SOUTH AFRICA

  • World Cup 2015: South Africa's road to quarter-finals March 17, 2015

    It's not always that things go as per your expectations. The South Africans, who came into the World Cup as one of the pre-tournament favourites, had to wait longer than expected to book a place in the quarter-finals. The men from the Rainbow nation moved into second place in Pool...
  • World Cup 2015: South Africa hope to shrug off 'chokers' tag against Sri Lanka March 17, 2015

    It's come down to this now; 12 days, 7 games and 3 victories stand between eight teams and the label of World Cup winners. After a prolonged period of foreplay that involved 42 games, cricket's pinnacle event has reached the business end, as it were. This is the point of...
  • World Cup 2015: Sri Lanka's road to quarter-finals March 17, 2015

    After an extensive phase of group stages that saw 42 matches in four weeks spread across 14 cities and two countries separated by sea, the cricket World Cup 2015 has reached the knockout stages. The quarter-finals will kick off on Wednesday with 1996 champion Sri Lanka battling against pre-tournament favourites South...
  • World Cup 2015: Sri Lanka should bat first and not worry about De Villiers March 17, 2015

    I have two messages for the Sri Lanka squad and captain Angelo Mathews ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup quarter-final against South Africa in Sydney: win the toss and do not get too hung up thinking about AB de Villiers. The toss, I believe, will play a vital part in...
  • World Cup: South Africa won't choke against Sri Lanka, vows De Villiers March 17, 2015

    Sydney: South Africa captain AB de Villiers insisted his side will not choke when they try to end their World Cup knockout misery in a Sydney quarter-final with Sri Lanka on Wednesday. The Proteas have never won a World Cup knockout match since their tournament debut in 1992, with a series...
  • Sri Lanka vs South Africa: What to look for in the first World Cup quarterfinal March 17, 2015

    It's 50:50 in the last 16 ODIs played between South Africa and Sri Lanka, while Kumar Sangakkara is at the doorstep of a wicketkeeping landmark. Here's what to look for in the first quarter-final of the 2015 ICC World Cup on Wednesday: 1. Seven of the last eight one-day internationals between...
  • World Cup: Seven things you must know about the seven knockout games March 17, 2015

    After 42 matches and 29 days of competition, the 2015 ICC World Cup has its eight quarter-finalist from the 14 competing times. And from March 18, when the knockouts begin, one of those last eight will start bidding adieu to the tournament - that's the level of pressure knockouts bring....
  • World Cup 2015: Sri Lanka sweat over Rangana Herath's fitness March 16, 2015

    On Monday morning, as Sri Lanka assembled for their first practice session at the Sydney Cricket Ground ahead of Wednesday's first quarterfinal of the World Cup against South Africa, much of the attention centred around Rangana Herath. In the afternoon, as South Africa continued their preparations for the marquee clash, knowing...
  • World Cup 2015: South Africa rope in adventurer to shed chokers' tag March 16, 2015

    Sydney: South Africa are turning to adventurer Mike Horn for advice on handling pressure moments as the Proteas attempt to shed the chokers' tag ahead of their World Cup quarterfinal against Sri Lanka here on Wednesday. Despite being one of world cricket's most powerful teams since returning to the fold in...
  • World Cup 2015: De Villiers, Sangakkara battle for top batting spot March 16, 2015

    Melbourne: AB de Villiers of South Africa and Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka have brought their battle for the coveted No.1 spot in the ICC rankings for One-Day International (ODI) batsmen to Sydney where the two will go head-to-head in the first quarter-final of the cricket World Cup on Wednesday. De...
  • ICC World Cup 2015: The studs who proved duds in pool stage March 16, 2015

    The ongoing World Cup has thrown many surprises in the pool stage with players from Afghanistan, Ireland and UAE proving their merit at the world stage. Among the big guns, while the likes of Kumar Sangakkara, AB de Villiers, Shikhar Dhawan, Chris Gayle and David Warner have performed brilliantly to...
  • ICC World Cup 2015: Team report cards from Pool A and B March 16, 2015

    A tournament that kick-started its campaign at Hagley Oval, Christchurch, with the game between hosts New Zealand and Sri Lanka delivered more than it promised in the pool stage and now it's time for the business end of the tournament. A fixture that was terribly in favour of the full members...
  • World Cup 2015: Domingo expects South Africa to peak against Sri Lanka March 16, 2015

    If South Africa do end up choking in the latter stages of the World Cup, it will not be because of any tension filtering down from their coach. Russell Domingo could not have presented a more relaxed demeanour than he did in front of the media on Monday, two days...
  • World Cup: Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath likely to be fit to face Proteas March 16, 2015

