Tri Series

  • Lee lauds 'absolute legend' Ponting February 21, 2012

    Mumbai: Hailing his former captain Ricky Ponting as a "great ambassador" for cricket, Australian speedster Brett Lee has said the Tasmanian batsman - who is out of reckoning for one-day internationals - can now focus solely on Test match cricket. "Ricky Ponting has been a wonderful teammate, he has been a...
  • Chandimal spills Kohli February 21, 2012

    Dinesh Chandimal gave India a dose of generosity himself by dropping Virat Kohli on 14. Kohli had already been dropped by Tillakaratne Dilshan, and got a second life in the 21st over when he pulled Thissara Perera out to deep midwicket. Kohli's authoritative shot flew out to Chandimal, who didn't have...
  • Surprise, surprise, Sehwag picks out third man February 21, 2012

    With Virender Sehwag on this tour of Australia, matters have reached a point where you can expect him to play a loose shot outside off-stump and have an eager fielder lap up the catch near the boundary. And sure enough, India's stand-in captain played to form. On the second ball...
  • Thirimanne gets a life, Chandimal a boundary February 21, 2012

    During the 38th over of Sri Lanka's innings, three Indian fielders contrived to add four runs to the total. Dinesh Chandimal, batting on 31, pushed a delivery from R Ashwin towards the midwicket region and from the non-striker's end Lahiru Thirimanne sprinted out of the blocks. Chandimal too took a...
  • Ponting will fight for Test survival: Waugh February 21, 2012

    Sydney: Former Australia cricketer Mark Waugh expects Ricky Ponting to scrap for survival in Australia's Test set-up despite being shunned from the one-day side. Ponting on Tuesday conceded that his ODI career is over, a day after he was dropped but said he would continue to play in the Test version...
  • Why aren't you Captain Cool now, Dhoni? February 21, 2012

    The man who recalled Ian Bell from the pavilion in England, protested a human error in Australia. The man who believed in being a calming influence, bumped into a bowler. A win, a tie and a loss later, MS Dhoni has shown that beneath his tranquility is, after all, human...
  • India vs Sri Lanka, Match 8: As it happened February 21, 2012

    Indian innings: 46th over: It's over! Irfan Pathan gives a simple return catch to Perera, who finished with four wickets in his 7.1 overs, as India lose the match by 51 runs. I Pathan c & b Perera 47 (34) 43rd over: Sri Lanka edge ahead as India lose the wicket of Ravichandran...
  • Pain can't stop Lee from 'Pigeon' chase February 20, 2012

    Sydney: Paceman Brett Lee said he intends to play through the pain barrier as he approaches Glenn McGrath's record as Australia's top one-day wicket-taker. Lee's season was written off a fortnight ago when he was ruled out for almost two months with a broken toe. But the 35-year-old express bowler...
  • Ponting's axing is beginning of an end February 20, 2012

    Sydney: Former captain Ricky Ponting's one-day international career appeared over after he was dropped from Australia's ODI team for the tri-series against India and Sri Lanka. Chief selector John Inverarity on Monday said Ponting, the second all-time leading run-scorer in ODIs, was axed because of his poor batting form. Ponting, 37,...
  • We're not taking India lightly: Mahela February 20, 2012

    Brisbane: Though keen to take advantage of India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's absence from the team due to slow over-rate ban, Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene said his side would not take the opposition lightly in the triangular series match here on Tuesday. "Dhoni is in good form and he is...
  • Long time since team bowled so well: Ponting February 19, 2012

    Brisbane: After notching up a crushing 110-run win against India, stand-in Australian captain Ricky Ponting said it had been a long time since he has seen his side bowl as well as they did in Sunday's game. The Australians bundled out India for 178 after setting them a stiff target of...
  • Rotating top 3 because they are slow: Dhoni February 19, 2012

    Brisbane: India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni backed the team's rotation policy for the top order, saying the top three batsmen were not playing each game because they are slow on the field. Dhoni explained the reasons why Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir are not playing all the games together,...
  • Dhoni gets one-match ban for slow over rate February 19, 2012

    Brisbane: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been banned for one ODI after his side was fined for a second minor over rate offence within a year during the tri-series match against Australia in Brisbane on Sunday. The Indian side was ruled to be two overs short of their target at...
  • Australia maul India by 110 runs February 19, 2012

    Brisbane: Riding on Ben Hilfenhaus' maiden five-wicket haul in one-day internationals, Australia bundled out India for 178 to win the seventh match of the tri-series by 110 runs in Brisbane on Sunday. India's chase of 289 was over before it started when they failed to recover from three early strikes....
  • Inspired Australia outdo India February 20, 2012

    In the end, the better team won. Australia had struggled on a sluggish Adelaide Oval surface in their last two matches, but on a Brisbane pitch with more pace and bounce they showed that they have the firepower to make the best-of-three-finals, owing to capable batsmen and very good pace...
  • Umpiring faux pas gives Hussey a life February 19, 2012

