India beat Pakistan by 29 runs

India beat by 29 runs:
India Vs Pakistan Semifinal World Cup 2011
India won the match by 29 runs

India beat Pakistan buy 29 runs
For India Sachin Tendulkar was the leading run scorer at 85 runs followed by Sehwag while Pakistan's Riaz Wahab took a 5 wicket haul

India Score : 261-9

In the 2nd half Pakistan batting was good in the first 10 overs but after that they went on loosing wickets at regular intervals and ultimately were bowled out at the score of 231.

Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 5 wickets

Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 5 wickets in the World Cup semi final match in Colombo.

As New Zealand defended their total of 217, Sri Lankan players Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara responded with a steady stand of 70 in 18 overs, to manoeuvre their team into a formidable position of 116 for 1 at the halfway mark of the chase.

Earlier, a clinical display by the bowlers helped Sri Lanka bundle out New Zealand for a modest 217 in 48.5 overs despite Scott Stryis's fighting half-century, in the first semi-final of the cricket World Cup.

Pace spearhead Lasith Malinga and spinner Ajantha Mendis, with three wickets each, were the wreckers-in-chief, while Muttiah Muralitharan finished with two salps as New Zealand's innings lacked the thurst needed to power them to a challenging total.

Batting first after winning the toss, Styris struck 57 off 77 balls, an innings that was laced with five boundaries, before becoming Muralitharan's final ODI victim.


Sri Lanka Crushed England by 10 wickets

Coo-host Sri Lanka passed strong signal to opponents with superb performance from both bat and ball as they beat England by 10 wickets with 63 balls remaining, in the 4th QF of 2011 CWC on Saturday, 26th March at Colombo. Sri Lanka will now take New Zealand in the 1st Semi-Final on Tuesday, 29th March at Colombo.

England after winning the toss got a bad start but Trott hit 86 runs put 91 runs for the 4th wicket with Morgan who hit 50 runs, but unable to scored quick runs even at the end due to good bowling by Sri Lanka bowlers as Murali took 2 wickets.

Sri Lankan openers then dominated and chased the runs without loosing any wickets as Dilshan hit 108* runs off 115 balls with 10 fours and 2 sixes and Tharanga made 102 not out runs off 122 balls with 12 fours and a six.

Match Summary:

England - 229/6 in 50 overs (Trott 86, Morgan 50, Muralitharan 2-54)

Sri Lanka - 231/0 in 39.3 overs (Dilshan 108*, Tharanga 102*)

Toss - England won the toss and elected to bat first.

Man of the Match - Tilakratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka)

Result - Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets (with 63 balls remaining)

New Zealand beat South Africa by 49 runs

DHAKA: New Zealand defeated South Africa by 49 runs with 6.4 overs here at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium on Friday and entered the ICC World Cup semifinals on Friday.

Chasing a not so difficult target of 222, South Africa were all out for 172 runs in 43.2 overs.

Smith, Kallis, AB de Villiers and Plessis scored 28, 47, 35 and 36 runs respectively but these big names once again failed to propel their team to the victory in the crucial quarter final match.

India beat Australia by 5 wickets

India beat Australia by five wickets to set-up a World Cup semi-final date with Pakistan.

Once again it was Yuvraj Singh, who charted India's win with an all-round performance against the Aussies at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad, on Thursday.

First he returned with bowling figures of 10-0-44-2 and then scored an unbeaten 57 to help India beat the four-time World Cup champions in front of a packed Motera stadium.
India's Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina celebrate their win against Australia
Chasing 261, India got off to a good start with Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar putting 44 runs for the first wicket.

In the ninth over Shane Watson got the vital breakthrough scalping Virender Sehwag on 15. He wanted to play a pull but mistimed it towards Michael Hussey at square leg. India lost their first wicket on 44.

Soon, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir went on to forge a partnership.

Sachin crossed another milestone by scoring more than 18,000 runs in ODIs. But post his half-century, Tendulkar departed with Shaun Tait scalping him on the first ball of the 19th over. He fell for 53 and India lost their second wicket on 94/2.

