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  • World Cup 2015: India's batting is not only about Kohli, says SA coach February 19, 2015

    Melbourne: Virat Kohli might be the "kingpin" of India's batting in the ongoing cricket World Cup but South Africa coach Russell Domingo on Thursday said his team is not making any special plans for the swashbuckling player ahead of the two sides' pool clash on Sunday. "We all know that Virat...
  • ICC World Cup: Can Indian bowlers do an encore against South Africa? February 19, 2015

    The first signs that India's bowlers might be on to something special came in the fourth over of Pakistan's chase at the Adelaide Oval last Sunday (February 15). Pakistan had laid their cards on the table by pushing Younis Khan, their most experienced limited-overs batsman, to open the batting as much...
  • ICC World Cup 2015: Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar fit to face South Africa February 19, 2015

    India have dismissed reports questioning the fitness of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravichandran Ashwin and said both are "very much available" for their second World Cup match against South Africa in Melbourne on Sunday. Seamer Kumar was reported to be a doubt after a lacklustre training session in Melbourne on Wednesday, while...
  • India's danger zones against South Africa: three apparent, two hidden February 19, 2015

    A South African safari is fraught with danger. The jeep may be grilled out but there's always an urge to venture out and pose for the shutterbug - like a hero with some beast in the background. An inch here or there or a moment of carelessness can be fatal...
  • ICC World Cup: Gary Kirsten in focus for India-South Africa clash February 19, 2015

    Having coached one team to the World Cup title, Gary Kirsten is now helping plot another nation's bid for the coveted prize and the two will meet when India take on South Africa on Sunday. Kirsten, the former South African opening batsman, was India's coach when Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men won...
  • 'Gary Kirsten's presence in SA camp won't make much difference' February 18, 2015

    Melbourne: Even as South Africa plot India's downfall with the help of Gary Kirsten and Mike Hussey, cricketing greats Sunil Gavaskar and Ian Chappell on Wednesday felt their presence would not make much of a difference to the Proteas' chances in their World Cup game against the holders. South Africa have...
  • World Cup 2015: I am ready to bat at any position, says Rahane February 18, 2015

    Melbourne: He has taken guard in different positions and came at seven in India's latest World Cup victory against Pakistan but key batsman Ajinkya Rahane does not mind being shuffled in the batting order. 26-year-old Rahane, who has played 47 ODIs and 14 Tests, said that the batting technique remains the...
  • World Cup 2015: Can India break South Africa jinx? February 18, 2015

    Team India will take on South Africa on February 22, however during all the three previous encounters in World Cup, Team India was never able to register a win against Proteas. ...
  • World Cup 2015: Injury scare for R Ashwin but all is well February 18, 2015

    First fun-and-games, then the serious stuff. That has been the tack adopted by the Indian team over the past few years. A game of volleyball once upon a time, then rocketball. Now, football has come to be the accepted pre-cricket routine at any practice session, and it was no different...
  • Dale Steyn recovering from flu ahead of India World Cup tie February 18, 2015

    Melbourne: South Africa's premier fast bowler Dale Steyn missed training on Wednesday due to flu, but is expected to be fit for the World Cup match against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. "He has a bout of sinusitis but will be back at training tomorrow," the team's media manager Lerato...
  • World Cup 2015: Hussey, Kirsten, Donald plotting India's downfall February 18, 2015

    Melbourne: South Africa's record against India in the World Cup has been an enviable 3-0, having convincingly won their matches in three editions ('92, '99 and 2011), but the Proteas are leaving no stone unturned to make it 4-0 when the two teams square off at the MCG on Sunday. To...
  • World Cup: Bhuvneshwar Kumar's fitness still under cloud February 18, 2015

    Melbourne: The doubts over Bhuvneshwar Kumar's fitness continue to be a concern for the Indian team ahead of their second World Cup pool game against South Africa as the seamer looked far from convincing during a net session on Wednesday. Bhuvneshwar, who had suffered an ankle injury before the start of...
  • Pick your India eleven! Help Dhoni break the South Africa jinx February 18, 2015

    Pakistan conquered, it's time for South Africa. Pick the India XI you think can beat the South Africans for the first time ever in the World Cup. ...
  • What should be India's strategy against South Africa? February 17, 2015

    Team India will take on South Africa on February 22, however during all the three previous encounters in World Cup, Team India was never able to register a win against Proteas. ...
  • Indians have got what it takes to beat South Africa: VVS Laxman February 17, 2015

    New Delhi: Notwithstanding India's winless streak against South Africa in World Cups, VVS Laxman feels the 'Men in Blue' can beat the Proteas as confidence levels are high after the victory against Pakistan and the batting line-up has enough depth to take on Dale Steyn and company. "Even though the results...
  • World Cup 2015: Five things India must do to break South Africa jinx February 17, 2015

