February 28, 2010Collingwood, Cook lead England to comfortable win
Paul Collingwood and Alastair Cook hit half-centuries for England who cruised to a six-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the first One-day International on Sunday.
We missed Zaheer, Nehra: Dhoni
After succumbing to a 90-run defeat against South Africa in the third ODI, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that his side missed the services of Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra.
Won't judge bench strength by one match: Kirsten
India coach Gary Kirsten said that he will not judge his team's bench strength on the basis of performance in just one game after the depleted hosts went down to South Africa in the inconsequential third and final ODI in Ahmedabad on Saturday.
New Zealand edge Australia in thriller
New Zealand claimed a sensational victory over Australia in a high-scoring Twenty20 International in Christchurch after the tied game was decided in a remarkable one-over play-off.
February 27, 2010Akmal, Rana under match-fixing scanner: Reports
Wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal and pacer Rana Naved are the two players allegedly under investigation by the Pakistan Cricket Board for their involvement in match-fixing. Voice of America, quoting a highly placed source in the PCB, reported on Saturday that both the players were dropped for the Twenty20 international series against England in Dubai this month for their role in match-fixing during their recent tour to Australia.
Tamil Nadu to play Bengal in final
Defending champions Tamil Nadu will play Bengal in the final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy after both registered constrasting victories in their semi-final matches on Saturday. Tamil Nadu crushed Madhya Pradesh by 134 runs in their last four match, while Bengal got the better of Karnataka by six wickets with just an over to spare.
Tendulkar is better than Bradman: Harbhajan
Eulogising milestone man Sachin Tendulkar for his historic One-Day International double hundred, India's star off-spinner Harbhajan Singh reckons his illustrious team mate is better than Australian great Sir Don Bradman.
ICC allows switch-hitting tactics till May
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has issued an interim directive allowing batsmen to switch their stance, but with a couple of conditions.
Waqar agrees to take over as Pakistan coach
Former Test captain Waqar Younis accepted an offer from the Pakistan Cricket Board to take over as national team coach on Saturday, a day after the PCB had offered him the position.
Follow, discuss the third India-SA ODI
India Abroad's Bikash Mohapatra is at the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium in Motera posting updates on the third ODI. Follow the latest on the match on Bikash's MyPage!.
South Africa thrash India by 90 runs at Motera
South Africa thrashed India by 90 runs in the third and final one-dayer at Motera on Saturday.
February 26, 2010Maharashtra to recommend Sachin for Bharat Ratna
Having achieved the unique distinction of scoring the first double century in One-day internationals, Sachin Tendulkar is now on the threshold of becoming the first sportsperson to be conferred the Bharat Ratna. The Maharashtra government is all set to recommend the batting maestro for India's highest civilian award.
Hussey, Johnson steer Aus to T20 win over Kiwis
David Hussey and Mitchell Johnson helped Australia secure an easy six-wkt win over New Zealand in the opening Twenty20 in Wellington on Friday. Set a paltry 119 to win, the visitors got to their target with 24 balls to spare.
'It's been a great season for Team India'
'I am very satisfied,' declared Gary Kirsten, with a sigh of relief, a day ahead of the third and final One-day International between India and South Africa at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera.
'India has raised the bar in the last few games'
Making an assessment is a tough task, particularly when the results aren't on expected lines. In the case of South Africa it is all the more inexplicable.
India eyes clean sweep against SA
South Africa will be keen to regain lost confidence besides attempting to end the tour on a winning note in the third and final ODI in Ahmedabad.
Injured Duminy ruled out of third ODI
Out of form South African middle-order batsman J P Duminy has returned home owing to injuries, making him unavailable for the third and final One-dayer against India in Ahmedabad on Saturday.
Our players ready to go for IPL: ACA
Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi has ridiculed the safety concerns raised by it but the Australian Cricketers Association claims to have made 'some positive progress' in getting its players' security demands met by the IPL organisers.
PCB suspect Akmal's involvement in match-fixing
The ghost of match-fixing has returned again to haunt the Pakistan cricket team, and this time it is wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal who seems to be under its glare.
