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World Cup Cricket 2011 The 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup will be the tenth Cricket World Cup, and will be hosted by three South Asian Test cricket playing countries; India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. It will take place during the months of February and March 2011, with the first match being played on 19 February 2011.29 matches out of 49 will be played in India including one quarterfinal, semi-final and final, 12 matches in Sri Lanka including one quarterfinal and semifinal and eight matches in Bangladesh including two quarterfinals. See TV, Internet, Radio schedules.World Cup 2011 Home | ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 News | World Cup 2011 Schedule | World Cup 2011 Teams | Warm-up Matches

ICC Cricket World Cup

The ICC Cricket World Cup, generally referred to as the Cricket World Cup, is the premier international championship of men's One-day International (ODI) cricket. The event is organised by the sport's governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), with preliminary qualification rounds leading up to a finals tournament which is held every four years. According to the ICC, it is the most important tournament and the pinnacle of achievement in the sport. The first Cricket World Cup contest was organised in England in 1975. A separate Women's Cricket World Cup has been held every four years since 1973.
The finals of the Cricket World Cup are contested by all ten Test-playing and ODI-playing nations, together with other national teams that qualify through the ICC Trophy competition. Australia has been the most successful of the five teams to have won the tournament, taking three titles. The West Indies have won twice, while India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have each won once.

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India vs Sri Lanka - ICC cricket world cup 2011 Final

ICC World Cup 2011 Final
India Cricket team IND vs SRL Sri Lanka Cricket team
Saturday, 2 April 2011 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
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ICC World Cup Final, India vs Sri Lanka - India power to World Cup triumph

India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in a pulsating final to deliver World Cup glory to their cricket-mad population for the first time since 1983. Sri Lanka smashed 91 from their last 10 overs to post 274-6 in Mumbai, with Mahela Jayawardene making a superb 103. India lost Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar early on but Gautam Gambhir and Mahendra Dhoni rebuilt the innings. Gambhir was out for 97, but captain Dhoni's brilliant unbeaten 91 led India to a famous win with 10 balls to spare.
India 277 for 4 (Gambhir 97, Dhoni 91*) beat Sri Lanka 274 for 6 (Jayawardene 103*, Sangakkara 48) by six wickets


ICC World Cup Final, India vs Sri Lanka

The final in Mumbai on Saturday is the first time two Asian nations meet in a cricket World Cup final and it will see a straight contest between the world's best batsman and best bowler of all time - Sachin Tendulkar (18,093 ODI runs) versus Muttiah Muralitharan (534 ODI wickets). And also, in all probability, it will be the last World Cup for both. Winning the World Cup has been a lifelong dream for India's Sachin, who is also waiting for his hundredth international ton.India were dealt a blow ahead of Saturday’s final with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni saying that pacer Ashish Nehra is “most likely” out of the match due to a fractured right-hand finger. But opener Gautam Gambhir, who left the field during Pakistan’s innings due to a hamstring problem, is expected to be fit for the final. Meanwhile, the World Cup final has created a thriving black market with tickets selling for as much as $10,000 each. The face value of the tickets in the Sachin Tendulkar Stand is 15,000 rupees while the cheapest seat for the match at the 33,442-seat stadium was listed at 1,100 rupees, in a country where the average monthly income is about 3,000 rupees.
Teams
Sri Lanka (probable) 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Upul Tharanga, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (capt & wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene, 5 Chamara Silva, 6 Thilan Samaraweera, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Lasith Malinga, 9 Nuwan Kulasekara, 10 Muttiah Muralitharan, 11 Suraj Randiv/Rangana Herath.
India (probable): 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Sachin Tendulkar, 3 Gautam Gambhir, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Suresh Raina, 8 Harbhajan Singh, 9 Zaheer Khan, 10 Sreesanth/Ashwin, 11 Munaf Patel.
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ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2011 Semi Finals

ICC World Cup 2nd Semi Final, India vs Pakistan - India beat Pakistan to make final

