1st Test

  • South Africa's Test champions tag in danger 16-02-2014 04:34 PM

    Centurion: South Africa entered their Test series against Australia as undisputed world champions in the five-day form of the game. But the crushing nature of their 281-run defeat in the first Test at SuperSport Park has raised the possibility that their era of dominance may be coming to an end....
  • 1st Test: Johnson helps Australia crush No. 1 South Africa 15-02-2014 08:23 PM

    Centurion: Australia crushed cricket's top-ranked team on Saturday as unstoppable fast bowler Mitchell Johnson took 12 of 20 wickets to send South Africa to a humbling 281-run defeat at home in the first Test. Already with 7 for 68 from the first innings, Johnson ripped out 5 for 59 in...
  • Morne Morkel goes for scan on injured right shoulder 13-02-2014 04:27 PM

    Centurion: South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel missed the start of the second day of the first Test against Australia to go for a scan on an injured right shoulder. The South African team said Morkel hurt his shoulder diving for a ball while fielding on the first day. South...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 1 12-02-2014 01:36 PM

    For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page. Michael Clarke hadn't even arrived in South Africa before his first dig: Ready to depart from Sydney airport, the Australia captain said he was unaware top-ranked South Africa had beaten No. 2 India to extend their unbeaten run to...
  • Losing wickets of second new ball proved crucial: Dhoni 09-02-2014 02:07 PM

    Auckland: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that losing wickets of the second new ball including a poor umpiring decision, proved to be a decisive factor, as the visitors lost by 40 runs against New Zealand in the first cricket Test here on Sunday. India lost Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit...
  • Team India learning, but for how long without winning? 09-02-2014 12:12 PM

    India once again found themselves slipping in New Zealand, when the hosts placed another banana peel under the visitors' feet to win the first Test by 40 runs; this, after Ishant Sharma's match-haul of nine wickets and Shikhar Dhawan's return-to-form century raised hopes of a comeback win. India were down...
  • Kris Srikkanth bats for DRS after Auckland defeat 09-02-2014 11:57 AM

    Two controversial decisions cost India the first Test as they were defeated by New Zealand by 40 runs. ...
  • Poor umpiring robs India of victory in Auckland 09-02-2014 11:16 AM

    At the start of day four's play, the first Test match hung in a balance as New Zealand needed nine wickets and India 320 more runs for a win in Auckland. India put up a spirited chase and at one point looked in total control with Shikhar Dhawan and Virat...
  • MS Dhoni now Indian captain with worst away Test loss record 09-02-2014 11:05 AM

    India skipper MS Dhoni, the only captain to have won all three ICC limited-overs trophy to go with the Test mace, now holds the unfortunate record of an Indian captain with most Test defeats overseas. The 40-run loss to New Zealand in the Auckland Test on Sunday was Dhoni's 11th...
  • 1st Test: NZ beat India by 40 runs after Dhoni's controversial decision 09-02-2014 10:02 AM

    Auckland: Chasing a stiff target of 407 runs to win, Team India went down fighting and were dismissed for 366 in their second innings as they slumped to a 40-run defeat against New Zealand in the first Test at Eden Park in Auckland on Sunday. It was a roller-coaster fourth...
  • New Zealand not pressing the panic button yet: Wagner 08-02-2014 03:12 PM

    Auckland: New Zealand bowler Neil Wagner on Saturday said that the hosts will not be hitting the panic button just yet as they are confident of taking remaining Indian wickets needed for victory in the first Test, here. At stumps on day three, India still need 320 runs for a...
  • Dhawan, Pujara steady as India need 320 runs more to win first Test 08-02-2014 11:20 AM

    A remarkable fightback from Team India saw them end day three at 87 for 1, needing 320 more runs to win the first Test against New Zealand, who suffered a dramatic batting collapse in the second innings to be skittled out for 105 at Auckland on Saturday. India will have...
  • Murali Vijay blames new ball for batting failure - don't openers specialise in that? 07-02-2014 12:26 PM

    Auckland: At a loss to explain India's poor batting in the ongoing first cricket Test against New Zealand, opener Murali Vijay on Friday said more than the pitch, it is the new ball which is hurting willow-wielders on both sides. The Kiwis piled on 503 runs in their first innings...
  • 1st Test: India 130/4 on Day 2 in reply to NZ's 503 07-02-2014 10:51 AM

    Auckland: India managed to recover from early blows and were 130 for 4 in reply to New Zealand 503 when bad light forced the umpire's to call off the play early on day two of the second Test at Eden Park on Friday. Rohit Sharma (67*) and Ajinkya Rahane (23*),...
  • India players 'happy' and 'satisfied' in a winless run overseas 06-02-2014 07:58 PM

