Cricket World Cup: India beat Pakistan to reach final

India get past Pakistan into final

India booked a place against Sri Lanka in Saturday’s World Cup final after beating Pakistan by 29 runs in Mohali.ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-final, Mohali:India 260-9 (50 overs) bt Pakistan 231 by 29 runs (49.5 overs)

Virender Sehwag (38) hit nine fours and Sachin Tendulkar, reprieved by referral and dropped four times, looked set for his 100th international century.He was out for 85 from 115 balls as India compiled 260-9, left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz with a career-best 5-46.

Mohammad Hafeez struck 43 and Misbah-ul-Haq made a defiant 56 but Pakistan were all out for 231 in the final over.

With tickets reportedly exchanging hands for many thousands of rupees, an estimated 28,000 packed into the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium and every possible vantage point outside the ground taken, a match of such magnitude between the fierce rivals deserved to be a classic encounter. Read more of this post

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Harbhajan Singh’s second successive century pushed India’s lead to 122 on the fourth morning in Hyderabad

Harbhajan Singh's second successive century pushed India's lead to 122 on the fourth morning in Hyderabad

Harbhajan Singh's second successive century pushed India's lead to 122 on the fourth morning in Hyderabad

Harbhajan Singh not out 111 in 116 ball with 7 sixes & 7 fours.

 

Zaheer, Harbhajan lead India’s charge

Harbhajan Singh took three wickets in quick succession

Harbhajan Singh took three wickets in quick succession

New Zealand 350 (Ryder 70, Zaheer 4-69, Harbhajan 4-76) v India
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How they were out
Zaheer Khan led the charge with the second new ball, and Harbhajan Singh followed up with important wickets to give India the upper hand. New Zealand lost their last seven wickets for 97, with their innings ending shortly after lunch. Jesse Ryder, struggling with the calf strain he carried from the first Test, added important runs through his positive batting, but a shrewd Zaheer caused enough damage from the other end to make it India’s day so far.

Ryder added 48 runs off 56 balls to his overnight 22, but India did well to dry up the runs elsewhere: the rest could manage only 25 while he was there. Struggling physically, Ryder couldn’t quite take charge with the lower order, and on occasion turned down sharp singles. With about 15 minutes to go to lunch, he got a beauty from Harbhajan, angling in from round the stumps, and turning away from middle and leg. The edge was lapped up by VVS Laxman at first slip, and New Zealand were reduced to 331 for 8 on a fairly good batting surface. Read more of this post

Great batsman Sachin Tendulkar made ambassador for World Cup 2011

 

Sachin made ambassador for WC 2011

Sachin made ambassador for WC 2011

 

Iconic Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar, who is set to become only the second player in the history of cricket to play six ODI World Cups, was named on Thursday the official ambassador of the event to be held in the sub-continent next year.

Tendulkar will be called upon to promote and support a variety of ICC initiatives for the tournament, which is the third biggest sporting event in the world and will take place in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka from February 19 to April 2 next year, the ICC said in a statement.

“There are just 100 days to go and I am really looking forward to playing in another Cricket World Cup,” said Tendulkar, who will join Pakistan’s Javed Miandad as the only other player to take part in six

Bangladesh set to mark 100 days to go ICC World Cup 2011

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly and Bangladesh paceman Masrafe Bin Mortaza share in Dhaka

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly and Bangladesh paceman Masrafe Bin Mortaza share in Dhaka

Mashrafe Mortaza revealed his excitement as Bangladesh marked 100 days to go to the ICC CWC 2011 with a spectacular firework display and an unveiling of a countdown clock in Dhaka.

“The World Cup is the most anticipated tournament for me and I can already feel the buzz,” said Mortaza.

“There is no better place to play cricket than at home because our fans are the best fans and we will not disappoint them. If the team playes to its potential then we are going to have the most memorable World Cup.

“I can’t wait! The whole country is holding its breath. I am really excited because the World Cup is very near. We are playing some great cricket and we just want to continue with this momentum. We want to give the whole nation something to celebrate and we are capable of that.”
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