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  • New Zealand downplay South Africa win

    Wellington: New Zealand all-rounder Grant Elliott said they had paid little notice to South Africa’s overwhelming victory against Sri Lanka as they prepared for their own World Cup quarter-final against the West Indies. The winner of the New Zealand-West Indies clash in Wellington on Saturday will play South Africa in the semi-finals in Auckland next Tuesday. The Proteas were in imperious form as they crushed Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the first quarter-final on Wednesday, but South Africa-born

  • Kevin Pietersen

    Kevin Pietersen’s England hopes dashed by selector, captain

    London: The prospects of an England recall for Kevin Pietersen look bleak after the maverick batsman was told he still doesn’t figure in the national team’s plans and comments in his explosive autobiography may have caused irreparable damage. Pietersen, England’s all-time leading run-scorer in all formats, was ditched after last year’s Ashes tour to Australia because of his perceived negative influence in the dressing room. The South African-born batsman was given hope of a potential return in

  • Dhoni, Raina

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni opts to bat against Bangladesh

    Melbourne: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat against Bangladesh in the second quarterfinal of the cricket World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) here on Thursday.  India have gone in with an unchanged squad.

  • Srilanka, South Africa

    South Africa bowl Sri Lanka out for 133

    Sydney: Spinners Imran Tahir (4-26) and Jean-Paul Duminy (3-29) starred for South Africa as they bowled out Sri Lanka for 133 runs in 37.2 overs in the first cricket World Cup quarterfinal at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here.  South Africa exerted pressure on the Sri Lankans quite early. Right-arm pacers Kyle Abbot and Dale Steyn removed openers Kusal Perera (3) and seasoned Tilakaratne Dilshan (0) respectively to leave Sri Lanka in trouble

  • Misbah-ul-Haq

    Decision to retire after World Cup will not change: Misbah ul Haq

    Karachi: Pakistan’s captain Misbah-ul-Haq has said his decision to hang up his boots from one-day international cricket after the World Cup is final and will not change. “I had decided to retire from ODIs after the World Cup after giving it much thought and it was the right time to take the decision,” he told PTI in a telephonic interview from Adelaide. I had decided that regardless of how I perform in the World Cup and the results I

  • Rahul Dravid

    ICC will have to reconsider new fielding restrictions: Rahul Dravid

    Melbourne: Concerned with the total domination of bat over the ball in ODI cricket, former India captain Rahul Dravid has urged the ICC to reconsider the rule allowing a maximum of four fielders outside the 30-yard circle once the World Cup is over. With the implementation of this rule that mandate five fielders inside the 30-yard circle at all times in an innings, the league stage of the World Cup has seen 100

  • South Africa coach confronts ‘choking’ history

    Sydney: South Africa coach Russell Domingo insisted his side had faced up to their unwanted tag of cricket’s serial “chokers” ahead of a World Cup quarter-final with Sri Lanka. Despite boasting some of the world’s most outstanding one-day players during the past two decades, the Proteas have not won a knockout match at the World Cup since being allowed into the 1992 edition ahead of the end of apartheid.

  • Kumar Sangakkara

    Centuries set ton of records in World Cup

    Adelaide: The opening round of the World Cup witnessed 35 centuries compared to just six in the entire 1975 tournament, seemingly proving once and for all that one-day cricket is a batsman’s game. Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara heads the list of century makers, smashing four consecutive hundreds to become the first batsman in all one-day internationals to score four in a row. The 37-year-old left-hander is in the form of his life, scoring 105 not out against

  • Yuvraj Singh

    New field restriction rules affected Yuvraj’s bowling: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

    Melbourne: Yuvraj Singh’s 15 wickets in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup was one of the major factors which contributed to Mahendra Singh Dhoni lifting the coveted trophy but the Indian captain says last edition’s ‘Player of The Tournament’ is no longer as effective as he used to be in the current set-up. Dhoni points to the change in field restrictions (with only four fielders outside the 30-yard circle) being precisely the reason why India

