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Zaheer key for World Cup: Dravid
 
Margao: Indian captain Rahul Dravid is pinning his hopes on Zaheer Khan at next month's World Cup after the left-arm paceman dismantled Sri Lanka with five wickets on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old ripped through the top order to take five for 42, his first five-wicket haul in one-day internationals, to restrict the opposition to 230 for eight and fashion his side's five-wicket victory.

"I just hope he's peaking at the right time," Dravid told a news conference. "Just as there are key players in all teams, we have our key players and Zaheer Khan is one of them.

"Zaheer has performed beautifully for us. So has Munaf (Patel). Ajit (Agarkar) has bowled well for us. These three boys are very important for us at the World Cup."


Man-of-the-match Zaheer was dropped from the one-day squad last February due to a slump in form and injury, but fought his way back with fine performances for Worcestershire in English county cricket.

He then produced a string of excellent displays in South Africa and the recent one-day series against West Indies.

"I have been able to hit the length consistently because I have bowled so many overs," the left-armer told reporters, referring to his English county stint.

"That has definitely helped. I have been able to keep up the match fitness and practice."

Dravid became the sixth batsman to score 10,000 one-day runs as he notched up his 77th fifty to guide his team past their target and level the series 1-1. The hosts made 233 for five in 46.3 overs.

"Sure 10,000 is nice," Dravid said, after he joined team-mates Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly in the exclusive club.

"If you play 300-odd games and you've been a successful player, I think you'll end up with those sort of numbers."

West Indian Brian Lara, Pakistan's Inzamam-ul-Haq and Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya are the other batsmen who have reached the milestone.

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Match Schedules

For a printable copy of this schedule, click here.

*Note: All matches start at 0930 local time (1430GMT).

Warm Up Matches

Date Group A
Trelawny, Jamaica
Group B
St. Vincent
Group C
Trinidad & Tobago
Group D
Barbados
Mon 05 Mar West Indies
vs
Kenya
England
vs
Bermuda
South Africa
vs
Ireland
Sri Lanka
vs
Scotland
Tue 06 Mar India
vs
The Netherlands
Australia
vs
Zimbabwe
Pakistan
vs
Canada
New Zealand
vs
Bangladesh
Thu 08 Mar Kenya
vs
The Netherlands
Zimbabwe
vs
Bermuda
Ireland
vs
Canada
Scotland
vs
Bangladesh
Fri 09 Mar India
vs
West Indies
Australia
vs
England
Pakistan
vs
South Africa
New Zealand
vs
Sri Lanka


Opening Ceremony



Date Activity
Sun 11 Mar OPENING CEREMONY


Group Stage



Date Group A
St. Kitts & Nevis
Group B
Trinidad & Tobago
Group C
Saint Lucia
Group D
Jamaica
Tue 13 Mar       West Indies
vs
Pakistan
Wed 14 Mar Australia
vs
Scotland
  Kenya
vs
Canada
 
Thu 15 Mar   Sri Lanka
vs
Bermuda
  Zimbabwe
vs
Ireland
Fri 16 Mar South Africa
vs
The Netherlands
  England
vs
New Zealand
 
Sat 17 Mar   India
vs
Bangladesh
  Pakistan
vs
Ireland
Sun 18 Mar Australia
vs
The Netherlands
  England
vs
Canada
 
Mon 19 Mar   India
vs
Bermuda
  West Indies
vs
Zimbabwe
Tue 20 Mar South Africa
vs
Scotland
  New Zealand
vs
Kenya
 
Wed 21 Mar   Sri Lanka
vs
Bangladesh
  Zimbabwe
vs
Pakistan
Thu 22 Mar Scotland
vs
The Netherlands
  New Zealand
vs
Canada
 
Fri 23 Mar   India
vs
Sri Lanka
  West Indies
vs
Ireland
Sat 24 Mar Australia
vs
South Africa
  England
vs
Kenya
 
Sun 25 Mar   Bermuda
vs
Bangladesh
   


Second Stage - Super 8



Date Antigua & Barbuda Grenada Guyana Barbados
Tue 27 Mar D2 vs A1      
Wed 28 Mar     A2 vs B1  
Thu 29 Mar D2 vs C1      
Fri 30 Mar     D1 vs C2  
Sat 31 Mar A1 vs B2      
Sun 01 Apr     D2 vs B1  
Mon 02 Apr B2 vs C1      
Tue 03 Apr     D1 vs A2  
Wed 04 Apr C2 vs B1      
Sat 07 Apr     B2 vs A2  
Sun 08 Apr A1 vs C2      
Mon 09 Apr     D1 vs C1  
Tue 10 Apr   D2 vs A2    
Wed 11 Apr       C2 vs B2
Thu 12 Apr   B1 vs C1    
Fri 13 Apr       A1 vs D1
Sat 14 Apr   A2 vs C1    
Sun 15 Apr       B2 vs D1
Mon 16 Apr   A1 vs B1    
Tue 17 Apr       A2 vs C2
Wed 18 Apr   D1 vs B1    
Thu 19 Apr       D2 vs B2
Fri 20 Apr   A1 vs C1    
Sat 21 Apr       D2 vs C2


