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Group B, Match 5, IND vs SL: India-Sri Lanka critical match today
Mar 23, 2007India faces Sri Lanka in a critical Group B match of the ICC World Cup at Port of Spain on Friday. They lost to Bangladesh, but registered a comprehensive victory over Bermuda while Sri Lanka has beaten both Bangladesh and Bermuda. Sri Lanka also has the best net run-rate of +4.594 in two matches. India with a win and a defeat has +2.507 from an equal number of matches. Bangladesh is third with a win and a loss and -2.002 in two matches. Sri Lanka has four points, while India and Bangladesh have two points each.
A victory over Sri Lanka could ensure India a Super Eight berth since Bangladesh is way behind in the net run-rate. India, theoretically, will not be eliminated even if it goes down to Sri Lanka. If India fail to reach the Super Eights stage of the World Cup, analysts and businesses have already started to weigh up what the impact would be in the cricket-crazy nation. If India reach the Super Eights, 300 million viewers are expected to tune in for the matches. But if they go out, companies fear the numbers are likely to fall by 60 per cent. India Cricket team (probable): Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Irfan Pathan, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid (Captain), Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Wicket Keeper), Ajit Agarkar, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel
Sri Lanka team (probable): Upul Tharanga, Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardene (Captain), Kumar Sangakkara (Wicket Keeper), Chamara Silva, Russel Arnold, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chaminda Vaas, Farveez Maharoof, Muttiah Muralitharan, Lasith Malinga
Group D, Match 5, WIN vs IRE: West Indies, Ireland clash takes on added significance
Mar 23, 2007A match that was expected to be the low-key finale to Group D between hosts West Indies and associate nation Ireland on Friday has taken on more significance with both teams already through to the Super 8s and aiming to take points with them.
"This is a second round game as far as we're concerned and the two points are of utmost importance," West Indies captain Brian Lara said.
The Super 8s pits the top two in each group against the other six qualifiers, with the group result between the two advancing teams being carried forward. Lara, who played under Bob Woolmer when he spent two summers with English country Warwickshire in 1994 and 1995, admitted his team was affected by the death last weekend of the Pakistan coach. West Indies team (from): Brian Lara (Captain), Ian Bradshaw, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Corry Collymore, Chris Gayle, Keiron Pollard, Darren Powell, Denesh Ramdin (wicketkeeper), Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons, Devon Smith, Dwayne Smith, Jerome Taylor.
Ireland team (from): DT Johnston, WK McCallan, AC Botha, JP Bray, D Langford-Smith, EJG Morgan, KJ O'Brien, NJ O'Brien, WTS Porterfield, WB Rankin, AR White.
Group C, Match 5, NZ vs CAN: Fastest 50 record for McCullum as Kiwis win
Mar 22, 2007Wicket-keeper Brendon McCullum smashed the fastest ever World Cup fifty off just 20 balls as New Zealand beat Canada by 114 runs.
Lou Vincent made up for the two ducks he had scored in his first two matches by smashing a century as New Zealand hit 363-5 in their 50 overs. He got off the mark with a six off Cummins. Canada were all out for 249 in the final over but gave a good account of themselves as they bowed out. Opener captain John Davison gave them hope hitting a 23-ball fifty. New Zealand Team: L Vincent, S Fleming (c), P Fulton, S Styris, C McMillan, J Oram, B McCullum (Wicket Keeper), D Vettori, D Tuffey, J Patel, M Mason
Canada Team: J Davison (c), G Barnett, A Bagai (Wicket Keeper), I Billcliff, A Samad, A Mulla, S Dhaniram, U Bhatti, A Cummins, H Osinde, K Sandher
Group C, Match 5, St Lucia: New Zealand 363-5 beat Canada 249-9 by 114 runs
Group A, Match 5, SCO vs NET: Emphatic eight-wicket win for Netherlands
Mar 22, 2007The Netherlands won the battle for third place in Group A with an emphatic eight-wicket success over Scotland.
Essex's Ryan ten Doeschate hammered an unbeaten 70, sharing an unbroken 103 with Bas Zuiderent, as the Dutch raced to their 137 target with 26 overs left. Ten Doeschate recorded his fourth one-day fifty from 61 balls, hammering three successive boundaries and appropriately finished the match by slamming a full toss to the boundary. Put into bat, Scotland lost Navdeep Poonia to the second ball of the match and were 15-4 inside seven overs, Billy Stelling with 3-12 from eight overs.
After both sides suffered heavy defeats to Australia and South Africa, pride is all that is at stake from the match. Having beaten the Netherlands twice in their previous two meetings, Scotland were in confident mood before the start of the game. Scotland Team: M Haq, N Poonia, R Watson, G Hamilton, N McCallum, D Brown, C'lin Smith (Wicket Keeper), C Wright (c), J Blain, G Rogers, P Hoffmann
Netherlands Team: B Zuiderent, D Reekers, R Doeschate, E Szwarczynski, P Borren, B Stelling, D Bunge, T Leede, M Jonkman, J Smits, M Kashif
Group D, Match 5, St Kitts: Netherlands 140-2 (23.5 ovs) bt Scotland 136 (34.1 ovs) by 8 wkts
Woolmer was strangulated to death
Mar 22, 2007In a shocking revelation, Radio Jamaica has claimed that Pakistani coach Bob Woolmer could have been strangulated. The report was broadcast on the radio citing police sources.
Group D, Match 5, PAK vs ZIM: Pakistan earn consolation victory; Ireland through
Mar 21, 2007Pakistan paid tribute to former coach Bob Woolmer with a 93-run victory over Zimbabwe under the Duckworth-Lewis method at a rainy Sabina Park. The win, which was largely down to Imran Nazir's ferocious 160, means Ireland qualify for the next phase. Pakistan were 349 all out, departing skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq hitting 37. Zimbabwe fell to 30-3 before a rain delay, after which they were asked to chase a revised total of 193 from 20 overs. They were dismissed for 99. Reporterd Earlier: Rain has halted play in Jamaica with Zimbabwe reeling at 30 for 3 in 10.2 overs, in reply to Pakistans 349 all out in their final Group D match. Fast bowler Umar Gul had removed openers V Sibanda (0) and C J Chibhaba for 3 to make early inroads into the Zimbabwe lineup. Mohammad Sami picked F Kasteni for 9. Reporterd Earlier: Pakistan were all out for 349 in 49.5 overs, their highest total in World Cup, after being put in to bat by Zimbabwe skipper Prosper Utseya in their Group D fixture at Sabina Park, Jamaica on Wednesday. Imran Nazir led the Pakistan run spree with a career best 160 runs, which came off just 121 deliveries and included 14 boundaries and eight hits across the fence. In Inzamam's last one-dayer, he struck three sixes in a 35-ball innings before Sean Williams caught him off the bowling of Tawanda Mupariwa.
