My predictions for the 2011 Cricket World Cup

I am not a cricket expert and so these predictions are only meant to be taken as predictions. Now, it will be more fun seeing these matches unfold!

1st Quarter Final – Pakistan v West Indies – Pakistan will win

– Misbah is very likely to play an important innings. He will be the anchor of Pakistan’s batting.

– Afridi is likely to take a couple of wickets.

Hafeez will break a crucial partnership.

From West Indies, Bishoo will trouble Pakistan.

2nd Quarter Final – India v Australia – India will win

– Sehwag will get out in the first 10 overs.

– Tendulkar will get a good start but get out before he gets to a half-century.

– Gambhir is likely to rescue India with Yuvraj on the other side.

– Ponting will continue his disappointing form while Michael Clark and Cameron White will impress with the bat.

– Mitchell Johnson will pick some important wickets.

3rd Quarter Final – New Zealand v South Africa – South Africa will win

– Amla will play a big innings.

– De Villiers and Kallis are going to set up a good partnership.

– Imran Tahir will be the key wicket taker for South Africa.

– New Zeland will fail to match up to SA’s potential.

– A good late knock from Oram will go to waste.

4th Quarter Final – Sri Lanka v England – England will win

– This will be a close match.

– Sri Lanka will start off really nicely but end up losing some important wickets in the middle.

– Tredwell will do well with the ball but it will mainly be England’s batting which will tilt the match in their favor.

– Trott and Bell will put on a match winning partnership.

– Kulasekara and Murli will both do well from the Sri Lankan side to contain the flow of runs and pick wickets.

1st Semi Final – England v South Africa – South Africa will win

– Smith the skipper will lead the batting and make sure they don’t choke AGAIN.

– Amla, Duminy, and De Villiers will play some decent knocks.

– Strauss will open the innings in style, but no one on the other side will be able to support him.

– Bopara will get a few runs but Trott’s consistency will no longer last in this match.

– Kallis, Peterson and Tahir from South Africa will down England with their amazing bowling spells.

2nd Semi Final – Pakistan v India – India will win

– Pakistan has never won a match against India in the World Cup. Things are unlikely to change.

– Pakistan will put up a decent total with Younus Khan, Umar Akmal and Razzak all chipping in.

– Sehwag will be aggressive and effective in the first two power plays.

– Dhoni and Pathan will chip in some quick runs.

– Akhter’s last match won’t be one to be remembered.

– Umar Gul will do well for Pakistan with the ball.

– Bhajji will pick some important Pakistani wickets.

Final – South Africa v India – South Africa will win the 2011 world cup!

– Both sides will bat well and the contest will hang on the bowling efforts by the two teams.

– India will not be able to set up a huge total due to some good bowling by Kallis and Tahir.

– All of South Africa’s batsman will chip in with runs in the double figures while De Villiers is expected to put up a big score.

– Sehwag will give India a good start but South Africa will make a comeback with the bowling.

– Dhoni will hit a few good shots but by then it will be too little too late.

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