Mar 31, 2009
Opening ceremony, Lord's (5pm)
England (B2) v Holland, Lord's (5.30pm)
New Zealand (D1) v Scotland, The Oval (10am)
Australia (C1) v West Indies, The Oval (2pm)
India (A1) v Bangladesh (A2) , Trent Bridge (6pm)
South Africa (D2) v Scotland, The Oval (1.30pm)
England (B2) v Pakistan (B1) , The Oval (5.30pm)
Ireland v Bangladesh (A2) , Trent Bridge (1.30pm)
Australia (C1) v Sri Lanka (C2) , Trent Bridge (5.30pm)
Pakistan (B1) v Holland, Lord's (1.30pm)
New Zealand (D1) v South Africa (D2) , Lord's (5.30pm)
Sri Lanka (C2) v West Indies, Trent Bridge (1.30pm)
India (A1) v Ireland, Trent Bridge (5.30pm)
D1 v A2, Trent Bridge (1.30pm)
B2 v D2, Trent Bridge (5.30pm)
B1 v C2, Lord's (1.30pm)
A1 v C1, Lord's (5.30pm)
C1 v D2, The Oval (1.30pm)
D1 v B1, The Oval (5.30pm)
Sunday 14 June
A2 v C2, Lord's (1.30pm)
A1 v B2, Lord's (5.30pm)
Monday 15 June
B1 v A2, The Oval (1.30pm)
B2 v C1, The Oval (5.30pm)
Tuesday 16 June
D1 v C2, Trent Bridge (1.30pm)
D2 v A1, Trent Bridge (5.30pm)
Thursday 18 June
Winner of Group E v runner up of Group F, Trent Bridge (5.30pm)
Friday 19 June
Winner of Group F v runner up of Group E, The Oval (5.30pm)
Sunday 21 June Lord's (3pm)
Mar 30, 2009
Fortune and the D/L Method again smiled on England, following a two-hour long delay for rain which left the tourists with a victory target of 135 from 20 overs.
They got over the line with nine balls to spare, when Strauss guided Dwayne Bravo to third man for his ninth four.
The result means the series is now tied 2-2 and sets up a thrilling conclusion on Friday at the Beausejour Cricket Ground in St. Lucia, if the West Indies players back down from their threat to strike in protest to outstanding issues with the West Indies Cricket Board.
The rain started during the interval between innings, after England sent West Indies in to bat and the home team made 239 for nine from 50 overs.
When play resumed, England were given a solid base of 108 off 87 balls from their captain Strauss and fellow opener Ravi Bopara.
Strauss reached his 50 from 41 balls, when he chipped Kieron Pollard into square leg for a single.
Once he and Bopara set things up with a volley of handsome strokes and nimble running between the wickets, the rest was academic, although they lost Bopara for 35 skying a catch to deep fine leg off Pollard, when 27 were needed from 33 balls.
Earlier, England had been upstaged when Bravo gathered 69 from 72 balls to give a late boost to the West Indies total.
England had recovered from another hammering from Chris Gayle and looked in control when West Indies slumped to 145 for six in the 35th over.
But the tourists were again put on the defensive, when Bravo boosted the West Indies total with an innings that included seven fours and two sixes.
Had Andrew Flintoff held a sharp return chance, when Bravo was on 32 in the 42nd over the script could have been slightly different.
England paid for Flintoff's miss in the late over, when Bravo smote James Anderson over mid-wicket for four to reach his 50 from 61 balls and then struck the next ball in the same direction for a six before Stuart Broad skied Stuart Broad to deep mid-wicket in the 48th over.
England's bowlers had again been savaged early, when Gayle raced to 46 from 39 balls in an opening stand of 72 before Broad made the breakthrough in the 13th over, having caught by ?keeper Matt Prior.
England then reduced West Indies slipped to 83 for three in 16th over, and then Dimitri Mascarenhas claimed Denesh Ramdin for 26, Shivnarine Chanderpaul for 27, and Kieron Pollard for a duck to leave the innings in tatters.
But England failed to get on top of Bravo, and the runs flowed towards the end for the West Indies innings, but fortunately for England, so too did the rain.
Mascarenhas was England's most successful bowler with three for 26 from 10 overs, and Stuart Broad took three for 62 from 10 overs.
Mar 25, 2009
The Indian cricket board said on Monday that India would join South Africa and hosts Zimbabwe for a one-day series in July.
"It's way too premature for India to confirm that this series is going ahead," CSA chief executive Gerald Majola told reporters.
"Zimbabwe have spoken to CSA about it but our board still needs to decide whether to reinstate bilateral relations with Zimbabwe."
CSA suspended cricketing agreements with its neighbour in June last year because of political turmoil in Zimbabwe.
South Africa's players have not been consulted about a possible tour and South African Cricketers' Association chief executive Tony Irish said the time when it was scheduled to take place had been earmarked as a rest period for them.
Mar 24, 2009
The captain made 105 from 129 balls as England, chasing 265 for victory, were dismissed for 243 in 48.2 overs to allow West Indies to draw level at 1-1 in the five-match series.
The third and fourth matches will be contested at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Friday and Sunday, with the final game set for St. Lucia on April 6.
England had won the opener here on Friday when West Indies coach John Dyson embarrassingly miscalculated the Duckworth-Lewis method and handed his opponents a one-run win.
"We lost too many wickets too early and we were always behind the eight ball," admitted Strauss.
"We needed things to go our way in the last powerplay but with the medium pacers bowling, it wasn't easy to get the ball away. It was getting lower and slower, so we had to take risks to get runs.
"It would have been nice to have gone 2-0 in the series, but we have a good chance of winning in Barbados where the wicket might suit us better."
