Battle of Cricket – ICC 2011 Time Table

Tournament Schedule
No Date and Time
1 Sat Feb 19
14:30 IST
1st Match, Group B – Bangladesh v India
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
2 Sun Feb 20
09:30 IST
2nd Match, Group A – Kenya v New Zealand
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
3 Sun Feb 20
14:30 IST
3rd Match, Group A – Sri Lanka v Canada
Mahinda Rajapaksha International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota
4 Mon Feb 21
14:30 IST
4th Match, Group A – Australia v Zimbabwe
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
5 Tue Feb 22
14:30 IST
5th Match, Group B – England v Netherlands
Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur
6 Wed Feb 23
14:30 IST
6th Match, Group A – Kenya v Pakistan
Mahinda Rajapaksha International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota
7 Thu Feb 24
14:30 IST
7th Match, Group B – South Africa v West Indies
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
8 Fri Feb 25
09:30 IST
8th Match, Group A – Australia v New Zealand
Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur
9 Fri Feb 25
14:30 IST
9th Match, Group B – Bangladesh v Ireland
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
10 Sat Feb 26
14:30 IST
10th Match, Group A – Sri Lanka v Pakistan
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
11 Sun Feb 27
14:30 IST
11th Match, Group B – India v England
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
12 Mon Feb 28
04:00 GMT | 09:30 IST
12th Match, Group A – Canada v Zimbabwe
Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur
13 Mon Feb 28
14:30 IST
13th Match, Group B – Netherlands v West Indies
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
14 Tue Mar 1
14:30 IST
14th Match, Group A – Sri Lanka v Kenya
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
15 Wed Mar 2
14:30 IST
15th Match, Group B – England v Ireland
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
16 Thu Mar 3
09:30 IST
16th Match, Group B – Netherlands v South Africa
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
17 Thu Mar 3
14:30 IST
17th Match, Group A – Canada v Pakistan
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
18 Fri Mar 4
09:30 IST
18th Match, Group A – New Zealand v Zimbabwe
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
19 Fri Mar 4
14:30 IST
19th Match, Group B – Bangladesh v West Indies
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
20 Sat Mar 5
14:30 IST
20th Match, Group A – Sri Lanka v Australia
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
21 Sun Mar 6
09:30 IST
21st Match, Group B – England v South Africa
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
22 Sun Mar 6
14:30 IST
22nd Match, Group B – India v Ireland
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
23 Mon Mar 7
14:30 IST
23rd Match, Group A – Canada v Kenya
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
24 Tue Mar 8
14:30 IST
24th Match, Group A – New Zealand v Pakistan
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
25 Wed Mar 9
14:30 IST
25th Match, Group B – India v Netherlands
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
26 Thu Mar 10
14:30 IST
26th Match, Group A – Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
27 Fri Mar 11
09:30 IST
27th Match, Group B – Ireland v West Indies
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
28 Fri Mar 11
14:30 IST
28th Match, Group B – Bangladesh v England
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
29 Sat Mar 12
14:30 IST
29th Match, Group B – India v South Africa
Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur
30 Sun Mar 13
09:30 IST
30th Match, Group A – Canada v New Zealand
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
31 Sun Mar 13
14:30 IST
31st Match, Group A – Australia v Kenya
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
32 Mon Mar 14
09:30 IST
32nd Match, Group B – Bangladesh v Netherlands
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
33 Mon Mar 14
14:30 IST
33rd Match, Group A – Pakistan v Zimbabwe
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
34 Tue Mar 15
14:30 IST
34th Match, Group B – Ireland v South Africa
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
35 Wed Mar 16
14:30 IST
35th Match, Group A – Australia v Canada
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
36 Thu Mar 17
14:30 IST
36th Match, Group B – England v West Indies
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
37 Fri Mar 18
09:30 IST
37th Match, Group B – Ireland v Netherlands
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
38 Fri Mar 18
14:30 IST
38th Match, Group A – New Zealand v Sri Lanka
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
39 Sat Mar 19
09:30 IST
39th Match, Group B – Bangladesh v South Africa
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
40 Sat Mar 19
14:30 IST
40th Match, Group A – Australia v Pakistan
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
41 Sun Mar 20
09:30 IST
41st Match, Group A – Kenya v Zimbabwe
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
42 Sun Mar 20
14:30 IST
42nd Match, Group B – India v West Indies
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
43 Wed Mar 23
14:30 IST
Quarter Final – TBC v TBC (A1 v B4)
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
44 Thu Mar 24
14:30 IST
Quarter Final – TBC v TBC (A2 v B3)
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
45 Fri Mar 25
14:30 IST
Quarter Final – TBC v TBC (A3 v B2)
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
46 Sat Mar 26
14:30 IST
Quarter Final – TBC v TBC (A4 v B1)
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
47 Tue Mar 29
14:30 IST
Semi Final – TBC v TBC
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
48 Wed Mar 30
14:30 IST
Semi Final – TBC v TBC
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
49 Sat Apr 2
14:30 IST
Final – TBC v TBC
Wankhede Stadium, Mumba