Semi - Final Round



Date Semi Final 1
Jamaica
Semi Final 2
Saint Lucia
Tue 24 Apr 2nd vs 3rd  
Wed 25 Apr   1st vs 4th


Final



Date Barbados
Sat 28 Apr Final


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TEAM STATISTICS
 CountryMP
Australia Australia 58
India India 55
Pakistan Pakistan 53
 CountryWon
Australia Australia 40
England England 31
India India 31
 CountryScore 
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 135
New Zealand New Zealand 163
England England 166

Highest Runs scored in a Match   Lowest Runs scored in a Match
Most Defeats   Team Head 2 Head

PLAYER STATISTICS
 Player Awd
IndiaS. Tendulkar 8
West IndiesV. Richards 5
EnglandG. Gooch 5
 Player MP
IndiaM. Azharuddin 23
PakistanI. Khan 22
West IndiesC. Lloyd 17
 Player MP  
PakistanW. Akram 38
Sri LankaA. De Silva 35
IndiaJ. Srinath 34

Player Head 2 Head

BATTING STATISTICS
 PlayerR
IndiaS. Tendulkar 1732
PakistanJ. Miandad 1083
Sri LankaA. De Silva 1064
 PlayerR
South AfricaG. Kirsten 188*
IndiaS. Ganguly 183
West IndiesV. Richards 181
 Player 100s  
IndiaS. Ganguly 4
AustraliaM. Waugh 4
IndiaS. Tendulkar 4

Best Batting Averages   Most Ducks

BOWLING STATISTICS
 PlayerWkt
PakistanW. Akram 55
AustraliaG. McGrath 45
IndiaJ. Srinath 44
 PlayerBF
AustraliaG. McGrath 7/15
AustraliaA. Bichel 7/20
West IndiesW. Davis 7/51
 Player 5WK  
Sri LankaA. De Mel 2
West IndiesV. Drakes 2
AustraliaG. Gilmour 2

Best Bowling Averages

WICKET KEEPER STATISTICS
 PlayerCat
AustraliaA. Gilchrist 33
South AfricaM. Boucher 22
PakistanM. Khan 22
 PlayerSt
PakistanM. Khan 7
IndiaK. More 6
KenyaK. Otieno 4
 PlayerDism
West IndiesJ. Adams 5
PakistanR. Latif 5
IndiaN. Mongia 5

Best Batting Display By Wicket Keeper

FIELDING STATISTICS
 PlayerCat
AustraliaR. Ponting 18
New ZealandC. Cairns 16
Sri LankaS. Jayasuriya 15
 PlayerCat
IndiaM. Kaif 4
EnglandA. Giles 3
IndiaV. Sehwag 3
 Player Cat/RO  
IndiaM. Kaif 4
IndiaV. Sehwag 3
PakistanI. Ahmed snr 3


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"THE GAME OF LOVE AND UNITY" - ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 Official Song

THIS IS IT, ONE BIG GAME, THAT YOU CANNOT MISS

NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE EVERYONE'S ON THE LIST

THIS IS THE GAME OF LIFE AND WE ALL ARE ONE

(SO COME ALONG)

These are but a sample of the lyrics conceptualised and performed by a trio of Caribbean artistes who have fused their talents to produce the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 Official Song, launched in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.

After the release of the tournament's Official Song titled The Game of Love and Unity, the voices of Jamaican-born Shaggy, Barbadian entertainer Rupee and Trinidadian Faye-Ann Lyons are filling the airwaves across the Caribbean and the world. After months of planning and creation, ICC CWC WI 2007 Inc. proudly unveiled the signature Event song which is expected to be on the lips of thousands visitors come next March and April.

"The Official Song has had the input of a number of Caribbean and CWC stakeholders and I think the Event and the region will have a song of which they can be proud," said ICC CWC 2007 Marketing Manager, Damon Leon.

