World Cup

Dhoni And Gambhir Seal World Cup Triumph For India

Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit an unbeaten 91 and Gautam Gambhir 97 as India lifted their second World Cup crown with a six-wicket win in an enthralling final against Sri Lanka in Mumbai. Mahela Jayawardene scored a sublime unbeaten century to guide Sri Lanka to 274 for six but India overhauled that score with ten balls remaining.
2 April 2011

World Cup Final Preview: All Roads Lead To Mumbai

Chetan Narula previews Saturday's World Cup final: At the beginning of the World Cup, if someone bet decent money on an India versus Sri Lanka final at Mumbai, he wouldn't have been thought a fool. Australia were never expected to replicate their glorious past and England were too tired, doing very well to stay alive as long as they eventually did.
1 April 2011

Randiv Replaces Injured Mathews For World Cup Final

Sri Lanka have replaced all-rounder Angelo Mathews with off-spinner Suraj Randiv in their 15-man squad ahead of Saturday's World Cup final against India on Saturday. Mathews will miss the match in Mumbai with a right thigh strain he picked up against New Zealand in the semi-final.
1 April 2011

Yards - Indian Cricket World Cup Stars Just Do It With Nike

Nike has launched "Yards," its next Nike Cricket TV spot. The new short brings to life the Just Do It attitude that exists throughout street cricket across India. It seamlessly captures the relationship between the raw street-style of cricket played by youth all over India and the bold, best-of-class cricket played by Team India itself. The 60 second clip takes the viewer on a visual journey by bringing to light the spirit and the passion of the game while showcasing the connection between the two styles of play. At centre stage of "Yards" are the heroes of street cricket: the local youth who live and claim their 22 yards all over India.
31 March 2011

Sri Lanka Put Vaas And Randiv On World Cup Standby

Sri Lanka have called up veteran left-arm fast bowler Chaminda Vaas and off-spinner Suraj Randiv as cover for injured duo Muttiah Muralitharan and Angelo Mathews ahead of the World Cup final against India. Muralitharan has been struggling with various injuries throughout the tournament while Mathews batted with a runner during the five-wicket win over New Zealand in the semi-final.
31 March 2011

India Fans Celebrate World Cup Semi-Final Success

Home fans celebrate in Mohali following India's 29-run win over Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-final, which put them through to the final against Sri Lanka in Mumbai. Sachin Tendulkar top scored with 85 as India posted 260 for nine before Pakistan were bowled out for 231 in reply.
31 March 2011

Taufel And Dar Named As Umpires For World Cup Final

Simon Taufel and Aleem Dar have been chosen to umpire Saturday's ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 final between India and Sri Lanka. Australian Taufel, one of the game's most respected officials, is afforded his chance to officiate in the game's showpiece event following Australia's failure to qualify for the first time since 1992.
31 March 2011

Cricket World® TV - World Cup 2011 Update - India Beat Pakistan To Reach Final

A look back at the second semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, which saw India overcome arch-rivals Pakistan by 29 runs and book their place in the final against Sri Lanka on Saturday. Sachin Tendulkar survived four dropped catches to make 85, top scoring as India posted a winning score of 260 for nine while in reply, Pakistan were bowled out for 231 - Tendulkar taking the winning catch.
30 March 2011

India Knock Out Pakistan To Reach World Cup Final

India knocked Pakistan out of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, beating them by 29 runs in the semi-final in Mohali, and set up a title clash with Sri Lanka on Saturday. In the pressure cooker environment, the target of 261 was a bit too much for the Pakistani batsmen as the Indian bowlers didn't let them off the leash for long.
30 March 2011

Cricket World® TV - World Cup 2011 Update - Sri Lanka Reach The Final

A review of the third to last day of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 in Colombo, where home side Sri Lanka booked their place in the final by beating New Zealand by five wickets. Muttiah Muralitharan, making his final ODI appearance in Sri Lanka, took a wicket with his final ball before half-centuries from Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara ensured a victory and their place in a third final.
29 March 2011

Sri Lanka Set Up Third World Cup Final Appearance

Muttiah Muralitharan took a wicket with his final ball in One-Day International cricket in Sri Lanka before his side beat New Zealand by five wickets to reach their second World Cup final in a row. They did so by dismissing New Zealand for 217 and then closing the semi-final in Colombo on 220 for five in 47.5 overs.
29 March 2011

World Cup Semi-Final Preview: Cricket's El Classico

Let us begin with a simple question - what is the greatest rivalry in this sport? Many would point to the old classic, the Ashes, wherein Australia versus England have written history books, and then rewritten them. Others, mostly modern day fans, would point to India versus Australia that in the past one and a half decade has regaled them to no end.
29 March 2011

World Cup Semi-Final Preview: No Ordinary Game

Chetan Narula previews the opening World Cup semi-final between Sri Lanka and New Zealand: Sample this: on any other day when New Zealand would take on Sri Lanka at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, there wouldn't really be any doubt who is the one favourite for the game. Maybe New Zealand would win, after all the two teams do start equal. But that is a huge maybe...
28 March 2011

Comment: Why Can't England Win A 50-Over World Cup?

There is a temptation to ask 'what went wrong' following England's dismal ten-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka that sealed their World Cup exit. It may be a more pertinent line of enquiry to try to work out 'what went right' during a campaign that flattered to deceive. The tie with India proved the high point, they were beaten by Bangladesh and Ireland, were pushed hard by the Netherlands and only managed to beat South Africa and the West Indies.
28 March 2011

Pakistan Hope to Hit The Ground Running Against India

Pakistan players Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq are pictured running during a training session ahead of their team's ICC Cricket World 2011 semi-final against India. The match - which could break all sorts of records - will be played in Mohali on 30th March with the winner taking on Sri Lanka or New Zealand in the final in Mumbai on 2nd April.
28 March 2011

50-Over Cricket 'Far From Finished' - Haroon Lorgat

International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat says that the success of the 2011 World Cup proves that the 50-over game has a long future ahead of it. He used an audience of diplomats, business leaders and journalists at a Sri Lanka Press Institute Press Club meeting to reiterate his belief in the 50-over game.
28 March 2011

View From India - Musings On The Quarter-Finals

Let one begin by saying that this is not about the four teams that won their respective quarter-final matches in the 2011 World Cup and now are the hallowed semi-finalists. Between them they still have three more matches to play and time to pass judgment on them shall come soon enough. This, then, is about the ones who crossed the long-haul initial stage and found the knock-outs too hot to handle.
28 March 2011

Cricket Betting: Cook Favourite For ODI Captaincy

Alastair Cook is the 7/4 favourite to succeed Andrew Strauss as the next captain of England's ODI team, reports Paddy Power. Having been dumped out of the World Cup at the weekend after a generally poor performance throughout the tournament many observers believe Andrew Strauss could relinquish the captaincy.
28 March 2011

Match Officials For World Cup Semi-Finals Revealed

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed which umpires and match referees will be taking charge of the semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. Steve Davis and Aleem Dar will stand during the clash between New Zealand and Sri Lanka and the India-Pakistan match will be overseen by Simon Taufel and Ian Gould.
27 March 2011

Cricket World® TV - World Cup 2011 Update - Dilshan, Tharanga Send England Home

A look back at the latest ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 action, which saw Sri Lanka beat England by ten wickets in the fourth and final quarter-final in Colombo. Although Jonathan Trott and Eoin Morgan scored half-centuries for England, they were eclipsed by a 231-run partnership for the opening wicket by Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga, who both scored centuries to seal a ten-wicket win and set up a semi-final against New Zealand on Tuesday.
26 March 2011