India booked a place against Sri Lanka in Saturday's World Cup final after beating Pakistan by 29 runs in Mohali. Virender Sehwag (38) took 21 off Gul from the third over of the innings and Sachin Tendulkar, reprieved by referral and dropped four times on 27, 45, 70 and 81, looked set for his 100th international century with one of his least convincing innings. He was out for 85 from 115 balls as India compiled 260-9, with the help of Suresh Raina after the middle-order failures. Pakistan left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz took 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. Munaf Patel picked up two wickets and Yuvraj Singh made up for his first ball duck with a pair of wickets, but the most important breakthrough came when Harbhajan Singh bowled Umar Akmal for 29. Sachin Tendulkar was the man-of-the-match.Pakistan XI: Mohammad Hafeez, K Akmal (Wicket Keeper), Shafiq, Younus Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, U Akmal, Shahid Afridi (Captain), Razzaq, Riaz, Gul, Saeed Ajmal
India XI: Sehwag, Tendulkar, Gambhir, Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Dhoni (C/W), Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Z Khan, Nehra, PatelReported Earlier: India and Pakistan have played against each other in 119 One-Day Internationals since 1978, with India winning just 46, Pakistan winning 69, and 4 ending in No Result. In the first ever match, India won by 4 runs at Ayub National Stadium, Quetta, on Oct 01, 1978. The last match was during the 2010 Asia Cup, which India won by 3 wickets at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium on Jun 19, 2010. Pakistan have never beaten India in four World Cup matches they met so far.
India 260 for 9 (Tendulkar 85, Riaz 5-46) beat Pakistan 231 (Misbah 56) by 29 runs

ICC World Cup 1st Semi Final, Sri Lanka vs New Zealand - Sri Lanka edge New Zealand to reach final

Sri Lanka overcame a serious bout of the jitters to book their place in Saturday's World Cup final in Mumbai, after holding their nerve to beat a spirited New Zealand by five wickets. The Black Caps looked set for a competitive score in Colombo, but they collapsed from 192-4 to 217 all out. Tillakaratne Dilshan (73) and Kumar Sangakkara (54) sent Sri Lanka charging towards victory before a flurry of wickets brought the match to life. Mahela Jayawardene, Sangakkara and Chamara Silva departed in quick succession as Lanka lost four wickets for 25 runs, but Thilan Samaraweera and Angelo Mathews kept their cool to see the hosts home with 13 balls to spare.Reported earlier: Sri Lanka - the 1996 World Cup champions - will meet New Zealand in Tuesday’s semi-final in Colombo. They have won their previous four World Cup games against New Zealand. The overall head-to-head record is 35-33 in New Zealand’s favour but since 2000 it is 20-11 in Sri Lanka’s favour. In Sri Lanka, since 2000, the head-to-head record is 6-1 against New Zealand.Sri Lanka Team: Tharanga, Dilshan, Sangakkara (C/W), M Jayawardene, Samaraweera, Silva, Mathews, Malinga, Herath, Muralitharan, Mendis
New Zealand Team: B McCullum (Wicket Keeper), Guptill, Ryder, Taylor, Styris, Williamson, N McCullum, Vettori (Captain), Oram, Southee, McKay
Sri Lanka 220 for 5 (Dilshan 73, Sangakkara 54) beat New Zealand 217 (Styris 57, Mendis 3-35) by five wickets

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Semi-Final Line up

Semi Final 1 - Tuesday, 29 March 2011 at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Semi Final 2 - Wednesday, 30 March 2011 at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
Sri Lanka Cricket team SRL vs NZL New Zealand Cricket team India Cricket team IND vs PAK Pakistan Cricket team

ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2011 Quarter Finals

ICC World Cup 2nd Quarter Final, India v Australia (Match E) - India into the semis, to meet Pakistan in Mohali

Yuvraj Singh played a match-winning innings after Ricky Ponting's 104 - his first century for 13 months - helped Australia set a target of 261 for India in Ahmedabad. Sachin Tendulkar's 53 set the hosts off in fine style, and Gautam Gambhir added 50 before Yuvraj (57 not out) saw India to a five-wicket win with 14 balls to spare.The result ended an extraordinary run of success for the Aussies in the World Cup. Beaten finalists in 1996 when Ponting was a junior player, they won the next three tournaments, an imposing run that included a run of 34 matches without defeat.India team: SR Tendulkar, V Sehwag, G Gambhir, V Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, SK Raina, R Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Z Khan, MM Patel
India 261 for 5 (Yuvraj 57*, Tendulkar 53, Gambhir 50) beat Australia 260 (Ponting 104, Haddin 53, Ashwin 2-52, Yuvraj 2-44) by 5 wickets

ICC World Cup 1st Quarter Final, Pakistan v West Indies (Match C) - Pakistan storm into semi-final

