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India face World Cup exit

India look set to make a shock exit from the 2007 ICC World Cup after losing to Sri Lanka by 69 runs.

Needing a victory to stay in the tournament, India's top batsmen could not repeat their record breaking performance against Bermuda against an in-form Sri Lanka team. Sachin Tendulkar scored a duck on a day when runs were needed from every member of the team.

Sri Lanka now go into the Super 8 stage with six points and they are going to be joined by the West Indies who also have six points after beating Ireland by eight wickets with Shiv Chanderpaul scoring a superb 102 from 113 balls.

Looking at the coming fixtures, the big match for Australia against South Africa is going to be played tomorrow morning and this will check Australia's return to form. South Africa are playing some very good cricket at the moment and neither team is prepared to drop points and it should be an exciting encounter.

England and Kenya both have a chance to be in the Super 8 and whoever wins this match will be there. So its a final before a final for these two teams. I would expect England to win this one but Kenya will give them a run of their money.

The last group match will see Bermuda battle Bangladesh to decide who will join Sri Lanka in the next stage in group B. Before the tournament started, the match looked like a non-event because by then most expected India and Sri Lanka to have qualified but that hasn't happened and so its now the most anticipated match in this group.

The good news is that there will be only one match on this day and so I hope to give this match my undivided attention.

After such a performance Sri Lanka is now my favourite to win the World Cup. The biggest threat could be South Africa and the Aussies.

Thanks Mal for the comment. I think New Zealand are are in with a shout as well.

After Bangladesh beat Bermuda today India are out of the World Cup. I had expected India to do well and at least reach the semis given the players that they have got on their disposal, but Bangladesh managed to beat them and that was it.

With India being a co-host of the next tournament, they have to play far much better than they have done in this tournament or else they will disappoint a lot of their fans at home.

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