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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.

Windies feeling the "love" in Dhaka

Dhaka, Bangladesh – West Indies captain Darren Sammy said Tuesday his side held no ill will towards the Bangladeshi people.

The Windies returned to the city this week for the first time since irate fans threw stones at their team bus after they crushed Bangladesh by nine wickets here on March 4.

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