Pakistan have already been knocked out of the tournament after losing to minnows Ireland in a shock defeat. Pakistan have never departed a World Cup without winning a game. But Zimbabwe who could still qualify for the Super Eights with a win will pose a stern test. Inzamam ul Haq, who announced his retirement from the shorter version of the game a day after coach Bob Woolmer's death on Sunday, will be playing his last ODI today. Pakistan Team: I Nazir, S Afridi, Y Khan, M Yousuf, I Haq (c), S Malik, K Akmal (Wicket Keeper), M Sami, R Iftikhar, U Gul, D Kaneria
Zimbabwe Team: V Sibanda, F Kasteni, J Chibhabha, B Taylor (Wicket Keeper), S Matsikenyeri, S Williams, E Chigumbura, G Brent, P Utseya (c), T Mupariwa, C Mpofu
Group D, Match 5: Pakistan 349 (49.5 overs) beat Zimbabwe 99 (D/L)
Group B, Match 4, SL vs BAN: Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 198 runs
Mar 21, 2007Sri Lanka took command of Group B with a commanding 198-run victory over Bangladesh under the D/L method.
Veteran Sanath Jayasuriya blasted a dazzling 24th one-day ton with seven sixes in 109, having earlier retired hurt due to cramp after a quick single. He resumed on 83 and passed 100 with consecutive sixes, Kumar Sangakkara and Chamara Silva adding fluent fifties. In search of a distant 319 for victory, Bangladesh slipped to 41-5 inside 17 overs and were bowled out for 113.
Reported Earlier: Sri Lanka hammered 318 for four in 50 overs against Bangladesh in their Group B match at Trinidad on Wednesday. Sanath Jayasuriya hit his 24th one-day hundred, while Kumar Sangakkara and Chamara Silva hit half centuries.
The Bangladesh bowling attack that had troubled India no end came a croppper before the Lankan lions.
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar won the toss against Sri Lanka and decided to bowl first in the Queens Park Oval in a Group B match in Trinidad. Bangladesh's victory means any two of the three could go through and qualification could come down to net run rate if they are tied on points.
The young Bangladesh players were remarkably composed despite the array of big names in the Indian ranks, bowling them out for 191 before winning by five wickets on Saturday. Sri Lanka Team: S Jayasuriya, U Tharanga, M Jayawardene (c), K Sangakkara (Wicket Keeper), C Silva, T Dilshan, R Arnold, F Maharoof, C Vaas, L Malinga, M Muralitharan
Bangladesh Team: S Nafees, T Iqbal, M Rahim (Wicket Keeper), A Ahmed, S Hasan, H Bashar (c), M Ashraful, M Mortaza, M Rafique, A Razzak, S Rasel
Group B, Match 4: Sri Lanka 318 for 4 (50.0 overs) beat Bangladesh 112 for 10 (37.0 overs) by 198 runs (DL)
Group B, Match 4, SL vs BAN: Jayawardene wary of Tigers
Mar 21, 2007Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has urged his team-mates to show full respect to Bangladesh in today's World Cup clash in Port of Spain.
The Tigers claimed warm-up victories over New Zealand and Scotland and then caused a shock with a five-wicket victory over India. Sri Lanka, who opened with a 243-run win over tournament debutants Bermuda, have it all to do to stop Bangladesh winning a fourth match in a row and Jayawardene said: "They have been improving with every game and their win against India suggests that they must be taken seriously.
"We have seen what they are capable of doing and we have taken notice of their young players who are doing well." Jayawardene said it was important for Sri Lanka to win to remove the pressure when they play their final game against India on Friday. In Sri Lanka's favour is the fact Bangladesh have won just one of the 18 matches between the teams, and Bashar concedes his side will have to improve on their previous record against their opponents to progress. Sri Lanka Team (from): Mahela Jayawardene (Captain), Kumar Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya, Upul Tharanga, Marvan Atapattu, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Russel Arnold, Chamara Silva, Chaminda Vaas, Farveez Maharoof, Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando, Nuwan Kulasekara, Muttiah Muralitharan, Malinga Bandara.
Bangladesh Team (from): Habibul Bashar (Captain), Shahriar Nafees, Tamim Iqbal, Aftab Ahmed, Saqibul Hasan, Mohammad Ashraful, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Rafique, Abdur Razzak, Mashrafe Mortaza, Shahadat Hossain, Tapash Baisya, Syed Rasel, Rajin Saleh, Javed Omar.
Group D, Match 5, PAK vs ZIM: Inzamam wants to win for late coach
Mar 21, 2007Inzamam-ul-Haq will lead Pakistan for one more match, and has vowed to win it for Bob Woolmer.
Woolmer died suddenly Sunday, the day after Pakistan slumped out of contention on an upset loss to Ireland. That followed an opening loss to West Indies. Woolmer, a former England Test batsman and South Africa coach, had been coaching Pakistan since 2004. Inzamam announced after Woolmer's death that he will quit as captain and retire from one-day cricket after the World Cup.
That leaves him one more match, against Zimbabwe on Wednesday. Zimbabwe is playing for a place in the Super 8s. Pakistan is playing for pride, and in memory of Woolmer. Pakistan Team (from): Inzamam-ul-Haq (Captain), Azhar Mahmood, Danish Kaneria, Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Sami, Mohammad Yousuf, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Rao Iftikhar, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Umar Gul, Yasir Arafat, Younis Khan.
Zimbabwe Team (from): P Utseya (Captain), G Brent, J Chibhabha, E Chigumbura, K Dabengwa, T Duffin, A Ireland, F Kasteni, S Matsikenyeri, C Mpofu, T Mupariwa, E Rainsford, V Sibanda, B Taylor, S Williams.
