SYDNEY

  • Chelsea to tour Australia for first time in 50 years April 24, 2015

    Sydney: English football club Chelsea will tour Australia for the first time in 50 years after reportedly agreeing to play Sydney FC in June. The Premier League leaders are expected to play the A-League team in a friendly on June 2 at the 83,000-capacity Stadium Australia, reports Xinhua. The post-season match would...
  • Australian woman praised for defending Muslim couple from abuse April 17, 2015

    Sydney: A Muslim couple racially abused by a Sydney train passenger have thanked another commuter who defended them, with a video capturing the incident going viral on social media as police launched an investigation. The pair, Hafeez Ahmed Bhatti and Khalida Hafeez, were riding on the airport-bound train on Wednesday when...
  • World Cup: Pace trio should play less domestic games, says Dhoni March 27, 2015

    Melbourne: The biggest positive for the Indian cricket team in this World Cup has been the performance of their pacers and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that the trio of Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Mohit Sharma should not be forced to play domestic events to ensure that they don't...
  • Head held high, India's ouster from World Cup just a bad day March 27, 2015

    This was always on the cards as not every day you will get things going your way. There comes a time when you need somebody to stick his neck out and fight it through but sports can be cruel in that regard as no matter how hard you try to...
  • World Cup: I was never concerned about my spot, says Aaron Finch March 27, 2015

    Melbourne: Australia opener Aaron Finch said he never feared for his place in the side during his lean spell at the World Cup and having found some runs will be raring to go in Sunday's final at his home ground. Finch hit an uncharacteristically scrappy 81 in a match-winning partnership of...
  • Jagmohan Dalmiya lauds Team India's 'outstanding' World Cup performance March 27, 2015

    New Delhi: The disappointment of a semi-final exit notwithstanding, BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya on Friday congratulated the Indian cricket team for its "stupendous" World Cup performance, saying that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men put up an outstanding show. India, the defending champions, were knocked out of the World Cup following a 95-run...
  • Australia Tour Diary: India lost on my best day March 27, 2015

    What do you want from life? Money, satisfaction, content, good health, the best for yourself. The answer may vary individually, but none would mind all, and almost no one knows how to get all of that. I had a clue but wasn't sure. A Thursday in Sydney finally confirmed it....
  • Team India should be proud of their World Cup campaign March 27, 2015

    Sydney: Back in 2003, India's World Cup campaign consisted of eight straight wins bookended by crushing defeats to Australia, one of them in the final at The Wanderers. Almost exactly 12 years on, India's hitherto blemish-free tournament came to a juddering halt against the men in gold and green. This...
  • World Cup: Australia and Steve Smith will never forget the semi-final against India March 27, 2015

    It was a special day at the SCG and the weather was picture perfect for such a big match. There was so much expectation always on the second semi-final, mainly because they had wait that little bit longer before it unfolds. So much at stake a place in a World...
  • Indian bowlers were largely impressive in this World Cup March 27, 2015

    Once Australia racked up 328 runs on the board, it was always going to be a steep ask for the Indian batsmen, irrespective of the form they were in and the relative docility of the track. They were up against a well-rounded bowling attack-the unit comprising Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson and...
  • Gloom shrouds India after World Cup exit March 27, 2015

    Sydney/New Delhi: A pall of gloom descended on the Indian dressing room after the team's campaign in the World Cup came to an agonising end on Thursday, and the pain of losing the semi-finals engulfed the entire cricket-crazy nation that was left grief-stricken. Disappointment was writ large on the faces of...
  • World Cup: Steven Smith - the old nemesis sinks India yet again March 26, 2015

    Steven Smith on Thursday stamped his authority on the No.3 batting spot with a sparkling 93-ball 105 to put Australia in line for a fifth World Cup title with an emphatic 95-run semi-final victory over defending champions India in Sydney. Smith started out in the tournament batting at number five...
  • World Cup: We lost half the match after losing toss, says Ajit Wadekar March 26, 2015

    Mumbai: India were let down by their pace bowlers and losing the toss was a big blow to the defending champions, who went down tamely to Australia in the semi-final of the Cricket World Cup today, said former captain Ajit Wadekar. "We lost half the game at the toss itself as...
  • World Cup: Unfair to blame Anushka for Kohli's poor form, says Ganguly March 26, 2015