West Indies skipper Chris Gayle said his team had a point to prove.
"We were really down after what happened on Friday," said Gayle. "We wanted to give the crowd something to cheer about and I want to commend the guys for the way they played."
Man-of-the-match Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored his 10th one-day hundred of 112 not out from 134 balls to lead West Indies to 264 for eight from their 50 overs.
Strauss reached his hundred from 126 balls with a drive through cover for two off Kieron Pollard, but England lost wickets steadily.
Their best stands were 50 between Strauss and Owais Shah for the third wicket, and 59 between the England captain and Dmitri Mascarenhas for the sixth.
Mascarenhas made 29 and Shah made 22 and were the only other batsmen that passed 20. Dwayne Bravo and Pollard both collected two wickets for West Indies.
Earlier, England, particularly Paul Collingwood and Mascarenhas, bowling their modest medium-pace, restricted West Indies to 57 runs in the last 10 overs and collected four cheap wickets to scupper the home team's hunt for quick late runs.
The tourists had been under pressure from Chanderpaul and compatriot Ramnaresh Sarwan when they put on 133 from 177 balls for the third wicket, after West Indies elected to bat and lost Lendl Simmons for a duck and fellow opener Gayle, for 20, inside the first six overs.
Urged on by the largest crowd for an international match in Guyana, Chanderpaul and Sarwan hit 74 from 89 balls.
But James Anderson had Sarwan caught at deep mid-off in the 35th over, and Collingwood and Mascarenhas prevailed in the closing overs to limit the damage of the West Indies batsmen.
Anderson captured three for 37 from nine overs, Collingwood took three for 49 from 10 overs, and Dimitri Mascarenhas bagged two for 53 from 10 overs.
Mar 11, 2009
Sehwag's hundred was the fastest by an Indian batsman in one day internationals, beating Mohammad Azharuddin's 62-ball effort against New Zealand at Baroda 21 years ago, and helped clinched India's first win in a limited-overs series in New Zealand.
Sehwag finished 125 not out from 74 ball and Gautam Gambhir was 63 not out as India reached 201 without loss in 23.3 overs, replying to New Zealand's 270 from 47 overs in a rain-affected match. India's unbroken opening partnership was the largest to win a match in one-day international history.
"I love it," Sehwag said. "I know how the pitches behave here. I played here also in 2003 and scored two hundreds that time.
"This time the pitches are so flat and good to bat on."
Sehwag blasted 14 fours and six sixes in an innings which, around three rain interruptions, occupied only 139 minutes. He rushed to a half century from 31 balls and helped India reached 100 in 54 minutes from 69 balls.
Sehwag passed his century in 87 minutes with 13 fours and four sixes, adding his second 50 from only 29 balls.
Two rain interruptions during New Zealand's innings left them facing only 47 overs and they seemed to have achieved a competitive total of 270 for five.
Brendon McCullum made 77 in an opening partnership of 102 with Jesse Ryder (46) then, after a middle order collapse which saw five wickets fall for 73 runs, Peter McGlashan and Grant Elliott added 95 from 61 balls in an unbeaten stand for the sixth wicket.
McGlashan made 56 not out, his maiden international half century, and Elliott 35 not out in a stand which gave New Zealand some hope of arresting India's domination of the series.
India began chasing 280 from 47 overs under Duckworth-Lewis calculations, then 262 off 43 overs and, finally, 220 off 36 as their chase was twice revised after rain interruptions. They were well ahead of New Zealand on Duckworth-Lewis comparisons when rain finally ended the match in the 24th over, shortly after 9 p.m.
"It was a good old fashioned hiding," New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori said. "We didn't really get ourselves in the game. We were a little bit short on the runs and then Sehwag and Gambhir played outstandingly to take the game away from us."
Vettori said New Zealand needed to win the fifth and final match of the series in Auckland on Saturday _ a match which is already sold out _ for "our own credibility and our own peace of mind."
Indian captain M.S.Dhoni was delighted that India had won so comprehensively in its first run chase of the series.
"It was amazing to see the way Sehwag and Gambhir batted," he said.
"They took calculated risks. They targeted a few bowlers to go after and I think that's the key. We wanted to play our natural cricket and that's what they were doing.
"They were rotating the strike, chipping the boundaries and in between Sehwag was at his best."
India won two of the first three matches heading into Wednesday's match and the other was washed out.
Mar 10, 2009
South Africa were bowled out for 370 in their second innings with 37.4 overs to spare on the final day.
The series win enabled Australia to bounce back after losing a home series against the same opponents earlier in the season.
The victory was virtually sealed when the tourists dismissed overnight batsmen Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers inside the first hour.
South Africa lost another two wickets before lunch. Although Mark Boucher and Morne Morkel resisted for 79 minutes after the break, the end came quickly after Boucher gave a return catch to part-time spinner Marcus North.
A win for Australia would clinch the three-match series after they won the first Test in Johannesburg by 162 runs.
Kallis and De Villiers made their third wicket stand worth 187 before Kallis was caught at second slip off Mitchell Johnson in the sixth over of the day for 93.
Kallis added just five runs after being dropped by Michael Clarke at point off Ben Hilfenhaus in the previous over.
Three overs later De Villiers was caught behind in Peter Siddle's first over of the day for 84.
With no chance of chasing down a target of 546, Duminy and Boucher resisted for an hour until Duminy was caught behind for 17, gloving a vicious lifter from Hilfenhaus.
Paul Harris was caught at deep midwicket off occasional left-arm spinner Simon Katich, who went on to take two more wickets and finish with figures of three for 45.
Australia took the new ball which was due when South Africa resumed at 244 for two at the start of the day.