Boucher, J M Kemp, S M Pollock, A J Hall, M Ntini, C K Langeveldt
Ireland team: J P Bray, W T S Porterfield, E J G Morgan, N J O'Brien, A R White, A C Botha, D T Johnston, W K McCallan, P J K Mooney, D Langford-Smith, W B Rankin
World Cup Super 8, Match 8, Guyana: South Africa 165-3 (31.3 overs) beat Ireland 152-8 (35.0 overs) by 7 wickets (D/L)

Super 8, Match 8, SA vs IRL: South Africa keen to bag two points from Ireland match

South Africa Cricket team Ireland Cricket team Worlds top-ranked side, South Africa, are keen to avoid upset against debutants Ireland in Tuesdays Super 8 match in Guyana as the team is determined not to lose focus against a lesser side in world cricket.
Following Ireland, the Proteas play Bangladesh on Saturday and coach Mickey Arthur is determined to secure maximum points. When you plan for the rest of the Cup these are both banker games but with that comes added pressure, he said. If things go well wed also hope to work a bit on run-rate, but first prize is to leave Guyana with six points, the coach asserted. After being comprehensively beaten by 83 runs against Australia in their final first round match, South Africa then suffered a scare against Sri Lanka. Paceman Lasith Malinga, who captured a world record four wickets in four balls, almost snatched a win for the Lankans but the South African tail held on to scrape home by one wicket.
Ireland almost caused a major upset in a warm-up match against the South Africans shortly before the tournament began. Irelands seam duo Trent Johnston and Dave Langford-Smith helped reduce their illustrious opponents to 91-8 but they were eventually beaten by 35 runs after being bowled out for 157. Skipper Johnston insisted his team would not be in awe of any opponents. We need to lift our performance by at least 25% in the remaining matches, Johnston insisted on the eve of the match. South Africa team (from): G Smith (Captain), J Kallis, L Bosman, M Boucher, AB de Villiers, H Gibbs, A Hall, J Kemp, C Langeveldt, A Nel, M Ntini, R Peterson, S Pollock, A Prince, R Telemachus.
Ireland team (from): T Johnston (Captain), A Botha, J Bray, K Carroll, P Gillespie, D Langford-Smith, K McCallan, J Mooney, P Mooney, E Morgan, K O'Brien, N O'Brien, W Porterfield, B Rankin, A White.

Scotland Yard helps Woolmer investigation

A team of British police officers has arrived in Jamaica to help the inquiry into the death of Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer.

Super 8, Match 7, NZ vs BAN: New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 9 wickets

New Zealand Cricket team Bangladesh Cricket team New Zealand won the won the match against Bangladesh by 9 wickets. The Kiwis moved to an easy win against Bangladesh as both Stephen Fleming and Hamish Marshall hammered Bangladeshi bowlers all over the ground. Credit goes to Kiwi captain Stephen Fleming for his credible innings of 102 runs.
Kiwi captain made an emphatic 100 to jeopardise Bangladesh chances to win this match. His hundred that included 10 fours and 3 sixes came in 90 balls. New Zealand is very much on its track to victory. Only hard roughage from Bangladeshis can overpower the gutsy Kiwis. New Zealands opener Peter Fulton made an early exit as he was caught by Tamim Iqbal at the mid on. Syed Rasel got his first wicket as Fulton departed on the score of 15 runs from 30 balls. Reported Earlier: Bangladesh were dismissed for 174 with nine balls to spare in their Super-8 clash with New Zealand at Antigua's Vivian Richards Stadium on Monday. Scott Styris was the pick of the bowlers and ended with four wickets in his kitty. Bond took 2 and Oram ended with 3 wickets. Mohammad Rafique top scored for Bangladesh and stayed not out at 30.
Scott Styris took two wickets in two deliveries to reduce Bangladesh to 140/9 in the 43rd over. By dismissing Abdur Razzak for naught Stryis took his tally in the match to 4. Mortaza was dismissed in the same over for 2. Styris other two victim were Ashraful and Ahmed. He claimed Mohammad Ashraful in the 38th over and reducing Bangladesh to 127/7. Reported Earlier: New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming won the toss and elected to ball first in their Super-8 clash with Bangladesh at Antigua's Vivian Richards Stadium on Monday. Seeking to clinch a World Cup semifinal berth, the Black Caps must be wary of tripping up against the Tigers.
Stephen Fleming contended that New Zealand would look to exploit the early morning swing in the wicket and put Bangladesh under pressure. The NZ skipper said that he did not expect the wicket to deteriorate much in the second innings. Bangladesh skipper said it was a bad toss to lose. New Zealand team: S Fleming (c), P Fulton, H Marshall, S Styris, C McMillan, J Oram, B McCullum (Wicket Keeper), D Vettori, J Franklin, S Bond, M Mason
Bangladesh team: T Iqbal, J Omar, A Ahmed, S Hasan, H Bashar (c), M Ashraful, M Rahim (Wicket Keeper), M Rafique, M Mortaza, A Razzak, S Rasel
World Cup Super 8, Match 7, Antigua & Barbuda: New Zealand 178-1 (29.2 overs) beat Bangladesh 174 (48.3 overs) by 9 wickets