Pakistan annihilated West Indies by 10 wickets in the first knock-out match at Mirpur to secure a World Cup semi-final against India or Australia. Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal each took two wickets in an over as Pakistan bowled out West Indies for a paltry 112. Afridi claimed 4-30 to reach 21 wickets in the tournament as only Shivnarine Chanderpaul resisted with 44 not out. Pakistan reached the modest target with 175 balls left, man-of-the-match Hafeez (61) with 10 fours and opening partner Kamran Akmal firing seven fours in 47.
Tomorrow is the big match as the two heavyweights of world cricket, India and Australia collide in the second Q/F at Ahmedabad.
Pakistan 113 for 0 (K Akmal 47*, Hafeez 61*) beat West Indies 112 (Chanderpaul 44*, Afridi 4-30) by 10 wickets

ICC World Cup Cricket Quarter Finals

DateStart TimeMatchVenue
Wed Mar 2308:30 GMT | 14:30 local | 04:30 EDT 1st Quarter Final
Pakistan v West Indies
(Match C)
Mirpur
Thu Mar 2409:00 GMT | 14:30 local | 05:00 EDT2nd Quarter Final
India v Australia
(Match E)
Ahmedabad
Fri Mar 2508:30 GMT | 14:30 local | 04:30 EDT3rd Quarter Final
New Zealand v South Africa
(Match F)
Mirpur
Sat Mar 2609:00 GMT | 14:30 local | 05:00 EDT4th Quarter Final
Sri Lanka v England
(Match D)
Colombo

ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2011 Group Round

ICC World Cup Cricket Group A

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts
Pakistan 6 5 1 0 0 10
Sri Lanka 6 4 1 0 1 9
Australia 6 4 1 0 1 9
New Zealand 6 4 2 0 0 8
Zimbabwe 6 2 4 0 0 4
Canada 6 1 5 0 0 2
Kenya 6 0 60 0 0

ICC World Cup Cricket Group B

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts
South Africa 6 5 1 0 0 10
India 6 4 1 1 0 9
England 6 3 2 1 0 7
West Indies 6 3 3 0 0 6
Bangladesh 6 3 3 0 0 6
Ireland 6 2 4 0 0 4
Netherlands 6 0 6 0 0 0



India and Pakistan in the World Cup Cricket 2011 Group Matches

ICC World Cup 42nd Match, India v West Indies, Group B - India win sets up Aussie showdown

India set up a World Cup quarter-final against holders Australia with a 80-run victory over West Indies, who face Pakistan in the last eight. West Indies paceman Ravi Rampaul took 5-51 on his World Cup debut including the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar for two. Yuvraj Singh, who was dropped twice, hit 113 and shared a third wicket stand of 122 with Virat Kohli (59) before India collapsed from 218-3 to 268. Devon Smith hit 81 but West Indies lost eight wickets for 34 to finish on 188.
India 268 (Yuvraj 113, Kohli 59, Rampaul 5-51) beat West Indies 188 (Smith 81, Sarwan 39, Zaheer 3-26) by 60 runs

ICC World Cup 40th Match, Australia v Pakistan, Group A - Australia run ended by Pakistan

Pakistan ended Australia's 34-match unbeaten run at World Cups with a tense four-wicket victory in Colombo to secure top spot in Group A. Ricky Ponting's side looked out of sorts after choosing to bat, crumbling to 176 all out with Umar Gul (3-30) and Abdul Razzaq (2-8) impressing.
Pakistan 178 for 6 (Shafiq 46, Umar 44*, Lee 4-28) beat Australia 176 (Haddin 42, Gul 3-30)

ICC World Cup 33rd Match, Pakistan v Zimbabwe, Group A - Pakistan book quarter-final berth

Pakistan booked a place in the World Cup quarter-finals with a seven-wicket victory (D/L method) over Zimbabwe in a rain-hit contest in Pallekele. Zimbabwe, needing to win to keep alive their hopes of reaching the last eight, got their innings made a dismal start as Umar Gul (3-36) left them on 13-3.
Pakistan 164 for 3 (Shafiq 78*, Hafeez 49, Price 2-21) beat Zimbabwe 151 for 7 (39.4 ov) (Ervine 52, Chigumbura 32*, Gul 3-36) by seven wickets (D/L method)

ICC World Cup 29th Match, India v South Africa, Group B - South Africa stun India in the battle of nerves