"We have been looking forward to launching the song to the world and embracing it as part of the spirit and identity of ICC Cricket World Cup 2007."

Leon also disclosed that "the release of the song will herald a burst of promotional activity as we move towards the tournament." On behalf of the artistes, entertainer Rupee stated: "It is a pleasure working on such a magnificent project. We are going to showcase the best of the Caribbean to the world, including our diverse creative talent and our hospitality when we host the tournament."

A host of executives from the music and recording industry, CWC stakeholders, officials from the Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana Local Organising Committees (LOC), sponsor and media representatives attended the song launch. The evening was indeed an indication that ICC CWC 2007 would not only bring sporting action to the world but also a display of Caribbean creativity as well. Guests were afforded the opportunity to mingle prior to the start of the launch which comprised a live performance of The Game of Love and Unity, several speeches and a fashion segment showcasing Official ICC CWC 2007 merchandise.

Rupee is the lead composer of the ICC CWC 2007 Official Song. Driven by his unique musical style which has created hits such as Jump and Tempted to Touch, the popular composer and performer brings a blend of urban-influenced Caribbean music to this historic track.

Internationally-acclaimed artiste and Grammy Award winner, Shaggy, is best known for his hit singles Oh Carolina, It wasn't me, Angel and many others. Shaggy has been one of the biggest crossover successes in dancehall reggae and brings his inimitable, distinctive style to the Cricket World Cup's Official Song.

Faye-Ann Lyons is rapidly establishing herself as a musical force to be reckoned with following her Trinidad and Tobago Road March winning song Display. She became only the third woman in the competition's history to win this prestigious award and has used this as the platform to launch an escalating solo career. With crowd and club favourites such as Freedom, Lose your way and Send Dem, Faye Ann brings her energetic and powerful voice to CWC's Official Song.

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Yuvraj leads India to series win

N.Ananthanarayanan in Visakhapatnam | Saturday, 17 February , 2007, 17:27

Yuvraj SinghYuvraj Singh struck 95 not out to steer India to a seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the final one-dayer on Saturday and help clinch the series 2-1. | Scorecard |

Chamara Silva stroked 107 not out to pull Sri Lanka out of early trouble and reach 259 for seven in the 47-overs-a-side game after the start was delayed because of dew on the ground.

However, Yuvraj, recently back from injury, shared in an unbroken 145-run fourth wicket partnership with Saurav Ganguly, who was 58 not out, to power the hosts to 263 for three in just 41 overs in reply.

Yuvraj, who made a comeback only recently after suffering a knee ligament tear in October, played forceful shots to render the Sri Lankan bowlers helpless on a good batting pitch.

Ganguly's second fifty of the four-match series also gave the former captain, who had returned to the crease after opening then going off for treatment on a thigh strain, the man-of-the-series award. Images

The 21-year-old Robin Uthappa smashed 52 from 37 balls to set the tone for the chase with opener Virender Sehwag, who made 46.

Sehwag was run out to a direct hit by wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara at the non-striker's end as he walked to complete a single but Yuvraj and Ganguly then took over.

http://sify.com/sports/cricket/fullstory.php?id=14391228



Sri Lanka made a match of it only because of Silva's heroics.

The 27-year-old, playing in only his 14th match since his debut in 1999, rescued Sri Lanka after Indian seamers led by Ajit Agarkar's double strike reduced them to 56 for four in the 13th over.

Silva added 68 runs for the fifth wicket with Tillakaratne Dilshan (28), 41 for the next with Russel Arnold (22) before putting on a racy 64 runs for the seventh wicket with Farveez Maharoof (28).

The last seven overs fetched 76 runs with Silva targeting struggling off spinner Harbhajan Singh and then scoring freely against pacemen Zaheer Khan and Shanthakumaran Sreesanth.

Silva, declared man of the match, had been out of favour until a strong return on the New Zealand tour late last year, where he hit 152 not out in the second test at Wellington to help level the series 2-2.

The victory boosted India ahead of the World Cup starting in West Indies on March 13. Both India and Sri Lanka are in Group B with Bangladesh and Bermuda.



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Indian team leaves for World Cup
 
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Mumbai: The Indian team led by Rahul Dravid left here on Wednesday night for the World Cup with high hopes of regaining cricket's showpiece title after a gap of nearly a quarter of a century.

Meet the fifteen-member team

The squad was seen off at the Mumbai airport by officials of the Cricket Board, well-wishers and fans.

The team is scheduled to reach Jamaica on Thursday and commence their preparations for their opening Group B encounter on March 17 against Bangladesh after playing warm-up games against The Netherlands (March 6) and Cup hosts West Indies (March 9) at Trelawny.

