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India, Bangla in World Cup opener

Nov. 9: India launch their 2011 World Cup campaign against Bangladesh in Dhaka on February 19 — the opening fixture of the event — and the country will host its first match on the next day in Chennai, the International Cricket Council announced here on Monday. Placed in Group B, alongside South Africa, England, West Indies, Bangladesh, Ireland and Netherlands, India will host 29 out of a total of 49 games of the quadrennial tournament, including the final and a semifinal.

Zak, Sreesanth likely to return

Nov. 9: The Indian Test team to play against Sri Lanka could see a few changes in the new ball department.

The selection committee under Kris Srikkanth will meet here on Tuesday. Zaheer Khan, who missed a fair bit of international cricket, owing a shoulder injury will take his rightful place in the squad.

Allen Stanford in CIA spying row

Sir Allen Stanford, the Texan billionaire who organised the $20 million winner-take-all match in the Caribbean, is now at the centre of an international spying row. Just before the 'T-20 for 20' clash, officials from Venezuelan military intelligence raided a branch of his offshore bank over claims that its employees were paid by the CIA to spy on the south American country.

Down in the dumps

Nov. 8: Even the staunchest Australian supporter would not have predicted an unassailable 4-2 lead in favour of Ricky Ponting and his troops, especially when they trailed after the tie at Ferozeshah Kotla in Delhi. But the men from Down Under have done most things right ever since their turnaround in Mohali.

China get better of India in final

Bangkok, Nov. 8: The Indian women’s hockey team had to settle for a silver as they went down 3-5 to China in the action-packed final of the seventh Asia Cup here on Sunday. India had already booked their berth for the 2010 World Cup in Argentina with this final appearance.

India will be under pressure: Sanga

Nov. 8: India have an enviable Test record at home against Sri Lanka - without a single defeat in 14 matches over 27 years so far. Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara, however, believes Mahendra Singh Dhoni's boys will have to work hard to maintain that record.

Punter likens win to World Cup triumph

Nov. 8: There were doubts whether Australia would be able to hold onto the number one position with ace bowler Glenn McGrath having hung up his boots, Brett Lee injured frequently and Mitchell Johnson not being consistent enough with his performance. However, this series win will certainly silence detractors.

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