Sachin Tendulkar's 99th international century proved in vain as South Africa execute a brilliant run chase to beat India in the last over at the Cricket World Cup in Nagpur. Batting first, India lost their last nine wickets for 29 runs after Sachin Tedulkar's departure. They were 253 for 1 at one time, but ended up scoring only 296 with Dale Steyn taking five wickets in 16 balls.In a dramatic finale, tail-ender Robin Peterson struck 18 off seven balls to see the Proteas to a target of 297 with two balls to spare in Nagpur.
India team: Tendulkar, Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Y Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Nehra, Munaf Patel
South Africa 300 for 7 (Kallis 69, Amla 61, de Villiers 52) beat India 296 all out (Tendulkar 111, Steyn 5-50) by three wickets

ICC World Cup 25th Match, India v Netherlands, Group B - India beat Netherlands by 5 wickets to consolidate their Group B lead.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Netherlands batting line up crashed to 127/7 in 38 overs even though they got a good start, taking 56/1 in 15 overs. Zaheer Khan took three wickets for 20 runs to help India bowl out the Netherlands for 189 at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium.Chasing a modest target of 190 to win, India were given a flying start by openers Virender Sehwag (39 off 26 balls) and Sachin Tendulkar (27 off 22 balls) as they added 69 runs in just 7.3 overs. However, a triple strike by Pieter Seelaar and another wicket by Peter Borren had India struggling at 99/4 at one point of time. Yuvraj rescued the home team from this precarious position and guided them to a 5 wicket victory over Netherlands with 81 balls to spare and consolidated their top spot in the points table. India now have 7 points from 4 games with England, who have 5 points off as many games, at the second place. India is still Group B's only unbeaten team, with just a tie against England spoiling its 100 per cent record.Sachin Tendulkar, today added another feather in his cap when he became the first batsman to score 2,000 runs in the World Cup. He achieved the feat during his 27-run knock in their group B match against the Netherlands at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Playing in his 40th World Cup match, the champion batsman reached the milestone in style, smashing Ryan ten Doeschate for three consecutive boundaries.
India 191/5 (36.3 ov) (Cooper 29, Borren 38, Zaheer Khan 6.4-0-20-3) beat Netherlands 189 (46.4 ov) (Sehwag 39, Tendulkar 27, Yuvraj Singh 51, Seelar 10-1-53-3) by 5 wickets

ICC World Cup 24th Match, New Zealand v Pakistan, Group A - Taylor blitz flattens Pakistan

Birthday boy Ross Taylor's terrific unbeaten century - 131 off 124 balls - set up New Zealand's 110-run victory over Pakistan in their World Cup Group A match on Tuesday. New Zealand blasted 100 off last five overs to reach 302 for seven in their allotted 50 overs.Pakistan's chase was derailed after half the side were dismissed inside 15 overs, with paceman Tim Southee picking up 3-25. Pakistan were bowled out for 192 in a win that sees New Zealand leapfrog their opponents to the top of Group A.
New Zealand 302 for 7 (Taylor 131, Guptill 57) beat Pakistan 192 (Razzaq 62) by 110 runs

ICC World Cup 22nd Match, India v Ireland, Group B - Yuvraj's five & 50 save India

Yuvraj Singh saved the blushes for India by picking his maiden five-for to restrict Ireland to 207 before he hit an unbeaten fifty to settle India's nerves in a hard-fought win in Bangalore. Needing just 208 for a victory, India managed to lose 4 wickets for 100 runs before Yuvraj and Dhoni put on 67 runs and Pathan cracked 3 sixes and 2 fours to see India through.
India 210 for 5 (Yuvraj 50) beat Ireland 207 (Porterfield 75, Yuvraj 5-31) by 5 wickets

ICC World Cup 17th Match, Canada v Pakistan, Group A - Pakistan win despite being dismissed for 184

Pakistan were skittled out for 184 after 43 overs but they saw off a spirited Canada by 46 runs, thanks to Shahid Afridi, who took his wicket tally in the 2011 World Cup to 14. A stand of 73 from Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal gave some respect to the Pakistan total with Umar firing four fours and a six in his 48. However swing bowler Harvir Baidwan took 3-35 as the final four Pakistan wickets fell for three runs in 14 deliveries.
Pakistan 184 (Umar 48, Misbah 37, Baidwan 3-35) beat Canada 138 (Hansra 43, Afridi 5-23) by 46 runs

ICC World Cup 11th Match, India v England, Group B - England & India in thrilling tie