Woolmer's death murder suspected
Mar 21, 2007The mystery behind the death of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer deepened as the initial autopsy remained inconclusive and Pakistan team's media manager hinted at murder.
Group A, Match 4, SA vs SCO: South Africa beat Scotland by 7 wickets
Mar 20, 2007South Africa won the match against Scotland by 7 wickets. It took Proteas 23.2 overs to achieve the target of 187 runs given to them by the Scots. Captain Graeme Smith led the South African team by example as he bludgeoned the Scottish bowling attack.
South African skipper who seemed to be in a hurry to win the match was caught on short cover by Glenn Rogers as Majid Haq took another wicket. Smith made 91 runs from 65 balls. South African all rounder Ashwell Prince tried to hit the ball down the ground and in the process was caught by Neil McCallum. Prince who made 21 runs drove the ball on Majid Haqs delivery. South Africa captain Graeme Smith appeared to be in a hurry when he scored his 3rd World Cup half century in just 36 balls. Scotland were nothing but competitive when some late blitz by Dougie Brown and John Blain ensured that they post their highest score ever, of 186 for 8, in a World Cup match in their stipulated 50 overs against top ranked side South Africa in the 4th match of Group A at St Kitts on Tuesday.
After some initial hiccups the Scots recovered well, thanks to Browns batting who was undefeated at a personal score of 46 in 64 balls. The last five overs of the Scotland innings saw them score more than 55 runs for the loss of just two wickets.
Reported Earlier: South African captain Graeme Smith called the right side of the coin and invited Scotland to have the first use of the pitch in their Group A match at St Kitts on Tuesday .
Smith said his team would win the match against Scotland to make a tribute to Bob Woolmer. Pakistan coach Woolmer, formerly in charge of South Africa, died in Jamaica on Sunday. South Africa Team: G C Smith, A B de Villiers, J H Kallis, H H Gibbs, A G Prince, J M Kemp, M V Boucher, S M Pollock, A J Hall, C K Langeveldt, M Ntini
Scotland Team: D F Watts, R M Haq, R R Watson, G M Hamilton, N F I McCallum, D R Brown, C J O Smith, G A Rogers, J A R Blain, J D Nel, P J C Hoffmann
Group A, Match 4: South Africa 188 for 3 (23.2 overs) beat Scotland 186 for 8 (50.0 overs) by 7 wickets
Group C, Match 4, NZ vs KEN: New Zealand beat Kenya by 148 runs
Mar 20, 2007Ross Taylor hit a half-century before being struck down with a hamstring strain in New Zealand's 331 for seven against Kenya in a World Cup Group C match on Tuesday.
Craig McMillan struck five sixes in his 71 to help the Kiwis post the highest World Cup total at this ground while Scott Styris, who hammered 87 not out in the win over England on Friday, was dropped twice but made 63 off 62 balls. Oram, who replaced Styris did not live up to his reputation of a hard hitter and perished for a paltry 3 runs to Odoyo. New Zealand, who will qualify for the Super Eights with a victory, were put into bat on a slightly damp morning in front of a paltry crowd at the Beausejour Cricket Ground, which was later swelled by school children.
Reported Earlier: Kenyan captain Steve Tikolo won the toss and elected to field against New Zealand in St Lucia. Coach John Bracewell is so confident after the six-wicket win over England in their first group clash on Friday that he is happy to let all his players have a taste of World Cup action.
However, he is not taking victory for granted against 2003 semi-finalists Kenya, who overpowered Canada in their first match. If Kenya shock England in the last group game on Saturday, the Africans will go through to the Super Eights so the Kiwis need to beat them to make sure of two points heading into the next stage. New Zealand Team: L Vincent, S Fleming (c), R Taylor, S Styris, C McMillan, J Oram, B McCullum (Wicket Keeper), D Vettori, J Franklin, S Bond, M Mason
Kenya Team: M Ouma (Wicket Keeper), D Obuya, R Shah, S Tikolo (c), T Mishra, C Obuya, T Odoyo, J Kamande, L Onyango, P Ongondo, H Varaiya
Group C, Match 4: New Zealand 331 for 7 (50.0 overs) beat Kenya 183 all out (49.2 overs) by 148 runs
Group A, Match 4, SA vs SCO: South Africa focus on Scots before big test
Mar 20, 2007Top-ranked South Africa would want to be as ruthless as possible against minnows Scotland before taking on bitter rivals Australia in their crunch World Cup test.
"We are focused on our match against Scotland, because this is the match to play for now," said South African captain Graeme Smith of his team's Group A clash at Warner Park tomorrow. Smith's men know their real challenge will come on March 24 against defending champions Australia whom they displaced as world number one last month. Smith believed his team's emphatic 221-run win over the Netherlands in their first group match last week had given the players a much-needed work out. South Africa Team (from): Graeme Smith (Captain), A.B. de Villiers, Jacques Kallis, Herschelle Gibbs, Ashwell Prince, Justin Kemp, Mark Boucher, Shaun Pollock, Andrew Hall, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini.
Scotland Team (from): Fraser Watts, Majid Haq, Navdeep Poonia, Gavin Hamilton, Ryan Watson (Captain), Colin Smith, Dougie Brown, Glenn Rogers, Dewald Nel, Paul Hoffmann, John Blain.
Group C, Match 4, NZ vs KEN: New Zealand set to rotate squad for Kenya match
Mar 20, 2007New Zealand are expected to rotate their squad as they look to progress to the World Cup Super Eights with a win over Group C rivals Kenya on Tuesday.
Coach John Bracewell is so confident after the six-wicket win over England in their first group clash on Friday that he is happy to let all his players have a taste of World Cup action. However, he is not taking victory for granted against 2003 semi-finalists Kenya, who overpowered Canada in their first match. If Kenya shock England in the last group game on Saturday, the Africans will go through to the Super Eights so the Kiwis need to beat them to make sure of two points heading into the next stage. New Zealand Team (from): Lou Vincent, Stephen Fleming (Captain), Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Peter Fulton, Craig McMillan, Jacob Oram, Brendon McCullum, Daniel Vettori, Shane Bond, James Franklin, Jeetan Patel.
