Group A

  • Aus field same side, Pak bring in Umar March 19, 2011

    Colombo: Australia fielded an unchanged side while Pakistan brought in Umar Akmal in place of Saeed Ajmal as the two teams faced off in a battle here on Saturday, which will decide who tops Group A in the World Cup. Shoaib Akhtar continues to warm the bench. Teams: Australia: Shane Watson, Brad Haddin...
  • Pakistan beat Australia to top Group A March 19, 2011

    Colombo: Pakistan ended Australia's 34match unbeaten streak in the World Cup with a tense fourwicket victory on Saturday, advancing to the quarterfinals atop Group A. Led by paceman Umar Gul's 330, Pakistan bowled out the fourtime champion for 176 in 46.4 overs. It was Australia lowest first innings World Cup total...
  • One last chance for Zim, Kenya to impress March 19, 2011

    Kolkata: Local interest will be at its lowest ebb as tournament laggards Zimbabwe take on Kenya in an inconsequential group A match of the cricket World Cup here on Sunday. The tie could be the two nations' last on cricket's biggest stage, provided the International Cricket Council goes ahead with its...
  • We have to get our focus back: Taylor March 19, 2011

    Mumbai: New Zealand standin skipper Ross Taylor said their 112run loss to Sri Lanka will dent the team's confidence but hoped to take positives from the game ahead of the knockout stage. "The confidence would take a dent but we still played some good cricket over the last couple of days....
  • Floodlight malfunction adds to Wankhede's woes March 19, 2011

    Mumbai: The Wankhede Stadium, venue for the World Cup final on April 2, suffered yet another embarrassment when a light tower suffered a power failure during the match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand on Friday. The incident occured when New Zealand were trying to chase down Sri Lanka's total of...
  • Murali injury dampens SL victory March 19, 2011

    Mumbai: Twenty million Sri Lankans will be scrutinising Muttiah Muralitharan's medical bulletins for the next few days after the world's most prolific bowler was stricken by a hamstring problem during his team's victory over New Zealand on Friday. The wily offspinner battled through the pain barrier to pick up four wickets...
  • The 'catch' that turned it Lanka's way March 18, 2011

    Mumbai: The decisive moment of Sri Lanka's last Group A encounter with New Zealand on Friday came in the 24th over when experienced Mahela Jayawardene was on strike and tried to play a defensive shot that ended up as a 'catch' claimed by bowler Nathan McCullum but ruled otherwise by...
  • Losing wickets regularly did us in: Taylor March 18, 2011

    Mumbai: New Zealand's standin skipper Ross Taylor blamed the loss of wickets at regular intervals for his side's 112run defeat against Sri Lanka in their concluding Group A World Cup tie here on Friday. "It was obviously a disappointing result. Sri Lanka played well. Kumar Sangakkara and (Mahela) Jayawardene led the...
  • 'Good to beat NZ, but real test lies ahead' March 18, 2011

    Mumbai: Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara chose to exercise caution despite his team's thumping 112run victory over New Zealand in their concluding Group A World Cup match on Friday by saying tougher and more important battles lay in store from the knokcout stages. "It's always nice to win but you have...
  • Don't forget Woolmer: Inzamam tells Pakistan March 18, 2011

    Lahore: Former Pakistan captain InzamamulHaq on Friday urged his country's World Cup squad not to forget their late English coach Bob Woolmer if they go on to win the tournament. Woolmer died in mysterious circumstances in the team hotel in Jamaica at the 2007 World Cup, a day after Pakistan lost...
  • It was difficult to bat at start: Sangakkara March 18, 2011

    Mumbai: After guiding his team to a resounding win, skipper Kumar Sangakkara admitted that the first 1012 overs of the Sri Lankan innings was a difficult period for batting. "When we started batting, the wicket was a bit soft and we had lost our openers. The idea was to dig deep...
  • No conflict between Kamran, Shoaib: Afridi March 18, 2011

    Colombo: Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi swatted away suggestions that pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar had come to blows with Kamran Akmal after the wicketkeeper dropped catches off him in their World Cup match against New Zealand. Media reports in Pakistan said Shoaib had angrily kicked his teammate after Akmal dropped Ross Taylor...
  • NZ, Lanka involved in 'catch' controversy March 18, 2011

    Mumbai: A controversial decision of the third umpire surrounding a 'catch' of Mahela Jayawardene by Nathan McCullum on Friday triggered an angry standoff between New Zealand and Sri Lankan players in their World Cup Group 'A' fixture here. Former Sri Lankan captain Jayawardene checked his shot and lifted the ball off...
  • Pakistan, Australia in fight to top group March 18, 2011

    Colombo: In far off Pallekele, the night Pakistan crushed Zimbabwe in their World Cup Group A game, two former captains met and had a long onfield post match chat. It even held up the team bus for more than a few minutes. As the coach, you can get away with...
  • Bennett injury compounds NZ woes March 18, 2011

