Tuesday, March 29, 2011

India vs Pakistan, Live score Update status ind vs pak semifinal live streaming ,cricket world cup 2011, Mohali stadium

As the excitement in two countries reached fever pitch and the tension rose to near-paralysing levels, Team India turned for motivation to the man who has never seen defeat in a World Cup game against Pakistan for close to two decades now.

On the eve of the semifinal in Mohali, India’s mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton took the back seat, and the task of delivering the team talk fell on Sachin Tendulkar.

The veteran of six World Cups — during which India have got the better of Pakistan in four games — probably sensed it would be counterproductive to dwell for too long on the obvious significance of the match ahead.

Sources close to the team said Tendulkar’s talk was short but very effective. He essentially asked the boys to be calm and to stick to their natural game.

“He went back to the 2003 group game at Centurion. He spoke about how he had refused to fall into the short ball trap that the Pakistani quicks Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar had laid for him, and instead played his natural game,” said a source. Tendulkar smashed 98 off 75 balls as India chased down Pakistan’s 273 with six wickets and over four overs to spare.

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka: Live Cricket Scores and Updates

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sri Lanka beat England, reach cricket World Cup 2011

Sri Lanka beat England, reach cricket World Cup win

NEW DELHI (AFP) – Sri Lanka ended England's gruelling five-month global odyssey with a comprehensive 10-wicket triumph on Saturday to set up a World Cup semi-final showdown against New Zealand.

Openers Tillakaratne Dilshan, with 108 not out, and Upul Tharanga, who hit an unbeaten 102, enjoyed their second 200-plus partnership of the tournament, wrapping up victory in Colombo with more than 10 overs to spare.

The win also allowed Muttiah Muralitharan, the most successful bowler in history, to extend his 19-year career by at least three more days with Sri Lanka, the 1996 champions, facing the Kiwis in Colombo on Tuesday.

England, who have been on the road virtually non-stop since embarking on their successful Ashes tour in October, made a dogged 229 for six in their 50 overs.

Jonathan Trott (86) and Eoin Morgan (50), who was dropped three times, provided much-needed backbone on a slow, flat R. Premadasa stadium pitch.

Trott fell in the 49th over, caught off Muralitharan who finished with 2-54, after a 115-ball innings which featured just two boundaries.

"We lost the toss but we started well with the ball," said Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara.

"The guys fought hard, especially fielding first in the heat and humidity and they kept up the pressure."

England captain Andrew Strauss, whose side had endured a rollercoaster tournament, admitted they had fallen short.

"They were able to bowl a lot of dot balls at us to build pressure and we weren't able to take advantage of the platform that we had," said Strauss.

"But we have to be honest, we haven't been good enough during the tournament. This was a step too far."

Meanwhile, crack Indian commandos helped ramp up security in Mohali for Wednesday's highly-charged semi-final between India and Pakistan, the first clash of the two teams on Indian soil since the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

Around 2,000 police will patrol the 30,000-capacity Punjab Cricket Association stadium with a further 1,000 having already descended on the luxury Hotel Taj in nearby Chandigarh where both teams are staying.

Pakistan star Mohammad Hafeez insisted he had no qualms about the security situation.

"We have no fear or a feeling of any shortcomings when it comes to security," he said on Saturday.

"That's not our job; our job is to play cricket. To provide security is the responsibility of the ICC and the Board of Control for Cricket in India. We are very happy and we are enjoying ourselves very much."

South Africa captain Graeme Smith has predicted that his team will quickly overcome their latest World Cup fright night, a 49-run loss to New Zealand in Dhaka in Friday's quarter-final.

The Black Caps, restricted to 221-8 after taking first strike, bundled out South Africa for 172 after they were sailing merrily at 108-2 by the 24th over.

South Africa have now lost in three semi-finals, two quarter-finals and once in the first round.

But Smith, who will stand down as one-day skipper, was confident the team will recover.

"This is an exciting period for South African cricket," he said. "We have the players and the talent. South Africa deserves to win the World Cup."

New Zealand's joy was tempered on Saturday when skipper Daniel Vettori and Kyle Mills, as well as South Africa's Faf du Plessis, were all fined for an ugly on-field bust-up in the game.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Japan earthquake Six dead as quake, tsunami hit Japan A magnitude-8.9 earthquake hit northeastern Japan

Japan earthquake Six dead as quake, tsunami hit Japan A magnitude-8.9 earthquake hit northeastern Japan

Hawaii was put on 'red alert' today as the enormous earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan was expected to cause tsunamis across the Pacific Ocean.

The 8.9 magnitude quake has devastated Japan after it struck off its north eastern coast this morning and sent 30ft high waves sweeping through the city.
Repercussions of the quake are expected to hit Hawaii today as powerful tidal waves rip through the ocean.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii has widened its tsunami warning to include Hawaii and the rest of the Pacific Ocean.
Warning were issued Thursday at 9:31 p.m. HST. Sirens were sounded shortly afterward in Honolulu alerting people in coastal areas to evacuate. The first waves were expected to arrive at 2:55 a.m. HST Friday.

