GROUP A

  • NZ pacer Woodcock awaits his chance March 15, 2011

    Mumbai: Desperate Luke Woodcock is waiting his turn to make his World Cup debut after being overlooked by New Zealand for their league games so far. The bowler appeared to have the best chance to get a lookin on Sunday against Canada after skipper and fellow leftarm spinner Daniel Vettori was...
  • Pakistan bank on Shahid Afridi, the bowler March 15, 2011

    The Pakistan skipper tops the wickettakers' list in the World Cup so far. ...
  • Pakistan's coach wants 'Aussie scalp' March 15, 2011

    Pallekele: Pakistan coach Waqar Younis said a win over defending champions Australia in their final group match would give his team enormous confidence heading into their World Cup quarterfinal. The 1992 champions eased into the last eight with a comfortable sevenwicket win over Zimbabwe on Monday and play their last...
  • Zim captain blames poor batting for WC exit March 15, 2011

    Pallekele: Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura singled out poor batting as the reason for his team's firstround exit in the World Cup. Zimbabwe, who play their last group match against Kenya on March 20 in Kolkata, were sent packing following a sevenwicket defeat against Pakistan on Monday. "Throughout the tournament, we have fielded...
  • Aussies look to finetune against Canada March 15, 2011

    Bangalore: Australia will consider tinkering with its batting order for Wednesday's Group A game against a Canada side that could be playing its last World Cup match for at least the near future. The ICC's decision to trim the tournament to 10 teams from 2015 means the Associate sides will not...
  • Hapless Zimbabwe no match for Pakistan March 15, 2011

    Experts discuss the World Cup Group A clash between Pakistan and Zimbabwe. ...
  • Afridi happy with allround show against Zim March 15, 2011

    Pallekele: Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi on Monday patted his teammates for their allround show in the sevenwicket win over Zimbabwe to qualify for the quarterfinals of the 10th ICC cricket World Cup. "I think we started very well, (Umar) Gul and (Abdul) Razzaq started very well, and then the spinners. I...
  • 'Spin still the biggest challenge for Aus' March 14, 2011

    CNNIBN panel of experts discuss the areas of concern for defending champions Australia. ...
  • Butt heads for UK with World Cup on mind March 14, 2011

    Lahore: Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt will fly to London on Tuesday for a first court appearance where he and fellow banned players Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir face corruption charges. Butt, Asif and Amir were all charged following allegations of corruption during the fourth Test against England at Lord's last...
  • Umar, Akhtar sit out against Zimbabwe March 14, 2011

    Pallekele: Pakistan rested fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar and is also without middleorder batsman Umar Akmal, who bruised his index finger during training last Thursday. Fast bowler Wahab Riaz replaced Akhtar while Asad Shafiq plays his maiden World Cup match in place of Akmal. Zimbabwe brought in batsman Vusi Sibanda and fast bowler...
  • Pak register sevenwicket win over Zim March 14, 2011

    Pallekele: Pakistan qualified for the World Cup quarterfinals with a sevenwicket win over Zimbabwe on Monday after chasing down a revised target with almost four overs to spare in a rainmarred Group A match. Zimbabwe's innings was twice stopped by rain, and the African team finished at 1517 in 39.4 overs...
  • New Zealand have turned the tide big time March 14, 2011

    Mumbai: Daniel Vettori's New Zealanders were in a deep rut in the oneday format coming into the World Cup, making them probably the most unlikely of the top nine teams to contend for the title. After four wins from five matches, New Zealand is now leading a group that contains Australia,...
  • Kenya makes a point to Ponting at WC March 14, 2011

    Bangalore: Ricky Ponting doesn't think sides like Kenya belong at the World Cup, but the African team made its point in the best way possible with its performance against Ponting's Australia on Sunday. The ICC's decision to reduce the tournament from 14 to 10 teams from 2015 has been a talking...
  • It's important to keep improving: Kamade March 14, 2011

    Bangalore: Kenya on Sunday produced a much improved performance during their 60run defeat to defending champions Australia in a group A World Cup match and skipper James Kamande feels it was the "nothing to lose" attitude that helped them to apply themselves here. "Most important thing for us is that we...
  • Ponting not disappointed with Aus bowling March 14, 2011

