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  • IPL 2015: Shreyas Iyer looks an amazing prospect Yesterday

    Exactly a year ago, a reluctant teenager was dragged to the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to watch the home team play in the Indian Premier League. A little over two months ago, that boy went under the hammer for Rs 10 lakh at the IPL auction, and by the time...
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore crush Rajasthan Royals for their second win in IPL 8 2 days ago

    Ahmedabad: Skipper Virat Kohli blasted his second successive fifty and pacer Mitchell Starc snapped three wickets as Royal Challengers Bangalore notched up a comprehensive nine-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals on Friday. Bangalore didn't put a foot wrong as they first dished out a disciplined bowling performance to restrict Rajasthan to 130...
  • IPL 8: Getting AB de Villiers early was the turning point, says Suresh Raina 4 days ago

    Bengaluru: Chennai Super Kings batsman Suresh Raina said dismissing South African swashbuckler AB de Villiers early proved to be the decisive turning point in his side's 27-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL match. Chasing 182, RCB ended 154 for 8 in their 20 overs last night. "Definitely. I think...
  • IPL 8: Steven Smith no less than De Villiers or Kohli, says Watson April 15, 2015

    Lauding Steven Smith for his match-winning knock against Mumbai Indians, which gave Rajasthan Royals their third successive victory in as many games, Shane Watson said his team-mate is on par with AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli. "I think he is on par with AB de Villiers at the moment and...
  • IPL 8: Clinical Sunrisers Hyderabad sink Royal Challengers Bangalore by 8 wickets April 13, 2015

    Skipper David Warner blasted a 27-ball 57 to help Sunrisers Hyderabad notch their first success in two outings with an eight-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the eight season of Indian Premier League on Monday. Warner and fellow-opener Shikhar Dhawan (50 not out) put on 82 runs in 7.2 overs...
  • IPL 8: Gayle's 96 off 56 helps Bangalore beat KKR in a nail-biter April 11, 2015

    Chris Gayle hammered the Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers into submission with a breathtaking 96 that guided Royal Challengers Bangalore to a three-wicket victory at the Eden Gardens on Saturday. Chasing a victory target of 178, Gayle singlehandedly tore apart the home team attack as his 56 ball innings had seven boundaries...
  • IPL 8: Can't have a set plan against AB de Villiers, says Morne Morkel April 10, 2015

    Kolkata: Praising Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman AB de Villiers' ability to read the game, Kolkata Knight Riders' South African pace spearhead Morne Morkel on Friday said it was a difficult to set a plan against his compatriot known for playing unorthodox shots. "You can't really plan against A.B. de Villiers, he...
  • IPL 8: Virat Kohli, de Villiers and Gayle look to change RCB's fortunes April 5, 2015

    Mumbai: Captain Virat Kohli on Sunday said Royal Challengers Bangalore's star-studded batting line-up will be able to express itself better in IPL-8 with the arrival of players such as Darren Sammy and S Badrinath in the team. Besides the Indian player and former West Indies captain, Dinesh Karthik was also being...
  • IPL 8: Dangerous AB de Villiers key to RCB's chances April 5, 2015

    Which of the following records does AB de Villiers hold in One-Day International cricket: (a) Fastest 50 (b) Fastest 100 (c) Fastest 150 (d) All of the above? You can blindly choose the fourth option, there should be no room for confusion in your mind. In just over a month, between January...
  • IPL Team Profile: Two time runners-up RCB hoping for the best upshot April 3, 2015

    The Virat Kohli-led Bangalore brigade has various flavours in one plate. Strong, steady and with all the deadly players that can turn the table in a few overs, the Royal Challengers Bangalore look more than just favourites. However, they have failed to perform to their elements in last three seasons...
  • Vernon Philander selection not race-based: Cricket South Africa March 30, 2015

    Johannesburg: Cricket South Africa (CSA) has denied reports that the selection of pacer Vernon Philander ahead of fast bowler Kyle Abbott for their team's World Cup semi-final against New Zealand was racially motivated. Philander was called into the South African XI in place of Abbott for last week's match against the...
  • AB de Villiers and Brendon McCullum are two gentlemen of the game March 25, 2015

    "Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws but also within the Spirit of the Game. Any action which is seen to abuse this spirit causes injury to the game itself. The major responsibility...
  • Rain, blemishes conspire to knock South Africa out, NZ reach maiden final March 24, 2015

    Cricket is a great leveler but you tell that to a South African in any corner of the world and you would notice that the eyes are getting red and the face turning pale, fuming with anger and frustration. A nation gripped with inflation, unemployment and crime rates going up at...
  • South Africa, rains and the World Cup jinx March 24, 2015

    South Africa's tryst with rain God Zeus continued on Tuesday as it again played a cruel part in the outcome of the first semi-final of the World Cup 2015. New Zealand reached their first Cricket World Cup final when Grant Elliott struck a six from the penultimate ball to beat...
  • World Cup 2015: I cost South Africa the game, says AB de Villiers March 24, 2015

    At a news conference after his team's loss to New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final, as the emotions of the defeated captain were almost painfully raw, AB de Villiers' most revealing answer was of only one word. De Villiers' voice cracked as he fielded questions, and he paused at times...
  • 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...
  • New Zealand create history, reach maiden World Cup final by beating South Africa March 24, 2015

    Grant Elliott scored a match-winning 84 off 73 to power New Zealand (299/6) to their first ever World Cup final, beating South Africa (281/5) by 4 wickets (D/L) in a cliffhanger heavily affected by rain. New Zealand, chasing a Duckworth-Lewis target of 298, reached 299 for 6 with a ball to...
  • 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...
  • World Cup: NZ and SA to battle out for a spot in the finals March 23, 2015

    New Zealand and South Africa will face each other in the first semi-final of the World Cup 2015 with both teams bidding to reach the final for the first time. ...
  • New Zealand vs South Africa, 1st semi-finals: The key battles March 23, 2015

    New Zealand and South Africa are all set to create history as either of the teams will make it to the semi-finals for the first time in a World Cup. Both semi-finalists- New Zealand and South Africa - will meet at the beautiful Eden Park in Auckland on Tuesday with...
  • 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: South Africa determined to win the semis, says De Villiers March 23, 2015

    South Africa captain AB de Villiers doubts he will need to say too much to motivate his team mates for their cricket World Cup semi-final against New Zealand as he feels they are already in a 'good space'. South Africa enter Tuesday's clash at Eden Park slight favourites after demolishing Sri...
  • World Cup 2015: South Africa's road to semi-finals March 23, 2015

    South Africa face New Zealand in Auckland on Tuesday in the first semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2015 that will bring some of world cricket's most extraordinary hitters under one roof. There will be South Africa's AB de Villiers, who owns the fastest ODI century and New Zealand's Corey...
  • World Cup quarter-finals: Guptill, big retirements, favourites through March 22, 2015

    Favourites India, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia registered comprehensive victories against their opponents in the quarter-finals to book their spot in the last four of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. Hosts Australia and New Zealand reached the semis for the record seventh time, South Africa won their first...
  • World Cup: South Africa delivered their most convincing performance March 19, 2015

    AB de Villiers came out in the pre-match press conference and assured South Africa that the Proteas would be up for the game and they were determined to win it - he was right. Not only did they managed the victory, but they ran out and delivered their most convincing...