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  • Ranji Trophy: Gugale, Khurana hit tons to keep Maharashtra in hunt 14 minutes ago

    Kolkata: Centuries from top-order batsmen Swapnil Gugale and Chirag Khurana kept Maharashtra in the hunt against a wary Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy cricket semi-final at Eden Gardens on Saturday. Resuming the day 439 runs behind, opener and comeback man Gugale slammed 154 with 28 fours, while No 3 batsman...
  • World Cup 2015: India on the doorstep of quarters, Twitter celebrates 17 minutes 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...
  • ICC World Cup: Misbah-ul-Haq faces flak from former Pakistan players 44 minutes ago

    Karachi: Former cricketers on Saturday lashed out at Misbah-ul-Haq as the Pakistan captain spoke about the difficulties he was finding in selecting a right combinations in the World Cup. "A lot is being said about the team's performance and what combination should have been played. Also references are given to the...
  • ICC World Cup: Twitter skips a beat, New Zealand beat Australia 47 minutes ago

    The pulse of Twitterati went up and down as the pendulum kept swinging in Auckland on Saturday, when the Cricket World Cup co-hosts played the most exciting match of the tournament in 15 days. New Zealand and Australia are two of the hot favourites to lift the trophy on March 29,...
  • ICC World Cup 2015: India inch closer to the quater-finals 1 hour 1 minutes ago

    R Ashwin picked up his career best ODI figures of 4 for 25 as India thrashed UAE by 9 wickets to register their third big win of the tournament. ...
  • India jump to second in the list of most ODI wins 1 hour 9 minutes ago

    The victory over UAE in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2015 on Saturday was India's 440th ODI win, pushing them up to the second spot in the list of teams with most ODI wins. The defending champions routed the UAE by nine wickets, which was India's third straight win as MS...
  • ICC World Cup 2015: Complete unit has been doing well, says MS Dhoni 1 hour 12 minutes ago

    Perth: On a roll after three successive wins in the ongoing cricket World Cup following Saturday's nine-wicket spanking of minnows UAE, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said his "complete unit" has been doing well with consistent performances in all departments of the game. "The bowlers have really stepped up and in...
  • ICC World Cup: India make important gains in lopsided contest 1 hour 48 minutes ago

    They may not have got the batting practice they were looking for against the UAE, but defending champions India made gains that should strengthen their title defence in Australia and New Zealand. Mohammed Shami was ruled out a day before the match due to a left knee injury, which allowed MS...
  • Virat Kohli, Ajinky Rahane pave way for bright future: Mudassar Nazar 2 hours 11 minutes ago

    Mudassar Nazar was a pretty handy cricketer, more than bits-and-pieces but just short of a genuine allrounder. In a Pakistani line-up fill of glittering stroke makers, he provided the solidity - some would say extremely so - that encouraged the artists to bat around the artisan. In 76 Tests between...
  • World Cup: Brendon McCullum cleared of serious injury after forearm smack 2 hours 24 minutes ago

    Auckland: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum was cleared of serious injury after taking a nasty crack to the forearm from Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson during a cricket World Cup Pool A encounter on Saturday. McCullum looked in serious trouble when he copped a short delivery at 150kmh from Johnson in the...
  • World Cup: I focused on basics and it came off well, says R Ashwin 2 hours 33 minutes ago

    Perth: Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who spun a web against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) batsmen in a World Cup Pool B encounter here Saturday at the WACA, said focussing on his basics brought such results for him. Ashwin picked up his career best One-day International (ODI) figures of four for...
  • India roll over UAE to secure entry to World Cup quarter-finals 2 hours 43 minutes ago

    The pacy WACA track turned out to be a spin nightmare for the UAE who received a nine-wicket hammering at the hand of defending champions India who secured their third consecutive win and entry into the ICC World Cup 2015 quarter-finals. Understandably, MS Dhoni wanted to bat to avoid exactly...
  • World Cup: Winless Pakistan can ill-afford taking Zimbabwe lightly 3 hours 11 minutes ago

    Brisbane: Talk of 1992, and cornered tigers, is starting to grate with Misbah-ul-Haq and with good reason, given the resources at his disposal. But when it comes to ground realities, Misbah's team find themselves pretty much where Imran Khan's side were when they took on Australia in Perth all those...
  • World Cup 2015: Misbah-ul-Haq wants Pakistan to avoid the panic button 3 hours 33 minutes ago

    Misbah-ul-Haq can't see any reason for his Pakistan squad to panic, despite two losses from two starts at the Cricket World Cup. Pakistan plays Zimbabwe on Sunday in a crucial Pool B match for both teams. Pakistan won the World Cup in 1992, the only other time it was co-hosted by Australia...
  • Srinivasan not to contest but suspense over BCCI presidential polls continues 4 hours 5 minutes ago

    Chennai: With just two days to go for the Cricket Board's much-awaited Annual General Meeting, both N Srinivasan and his rival faction are keeping their cards close to the chest as the suspense mounts on who will be the next President of the cash-rich body. With Srinivasan not contesting the much-postponed...
  • World Cup 2015: Our batting was horrendous, says Michael Clarke 4 hours 25 minutes ago