    Mumbai: New Zealand's bad luck with injuries continued when Hamish Bennett limped off in Friday's Group A match against Sri Lanka. Bennett, a replacement for the injured Kyle Mills, was bowling in the 31st over when he twice pulled out of his delivery stride before turning his left ankle awkwardly as...
  • Ricky Ponting ready for Pakistan test March 18, 2011

    Colombo: Australia captain Ricky Ponting is more concerned about beating a dangerous Pakistan and qualifying atop Group A for the quarterfinals than protecting a 34match unbeaten streak at the World Cup. "That's what we are setting out to do," Ponting said. "We are setting out to play our best game of...
  • Ponting hails Akhtar's 'outstanding' career March 18, 2011

    Colombo: Australia captain Ricky Ponting on Friday hailed Shoaib Akhtar, saying the Pakistani paceman was the fastest bowler he has ever faced. "Congratulations to him for being an outstanding cricketer," Ponting said of Akhtar who on Thursday announced he will retire after the World Cup. "I had some great duels with Shoaib...
  • Afridi vows new plan of attack against Aus March 18, 2011

    Colombo: Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has vowed to unleash a surprise assault on defending champions Australia in their eagerlyanticipated World Cup Group A clash on Saturday. Both teams have a chance to top the group and face a relatively weaker team from Group B in their quarterfinals, with Pakistan on eight...
  • SL back to full strength against NZ March 18, 2011

    Mumbai: Sri Lanka have left out speedsters batsman Chamara Kapugedara, leftarm spinner Rangana Herath and pacers Dilhara Fernando and Thisara Perera. Ajantha Mendis has been taken as the second spinner, while pacers Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews have been also included. New Zealand, without the services of their injured captain...
  • Sri Lanka register big win over New Zealand March 18, 2011

    Mumbai: Sri Lanka crushed New Zealand by 112 runs on Friday to finish their World Cup Group A campaign with a flourish. Skipper Kumar Sangakkara scored his first World Cup century to help Sri Lanka recover from the early loss of both openers and reach 2659, then his bowlers proved far...
  • Akhtar wil play only if needed: Afridi March 18, 2011

    Colombo: Paceman Shoaib Akhtar will only play "if needed" in Pakistan's remaining World Cup matches, skipper Shahid Afridi said on Friday on the eve of a Group A match against defending champions Australia which will determine quarterfinal positions. The 35yearold Akhtar has announced he'll retire from international cricket after the World...
  • Pakistan, Australia fight for top spot March 18, 2011

    Colombo: Pakistan was the last team to beat Australia at a World Cup, way back in 1999, and is aiming to upstage the defending champions again on Saturday when top spot in Group A will be on the line. Fourtime champion Australia has not lost a World Cup match since Pakistan...
  • Aaqib Javed defends Pak WC strategy March 18, 2011

    Karachi: Pakistan assistant coach Aaqib Javed has put up a stout defence of the team's strategy in the ongoing World Cup, questioned by greats Imran Khan and Wasim Akram. Imran, Wasim and other former Test players believe that Pakistan could land into trouble against stronger opposition in the World Cup as...
  • India will be tough to beat: Murali March 18, 2011

    Sri Lanka's spinner Muttiah Muralitharan told CNNIBN that Sri Lanka is in confident mood and also has his say on Team India. ...
  • Shoaib Akhtar to retire after World Cup March 17, 2011

    The Pakistan speedster decision has been praised by former Pakistan captains and players. ...
  • Security tightened as WC returns to Dhaka March 17, 2011

    Dhaka: Cricket World Cup authorities promise security will be tighter and much improved in Dhaka on Saturday as the tournament returns to the Bangladeshi capital for the first time since the West Indies' team bus was stoned by angry fans. Col. Mesbah Uddin Serniabat, tournament security director for Bangladesh, told the...
  • Sri Lanka wary of Ross Taylor threat March 17, 2011

    Mumbai: Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara believes the key to getting on top of New Zealand will be to stop Ross Taylor from gaining any momentum in their World Cup Group A match on Friday. Taylor goes into the match on the back of an unbeaten 131 against Pakistan and a...
  • Pitches in India more balanced: Sangakkara March 17, 2011

    Mumbai: Pitches in India are more balanced than Sri Lanka and do not provide undue advantage to the side batting first in the World Cup, said Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara. The islanders will play their final Group A match against New Zealand at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium on Friday their...
  • Indian Govt asks states to step up WC security March 17, 2011

    New Delhi: With intelligence inputs suggesting terror attacks at cricket World Cup venues, the government has asked all states hosting these matches to fortify security at the stadiums, including Mumbai's Wankhede stadium. The Centre has asked the police and security forces to establish multilayered security ring like the one that was...