A brilliant 158 from Andrew Strauss saw England tie an extraordinary World Cup group match against India in Bangalore. Strauss along with Ian Bell put England in command with a 170-run second-wicket stand, before Zaheer Khan dismissed both batsmen in successive balls. England needed 14 from the last over, but fell one run short of victory needing two off the final ball.Earlier, India scored a mammoth 338 with the help of Tendulkar's 120-run knock which came off 115 balls (5 sixes and 10 fours). Tendulkar hit his 47th century off 103 balls as India crossed the 200-run mark in the 35th over. This is Tendulkar's fifth World Cup century - the most by any player in the world. This was just the fourth tied game in World Cup history.
India 338 all out in 49.5 overs (Tendulkar 120, Gambhir 51, Yuvraj 58, Bresnan 5-48) tied with England 338/8 in 50 overs (Strauss 158, Bell 69, Zaheer 3-64)

ICC World Cup 11th Match, India v England, Group B - First big test for India

India will face their first big test in the ongoing Cricket World Cup when they face England in a Group ‘B’ match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. Strong contenders India beat Bangladesh in their first match while England wobbled a bit before getting past the Netherlands in their respective first outings. England captain Andrew Strauss has called on his side to ruin India's World Cup party as he believes England could conjure up a surprise.Both teams are likely to stick with the same starting XIs as in their first matches, with everyone available for the hosts apart from paceman Ashish Nehra. India captain Dhoni has warned his players they must forget about the emphatic nature of their victory over Bangladesh and not get carried away so early on in the tournament.

ICC World Cup 10th Match, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, Group A - Afridi, Misbah seal Pakistan victory

Misbah-Ul-Haq (83 not out off 81 balls) and Shahid Afridi - who picked up four wickets - guided Pakistan to an 11-run win over Sri Lanka in Colombo. Batting first, Misbah-ul-Haq and Younus Khan (72 off 76 balls) helped Pakistan to 277 for seven in 50 overs, from the difficult position of 105 for three.
Pakistan 277 for 7 (Misbah 83*, Younis 72) beat Sri Lanka 266 for 9 (Silva 57, Afridi 4-34) by 11 runs

ICC World Cup 6th Match, Kenya v Pakistan, Group A - Kenya sink in massive chase


Captain Shahid Afridi took five wickets as Pakistan completed a resounding 205-run World Cup Group A win over Kenya. Afridi claimed 5-16 - the best figures in a World Cup by a Pakistan bowler - as his team dismissed their Group A opponents for 112 in Hambantota. Earlier, Umar Akmal's 71 from 52 balls was complemented by Kamran Akmal (55), Younus Khan (50) and Misbah-ul-Haq (65), in a total of 317-7.
Pakistan 317 for 7 (Umar 71, Misbah 65, Kamran 55, Odoyo 3-41) beat Kenya 112 (Obuya 47, Afridi 5-16, Gul 2-12) by 205 runs

ICC World Cup Match 1, India v Bangladesh, Group B - Sehwag and Kohli set up massive win for India

India defeated Bangladesh by 87 runs in the first match of the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Opener Virender Sehwag ignored an injury to smash 175 - his second World Cup century - to lift India to a massive 370-4 on Saturday at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirapur, Dhaka. He added 203 runs with Virat Kohli for the third wicket with the latter also completing a century in the final over. Kohli finished on 100 not out off 83 balls in his World Cup debut.Bangladesh made 283 for nine in 50 overs with opener Tamim Iqbal top scoring with 70 and captain Shakib-al-Hasan scoring 55. For India, pacer Munaf Patel picked up four for 48 from 10 overs. Earlier Bangladesh Captain Shakib won the toss and put India to bat. Bangladesh team
Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Junaid Siddique, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Raqibul Hasan, Naeem Islam, Mahmudullah, Abdur Razzak, Shafiul Islam, Rubel Hossain India team
SR Tendulkar, V Sehwag, G Gambhir, V Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, YK Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Z Khan, S Sreesanth, MM Patel.
India 370 for 4 (Sehwag 175, Kohli 100*) beat Bangladesh 283 for 9 (Tamim 70, Shakib 55, Munaf 4-48) by 87 runs

ICC World Cup Match 1, India v Bangladesh, Group B - Preview

India takes on Bangladesh in the 2011 World Cup opener on Saturday in Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium with a chance to exact revenge for a shock loss in the previous edition four years ago which ensured India's early exit in the first round of the 2007 tournament in the Caribbean. On paper, the day-night clash may look like a no-contest with tournament favourites India having won 20 of their 22 one-day matches against the Tigers. India have enjoyed an impressive run over the last three years, which has taken Dhoni's men to the top of the Test rankings and made them number two behind Australia in the one-dayers. With Sehwag, Sachin, Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh adding to a top-heavy line-up and Dhoni and the explosive Yusuf Pathan coming down the order, Harbhajan Singh has been pushed to number eight despite two Test centuries to his credit.

