World Cup 2011: India end Australia’s dominance, crowned champions at home

first_imgWorld Cup 2011: India end Australia’s dominance, crowned champions at homeWorld Cup 2011: India ended Australia’s pursuit for a fourth successive World Cup triumph in the quarter-final and eventually went on to clinch only their second world title at home.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 28, 2019UPDATED: May 28, 2019 21:38 IST India became the first team to win the Cricket World Cup title at home (@cricketworldcup Photo)The World Cup returned to the subcontinent for its 10th edition after a span of 15 years in 2011. Pakistan’s hosting right was rescinded by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after the 2009 terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team, thereby making India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh co-hosts.Besides the 10 Test nations; Ireland, Kenya, Canada and the Netherlands also qualified for the tournament after finishing among the top-four in the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier. The 14 teams were divided into two groups of seven with the top-four sides from each group advancing to the next stage. Unlike the previous editions, the Super Sixes or Eights stage was done away with and replaced by knock-out matches, starting with the quarter-final.The eventual quarter-finalists were predictable with the top-ranked ODI sides expectedly progressing beyond the group stage. Having said that, it would be unfair to say that there weren’t any surprises and thrillers served up in the group stage itself.India demolished Bangladesh in the tournament opener after Virender Sehwag’s breathtaking 175 off just 140 balls inspired the Men in Blue to an 87-run victory. India, in fact, were involved in quite a few entertaining contests like their tie against England at Bengaluru.Speaking of close encounters, no team were involved in more close finishes than England in this edition. After the draw against India, England suffered a shocking loss against Ireland as Kevin O’Brien played a match-winning innings of 113 from 63 balls that helped his team successfully chase a stiff 300-plus target.The Englishmen’s luck seemed to turn when they faced South Africa and overcame the Proteas in a low-scoring thriller that saw them successfully defend 171. However, their rollercoaster ride continued in the game against Bangladesh, which they lost after failing to defend 225. That said, they somehow managed to qualify for the quarter-final and took on Sri Lanka.advertisementSri Lanka had looked strong in most of their group stage games, spearheaded by pace ace Lasith Malinga, who had claimed a hat-trick against Kenya earlier in the tournament to become the only player in World Cup history to take two hat-tricks. Their quarter-final clash against England saw them dominate from start to finish with both Sri Lankan openers scoring centuries and remaining unbeaten as they chased down the target comfortably. Sri Lanka went on to face New Zealand in the semi-finals after the Black Caps had beaten South Africa by 49 runs in their quarter-final clash.India overcome Pakistan threat after knocking then holders Australia outAll eyes, though, were on the other semi-final with arch-rivals India and Pakistan destined to lock horns. The Men in Blue had overcome three-time defending champions Australia in the quarters thanks to fifties from Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh as well as a quickfire 34 by Suresh Raina. Pakistan, on the other hand, registered a comfortable 10-wicket win in their quarter-final encounter against West Indies, whose standout moment in the tournament was Kemar Roach’s hat-trick against the Netherlands.When the semifinal between the two arch-rivals did eventually get underway, the nerves and tension was evident with a billion fans from both nations glued to the TV screen. India batted first and got to 260 before Pakistan fell 29 runs short in the chase. The win extended India’s winning run against Pakistan in World Cups to five and set up a date in the final against Sri Lanka. The Islanders had already qualified for the grand finale with a convincing win over New Zealand in their semi-final clash, which also happened to be Muttiah Muralitharan’s last home game.Dhoni special in the World Cup 2011 final The final witnessed MS Dhoni produce a captain’s knock after promoting himself above Yuvraj while chasing 275. Dhoni scored an unbeaten 91 from 79 balls after walking in at a pivotal juncture with the match on a knife’s edge. The early dismissals of Sehwag and Sachin were just what Sri Lanka wanted, but Gambhir and Virat Kohli’s crucial partnership steadied the ship. That partnership allowed Dhoni and Yuvraj to come in, take their time and settle down before finishing off the game quite comfortably in the end. It was India’s second World Cup triumph and the first after 28 years. Yuvraj was deservedly declared the Man of the Series for his consistent all-round displays, but it was even more special for Sachin, who finally got his hands on the elusive World Cup in his fifth attempt.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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6 Essential Tips for Hosting Friendsgiving This Year

