A Quick Guide to the 2015 Cricket World CupMarch 25, 2015

This is the moment we've been waiting for.

After five weeks of playing, only four teams left to compete for the Cricket World Cup. New Zealand will square off with South Africa in Auckland today, while Australia meets India in Sydney on Thursday. Let's take a look first at the quarterfinal results.

In Adelaide, Australia beat Pakistan, winner in 1992, by six wickets. It was a close match. Steve Smith was the hero of the home team, his composure and expertise helped steered the Australian cricketers to victory. They'll play India, the defending champion. They prevailed over Bangladesh, winning by 109 runs. It will be an exciting match, with six trophies between them. Both nations also won the last four editions of this prestigious tournament.

James Faulkner is expecting a verbal onsalught on the Sydney Cricket Ground.

"There are going to be words said and it's going to be a really tough contest," he told reporters on Monday.

"I think there is always sledging in the game. If there is not, you've got problems. It's the nature of the game. It's a semi-final. Cut-throat. Neither team will be backing down."

In other matches, New Zealand continues its impressive form, prevailing over West Indies by 143 runs. They go to the semifinals as favourites; they'll play South Africa, a winner over Sri Lanka by 9 wickets.

The winning teams will play in Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 29. Will it be Australia? Or India? Mark your calendars on March 26.

End of the season for Alex Pullin

It was a good year for snowboarder Alex Pullin.

The native of Mansfield, Victoria was second in the overall standing of the 2014-15 FIS Snowboard World Cup. He was first in the race in Veysonnaz, Switzerland last March 15, and then settled for third in La Molina, Spain the following weekend. Lucas Eguibar of Spain was the overall champion.

Pullin competed in the World Championships in Kreischberg, Austria last January. He was the two-time defending champion, but he finished last in the semifinal. Luca Matteotti of Italy was the winner of the event.

The Aussie is one of the most consistent snowboarders these last few years. He was the favourite in the Sochi Olympics, but he crashed out in the quarterfinals. Anything can happen in this sport, which the fans love. The next Olympics is three years away. Pullin will be there.

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