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All World Cup Cricket matches in West Indies start at 09:30 local time (14:30GMT). The first match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 will be played on March 13, 2007 at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, between the host West Indies and Pakistan.

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AUS vs ENG Warm-Up: Australia beat England by 5 wickets

Australia Cricket team England Cricket team Australia clinched their second warm up game against England by five wickets in St Vincent.
Set to chase 198 by England, the Australians reached 200 for 5 in 40.5 overs. The win was set up on a century stand of 140 between Adam Gilchrist (72) and Shane Watson (55), not until the world champions, slipped to a minor batting collapse to be at 193 for 5. Although the target was achieved with 55 balls to spare, the Aussies failed to finish off in style despite the glorious start given by their openers.
World Cup warm-up, St. Vincent Australia 200/5 beat England 197 all out by 5 wickets

IND vs WI Warm-Up: India beat West Indies by 9 wickets

India Cricket team West Indies Cricket team India raced to a comprehensive nine-wicket victory over hosts West Indies to collect two wins from as many World Cup warm up ties in Jamaica.
Reaching the victory target of 86 set by West Indies seemed a mere formality for India, who romped home in just 18.3 overs as the entire match was completed in less than 45 overs. West Indies meek surrender for just 85 may have made Indias task easy but captain Rahul Dravid would remain worried about Virender Sehwags continuous run of poor form.
Sehwag, who was asked to open with Robin Uthappa, went without scoring and sent some worrying signals, on his treacherous form, to the Indian camp. However, Dinesh Karthik (38) who joined Robin (35) at 6-1, settled down quickly and sustained an unbroken parternship of 80 until the target was achieved without much fuss. Earlier, India shot out West Indies for 85 to impose themselves as a team that had the credentials to travel far into the tournament.
World Cup warm-up, Jamaica India 86/1 beat West Indies 85/10 by 9 wickets

PAK vs SA Warm-Up: Pakistan beat South Africa by 7 wickets

Pakistan Cricket team South Africa Cricket team Pakistan defeated top-ranked South Africa by seven wickets on a dicey Trinidad wicket at the Sir Frank Worrell Stadium.
Pakistans victory was overshadowed by the treacherous wicket prepared for the match as South Africa managed themselves a modest total of 199 in their final World Cup warm-up match. The pitch certainly seemed under-prepared as the Proteas were treated to some erratic bounce before they managed 199 after being put into bat. In reply, Pakistan seemed to have negotiated the devils in the pitch before they reached 200-3 in 44.3 overs.
Younis Khan top-scored with 79 for Pakistan while opener Mohammad Hafeez made 49. Mohammad Yousuf on 48 and Shoaib Malik on 16 remained unbeaten when Pakistan scored the winning runs.
World Cup warm-up, Trinidad & Tobago Pakistan 200/3 beat South Africa 199/10 by 3 wickets

NZ vs SL Warm-Up: Sri Lanka lose to New Zealand by 18 runs

New Zealand Cricket team Sri Lanka Cricket team A century (106) from opener Upul Tharanga went in vain as Sri Lanka lost by 18 runs to New Zealand in their final warm up match of the World Cup at Barbados.
Tharanga, who hit 10 fours and two sixes during his 112-ball stay, was the pillar of the Lankan innings as he set the tone with his fluent batting, after New Zealand had set a victory target of 286. His departure in the 35th over could have turned the balance in New Zealands favour, although Sri Lanka still needed 106 from 90 balls. Allrounder Jacob Oram took Tharangas wicket as Sri Lanka were finally bowled out with 10 balls unsused. The Sri Lankan top order barring Tharanga didnt contribute much. Opener Marvan Atapattu fell to Shane Bond for 24 while captain Mahela Jayawardene, who mad just 2, and wicketkeeper Kumara Sangakkara(13), both fell to Scott Styris.
Chamara Silva made 40 but fell when set. The tail failed to wag as Russell Arnold, who seemed like finishing off the match remained stranded on 32 not out, as wickets tumbled around him. The victory brought relief to the Kiwis camp, who were truly shaken by the Bangladesh loss in their previous game. Earlier, New Zealand made 285 for 8 with their top order comprising Lou Vincent (70),Stephen Flmeing (65) and Peter Fulton (59) contributing handsomely.
World Cup warm-up, Barbados New Zealand 285-8 beat Sri Lanka 267/10 by 13 runs

