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    Quarters promise explosive action

    It has taken the last match of the group stages to determine the quarter-final line-up of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

    As the tournament enters the business end, all the teams who've made it through, have the right to earn their place in the final eight, although Bangladesh may feel hard done by.

    The co-hosts may reason out their defeat to West Indies as one of the biggest reasons for missing the bus, but for a side which was blown away below 100 twice, there can't be room for an argument in their favor.

    West Indies, who imploded in their last two games against England and India from winning positions will take on Pakistan at Mirpur on March 23. It will be the first time Pakistan will be travelling outside their 'adpoted' home Sri Lanka, as they travel to Dhaka.

    West Indies skipper was positive ahead of the knock-out. "Pakistan have been playing well. Shahid Afridi has been leading from the front. I don't think they've had a bad game, and hopefully we'll bring out our A-game and beat them", he warned.

    Australia, who were watching with intent, will now know which direction they are headed. They will travel back to Ahmedabad to play India on March 24, in what promises to be a nerve-wracking encounter, given the rivalry the sides have enjoyed in the last couple of years.

    India would like to extract some lessons after watching Pakistan expose the Aussies in Colombo on Saturday, breaking their 34-match unbeaten run in the process. India would, however, do well to realize that they don't have the best of records against Australia in World Cups.

    Yuvraj Singh exuded confidence ahead of the big clash: "Australia have had a winning run and we are aware of that. Since the likes of McGrath, Warne, Gilly and Hayden have retired, their line-up looks brittle. With Ponting not in great form, we would look to expose their weakness", he said.

    Back to Dhaka on March 25 is the battle between the unpredictable New Zealand and South Africa, who seem to have shed the dreaded 'chokers' tag. On paper it definitely looks like the might of the Protea batting line-up may be able to overcome the Kiwis who look to rely heavily on Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor.

    Daniel Vettori's fitness also holds the key for New Zealand if they are to fight it out against the in-form Proteas, who appear to be on a roll.

    In the last quarter-final, the bandwagon moves to Colombo where co-hosts Sri Lanka will take on England, who've managed to 'huff and puff' into the quarters, after South Africa did them a huge favor by beating the Bangla Tigers.

    With the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad and Ajmal Shahzad returning home due to injuries, the pressure seems to be weighing on the English minds. It will certainly be a tough proposition facing up to the likes of Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis in their own backyard, but as they say, one good day is all that it takes to progress.

    Get set for some pulse racing action as we enter the 'Boom Boom zone' of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011!
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    Definitely. Now the REAL world cup has started

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    This is one hell of a World Cup....so unpredictable...love it!

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    we sud start to predict the semi finals teams....
    wat u say

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    India v Pakistan
    South Africa v Sri Lanka

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    1 QF PAK V WI
    2 QF AUS V IND
    3 QF NZL V SAF
    4 QF ENG V SRI

    SF IND V PAK
    SF SA V SL

    F IND V SL

    My predictions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aloo Gobi View Post
    India v Pakistan
    South Africa v Sri Lanka
    I think v is likely. I am so excited to see India beat Aus
    Life is short, use it wisely!!!!

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    That match is going to split the forum in two halves Let's see what side our only neutral fan (cabinet) will be on!

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    It will be a tough one
    Life is short, use it wisely!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Awesome View Post
    1 QF PAK V WI
    2 QF AUS V IND
    3 QF NZL V SAF
    4 QF ENG V SRI

    SF IND V PAK
    SF SA V SL

    F IND V SL

    My predictions.
    My First SF Prediction came true.

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    India Vs. Pakistan already fixed now

    other semi-final will be in between SA nd SL

    India will win from Pakistan and SA will win from SL

    then India will take their group game revenge from SA and bring the glory!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amplifier View Post
    India Vs. Pakistan already fixed now

    other semi-final will be in between SA nd SL

    India will win from Pakistan and SA will win from SL

    then India will take their group game revenge from SA and bring the glory!!!
    wowww you jxt finished the world cup where is presentatioon ceremony....