AP govt assures of fool-proof security for IPL
In a fresh effort to get the IPL-III matches back in Hyderabad, the Andhra Pradesh government on Thursday asked the BCCI-IPL to visit the city to see for itself the fool-proof arrangements made by it.
Snubbed Pak decide against CLT20 participation
PCB chairman Ejaz Butt does not see any chance of Pakistan being represented in the second edition of the lucrative Champions League this year.
Tendulkar is sincerity personified: Kapil
It's his dedication and passion for cricket that sets Sachin Tendulkar apart, India's only World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev said in Kolkata on Thursday.
February 25, 2010Tendulkar rises to third after historic 200
India's iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar has jumped to third position in the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen after belting a record-breaking double-century in the second One-Day International against South Africa in Gwalior on Wednesday.
Pandey, Mithun in World Twenty20 probables
Young Karnataka batsman Manish Pandey and his fast bowling team mate R Vinay Kumar were among the three new faces named in India's 30-member list of probables for the Twenty20 World Cup to be held in the West Indies in April-May this year. Madhya Pradesh wicketkeeper Naman Ojha, who also had a successful domestic season, was the other new face in the list.
Sachin, Sehwag, Bhajji rested for final SA ODI
Murali Vijay and Rohit Sharma were included, while uncapped Karnataka pacer Abhimanyu Mithun replaced Praveen Kumar in the 14-man squad.
Tickets for IPL opening match on sale
The Indian Premier League on Thursday announced the sale of tickets for the inaugural match of third edition of the Twenty20 tournament, at D Y Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai on March 12. The tickets are priced from Rs 500 upwards and fans can avail them online at www.iplt20.com. Tickets for other venues are also available online.
MCC shows interest in buying IPL franchise
The Marylebone Cricket Club is all set to become one of the owners of an Indian Premier League franchise, to be sold next month at a minimum base price of US $225 million, media reports said on Thursday. The Telegraph reported that the MCC, the guardians of the laws of cricket, are in negotiations to join a consortium bidding to buy one of two IPL franchises, likely to be based in Pune, Maharashtra.
'We won't be pressurised by players associations'
Indian Premier League supremo Lalit Modi has accused player unions of using a security threat against overseas players as leverage to gain bargaining status with the IPL and the Indian cricket board.
Tendulkar rested for Ahmedabad One-dayer
Cricket lovers in Ahmedabad, where the third and the last One Day International of the series against South Africa is scheduled to be played on February 27, would be deprived of a vintage Sachin Tendulkar show, as the master blaster has been rested for the match.
Sachin is The Special One: Nasser Hussain
Former England captain Nasser Hussain is convinced that Sachin Tendulkar is the greatest batsman the game has ever seen, better than even the iconic Don Bradman.
British media hail 'sensational' Sachin
Sachin Tendulkar's stupendous feat of becoming the first cricketer to score a double century in One-dayers was on Thursday hailed by the British media, which described the little master as the 'finest batsman' ever.
Sachin is a classic player: Kallis
South African skipper Jacques Kallis heaped praise on Sachin Tendulkar for his historic double ton and said the way the champion batsman paced his innings it showed one need not be a slogger to do well in One-day cricket.
I want an Indian to break this record: Tendulkar
Master batsman Sachin Tendulkar said records are meant to be broken and he would be glad to see an Indian eclipsing his epic unbeaten 200 that he smashed against South Africa in Gwalior on Wednesday.
February 24, 2010Sensed a double only after crossing 175: Tendulkar
Milestone man Sachin Tendulkar said he sensed he could be the first batsman to hit an ODI double century only after he got to 175, in the second one-dayer against South Africa in Gwalior on Wednesday.
'Sachin, the greatest batsman ever'
The cricket fraternity on Wednesday hailed Sachin Tendulkar on becoming the first batsman in the history of one-day cricket to smash a double century, describing the feat as an incredible achievement.
