Qualifying

  • Unfit Cristiano Ronaldo to miss Portugal Euro 2016 qualifier 3 days ago

    Lisbon: Cristiano Ronaldo is unfit and will miss Portugal's opening 2016 European Championship qualifier against visiting Albania. Portugal coach Paulo Bento said Friday that the country's star forward, who has been playing for Real Madrid at the start of the Spanish league season, was ruled unfit to play in the Sept....
  • IPL 7, Qualifier 1: Form guide of Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders May 27, 2014

    The most consistent team of IPL 7 will be up against the most resilient side of the current edition when Kings XI Punjab locks horns with Kolkata Knight Riders in the first qualifier of the Indian Premier League on Tuesday. Punjab have been the most outstanding team this season to...
  • IPL-7 Qualifier 1: Consistent Kings XI Punjab take on buoyant Kolkata May 27, 2014

    Kolkata: The most consistent team of IPL 7 will be up against the most resilient side of the current edition when Kings XI Punjab locks horns with Kolkata Knight Riders in the first qualifier of the IPL on Tuesday. Punjab have been the most outstanding team this season to finish top...
  • Eden Gardens to host first IPL-7 qualifier on May 27 May 10, 2014

    Kolkata: The IPL Governing Council on Saturday decided to allot one of the two qualifiers to Kolkata's Eden Gardens, while one of the Eliminators to Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. The decision was taken after TNCA (Tamil Nadu Cricket Association) wrote a letter to the IPL GC, expressing their inability to host...
  • Brabourne Stadium to host IPL Qualifier 2: Biswal May 7, 2014

    Mumbai: The Indian Premier League Qualifier 2 on May 30 has been shifted to the Brabourne Stadium from the Wankhede Stadium, where there are some venue management issues ahead of the June 1 final too. "CCI will host the May 30 game," IPL Governing Council head Ranjib Biswal told PTI when...
  • Alonso delighted to qualify on second row at Malaysian GP March 29, 2014

    Fernando Alonso, a three times winner in Malaysia, was happy with fourth place on the starting grid on Saturday after steering his battered Ferrari through the rain. The double Formula One world champion, winner of 32 races in his career, felt fortunate just to be on the second row after...
  • World T20 Qualifiers: All-round Bangladesh thrash Nepal by 8 wickets March 18, 2014

    Chittagong: Hosts Bangladesh dished out a solid all-round display to register a convincing eight-wicket win over Nepal in a Group A qualifying match of the ICC World T20 here on Tuesday. Electing to bowl, the hosts restricted Nepal to 126 for 5, before chasing down the target with 27 balls to...
  • As it happened: World T20, Nepal vs Hong Kong March 16, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Toss: Hong Kong skipper Jamie Atkinson won the toss and opted to bowl against Nepal. Teams: Hong Kong: Waqas Barkat, Irfan Ahmed, James Atkinson(w/c), Babar Hayat, Mark Chapman, Nizakat Khan, Tanwir Afzal, Aizaz Khan, Najeeb Amar, Haseeb Amjad, Nadeem Ahmed Nepal: Subash Khakurel(w),...
  • Hamilton takes pole at Australian GP, Vettel 12th March 15, 2014

    Melbourne: Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for Formula One's season-opening Australian Grand Prix in a rainy qualifying session on Saturday, while four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel will start the race from 12th after being caught out by the wet conditions. Vettel was joined by fellow big-name drivers Kimi Raikkonen...
  • Minnows chase dreams as World Twenty20 kicks off with qualifying phase March 15, 2014

    Participation of the Associate nations in major ICC events has often triggered debates whether their presence takes the sheen off a contest, but step into their shoes and you realise how big an opportunity tournaments like the World Twenty20 present to these teams. But perhaps - in some corner, even...
  • Double bogey costs Gangjee a chance at British Open March 7, 2014

    Chonburi: Indian golfer Rahil Gangjee paid heavily for a double bogey on the back-nine as he missed out on a ticket to the prestigious British Open after finishing tied 15th in the the Asian Open Qualifying Series on Friday. Gangjee had moved to tied fourth after two birdies in the first...
  • Golfer Rahil Gangjee top Indian at British Open qualifying March 6, 2014

    Chonburi: It was a tough day for Indian hopefuls at the Open Qualifying Series-Thailand as Rahil Gangjee emerged as the best with one-under 71, on Thursday. Gangjee, who was placed tied 15th, is three behind the leader Hiroshi Iwata (68) of Japan at the end of the first round of the...
  • Anirban Lahiri eager to relive memories at Open qualifying series March 5, 2014

    Chonburi: Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri returns for another stab at Major glory when the Open Qualifying Series-Thailand gets underway at the Amata Spring Country Club here on Thursday. The two-day qualifying will see leading professionals from around the world vie for four coveted spots to The Open Championship in July. Lahiri, who...
  • Scotland win ICC World Cup Qualifying tournament February 1, 2014

    Christchurch: Scotland captain Preston Mommsen made an unbeaten 139 on Saturday to set up a 41-run win over the United Arab Emirates in the final of the International Cricket Council's World Cup qualifying tournament. Scotland made 285 for 5 batting first in Saturday's final and Swapnil Patel not out on 99...
  • ICC World Cup Qualifier: Smit steers Namibia to win over Kenya January 17, 2014

    Wellington: An all-round effort from 18-year-old JJ Smit saw Namibia record a nail-biting two wicket victory over Kenya on day four of the 2015 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in windy conditions at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, Friday. After restricting Kenya to 186 for eight, Namibia chased down the total with seven...
  • Yuki out of Australian Open qualifiers January 8, 2014