ICC World Cup Warm-up Matches, India v New Zealand at Chennai

Captain Mahendra Dhoni scored a superb unbeaten century as India recorded a 117-run win over New Zealand in their World Cup warm-up match in Chennai. He shared century stands with Virat Kohli (59), Gautam Gambhir (89) and Suresh Raina (50) in a total of 360-5.
India 360 for 5 (Dhoni 108*, Gambhir 89, Kohli 59, Raina 50) beat New Zealand 243 (B McCullum 58) by 117 runs

ICC World Cup Warm-up Matches, India v Australia at Bangalore

Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting top-scored with 57 on his return from injury but Australia finished 38 runs short of their target of 215, despite reaching 118-1 at one stage. India's number one spinner Harbhajan Singh (3-15) and Piyush Chawla with figures of 4-31 from nine overs were instrumental in India's win. In order to ensure players are given maximum opportunity, teams are permitted to use any 11 batsmen from their 15-man squad, and any bowlers. India's next warm-up game versus New Zealand at Chennai on Feb 16, 2011.
India 214 in 44.3 ov (Sehwag 54, Lee 3-35) beat Australia 176 all out in 37.5 ov (Ponting 57, Chawla 4-31) by 38 runs.

2011 Cricket World Cup on TV, Radio and Internet

Rights to television coverage have been awarded to ESPN Star Sports which will distribute live feeds, taped airings and recaps to international public and cable stations worldwide. Each and every match will be covered by 27 cameras including features like movable slips cameras and new low 45 degree field cameras. The broadcast production will also have a mid-wicket camera position for live running between wickets. In United States, the official broadcaster willow.tv came up with innovative ways to broadcast the games using IPTV technology and providing live feeds to users of Roku, Google TV, PS3, DishworldIPTV, Boxee, Xbox, Wii, Samsung Internet@TV, Apple TV, and Netgear Push2TV HD. The games are also available on multiple tablet or mobile devices with internet. On TV, World Cup is available in Willow Cricket HD on Dish Network and DirecTV. In the UK and Ireland, Sky Sports will be carrying live game coverage. BBC 1 also traditionally offers Cricket World Cup feature color commentary and special video highlights. The Nine Network on FOX will be providing extensive coverage in Australia. Watch for Eurosport2 to televise the games to the rest of Europe (excluding the UK and Ireland) while North American fans can tune into DirecTV in the US and the Asian Television Network (ATN) in Canada. Television
Country/ContinentBroadcaster(s)
Afghanistan Ariana Television Network: Lemar TV
Australia Nine Network, Fox Sports
South Africa Sabc3 Sport
Bangladesh Bangladesh Television
Singapore Star Cricket
West Indies Caribbean Media Corporation
Canada Asian Television Network
China Star Sports
India ESPN Star Sports/ Star Cricket/ DD National mostly India matches
Jamaica Television Jamaica
Middle East Arab Radio and Television Network: CricOne
Malaysia Astro (Malaysian satellite television)
Fiji Fiji TV: Sky Pacific World
New Zealand Sky Sport
Pacific Islands Sky Pacific: Sky Pacific World
Pakistan GEO Super/ Pakistan Television Corporation
Africa Supersport
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation: Channel Eye
United Kingdom/ Ireland Sky Sports HD/ Zee Cafe
USA Willow Cricket, DirecTV, Dish Network
Radio
Country/ContinentBroadcaster(s)
Australia ABC Local Radio
India All India Radio
Sri Lanka FM Derana
West Indies Caribbean Media Corporation
Bangladesh Bangladesh Betar
Canada/ Central America Echostar
United Kingdom/ Ireland BBC Radio
Pakistan Hum FM
United Arab Emirates Cricket Radio
Internet
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England BSkyB (skysports.com)
Wales BSkyB (skysports.com)
Scotland BSkyB (skysports.com)
Ireland BSkyB (skysports.com)
West Indies Caribbean Media Corporation (Cananews.com)
USA Willow TV
India ESPN STAR Sports (Espnstar.com)
Pakistan ESPN STAR Sports (Espnstar.com)
Bangladesh ESPN STAR Sports (Espnstar.com)
Nepal ESPN STAR Sports (Espnstar.com)
Bhutan ESPN STAR Sports (Espnstar.com)
Sri Lanka ESPN STAR Sports (Espnstar.com)
Maldives ESPN STAR Sports (Espnstar.com)
Australia Fox Sports (Foxsports.com.au)
New Zealand Sky Sport (skysport.co.nz)
Africa SuperSport (supersport.com)
Other countries ESPN Star Sports (espnstar.com)