    Auckland: Australia skipper Michael Clarke blamed their "horrendous" batting for their one-wicket loss to New Zealand in a World Cup Pool A game at the Eden Park on Saturday. Deciding to bat first, Australia were bowled out for 151 in 32.2 overs with Black Caps pacer Trent Boult (5/27) picking up...
  • ICC World Cup 2015: UAE cricketer an officer with Dubai police 4 hours 47 minutes ago

    Perth: Remember Dwayne Leverock? The big man from Bermuda who defied girth and gravity to smartly grab on to an edge from Robin Uthappa at the 2007 World Cup? Remember what his day job was? Yeah, a cop. Surely, crime rates in Bermuda must be pretty low? Now, meet Fahad Alhashmi....
  • World Cup 2015: Shaiman Anwar opening new doors for himself 5 hours 4 minutes ago

    Perth: Until Wednesday afternoon, Shaiman Anwar was a relatively anonymous cricketer playing for an unfashionable team in the 2015 World Cup. Then, he smashed a 79-ball hundred against Ireland, the fastest by a UAE batsman in one-day international cricket, and his world hasn't been the same since. By his own admission,...
  • ICC World Cup: Did not think will get a five-for, says Trent Boult 5 hours 16 minutes ago

    Auckland: New Zealand pacer Trent Boult, who was adjudged Man of the Match for his brilliant bowling performance against Australia in a World Cup Pool A game on Saturday, said he did not think he would be able to clinch a fifer. Boult, 25, clinched his first five-wicket haul in his...
  • World Cup: Martin Crowe inducted into ICC Hall of Fame 5 hours 32 minutes ago

    Auckland: New Zealand legend and player of the 1992 World Cup, Martin Crowe, was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame on Saturday for his service to the game. Crowe became the third New Zealander, after Sir Richard Hadlee and Debbie Hockley, and the 79th overall to be inducted into the...
  • World Cup: England seeks form reversal at Wellington in World Cup 5 hours 36 minutes ago

    Wellington: England hopes it can vanquish memories of its last disastrous encounter in Wellington when it plays Sri Lanka on Sunday in a Pool A match that's become important to the Cricket World Cup quarterfinal chances of both teams. A week ago, England lost at the so-called "Cake Tin" stadium in...
  • Karnataka beat Mumbai to enter Ranji Trophy final 5 hours 56 minutes ago

    Bengaluru: Defending champions Karnataka completed the formalities to register a 112-run win over Mumbai and enter the final of the Ranji Trophy tournament for the 14th time on Saturday. Mumbai, chasing a victory target of 445, were all out for 332 about an hour into the fourth and penultimate day of...
  • World Cup: New Zealand enter quarters after thrilling 1-wicket win over Australia 6 hours 10 minutes ago

    Auckland: A pumped up, partisan crowd at Eden Park, bathed in glorious Auckland sunshine, were treated to a rousing display of limited-overs cricket from the home side on Saturday (February 28). When the bowling was not fast and furious, it was slow and cunning. When the fielding was not safe,...
  • Watch: Record-breaking De Villiers arrives at ICC World Cup, Day 14 highlights 6 hours 22 minutes 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. ...
  • World Cup: England out to exorcise Cake Tin demons against Sri Lanka 7 hours 11 minutes ago

    Wellington: England are looking at their return to Wellington for Sunday's World Cup clash with Sri Lanka as a chance to put their last visit to the New Zealand capital behind them, all-rounder Chris Woakes said on Saturday. England were humiliated by co-hosts New Zealand in the Pool A encounter at...
  • Cricket World Cup: Lasith Malinga gamble starting to pay dividends for Sri Lanka 8 hours 10 minutes ago

    The toe-crusher is hitting the target, the bouncer is coming out well and, most importantly, the wicket column is swelling again. Three games into the World Cup and Sri Lanka's calculated gamble on Lasith Malinga appears to be paying off. Sanath Jayasuria knew exactly what he and his colleagues on the selection...
  • World Cup: Struggling Shane Watson plays on despite friend's death 8 hours 54 minutes ago

    Auckland: Struggling Australian allrounder Shane Watson goes into Saturday's World Cup clash against New Zealand mourning the death of one of his closest friends who lost his battle with cancer this week. Paul Hutchison, a former fast bowler for South Australia and Tasmania, died from cancer in Brisbane on Friday, aged...
  • World Cup 2015: AB de Villiers 'best of century', says Imran Tahir 9 hours 9 minutes 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...
  • As it happened: Ranji Trophy 2014-15: Semi-finals, Day 4 10 hours 23 minutes ago

    (For Live Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Day 3 Report: A half-century from opener Swapnil Gugale (56 not out) helped Maharashtra post 110/1 at stumps on Day 3 after Tamil Nadu ended their first innings at 549 at the Eden Gardens. Meanwhile, battling long and hard, Mumbai were...