    Mad scenes unfolded during the 29th over of Australia's innings. Michael Hussey, batting on 1, missed a ball from Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni collected and disturbed the stumps. As the decision went upstairs to the third umpire, Bruce Oxenford, replays showed that Hussey had dragged his back foot back...
  • Zaheer has an off day in the field February 19, 2012

    India's ground fielding was otherwise sharp, but one of their most senior players was a let-down. In the tenth over of Australia's innings, Zaheer Khan fumbled on the third man boundary to allow a four. Running a long way along the boundary, Zaheer tried to stop a cut from Matthew...
  • Rohit's butter fingers cost India February 19, 2012

    Zaheer Khan almost produced a breakthrough in the first over of the match but was not supported by his catcher at second slip. Off the second ball of Australia's innings, Zaheer found the outside edge of Matthew Wade's bat, which flew to the left of Sachin Tendulkar at first slip....
  • Watson could be back sooner than expected February 19, 2012

    Brisbane: Fit-again allrounder Shane Watson could make a quicker-than-expected return to the injury-hit Australian cricket team in the ongoing ODI tri-series against India and Sri Lanka. Watson has missed the entire Test summer after injuring his hamstring in November but has steadily recovered. A decision on the 30-year-old's possible return could...
  • Improve or face consequences: Arthur February 18, 2012

    Brisbane: Livid after consecutive losses in the ODI tri-series, Australia coach Mickey Arthur on Saturday said the side and its "jaded" stand-in skipper Ricky Ponting would have to face the consequences if they don't atone for the defeats with an improved performance against India here on Sunday. "If I have to...
  • I am still worth a place in the side: Ponting February 18, 2012

    Brisbane: His recent poor run notwithstanding, Australian cricket team's stand-in skipper Ricky Ponting says he is still "worth a place" in the side but concedes that reputation alone won't be enough to get him the selectors' nod all the time. "I think I am (worth a place in the team) but...
  • Sri Lanka thrash Australia by 8 wickets February 17, 2012

    Sydney: Mahela Jayawardene smashed an unbeaten half-century to lead Sri Lanka to a commanding eight-wicket win over Australia and back into limited-overs tri-series finals content_cnion on Friday. Australia were bowled out for just 158, their lowest ODI total at the Sydney Cricket Ground since 1997, after the match was reduced to...
  • Haddin dropped due to poor form: CA February 17, 2012

    Sydney: Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive James Sutherland confirmed that wicket-keeper Brad Haddin has been dropped from the one-day side due to poor form. Sutherland also said that he was disappointed with the confusion surrounding Haddin's status, since the player was aware of the situation and has had regular dialogue with...
  • Michael Clarke likely to miss India ODI February 17, 2012

    Sydney: Australia captain Michael Clarke said on Friday that he was unlikely to recover in time for Sunday's one-day international match of the ongoing triangular series against India in Brisbane. Clarke, who injured his hamstring during the last-over loss to India in Adelaide last week, missed Friday's match against Sri Lanka...
  • Vinay Kumar makes a difference in ODIs February 17, 2012

    Brisbane: India medium pacer R Vinay Kumar is not on anyone's mind and he would just like it the way it is as long as his skipper MS Dhoni keeps turning to him and batsmen keep nibbling at his swinging deliveries. The Karnataka medium-pacer has beggared belief with nine wickets at...
  • Mitchell Marsh out with back injury February 17, 2012

    Sydney: Australia allrounder Mitchell Marsh is in doubt for the remainder of the one-day tri-series after suffering a lower back injury. Marsh, the younger brother of Test batsman Shaun Marsh, complained of significant lower-back pain during Thursday's training session at the Sydney Cricket Ground. He was not included in the lineup...
  • Ponting hopeful Lee plays Sri Lanka ODI February 16, 2012

    Sydney: Stand-in Australian captain Ricky Ponting says he is optimistic paceman Brett Lee will recover from a broken toe to take his place in the one-day side to face Sri Lanka on Friday. Lee was ruled out of action for up to six weeks after fracturing the little toe of his...
  • Dhoni, the finisher, draws praise from rivals February 15, 2012

    Brisbane: He may be under pressure as a captain but as a finisher lower down the batting order, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is considered one of the best in ODI cricket even by his rivals. There is compelling evidence by way of figures and comparison that Dhoni is a class...
  • Selectors owe Haddin an explanation: Watson February 15, 2012

    Sydney: Australian allrounder Shane Watson on Wednesday said the national selectors owe an explanation to out of favour wicketkeeper Brad Haddin on whether he has been dropped or rested from the one-day team. The 34-year-old Haddin was left out of Australia's 14-man squad for Friday's match against Sri Lanka and Sunday's...
  • Ryan Harris unhappy at being 'rested' February 15, 2012

    Sydney: Unhappy at being "rested" from Australia's next two tri-series ODIs against Sri Lanka and India, pacer Ryan Harris on Wednesday warned that the break could have a negative impact on his bowling as he is not carrying any niggles that have been cited as the reason for it. The fast...