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fans fun in Kandy with Amazing victory over Zimbabwe

ICC World Cup 2011 : Match No 26 : Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by 139 runs

Match No 26: Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe at Pallekele on 10.03.11: Sri Lanka won by 139 runs

Zimbabwe won the toss and inserted the opposition in this game providing the 180th occasion of a team doing so in the annals of one day games. It also provides the 88th occasion of Zimbabwe doing so in one day games

Zimbabwe won the toss and inserted the opposition in this game providing the 1499th occasion of a team doing so in the annals of one day games. It also provides the 14th occasion of Zimbabwe doing so in one day games

WU Tharanga and TM Dilshan added 282 runs partnership for the first wicket in this game providing the 195thoccasion of a century partnership in the world cup. This stand also provide the 50th occasion of a three figure partnership for the first wicket in the world cup

WU Tharanga and TM Dilshan added 282 runs partnership for the first wicket in this game providing the 18thoccasion of a century partnership in the world cup. This stand also provides the third occasion of a three figure partnership for the first wicket by Sri Lankan batsmen in the world cup. The other two occasions are – 128 runs between RS Mahanama and MAR Samarasekera vs Zimbabwe at New Plymouth on 23.02.92 and 126* runs between MS Atapattu and ST Jayasuriya vs Bangladesh at Pietermaritzburg on 14.02.03.

WU Tharanga and TM Dilshan added 282 runs partnership for the first wicket in this game represents Sri Lanka’s best opening partnership in the world cup

WU Tharanga {133} and TM Dilshan {144} scored hundreds in this game providing the first occasion of both the openers scoring hundreds in the world cup and 22nd such occasion in one day games

 

pakistan on the way

Pakistan came into the World Cup besieged by a corruption scandal and doubts over Shahid Afridi’s captaincy but they now stand on the verge of the last eight with the tournament’s only perfect record.

Inspired by Afridi, who has led from the front with a tournament-high 14 wickets, Pakistan sit on top of Group A with six points after wins over Kenya, Sri Lanka and Canada.

Now they face New Zealand in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, on Tuesday, who are in fourth place in the group with two wins.

Pakistan started their World Cup bid under a cloud after former Test captain Salman Butt and pacemen Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer received lengthy bans on charges of corruption relating to last year’s Lord’s Test against England.

But they have regrouped and Afridi, who is also known for his devastating hitting, has turned the side into genuine contenders for their first World title since 1992.

Amid the focus on the 31-year-old, Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq urged his team-mates to take the pressure off Afridi, who took 5-16 against Kenya and followed up with four wickets against Sri Lanka and five against Canada.

“It’s really very good for a team that its captain is doing well, but other players are also required to play well, take responsibility and ease pressure off the captain,” said Misbah.

Misbah said Afridi has led from the front in the tournament.

“I think in all conditions, especially here, Afridi is a difficult bowler to handle, he has got variation and doesn’t give the batsmen time. With that kind of aggression he has led from the front,” he added.

Misbah said Pakistan’s recent one-day series win over New Zealand would count for nothing.

“We have done well against them in World Cups and in the recent series there but that win will count for nothing as it’s a new game at a new place,” said Misbah, of Pakistan’s 3-2 win in New Zealand last month.