    Sydney: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly today lashed out at people who attacked Anushka Sharma for Virat Kohli's failure with the bat in the cricket World Cup semifinal against Australia, saying that it showed their immaturity. After actress Anushka was attacked by the twitterati, Ganguly said it's sad to see the...
  • World Cup 2015: India succumbed under the pressure, says Sunil Gavaskar March 26, 2015

    Sydney: Dejected with Indian batsmen's poor shot selection in their 329-run chase, former skipper Sunil Gavaskar said that the pressure of the cricket World Cup semi-final got to the team as it was outplayed by Australia on Thursday. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's run-a-ball 65 stood tall amid a disappointing show as...
  • World Cup: Pressure of run-chase was too much for India, says Dhoni March 26, 2015

    Sydney: The pressure was just too much for India in the end. They put a spirited defence of their World Cup title but chasing more than 300 to beat Australia in Thursday's semi-final was a task even beyond them. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India's inspiring captain who led his country to an...
  • World Cup: Steve Smith's golden summer keeps on getting better March 26, 2015

    Sydney: Steve Smith's golden summer just keeps on getting better. Australia's new run-scoring machine just can't seem to do any wrong and now he's off to the World Cup final. Smith has been piling on the runs and breaking records all summer long. And on Thursday, in one of the biggest...
  • Stop blaming Anushka for Virat Kohli and Team India's World Cup failure March 26, 2015

    New Delhi: Virat Kohli's failure to perform in the semi-final match against Australia has been blamed on his girlfriend and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma. The actress was unfortunately bullied on social media for her presence in the Sydney stadium during the match in which Kohli struggled for 13 balls to...
  • World Cup: Mixed twitter reactions on India's defeat against Australia March 26, 2015

    India were knocked out of the World Cup 2015 after Australia defeated them by 95 runs in the second semi-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday. After winning seven matches on the trot, India's quest for a second successive World Cup title was finally ended as Australians outplayed MS...
  • World Cup 2015: Australia haven't peaked yet, says Michael Clarke March 26, 2015

    Skipper Michael Clarke thinks Australia have not yet peaked at the World Cup despite reaching the final against neighbours New Zealand by beating reigning champions India on Thursday. Steve Smith scored 105 to fire Australia to 328 for seven on their way to dethroning India with a 95-run victory at Sydney...
  • World Cup: Australia, India fans confident of their team's success March 26, 2015

    After Australia set India target of 328 Australian fans were confident of their teams win. On the other hand, Indian fans were also confident that team can chase down the target. ...
  • As it happened: India vs Australia, World Cup 2015, 2nd semi-final March 26, 2015

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page. An undefeated India will face their biggest challenge of the World Cup when they take on co-hosts and four-time champions Australia in the latter's backyard at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). There has been a lot of talk about the match...
  • ICC World Cup 2015: India snub supporters at SCG March 25, 2015

    Sydney: India's disregard for their fans continued on Wednesday with their supporters locked out of the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni refusing to fulfill his media obligations on the eve of their cricket World Cup semi-final match against Australia. Vice-captain Virat Kohli made some effort to acknowledge...
  • World Cup: Australia favourites against India, says Matthew Hayden March 25, 2015

    Sydney: Ahead of the do-or-die cricket World Cup semi-final between India and Australia, former explosive opening batsman Matthew Hayden was on Wednesday confident that the co-hosts will beat India to enter the final. "Obviously I think Australia will defeat India," Hayden, member of Australia's World Cup winning squads in 2003 and...
  • World Cup 2015: What India need to do to beat Australia in the semi-final March 25, 2015

    The four semifinalists for World Cup 2015 were no surprise and most of us would have got our predictions right. India's entry into the top four was also expected, but what was striking was the way they have dominated and won their matches so far in the tournament. After failing...
  • India vs Australia semi-final: Two World Champions set to light up World Cup 2015 March 25, 2015

    On the eve of a big match, two opponents are unlikely to arrive at any sort of consensus. They will accentuate their strengths, downplay their weaknesses, and generally talk a good game. The one thing Michael Clarke and Rohit Sharma, who addressed the media on the eve of the second...