Sunday, March 27, 2011

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-final line-up completed

KARACHI: As Sri Lanka defeated England in a one-sided affair at Colombo on Saturday, the Semi-Final line-up of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 has been completed.

Shahid Afridi

In the first semi-final to be played at Colombo on March 29, New Zealand, who stunned South Africa, will look to repeat the heroics to create history to play world cup finals by beating one of the host nations Sri Lanka, who mauled a tired-looking England by 10 wickets.

MS Dhoni

Experts say, Sri Lanka have great chances of making it to the final as they have an opponent who have defeated them only five times in Sri Lanka as against 12 victories for the hosts.
If Sri Lanka defeat New Zealand, then this would be the first time in the history of world cup that two teams from South Asia would play in the final.

Kumar Sangakkara

The other semi-final is the one everybody is talking about these days. Pakistan are taking on India at Mohali on March 30th in the biggest match of cricket history.
India defeated Australia by five wickets while Pakistan thrashed West Indies by 10 wickets in their respective quarter-finals to book themselves berth in the top-four of the tournament.

Daniel Vettori

India would be relying heavily on their batting as their bowling is somewhat weak enough to give any side in the world to chase down any total. We have seen it in the game against England, where India, despite of scoring 338 runs, couldn’t seal the victory and England, who looked at one stage cruising to victory, still managed to tie it despite a sudden and strange batting collapse.
On the other hand, Pakistan have got a strong bowling line-up, arguably the best bowling department in the whole cricketing world. Good news for Pakistan is that their top order batsmen have started to find their touch and if they do find themselves in a good knick on March 30 then India will have a hard time answering their local media as well as fans.

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