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  • New Zealand Prime Minister apologises over ponytail bullying claim 5 days ago

    Wellington: New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on Wednesday apologised to a waitress who accused him of acting like a "schoolyard bully" by repeatedly pulling her ponytail on visits to her cafe. The unnamed Auckland waitress made the allegation in an anonymous column on left-wing website thedailyblog.co.nz, saying the conservative leader's...
  • World Cup: South Africa's comedy of errors is no laughing matter March 25, 2015

    Sydney: Another Cricket World Cup semi-final but another failure to get to the final has left many South Africa fans questioning what their side must do to reach one-day international cricket's showpiece match. Tuesday's dramatic four-wicket defeat by New Zealand in a rain-affected clash at Auckland's Eden Park was the fourth...
  • Jubilant New Zealand daring to dream of World Cup glory March 25, 2015

    Wellington: New Zealanders hailed the Black Caps' cliffhanger World Cup semi-final win over South Africa as one of the country's top sporting moments on Wednesday and finally began dreaming of even greater glory in the tournament decider on Sunday. "One to go," trumpeted the front page of the New Zealand Herald,...
  • This is the best ever New Zealand team in a World Cup: Chris Harris March 24, 2015

    This is the best ever New Zealand team to have taken the field in a World Cup, given the kind of potential we have in our batting and bowling, feels Chris Harris. ...
  • Twitter hails New Zealand's historic entry into World Cup final March 24, 2015

    Grant Elliott struck a six off the penultimate to lift New Zealand to a four-wicket win over South Africa in a cliff-hanging match on Tuesday which carried them into a World Cup final for the first time, ending their run of defeats in their six previous semi-finals. New Zealand went into...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs South Africa, World Cup 2015, 1st semi-final March 24, 2015

    (For live updates, scroll down to reach the blog) New Zealand will take on South Africa at the Eden Park, Auckland in the first semi-final as both the teams look to book a place in a World Cup final for the first time. New Zealand, who have lost all their six previous...
  • New Zealand, South Africa battle it out for their first World Cup final March 23, 2015

    The apartheid had given the Proteas enough pain that denied the world to watch some of the best cricketers in action starting with the likes of Barry Richards to Basil D'Oliveira, who later went on to play for England. Cricket, much like any other sport in the African nation, had...
  • New Zealand and South Africa on the cusp of history, eye first ever World Cup final March 23, 2015

    Auckland: New Zealand and South Africa meet in the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup on Tuesday, with both teams bidding to reach the final for the first time. Here are some things to watch for: Captains Fantastic New Zealand's Brendon McCullum and South Africa's AB de Villiers are not only the...
  • World Cup: NZ fans behind their team as the co-hosts aim to break the semis jinx March 23, 2015

    Auckland: Here come the Black Caps. It was a seven year old who set things off at Departure Gate 16 at the Wellington Airport. Fresh off their win against West Indies, charging towards a collision with South Africa in the semi-final of the World Cup, New Zealand's cricketers trickled towards the...
  • World Cup 2015: Rain looms as unwanted guest at NZ-SA semi-final March 23, 2015

    Auckland: While New Zealand and South Africa concentrate on aspects of their preparations they can control ahead of their Cricket World Cup semi-final on Tuesday, the main factor they can't control - the weather - has begun to enter more and more into match considerations. Auckland's weather is notoriously changeable and...
  • World Cup 2015: Spin will give New Zealand edge over South Africa March 23, 2015

    I reckon the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 semi-final between New Zealand and South Africa is almost too close to call. Both teams are playing with confidence and one look at the talent on show on either side means it has the potential to be a classic. Everywhere you look...
  • New Zealand's Cricket World Cup semi-final heartbreak March 22, 2015

    Auckland: New Zealand will hope it's a case of seventh time lucky when they face South Africa at Auckland's Eden Park on Tuesday, as all six of their previous World Cup semi-finals have ended in defeat. Below AFP Sport looks back at the Black Caps' litany of last-four woes: 1975, The Oval:...
  • Watch: India finish pool stage unbeaten, ICC World Cup, Day 28 highlights March 15, 2015

    Brendan Taylor's Zimbabwe farewell, India's six out of six and Australia's Scotland job - catch all the action from Day 28 of the ICC World Cup 2015. ...
  • World Cup: Future of Zimbabwe players in their own hands March 15, 2015

    Before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 began, it would have been hard to imagine a scenario in which anyone involved with Zimbabwe Cricket could have found anything to be pleased about with winning just one out of six games in the Group stage. And it is very, very disappointing. ...
  • Dhoni's team betters Lloyd's outfit with 10th straight World Cup win March 14, 2015

    Auckland: With 10 successive World Cup wins under their belt, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's India on Saturday bettered Clive Lloyd's fearsome outfit of the late 1970' and 80' in terms of consecutive victories in the quadrennial extravaganza. Lloyd's team, which triumphed in the inaugural 1995 and 1979 World Cups, had nine wins...
  • World Cup: Scope for experiment but will India do that against Zimbabwe? March 13, 2015

