World Cup 2015 : All set for the knock-outs

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ICC-Cricket-World-Cup-2015After the drama of the group matches, the ICC World Cup 2015 is set for the exciting knock out phase. What is most Interesting about this is that four teams out of eight are from the sub- continent. This is a big breakthrough. The Asian teams have often been singled out for their inability to play in fast , bouncy and swing conditions. Hence this feat is highly commendable.

So here is the line- up of the quarter-finals

Sri Lanka vs South Africa ( Sydney) 18th March : South Africa is desperate to remove the choker tag from their bag .  Skipper A B De Villiers has led the side well but his efforts needs support from the other end too. The Proteas need to combine well as a team if they are to make to last four. Sri Lanka on the other hand would be aiming to reach their third successive World Cup final. They were runner- up at 2007 , 2011 . The form of Kumar Sangakkara has been awesome. Others like Dilshan and Jayawardene with their experience are vital for the Lankans. It will be a match between the Proteas aggression and the Lankan guile.

India vs Bangladesh , (Melbourne) 19th March : The two sides have quite battle among themselves going on in the World Cup . Bangladesh shocked India in the 2007 World Cu in West Indies and India routed them in the 2011 World Cup opener in Dhaka. The honours are even. An intriguing contest is sure to unfold at MCG come Thursday

Pakistan vs Australia  (Adelaide) March 20 : The unpredictable Pakistan is doing the 1992 magic all over again. After been a match away from being knocked out Misbah- ul Haq and his men have bounced back in style and are now underdogs. They will be up against tournament favourites Australia. Australia will be under pressure playing in front of their home crowds. It would be a upset of sorts if Pakistan manage to stun the Aussies at their backyard.

West Indies vs New Zealand (Wellington)  March 21: Brendon Mc Cullum’s New Zealand side is one of the favorites for the title. They have remained unbeaten and on their home grounds unbeatable. They will be tested in Australia. The Kiwis are a solid all – round unit. They are widely expected to prevail over the inconsistent West Indies, that relies heavily on the belligerence of one Christopher Gayle..

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