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  • As it happened: Australia vs India, 2nd match, Tri-Series 18-01-2015 07:52 AM

    (For Live Updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Playing XIs: India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Aninkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c/wk), Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohd Shami, Umesh Yadav. Australia: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Shane Watson, Steven Smith, George Bailey (c), Glenn...
  • What are Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar up to? 17-01-2015 04:53 PM

    There was never any love lost between Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar and Australian spin wizard Shane Warne through more than a decade of international rivalry. Whenever they took the field, people waited with bated breath to watch a battle between the best batsman in the world and the best...
  • After taming England, Starc ready to hurt India in tri-series 17-01-2015 01:41 PM

    Australia pacer Mitchell Starc promises to stay fired-up against India in the Carlton Mid Tri-Series ODI on Sunday after the hosts inflicted a 2-0 Test series defeat on the visitors. Starc was instrumental in getting Australia off to a winning start in the tournament against England on Friday with a...
  • Stuart Binny is the best seam allrounder in India: MS Dhoni 17-01-2015 01:08 PM

    Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has thrown his weight behind allrounder Stuart Binny's selection in India's World Cup squad. "Irrespective of all the debate, the best seam allrounder in India has been picked," Dhoni said ahead of India's Carlton Mid ODI Tri-series opener against Australia on Sunday. Binny's inclusion, ahead of...
  • I will be out there to take on India: David Warner 17-01-2015 12:33 PM

    Concerns over David Warner's participation in the tri-series ODI against on India were allayed by the Australia opener himself as he said that his right hamstring is only "a little bit sore" and he will "get out there on Sunday." Warner scored a match-winning 127 off 115 balls in Australia's...
  • Worried Dhoni confirms Ishant, Jadeja unavailable for tri-series opener 17-01-2015 12:13 PM

    India will be without the services of Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja for their opening tri-series game against hosts Australia on Sunday, confirmed Team India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The niggles being nursed by quite a few players in India's tri-series and World Cup squad have left the skipper worried...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI 17-01-2015 06:11 AM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) PLAYING XIs: New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum (c), Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi (wk), Daniel Vettori, Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Mitchell McClenaghan Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene,...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs West Indies, 1st ODI 16-01-2015 04:36 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) South Africa and West Indies square up in five ODIs, starting at Kingsmead, in their final round of competitive matches before the World Cup starts in Australia and New Zealand next month. Playing XIs: South Africa: Hashim Amla, Rilee...
  • Australia, New Zealand to be no-sledging zone during World Cup 2015 16-01-2015 03:37 PM

    To avoid ugly confrontations resulting from exchange of words on the field, cricket's governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), has reportedly decided to come down hard on sledging during the coming World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. According to a report in London's The Times newspaper, match officials...
  • Pakistan cricket decoded: a chat with noted writer Osman Samiuddin 16-01-2015 02:53 PM

    Noted Pakistani cricket writer, Osman Samiuddin, had a Q&A session on IBNLive.com Facebook page on his latest book, 'The Unquiet Ones: A History of Pakistan Cricket'. He took questions on Pakistani cricket's past, present, and the future. Excerpts: IBNLive: You have quoted from some very rare, old cricket magazines -...
  • As it happened: Ranji Trophy, Round 6, Day 4 16-01-2015 09:16 AM

    (For Live updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Day 3 roundup: Firing on all cylinders, four big guns - Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Maharastra and Tamil Nadu - won their Ranji trophy engagements inside three days Thursday. Manan Sharma spun Delhi to an innings and 150 run victory...
  • As it happened: Australia vs England, 1st ODI, Tri-series 16-01-2015 07:53 AM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) With the World Cup in the back of their minds, favourites Australia and England will lock horns in the opening match of the ODI tri-series on Friday, looking to test their squads one last time in the final lead-up...
  • India vs Pakistan: Adelaide Oval's spectator 'code of conduct' for World Cup 15-01-2015 01:33 PM

    Just on its second day, the 2015 ICC World Cup will host the most high-profile clash of the event between India and Pakistan, but with the excitement, cricket's biggest rivalry also brings with it a headache for the organisers as emotions threaten to take over both on the field and...
  • Will India win the tri-series in Australia? Stats say 'No' 15-01-2015 11:21 AM

    With all the stats that go on to support India and their performance in the shorter format of the game, the following - across the multi-team ODI series they have played in Australia - will definitely not put the team in good light as the Men in Blue gear up...
  • Snapshot: BCCI unveils new Team India jersey ahead of World Cup 15-01-2015 10:12 AM

    The BCCI has unveiled the all new official Team India jersey in Melbourne ahead of the 2015 World Cup. The uniform is a striking contemporary blue, with a textured, premium finish designed to enhance the modern requirements of the game and its players. ...
  • As it happened: Ranji Trophy, Round 6, Day 3 15-01-2015 09:36 AM