SCO vs BAN Warm-Up: Bangladesh beat Scotland by 7 wickets

Bangladesh Cricket team Scotland Cricket team Habibul Bashar scored an unbeaten 57 in a seven-wicket win over Scotland and Bangladesh finished World Cup warmup matches 2-0 after its earlier upset over New Zealand.
Bashar won the toss and sent Scotland into bat at the 3Ws Oval on Thursday, then Abdur Razzaq took three wickets as Scotland slumped from 73 for two to finish its 50 overs at 152 for nine. Bangladesh lost quick wickets in a short pre-lunch session to seven for two. After Aftab Ahmed retired hurt on 19 with the total at 33, Saqibul Hasan (45) and Bashar combined in a 75-run for the fourth wicket, guiding the Tigers to victory with 15 overs to spare.
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore said it was a decent, and expected, performance following the upset over New Zealand. Bangladesh takes on 2003 finalist India in its opening Group B match at Trinidad on March 17.
Scotland, with losses against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh this week, faces two-time defending champion Australia in its opening Group A match at St. Kitts on March 14. Scotland captain Craig Wright said he was disappointed with his lineup's batting in both warmup matches.
World Cup warm-up, Barbados Bangladesh 156-3 beat Scotland 152-9 by 7 wickets

ZIM vs BER Warm-Up: Zimbabwe cruise past Bermuda

Zimbabwe Cricket team Bermuda Cricket team Sean Williams nearly gave up on Zimbabwe but on Friday he was glad he kept the faith after leading them to a six-wicket win over Bermuda in their final World Cup warm-up match.
The 20-year-old, who once refused a call-up when his father urged him to stick with his studies, hit 72 not out as Zimbabwe reached their target of 137 in 29 overs. Administration wrangles have ripped the heart out of the Zimbabwe side and led to their test status being removed, although they are due to return to the five-day arena in November. Williams almost turned his back on the side again last year given the problems within the board but his cool knock boosted Zimbabwe's confidence after Wednesday's 106-run defeat to Australia in their first warm-up. Asked if he was glad he had stuck by Zimbabwe, Williams said: "Yes definitely. I went away to try to get some experience and came back and continued where I left off," he told a news conference.
Bermuda, who were bowled out for 45 and lost by 241 runs to England on Tuesday, made 136 all out with Janeiro Tucker returning from injury to underpin the innings with a cultured yet powerful 52 off 88 balls. Paceman Anthony Ireland was Zimbabwe's best bowler with three for 22 off eight overs including three maidens. Burly Bermudan left-arm spinner Dwayne Leverock, who weighed in with two for 32 against England despite his 19-stone frame, took another two wickets. Bermuda, making their tournament debut, face former winners Sri Lanka in their Group B opener on March 15 when Zimbabwe play Ireland in their first Group D clash.
World Cup warm-up, St. Vincent Zimbabwe 137-4 beat Bermuda 136 all out by 6 wickets

IRE vs CAN Warm-Up: Ireland beat Canada by 7 wickets

Ireland Cricket team Canada Cricket team Ireland enhanced their reputation as a cricketing country of note when they inflicted a seven-wicket victory over Canada in their World Cup warm-up match at St Augustine's Sir Frank Worrell ground.
Set 116 runs for victory, Ireland got to their target with seven wickets and more than 23 overs to spare, with opener Jeremy Bray hitting an unbeaten 41. The Irish, making their debut in this year's World Cup, looked more professional and focused than their more experienced opponents who are appearing in the tournament for a third time.
World Cup warm-up, Trinidad & Tobago Ireland 116-3 beat Canada 115 all out by 7 wickets

KEN vs NET Warm-Up: Kenya beat Netherlands by 9 runs

Kenya Cricket team The Netherlands Cricket team A terrific performance by the Netherlands top order was ruined by a catastrophic collapse as Kenya beat then by nine runs in Jamaica.
Chasing a tricky 275 to win, the Dutch were indebted to openers Darron Reekers (75) and Bas Zuiderent (65) before Ryan Ten Doeschate added a quick 50. That left them apparently cruising to victory but the off-spin of Steve Tikolo (5-48) transformed the match. The Netherlands ended up an agonising 10 runs short of victory on 265-9.
World Cup warm-up, Jamaica Kenya 274-8 beat Netherlands 265-9 by 9 runs

IND vs NET Warm-Up: India won by 182 runs

India Cricket team The Netherlands Cricket team Dutch all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate took 5-57 and added a rapid 31 but India warmed up for the World Cup with a 182-run win over the Netherlands. Yuvraj Singh proved to be the most successful bowler, his part-time slow left-arm giving him 4-12 in 3.5 overs.
The Indian charge was led by brisk half centuries from master blaster Sachin Tendulkar (61) and captain Rahul Dravid (74), who guided India to the shores of safety. Reported Earlier: Holland has won the toss and has decided to ball first. Team India has adorned the new jerseys. Old time pair Virender Sehwag and Saurav Ganguly has opened the innings for India.
The Rahul Dravid-led team, which is regarded as a front-runner for the title by a few former cricketers, will use the opportunity to fine-tune their skills for the mega event. The Indians will play another practice game against the West Indies on Friday before the tournament gets underway on March 13. The Indians will open their campaingn with a match against Bangladesh in Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad on March 17. The Indian team will go into the tournament high on confidence after their recent home series wins against the West Indies and Sri Lanka. Detailed Scorecard..
World Cup warm-up, Jamaica: India 300-9 beat Netherlands 118 by 182 runs

