From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.34 :: NO.14 :: Apr. 07, 2011
In their best phase, the odds were always on the Australians in a pressure situation because they had the bowling, the fielding, and above all the attitude that pulled teams out of trouble. That has been missing for some time, writes Suresh Menon.
Sri Lanka's smashing display
Sri Lanka's fourth World Cup semifinal materialised through Tillekaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga, who whipped England with such intensity that all the talk about the Poms being a resilient outfit touched by luck in the league phase was trashed once and for all. Kunal Diwan reports.
NEW ZEALAND V SOUTH AFRICA (QUARTERFINAL)
A night of jangling nerves
The word ‘chokers' did the rounds with vehemence and South Africa had itself to blame for an inexplicable meltdown at the slightest hint of pressure during the chase against New Zealand, writes K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
INDIA V AUSTRALIA (QUARTERFINAL)
Resurgent India ends Australia's remarkable run
The build-up to the clash had been extraordinary. India-Australia duels have thrown up some captivating matches and a sense of anticipation was unmistakable in Ahmedabad. The side with greater belief emerged victorious, reports S. Dinakar.
PAKISTAN V WEST INDIES (QUARTERFINAL)
West Indies scored 112 and Pakistan's aggressive openers Mohammad Hafeez and Kamran Akmal made a mockery of the target and whittled it down in 20.5 overs as Shahid Afridi's men truly lived up to their ‘dark horse' billing. Over to K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
The hurt runs deep
The loss to South Africa and the resultant exit of Shakib Al Hasan's men from the World Cup has cut a deep wound among people, from Sylhet to Chittagong. The ‘Tigers', as Shakib's bunch is known, have been bearded in their own den and that does not help the fierce Bengali pride that shimmies across the eighth most populous nation in the world, notes K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
He bowled every variety of ball
Fred Titmus finished, aged 49, after being recalled to the side in 1982, with 2,214 wickets, 21,588 runs, 53 Test caps, 153 Test wickets and 1,449 Test runs.
Like all true champions, Saina Nehwal wants to leave behind her failures and disappointments and focus on her immediate goals: to win the Indian Open in April and perform well on the Asian circuit. By V. V. Subrahmanyam
Don Revie, once an outstanding creative footballer with Leicester and Manchester City, built Leeds United into his own personal family, revitalising such players as Jackie Charlton. Over to Brian Glanville.
Torres targets return to form
While some people may baulk at the hefty fee Chelsea has paid for his services, Torres' doubters will soon disappear once he hits the goal trail. By Rob Guest.
Young turks rule the roost
The draw missed quite a few big names. But the resultant sense of vacuity was gradually filled up by some spirited performances from the relatively unknown younger names as the tournament progressed on the hallowed grass courts of the 91-year-old Calcutta South Club. Over to Amitabha Das Sharma.
Living up to its billing
“This one is for Egypt. We are happy to have won it for our country,” remarked World No. 2 Ramy Ashour after leading his nation to victory in the World Cup mixed team event. By K. Keerthivasan.
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