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New Zealand bat first against Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka – New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori won the toss and elected to bat against Sri Lanka in the first World Cup semi-final at the R Premadasa Stadium, on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka named an unchanged team from the line-up who beat England in the quarter-finals. Off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was declared fit to play despite suffering from a bruised knee and a hamstring injury in the lead-up to the match.

Openers power SL in semi-finals

Colombo, Sri Lanka – Openers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga powered Sri Lanka to a superb victory by 10 wickets over England in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 quarter-final.

Playing on Saturday at the R Premadasa Stadium, the right-handed Dilshan (108 not out) and the left-handed Tharanga (102 not out) both notched up their second centuries in the tournament and with it their second double-hundred opening partnership.

Oram a hero as Kiwis stun Proteas

Dhaka, Bangladesh – New Zealand pulled off a major upset as they beat South Africa on Friday by knocking the form team out of the World Cup in the quarter-finals.

South Africa have now lost all five of their knockout matches since they first played at the tournament in 1992 while underdogs New Zealand advanced to the semi-finals for the sixth time.

Yuvraj stars as India humble Aussies

Ahmedabad, India – India sparked wild celebrations among its billion plus fans after ending Australia’s remarkable 12-year reign as World Cup champions with a thrilling five-wicket win in the quarter-finals.

Chasing 261 for victory, India fumbled and faltered but half-centuries from Sachin Tendulkar (53), Gautam Gambhir (50) and Yuvraj Singh (57 not out) eventually helped them to overwhelm the target with 14 balls to spare and set up a much-anticipated semi-final with Pakistan.

Windies go down to Pakistan

Dhaka, Bangladesh – West Indies suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Pakistan in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 quarter-final and have been eliminated from the tournament.

The Windies collapsed to 112 all out from 43.3 overs and the Pakistani’s then raced to 113-0 off just 20.5 overs to win by 10 wickets in front a superb crowd of close to 25,000 at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur. They advanced to the semi-finals where they will play the winner of Thursday’s match between Australia and India.

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