Super 8, Match 7, NZ vs BAN: New Zealand not going to take Bangladesh lightly

New Zealand Cricket team Bangladesh Cricket team Seeking to clinch a World Cup semifinal berth, New Zealand is not going to take minnows Bangladesh lightly when the two sides face against each other in the Super Eight Series match at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Monday.
New Zealand's runway seven-wicket victory over host West Indies has it well placed in the race for a semifinal spot. But skipper Stephen Fleming has warned that complacency against Bangladesh and Ireland, the two unfancied teams in the Super 8s, could prove expensive. After beating New Zealand in the warm up game ahead of the World Cup, Bangladesh then beat India in the preliminary group, a result that knocked the 2003 finalist out in the first round and secured Bangladesh its biggest World Cup moment. World champion Australia outplayed Bangladesh by 10 wickets in a rain-marred match Saturday, leaving the sub continental nation and Ireland as the only ones without any point in the Super 8s competition.
Having carried two points from the preliminary round win over England, Stephen Fleming's team now has four points and is looking to boost it to eights from fixtures against Bangladesh and Ireland. Eight points should be enough to take a team into the semifinals, but Fleming wants to be doubly sure by having a minimum of 10. New Zealand has never featured in the World Cup's title round. But it has qualified for the semifinal four times in the previous eight tournaments - the last one being 1999. New Zealand is seeking to place one foot inside the semifinals before it moves into tougher games against other semifinal contenders - Sri Lanka, South Africa and Australia. Coach John Bracewell wants the Black Caps to tread carefully. New Zealand team (from): Stephen Fleming (Captain), Peter Fulton, Hamish Marshall, Scott Styris, Jacob Oram, Craig Mcmillan, Brendon Mccullum, Daniel Vettori, James Franklin, Jeetan Patel, Shane Bond, Mark Gillespie, Michael Mason, Ross Taylor, Chris Martin.
Bangladesh team (from): Habibul Bashar (Captain), Shahriar Nafees, Tamim Iqbal, Aftab Ahmed, Saqibul Hasan, Mohammad Ashraful, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Rafique, Abdur Razzak, Mashrafee Mortaza, Tapash Baishya, Shahadat Hossain, Syed Russel, Rajin Saleh, Javed Omar.

Bob Woolmer was poisoned

In a new twist to the Bob Woolmer murder investigation, police have received a tip-off that the coach was poisoned by aconite, which is believed to be the perfect drug to mask a murder.

Super 8, Match 6, WI vs SL: Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 113 runs

West Indies Cricket team Sri Lanka Cricket team Sri Lanka outplayed West Indies to condemn the hosts to their third defeat in three matches in the World Cup.
The Windies are in danger of failing to make the last four, even if they win their last three Super 8 games. After a slow start, Sanath Jayasuriya (115) and Mahela Jayawardene (82) added 183 for the third wicket in 30 overs. The eventual total was 303-5, before the West Indies responded with an uneven batting performance. They were all out for 190, losing by 113 runs. Reported Earlier: Sri Lanka opener Sanath Jayasuriya hit a memorable century to lead his side to a formidable 303-5 in their 50 overs against West Indies in Guyana. Reported Earlier: West Indies captain Brian Lara won the toss and elected to bowl first in a crucial Super Eight Series match against Sri Lanka at Guyana on Sunday as heavy rains delayed start of play by about 45 minutes.
After back-to-back heavy losses to defending champions Australia and New Zealand, the West Indies must beat 1996 champion Sri Lanka to have any chance of reaching the semifinals.
The Sri Lankans topped Group B with wins over India, Bangladesh and Bermuda. But they had a batting failure against South Africa to open the Super 8s and only an unprecedented four-wicket burst by Lasith Malinga reduced the deficit to one wicket. West Indies have made two notable changes in their squad with Ian Bradshaw and Jerome Taylor replacing Lendl Simmons, the controversial selection against New Zealand, and Corey Collymore. West Indies team: Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Marlon Samuels, Brian Lara (Captain), Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Denesh Ramdin (wicket-keeper), Ian Bradshaw, Daren Powell, Jerome Taylor
Sri Lanka team: Upul Tharanga, Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardene (Captain), Kumar Sangakkara (wicket-keeper), Chamara Silva, Russel Arnold, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chaminda Vaas, Dilhara Fernando, Muttiah Muralitharan, Lasith Malinga
World Cup Super 8, Match 6, Guyana: Sri Lanka 303-5 (50.0 overs) beat West Indies 190-10 (44.4 overs) by 113 runs

Super 8, Match 6, WI vs SL: Brian Lara, Muttiah Muralitharan set for intriguing battle

West Indies Cricket team Sri Lanka Cricket team Sparks are bound to fly when West Indies skipper Brian Lara bats against ace Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan in a World Cup Super Eights match on Sunday.
The pair was involved in an engrossing duel in a three-Test series in Sri Lanka in 2001; with Lara proving why is considered one of the best batsmen against spin in modern cricket.
If there was any West Indian batsman who succeeded in dominating the Sri Lankan spinner, it was Lara who plundered 688 runs in three matches with three centuries on slow turning pitches. But it was never easy upstaging champion spinner Murali, who kept probing the batsmen with his subtle variations to play a big role in his team's 3-0 series victory with 24 wickets. West Indies team (from): B Lara (Captain), R Sarwan, C Gayle, Dwayne Smith, S Chanderpaul, D Bravo, M Samuels, I Bradshaw, C Collymore, J Taylor, D Ramdin, Devon Smith, L Simmons, D Powell, K Pollard.
Sri Lanka team (from): M Jayawardene (Captain), K Sangakkara, S Jayasuriya, U Tharanga, M Atapattu, T Dilshan, R Arnold, C Silva, C Vaas, F Maharoof, L Malinga, D Fernando, N Kulasekara, M Muralitharan, M Bandara.

Memorial service held for Woolmer

A service remembering the murdered Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer has been held in Pakistan. Some 200 people attended the service at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in the eastern city of Lahore, the home of Pakistani cricket. One minute of silence was observed, candles were lit and prayers offered.

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