Tendulkar hits first 200 in ODIs, congratulate him
Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman to score a double century in One-Day Internationals, accomplishing the feat in the second one-dayer against South Africa in Gwalior on Wednesday. The master batsman, who holds the record for most runs and centuries in Test and one-day cricket, scored 200 not out off 147 balls as India amassed 401-3 in 50 overs.
Aus players clash with Ponting over IPL
Australian cricketers, who stand to lose millions of dollars if they don't participate in the Indian Premier League, clashed with skipper Ricky Ponting during the meeting held at a Sydney hotel to brief them about security during the Twenty20 tournament.
'IPL security plans sufficient only on paper'
Security expert Reg Dickason's report on the threat to the IPL says that while the security plans are sufficient on paper, the Indian state governments are yet to commit to providing the required police numbers which is the primary concern for the Australian players participating in the tournament.
Lee to wait for more advice on IPL participation
Australian fast bowler Brett Lee, who on Wednesday retired from Test cricket after numerous injury breakdowns, is still undecided over his playing for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League starting next month.
Tendulkar double ton leads India to series win
Sachin Tendulkar hit the first double century in the history of ODI cricket to lead India to a crushing 153-run victory against South Africa in the second One-Day International, in Gwalior, on Wednesday. Tendulkar was at his vintage best as he blazed his way to 200 from a mere 147 deliveries, inclusive of 25 boundaries and three sixes. In carrying his bat through the innings he propelled India to a mammoth 401 for three in 50 overs.
Brett Lee retires from Test cricket
Australian Brett Lee, one of the fastest bowlers of the modern era, announced his retirement from Test cricket on Wednesday with the aim of extending his international career in shorter forms of the game.
February 23, 2010India sweat on Sehwag's fitness
Suspense still prevails over Virender Sehwag's availability for the second one-dayer against South Africa in Gwalior, with India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni opting to wait till Wednesday morning to decide on including the explosive opener in the team.
IPL 3 will be played in India come what may: Modi
The Indian Premier League (IPL) will not move out of India despite security fears raised by the players' associations of England, Australia and South Africa, tournament commissioner Lalit Modi insisted. Modi rejected any move to shift the IPL to another country after an independent report complied by ECB security advisor Reg Dickason claimed that safety of cricketers cannot be guaranteed during the cash-awash Twenty20 tournament.
SC moved against holding of IPL matches at night
A PIL was on Tuesday filed in the Supreme Court seeking a ban on holding of IPL cricket matches at night citing reasons ranging from security threat to waste of energy in illuminating the stadium.
All Australians will play in IPL, says Modi
Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi sought to assuage fears of a players' boycott of the third edition of the Twenty20 tournament, to be held in India from March 12, by saying that he has spoken to all the foreign parties concerned and reassured them on their security-related concerns.
Australia whip Windies, complete unbeaten summer
A blitzkrieg 18-ball half century by David Warner helped Australia cruise to an eight-wicket win over West Indies in the second T20 international at Sydney and ensured they team finished the summer unbeaten.
SA coach hints at changes for 2nd ODI
Faced with a do-or-die situation after the heartbreaking one-run loss in Jaipur, South Africa coach Corrie van Zyl today hinted that the visitors may make some changes in their side for the second one-dayer against India in Gwalior on Wednesday.
South African players wary of IPL security: Smith
Security apprehension about the Indian Premier League is proving infectious with South Africa captain Graeme Smith saying that his compatriots have developed a cold feet about travelling to India.
Team owners believe IPL won't be shifted
Despite the terror threats and reports of players looking to pull out, the Indian Premier League (IPL) team owners are confident that the Twenty20 tournament, which begins in Mumbai on March 12, will not be shifted out of India this year.
Rainas, Rohits lack desperation for Tests: Dravid
Young players like Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma lack the "all-consuming" desperation to do well in Test cricket because they have other options, feels former India captain Rahul Dravid.
BCCI will not be under CAG audit
The Board of Control for Cricket in India no longer enjoys the tax exemptions it got in the guise of being a charitable organisation but the government does not plan to bring it under the ambit of audit by Comptroller and Auditor General.