De Ghuma Ke: ICC Cricket World Cup 2011′s official theme song

Bollywood's musical trio of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have composed the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011′s official theme song, titled "De Ghuma Ke". The song is in itself a passionate expression that creatively captures the fierce sense of competition and the desire to win. The song has been composed in 3 different versions - Hindi, Bangla and Sinhalese - and will feature in the build-up to and during the tournament in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Pak govt may ask PCB to boycott 2011 World Cup

After skipping the logo unveiling ceremony of the 2011 World Cup held in Mumbai recently, speculations are rife that Pakistan could boycott the mega event also.
According to sources, the government is seriously considering to ask the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to boycott the 2011 World Cup in protest against the ICC’s decision to shift the World Cup matches from Pakistan.The Indian government is being blamed for influencing the ICC’s decision and trying to alienate Pakistan. The Central Organising Committee of the 2011 World Cup on Tuesday had recommended India to host eight of the 14 matches that were earlier allotted to Pakistan.

India to host 29 2011 World Cup matches

The Central Organising Committee of the 2011 World Cup on Tuesday recommended India to host eight of the 14 matches that were earlier allotted to Pakistan. The COC met in Mumbai to recommend the ICC Board as to where, within Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka, the 14 matches originally allocated to Pakistan should be staged and where the tournament secretariat would be based.
While India got eight, Sri Lanka will host the remaining four matches and Bangladesh two. India will now host 29 matches, Sri Lanka 12 and Bangladesh eight.The COC also recommended that Bangladesh would stage two of the four quarter-finals, with India and Sri Lanka hosting one each. The two semi-finals will be staged in India and Sri Lanka, with the final in India.

2011 Cricket World Cup matches switch to India

The majority of 2011 World Cup matches scheduled to be held in Pakistan will be switched to India, the tournament's organising committee has decided.
The 2011 World Cup was set to be co-hosted by Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka with Pakistan to host 14 matches. But the International Cricket Council, at its executive board meeting in Dubai earlier this month, decided to strip Pakistan of its hosting rights because of safety concerns arising from an "uncertain political situation" in the country.
At a World Cup organising committee meeting in Mumbai on Tuesday, India was given 29 matches including the final and one semi-final, while Sri Lanka is set to host 12 matches including a semi-final and Bangladesh eight matches and the opening ceremony. ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat, who attended the meeting, said he was confident adequate security measure would be put in place in the subcontinent to ensure the event goes ahead as planned.
"We have formed in the central organising committee a security team to be directed by BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) president Shashank Manohar," he said. "We recognise that it's important we instil confidence in the security measures we have in place. "We have no doubt that we will be able to put together security plans that would successfully help host the World Cup in 2011."

Mumbai to host 2011 cricket world cup final

The organising committee for the 2011 Cricket World Cup has said that the inaugural ceremony of the mega event will be held in Dhaka, while Lahore and Colombo will host the semi-finals and finals will be held in Mumbai. It has also promised a spectator-friendly tournament with affordable ticket prices.
India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will be co-hosting the month-long extravaganza in four years' time. "We promise a spectator-and media-friendly World Cup in four years time," said, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Chairman Sharad Pawar, after the organisers' first meeting in Bhurban, a northern hill resort near Islamabad. "We will make unrelenting efforts to make the event a spectacular one so that more and more people come and watch the best cricket," Pawar was quoted as saying in 'The News'. "We assure that prices of the tickets will be affordable to the local paying capacity," he added.
The committee also held discussions on the option of common visas for citizens of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, based on the pattern the Caribbean nations adopted in the just concluded World Cup. "The possibility of a common visa will also be explored through talks with the governments," said Pawar.
Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Nasim Ashraf said the committee will seek grants from the ICC for developing cricket grounds in all the four countries. Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi and Faisalabad would host the World Cup matches in Pakistan.
Pakistan's eastern cultural hub at Lahore was chosen, as the headquarters of the World Cup 2011. The four countries from the subcontinent beat the joint bid from Australia and New Zealand to stage the 2011 World Cup. Australia and New Zealand will now host the 2015 edition.
Besides Pawar and Ashraf, the meeting was attended by Bangladesh Cricket Board CEO Mehmood-ur-Rahman and Sri Lankan Cricket Board Chief Executive Dilip Mendies. The next organising committee meeting will be held in India later this year.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Bid

