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  • ICC World Cup: A heartbreak for Scotland as Afghans rejoice 1 week ago

    Heartbreak. It's a word loaded with so much, weighted with feelings of such deep-seated desolation and despair that it should have no place in a world of sport where grown men hurl balls and hit them while millions watch adoringly. It's a word that carries with it such a depth...
  • Afghanistan's big day leads chorus of minnows at ICC World Cup February 26, 2015

    If you tell Samiullah Shenwari, at the fag end of Feb 26 Thursday, that he reminded the world how the likes of Steve Waugh and Brian Lara used to get the tailenders bat around them, he may reply "Oh, come on! I am not that good." But his innings that...
  • World Cup: Afghanistan's Hamid Hassan in Wall Street Journal for somersault antics February 26, 2015

    Dunedin: Afghanistan's latest cricket sensation Hamid Hassan found his way into the pages of the popular US daily the 'Wall Street Journal' after his somersaulting antics post Kumar Sangakkara's wicket in their match against Sri Lanka caught the attention of one and all. With a bandana and a war paint on...
  • ICC World Cup: I did my job, says Afghanistan hero Samiullah Shenwari February 26, 2015

    Dunedin: Samiullah Shenwari insisted he'd simply "done my job" after his superb 96 set-up Afghanistan's first-ever World Cup win with a thrilling one-wicket victory over Scotland in Dunedin on Thursday. Afghanistan collapsed to 97 for seven in pursuit of a modest target of 211 and were all but out of this...
  • As it happened: Afghanistan vs Scotland, World Cup 2015, Match 17 February 26, 2015

    (For Live Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Either Afghanistan or Scotland will post a first-ever win in a World Cup match when they meet in a Pool A match at the University Oval, unless New Zealand's fickle weather intervenes. Afghanistan are playing in their first World Cup, Scotland...
  • Afghanistan, Scotland seek first World Cup win in Pool A clash February 25, 2015

    Dunedin: Either Afghanistan or Scotland will post a first-ever win in a World Cup match when they meet in a Pool A match on Thursday at the University Oval, unless New Zealand's fickle weather intervenes. Afghanistan are playing in their first World Cup, Scotland in their third and for both a...
  • ICC World Cup 2015: Intense focus dulls Mahela Jayawardene's century rescue mission February 22, 2015

    Dunedin: Sri Lankan maestro Mahela Jayawardene said it took all his powers of concentration to produce his match-saving World Cup century against Afghanistan in Dunedin on Sunday. He was too focused to even acknowledge his 19th ODI hundred, and fourth in a World Cup, but said afterwards he ranked it with...
  • World Cup 2015: Lack of experience cost us, says Afghanistan's Samiullah Shenwari February 22, 2015

    Dunedin: Afghanistan believe a lack of experience cost them the chance of a major World Cup upset on Sunday when Sri Lanka escaped with a four-wicket win in their Pool A clash. A century by Mahela Jayawardene, who featured in a 126-run stand with Angelo Mathews, rescued Sri Lanka from a...
  • ICC World Cup 2015: Sri Lanka must improve standards, says Angelo Mathews February 22, 2015

    Dunedin: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews admitted his side must raise their game if they are to win a second World Cup after surviving a scare against Afghanistan at University Oval in Dunedin on Sunday. Mahela Jayawardene's 19th one-day century rescued the 1996 champions from a perilous 51 for four in...
  • ICC World Cup: Mahela Jayawardene leads Sri Lanka to nervy win against Afghanistan February 22, 2015

    Thisara Perera and Jeevan Mendis combined for a 58-run partnership to give Sri Lanka a nervous four-wicket victory over Afghanistan in their World Cup Pool A match at University Oval in Dunedin on Sunday. The pair finished off what Mahela Jayawardene (100) and Angelo Mathews (44) had started after Sri Lanka...
  • As it happened: Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, World Cup, Match 12, Pool A February 22, 2015

    (For Live Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Second-tier associate nation Afghanistan, looked extremely dangerous at times in their first-ever World Cup match on Wednesday, until Bangladesh exposed their inexperienced batting lineup to win by 105 runs. Playing XIs Afghanistan: Nawroz Mangal, Javed Ahmadi, Asghar Stanikzai, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad...
  • Sri Lanka to treat Afghanistan like Test nation in World Cup February 21, 2015

    Dunedin: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews says his side will be treating World Cup newcomers Afghanistan like a Test-playing nation when they meet in their second Pool B match on Saturday. Sri Lanka have a lot more at stake when the teams take the field in Dunedin, having suffered a demoralizing...
  • Watch: Afghanistan's debut, Day 5 highlights, ICC World Cup February 19, 2015

    A World Cup debut for Afghanistan and top class all-round show by No. 1 ODI allrounder Shakib Al Hasan. Highlights from Day 5 of the ICC World Cup 2015. ...
  • Watch: New Zealand get World Cup jitters, Day 4 Highlights February 18, 2015