PAK vs CAN Warm-Up: Pakistan too powerful for Canada

Pakistan Cricket team Canada Cricket team Pakistan's batsmen struggled towards the start against Canada in both teams' first World Cup warm-up, though they still won by 77 runs. Batting first, Pakistan were reduced to 160-6 when all-rounder Shahid Afridi was bowled by John Davison for a duck. But Mohammad Hafeez (61) and Kamran Akmal (56 not out) recovered things. The match was reduced to 48 overs per side because a sightscreen was knocked down early on by strong winds, and Canada were all out for 196. Reported Earlier: Canada captain John Davison won the toss and sent Pakistan in to bat in a World Cup warmup match Tuesday at the Sir Frank Worrell ground.
Pakistan named a strong lineup, with Younis Khan and Imran Nazir opening the batting. Coach Bob Woolmer also included bowler Rana Naved, who has had a cold since arriving from Pakistan this week, in the lineup for the match. World Cup warmup matches must field team lists of 13 players, although only 11 can bat. Detailed Scorecard..
World Cup warm-up, Trinidad (48 overs) Pakistan 273-8 beat Canada 196 by 77 runs

Upset NZ vs BAN Warm-Up: Bangladesh stun the Kiwis

New Zealand Cricket team Bangladesh Cricket team England's first World Cup opponents on March 16, New Zealand, crashed to a two-wicket defeat to lowly Bangladesh in their first tournament warm-up. The Kiwis, on the back of a 3-0 home thrashing of Australia, lost four top batsmen for scores of 4, 0, 11 and 3. The New Zealand cricketers made a modest 226 in their first World Cup warm-up match at Bridgetown in Barbados this morning.
Bangladesh demolished the Black Caps top order with skipper Stephen Fleming going without scoring after he won the toss. Lou Vincent , 4, Ross Taylor, 11 and Peter Fulton, 3, followed in the first hour before Jacob Oram and Brendon McCullum put on 105 for the sixth wicket. McCullum made 46 before he was run out and Oram top scored with 88. Darryl Tuffey is out for the match, and fellow pace bowler Mark Gillespie is seeing another specialist this morning as his shoulder injury may be more serious injury than initially thought. Detailed Scorecard..
World Cup warm-up, Barbados: Bangladesh 230-8 beat New Zealand 224 by two wickets

AUS vs ZIM Warm-Up: Australia ease to comfortable win against Zimbabwe

Australia Cricket team Zimbabwe Cricket team Australia began their preparations for the World Cup with a comprehensive 106-run victory over Zimbabwe. Ricky Ponting's reigning champions piled up 290-7 in the warm-up contest, four more than England managed on the same ground against Bermuda.
All-rounder Shane Watson, opening the innings with reserve wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, struck 81 and Michael Clarke looked in good touch, surviving a catching chance to reach 82 to take Australia to 290 for seven from their 50 overs. Australia captain Ricky Ponting won the toss and elected to bat in the reigning champions opening World Cup warm-up match against Zimbabwe at Arnos Vale on Tuesday.
Australia decided to give 12 of their squad a game, omitting Adam Gilchrist who'd only arrived here Monday following the birth of his third child, and the injured duo of Matthew Hayden and Andrew Symonds from their 15-man squad. Zimbabwe opted to give 13 of their 15-man squad a run out in what was also their first World Cup warm-up match. Detailed Scorecard..
World Cup warm-up, St Vincent: Australia 290-7 beat Zimbabwe 184-7 by 106 runs

ENG vs BER Warm-Up: England beat Bermuda by 241 runs

England Cricket team Bermuda Cricket team England beat Bermuda by 241 runs in World Cup warm-up in St Vincent. Two Dwayne Leverock wickets had Michael Vaughan's men 132-5, before Jamie Dalrymple's 76 took them to 286-8.
And the Bermudian batsmen looked well short of international class as they struggled throughout their run chase. Jon Lewis took 3-7 in four overs as the rank outsiders in this year's World Cup were bowled out for 45 in 22.2 overs.
Warm-Up Match at St. Vincent : England 286 for 8 (50 overs) beat Bermuda 45 (22.2 overs) by 241 runs