The International Cricket Council announced its decision on which countries would host the 2011 World Cup on April 30, 2006.
Australia and New Zealand also bid for the tournament, and a successful Australasian bid for the 2011 World Cup would have seen a 50-50 split in games, with the final still up for negotiation. The TransTasman bid, Beyond Boundaries, was the only bid for 2011 delivered to ICC headquarters in Dubai ahead of the March 1 deadline. Considerable merits of the Australasian bid were the superior venues and infrastructure and the total support of both the New Zealand and Australian governments on tax and customs issues during the tournament, according to Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland. The New Zealand government had also given assurance that Zimbabwe would be allowed to compete in the tournament, following political discussions in the country whether their cricket team should be allowed to tour Zimbabwe in 2005. The Australasian bid also won the support of West Indies captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
ICC President Ehsan Mani said the extra time taken by the Asian bloc to hand over its bid compliance book had harmed the four-nation bid. However, when the time came to vote, Asia won the hosting rights by ten votes to three. The Pakistan Cricket Board has revealed that it was the vote of the West Indies Cricket Board that swung the matter, as the Asian bid had the support of the four bidding countries along with South Africa and Zimbabwe. It was reported in Pakistani newspaper Dawn that the Asian countries promised to hold fund-raising events for West Indian cricket during the 2007 World Cup, which may have influenced the vote. However, chairman of the Monitoring Committee of the Asian bid, I. S. Bindra, said it was their promise of extra profits in the region of US$ 400 million that swung the vote, that there "was no quid pro quo for their support", and that playing the West Indies had "nothing to do with the World Cup bid".
International cricket politics lie at the heart of the dispute. Since cricket is the most popular sport in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Asia is of fundamental financial importance to the International Cricket Council. However, historically, international cricket has been controlled by the Old Commonwealth nations of England, Australia, and New Zealand, supported by South Africa. The centre of cricketing politics has moved, over time, with the money, and the Asian nations, particularly India under the guidance of Jagmohan Dalmiya, looking for greater control in the direction of international cricket, and in 2005 Dalmiya said that the Indian subcontinent should host every third World Cup

ICC World Cup 2011 Structure

On 11 April 2005, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan announced agreement about the allocation of games, though no decision on the location of semi-finals and final has been made. Three months later, PCB director Abbas Zaidi confirmed that India had been chosen to host the final, while Pakistan and Sri Lanka would host the semi-finals. This will be the first time Sri Lanka will host a World Cup semi-final, after hosting two group games during the 1996 World Cup. The opening ceremony will take place in Bangladesh.

India:

22 games (including the final)
Venues: Eden Gardens (Kolkata), Feroz Shah Kotla (Delhi), M. Chinnaswamy Stadium (Bangalore), M. A. Chidambaram Stadium (Chennai), Punjab C.A. Stadium (Mohali), Sardar Patel Stadium (Ahmedabad), Vidarbha C.A. Ground (Nagpur), Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai). The final of the 2011 cricket World Cup will be played in New Delhi at a new state-of-the-art stadium to be built by BCCI on the banks of river Yamuna at a cost of about Rs.5 billion.

Pakistan:

16 games (including one semi-final)
Venues: Arbab Niaz Stadium (Peshawar), Gaddafi Stadium (Lahore), Iqbal Stadium (Faisalabad), Multan Cricket Stadium (Multan), National Stadium (Karachi), Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium (Rawalpindi)

Sri Lanka:

9 games (including one semi-final)
Venues: R. Premadasa Stadium (Colombo), Sinhalese S.C. (Colombo)

Bangladesh:

6 games (including the opening ceremony and opening match)
Venue (one from three will be picked): Bangabandhu National Stadium (Dhaka; the stadium was officially handed over to the football federation in March 2005), Narayanganj Osmani Stadium (Fatullah), Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium (Mirpur)

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.