Pakistan are set to bring in paceman Shoaib Akhtar after resting him for the previous match against Canada, while left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman is also available after missing that game due to a leg muscle injury.

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori said he was aware of how good Pakistan’s bowling attack could be.

“They can probably defend any score because of the nature of their bowlers. They bring a lot to the table,” he said.

New Zealand, who lost to Australia by seven wickets but eased past Kenya and Zimbabwe by 10 wickets in each game, have four points after three matches.

“It’s a matter of stepping up against the harder teams,” said Vettori, whose country has lost six World Cup matches against Pakistan since winning their first in 1983.

The hill town of Kandy has suffered from persistent rains and the only international match here, a Test between Sri Lanka and the West Indies in December, was drawn without a single innings completed in five days.

The warm-up matches before the World Cup were also moved because of bad weather.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has criticised Bangladeshi fans for stoning the West Indies team bus after the home side was humiliated against the Caribbean side, in an apparent case of mistaken identity.

The attack on the West Indies bus was “undesirable” and such behaviour could affect Bangladesh’s chances of hosting further major events, Hasina told a political rally late Monday.

The Prime Minister urged fans to be patient after any home defeat, saying it was “not acceptable that you will garland the players if they win and pelt them with stones if they lose,” she said.

Int’l Rugby Board strips Sri Lanka

The International Rugby Board has stripped Sri Lanka’s rugby union of full member status after it failed to conduct board elections in accordance with IRB bye laws.

The decision followed ongoing concerns regarding the governance and management of the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) after it missed a Jan. 31 deadline for elections in line with its constitution, the IRB said in a statement.

“The SLRFU will now revert to IRB Associate Member status with a further review to be held on April 1, 2011 pending the successful completion of the Union’s AGM (Annual General Meeting) and board elections,” the IRB said.

“The SLRFU remains entitled to participate in Asian Rugby Football Union competitions subject to the Regional Association’s rules.”

Sri Lanka have earned promotion to the main HSBC Asian Five Nations tournament for the first time this year. The other nations taking part are Japan, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan and United Arab Emirates. (Reuters)

what’s going on england – ICC 2011 world cup

Chittagong, March 8(AFP): Resurgent England need to find a new opening partnership for Friday’s World Cup clash against Bangladesh after Kevin Pietersen’s exit, but coach Andy Flower isn’t giving the game away.

Flower declined to reveal skipper Andrew Strauss’ new opening partner, hinting there could be a different choice for each game depending on the conditions.

“It does not have to be the same man for the rest of the tournament,” the coach said.

“You need different qualities to open the batting against Bangladesh than you do against Australia. We are going to have to be flexible.”

“We’re not going to let you or the opposition know who it’s going to be, but we’ve got a clear idea of who we want for the game against Bangladesh.”

The choice is likely to be limited to Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara or wicket-keeper Matt Prior, who are all essentially middle-order batsmen but capable of having a hit at the start.

Bell is an accomplished batsman and Bopara scored a man-of-the-match winning 60 against South Africa, but it could be the hard-hitting Prior who opens the innings against Bangladesh.

Flower’s dilemma for Friday’s Group B clash against Bangladesh at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium in Chittagong was brought into sharp focus with the loss of Pietersen as they move towards securing a place in the quarter-finals.

Pietersen will miss the rest of the tournament to undergo a hernia operation.

England, who have five points from four games, need a win against the co-hosts or in their last league match against the West Indies in Chennai on March 17 to enter the knock-out rounds.

The free-stroking Pietersen had revelled as Strauss’ opening partner, contributing stands of 105, 68 and 91 in the first three matches.

The only time the duo failed together was on Sunday against South Africa when left-arm spinner Robin Peterson, given first use of the new ball, dismissed Strauss third ball and Pietersen off the sixth.

The chaotic start did not prove costly as England, restricted to 171, hit back to bowl out the Proteas for 165 on a turning wicket in Chennai.

Pietersen has been replaced by former Irish batsman Eion Morgan, who is expected to arrive in the port city later on Tuesday, a rest day for the entire squad.