SA vs IRL Warm-Up: Ireland make South Africa - 192 all out - sweat

South Africa Cricket team Ireland Cricket team World Cup minnows Ireland gave South Africa a major scare before the one-day game's top-ranked side recovered to win by 35 runs in the Trinidad warm-up.
Trent Johnston and Dave Langford-Smith took three wickets each to reduce South Africa to 66-7 and Mark Boucher was then dismissed with the score on 91. However, Andrew Hall's unbeaten 67 and Robin Peterson's 29 pushed the score to 192 all out from their 50 overs.
Ireland's run chase started well but they collapsed from 139-4. Ireland play a second warm-up fixture against Canada on Thursday before beginning their campaign proper against Zimbabwe in Jamaica on 15 March.
World Cup warm-up, Trinidad: South Africa 192 (50.0 overs) beat Ireland 157 (44.2 overs) by 35 runs

SL vs SCL Warm-Up: Sri Lanka outwit Scotland

Sri Lanka Cricket team Scotland Cricket team Scotland battled hard but suffered defeat by a predictably wide margin in their World Cup warm-up match against Sri Lanka in Barbados. Craig Wright's men managed some good moments but lost by 159 runs. Sri Lanka were made to work for their 294-7, an innings featuring good knocks from Kumar Sangakkara (81), Sanath Jayasuriya (77) and Upul Tharanga (70). But once Scotland had lost three early wickets, there was little doubt they would fall well short of the target. They were all out for 135 in 41.2 overs.
World Cup warm-up, Barbados: Sri Lanka 294-7 beat Scotland 135 (41.2 overs) by 159 runs

WI vs KEN Warm-Up: Not an easy win for Windies

West Indies Cricket team Kenya Cricket team World Cup hosts West Indies beat minnows Kenya by 21 runs in Jamaica. Opener Chris Gayle made 75 and Jamaican local Marlon Samuels hit nine fours and two sixes in a 91-ball century before retiring as the home side posted 268-4. Collins Obuya made an impressive 54 not out but Kenya were unable to keep up with the run-rate and ended on 247-7.
Kenya were surprise semi-finalists at the last World Cup in 2003 and made their mark on the international stage when they beat West Indies in the competition in 1996. The Kenya coach and ex-West Indies star Roger Harper put his team through their paces with a three-hour net session on Sunday at the new Trelawny stadium which is set to hold its first competitive game.
World Cup warm-up, Trelawny stadium, Jamaica: West Indies 268-5 beat Kenya 247-7 by 21 runs

World Cup 2007 Warm Up Ties To Kick Off From March 5

The 2007 World Cup warm up ties kick-off from Monday, March 5, with hosts West Indies meeting Kenya at the newly-built Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny, Jamaica.
On the same day England take on Bermuda at the Arnos Vale Stadium, Kingstown in St Vincent & the Grenadines. Elsewhere, South Africa and Ireland clash at Sir Frank Worrell Memorial Ground, St. Augustine in Trinidad & Tobago while Sri Lanka face Scotland at 3Ws Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados.

Other World Cup News from West Indies


Sobers will inaugurate World Cup

West Indies legendary all-rounder Sir Garfield Sobers will officially open the Cricket World Cup 2007. The 70-year-old Sobers will open the 16-team event in Jamaica on March 11.

Jayasuriya is still Sri Lanka's trump card

Sri Lanka Cricket team At 37 years, Sanath Jayasuriya is still one of the quickest run scorers in world cricket.

South Africa get a great send-off for World Cup

South Africa Cricket team South Africa received a perfect send-off to the World Cup, as captain Graeme Smith was presented with the International Cricket Council (ICC) One Day International (ODI) Championship Shield here for occupying the top spot in the team rankings list.

Akhtar and Asif out of World Cup

Pakistan Cricket team Pakistan pace bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif have been ruled out of the world cup due to injury.

Cricket teams arrive in West Indies for World Cup

Reigning champion Australia arrived in Bridgetown, Barbados Thursday to start their defense of their title at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007.

Zaheer wants to use slower ball in World Cup

India Cricket team Zaheer Khan wants to use the slower ball as a weapon during next month's World Cup cricket in the West Indies.

Pakistan team leaves for World Cup

Pakistan Cricket team The Pakistan Cricket Team has left for the World Cup in the West Indies without its two frontline pace bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif.

Indian team leaves for World Cup

India Cricket team The Indian Cricket Team left here early Thursday morning to take part in the World Cup beginning March 11 in the West Indies.

ICC to target test players for drugs at World Cup

Cricket's world governing body says that players at the upcoming World Cup will be target tested for drugs.

We have the team to win World Cup: Chappell

India Cricket team Chappell promised a fighting performance from his team which had the "flexibility and experience" to clinch the coveted trophy.

Australian fears Sri Lanka, South Africa, Pakistan and New Zealand

Australia Cricket team Batsman Mike Hussey believes four teams will be the main threats to Australia when they defend their World Cup title in the West Indies.

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