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  • Kings of Cricket: Who will win the World Cup 2015? February 13, 2015

    Cricket legends Ricky Ponting, Zaheer Abbas and Krishnamachari Srikkanth analyse the strongest contenders for the Cricket World Cup on CNN-IBN. ...
  • Five things to watch at Cricket World Cup 2015 February 13, 2015

    The Cricket World Cup begins Saturday with New Zealand hosting Sri Lanka in Christchurch and old rivals Australia and England meeting in Melbourne. After six weeks of wickets, whacks and willow, the tournament will finish with a final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 29. Here are some things to watch: NO...
  • World Cup 2015 Pool B analysis: Zimbabwe, Ireland can upset calculations February 12, 2015

    Two arch-rivals, a perennial choker, a once invincible team, and three minnows - this summarise the Pool B of the cricket World Cup 2015, which consist of India, Pakistan, South Africa, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland and the United Arab Emirates. At first gaze, it seems easy to guess which four teams...
  • World Cup warm-ups: Zimbabwe stun Sri Lanka, New Zealand thump South Africa February 11, 2015

    Christchurch: New Zealand had a resounding win over South Africa while Sri Lanka were beaten by Zimbabwe in two surprising results from Wednesday's pre-World Cup warm-up matches. World Cup co-host New Zealand continued their impressive recent form by beating highly-favored South Africa by 134 runs. Brendon McCullum made 59 and Kane Williamson...
  • As it happened: World Cup warm-up: Misbah guides Pakistan to win over England February 11, 2015

    (For Live Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Toss Reports: New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat against South Africa at Christchurch. Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat against Zimbabwe at Lincoln. Teams: Sri Lanka: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Rilee Rossouw, AB de Villiers...
  • World Cup: South Africa slowly building up momentum, says Du Plessis February 10, 2015

    Christchurch: South African batsman Faf du Plessis Tuesday said they are slowly building up intensity ahead of their opening match of the World Cup against Zimbabwe in Hamilton on Sunday. South Africa play their last warm-up game against co-hosts New Zealand here Wednesday. "With New Zealand tomorrow we will play with a...
  • World Cup 2015: AB de Villiers fit to play warm-up fixture February 10, 2015

    Christchurch: South Africa skipper AB de Villiers should be fit and ready to face New Zealand in the World Cup warm-up fixture here on Wednesday. De Villiers missed the Proteas' first warm-up game against Sri Lanka after complaining off a stiff right hip. However, South Africa is not worried that the...
  • We were counting down every run: Kyle Abbott February 9, 2015

    Christchurch: South African pacer Kyle Abbott has admitted their chase against Sri Lanka in the warm-up game on Monday got a bit too close for comfort as they beat the Asian islanders by 5 wickets with 3 balls to spare via the Duckworth Lewis (DL) method. The 27-year-old said they were...
  • Kings of Cricket: Srikkanth, Kiran More preview South Africa and New Zealand February 9, 2015

    CNN-IBN's cricket experts Krishnamachari Srikkanth and Kiran More analyse the squads of two of the favourites to win the World Cup 2015 title. ...
  • World Cup warm-up: De Kock, Amla steer SA to a five-wicket win over SL February 9, 2015

    South Africa put up a dominant show to beat Sri Lanka in the second warm-up match of the 2015 World Cup at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Monday (February 9). Put in to bat, Sri Lanka posted a competitive 279 for 7, courtesy Tillakaratne Dilshan's century and a half-century from...
  • Frustrating to see South Africa not winning a World Cup: Shaun Pollock February 9, 2015

    Over the years, South Africa have found bizarre ways to not win the World Cup, despite often having the personnel, as well as the opportunity, to do so. Shaun Pollock has been a part of some of those incredible moments. In 1996, it wasn't such a fantastic story, with Brian Lara's...
  • As it happened: World Cup warm-ups: Sohaib Maqsood takes Pakistan to 3-wicket win over Bangladesh February 9, 2015

    (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. ...
  • New Zealand at World Cup: Often good, never great February 8, 2015

    South Africa are one of the team New Zealand have often done well against. ...
  • World Cup 2015 Team Profile: Expectation South Africa's biggest enemy February 8, 2015

    We have seen them dominating play throughout a tournament but we have also seen them throwing in the towel just when it mattered, within touching distance of lifting the trophy. With all guns blazing, South Africa, who have been an outstanding unit in the 2014-15 season, will once again enter...
  • World Cup is important, but it's just another tournament: AB de Villiers February 7, 2015