New Zealand players advised to skip IPL
New Zealand cricketers' involvement in the Indian Premier League is in serious doubt after their players' association recommended a pull out from the tournament, which starts on March 12.
Sehwag fit for 2nd ODI as Ind look to seal series
After escaping with a narrow win in Jaipur, India would aim to plug their bowling loopholes and seal the three-match series to retain the number two spot in ICC rankings when they take on South Africa in the second ODI in Gwalior on Wednesday.
'I bit the ball in frustration for the country'
Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi feels if golf superstar Tiger Woods can apologise and move on after his numerous affairs, he too should be forgiven for his 'stupid' ball-biting antics during a match.
Lee set to announce Test retirement
Tired of battling one injury breakdown after another, Australian pacer Brett Lee is all set to announce his Test retirement on Wenesday after being persuaded to do so by good friend Andrew Flintoff.
Mumbai Indians commence training
The preparation-cum-conditioning camp of Mumbai Indians for the forthcoming third edition of the Indian Premier League kicked off at the franchise's home venue, the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Monday.
February 22, 2010'Adequate security in place for India-SA ODI'
Gujarat Director General of Police S S Khandwawala on Monday said adequate security measures would be in place for the forthcoming ODI between India and South Africa on February 27 in Ahmedabad.
KKR puts tie-up with Lux Cozi on hold
Kolkata Knight Riders has put on hold its tie-up with hosiery brand Lux Cozi after the deal earned widespread criticism and anger among the people of Kolkata.
Why not include the north-east in IPL-4?
The IPL has contributed tremendously to national integration. It is here that the IPL can contribute positively by involving north eastern India and help it join the national mainstream.
Expect a run feast in Gwalior: Curator
In what would come as music to the ears of swashbucklers like Virender Sehwag, curators at the Captain Roop Singh Stadium have promised a "batting paradise" for the second India-South Africa ODI Gwalior on Wednesday.
Australia, New Zealand on standby for 2011 WC: NZC
Australia and New Zealand are on standby to host the 2011 cricket World Cup if the terror threat in the sub-continent is found to be too high, NZC CEO Justin Vaughan has claimed.
Unbeaten home summer a great achievement: Ponting
Australian skipper Ricky Ponting is of the view that his team is in great shape after remaining unbeaten in all formats of the game at home this summer.
The bowlers need to do better: MS Dhoni
Clearly not happy with the performance of his bowlers in India's one-run victory over South Africa in the first one-dayer in Jaipur, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he had not expected his best bowlers to get the pasting from the visiting tailenders.
Jadeja wants to star with the bat too
Ravindra Jadeja, India's hero with the ball in the Jaipur ODI on Sunday, says he wants to win matches for the country with the bat too. Jadeja took two wickets for 29 runs in ten overs, including two maidens, to play a crucial role in India's thrilling one-run last ball victory over South Africa in the first One-Day International.
February 21, 2010Sehwag down with sore back, doubtful for 2nd ODI
India's injuries worries continued with opener Virender Sehwag struggling with a sore back during the first One-Day International against South Africa in Jaipur, on Sunday.
Australia thrash Windies in first T20
Dirk Nannes (3 for 21) and Shaun Tait (3 for 30) ripped through the West Indies batting line-up to help Australia to a comfortable 38-run victory in the opening Twenty20 international at Hobart.
PCB offers Arthur Pak coaching job
The Pakistan Cricket Board has approached former South African coach Mickey Arthur for taking up a full-time coaching job with the national team.
Security experts ask Eng players to skip IPL
England's cricketers have been advised to skip next month's Indian Premier League by their players' body as it has found the security threats to the Twenty20 event credible in its assessment.
India snatch last-ball win in Jaipur
India survived several anxious moments before beating South Africa by one run in the first One-Day International at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur on Sunday. Wayne Parnell smashed 49 from 45 deliveries but was run-out off the final delivery of the innings as South Africa were dismissed for 297, in reply to India's 298 for nine in 50 overs.