Left-handed Morgan, 24, was in the original 15-man squad before he was withdrawn due to a finger injury and replaced by Bopara.

The pressure on Friday will be entirely on the hosts, who need a win to stay in contention for the quarter-finals.

Bangladesh, who crashed to their lowest total of 58 in the last game against the West Indies, have just one win from three matches and are languishing in sixth place in the seven-team group.

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England v Ireland: Kevin O’Brien scores fastest ever World Cup ton to inspire Irish to historic victory

One of the charities attached to this World Cup has asked the players to nominate their favourite book. Perhaps after this humiliation by Ireland the England team will name We Need to Talk About Kevin following their punishment by one of the most amazing one-day innings of all time.

Lionel Shriver’s book is a sober, dark novel far removed from the world of sport. But the title fits with what occurred here because it will be a long time before anyone involved with cricket, particularly in Ireland, will stop talking about the century made by Kevin O’Brien.

It was the fastest hundred in a World Cup fixture and propelled Ireland to complete the highest successful run chase in the tournament’s history. It also left Ireland at the centre of one of the sport’s greatest shocks for the second successive tournament adding to their victory over Pakistan four years ago to deliver a resounding retort to those forcing associate nations out of future World Cups.

England deserved the defeat their form so far in this tournament has threatened. Twice the batsmen saved them from losses to Holland and India.

This time they fluffed the final overs of their own innings, down to a mixture of what looked like complacency and lack of a hitter in the O’Brien mould down the order. They added only 33 off their last five overs as they copied India’s mistake on Sunday of not putting the game out of sight when batting first.

after amazing victory

Happy days: Ireland believe they should be included at 2015 World Cup Photo: AP

Ireland’s sensational win against England on Wednesday comes after a decision by the ICC to cut the number of teams in the 2015 World Cup to 10 from the current 14 – infuriating the second tier, or associate, nations.

They fear a carve-up that will see a competition dominated by the Test teams and their chances of qualifying drastically reduced.

McNamee said: “It sends out a message that Associates can’t be taken for granted by everybody, that we can surprise.

“This win is just a dream come true. We were used to being defeated. So when victory comes, a victory against England, it’s absolutely wonderful.”

Captain William Porterfield also believes that Ireland’s dramatic win proves that the smaller nations deserve a place at cricket’s biggest tournament

another view ….

The state owned ITN should apologize to Mahela Jayawardena and Thilan Samaraweera for running a segment suggesting that they were involved in match fixing which caused Sri Lanka to lose to Pakistan last Saturday, JVP MP Vijitha Herath stated.

He further stated that the JVP strongly condemns the accusations hurled at the two cricketers and demanded that the ITN script writer Mahinda Abeysundera apologize to the cricketers for claiming that they underperformed for financial gain.

Herath further claimed that the government was attempting to sell government and public property on D.R. Wijeywardena Mawatha to foreign parties who aim to build casinos on the land. He alleged that the President had already approved the proposal and it was pending cabinet approval.

Source: Ada Derana

COLOMBO: In a rare match of the modern era One Day International cricket, bowlers enjoyed a clear edge over batsmen at R Premadasa Cricket Stadium where Pakistan defeated Canada by 46 runs in a low-scoring encounter of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 on Thursday.

Henry Osinde clean-bowled by Wahab Riaz

Henry Osinde clean-bowled by Wahab Riaz. Courtesy: Getty Images

With pitch assisting both seamers and spinners, batsmen found it hard to stay at the wicket and score runs freely, just for a change though.

A total of 20 wickets were fallen in the match where Pakistan were bowled out for meager 184 runs but then their bowlers stuck to the task and eliminated Canadian batsmen for mere 138 runs, claiming two important points that took them into the quarterfinals stage of the competition.

Pakistan’s skipper got his second five wickets haul of the competition to emerge as the Man of the Match as he grabbed five wickets for 23 runs while from Canadian camp Baidwan led the bowling effort with three wickets for 35 runs.

For our valued cricket-crazy fans, The Sports Encounter is sharing a highlights package compiled by the ESPNSTAR that includes fall of wickets during the Pakistan vs Canada match. Enjoy!