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  • Is Harbhajan Singh back to his best? 21-04-2015 12:31 PM

    The loop is back. He is not pushing it through. There is less frustration in his demeanour when hit for runs. The wicket column is densely populated. Does that all indicate Harbhajan Singh is still good for an India return? The wily Sardar celebrated his 100th IPL match with a...
  • Piyush Chawla joins 100-wicket club in Indian Premier League 21-04-2015 10:05 AM

    Piyush Chawla added a new feather on the cap as he became the fourth bowler to pick up 100 wickets in the Indian Premier League. After claiming two wickets during Kolkata Knight Riders' match against Delhi Daredevils on Monday, Chawla achieved this momentous feat. Chawla bowled Shreyas Iyer and then...
  • As it happened: Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 8, Match 17 20-04-2015 06:59 PM

    After two opening losses in this edition of the cash-rich league, the Jean-Paul Duminy-led side bounced back with two straight wins to put its campaign back on track. It was not that DD were playing bad cricket but probably luck had deserted them in the first two matches, which they...
  • Are Bangladesh's victories no longer upsets? 20-04-2015 11:23 AM

    Bangladesh on Sunday etched their names into history books by clinching their first ever ODI series win against their more affluent South Asian rivals, Pakistan. Bangladesh have been around in the international arena for more than a decade but they have little to show as far as their performance graph...
  • We didn't expect to lose against Bangladesh: Azhar Ali 20-04-2015 10:01 AM

    Bangladesh clinched a historic first ever one-day series win over Pakistan with an emphatic seven-wicket victory in the second of the three-match ODI series in Dhaka on Sunday. The new-look Pakistan, with just four World Cuppers in their ranks and led for the first time in a series by Azhar...
  • As it happened: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians, IPL 8, Match 16 19-04-2015 07:02 PM

    (For Live blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Pushed to the wall after four successive defeats, Mumbai Indians would look to bounce back when they take on a formidable Royal Challengers Bangalore in their Indian Premier league. Mumbai were in a similar situation even last season, losing...
  • As it happened: Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings, IPL 8, Match 15 19-04-2015 02:38 PM

    (For Live Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Brief Preview: Indian Premier League (IPL) table-toppers Rajasthan Royals will look to extend their four-match winning streak when they take on an unbeaten Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their fifth match of the league on Sunday. Sans injured captain...
  • As it happened: Bangladesh vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI 19-04-2015 01:36 PM

    (For ball-by-ball updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) PLAYING XIs: Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Arafat Sunny, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed Pakistan: Azhar Ali (c), Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Fawad...
  • IPL 8: Umesh Yadav credits success to Wasim Akram 19-04-2015 12:29 PM

    Kolkata Knight Riders' pacer Umesh Yadav says he has learned a lot about the basics of swing bowling from his team's bowling coach and former legendary Pakistan fast bowler and captain Wasim Akram. "I have learnt a lot from him. I enjoy working with him. He talks about swing and...
  • IPL 8: Andre Russell blitz takes KKR to four-wicket win over KXIP 18-04-2015 11:33 PM

    Pune: Andre Russell's spectacular all-round performance helped defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders thrashed Kings XI Punjab by 4 wickets on Saturday. The Jamaican allrounder hit a blistering 66 from 36 balls after his KKR were reeling at 60 for five as KKR cantered to victory target of 156 in 17.5...
  • As it happened: Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 8, Match 14 18-04-2015 06:50 PM

    Their campaign off to a sedate start, defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders would look to return to winning ways when they take on a dangerous Kings XI Punjab in their next Indian Premier League match, on Saturday. The Gautam Gambhir-led Kolkata side had a mixed outing in the T20 tournament...
  • As it happened: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Daredevils, IPL 8, Match 13 18-04-2015 03:12 PM

    (For Live Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Brief Preview: Having snapped their prolonged losing streak, Delhi Daredevils would look to carry forward the momentum when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad. Delhi's fighting win over Kings XI Punjab was just the kind of boost the side needed...
  • Shakib Al Hasan hails clinical Bangladesh show on historic day 18-04-2015 02:13 PM

    After a high of maiden appearance at a World Cup quarter-final last month, Bangladesh broke another jinx - beating Pakistan in a one-day international after 16 years. Since 1999, Bangladesh had never beaten Pakistan in an ODI. But that changed on Friday in what stand-in skipper Shakib Al Hasan termed...
  • Pakistan skipper admits shoddy display, vows to hit Bangladesh back 18-04-2015 01:47 PM

    Before the start of Pakistan's Bangladesh tour, former captain Rameez Raja had said that it won't be smooth sailing for Pakistan in what may seem to be a harmless neighbourhood tour. On Friday, Rameez' words proved prophetic as Bangladesh broke a 16-year jinx to beat Pakistan in an ODI. A...
  • Caught on Camera: IPL-8 moments you will love to have a look at 18-04-2015 12:58 PM

    Indian Premier League is beyond cricket. It's a party, it's a festival, and it's serious cricket at the same time. For fringe cricketers, it's a chance to prove themselves on a stage unmatched to any they have been on. For families, it's a time to go out, have fun and...
  • IPL 8: Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum fire CSK to third straight win 17-04-2015 11:40 PM

