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Do not mess with Pakistani Team. Great scorching short pitch delivery by Umer Gul in answer to Balaji rao.

Balaji Rao, Umar Gul and Ahmed Shehzad exchange pleasantries
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Pakistan Beat Sri Lanka by 11 runs:
10th match ICC World Cup 2011.

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England beat Holland by 6 wickets at Nagpur.

Pakistan 187/8 (40.4 ov)

Younis out on 80

Pakistan 183/7 (40.1 ov)

Pakistan require another 91 runs with 3 wickets and 59 balls remaining

Pakistan 169/6 (37.2 ov)

Misbah out!

Pakistan require another 105 runs with 4 wickets and 12.4 overs remaining.

Andrew Strauss Bowled by Shoaib Akhtar.

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WC Warmp-up, Pak vs Eng: England 83/2 in 18.3 overs

Strauss bowled by Shoaib Akhtar

Pakistan seamers strike early. 46/2, 11 ov

India post mammoth 361 target
Dhoni 108*(62)
Gambhir 89

WC Warm-up in Chennai: India scores 360 in 50 overs against New Zealand. 136 runs scored in last 10 overs. Dhoni remained unbeaten on 108 from 64 balls

Players back Associates for World Cup

 

Several leading players have added their voices to the debate over the involvement of Associate nations in future World Cups, with England offspinner Graeme Swann asking: "Why would you want to take the world out of the World Cup?"

Under current ICC proposals the Associate nations could be excluded from future W...orld Cups from 2015, when the tournament could be reduced to just 10 teams, but Swann and a number of other cricketers from Test-playing nations interviewed by The Wisden Cricketer disagree with the move. "Yes, of course the emerging nations should stay in it," added Swann. "Shocks can happen."

While a bloated World Cup schedule and a preponderance of one-sided, uneven games in the early stages of the world tournament have drawn criticism in the past, it appears that the players themselves would not like to see the so-called 'minnows' excluded.

"There's no reason why you can't have those teams in the competition," added Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait. "To play against the best players and sides in the world is massive and I wouldn't want to take that away from anyone."

AB de Villiers added that he saw value in the smaller nations' involvement in major tournaments. "It makes it more colourful and it's good for the growth of the game," he said. "Playing on the subcontinent levels things out and they can be harder than the best teams because their bowlers are slower and it makes it tough for batsmen."

 

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And Ahmed Shehzad done it again. WoW! He RocKS!

Shoaib Akhtar confronts media in Bangladesh.

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'We should make the semi-finals' - Afridi

 

For the first time in three World Cup campaigns, Pakistan enters with a fresh-looking squad. Disastrous first-round exits in 2003 and 2007 were compounded by the absence of new faces, with the team reliant instead on jaded stars. But for the 2011 World Cup, seven out of Pakistan's 15-man squad have not play...ed more than 35 ODIs, and for eight, this will be a first World Cup. It is the kind of unknown they thrive on, the kind captain Shahid Afridi feels makes them "the most dangerous team at the World Cup."

 

Afridi's optimism is based on more than just the newness of his squad. Since the end of the Australia tour last year, Pakistan's ODI cricket has taken on the kind of swing that has marked their finest years: days of a complete, comprehensive ineptitude mixed casually with moments of such force they cannot be stopped.

 

They've lost more than they've won since the Australia tour - 10 losses, 8 wins - but they've pushed good teams to the very brink, usually in direst off-field circumstances. And the immediate run-in was much needed: a first ODI bilateral series win in over two years. "For some time now we've been trying to give the team an identity, a face on the field," Afridi told ESPNcricinfo before heading off to Dhaka.

 

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Australia there for the toppling

 

Australia will start the competition aiming for their fourth World Cup victory in a row, but in Ahmedabad on February 23 they will field significantly different personnel from their previous triumphs. While Ricky Ponting remains in charge, having never lost a fixture at the global tournament under his leadership, he... is the only true great left in the side. Glenn McGrath, Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden and Andrew Symonds have retired since the 2007 success, leaving with their seriously damaging weapons, while the loss of Michael Hussey to a hamstring injury was an unexpected and potentially very damaging blow.

 

Amazingly, the last time Australia were defeated at the tournament was on May 23, 1999, when they were upstaged by Pakistan in Leeds. That run towards the title, including the twin epics against South Africa, was a series of great escapes until the one-sided finale. The next campaign had some nervous moments but ended with the greatest obstacle being the weather; four years later in the Caribbean, no team could get close to Ponting's.

This time the rest of the world has a huge opportunity to make things different. Australia have been ranked No.1 regularly without owning the fear or intimidation that came so easily to the previous sides. Often the batting is wobbly and the bowling inconsistent, traits which aren't a surprise given the influx of new faces. In this tournament, Australia are there for the toppling.

 

 

World Cup pedigree

Australia's results at the event are unrivalled. In nine tournaments they have reached the final six times, winning on four occasions. The breakthrough came in 1987, an achievement which helped turn the country from easy beats to globe-trotting conquerors. If Australia hadn't slipped in the decider to Sri Lanka, the most exciting side of 1996, Ponting would be chasing a fifth global trophy.

 

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