Kenya Team (from): David Obuya, Maurice Ouma, Ravi Shah, Steve Tikolo (Captain), Tamanay Mishra, Collins Obuya, Thomas Odoyo, Jimmy Kamande, Nehemiah Odhiambo, Peter Ongondo, Hiren Varaiya.
Pakistan Selectors Resign En Masse
Mar 21, 2007Pakistan's national cricket selectors have resigned en masse following the team's disastrous World Cup campaign, which ended before the Super Eight stage.
Mystery Surrounds Around Pakistan Coach Bob Woolmers Death
Mar 20, 2007The circumstances surrounding Bob Woolmer's death are likely to become clearer with a post mortem scheduled to begin later on Tuesday.
Woolmer death draws out foul play rumours
Mar 20, 2007Though the Pakistan Cricket Board insists that team coach Robert Woolmer died of a massive heart attack, it is being speculated in cricketing circles that he could have been killed to cover up match-fixing by the Pakistani team.
Group B, Match 3, IND vs BER: India beat Bermuda by 257 runs
Mar 19, 2007India plundered Bermuda to claim victory by highest run margin and also achieved the highest total with the bat in the World Cup. Bermuda was bundled out for 156 runs. For India, the bowling attack clicked on the right time and the batting order was ripe with attack as Sehwag and Yuvraj peaking in their respective forms.
After frustrating Indian bowlers for a long time, Dwayne Leverock finally gave way. Leverock edged Sachins delivery into the hands of wicketkeeper Mahendra Dhoni. Leverock made 9 runs from 30 balls. Needing a big victory under their belt after Saturday's upset loss to Bangladesh, India plundered Bermuda to post 413 for five in their Group B match at Trinidad on Monday.
Reported Earlier: This the highest total ever in World Cup history and betters the 398 that Sri Lanka hit against Kenya at Kandy in 1996. Barring opener Robin Uthappa, all the Indian batsmen tore into the Bermuda bowling. Virender Sehwag played an imperious knock to bring up a one-day hundred after a gap of almost three years.
Sourav Ganguly played patiently before launching himself. Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh also made full use of the opportunity - bringing up smashing fifties. Yuvraj also hit seven sixes, one short of Ricky Ponting's record of eight sixes in a World Cup innings. India Team: S C Ganguly, V Sehwag, A R Uthappa, R Dravid, S R Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, M S Dhoni, A B Agarkar, A Kumble, Z Khan, M M Patel
Bermuda Team: I H Romaine, D A Minors, O L Pitcher, D C C Borden, D L Hemp, J J Tucker, L O B Cann, M O Jones, K A D Hurdle, R D M Leverock, S D Outerbridge
Group B, Match 3: India 413 for 5 (50.0 overs) beat Bermuda 156 all out (43.1 overs) by 257 runs
Group B, Match 3, IND vs BER: India face Bermuda in do or die match
Mar 19, 2007India and Bermuda play their Group B match at the Queens Park Oval in Trinidad on Monday.
It's a crucial match for India who not only have to win, but have to do so decisively to stay on in the World Cup if the Men in Blue want to avoid an embarrassing first round exit from the tournament like their Pakistani counterparts. India has made just one change to the team that played against Bangladesh after their embarrassing five-wicket loss to Bangladesh. Anil Kumble comes in for Ajit Agarkar. India Team (from): Rahul Dravid (Capt.), Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Robin Uthappa, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, S Sreesanth, Munaf Patel.
Bermuda Team (from): Irvine Romaine (Capt.), Dean Minors, Delyone Borden, Lionel Cann, David Hemp, Kevin Hurdle, Malachi Jones, Stefan Kelly, Dwayne Leverock, Saleem Mukuddem, Steven Outerbridge, Oliver Pitcher, Clay Smith, Janeiro Tucker, Kwame Tucker.
Group D, Match 3, WI vs ZIM: West Indies beat Zimbabwe by 6 wickets
Mar 19, 2007Put in to bat by West Indies skipper Brian Lara, Zimbabwe posted 202 for five after 50 overs in the Group D encounter at Jamaica on Monday.
Sean Williams, who remained unbeaten on 74, steered his side to a respectable total after the initial upheaval and he was well supported by Elton Chigumbura who finished at 30 not out. Zimbabwe started off disastrously as opener Friday Kasteni lasted only one delivery as Jerome Taylor struck to uproot him for a duck and give West Indies an early breakthrough. West Indies: C H Gayle, S Chanderpaul, R R Sarwan, M N Samuels, B C Lara, D R Smith, D J Bravo, D Ramdin, D B Powell, J E Taylor, C D Collymore
Zimbabwe Team: V Sibanda, C J Chibhabha, B R M Taylor, S Matsikenyeri, S C Williams, F Kasteni, E Chigumbura, P Utseya, C B Mpofu, T Mupariwa, A J Ireland
Group D, Match 3: West Indies 204-4 ( 47.5 Overs ) beat Zimbabwe 202-5 (50.0 Overs) by 6 wickets
Group D, Match 3, WI vs ZIM: West Indies seeks spot in Super Eight
Mar 19, 2007West Indies will look to seal a Super 8 spot when they take on lowly Zimbabwe in a Group D match at the Sabina Park here on Monday.
The hosts, after a resounding 54-run win over Pakistan that put the 1992 world champions under skids, should in all likelihood be too strong for the struggling African nation. Zimbabwe's strengths have not revolved around team spirit with only individual performances by Vusumuzi Sibanda and Stuart Matsikenyeri to show so far in the tournament. That they tied with World Cup debutant Ireland in their previous Group game is also a cause for worry. Zimbabwean captain Prosper Utseya will seek contributions from all the departments if his side is to make any impression against the West Indies but it is highly unlikely that any hands would be raised. West Indies (from): Brian Lara (Captain), Ian Bradshaw, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Corey Collymore, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Daren Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons, Devon Smith, Dwayne Smith, Jerome Taylor.
Zimbabwe Team (from): Prosper Utseya (Captain), Gary Brent, Justice Chibhabha, Elton Chigumbura, Keith Dabengwa, Terry Duffin, Anthony Ireland, Friday Kasteni, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Christopher Mpofu, Tawanda Mupariwa, Edward Rainsford, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Brendon Taylor, Sean Williams.