  • Chris Harris would love to see great WC final between India and Kiwis

    Wellington : Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Harris believes that it would be a mouth-watering spectacle to see reigning champions India take on favourites New Zealand in the World Cup final in Melbourne. Harris, who retired in 2004, said that it would be “a great final” to see the reigning champions take on New Zealand in Melbourne. Heaping praises on the Brendon McCullum-led side, Harris observed that the skipper is leading from the front;

  • Chris Gayle double ton

    Windies confident of Chris Gayle fitness for New Zealand clash

    Wellington: West Indies believe Chris Gayle will have a major impact on Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand even if he’s only half fit. Gayle missed Sunday’s six-wicket win over the United Arab Emirates in Napier, which secured the West Indies’ place in the last eight, after failing to shrug off his latest back problem. In his absence, Johnson Charles, originally summoned to replace Darren Bravo, seized his opportunity to impress with a fine

  • Australia, Scotland

    Australia beat Scotland by 7 wickets

    Hobart: Australia defeated Scotland by seven wickets in their final round robin Pool A match of the cricket World Cup here today. Opting to bowl, Australia bowled out Scotland for 130 in 25.4 overs, and then chased down the target with 208 balls to spare.

  • Dhoni, Raina

    India beats Zimbabwe by 6 wickets

    Auckland: India Beats Zimbabwe by 6 wickets in ICC World Cup 2015. Suresh Raina unbeaten 110 (104) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni 85 (76) ensured India’s victory over Zimbabwe which is now India’s 6th straight win. Earlier today, Brendan Taylor htt a fantastic ton in his farewell which went in vain as India chased down a stiff target to win their 6th game on the trot.

  • Shoaib-Akhtar

    I’m worried about Pakistan batting: Shoaib Akhtar

    New Delhi: Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar is worried about the team’s inconsistent batting ahead of its clash against giant-killers Ireland in a must-win final pool B league encounter of the cricket World Cup in Adelaide tomorrow. The Misbah-ul-Haq-led side has won three out of five games to be locked on six points with Ireland and both teams need a win to stay above West Indies, who are likely to get past UAE, in the

  • Australia, Scotland

    Australia skittle out Scotland for 130

    Hobart:  Electing to bowl, Australia skittled out Scotland for 130 in 25.4 overs in the final pool A ODI cricket match of the ICC World Cup, here today.

  • Brendan Taylor

    Brendan Taylor shines on farewell as Zimbabwe score 287

    Auckland: Brendan Taylor played the innings of his life in his final ODI for Zimbabwe as his 138 helped the team manage 287 all out in 48.5 overs against defending champions India in the final pool B league encounter of the cricket World Cup, here today. The total was highest by any country against India in the current edition surpassing Ireland’s 259 in the previous game. Taking the Indian bowlers by the sword after being

  • Zimbabwe, India

    Zimbabwe post 287 all out against India

    Auckland: Put into bat, Zimbabwe posted 287 all out against India in their last pool B ODI match of the ICC Cricket World Cup at Eden Park, here today.

  • Mohammed Shami

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni handles me as a bowler: Mohammed Shami

    Auckland: India’s pace spearhead Mohammed Shami feels a certain degree of comfort playing under Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the Indian captain has never been “demanding” and his backing has made the Bengal seamer’s transformation from domestic to international cricket pretty smooth. Shami is India’s highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 12 victims in five matches. Asked about Dhoni’s contribution in his two-year international career, Shami said: “I like the way he (Dhoni) handles the team and handles

  • Michael Clarke

    Michael Clarke pledges no mercy as quarter-final looms

    Hobart: Australia skipper Michael Clarke pledged no mercy on crisis-hit Scotland as the four-time World Cup champions seek a headline-grabbing performance ahead of a potential quarter-final collision with Pakistan. Australia have already made sure of their spot in the next stage after last weekend’s 64-run win over fellow title contenders Sri Lanka where they piled up 376-9. That followed their World Cup record score of 417-6 to rout Afghanistan by 275 runs.