Follow, discuss the first India-South Africa ODI
If the recently-concluded two-Test series was a battle for the top Test ranking, the One-Dayers will see the teams fight for the number two spot. India, with 121 points, are just ahead of the Proteas (119) in second place but way behind Australia, who have 132 points. India Abroad's Harish Kotian is at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur posting updates on the first ODI as they happen. Follow the latest on the match on Harish's MyPage!.
Razzaq leads Pakistan to T20 victory over England
Abdul Razzaq hammered five sixes in a swashbuckling 18-ball innings of 46 not out on Saturday to lead Pakistan to a four-wicket win over England in the second and final match in the Twenty20 series. Pakistan, who lost Friday's opening game in Dubai by seven wickets, were set a victory target of 149 and were in trouble when debutant fast bowler Ajmal Shahzad grabbed two wickets in the first over.
England pick SA-born Kieswetter for ODIs
Somerset wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter has been added to England's one-day squad for this month's tour to Bangladesh. The South African-born player completed his four-year qualification process earlier this week, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on its website (www.ecb.co.uk) on Saturday.
February 20, 2010'No IPL 'skin' show to be allowed in Cuttack'
A day after the authorities announced that each and every aspect of Indian Premier League (IPL) including cheer girls would be part of two matches at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack scheduled next month, a fringe outfit on Saturday said they would not allow any 'skin' show in Orissa.
ODI series part of team's WC preparation: Kallis
South Africa has never won an ODI series in India in three attempts, yet there seems to be no desperation to break the jinx this time around.
Unprecedented security for Jaipur ODI
The Sawai Mansingh cricket stadium in Jaipur has been turned into a virtual fortress filled with policemen and security guards filling every corner of the ground.
Dhoni regains No.1 spot in ICC ODI rankings
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday reclaimed the number one position in the ICC One-day batting list, dislodging Australian Michael Hussey from the top spot.
Dhoni banking on youngsters to fire in ODIs
After a gripping Test series, India and South Africa now challenge each other in a different format, when they face-off in a three-match One-day International series starting in Jaipur, on Sunday.
SA not hosting CLT20, just a contender: Modi
Contrary to their claim, South Africa have not been finalised as the venue for this year's Champions League Twenty20, said the event's chairman Lalit Modi insisting that the tournament's governing council is yet to decide on the matter.
Van Zyl to be South Africa coach till 2011
Corrie van Zyl will continue as South Africa's interim coach until April 2011, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Friday. The 48-year-old Van Zyl will be in charge through the 2011 World Cup, due to take place on the sub-continent in February and March next year.
Morgan leads England to T20 win over Pakistan
Eoin Morgan lashed 67 in 51 deliveries and Kevin Pietersen added a run-a-ball 43 to guide England to a seven-wicket win over Pakistan Friday in the first of their two Twenty20 matches.
100-ODIs up umpire Asoka de Silva honoured
Asoka de Silva of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires was on Friday honoured for completing a century of One-Day Internationals, a landmark reached during the recently-concluded series between Australia and Pakistan Down Under. De Silva became only the 12th umpire to reach the milestone when he stood in the fifth ODI that was staged in Perth on January 31.
February 19, 2010South Africa to host Champions League Twenty20
Ending speculation on the venue of the Champions League Twenty20, Cricket South Africa on Friday said the country will host the multi-million dollar event from September 10-26.
I may retire after playing 100 Tests: Sehwag
His mindboggling success as an opener notwithstanding, swashbuckling batsman Virender Sehwag on Friday said he would like to bat in the middle order and will have no qualms about quitting the longer version after playing his 100th Test match.
Australia hand Windies another thrashing
Australia completed a 4-0 series triumph over the West Indies, winning the fifth and final One-Day International at by 125 runs at the MCG, on Friday.
Sehwag replaces Gambhir atop of ICC Test ranking
Virender Sehwag on Friday rose to the top the ICC Test rankings for batsmen after his two consecutive hundreds in the just concluded India-South Africa series.