Inzamam announces retirement from ODI Cricket
Mar 19, 2007Following coach Bob Woolmer's death, Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has announced his retirement from one day cricket.
The 37-year-old will be playing his last ODI on Wednesday when Pakistan feature in their last match of the 2007 World Cup, against Zimbabwe in Jamaica.
Group A, Match 3, AUS vs NET: Australia beat Netherlands by 229 runs
Mar 18, 2007Defending Champions Australia thrashed the Netherlands by 229 runs in a Group A match at Besseterre, St Kitts on Sunday.
Chasing an improbable 359, the Netherlands was shot out for 129 runs in 26.5 overs with spinner Brad Hogg taking four wickets. Nathan Bracken and Glenn McGrath took two wickets each. Earlier, batting first after winning the toss, Australia posted 358 for five with Brad Hodge hitting 123 - his maiden ODI hundred. He was adjudged Man of the Match.
Reported Earlier: Australia won the toss and elected to bat first against the Netherlands in a Group A match at Basseterre, St Kitts on Sunday.
The defending champions would be looking to better South Africa's total against the Dutch at the same ground two days ago. Australia Team: Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Brad Hodge, Michael Hussey, Shane Watson, Brad Hogg, Nathan Bracken, Shaun Tait, Glenn McGrath.
Netherlands Team: Bas Zuiderent, Darron Reekers, Alexei Kervezee, Ryan ten Doeschate, Daan van Bunge, Tim de Leede, Peter Borren, Luuk van Troost,Mark Jonkman, Jeroen Smits, Adeel Raja.
Group A, Match 2: Australia 358-5 ( 50 Overs ) beat Netherlands 129-10 (26.5 Overs) by 229 runs
Group C, Match 3, ENG vs CAN: England beat Canada by 51 runs
Mar 18, 2007Put in to bat by Canada John Davison, England finished at 279 for six in their stipulated 50 overs in their Group C encounter at St Lucia on Sunday.
A fine batting effort by Paul Collingwood, who remained unbeaten on 62, and some useful contributions by Bopara and Nixon ensured that England reach to a respectable total in their must win game. Earlier, England openers Ed Joyce and Michael Vaughan gave England just the start they needed with a solid 101-run partnership and set the perfect launchpad for further onslaught.
Reported Earlier: Canada John Davison won the toss and stuck England into bat, hoping to take advantage of some early movement in their Group C encounter at St Lucia on Sunday.
Andrew Flintoff has been omitted from the playing XI after a breach of team discipline. Ravi Bopara has come in place of him. Michael Vaughan was very tight-lipped about the situation at the toss. England Team: EC Joyce, MP Vaughan, IR Bell, KP Pietersen, PD Collingwood, RS Bopara, JWM Dalrymple, PA Nixon, LE Plunkett, JM Anderson, MS Panesar.
Canada Team: GEF Barnett, AM Samad, A Bagai, IS Billcliff, JM Davison, DR Chumney, AA Mulla, S Dhaniram, A Codrington, U Bhatti, AC Cummins.
Group C, Match 3: England: 279-6 ( 50.0 overs ) beat Canada: 228-7 ( 50.0 overs ) by 51 runs
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer dies during World Cup
Mar 18, 2007Pakistani coach Bob Woolmer died in the University hospital at Kinsgston on Sunday. Though the circumstances of his death are still unknown, he was found unconscious in the hotel room. Woolmer was 58.
Group B, Match 2, IND vs BAN: Bangladesh beat India by 5 wickets
Mar 17, 2007Bangladesh sealed a famous five-wicket victory against India with a thrilling performance in Trinidad.
Three of their players passed fifty, Tamim Iqbal leading the way with some calypso strokes in a stunning 51 from 53 balls featuring two sixes. There were some late scares but the 192 target was made with nine balls left.
Reported Earlier: Indian captain Rahul Dravid won the toss and elected to bat against Bangladesh in a Group B match at Port of Spain, Trinidad on Saturday.
India has left out Irfan Pathan, Anil Kumble, Denesh Karthick and S Sreesanth. India Team: Robin Uthappa, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Yuvvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, M S Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Ajit Agarkar, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel.
Bangladesh Team: Shahriar Nafees, Aftab Ahmed, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mushfiqur Rahim, Habibul Bashar, Syed Rasel, Javed Omar Belim, Saqibul Hasan, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain, Mohammad Rafique.
Group B, Match 2: Bangladesh 192-5 ( 48.3 Overs ) beat India 191-10 (49.3 Overs) by 5 wickets
Group D, Match 2, PAK vs IRL: Ireland send Pakistan crashing out
Mar 17, 2007Ireland produced one of the greatest victories in cricket's rich history by beating Pakistan on St Patrick's Day amid unbelievable tension in Jamaica. Led by their brilliant wicket-keeper batsman Niall O'Brien, they reached a rain-adjusted target of 128 with three wickets remaining in near darkness. Ireland's fans, who had been there to witness the tie against Zimbabwe, could barely contain themselves afterwards. The result means Pakistan, ranked fourth in the world, are already out. Wicket-keeper O'Brien, axed by Kent in 2006 because they rate Geraint Jones above him, hit a brilliant 72, easily the best effort by any of the batsmen on a green wicket which Ireland's seamer loved. Reported Earlier: The Ireland-Pakistan match currently in progress at Sabina Park, Jamaica has begun after a rain stoppage. The umpires have applied the D/L method and Ireland now need 128 to win in 47 overs to knock Pakistan out of the contest. When the players had left the field because of rain and bad light, Ireland were 81-4 in 27.3 overs. They have now progressed to 108/5 in 34 overs needing further 23 runs to create one of World Cups greatest upsets being debutants.
Earlier Pakistan was skittled out for 132 runs in 45.4 overs after Ireland skipper Trent Johnston elected to field in their Group D fixture at Jamaica on Saturday.