first_img 8 Great and Useful Housewarming Gifts Ideas Editors’ Recommendations If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities In just the past few years, America has seen the rise of a new national holiday. Friendsgiving is the special day when people (usually young, often single, frequently broke) gather together to celebrate the blessings of a “family” they’ve chosen for themselves before dutifully boarding airplanes to observe Thanksgiving with the “real” family. We predict that in the not-too-distant future, schoolchildren will study this holiday with the same curiosity and reverence accorded the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag.You may scoff at our audacity and call Friendsgiving a millennial fad. However, this holiday is fast becoming just as important a cultural institution as the one that appears pre-printed in your calendar. Like Thanksgiving, this holiday was invented out of sentimental thin air rather than religious tradition and its roots are equally shrouded in mystery. (Did it really come about as a result of TV’s Friends? Is a Twitter hashtag responsible for its ascendance as a widespread movement? Is Bailey’s Irish Cream the Friendsgiving analog to the Thanksgiving turkey?)These questions will continue to be debated long into the future, likely over many a Friendsgiving table. Studies show that more than half of all 18- to 34-year-olds intend to attend a Friendsgiving celebration in addition to a traditional Thanksgiving with family.Friendsgiving is still a special time to share your sense of gratitude for the community you’ve built by choice, not by genetics.It’s easy to understand why. If you celebrate ahead of the officially recognized holiday, Friendsgiving offers a great chance to strengthen your soul in preparation for the often trying ordeal of family gatherings. If you celebrate afterward, it allows you to decompress, restore, and recalibrate your sense of independent adulthood.Even if your traditional Thanksgiving offers the rare combination of functional family dynamics and decent skills in the kitchen, Friendsgiving is still a special time to share your sense of gratitude for the community you’ve built by choice, not by genetics.If you’ve never hosted Friendsgiving before, though, it can be hard to disconnect your party preparation from the pressure and obligations that too often accompany a family gathering. So here’s a handy cheat sheet for hosting a Friendsgiving party that guarantees good times, minimal stress, and all the warm fuzzies your heart can holdFood Is a Secondary FocusLook, if the point of Thanksgiving were just to eat great food, we’d all go out to a restaurant. The real objective is gratitude. And guess what doesn’t lead to gratitude? Laboring under a sense of obligation as the host. So, as you’re planning your Friendsgiving, don’t hesitate to start with what you really enjoy doing.If cooking is your wheelhouse, then by all means, sit down and craft a Michelin star-worthy menu. (You might also want to take a stronger hand in which guests are assigned which dishes. You don’t want your chronically late friend in charge of appetizers or your gluten-free friend on stuffing duty.)But maybe your real skill lies in crafting the experience (staging the food, decorating the table, curating a playlist). Or maybe you’re a magician when it comes to gathering people together and getting them to have fun. Lean into whatever aspect of party-planning you really enjoy and leave the rest to your other friends. And if there should be something nobody wants to take care of? Leave it alone.Lean Into What You Like (and Forget About What You Don’t)One of the most tiresome Thanksgiving traditions is how every guest is compelled to kiss the host/chef’s ring. Never mind if he/she hates cooking, or is really bad at it. You’re going to eat what they put out and like it.The joy of Friendsgiving is that there are no rules when it comes to food. The objective is that everybody brings the foods they love to cook, eat, and share. If that means three kinds of made-from-scratch dressing and takeout spring rolls, so be it.Now, if you or one of your guests has an uncompromising standard for a certain item on the menu, that’s fine. But then that person has to take charge. If you’ve got a friend who is always finding fault with other people’s turkeys, guess who just got drafted to main-course duty?But hell, there’s no rule saying you even have to have a turkey. If no one wants to put six hours into roasting a bird, screw it — grill some gorgeous salmon on a cedar plank, make a giant pot of vegetarian chili, or just pick up an order of buffalo wings. Make it your Friendsgiving mantra that no holiday dish is so important that it’s worth stressing out over.Maintain a No-Obligation Guest ListNormal Thanksgiving brings about as much guilt-fueled guest list action as anyone needs in their life. Your party is known as “Friendsgiving” for a reason. That means no inviting people because you feel bad for them, or because they invited you to their last thing, or because you haven’t had time to hang out with them in a while. If you want them at your party, invite them. If you don’t, don’t. Limit your guest list to the small, manageable, and genuinely friendly.If you want them at your party, invite them. If you don’t, don’t.This applies to guests of your guests, as well. While it can be controversial to place limits on your friends’ plus-ones, do it for the big-picture good of your party. If your buddy really needs his latest Tindr match by his side, he can throw his own Friendsgiving celebration.Make It Easy on YourselfIt’s no small thing being a party host. As tired as you get of hearing your mom complain about how nobody appreciates all the work she puts into getting the family together … well, she’s got a point. So take a note and do things to make Operation Party easier on yourself. Here are a few tips we’ve picked up over the years:Send around a Google spreadsheet that lets people sign up for different