    Top spot sealed, quarter-final opponents 99 percent confirmed and title defence well on - India's World Cup has gone like a breeze so far, and while it's expected to flow the same way at Eden Park against Zimbabwe on Saturday, the real test begins only March 19. A win against Ireland...
  • World Cup: I like the way Dhoni handles me as a bowler, says Shami March 13, 2015

    Auckland: India's pace spearhead Mohammed Shami feels a certain degree of comfort playing under Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the Indian captain has never been "demanding" and his backing has made the Bengal seamer's transformation from domestic to international cricket pretty smooth. Shami is India's highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 12...
  • World Cup: India can trouble us with pace and swing, says Brendan Taylor March 13, 2015

    Auckland: Zimbabwe stand-in captain Brendan Taylor feels that the Indian bowling unit will not only trouble his team with swing but also with the pace when the two teams meet in a Pool B match of the World Cup on Saturday. Taylor, who will be playing his last match for the...
  • ICC World Cup: South Africa taken aback by aggressive Pakistan March 8, 2015

    At the ICC Cricket World Cup 1992, Imran Khan stood at the pitch of the WACA at the toss of a must-win fixture against Australia. The Pakistan team record at that point in the tournament read as follows: Won: 1. Lost: 3. No Result: 1. Imran arrived at the...
  • World Cup: Pakistan's Sarfraz Ahmed elated at equalling Adam Gilchrist record March 8, 2015

    Auckland: Recalled Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed said on Sunday he was excited at being bracketed with Australia great Adam Gilchrist after equalling the record for most catches behind the stumps in a one-day international innings. The 27-year-old, who did not feature in Pakistan's first four matches of the World Cup, marked...
  • Watch: Pakistan roar back, Ireland on song; ICC World Cup, Day 21 highlights March 8, 2015

    Pakistan made their most significant kill of the edition to upset South Africa, while Ireland continued their dream run by beating Zimbabwe. Watch highlights from Day 21 of the ICC World Cup 2015. ...
  • ICC World Cup 2015: Pakistan show how dangerous they can be March 7, 2015

    Auckland: Pakistan made a winning return on Saturday to the venue where they defeated New Zealand in their 1992 cricket World Cup semi-final before going on to win the tournament for the first and only time. After a shaky start to the Cup, including a crushing defeat by West Indies in...
  • World Cup: Pakistan survive De Villiers scare to upset South Africa March 7, 2015

    When Pakistan put up a mere 222 on the board against AB de Villiers's South Africa, at glorious Eden Park of the short straight boundaries, the epitaph was written. Here lies Pakistan, once gloriously mercurial, led by Imran the majestic, now mediocre in surrender, shepherded by Misbah the meek. Exactly...
  • As it happened: Pakistan vs South Africa, World Cup, Match 29, Pool B March 7, 2015

    (For Live Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Auckland: On the back of grey skies and a persistent drizzle, an unstoppable force breezed into Auckland ahead of the weekend. AB de Villiers, in red-hot form, has refused to be denied thus far in South Africa's campaign and has...
  • World Cup 2015: Buoyant Pakistan face stern South Africa test March 6, 2015

    Auckland: On the back of grey skies and a persistent drizzle, an unstoppable force breezed into Auckland ahead of the weekend. AB de Villiers, in red-hot form, has refused to be denied thus far in South Africa's campaign and has been the beating heart of the run-making in what has...
  • Weather threatens South Africa vs Pakistan World Cup clash March 5, 2015

    Auckland: The weather may play a role in the outcome of Saturday's Cricket World Cup match between South Africa and Pakistan in Auckland, with New Zealand's MetService predicting some heavy rain showers during the afternoon. Should the worst happen and the day-night game is washed out, Pakistan might be glad to...
  • World Cup: A contrasting week for South Africa and the Pakistan threat March 3, 2015

    It has been a week of contrasting emotions for the Proteas as they mixed despair with brilliance. The lows of the MCG were offset by the highs of the SCG in two games of stark contrast. The loss to India has been unpacked time and time again the...
  • ICC World Cup: Shane Watson critics crank up heat after latest false start March 2, 2015

    Sydney: Australians might have been stunned by the collapse of their much-vaunted batting line-up in the face of brilliant New Zealand bowling at the weekend but the fall of one particular wicket was no surprise to anyone. Shane Watson, batting at number three, had scrapped his way to 23 runs off...
  • World Cup 2015: Australia's Glenn Maxwell mocked for Kiwi 'choke' gesture March 2, 2015

    Sydney: Australia's Glenn Maxwell was both mocked and praised on Monday after video emerged of him making a 'choking' gesture just moments before Kane Williamson launched the giant six that won Saturday's World Cup clash for New Zealand. Maxwell, a controversial batsman dubbed 'The Big Show' by Australian media, was fielding...