WB Rankin, who returned with the match figures of 9-1-32-3, was the pick of the bowlers for the minnows who put up a clinical performance to bring about a Pakistan batting collapse. Kamran Akmal, who scored 27 off 47 deliveries, including four boundaries, was the top scorer for Pakistan who failed to recover from the jolting. The Pakistanis are under pressure after a 54-run loss to hosts West Indies in the tournament's opening match. Pakistan Team: Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Nazir, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Sami, Azhar Mahmood, Iftikhar Anjum, Umar Gul
Ireland Team: JP Bray, WTS Porterfield, EJG Morgan, NJ O'Brien, AC Botha, KJ O'Brien, WK McCallan, DT Johnston, AR White, D Langford-Smith, WB Rankin
Group D, Match 2: Pakistan 132 (45.4 ov) lost to Ireland 133/7 (41.4/47 ov) by three wickets
Group B, Match 2, IND vs BAN: India wary of Bangladesh
Mar 17, 2007When India meet Bangladesh for the first time in a World Cup today at the Trinidad Queens Park Oval, they will give respect to their neighbours, for Bangladesh has the knack of pullig off surprises when it matters most. Though Bangladesh have only beaten India once in 14 meetings, their defeat of Australia at Cardiff in 2005 and success over New Zealand last week suggest they are steadily improving and are not incapable of upsetting the more fancied side.
At the same time, Indias overall performance in the West Indies is not inspiring with five wins and 15 losses. India skipper Rahul Dravid has warned his players of the need to be fully "switched on" against the Tigers. India are likely to repose their faith in the recently non-performing Virender Sehwag and Irfan Pathan, who boasts impressive statistics against Bangladesh, in an endeavour to haul them back to form. India Team (from): R Dravid (Captain), S Tendulkar, S Ganguly, R Uthappa, Y Singh, V Sehwag, D Karthik, MS Dhoni, I Pathan, A Agarkar, A Kumble, H Singh, Z Khan, S Sreesanth, M Patel.
Bangladesh Team (from): Habibul Bashar (Captain), Shahriar Nafees, Tamim Iqbal, Aftab Ahmed, Saqibul Hasan, Mohammad Ashraful, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Rafique, Abdur Razzak, Mashrafe Mortaza, Shahadat Hossain, Tapash Baisya, Syed Rasel, Rajin Saleh, Javed Omar.
Group D, Match 2, PAK vs IRL: Pakistan under pressure
Mar 17, 2007Pakistan will be under pressure to deliver a clinical performance against Ireland in Saturday's Group D match at Sabina Park, because if they lose they are almost certainly out of the World Cup.
After the opening-day loss to hosts West Indies and after Ireland's tie with Zimbabwe, Pakistan are desperate for the two points that come with victory. Pakistan have been prone in the past to the odd controversial defeat, like the reverse to Bangladesh at Northampton in the 1999 World Cup but the team will know the seriousness of this match against the Irish. Ireland proved in their first match against Zimbabwe, which was thrillingly tied, that they are not in the Caribbean for a Calypso party they are here to compete and Pakistan will need to be on their A game. Pakistan Team (from): Inzamam-ul-Haq (Captain), Azhar Mahmood, Danish Kaneria, Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal (Wicket Keeper), Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Sami, Mohammad Yousuf, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Rao Iftikhar, Shoaib Malik, Umar Gul, Yasir Arafat, Younis Khan.
Ireland Team (from): T Johnson (Captain), A Botha, J Bray, K Carroll, P Gillespie, D Langford-Smith, K McCallan, J Mooney, P Mooney, E Morgan, K O'Brien (Wicket Keeper), N O'Brien, W Porterfield, B Rankin, A White.
Herschelle Gibbs Hits Sixes Record at Cup
Mar 16, 2007South African Gibbs hit six sixes in an over, the first ever in a cricket international, (first at a one-day international and a World Cup) as his team dominated the Netherlands in the World Cup group stage match. Gibbs achieved his feat off Daan van Bunge to help the top- ranked South Africans amass 353-3, the fifth-highest tally at a World Cup. It's up there with the best things I've done. I never thought about getting six in a row, but if it's your day, it's your day, Gibbs' said after the match. Gibbs's heroics allowed him to became only the third member of an exclusive club of players who have hit six sixes in an elite match. He joined India's Ravi Shastri and West Indian Garfield Sobers, who both achieved the feat in first class cricket in respectively 1985 and 1968.
Gibbs's whirlwind innings was ended five balls later when he holed out to a catch on the long-on boundary by Van Bunge off a ball from Dutch captain Luuk van Troost. He faced just 40 balls for his 72, which included four fours and seven sixes.
Tournament sponsor Johnnie Walker, which pledged to donate US$1 million to Habitat for Humanity housing projects if a batsman could hit six sixes in an over, has confirmed it will pay up.
Following the announcement, the Dutch captain Van Troost said, I'm happy with that, better six sixes than five sixes. Hope it's going to a good foundation.
Group C, Match 2, ENG vs NZ: New Zealand beat England by 6 wicketsScott Styris and Jacob Oram guided New Zealand to a convincing win against the erratic England. New Zealand competed with defiance and completed the win in just 41 overs. Scott Styris made 87 runs and Jacob Oram made 63 runs.
Jacob Oram made a prolific fifty as New Zealand moved close to the victory target. Orams half century came in 68 balls. Earlier, Scott Styris smashed a credible half-century to bleak Englands chances of winning this match. Styriss fifty came in 70 balls. Brought into the attack for the first time in the World Cup, it took Monty Panesar just two balls to claim his first wicket. Jamie Dalrymple took the catch offered to him by Craig McMillan. McMillan made 27 runs from 34 balls. England Team: E C Joyce, M P Vaughan, I R Bell, K P Pietersen, P D Collingwood, A Flintoff, J W M Dalrymple, P A Nixon, L E Plunkett, J M Anderson, M S Panesar
New Zealand Team: S P Fleming, L Vincent, R L Taylor, S B Styris, J S Patel, J D P Oram, C D McMillan, B B McCullum, D L Vettori, J E C Franklin, S E Bond
Group C, Match 2: New Zealand 210-4 ( 41.0 Overs ) beat England 209-7 (50.0 Overs) by 6 wickets
Group A, Match 2, SA vs NE: South Africa beat Netherlands by 221 runsSouth Africa registered a thumping 221-run victory over Netherlands in a Group A encounter at St Kitts on Friday. This was their highest victory margin in ODIs.