A few minutes later, David Hussey claimed Virat Kohli with a full toss that was hit hard towards the mid-wicket region, but Michael Clarke ensured the ball didn't go any further. Kohli fell for 24 and India fell to 143/3 in the 29th over.

Post Kohli's fall, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh batted cautiously to thwart the Aussie plans. Gambhir went on to complete his half-century.

But Gambhir's innings came to a rather bizarre end when he got run out in the 34th after surviving two run out chances. An over earlier Ponting missed a chance and again Yuvraj and Gambhir got involved in a mix up, the two escaped only to see Gambhir walk back on the next ball on 50 with a run out against his name. India lost their fourth wicket on 168.

Then it was the turn of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to take a walk. He whacked the ball off Brett Lee but Michael Clarke took a blinder in the outfield and he perished on seven. India were 187/5 in 38 overs.

Finally Yuvraj Singh (57 not out) and Suresh Raina (34 not out) batted with gusto to see India home in the 48th over of the innings.

Australia innings

Earlier, Ricky Ponting scored his fifth World Cup century as Australia scored 260/6 in their stiuplated 50 overs.

Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting won the toss and elected to bat. Not an unusual decision considering the nature of the wicket.

The wicket looked dry and there will be some turn in offer for the spinners. It was a good move by India captain MS Dhoni to give the ball to offie R Ashwin in the first over. And Ashwin did get the breakthrough albeit a bit late. On the last ball of the 10th over he scalped Shane Watson with his turner that crashed into his stumps. He fell for 25 and Aussies went down to 40/1.

Post that wicket, Brad Haddin and Ricky Ponting got on with a fine partnership to put 70 runs for the second wicket. Brad Haddin went on to score his fourth half-century in the World Cup, but he could not carry any further as Yuvraj Singh got the man India wanted.

Haddin went for a big hit off Yuvraj but failed to get the desired elevation and Suresh Raina took a fine catch to dismiss him on 53. Aussies lost their second wicket on 110/2.

Yuvraj, who is on a purple patch at the World Cup, came up with another vital breakthrough to send Aussie vice-captain Michael Clarke home. A top edge off Clarke's bat was taken by Zaheer Khan at mid-wicket. He departed for eight and Australia fell to 140/3 in the 31st over.

Then it was the turn of paceman Zaheer Khan to join the party and he did it by scalping Michael Hussey with his slower ball that pitched on the off and turned in a little to take the batsman's off stump. Australia lost their fourth wicket on 150.

Later, Zaheer struck back to send back Cameron White on 12 with a caught and bowled written against his name. And Aussies went down to 190/5 in 41.2 overs.

Towards the end of the innings, Ponting and David Hussey got on with a good partnership. They even took the Batting Powerplay to up the tempo in the 44th over. Ponting went on to complete his fifth World Cup and 30th ODI ton. Deep into the 49th over R Ashwin scalped Ponting on 104 with Zaheer Khan performing the final rites to reduce Australia to 245/6.

Finally, David Hussey and Mitchell Johnson added 15 runs for the seventh wicket to help Australia score 260/6 against India.


Sri Lanka beat Kenya by 9 wickets

Lasith Maling started his world cup journey with a hat-trick and took 6 wickets in the match as Sri Lanka beat Kenya by 9 wickets with 188 balls remaining in th 1th match of Cricket World Cup 2011 at Colombo on Tuesday, March 1, at Colombo.

Kenya were 102-2 at one stage but bowled out on 144 runs as LasithSri Lanka beat Kenya by 9 wickets Maling took a hat-trick with 1 wicket on the last ball and 2 wickets in the 1st 2 balls of next over and Dilshan 44 runs and Tharanga 67* runs not out chased the target in 18.4 overs and Sri Lanka moves on top in Group A.

Sri Lanka vs Kenya Match Summary:

Kenya – 142 all out in 43.4 overs (C Obuya 52, D Obuya 51, Malinga 6-38)

Sri Lanka – 146/1 in 18.4 overs (Tharanga 67, Dilshan 44)

Toss – Kenya won the toss and elected to bat first.

Man of the Match – Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka)

Result – Sri Lanka won by 9 wickets (with 188 balls remaining)

Points – Sri Lanka 2, Kenya 0