Group A

  • NZ eye top-two finish in group: Nathan March 17, 2011

    Mumbai: Having assured themselves of a place in the quarterfinals of the World Cup, New Zealand will go into Friday's match against Sri Lanka with the aim to finish in top-two of Group 'A', off-spinner Nathan McCullum said on Thursday. "We can go on to win tomorrow's game and finish in...
  • Pakistan capable of winning WC: de Silva March 17, 2011

    Colombo: Former Sri Lanka captain Aravinda de Silva believes that if Pakistan play consistently then the 1992 champions can go on to win the World Cup-2011. Legendary Test batsman de Silva said on Thursday that Pakistan have the firepower to go all the way in the 14-nation tournament. "I think Pakistan are...
  • Momentum is key going into QF: Sangakkara March 17, 2011

    Mumbai: The winning momentum is important but Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara today said sides assured of quarterfinal berths in the ongoing World Cup would not be too disappointed if they lose their final group encounters as they would be planning for the knockout stage. "Any side will like to build...
  • Akhtar to call it quits after WC March 17, 2011

    Colombo: Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar will retire from international cricket after the World Cup, bringing an end to one of the most colorful careers in the sport. "I have decided to say goodbye," Akhtar, reading from a statement, told a news conference on Thursday. "This World cup is my last and...
  • Ponting sorry for Smith strop March 17, 2011

    Bangalore: Australia captain Ricky Ponting apologised for his on-field strop after colliding with teammate Steven Smith in Wednesday's World Cup win over Canada. Ponting screamed for the catch off Harvir Baidwan, but after successfully pouching the opportunity he angrily threw the ball to the ground. "We both actually called for it at...
  • Shoaib Akhtar to retire after WC March 17, 2011

    Colombo: Mercurial Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar will retire from international cricket after the World Cup ending a tempestuous career that was marred by several controversies, including a dope scandal. The 35-year-old reportedly broke the news to his teammates and manager here on Thursday morning. With an injury-ravaged body finding it tough to...
  • 'We want more games to show what we are' March 17, 2011

    Bangalore: Canada captain Ashish Bagai wants his side to be given more major fixtures after they ended their World Cup campaign with a battling display in defeat against champions Australia. The non-Test nation rattled their celebrated opponents by racing to the fastest team fifty of the tournament off just 29 balls.Teenage...
  • Sri Lanka, Kiwis vie for top-two finish March 17, 2011

    Colombo: Friday is showdown time for more than Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Mumbai. So far this World Cup there have been the usual clutch of upsets and marginal results litter this year's World Cup, not just the Ireland and Bangladesh wins over England, the way the Kiwis manhandled Pakistan,...
  • Lee strikes gold as Canada falter March 17, 2011

    New Delhi: A total of 150/2 in the 29th over is by no way a mean feat for any of the associate nations in a clash against four time world champions Australia. But alas it was too good to last as the Canadians were bowled out for 211 as their last...
  • Experts analyse Australian win over Canada March 17, 2011

    CNN-IBN's cricket experts say Australia will be tested by Pakistan after their easy win against Canada. ...
  • Ponting finds Sehwag in Canada's Patel March 16, 2011

    Bangalore: Australia skipper Ricky Ponting was impressed with Hiral Patel's blazing 45-ball 54-run innings and compared the Canada opener with Indian swashbuckler Virender Sehwag here on Wednesday. "He plays a lot like him (Sehwag)," Ponting said after his team's seven-wicket win over the North Americans in a group A match of...
  • Pakistan game will be a good test: Ponting March 16, 2011

    Bangalore: Australian juggernaut continued to roll in the cricket World Cup as they scored a comfortable seven-wicket win over Canada but skipper Ricky Ponting said the defending champions have not been tested as yet and the last group match against Pakistan will be first real test. The Australians on Wednesday recorded...
  • Australia demolish timid Canada March 16, 2011

    Bangalore: A record 183-run opening partnership between Shane Watson and Brad Haddin propelled Australia to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Canada in a Group A match of the World Cup here on Wednesday. Chasing 212 for victory after Canada skipper Ashish Bagai elected to bat first, Australia rode on Watson and...
  • NZ strength is playing as a unit: Mahela March 16, 2011

    Mumbai: New Zealand will be going into the Friday’s World Cup match without their two key bowlers — Daniel Vettori and Kyle Mills — but Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene insists that the Black Caps will still be a dangerous outfit whose strength lies in playing as a team. With both...
  • Our focus is on reverse swing: Ross Taylor March 16, 2011