Chasing 354 for a win, Netherlands finished at 132 for nine in 40 overs.
Reported Earlier: It rained sixes and fours at St Kitts as South Africa made mincemeat of the Dutch posting 353 for three in a rain-curtailed 40 overs a side Group A match.
Records fell by the wayside as Hershelle Gibbs became the first batsman ever to hit six consecutive sixes in one over in a World Cup. Mark Boucher smashed his way through to the fastest ever fifty in any World Cup, reaching the mark in just 21 deliveries. The Proteas also broke the record for the maximum number of sixes in a World Cup innings, hitting 18 of them. In addition, they plundered 120 runs in just boundaries.At the end of the innings, Jaques Kallis remained unbeaten on 128, while Boucher was 75 not out. South Africa Team: G C Smith, A B de Villiers, J H Kallis, H H Gibbs, A G Prince, J M Kemp, M V Boucher, S M Pollock, A J Hall, C K Langeveldt, A Nel
Netherlands Team: B Zuiderent, D J Reekers, R N ten Doeschate, A N Kervezee, E S Szwarczynski, D L S van Bunge, T B M de Leede, P W Borren, W F Stelling, L P van Troost, J Smits
Group A, Match 2: South Africa 353-3 ( 40.0 Overs ) beat Netherlands 132-9 (40.0 Overs) by 221 runs
Group B, Match 1, SL vs BER: Sri Lanka beat Bermuda by 243 runsSri Lanka defeated Bermuda by 243 runs at Port of Spain, Trinidad on Thursday.
Chasing an improbable 322, Bermuda was bowled out for 78 runs in 24.4 overs. Farveez Maharoof picked up four wickets, while Lasith Malinga scalped three and Muttiah Muralitharan took two. Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene was adjudged Man of the Match for his knock of 85.
Electing to bat Sri Lanka piled on a massive 321 runs against Bermuda at the Queen's Park Oval on Thursday. Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara shared a solid partnership to take Sri Lanka to a commanding position against Bermuda. Both slammed half centuries on the process.
Reported Earlier: Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and elected to bat against debutantes Bermuda in a Group B match at Port of Spain, Trinidad on Thursday.
The debutantes will be tested against the pace of Chaminda Vaas, Lasith Malinga and the crafty spin of Muttiah Muralitharan. Bermuda has just one professional cricketer in batsman David Hemp who has represented English county Warwickshire and now leads Glamorgan. Sri Lanka Team: Sanath Jayasuriya, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene (Captain), Chamara Silva, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Russel Arnold, Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharan, Lasith Malinga, Farveez Maharoof.
Bermuda Team: Irvine Romaine (Captain), Dean Minors, Clay Smith, Janeiro Tucker, Oliver Pitcher, David Hemp, Lionel Cann, Saleem Mukuddem, Delyone Borden, Kevin Hurdle, Dwayne Leverock.
Group B, Match 1: Sri Lanka 321-6 ( 50.0 Overs ) beat Bermuda 78-10 (24.4 Overs) by 243 runs
Group D, Match 2, ZIM vs IRL: Ireland, Zimbabwe play out thrilling tieThe Group D encounter between Zimbabwe and debutantes Ireland ended in a thrilling draw at Sabina Park, Jamaica on Thursday.
Chasing a victory target of 222, Zimbabwe was bowled out for 221 on the last ball of the innings. This is the third tie in a World Cup. Stuart Matsikeneyri, who remained unbeaten on 73, failed to connect with the last ball after having taken his team to the brink of victory as wickets fell like pins at the other end.
Reported Earlier: Jeremy Bray smashed a magnificent century to steer World Cup debutants Ireland was 221 for nine after 50 overs against Zimbabwe in a Group D encounter at Sabina Park, Jamaica on Thursday.
Bray's first century at the World Cup included 10 boundaries and six hits across the fence. He remained unbeaten on 115.
Zimbabwe skipper Prosper Utseya won the toss and elected to field against World Cup debutants Ireland in a Group D encounter at Sabina Park, Jamaica on Thursday.
Both the teams need a win if they are to have any hope of progressing in the tournament.
Ireland Team: DT Johnston, WK McCallan, AC Botha, JP Bray, D Langford-Smith, EJG Morgan, KJ O'Brien, NJ O'Brien, WTS Porterfield, WB Rankin, AR White.
Zimbabwe Team: P Utseya, GB Brent, CJ Chibhabha, E Chigumbura, T Duffin, S Matsikenyeri, CB Mpofu, EC Rainsford, V Sibanda, BRM Taylor, SC Williams.
Group D, Match 2: Ireland 221 for 9 (50.0 overs) tied with Zimbabwe 221 all out (50.0 overs)
Group A, Match 1, AUS vs SCO: Australia beat Scotland by 203 runsAustralia defeated Scotland by 203 runs in the Group A match at St Kitts on Wednesday. Scotland was all out on the score of 131 runs in 40.1 overs. Colin Smith was the only blessing in disguise for Scotland as he scored his maiden ODI half century.
Chasing a mammoth target of 335 runs set by the world champions Australia, Scotland started their innings on a cautious note. However, the Scots lost the wicket of Majid Haq when he was run out for 16 runs.
Captain Ricky Ponting stroked his fourth World Cup century on Wednesday to propel world champions Australia to 334 for six against Scotland in their opening Group A match. Ponting lofted five sixes and struck nine fours in his 113 from 93 balls, his 23rd international one-day century. He also broke Indian Saurav Ganguly's previous World Cup record of 23 sixes and became the sixth man to reach 1,000 World Cup runs. Scotland captain Craig Wright ensured the spectators, who filled less than half of the 10,000-capacity Warner Park, would get a decent day's cricket by opting to field first after winning the toss on a dull, overcast day. Australia Team: M L Hayden, A C Gilchrist, R T Ponting, M J Clarke, B J Hodge, M E K Hussey, S R Watson, G B Hogg, N W Bracken, S W Tait, G D McGrath
Scotland Team: D F Watts, R M Haq, R R Watson, G M Hamilton, D R Brown, N S Poonia, C J O Smith, C M Wright, G A Rogers, J A R Blain, P J C Hoffmann
Group A, Match 1: Australia 334-6 ( 50.0 Overs ) beat Scotland 131-9 (40.1 Overs) by 203 runs
Group C, Match 1, KEN vs CAN: Kenya beat Canada by 7 wicketsChasing 200 for a win, Kenya was 192 for three after 42 overs against Canada in a Group C encounter at St Lucia on Wednesday.
