Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Essay - World Cup 2011

World Cup 2011

Practical Centre Essays on "World Cup 2011"

Pakistan is cricket crazy nation and when any big cricketing event starts, our craze reaches the climax. This time Pakistan was the world Cup host along with Sri Lanka & India but due to the menace of terrorism, we were deprived of this lucrative opportunity and Bangladesh was selected ‘as an alternative venue. 14 teams participated in this World cup and they were divided in two groups A and B.practicalcentre.blogspot.com
In group A, All stronger sides easily won their preliminary matches while in group B, we watched many nail-biting games such as India V/S England one. India scored massive 330 pIus total and in reply England tied the match thanks to the innings of Andrew Strauss who played captain’s knock of 158 runs and helped England tied on last bowl of the match. In another match between England & Ireland, England posted 300 plus runs and Ireland recorded the biggest upset of the tournament by defeating England.
Group A, Pakistan, Australia, New Zeeland and Sri Lanka entered in quarter final easily. Group B India, South Africa, England and West Indies after tough battles booked their places in quarter final.
In First quarter final from group B, India surprised Australia, the last time World Champions, and showed they are one the contenders of 2011 world Cup. Sri Lanka defeated England and both teams from this group walked into the Semi finals. From Group A, Pakistan out-smartened the West Indies and New Zeeland gave upset defeat to South Africa one of the strongest sides of the world cup and both Pakistan and New Zeeland booked their places into semi finals.
Sri Lanka outplayed New Zeeland, restricted them to 221 and chased this total easily thanks to their openers Dilshan and Tharanga and qualified for Finals.
Now the old rivals India and Pakistan facing in semi finals before their home volatile crowd .This match was also said to be the match of the decade and lots of hype was created by both countries media that further pressurized both teams and many a rumors floated. India won the toss and elected to bat first. indian openers as usual provided them a brisk start but Wahab Riaz got the wicket of Sewag and Pakistan got control of the match but Pakistani fielders dropped many catches of Sachen Tandulkar who scored 84 runs that helped India scored 260 runs a respectable total in Semi final.
In pursuit Pakistani openers started chasing magnificently but after the departure of Kamran Akmal and Muhammad Hafeez Pakistani side came under pressure, lost the path, never came into wining position and lost badly. All senior players Younus Khan, Shahid Afridi Abdur Razzaq let the team down. However, Misba-uI-Haq resisted till the end, he p’ayed too slow to keep pace with the run rate and he could not been able to score 30 runs in last over as result Pakistan lost the match and all Pakistani hopes of wining world cup died.
Two Asian cricketing giants India and Sri Lanka encountered in big world cup final and fans expected a tight contest. Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat first. Their openers, who were the most consistent in the tournament, fell early yet their Captain Sangakara and Jawardene consolidated the innings and put up a formidable total on board of 270 plus runs thanks to Jawardene brisk 100 runs innings. It was difficult chase because of the pressure of the final and same happened as Malinga got sawag in his first over followed by Sachen Tandulkar. But Indian middle order was rock solid specially Guhtam Gambeer who along with captain Dhoni chased exceptional well. Guhtam scored 97 and Dhoni scored 91 not out and hit a six in second last over to lift the world cup-2011 for India after 28 years.

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