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  • As it happened: World Cup warm-up games, Day 2 10-02-2015 07:07 AM

    (For Live Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Pre-match: Still looking to get their playing combination in order, an under-fire India will be looking for resurrection against first-timers Afghanistan. India's preparations for the 50-over showpiece event suffered a jolt on Tuesday as Australia thrashed the defending champions...
  • Ranji Trophy 2014-15 Scores: Round 9, Day 4 09-02-2015 09:16 AM

    (For Live updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 3 Round-up: Left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh claimed six wickets, including that of maiden centurion R Samarth, to help hosts Mumbai take a first-innings lead of 21 runs on Day 3 against Karnataka on Sunday. The defending champions, who...
  • As it happened: World Cup warm-ups: Sohaib Maqsood takes Pakistan to 3-wicket win over Bangladesh 09-02-2015 07:03 AM

    (For Live updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) World Cup, warm-up match 2: South Africa won the toss against Sri Lanka and elected to field first. World Cup, warm-up match 3: New Zealand won the toss and elected to field first against Zimbabwe. ...
  • As it happened: Ranji Trophy 2014-15, Round 9, Day 3 08-02-2015 09:00 AM

    (For Live updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Mumbai maintained their ascendancy over Karnataka, with the hosts leading by 261 runs at the end of the second day of a Ranji Trophy match on Saturday. Karnataka, in reply to the home team's first innings score of 436,...
  • Mohit Sharma replaces injured Ishant Sharma in World Cup squad 08-02-2015 08:43 AM

    The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday approved fast bowler Mohit Sharma as replacement for the injured Ishant Sharma in India's World Cup squad, after the Event Technical Committee and its medical practitioner found the extent of Ishant's knee injury serious enough to warrant replacement. Ishant, who suffers from a...
  • As it happened: India vs Australia, World Cup warm-up 08-02-2015 07:18 AM

    (For Live Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Brief Preview: India will have to recover quickly from the blow of losing pace spearhead Ishant Sharma even as the fitness of Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja will be under spotlight as they take on hosts Australia...
  • ICC clears Saeed Ajmal's action but World Cup return uncertain 07-02-2015 01:02 PM

    The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Saturday confirmed that following remedial work and retests, the bowling actions of Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal and Sohag Gazi of Bangladesh have been found to be legal, and the players can now resume bowling in international cricket. However, it is still not clear that whether...
  • Ranji Trophy 2014 15: Round 9, Day 1 06-02-2015 08:55 AM

    (For Live updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Preview: A battle royal is on the cards when under pressure Mumbai, gunning for an outright victory to seal a quarter final berths, clash with high-flying defending champions Karnataka in a Ranji Trophy Group A match commencing at the...
  • Sachin Tendulkar crosses 5 million on Twitter, still behind Virat Kohli 05-02-2015 06:37 PM

    Former Indian cricket and legendary batman Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday became the second after Virat Kohli to cross the five-million followers mark on the social networking website Twitter. As of February 5, 2015, Tendulkar has 5.02 million followers compared to Kohli's 5.36 million. According to a press release, Tendulkar (@sachin_rt)...
  • Injured Ishant, Bhuvneshwar in doubt for World Cup? 05-02-2015 02:52 PM

    February 7 is going to be a D-day for four members of India's World Cup squad in Australia, as they undergo a fitness test to know if they will see the daylight of their maiden World Cup appearance. And if reports are to be believed, two of them - fast...
  • Cricket expert? Tell us your four World Cup semi-finalists 04-02-2015 08:13 AM

    India's form isn't great, New Zealand peaking just at the right time, Pakistan stay unpredictable, beating Australia at home is tough. Hang on! Don't take the minnows lightly. Will the favourites make it to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 semi-finals? You tell us by selecting your top four. ...
  • Expect something special from Dhoni at World Cup 03-02-2015 04:21 PM

    MS Dhoni may be having a tough time getting his team back to the winning ways in Australia, but former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming feels the influential India skipper could turn out to be the go-to man in his team's World Cup title defence. Writing in his column for...
  • Don't mind losing to India if Pakistan can win World Cup: Inzamam 03-02-2015 09:02 AM

    A veteran of five World Cups and at the receiving end of all five defeats at the hand of Indians in the showpiece event, former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq doesn't mind another defeat against India if Pakistan can lift the trophy on March 29. India and Pakistan play as early as...
  • 'India, Pakistan cornered tigers of World Cup 2015' 03-02-2015 08:34 AM

    If you have had good two weeks before the World Cup, consider yourself in with a chance to lift the trophy: that's what former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar feels about the chances of teams finishing on top of the podium in Australia and New Zealand. The controversial Pakistan fast bowler...
  • Pakistan pacer Junaid Khan ruled out of World Cup 02-02-2015 05:48 PM