Kenyan openers started off explosively before Anderson Cummins struck to draw first blood as he snared David Obuya for 4 runs. Following Obuya's exit, Shah joined Ouma at the crease. The duo put on a brief 24-run stand for the second wicket before Shah was trapped in front by Bhatti for 6 runs. This brought skipper Tikolo to the crease. Ouma smashed a timely half century to steady the Kenyan innings, which included six boundaries and one hit across the fence.
Just when it seemed that the Kenyans were running away with the game, Dhaniram struck to give Canada a much needed breakthrough as he dispatched Ouma for 58 runs. Put in to bat by Kenya skipper Steve Tikolo, Canada was bowled out for 199 in their stipulated 50 overs. Reported Earlier: Kenyan captain Steve tikolo won the toss and elected to field against Canada in the battle of the minnows. Kenya and Canada's cricket teams undertook some last minute preparations ahead their clash in Group C's opening match.
Rank outsiders Kenya and Canada will both be relying on some solid World Cup experience when they clash in Group C's opening match on Wednesday. Kenya captain Steve Tikolo is 35 and played in the last three World Cups, including their amazing run to the semi-finals in 2003. Kenya Team: M A Ouma, D O Obuya, R D Shah, S O Tikolo, T Mishra, C O Obuya, T M Odoyo, J K Kamande, N Odhiambo, P J Ongondo, H A Varaiya
Canada Team: G E F Barnett, A M Samad, A Bagai, I S Billcliff, J M Davison, A A Mulla, S Dhaniram, G R Codrington, U Bhatti, A C Cummins, H Osinde
Group C, Match 1: Kenya 203-3 ( 43.2 overs ) beat Canada 199-10 (50.0 Overs) by 7 wickets
Group D, Match 1, PAK vs WI: West Indies beat Pakistan by 54 runsWest Indies made a winning start in the 2007 Cricket World Cup beating Pakistan by 54 runs in the opener at Sabina Park, Jamaica on Tuesday.
Chasing 242 to win, Pakistan were bundled out for 187 runs in 47.2 overs. Dwayne Smith and Dwayne Bravo were the pick of the West Indian bowlers, taking three wickets each. Smith also made a valuable contribution with the bat as he scored 36 runs from just 15 balls at the end of the West Indies innings. Reported Earlier: West Indies were restricted to 241 for nine by Pakistan in the opening match of the 2007 Cricket World Cup at Sabina Park, Jamaica on Tuesday.
Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq won the toss and elected to field a decision that proved effective with Umar Gul sending back the dangerous Chris Gayle in the third over. The Southpaw was caught behind by Kamran Akmal for two. Akmal was involved in the dismissal of three more West Indies batsmen. West Indies Team: C H Gayle, S Chanderpaul, R R Sarwan, M N Samuels, B C Lara, D J Bravo, D R Smith, D Ramdin, J E Taylor, D B Powell, C D Collymore
Pakistan Team: Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Nazir, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Iftikhar Anjum, Naved-ul-Hasan, Umar Gul, Danish Kaneria
Group D, Match 1: West Indies 241-9 ( 50.0 overs ) beat Pakistan 187 all out ( 47.2 overs ) by 54 runs
West Indies, Pakistan Teams For World Cup Inaugural Tie In JamaicaWest Indies and Pakistan will face off in Tuesdays World Cup inaugural match at Sabina Park in Jamaica in a Group D match. West Indies have won the inaugural two editions of the World Cup held in England in 1975 and 1979 while Pakistan have clinched the 1992 edition played in Australia. In previous world cups, they have met 7 times, with West Indies winning 5 times. The teams:
West Indies (from): Brian Lara (Captain), Ian Bradshaw, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Corry Collymore, Chris Gayle, Keiron Pollard, Darren Powell, Denesh Ramdin (wicketkeeper), Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons, Devon Smith, Dwayne Smith, Jerome Taylor.
Pakistan (from): Inzamam-ul-Haq (Captain), Azhar Mahmood, Danish Kaneria, Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Sami, Mohammad Yousuf, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Rao Iftikhar, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Umar Gul, Yasir Arafat, Younis Khan.
Umpires: Billy Bowden (New Zealand), Simon Taufel (Australia)
Doordarshan to show 16 World Cup matches live
Mar 13, 2007Doordarshan will kick off its live World Cup coverage with Tuesdays West Indies vs Pakistan match, besides showing 15 other matches, including all the encounters featuring India.
World Cup is on!! Carnival touch to the opening ceremony
Mar 11, 2007Sir Garfield Sobers, the greatest all-round cricketer ever, opened the World Cup tonight in a spectacular ceremony designed to show that whatever happens on the field over the next six weeks, West Indies are the undisputed champions when it comes to putting on a carnival. The three-hour extravaganza costed $2.5million US Dollars and featured more than 1,000 performers. It was staged at the new multipurpose stadium in Trelawny, on the north coast of Jamaica. Sobers, now at 70, retired a year before the first World Cup in 1975.
Glittering opening of ICC Cricket World Cup at Trelawny
Mar 11, 2007ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, the largest sporting event ever staged in the Caribbean, opens today at the Trelawny Sports Complex on Jamaica's North Coast.
Over 1200 performers, as part of over two and a half-hour ceremony, will be demonstrating rich Caribbean culture in varied styles. Players, representing record-16 teams, will be featuring in the opening ceremony while West Indian cricket legend and ex-captain Sir Garfield Sobers will be the chief guest on the occasion with a galaxy of stars of Caribbean cricket attending the ceremony. President of International Cricket Council (ICC) Percy Sonn and dignitaries from across the world have arrived here to be the part of the inaugural show.
Rahul Dravid happy with key players
Mar 10, 2007Indian captain Rahul Dravid said that the key players in his team where coming into top form and fitness, which augured well for India's chances at the cricket World Cup.