    Sydney: Sri Lanka's front-line spinner Rangana Herath is recovering well and looks likely to face South Africa in Wednesday's World Cup quarter-final at Sydney Cricket Ground, chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya said on Monday. Herath, 36, split the webbing between two fingers on his bowling hand trying to take a return chance...
  • World Cup: Hashim Amla motivated to break South Africa's knockout jinx March 15, 2015

    It's been a strange old World Cup for Hashim Amla. South Africa's Test captain has scored 307 runs from six innings with one hundred and a fifty - only AB de Villiers, the One-Day International skipper, has made more runs for the team in the competition - but despite scoring...
  • South Africa shouldn't forget Sri Lanka's World Cup expertise: Marvan Atapattu March 15, 2015

    Sydney: Over the last eight years, Sri Lanka have established themselves as the most consistent side in International Cricket Council events. Success was elusive until the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh in 2014, but since making the final of the World Cup in the West Indies in 2007, Sri Lanka have...
  • Cricket South Africa announces home tours against NZ, England and Australia March 13, 2015

    Johannesburg: South African cricket fans can look forward to a bumper home programme of international matches over the next 18 months involving series against New Zealand, England and Australia. Cricket South Africa (CSA) has a announced a detailed tour itinerary starting with England's tour to South Africa in December 2015 and...
  • Australia to tune up for World T20 by playing South Africa March 13, 2015

    Sydney: Australia will prepare for the 2016 World Twenty20 in India with a three-match Twenty20 series in South Africa early next year. The series will be squeezed in between Australia's Test tour of New Zealand in February and the World T20 in India, which starts on March 11, reports cricket.com.au. The encounters...
  • ICC World Cup 2015: 'Match winner' Quinton de Kock needs to step up March 13, 2015

    South Africa's Quinton de Kock was probably already feeling the most pressure of his fledgling international career before captain AB de Villiers dumped even more of it on his shoulders. "There's no doubt in my mind that he's a match winner, and I've said it before that he's going to play...
  • Watch: South Africa breeze into quarters, ICC World Cup, Day 26 Highlights March 13, 2015

    South Africa beat UAE to become the second team from Pool B, after India, to book a place in the quarter-finals. Watch the highlights from Day 26 of the ICC World Cup 2015. ...
  • World Cup 2015: De Villiers stars in South Africa's win over UAE March 12, 2015

    AB de Villiers scored 99 and picked up two wickets as South Africa ended their Pool B campaign on a high by thrashing UAE by 146 runs in Wellington. ...
  • World Cup 2015: South Africa 'raring to go' in quarters, says David Miller March 12, 2015

    Wellington: South Africa have put their roller-coaster pool performances at the World Cup behind them and are "raring to go" in the knockout rounds, batsman David Miller said on Thursday. Miller, who scored 49 as the Proteas defeated the United Arab Emirates by 146 runs to secure a quarter-final berth, said...
  • World Cup: Not perfect but a good win anyway, says AB de Villiers March 12, 2015

    South Africa's 146-run victory over UAE in their final World Cup Pool B clash on Thursday was exactly what the team needed heading into the quarter-finals, captain AB de Villiers said. De Villiers' side have experienced an inconsistent campaign and were still to secure qualification for the last eight before the...
  • World Cup: We are learning, not surrendering, says UAE captain Tauqir March 12, 2015

    UAE captain Mohammad Tauqir has dismissed questions his side had done damage to their reputation by refusing to meaningfully chase targets in their last two World Cup matches after a 146-run loss to South Africa on Thursday. AB de Villiers' side scored 341 for six in their 50 overs at Wellington...
  • World Cup: South Africa thump UAE by 146 runs to finish second in Pool B March 12, 2015

    "It seems the only way they cannot score 400 runs is if we win the toss and bat," Mohammad Tauqir, the UAE captain, had joked on the eve of his side's World Cup Pool B fixture against South Africa. Tauqir raised quite a few eyebrows therefore by choosing to bowl first...
  • AB De Villiers enters World Cup top-10 scorers' list March 12, 2015

    Wellington: South African cricket captain AB de Villiers continued to script statistical history at the ongoing World Cup as he on Thursday entered the top-10 of all-time scorers' list besides breaking the tournament record for most sixes by a player. With his 99-run knock against the UAE in a pool B...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs UAE, World Cup, Match 36 March 12, 2015

    (For live updates, scroll down to reach the blog) South Africa came into the 2015 World Cup labelled as favourites and have largely lived up to the tag, notching up consecutive 400-plus totals in the tournament en route to booking their quarter-final berth. But their recent loss to Pakistan has thrown...
  • World Cup: We are three games away from winning WC, says De Villiers March 11, 2015

    Wellington: Even after losing their last cricket World Cup Pool B game against Pakistan, South African skipper AB de Villiers on Wednesday said they are only three games away from lifting the elusive trophy. "I 100 percent believe we are the best team in the tournament here. Those two losses in...