dishes, prep duties, and other party-associated tasks.Remind people to bring their own tools for serving their dish. (If someone else is doing the turkey, they’d better come with their own electric carving knife.)Don’t sweat the start time. Is it really that big a deal if the sweet potato casserole gets eaten before the appetizers show up? What matters is that everyone comes hungry and goes home satisfied.If you want to limit the alcohol offerings (and the potential for party-pooping shenanigans), offer people who don’t want to cook the option of bringing a bottle of specific spirits for a specialty cocktail you’ll be serving. To make life even easier, mix up a big batch of said cocktail in a pitcher or punch bowl and call it a day.Want to make dish duty a breeze? Tell everyone to bring their own plates and cutlery. It’s the best way to ensure that nobody (i.e., you) gets stuck with post-feast cleanup. Plus, it’s better on the environment.Stock up on ice, aluminum foil, and stain remover. Trust us on that last one.Get everybody to kick in $5-$10 for a cleaning service to tidy up your place the day after. After playing host, you deserve to enjoy a great brunch, a leisurely hike, a day in bed with Netflix — whatever continues the warm fuzzy feels for you.Grease the Gratitude WheelsEven if you didn’t grow up religious, the specter of awkward gratitude recitations looms over just about every family Thanksgiving table. For Friendsgiving, there’s an easy way around this: make gratitude a drinking game!Here’s how: As people show up, have them write down three things they’re thankful for on a notecard and toss them in a hat. At dinner, pass the hat around and have each guest pull a card out. As each person reads the clues out loud, everyone else guesses who wrote the card. If the group guesses who the card belongs to on the first try, the owner of the card drinks. If no one guesses, the owner of the card chooses someone who drinks.Have a Good TimeNever forget that the whole point of planning a party is that you have fun. Nothing kills the vibe of a party faster than a stressed-out host. 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Play fearless cricket in remaining games Akhtar tells Pak

first_imgLondon: Pleased with Pakistan’s convincing win over South Africa in their crucial World Cup fixture, former speedster Shoaib Akhtar is hoping that Sarfaraz Ahmed and the boys play fearless cricket in the remaining games and make it to the semi-finals. “I recommend Pakistan to hold their ground, play pressure-free cricket, play according to the best of their abilities and display their talent,” Akhtar said on Monday in a video posted on his YouTube channel. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev With five points from six games, Pakistan are now at the seventh spot in the points table. They will next face New Zealand on Wednesday. After that, they play Afghanistan and Bangladesh on Saturday and July 5, respectively. If Pakistan manage to win all their remaining three fixtures and results of matches of other teams go in their favour, the 1992 champions can secure a spot in the last four. “Pakistan have a good chance of making it to the semifinals. They need to play fearless cricket without any pressure. If England lose their three matches against Australia, India and New Zealand, Pakistan can come through,” said Akhtar. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships On Sunday, Pakistan defeated South Africa by 49 runs at the Lord’s, thus knocking them out of the competition. Opting to bat, Haris Sohail played a brilliant knock of 59-ball 89 — which consisted of nine fours and three sixes — thus helping Pakistan post 308/7 in their 50 overs. In reply none of the Proteas batter expect skipper Faf du Plessis (63 off 79) could handle the scoreboard pressure and were restricted to 259/9. “South Africa looked disintegrated. After losing the toss, their morale went down. Their batters, especially Quinton de Kock, didn’t look interested in getting South Africa out of hot waters by scoring a hundred. Faf looked a very average captain. They bowlers could not manage to bring out the magic.” The Rawalpindi Express was full of praise of Sohail, saying that his inclusion — in place of Shoaib Malik — in the playing XI made the difference. “I was constantly saying that Haris Sohail should be included in the playing XI because he is a very compact player. Against South Africa, he showed how to score runs. In fact he looked better than Babar Azam. Haris provided the thrust and helped Pakistan get a total in excess of 300,” said Akhtar “Haris Sohail was a great addition and Shoaib Malik was dropped which was a fair call,” he added. The 43-year-old also showered praise on Pakistan’s bowling performance especially Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz, who picked up five wickets between themselves against South Africa. “Pakistan’s bowling was very good. Amir picked up wickets upfront and that was crucial…Pakistan have raised alarming bells for other teams as their bowlers – Wahab Riaz and Amir – have been able to get the ball reverse swing.” However, he was critical of Pakistan’s poor effort on the field and said they need to work upon their catching and improve in the upcoming matches. Pakistan have dropped as many as 16 catches in the tournament till now. Against South Africa, they dropped around six-seven catches out of which Amir grasped three- off his own bowling, at third man and at long-off. “Pakistan’s fielding was just not good. They dropped fairly easy catches and that needs to be rectified. Their fielding has to improve,” he said.last_img read more