    Mumbai: New Zealand's stand-in-skipper Ross Taylor on Wednesday said his bowlers are focussing on reverse swing which, he feels, is proving more effective in getting wickets than seam and spin in this World Cup. Spinners were expected to be the game turners on slow sub-continental tracks but fast bowlers have been...
  • NZ to play without injured Vettori, Mills March 16, 2011

    Mumbai: Injured New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori and speedster Kyle Mills are all set to miss their team's final World Cup Group A fixture against Sri Lanka on Friday in order to be fit for the quarterfinals, said vice-captain Ross Taylor. "We are looking at having Kyle Mills and Daniel Vettori...
  • Chris Cairns looks ahead to the Aus-Can clash March 16, 2011

    Canada take on Australia in their final World Cup fixture at Bangalore's M Chinnaswamy stadium. ...
  • WC a chance for Canada to prove worth March 16, 2011

    The associate nation hopes for more oppurtunities so that can they can put up a better show. ...
  • Aus will not take Canada lightly: Border March 16, 2011

    Border also feels the defending champions have not been tested yet in the tournament. ...
  • Australia brush aside listless Canada March 16, 2011

    Bengaluru: Shane Watson and Brad Haddin put on a commanding opening stand of 183 to lead Australia to a seven-wicket win over Canada on Wednesday, lifting the defending World Cup champion atop Group A with one game remaining. After failing to bowl out Kenya on Sunday, Australia's high-profile attack endured an...
  • Tuffey to replace injured Kyle Mills March 16, 2011

    Mumbai: New Zealand called up seamer Daryl Tuffey into their World Cup squad as cover for the injured Kyle Mills.Tuffey is expected to join the team in Mumbai on Friday when the Black Caps, who have already made sure of their quarter-final place, face Sri Lanka in their last Group...
  • Aus will get better from now on: Hussey March 16, 2011

    Mike Hussey told CNN-IBN that their performance against Kenya was bit rusty but they will look to improve in coming days and will hope to continue their unbeaten run. ...
  • We will fight for honours against Aus: Bagai March 15, 2011

    Bangalore: Undeterred by the invincible reputation of Australia, minnows Canada are determined to put up a fight in their last 2011 World Cup league match here on Wednesday. ''We have nothing to lose but fight for honours and go home with our heads high. We know playing against the champions is...
  • Ponting wants his spinners to strike March 15, 2011

    Bangalore: Australian skipper Ricky Ponting on Tuesday hoped his spinners, Steven Smith and Jason Krejza, would strike on Wednesday in their Group A fixture against Canada here and get some confidence going ahead of the big games in the World Cup. "We need our frontline spinners to strike so that they...
  • Pak now free of controversies: Waqar March 15, 2011

    Karachi: Pakistan coach Waqar Younis feels that the spot-fixing scandal and disciplinary issues involving the players, which had stained the image of the game in the country, were things of the past and said that the national team is back on the winning track. "I think the most satisfying thing for...
  • We don't fear playing in India: Afridi March 15, 2011

    Karachi: Pakistan's captain Shahid Afridi said his team were happy to play their World Cup knockout stage matches in India despite earlier voicing concerns about security. "It does not matter to us where we play our quarter-final. The biggest issue for us was to qualify for the knockout stage and we...
  • Learn from Sachin: Akram to Pak team March 15, 2011

    Karachi: Former captain Wasim Akram has called on the Pakistani openers to seek inspiration and learn from the exploits of Indian senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar. Wasim, who is in Sri Lanka commentating on the World Cup matches, also expressed his frustration over Pakistan's performance against Zimbabwe yesterday. The former fast bowler called...
  • Drop Umar if found lying: Imran Khan March 15, 2011

    Karachi: Former captain Imran Khan is not aware of the factual position of Umar Akmal's alleged faking injury episode but said if it is true then the player should be dropped from the World Cup squad immediately and never be allowed to play for Pakistan again. Commenting on reports that Pakistani...
  • Aus encounter perfect way to retire: Davison March 15, 2011

    Bangalore: Canada's John Davison will bow out of international cricket on Wednesday against the country he dearly wanted to play for. Davison, who lit up the 2003 World Cup with a 67-ball century, was born in Canada but has spent most of his life in Australia. He gets his first chance...