    Pakistan suffered a setback to their World Cup hopes with fast bowler Junaid Khan failing fitness test on Monday to be ruled out of the showpiece event. The team management will decide on the replacement soon. Junaid, who had withdrawn from the two-ODI preparatory series in New Zealand, has a...
  • Will Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 'switch off' theory work for India? 02-02-2015 11:54 AM

    It's not an ideal scenario for a team preparing for its World Cup title defence when it hasn't tasted victory for more than two months, that too on the same soil where they have to defend their crown. But India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says time off from the game...
  • As it happened: Ranji Trophy, Round 8, Day 4 01-02-2015 09:13 AM

    (For Live updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Day 3 Round up: Hosts Vidarbha bowled with clinical precision to outclass table toppers Delhi by an innings and 93 runs. Having won the match in less than two and half days, Vidarbha with seven points including a bonus...
  • As it happened: Australia vs England, Tri-Series final 01-02-2015 07:17 AM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page. Pre-match: In what seems to be a dress rehearsal of their opening game in the World Cup, an unbeaten Australia take on England in the cricket tri-series final. Having accumulated 15 points from four matches, the George Baily-led Australia...
  • West Indies allrounder Dwayne Bravo retires from Test cricket 31-01-2015 09:48 AM

    West Indies allrounder Dwayne Bravo has decided to call it quits from the longer format of the game. Bravo played his last Test match against Sri Lanka in December 2010 and on Saturday decided to call it time on his Test career through a statement, reports CMC. "Over the years,...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Pakistan, 1st ODI 31-01-2015 08:27 AM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Toss: New Zealand won the toss and opted to field against Pakistan in the first ODI. Teams: Pakistan (Playing XI): Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq(c), Umar Akmal, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed(w), Shahid Afridi, Bilawal Bhatti, Ehsan Adil,...
  • As it happened: Ranji Trophy 2014-15, Round 8, Day 3 31-01-2015 08:25 AM

    (For Live updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Day 2 Round-up: Seen as a future India Test regular, Young Lokesh Rahul on Friday cracked a memorable triple century - the first from Karnataka to achieve the feat in Ranji Trophy as well as first-class cricket - guiding...
  • England keep India winless to enter tri-series final 30-01-2015 04:23 PM

    Talking of momentum, India will have none such thing going into their World Cup title defence as they remain winless after more than two months on tour in Australia. England inflicted the latest wound on the world champions, throwing them out of the Carlton Mid ODI tri-series with a three-wicket...
  • As it happened: Ranji Trophy 2014-15, Round 8, Day 2 30-01-2015 10:43 AM

    Bangalore: Lokesh Rahul's good run of form continued as the young batsman struck an unbeaten 150 to guide Karnataka to a comfortable position in their Group A Ranji Trophy cricket match against Uttar Pradesh here on Thursday. At stumps on the first day, hosts Karnataka were strongly placed at 326...
  • As it happened: India vs England, Tri-series, Match 6 30-01-2015 07:05 AM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page. Pre-match: Australia, bad form, injuries, experiments, England, bad weather. India have fought all sort of enemies for over the last two months Down Under. But what their battles are yet to yield is a win. And if that objective...
  • Virat Kohli may have to 'sacrifice' No. 3 position, hints MS Dhoni 29-01-2015 02:32 PM

    Ahead of India's crunch Carlton Mid tri-series ODI against England on Friday, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said that batsmen will have to sacrifice their batting position if that suits the team in its World Cup defence. The Indian team management's decision to ask Virat Kohli to bat a rung...
  • Super Over may decide 2015 World Cup winners 29-01-2015 12:35 PM

    The International Cricket Council (ICC) has put its faith in Super Over as the "credible way to separate two sides" in the event of a tie, and the same condition will be in force in the event the 2015 ICC World Cup final on March 29 ends with scores tied....
  • As it happened: Ranji Trophy, Round 8, Day 1 29-01-2015 09:11 AM

    (For Live updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) With time running out fast for both the teams, Bengal and Railways will face off in a must-win match to keep themselves in contention for quarters of the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament. Bengal will stick to their ploy of...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, 7th ODI 29-01-2015 08:07 AM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Toss: Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat against New Zealand. Teams: New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi, Daniel Vettori, Kyle Mills, Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs West Indies, 5th ODI 28-01-2015 04:27 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Toss: West Indies won the toss, will bowl first South Africa Team HM Amla*, RR Rossouw, F du Plessis, Q de Kock, DA Miller, JP Duminy, F Behardien, WD Parnell, AM Phangiso, KJ Abbott, M de Lange West Indies...
  • Tri-series: India split points to stay alive after washout against Australia 26-01-2015 02:51 PM

    The Calton Mid Tri-series one-day international between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday was abandoned due to rain. The game could only see only 16 overs in which India scored 69 for the loss of two wickets before rain stopped play and thereafter wet conditions didn't...