The league opener is slated to be held at India's happy hunting Test ground - Queen's Park Oval in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. India are to play their other two Group B ties at this venue on March 19 (v Bermuda) and March 23 (v Sri Lanka).

The top two teams from each of the four preliminary groups are to advance to the Super Eight stage commencing on March 27.

India have won the game's biggest prize once in 1983 when the tournament was held in England.

The country had reached the semi-finals of the event on two more occasions - in 1987 and 1996, both in the sub continent - and were the losing finalists four years ago in South Africa.

The World Cup squad: Rahul Dravid (captain), Sachin Tendulkar (vice-captain), Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly, Robin Uthappa, Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Kaarthick, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, Ajit Agarkar, Munaf Patel, Irfan Pathan and S Sreesanth. Coach: Greg Chappell.

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Australia's chances still good, says Chappell
 

Mumbai: Indian coach and former Australia captain Greg Chappell said on Tuesday Australia's chances of defending their World Cup title should not be written off despite losing their last five one-day internationals.

"I wouldn't read too much into it," Chappell told a news conference ahead of the March 13-April 28 tournament in West Indies.

Australia lost 2-0 in the home tri-series finals to England and 3-0 in New Zealand.

"If anything, it just shows that New Zealand are a good side, and shows that England have made some progress in recent times," he said.

"They have key players coming back to the team that went to New Zealand. This will just have made them hungrier and a bit more determined to play well. I would have preferred if they won every game and went to the West Indies and maybe were overconfident."

Captain Rahul Dravid agreed with his coach and said that although Australia start as favourites, it would be a tight competition.

"They (Australia) have got a good one-day record over the past two to three years and you can't dismiss that in one week or two weeks of cricket," Dravid said of Australia's string of five defeats.

"I am sure when they get some of their key players back they will be hungry and keen to perform."

Chappell, whose two-year tenure as India coach ends after the World Cup, felt his side had achieved peak form following back-to-back one-day series victories at home over West Indies and Sri Lanka.

"We are in as good a position as we hope to be. At this stage, the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle has fallen into place," he said.

"I think we go with some confidence and plenty of hope. We have got cover for pretty much all of the key players and the key positions, we've got flexibility."

India, the 1983 World Cup winners, are in Group B with 1996 champions Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bermuda.

http://sify.com/khel/wc_fullstory.php?id=14399808





Captain Rahul Dravid agreed with his coach and said that although Australia start as favourites, it would be a tight competition.

"They (Australia) have got a good one-day record over the past two to three years and you can't dismiss that in one week or two weeks of cricket," Dravid said of Australia's string of five defeats.

"I am sure when they get some of their key players back they will be hungry and keen to perform."

Chappell, whose two-year tenure as India coach ends after the World Cup, felt his side had achieved peak form following back-to-back one-day series victories at home over West Indies and Sri Lanka.

"We are in as good a position as we hope to be. At this stage, the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle has fallen into place," he said.

"I think we go with some confidence and plenty of hope. We have got cover for pretty much all of the key players and the key positions, we've got flexibility."

India, the 1983 World Cup winners, are in Group B with 1996 champions Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bermuda.



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Harbhajan enjoying bowling in powerplay overs
 

Mumbai: Star off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is enjoying the unusual challenge of bowling in the early powerplay overs and looking forward to continuing his containing role at next month's World Cup.

"I don't think many spinners have been bowling during powerplays the way I have," the 26-year-old told Reuters ahead of the team's departure for the Caribbean.

"I've been bowling almost four overs in the period in every game but I am enjoying it. There needs to be someone to take the responsibility and do well in that situation."

India, the 1983 winners, will be in Group B with 1996 champions Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bermuda.

Harbhajan has received criticism in recent months after collecting 19 wickets at an average of 43.26 in his last 23 ODIs.

But he said that was down to his dual role of containing while the fielders are inside the circle plus wicket-taking.

"My role changes according to the situation," said Harbhajan.

"If we get early wickets then I bowl between the 20th and 40th overs. It means we have built pressure with early wickets and I can be aggressive later."

In recent weeks, India have claimed back-to-back one-day series victories over West Indies and Sri Lanka that coincided with the return to form of left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan.

"In those cases I bowled three to four overs in powerplays and I was given the ball to try and contain," said Harbhajan. "If the batsmen take their chances and you get a wicket that's a bonus.

"Once those overs are gone I am trying to take as many wickets as possible with the field spread. Sometimes you get them, sometimes you don't."

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