• Bangladesh won the toss and inserted the opposition in this game providing the 182nd occasion of a team doing so in the world cup. It also provides the sixth occasion of Bangladesh doing so in the world cup.

    Bangladesh won the game by two wickets after inserting the opposition providing the 78th occasion of a team winning the game after it had inserted the opposition in the world cup. This win is Bangladesh's second win in the world cup under the captioned circumstances. The first win was against Bermuda at Trinidad on 25.03.07. Bangladesh had won this game by seven wickets.

    Bangladesh won the toss and inserted the opposition in this game providing the 1501st occasion of a team doing so in the annals of one day games. It also provides the 50th occasion of Ireland doing so in one day games.

    Bangladesh's win by two wickets in this game represents its 19th win in one day games after it had inserted the opposition. This win provides the 748th win by a team after it had inserted the

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  • India vs SA: Battle of the bowlers

    As you enter the VCA stadium in Nagpur, you can sense that this is the real thing. India and South Africa, both touted as tournament favourites take on each other here tomorrow. The obvious battle is for two extra points and to inch up towards the top spot in Group B. But that is just on paper. In reality, whoever wins Saturday's clash will go ahead with a huge psychological advantage and captains of both sides seemed to have very different reactions to the pressure cooker situation on hand.

     

    MS Dhoni's pre match press conference saw him face a verbal volley fiercer than Styen and Morkel put together. The Indian captain normally has a few laughs or at least lets out a chuckle during his interaction with the media, but this time it was all business. When quizzed over the absence of his smile, Dhoni said, "If you stop asking questions I'll smile."

     

    On the other hand, when Graeme Smith was thrown the big match question by an over-enthusiastic reporter he responded with a "I think

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  • They are table toppers in Pool B but the Indian team's showing so far has not been in keeping with their record or their reputation as World Cup favourites. With two tough matches still to be played against South Africa and the West Indies they will have to raise the level of their performance if they wish to repeat the feat of Kapil's Devils in 1983 even if their entry into the quarterfinals is more or less assured.

    Figures may not always tell the whole story but a glance through the statistics associated with the Indian team during their World Cup campaign throws up some tell tale facts. The Indians are riding on the achievements of a few while the others have hardly contributed to the team's cause. The runs have come from the bats of Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh; the wickets have been taken by Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh. This clearly illustrates that half the squad hasn't really contributed much and that cannot be good for a team aspiring for

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