    While the whole world was gunning for the heads of Indian cricketers for their deplorable performance leading up to the World Cup, things have taken a turn for the better for the Men in Blue. In a tournament where India's recent performance left little hope of making it to the last...
  • ICC World Cup 2015: Sachin Tendulkar wary of South Africa threat February 17, 2015

    New Delhi: Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar has issued a warning to triumphant India about their upcoming World Cup match against South Africa, saying the Proteas were "far, far superior" to arch-rivals Pakistan. Batting superstar Tendulkar helped India win the World Cup four years ago with victory over Sri Lanka at his...
  • Pakistan conquered, but there's a World Cup to be won February 17, 2015

    In a high-voltage super-charged atmosphere India put their ghosts of pre-World Cup tour results to rest and announced they are back in the hunt for the Cup by walloping Pakistan at Adelaide Oval on Sunday. Indians came back as a strong side with captain MS Dhoni sure of his moves once...
  • Cartoon of the day: Will Pakistan be able to fire crackers during IND vs SA match? February 16, 2015

    As India opened their World Cup defence in convincing fashion with a 76-run victory over Pakistan in a frenzied atmosphere at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday, Pakistan is eyeing on the India vs South Africa match on February 22. ...
  • The India vs South Africa firecrackers ad for the cricket world cup is as brilliant as the previous one February 16, 2015

    After the explosive 'Firecrackers' ad that poked fun at Pakistan for never having won against India in any cricket world cup, there is now a new one that pokes fun at India for not having won against South Africa so far. The ad shows South African fans hand over that...
  • Watch: Day 2 highlights, ICC World Cup 2015 February 16, 2015

    The first Sunday saw thrilling action from two games of the 2015 ICC World Cup that witnessed three centuries, two scores of 300 or more, the fastest delivery so far, an India vs Pakistan humdinger and victories for South Africa and India. Enjoy a quick video recap from the first Sunday...
  • JP Duminy encouraged me during match-winning stand: David Miller February 15, 2015

    Hamilton: South Africa's match-winner against Zimbabwe during Sunday's pool game in the World Cup, left-handed batsman David Miller on Sunday said he and J.P. Duminy continued to encourage each other as their team was in a spot of bother at 83 for 4. The duo posted a partnership of 256 runs...
  • J.P. Duminy encouraged me during match-winning stand: David Miller February 15, 2015

    Hamilton: South Africa's match-winner against Zimbabwe during Sunday's pool game in the World Cup, left-handed batsman David Miller on Sunday said he and J.P. Duminy continued to encourage each other as their team was in a spot of bother at 83/4. The duo posted a partnership of 256 runs and both...
  • World Cup: Miller and Duminy star as South Africa survive Zimbabwe scare February 15, 2015

    Arguably one of the best bowling units in this edition of the World Cup was made to look pedestrian by one of the most underrated batting line-ups in cricket. And still, South Africa were able to notch up a 62-run win against Zimbabwe on a day filled with the possibility...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Zimbabwe, World Cup 2015, Pool B, Match 3 February 15, 2015

    (For Live blog and updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) South Africa will look to justify their status as one of the favourites to win the World Cup with a potentially tricky Pool B opener against minnows Zimbabwe in Hamilton. Led by the swashbuckling AB de Villiers, South...
  • South Africa ready for World Cup opener, says Donald February 14, 2015

    Hamilton: South Africa great Allan Donald, infamous for his run out against Australia in the 1999 World Cup semi-final, said on Saturday that the Proteas were excited ahead of their 2015 opener. The 48-year-old, a renowned fast bowler whose speed saw him nicknamed "White Lightning", is now helping South Africa's...
  • South Africa seek World Cup kick-start against improving Zimbabwe February 14, 2015

    Hamilton: South Africa will look to justify their status as one of the favourites to win the World Cup with a potentially tricky Pool B opener against minnows Zimbabwe in Hamilton on Sunday. Led by the swashbuckling AB de Villiers, South Africa appear to have all bases covered, with depth in...
  • Chigumbura hopes Zimbabwe can maintain warm-up form February 14, 2015

    Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura is optimistic his team can carry the good form they showed during the warm-up matches into their opening World Cup Pool B tie against South Africa in Hamilton on Sunday. The 28-year-old said good showings in the rained-off first warm-up game against New Zealand - where they...
  • South Africa will take Zimbabwe seriously, says De Villiers February 14, 2015

    Hamilton: South Africa skipper AB de Villiers promised his team will take Zimbabwe seriously in their opening World Cup match in Hamilton on Sunday, declaring his players are keen to make history and ditch their tag as chokers. South Africa are top contenders this time after failing to go beyond the...