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A Nation Salutes

This is confession time. There are tears in my eyes as I write this column. As a player who was proud to have donned the Bangladesh colours, but more importantly as a Bangladeshi, I am overwhelmed beyond measure. Samuel Beckett once said, "Words are all we have, so we must be careful about how we use them." No words could be enough or remotely adequate to describe how this nation felt as the tigers from Bangladesh stalked the serene surroundings of the English countryside... Let us not lose sight of the bigger picture. This victory was for pride, for redemption, for putting one across to the old country... Sit up, world, and take notice... The last big upset of this century has Bangladesh's signature on it. Come back early, team. A grateful nation awaits.

Shakil Kasem writes for the Daily Star of Bangladesh.

BETTING

Pakistan have usurped South Africa as the tournament favourites and, their capitulation to Bangladesh aside, deserve that status. They and South Africa play what should be a final rehearsal on Saturday so back one or both before then. The Super Six format still makes it almost anyone's World Cup. New Zealand and India (both 11-1 in places) look best value.

TO WIN THE WORLD CUP OUTRIGHT

C H L S T

Pakistan 13-8 13-8 13-8 7-4 6-4

S Africa 13-8 15-8 7-4 6-4 2-1

Australia 5-1 6-1 5-1 7-1 5-1

India 9-1 8-1 9-1 6-1 11

N Zealand 10 8-1 10 11 8-1

Zimbabwe 16 16 14 12 16

C Coral H William Hill L Ladbrokes S Stanley T Tote. (Each-way 1/3 odds 1,2. Hills & Stanley win only).

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Over the years we have been described as cocky or arrogant when all we really have is that confidence in ourselves.

Australia's Shane Warne on his side's self-belief. If only England had ever been described as cocky or arrogant.

WORLD CUP WEBSITE

http://www.indiaexpress.com/news/sports/cricket/worldcup99/

We all know how crazy India is about cricket, and this site reflects the obsession. Interviews, player and team profiles, live reports and much more. The India Express site as a whole is also huge and hugely entertaining.

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