Sri Lanka are set to meet New Zealand in the first semi-final of ICC World Cup 2011, at Colombo, on Tuesday, March 29. This will be followed by a much-awaited India-Pakistan clash at Mohali on March 30.Before I give my predictions about how the semi-finals are likely to go, here’s how the last two quarter-finals panned out:Sri Lanka inflicted a facile 10-wicket defeat on England, in the last quarter-final, to set up a semi-final clash with New Zealand, who had earlier stunned South Africa, in the third quarter-final.When England won the toss and elected to bat, there were those who thought Strauss had evened the odds against the hosts, on a wicket expected to favour the team batting first. After the loss of three wickets, with less than a hundred runs on the board, England recovered well and at 186 for 3 in the 43rd over appeared set to post a total well in excess of 250. The loss of two wickets in successive balls in the batting Power Play was a blow from which Strauss’s men never recovered.
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