    Mumbai: Openers Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum shared a breathtaking 109-run stand off 44 balls as Chennai Super Kings outplayed Mumbai Indians by six wickets for their third straight win in the IPL 8 on Friday. Mumbai Indians recovered from a poor start to post a competitive 183 for seven...
  • As it happened: West Indies vs England, 1st Test, Day 5 17-04-2015 07:03 PM

    For LIVE commentary, scroll down to bottom of the page England worked themselves into a winning position despite strong West Indies resistance in their second innings on the fourth day. Set an improbable 438 for victory after the tourists declared their second innings at 333 for seven in the afternoon...
  • As it happened: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings, IPL 8, Match 12 17-04-2015 07:00 PM

    (For Live blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Off to a disastrous start with three successive defeats, Mumbai Indians will have their task cut out when they lock horns with two-time title winners and in-form Chennai Super Kings. The home team, which has lost all three matches...
  • As it happened: Bangladesh vs Pakistan, 1st ODI 17-04-2015 01:24 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) Toss: Bangladesh have won the toss and have opted to bat against Pakistan in the first ODI. Teams: Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Shakib Al Hasan(c), Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Abul Hasan, Arafat Sunny, Rubel Hossain,...
  • Sourav Ganguly fans' favourite to be India's new coach 17-04-2015 12:33 PM

    Speculations of former India captain Sourav Ganguly "taking over" the reins of the team from Duncan Fletcher saw fans erupting with joy on social media. According to a newspaper report on Thursday, a Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) insider had revealed that Ganguly has put in an informal word to...
  • Michael Clarke hopes Kevin Pietersen doesn't feature in Ashes 17-04-2015 11:57 AM

    Australia Test captain Michael Clarke has said he expects axed England batsman Kevin Pietersen to get a call up for the Ashes tour later this year, but hopes he doesn't. The South Africa-born Pietersen - England's most prolific run-scorer in all formats - was dumped after last year's Ashes whitewash...
  • IPL 8: Dhawal Kulkarni happy with his performance against Sunrisers Hyderabad 17-04-2015 11:24 AM

    Backing Steven Smith's decision to field first on a slowish track, Rajasthan Royals bowler Dhawal Kulkarni picked up two wickets to help his team restrict Sunrisers Hyderabad to a below par total of to 127 and that help them set a comfortable win in the end. Kulkarni's first wicket was...
  • IPL 8: For Pravin Tambe, age is just a number 17-04-2015 10:12 AM

    Emerging from the club level cricket to play in the Indian Premier League and then making his first-class debut at the age of 42, legspinner Pravin Tambe has been an inspiration to Rajasthan Royals' undefeated campaign in the ongoing season of the IPL. From making his IPL debut in 2013...
  • Sourav Ganguly denies speculations that he was offered Team India's coaching job 16-04-2015 07:14 PM

    Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly on Thursday dismissed reports that suggest he has been approached to coach Team India. Ganguly said that this is the first time he has heard that and has not spoken to BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya regarding this issue. "I am hearing this for the first...
  • As it happened: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals, IPL 8, Match 11 16-04-2015 07:10 PM

    (For Live blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Looking to keep their winning run intact, IPL table-toppers Rajasthan Royals face a stern Sunrisers Hyderabad test in their fourth match of the Twenty20 cricket league. If RR have have been unbeaten in their three games so far, then...
  • As it happened: West Indies vs England, 1st Test, Day 4 16-04-2015 07:00 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) England recovered from another top-order batting collapse to lead West Indies by 220 runs on day three of the opening Test in Antigua after Jermaine Blackwood had scored his first Test century on Wednesday. Replying to England's 399, Blackwood...
  • BCCI mum on Sourav Ganguly as India coach 16-04-2015 04:40 PM

    Sourav Ganguly may have reportedly expressed his interest in becoming India's next coach but the BCCI is not ready to divulge any details on the appointment of Duncan Fletcher's replacement. A report in The Indian Express has revealed that Ganguly has already hinted BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya about his interest...
  • Sourav Ganguly not keen on coaching India: Sources 16-04-2015 04:17 PM

    With reports doing the rounds that Sourav Ganguly is gunning for the job of coaching the Indian cricket team, sources close to CNN-IBN reveal that the former Indian captain has denied any such reports. Ganguly made it clear that he wants to focus on cricket administration and is not keen...
  • Sourav Ganguly may replace Duncan Fletcher as India coach: report 16-04-2015 02:26 PM

    Sourav Ganguly, the man under whose captaincy Indian cricket learned how to give it back as hard as you get, could soon be once again seeing calling the shots for Team India - this time as coach. According to a report in The Indian Express, a Cricket Association of Bengal...
  • Is cricket no longer the sought-after sport for advertisers in India? 16-04-2015 01:08 PM

    Cricket is not just a sport but almost a religion for India, home to over a billion people. The gentleman's game has captured the imagination of millions of fans and ruled over their hearts for ages. However, the sport seems to be gradually losing its sheen to other sports that...