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  • World Cup: Pat Cummins an injury doubt, James Faulkner nears Australia return 17 hours 50 minutes ago

    Sydney: Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins sustained a minor injury in the loss to New Zealand at the weekend but allrounder James Faulkner is close to a return for the World Cup co-hosts after recovering from a side strain. Injury-prone Cummins reported a "slight side strain" after making his World Cup...
  • Cricket World Cup: Mitchell Starc wants to repeat blistering form against Afghanistan Yesterday

    Auckland: Mitchell Starc has no desire to be stood down for Wednesday's World Cup clash against Afghanistan in Perth after his six-wicket blitz just failed to nudge the four-time champions past New Zealand. With Australia expected to sweep past Afghanistan, there has been talk they might 'keep their power dry' by...
  • Watch: An Australia-New Zealand slugfest, easy for India, Day 15 at ICC World Cup Yesterday

    It was a nail-biting one-wicket win for New Zealand over the arch rivals in Auckland, which ended in a KO by Kane Williamson, while India mowed down the UAE by 9 wickets. Watch highlights from Day 15 of the ICC World Cup 2015. ...
  • World Cup 2015: India go from butterfingers to electric-heels in the field Yesterday

    Mumbai: It is one of the accepted truths of international cricket that fielding is not India's particular forte but Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men have taken bold steps towards altering that reputation at the World Cup. Too often in the past, India's fast bowlers have been liabilities in the field, while during...
  • World Cup 2015: Indian bowlers outplayed us, says UAE skipper Tauqir 2 days ago

    Perth: United Arab Emirates captain Mohammad Tauqir admitted that the Indian bowling attack led by spinner Ravichandran Ashwin completely outplayed his side in the Pool B match of the ICC World Cup on Saturday. Ashwin took four for 25 as India bundled out UAE for 102 before romping home by nine...
  • World Cup 2015: India on the doorstep of quarters, Twitter celebrates 2 days ago

    Team India entered the Cup after a horrendous show in Australia, but now after consecutive wins against Pakistan, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates, the defending champions are on the doorstep of entry into the quarter-finals. The Twitterverse lauded India's win, especially the bowling of offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who returned...
  • Watch: Record-breaking De Villiers arrives at ICC World Cup, Day 14 highlights 2 days ago

    South Africa's run-monger AB de Villiers added the fastest 150 in ODIs to his world records of fastest 50 and fastest 100 as Jason Holder's West Indies were handed out a batting tutorial. Highlights from day 14 of the ICC World Cup. ...
  • As it happened: India vs UAE, ICC World Cup 2015, Match 21 2 days ago

    (For Live Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) India have showed up in the World Cup with an attitude that can keep the demons away but cricket is a game where you are as good as your previous day and India need to field their best team against...
  • World Cup 2015: AB de Villiers 'best of century', says Imran Tahir 2 days ago

    Sydney: South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir described captain AB de Villiers as "the best player of the century" after the skipper smashed a whirlwind, undefeated 162 against the West Indies at the World Cup. De Villiers made his runs off just 66 balls as South Africa raced to the second-highest World...
  • ICC World Cup: AB de Villiers vs West Indies, a blow-by-blow account 3 days ago

    AB de Villiers 162 not out off just 66 balls, including fastest ever ODI 150 in 64 balls, and then South Africa 408 for 5 - the Sydney crowd was treated to a feast in the ICC World Cup on Friday. If there ever was an exhibition on how to bat...
  • AB de Villiers - came, hammered, conquered; 162 off 66 3 days ago

    Soon the dictionary for cricket synonyms will have AB de Villiers listed under fireworks. West Indies would admit that, and this: that nuclear weapons can't be much different than this South African's bat. He demolishes bowlers and bowling figures like a crater on missile-testing land. Jason Holder will be feeling the...
  • ICC World Cup: South Africa must beat West Indies to breathe easy 3 days ago

    CNN-IBN's Kings of Cricket Ricky Ponting and Kris Srikkanth preview the crucial Pool B encounter between South Africa and West Indies. ...
  • ICC World Cup: Mohammed Shami turning out to be India's man Friday 3 days ago

    Perth: In his first interaction with the media as an Indian Test player, one of his first acts was to clarify his name - 'They call me Mohammed Shami Ahmed, sometimes Shami Ahmed, but my name actually is Mohammed Shami', the young man had said, haltingly, in November 2013. Today,...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs West Indies, World Cup 2015, Match 19 3 days ago

    (For Live Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Brief Preview: If you go by numbers alone, Friday's clash in Sydney is one of the biggest mismatches of the tournament. South Africa haven't just dominated West Indies in recent seasons, they've toyed with them, winning 16 of their last...
  • ICC World Cup: South Africa need to conquer jitters in West Indies clash 4 days ago