    Wonder if it's okay for the players to comment they are 'happy' or 'satisfied' with their performances when the end result is a steady decline in the team's performance. Team India is in the exact position - winless in Tests on foreign soil since June 2011 but still players are...
  • The pitch eased out after lunch: Williamson 06-02-2014 02:15 PM

    Auckland: New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson credited his team's fantastic turnaround on the opening day of the first Test against India to the pitch, saying that it eased out considerably after a "tough" opening session here on Thursday. The Kiwis recovered from 54 for 3 at lunch to be 329...
  • 1st Test: McCullum, Williamson tons take New Zealand to 329/4 on Day 1 06-02-2014 11:13 AM

    Auckland: Centuries by Kane Williamson and Brendon McCullum helped New Zealand take control on day one of the first Test against India at Auckland on Thursday. The Kiwis were 329 for 4 at stumps with McCullum unbeaten on 143 and Corey Anderson on 43. Williamson and McCullum engineered a crucial...
  • New Zealand unchanged for first Test against India 05-02-2014 04:44 PM

    Auckland: New Zealand on Wednesday named an unchanged side for the first Test against India at Eden Park, with seamer Doug Bracewell and batsman Jesse Ryder missing out. Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford were retained as openers for the match in Auckland starting Thursday, with selectors opting to stick with...
  • Who can overturn India's winless run in overseas Tests? 05-02-2014 01:01 PM

    The last time India toured New Zealand, they created history - breaking a 40-year jinx to win the series 1-0 after winning the Hamilton Test. But after being blanked 0-4 in the ODI leg of the current tour, the Indians will go into two-Test series as the second-best team -...
  • India's away Test record in dire straits 05-02-2014 09:14 AM

    It's been 31 months since India last won an away Test. It happened in Jamaica, where they beat hosts West Indies in June 2011. And their current streak of 12 back-to-back away Tests without a win is the worst for MS Dhoni & Co. since 1993-2001, when the number stood...
  • 1st Test: India's search for first win in 2014 resumes in New Zealand 05-02-2014 08:17 AM

    After being thrashed 4-0 against all odds in the ODI series by hosts New Zealand, Team India will hope to make amends in the first Test of the two-Test series starting Thursday at the Eden Park in Auckland. India have not won a Test match on the road since June...
  • India need to draw NZ Test series to retain second position in ICC rankings 04-02-2014 01:11 PM

    Dubai: India will retain their number two position in the ICC Test Team Rankings if they win or draw the upcoming two-match series against New Zealand, starting in Auckland on Thursday. A 2-0 series win will fetch India one rating point to take them to 118 points with no change...
  • 1st Test: Sri Lanka hammer Bangladesh by an innings and 248 runs in four days 30-01-2014 01:45 PM

    Mirpur: Dilruwan Perera claimed his maiden five-wicket haul in his just second Test to help Sri Lanka to a comprehensive innings and 248-runs victory over Bangladesh before tea on the fourth day of the first Test Thursday. Perera finished with figures of 5 for 109 and Suranga Lakmal had 3...
  • As it happened: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 3 29-01-2014 08:48 AM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 2 round-up: Opener Kaushal Silva hit a maiden Test century to lead a dominant batting display by Sri Lanka on the second day. Silva scored 139 as the tourists reached 375-5 by stumps. Sri Lanka will resume on...
  • As it happened: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 2 28-01-2014 09:08 AM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Day 1 round-up: Kaushal Sliva hit 30 and Dimuth Karunarate scored 28 to help Sri Lanka reach 60 for 0...
  • As it happened: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 1 27-01-2014 09:03 AM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Sri Lanka will look to bounce back after an embarrassing setback last week as Angelo Mathews' tourists begin a two-Test series against an equally inconsistent Bangladesh from Monday. The Islanders were left red-faced when Pakistan chased down 302 in...
  • Angelo Mathews' century takes Sri Lanka out of danger 03-01-2014 10:55 AM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 3 round-up: Debutant fast bowler Bilawal Bhatti dismissed experienced duo Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene in consecutive deliveries as Pakistan strengthened their hold on the first Test against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. Left-arm paceman Junaid...
  • As it happened: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 3 02-01-2014 10:56 AM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 2 round-up: Pakistan rode on centuries by Younis Khan and captain Misbah-ul-Haq to finish the second day of the first Test on a healthy 327 for 4 and 123-run lead against Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Younis hit 19...
  • As it happened: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 2 01-01-2014 11:03 AM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 1 round-up: Pakistan took an early advantage after fast bowlers Junaid Khan and debutant Bilawal Bhatti bowled out Sri Lanka for 204 on Tuesday on the opening day of the first Test. Captain Angelo Mathews launched a counter-attack...