    Bangalore: Although South Africa have always been one of the favourites to win the World Cup, neither Kepler Wessels, Hansie Cronje, Shaun Pollock nor Graeme Smith could lead the team to the title in their six editions South Africa have played in since 1992, when they were readmitted into international...
  • World Cup 2015: AB de Villiers okay with high expectations from Proteas February 7, 2015

    Wellington: South Africa captain A.B. de Villiers has diplomatically downplayed comments from his nation's Sports Minister who warned the Proteas not to be "a bunch of losers" at the Cricket World Cup. Minister Fikile Mbalula told players at a departure function that "we don't want you in the World Cup to...
  • World Cup 2015 will be most competitive ever, says Sunil Gavaskar February 6, 2015

    New Delhi: Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar feels that the 2015 cricket World Cup beginning on February 14 in Australia and New Zealand will be "most competitive" edition ever as many teams can win the title. "Will Australia do it this time, or New Zealand, who are gelling and combining so...
  • Don't return as losers from World Cup: South Africa Sports Minister to team February 5, 2015

    Johannesburg: South African Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has warned its cricket team of failure in the forthcoming World Cup, forbidding them from becoming "a bunch of losers". The comments came during the team's send-off for Australia on Wednesday. They received a rousing farewell from their fans but the buoyant mood was...
  • Mike Hussey to work with Proteas at World Cup February 5, 2015

    Sydney: Cricket Australia has confirmed former Australia batsman Mike Hussey will work with South Africa in a consultancy role during the World Cup. In a post on its website on Thursday, Cricket Australia says that Hussey's manager had confirmed that the 2007 World Cup-winner will attend some training sessions and give...
  • Problems galore for World Cup contenders February 4, 2015

    With strong hosts expected to challenge, a highly-fancied South Africa facing their demons and a sprawling format certain to generate criticism, the cricket World Cup's return to Australia and New Zealand is a case of deja vu in many ways. Since the trans-Tasman neighbours first co-hosted in 1992, the one-day game's...
  • Cricket expert? Tell us your four World Cup semi-finalists February 4, 2015

    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....
  • England reject Ben Stokes slams 15 sixes February 3, 2015

    Pretoria: Ben Stokes, controversially omitted from the England World Cup squad, struck 15 sixes during an unbeaten 151 to help England Lions defeat South Africa A on Monday in a one-day match. Batting at No. 5, Stokes also hit seven fours off 86 balls during 117 minutes at the crease...
  • World Cup side notes: Cricketers and their superstitions February 3, 2015

    There are few spheres of life other than sports, which urge us to cling to strange superstitions and rituals. Sportspersons, since long, fall for strange routines, habits and superstitions that they believe are necessary to psyche them up ahead of a contest and also enhance their performance levels. And cricketers...
  • Australia head for World Cup on top of ICC rankings February 2, 2015

    Dubai: Australia will enter the World Cup next week on top of the world rankings following their convincing 112-run tri-series final victory over England in Perth on Sunday. Australia's win means they currently hold a six-point advantage over second-placed India, who also featured in the series. India, the defending World Cup...
  • Holders India to enter World Cup 2015 as No. 2 in ODIs February 2, 2015

    Dubai: Defending champions India will enter the 11th edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup in second spot behind leaders Australia. After failing to win a single game in the recently concluded tri-series, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side trails Australia by six points in the ODI rankings, according to an ICC...
  • West Indies series loss compounded by over-rate fine January 30, 2015

    Centurion: The West Indies have been slapped with a fine by the International Cricket Council for maintaining a slow over-rate during their loss to South Africa in the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI). Match referee Chris Broad on Thursday found the Caribbean side two overs short of their target at...
  • South Africa comfortable to be among World Cup favourites January 30, 2015

    Centurion: South Africa will go into next month's World Cup, comfortable with their status as one of the favourites to lift the trophy. The West Indies, on the other hand, are banking on reaching the knockout phase and then producing their best form. There was a considerable gulf in performance between the...
  • Amla, Rossouw set up South Africa win against West Indies in final ODI January 29, 2015

    Hashim Amla and Rilee Rossouw both hit centuries for the second time in the series to set up a 131-run win for South Africa in the fifth and final ODI against the West Indies at SuperSport Park on Wednesday. South Africa's batsman Hashim Amla plays a shot during the 5th...