    Bangalore: Australian bowlers had to labour hard against Kenya during their 60run victory but skipper Ricky Ponting on Sunday said he was not disappointed with his bowling attack as they did their job. The defending champions on Sunday failed to bowl out Kenya, with their bowling attack taking just three wickets...
  • We were a bit rusty: Ponting March 13, 2011

    Bangalore: Australian skipper Ricky Ponting on Sunday admitted that the weeklong gap between their two matches left his side a bit rusty in the field during their 60run win over minnows Kenya in group A World Cup match here. Although Australia won the game with a comfortable margin of 60 runs,...
  • Australia beat resilient Kenya by 60 runs March 13, 2011

    Bangalore: Inspired by Michael Clarke's 80ball 93, Australia produced a splendid batting display to notch up an emphatic 60run victory over Kenya in their Group A match and ease into the quarterfinals of the cricket World Cup here on Sunday. Clarke and fitagain Michael Hussey (54) forged a fifthwicket partnership of...
  • McCullum takes Canada to the cleaners March 13, 2011

    New Delhi: Manofthematch Brendon McCullum once again showed why he is regarded as one of the most dangerous batsman in the world cricket. With scores of 26, 16 and 6 to go along with an unconvincing 76 off 114 balls against Zimbabwe, Mc Cullum on Sunday came to the party...
  • Need to build up more intensity: McCullum March 13, 2011

    Mumbai: Through to the World Cup quarterfinals with an impressive league campaign so far, New Zealand's hardhitting batsman Brendon McCullum on Sunday said his team will have to turn up the intensity some more before the knockout stage of the mega event. Manofthematch Mccullum slammed his maiden World Cup century (101...
  • Eden wicket will be batting friendly: Curator March 13, 2011

    Kolkata: With a tinge of grass on the Eden Gardens strip, expect some lateral movements from the seamers even as the curator here promises the pitch to be a typical Indian batting wicket. Having lost out on the India vs England match after the ICC ruled out the ground on condition...
  • NZ beat Canada by 97 runs to enter QFs March 13, 2011

    Mumbai: New Zealand secured a World Cup quarterfinal spot on Sunday with Brendon McCullum posting 101 and Ross Taylor bludgeoning 74 from 44 balls in a lopsided 97run win over Canada. Now the New Zealanders lead Group A with eight points and are aiming to finish No. 1 in a pool...
  • Asian team will win WC: Ramiz Raja March 13, 2011

    Karachi: Former Pakistan cricket captain Ramiz Raja has predicted that an Asian team will win the 2011 World Cup. "There was a time when Asian teams didn't have the sort of quality that was needed to go all the way, especially in a major event like the World Cup. There was...
  • Openers are unsure about tactics: Afridi March 13, 2011

    Pallekele: Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said Sunday his opening batsmen were struggling in the World Cup because they were unsure whether to play positively or just try to survive early overs. "At the moment, boys (openers) are thinking let's play 15 overs, but don't lose wickets and another way they are...
  • Mike Hussey in for David as Aus opt to bat March 13, 2011

    Bangalore: David Hussey makes way for brother Michael for Australia while Alex Obanda comes in for Seren Waters for Kenya after Ricky Ponting won the toss and elected to bat in a World Cup Group A clash at Bangalore on Sunday. Teams: Australia: BJ Haddin, SR Watson, RT Ponting (capt), MJ Clarke, CL...
  • Australia beat Kenya by 60 runs March 13, 2011

    Bangalore: Defending champion Australia failed to bowl out a muchimproved Kenya side but still won by 60 runs on Sunday to seal its place in the World Cup quarterfinals. Collins Obuya (98 not out) fell agonizingly short of a century as he and Tanmay Mishra (72) led the resistance for Kenya,...
  • NZ vs Can: Vettori out with injury, Ryder in March 13, 2011

    Mumbai: New Zealand took on Canada without their regular skipper Daniel Vettori who is nursing an injured knee but welcomed Jesse Ryder back into the XI to bolster their batting. While Jesse Ryder replaced Jamie How, Kane Williamson was drafted in to replace Vettori. Teams: New Zealand: M Guptill, B McCullum (wk), J...
  • McCullum ton helps NZ into quarterfinals March 13, 2011

    Mumbai: New Zealand's inform Ross Taylor and opener Brendon McCullum blitzed Canada Sunday, helping to fire the Black Caps into the World Cup quarterfinals with a thumping 97run win in Mumbai. New Zealand scored a mammoth 358 for 6 in their 50 overs and it proved too much for the minnows,...