The warning also includes Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Central and South America. The coast of North America is not included in the warning.
Tsunami warnings are issued due to the imminent threat of a tsunami. Huge tidal waves could devastate the island which lacks some of the infastructure to cope with major natural disasters.
Hundreds of terrified residents were said to be panic buying today as they braced themselves for the waves to strike.
In Japan, the powerful quake sennt ten-metre waves surging inland and caused fires in Tokyo.
Drivers were seen fleeing the waves on highways close to the coast as the impact of the huge quake swept ashore while the car park at Disneyland in Tokyo was submerged.
Dramatic footage showed the surge washing away cars, a bridge and buildings at the mouth of the Hirose-gawa River, which flows through the centre of Sendai, while a roof caved in at a graduation ceremony in Tokyo.
A large ship swept away by the tsunami rammed directly into a breakwater in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture, according to footage on public broadcaster NHK, and numerous people are believed to have been injured.
More than four million people are believed to currently be without power and the Japanese army has now been deployed.
Japan's meteorological agency said the tsunami struck Sendai, which has a population of about one million.
About 70 percent of Hawaii's population resides in Honolulu, and as many as 100,000 tourists are in the city on any given day.
In the Philippines, officials ordered an evacuation of coastal communities along the country's eastern seaboard in expectation of a tsunami following the quake.
Disaster management officials in Albay province southeast of Manila say they ordered residents to move to designated evacuation sites that are at least 15 feet (5 meters) above sea level.
In Guam, authorities advised people to evacuate low areas of the U.S. territory and seek ground higher than 50 feet above sea level and 100 feet inland.
The Northern Mariana Islands, another U.S. territory, was also under the warning, and the Hyatt Regency in Saipan has moved guests to three highest floors of the seven-story hotel.
Hotel spokesman Luis Villagomez said the hotel had received about three tsunami warnings in the last year but no serious damage.
Tsunami warnings are issued due to the imminent threat of a tsunami. The coast of North America is not included in the warning.
The quake struck at 2.46pm local time and was followed by five powerful aftershocks within about an hour, the strongest measuring 7.1.
The US Geological Survey upgraded the strength of the first quake to a magnitude 8.9, while Japan's meteorological agency measured it at 8.4.
The meteorological agency issued a tsunami warning for the entire Pacific coast of Japan. NHK was warning those near the coast to get to safer ground.
The quake struck at a depth of six miles (10km), about 80 miles (125km) off the eastern coast, the agency said. The area is 240 miles (380km) north-east of Tokyo.
In downtown Tokyo, large buildings shook violently and workers poured into the street for safety. TV footage showed a large building on fire and bellowing smoke in the Odaiba district of Tokyo.
In central Tokyo, trains were stopped and passengers walked along the tracks to platforms. NHK said more than 4 million buildings without power in Tokyo and its suburbs.
The ceiling in Kudan Kaikan, a large hall in Tokyo, collapsed, injuring an unknown number of people, NHK said.
Osamu Akiya, 46, was working in Tokyo at his office in a trading company when the quake hit.
It sent bookshelves and computers crashing to the floor, and cracks appeared in the walls.
"I've been through many earthquakes, but I've never felt anything like this," he said. "I don't know if we'll be able to get home tonight."
Footage on NHK from its Sendai office showed employees stumbling around and books and papers crashing from desks.
It also showed a glass shelter at a bus stop in Tokyo destroyed by the quake and a weeping woman nearby being comforted by another woman.
Several quakes had hit the same region in recent days, including a 7.3 magnitude one on Wednesday.
Thirty minutes after the quake, tall buildings were still swaying in Tokyo and mobile phone networks were not working.
Japan's Coast Guard has set up a task force and officials are standing by for emergency contingencies, Coast Guard official Yosuke Oi said.
"I'm afraid we'll soon find out about damages, since the quake was so strong," he said.
The tsunami roared over embankments in Sendai city, washing cars, houses and farm equipment inland before reversing directions and carrying them out to sea. Flames shot from some of the houses, probably because of burst gas pipes.
In Tokyo, hundreds of people were evacuated from Shinjuku station, the world's busiest, to a nearby park. Trains were halted.
Tokyo's main airport was closed. A large section of the ceiling at the one-year-old airport at Ibaraki, about 50 miles (80km) north-east of Tokyo, fell to the floor with a powerful crash.
TV announcers urged viewers near the shore to move to strong concrete buildings and stay above the third floor.
Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency said it was still assessing the damage but had not confirmed any deaths.
One person was injured at a baseball stadium in Sendai, but his condition was not immediately known.