    Sydney: If you go by numbers alone, Friday's clash in Sydney is one of the biggest mismatches of the tournament. South Africa haven't just dominated West Indies in recent seasons, they've toyed with them, winning 16 of their last 18 matches. The only loss came at Port Elizabeth, in a...
  • World Cup 2015: Vernon Philander absence may test depth, balance but not result 4 days ago

    Vernon Philander's hamstring injury will not only upset the balance of South Africa's attack against West Indies but also test their pace bowling depth when the two sides clash in their World Cup Pool B match in Sydney on Friday. The 29-year-old Philander limped out of South Africa's 130-run humbling by...
  • World Cup: South Africa have learnt their lessons, says Hashim Amla 4 days ago

    Sydney: South Africa batsman Hashim Amla insisted his team won't panic despite their 130-run World Cup loss to defending champions India, while Friday's clash against a rejuvenated West Indies can't come round soon enough. The Proteas, widely-regarded as one of the favourites for a first world title, suffered a sobering wake-up...
  • Ten-day break worked wonders for India's World Cup defence: Ravi Shastri 4 days ago

    It didn't take Ravi Shastri long to stamp his character on this young Indian team. From the time he took over as team director ahead of the One-Day International series in England last August, the former India captain has stressed on positivity, aggression and a sense of team. Without stepping...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, World Cup, Match 18, Pool A 4 days ago

    (For Live Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Brief Preview: The Islanders, losing finalists in the last two editions, have had an uninspiring start to the 2015 event, with their batsmen struggling to cope with the conditions in New Zealand. Angelo Mathews's men were thrashed by the co-hosts...
  • World Cup: Dale Steyn next in Chris Gayle's firing line 5 days ago

    Struggling South African fast bowler Dale Steyn must find a way to contain record-breaking West Indian batsman Chris Gayle in Friday's crunch World Cup clash. Steyn's cutting edge has been blunted at the tournament so far with his two matches giving him total figures of two for 119 from a...
  • Upul Tharanga replaces Jeevan Mendis in Sri Lanka World Cup squad 5 days ago

    Wellington: Opening batsman Upul Tharanga will join Sri Lanka at the World Cup as a replacement for injured allrounder Jeevan Mendis. The International Cricket Council approved the replacement after Mendis injured a hamstring at training on Tuesday. Sri Lanka will play Bangladesh in Melbourne on Thursday in their third match in Pool...
  • Sri Lanka seek World Cup lift against Bangladesh 5 days ago

    Perennial contenders Sri Lanka will fear their own inconsistent form more than their opponents when they meet Bangladesh in the World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday. The Islanders, losing finalists in the last two editions, have had an uninspiring start to the 2015 event, with their batsmen struggling...
  • Cricket World Cup: Gayle, WI eye 300-plus against South Africa 5 days ago

    Canberra: Record-breaking Chris Gayle says the West Indies will be looking to post their fourth total above 300 in Friday's crunch World Cup game with South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Gayle exploded back to form with a World Cup record 215 off 147 balls and put on a record...
  • ICC World Cup: Ajinkya Rahane is a monk with a bat 5 days ago

    Perth: Ajinkya Rahane is an unlikely hero. Unlike many of his team-mates, flash is the last thing on his mind. He is not one of the in-your-face types; he is more understated and studied. See Ajinkya Rahane, and immediately you see serious. You see committed. You see determined. It's not...
  • World Cup: Ravichandran Ashwin-Ravindra Jadeja have proved critics wrong, says Virat Kohli 6 days ago

    Perth: Question marks have been raised about their ability to trouble batsmen in overseas conditions but "spin twins" Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin have "proved their critics wrong" with an impressive start to their World Cup campaign, feels team's premier batsman Virat Kohli. With convincing wins over Pakistan and South Africa...
  • Sri Lanka, Bangladesh suffer World Cup injuries 6 days ago

    Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were dealt injury blows ahead of Thursday's World Cup clash at the Melbourne Cricket Ground with both Jeevan Mendis and Mushfiqur Rahim taken to hospital for assessment. Mendis, a left-handed batsman and right-arm leg-spinner, has a hamstring injury that could be serious enough to rule him out...
  • Bangladesh rubbished World Cup bookie links 6 days ago

    Melbourne: Bangladesh, on Monday, rubbished media reports back home that seamer Al-Amin Hossain had been kicked out of the World Cup for reportedly confessing to meeting an illegal Indian bookmaker. The official statement issued on Sunday by the team management had said Hossain, 25, was being sent home for breaking curfew...
  • Vernon Philander ruled out of South Africa's next World Cup match 6 days ago

    Sydney: Paceman Vernon Philander has been ruled out of South Africa's next World Cup match against the West Indies due to a left hamstring injury he picked up during last weekend's loss to defending champion India. South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee released a statement on Tuesday saying medical scans in...