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Archive for March 2011

India ends Australia's reign in Ahmedabad

India beat Australia in the 2011 ICC World Cup quarter-final match played in Ahmedabad by five wickets to end Australia's reign in the cricket one day World Cup.

Australia had won the last three World Cups and before the last group match against Pakistan had a 34 match unbeaten streak.

If Australia had reached the final it would have been the fifth consecutive final for the defending champions.

I think Ricky Ponting answered his critics by posting a commanding 104 runs, his first century in international cricket in thirteen months, but that was not enough to get Australia to the semis.

India reached the 261 target with 14 balls to spare and have now set what will be an explosive semi against Pakistan.

India's win means that there will be at least one team from the sub-continent in the final.

In the other half of the draw, South Africa will play New Zealand and Sri Lanka will entertain England.

The winners between these two will play in the semis for the right to play either India or Pakistan.

No end to one sided matches

With the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup entering the quarter-final stage I thought we had seen the last of the one-sided matches but the Pakistan/West Indies match proved otherwise.

The West Indies lost by ten wickets after batting first and managing only 112 runs in 43.3 overs.

Pakistan reached that tally in just 20 overs and did not lose a single wicket.

I wasn't expecting that kind of match although I expected Pakistan to win it especially after the way they stopped Australian's 34-match unbeaten streak.

Pakistan's win means that they will now play either Australia or co-hosts India and that should be a very interesting match.

I think that India as co-hosts are under a lot of pressure to win their match against Australia. Australia are the defending champions but I think they haven't been as dominant.

However, a rematch for Australia against Pakistan could be an appetising encounter.

Lets hope we have now seen the last of the one sided matches.