    (For Live updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Day 2 Roundup: Bengal were in a slightly advantageous position as they got rid of the Jammu and Kashmir top order on the second day of their Ranji trophy match at the Eden Gardens. Responding to Bengal's first innings...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI 15-01-2015 08:16 AM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Preview: Kane Williamson's absence for possibly the next three matches against Sri Lanka could be a blessing in disguise for New Zealand, with the batting order given the opportunity to fine tune plans for the World Cup. Test opener...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs West Indies, 3rd T20 at Kingsmead 14-01-2015 09:15 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Toss: West Indies won the toss and elected to field first. Teams: South Africa: MN van Wyk, RR Hendricks, RR Rossouw, JP Duminy, JL Ontong(c), F Behardien, D Wiese, WD Parnell, KJ Abbott, M de Lange, AM Phangiso West...
  • Australia's Punjab-connect Gurinder Sandhu eager to dominate India 14-01-2015 03:02 PM

    Gurinder Sandhu's dream of intimidating the Indian batsman with his pace is on the verge of coming true as the India-origin pacer is all set to don the Australian green and gold in the upcoming tri-series. After an impressive stint in the Big Bash League, Sandhu, who bowls at a...
  • As it happened: Ranji Trophy, Round 6, Day 2 14-01-2015 08:51 AM

    (For Live updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Day 1 Roundup: Bengal rode on wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha's exquisite 129 and Laxmi Ratan Shukla's 72 to reach 312/7 on day one of the Ranji Trophy game against Jammu amnd Kashmir on Monday. In Delhi, Unmukt Chand scored 117...
  • Aggressive is the only way I play one-day cricket: Moeen Ali 13-01-2015 03:05 PM

    Moeen Ali, England's designated opener for the coming Tri-Series and World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, has promised an aggressive approach against the new ball. Ali, who is not new to the opening batsman's role, didn't disappoint in his first innings on the Australia tour, hitting a power-packed 50...
  • World Cup 2015 may have its 'Chuck De' moments 13-01-2015 02:43 PM

    International Cricket Council's (ICC) recent crackdown on bowlers with suspect action has cost the teams some of their premier bowlers for the World Cup, with Saeed Ajmal's name immediately popping up at the mention. At the same time, though, some of the participating nations have gambled by naming bowlers who...
  • Glenn Maxwell feared missing the World Cup 13-01-2015 02:10 PM

    Australia's latest all-round sensation Glenn Maxwell had his fingers crossed before Cricket Australia's selection meeting to pick the World Cup squad, and he admitted, after ultimately being named in the final 15, that he "had plenty of doubts". The end of 2014 saw Maxwell hitting bad form, which raised doubts...
  • As it happened: Ranji Trophy, Round 6, Day 1 13-01-2015 08:59 AM

    (For updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Preview: Captain Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag have been instrumental in taking Delhi to the top of group B and will once again look to dominate proceedings when the hosts take on a lowly-placed Odisha in their Ranji Trophy match...
  • West Indies have robbed World Cup of star power 13-01-2015 08:12 AM

    The tumult in West Indies cricket has cost the upcoming World Cup two of limited-overs biggest stars. Dwayne Bravo and Keiron Pollard will not be there in Australia and New Zealand to showcase their all-round skills, as the games who's who assemble for the biggest spectacle. There are multiple theories...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs West Indies, 2nd T20 at Wanderers 11-01-2015 04:50 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Toss: West Indies won the toss and elected to field first. Teams: South Africa: F du Plessis*, MN van Wyk, RR Rossouw, DA Miller, JL Ontong, F Behardien, D Wiese, KJ Abbott, M de Lange, Imran Tahir, AM Phangiso...
  • Does Kevin Pietersen want to play for Australia or is he joking? 11-01-2015 02:58 PM

    No cricketer uses the social media site Twitter the way former England captain Kevin Pietersen does. The controversial figure has once again created a stir by telling the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot that he is available to play for the PM's XI against England in Canberra ahead of the...
  • 2nd T20: South Africa seek remedy for Gayle headache 11-01-2015 12:50 PM

    It was Chris Gayle versus South Africa in the first T20 international on Friday, where a storm of 52 off 11 balls buried any hopes the young South African side entertained before conceding a four-wicket defeat. And Sunday may be no different. But mood in the West Indies dressing room...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI 11-01-2015 08:18 AM

    (For ball by ball commentary scroll down to bottom of the page) New Zealand and Sri Lanka begin fine-tuning their World Cup preparations in Christchurch with the first of seven one-day internationals. The first game will also serve as a dress rehearsal for the World Cup opener to be played...
  • Harbhajan, Laxman worried about India's death bowling at World Cup 10-01-2015 01:27 PM

    Test stalwart VVS Laxman and 2011 World Cup winner Harbhajan Singh have questioned India's ability to bowl at the death in limited-overs cricket and feel India's title defence in Australia and New Zealand will depend on how the bowling holds up in the final overs of an innings. Talking to...