    Scotland gave a scare to New Zealand who almost made a meal of a paltry target, winning by only 3 wickets in the end. Watch how Scots made a statement. ...
  • World Cup 2015: Scotland show associates are here to play February 17, 2015

    Scotland's bowling performance against New Zealand on Tuesday sent another warning to the major cricketing nations that the associate members were not at the World Cup to make up the numbers. A day after Ireland stunned the West Indies to chase down the Caribbean total of 304 for 7 in Nelson,...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Scotland, WC 2015, Pool A February 17, 2015

    (For Live Blog, Scroll down to the bottom of the page.) New Zealand coach Mike Hesson's assurances that his team won't take Scotland lightly when they meet in a World Cup Pool A match on Tuesday is more than just the usual platitudes that emerge when a highly-favored team meets a...
  • New Zealand not taking Scotland lightly in World Cup clash February 16, 2015

    Dunedin: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson's assurances that his team won't take Scotland lightly when they meet in a World Cup Pool A match on Tuesday is more than just the usual platitudes that emerge when a highly-favored team meets a weaker one. When New Zealand, in the guise of a...
  • Will the hosts once again win the cricket World Cup? Most likely January 25, 2015

    As we come closer to the World Cup, all the teams are busy sorting their permutations and combinations. Every World Cup brings with it a bank of surprises that opens up the tournament, but this one is all set to get a notch higher as there are no clear favourites...
  • Form guide of 2015 World Cup participants January 14, 2015

    Sydney: The 2015 World Cup takes place in Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29 where India will be the defending champions in the 14-nation tournament. One month out from the start, AFP Sports updates the current form and prospects of the competing teams: Pool A Afghanistan - Afghanistan's main...
  • 1st Test: West Indies earn dramatic draw against New Zealand December 7, 2013

    Dunedin: The first Test between New Zealand and the West Indies ended in a draw on Saturday, with rain washing out the final session and preventing a potentially exciting climax. New Zealand were 79 for 4, chasing 112 to win when rain set in just before tea, providing the last twist...
  • 1st Test: Darren Bravo's double hundred thwarts New Zealand on Day 4 December 6, 2013

    Dunedin: Darren Bravo provided stubborn resistance to New Zealand's bowlers bringing up his maiden Test double century to ensure West Indies made the hosts bat again and sent the first Test at University Oval here into a fifth and final day. Bravo, whose previous highest Test score was 195 against Bangladesh...
  • 1st Test: WI 168/2 following on, trail NZ by 228 on Day 3 December 5, 2013

    Dunedin: Kirk Edwards and Darren Bravo made half centuries in a 117run secondwicket partnership which helped the West Indies to 168 for 2 in their second innings at stumps on Thursday after they followed on 396 runs behind New Zealand on the third day of the first Test. Tim Southee and...
  • 1st Test: Taylor's double century puts NZ on top December 4, 2013

    Dunedin: Ross Taylor's first Test double century helped New Zealand to 609 for 9 declared before his bowlers reduced West Indies to 67 for 2 as the hosts took firm control on day two of the first Test in Dunedin on Wednesday. Taylor produced a controlled 217 not out and combined...
  • 1st Test Day 1, NZ vs WI: as it happened December 3, 2013

    For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page West Indies have won the toss and opted to field against New Zealand in the first Test at Dunedin. New Zealand's Test series against West Indies could define captain Brendon McCullum's future with the aggressive batsman battling a chronic back...
  • New Zealand have woken England up after the 1st Test March 11, 2013

    Dunedin: New Zealand's credible performance in forcing England into a position where they had to bat to save the first Test in Dunedin will be a double-edged sword when the two teams arrive in Wellington later on Monday to prepare for the second Test. The positive side will be the way...
  • Cook knows England escaped an embarrassing loss March 10, 2013

    Dunedin: England captain Alastair Cook was acutely aware that his side had narrowly avoided an embarrassing first Test loss to New Zealand in Dunedin on Sunday and that the series may be more competitive than they first thought. Brendon McCullum's side, routed in South Africa late last year in a Test...
  • 2nd Test: Rutherford's debut century hurts England March 8, 2013

    Dunedin: Opener Hamish Rutherford made 171 on debut to lead New Zealand to 402 for 7 and a 235-run first innings lead over England on the third day of the first Test. Showers early in Friday's final session caused stumps to be called, with the home side in a strong...
  • ICC backs accuracy of Virtual Eye technology March 12, 2012

    Wellington: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has backed the accuracy of technology used in the Decision Review System after its developer threatened to withdraw it from the current New ZealandSouth Africa Test because of criticism from players. South Africa allrounder Jacques Kallis and New Zealand fast bowler Doug Bracewell both...