    Melbourne: Yuki Bhambri failed to clear the first hurdle as he bowed out of the Australian Open qualifiers after losing the opening round match to 28th seed Italian Potito Starace, here on Wednesday. The 21-year-old Indian youngster made a good comeback after losing the first set but could not maintain the...
  • Somdev advances to 2nd round of Australian Open qualifiers January 4, 2014

    Sydney: India's top singles tennis player Somdev Devvarman advanced to the second round of the ATP Apia International Qualifiers here on Saturday by edging past Belgium's Niel Desein. Somdev, World No.90, put behind his shock defeat to compatriot Ramkumar Ramanathan in the ongoing Chennai Open by beating the Belgian 6-2, 2-6,...
  • Somdev Devvarman moves to 2nd round of Australian ATP event Qualifiers January 4, 2014

    Sydney: Somdev Devvarman recovered from his shock Chennai Open defeat against little-known compatriot Ramkumar Ramanathan to edge past Belgium's Niel Desein in a tight opening round of the ATP Apia International Qualifiers on Saturday. India's top singles player, ranked 90th in the world, overcame the challenge of his 199th-ranked opponent 6-2,...
  • Ireland win World Twenty20 qualifying tournament November 30, 2013

    Abu Dhabi: Veteran Trent Johnston's superb all-round show in his last Twenty20 international helped Ireland beat Afghanistan by 68 runs in the final of the World Twenty20 qualifiers on Saturday. Opening batsman Paul Stirling scored 76 off 43 balls and the 39-year-old Johnston hit a rapid 62 off 32 with five...
  • UAE's Aziz reported for suspect bowling action November 30, 2013

    Dubai: United Arab Emirates' Nasir Aziz has been reported for suspected illegal bowling action following his side's 62-run loss to Ireland in the second semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier. Aziz was reported on Friday by umpires Michael Gough, Ranmore Martinesz, Steve Davis, Derek Walker and match referee David Jukes...
  • Afghanistan to play Ireland in final World T20 qualifier November 29, 2013

    Abu Dhabi: Afghanistan qualified for their third successive final of the World Twenty20 qualifiers when they defeated Nepal by 7 wickets in the semi-finals on Friday. Afghanistan will take on Ireland in Saturday's final after the Irish recorded a convincing 62-run win over United Arab Emirates. Samiullah Shenwari's 3 for 19 helped...
  • Uruguay book place at 2014 World Cup finals November 21, 2013

    MONTEVIDEO: Uruguay sealed their spot at the 2014 World Cup finals after a goalless draw at home to Jordan in the second leg of their intercontinental playoff on Wednesday saw them advance 5-0 on aggregate. Uruguay, the last of the 32 teams to book their place at the finals in Brazil,...
  • Peralta hat-trick guides Mexico to World Cup November 20, 2013

    Oribe Peralta bagged a first-half hat-trick to help Mexico book their passage to the 2014 World Cup finals with a 4-2 victory over New Zealand in the second leg of their intercontinental playoff at Wellington Regional Stadium on Wednesday. The CONCACAF heavyweights, who were fortunate to sneak into the playoff, won...
  • Watch: All the goals from Tuesday's football World Cup Qualifiers November 20, 2013

    A sublime second-half hat-trick by Cristiano Ronaldo took Portugal to the World Cup finals, while France made a stunning comeback to beat Ukraine 3-0 and book their ticket to Brazil as well. Croatia hit top gear at crunch time to beat Iceland 2-0 in the return leg which helped them...
  • Stunning turnaround takes France to World Cup November 20, 2013

    Paris: France reached the World Cup against the odds after beating Ukraine 3-0 on Tuesday, overturning a first-leg deficit with a performance full of pride and confidence after most observers had written the team off. Backs to the wall after a 2-0 defeat last Friday, France started at a frenetic pace...
  • Ronaldo's hat-trick sends Portugal to World Cup November 20, 2013

    The irrepressible Cristiano Ronaldo scored a dazzling hat-trick to send Portugal into the 2014 World Cup finals at the expense of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Sweden on Tuesday, while France advanced by conjuring a remarkable turnaround against Ukraine. There was disappointment in the playoffs for Iceland, however, after the Nordic country failed in...
  • Ghana through to World Cup, Egypt misses out November 20, 2013

    Cairo: Ghana have qualified for the World Cup with a 7-3 aggregate win over Egypt in the playoffs to seize the fourth of five African places available at the finals. Egypt won Tuesday's second leg 2-1 in the first international in Cairo in two years, but Ghana progressed because of their...
  • Portugal aren't a one-man team, says coach Bento November 19, 2013

    Stockholm: If Sweden succeed in shackling Cristiano Ronaldo other players will step up and score, Portugal coach Paolo Bento said on the eve of the second leg of their World Cup playoff. Bento is confident his team, leading 1-0 from the first leg, can conjure goals from sources other than their...
  • Portugal look to seal World Cup spot in Sweden November 18, 2013

    Stockholm: Portugal are 1-0 up after the first leg of the World Cup playoff against Sweden but with the return match being held at a stadium dubbed the 'Zlatan Arena' the job is by no means done. Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic was relatively subdued in the first leg in Lisbon on...
  • France out to avoid missing first World Cup in 20 years November 18, 2013

    London: France needs an unprecedented comeback to avoid missing their first World Cup in 20 years. No European team has ever qualified for the World Cup through the playoffs after losing the first leg 2-0. Two decades after France failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup following a shock home...