I'm neither dumb, nor an idiot: Harbhajan
Harbhajan Singh on Friday lambasted his detractors for questioning his ability, saying a bowler who has taken more than 350 wickets in a 13-year career could not possibly be "dumb or an idiot".
'India have always welcomed Pakistani cricketers'
Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Modi has said that Pakistani players have always been welcomed in India and it is foolish to think there is some sort of conspiracy to keep them out of the IPL season three.
English players mull IPL participation
England players are awaiting a security report as concern over terrorism threat grows from the Professional Cricketers' Association, and could determine their participation or non participation in the third edition of the Indian Premier League.
Dirk Nannes retires from first class cricket
Left-arm fast bowler Dirk Nannes has became the second Victorian star to retire from first class cricket this season.
Pak cricketers can participate in IPL 4
The fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will see the participation of Pakistani players and two new teams would take part in that event, according to IPL commissioner Lalith Modi.
Jaipur curators predict high-scoring tie
With a batting-friendly wicket on offer, a high scoring encounter is on the card when India takes on South Africa in the first cricket One-day International at the Sawai Man Singh stadium in Jaipur on Sunday.
New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 121 runs
New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 121 runs in the one-off cricket Test in Hamilton on Friday.
Govt assures adequate security for ODI series
The Centre assured that adequate security would be provided to the three-match cricket ODI series between India and South Africa starting February 21.
Happy to have troubled India in their den: Smith
His side lost the battle for number one Test spot with India with their innings defeat in the second match but captain Graeme Smith said they were proud to have troubled the home side in their own backyard in the drawn series.
This was my series: Amla
South African run-machine Hashim Amla said every batsman hits a purple patch at some point in his career and the just-concluded series against India was his opportunity to make a mark.
Dhoni donates cricketing gears to ball boys
Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday donated his cricketing equipment to the ball boys present at the ground just after their innings and 57-run win over South Afica in the second and final Test at the Eden Gardens.
February 18, 2010We deserve to be No. 1, declares Harbhajan
Thrashed in the first Test in Nagpur, Team India's fighting spirit stood out to the core during their convincing victory in the second Test in Kolkata, said Harbhajan Singh.
New Zealand in the driver's seat in Hamilton Test
New Zealand will head into the final day of their one-off Test against Bangladesh in Hamilton firmly in the driving seat, as the visitors suffered multiple setbacks after being set a target of 404.
I was portrayed as an idiot by media: Harbhajan
After claiming five for 59, as India routed South Africa by an innings and 57 runs, Harbhajan Singh slammed those doubted his credentials coming into the match, saying 'they should know what to play on national television and what not to play'.
India lose a point but retain No 1 Test ranking
India slipped to 124 ratings points after conceding one ratings point, while South Africa stay second on 120 ratings points.
Congratulate Team India!
India thwarted stubborn resistance from South Africa's Hashim Amla and the tailenders to clinch a series-levelling innings and 58 runs victory in the second Test at Kolkata to retain their status as the number one team on Thursday.
India safe for foreign players: Symonds
Greg Chappell and Andrew Symonds may have had bitter-sweet relationship with the Indian fans
Terror threat to first ODI in Jaipur
Rajasthan Police has confirmed that there is a terror threat to the first One-Day International (ODI) to be played between India and South Africa at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur.
Injured Zaheer to miss SA ODI series
India pacer Zaheer Khan is likely to miss the One-Day International series against South Africa after suffering an injury during the second and final Test in Kolkata.
Miandad willing to coach Pak on short-term basis
Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad on Wednesday made it clear that he is ready to take up a coaching job with the senior or junior national side but only on short-term basis.
Harbhajan leads India to innings victory at Eden
Harbhajan Singh claimed five wickets for 59 runs as India beat South Africa by an innings and 57 runs on a thrilling final day in the second Test to level the two-match series at 1-1 and remain the number one Test team in the world. Hashim Amla was the only South African batsman to provide some resistance. He was left unconquered after a stubborn knock of 123 from 394 deliveries, inclusive of 16 boundaries, his third hundred on a trot in three innings in the series.
Discuss the final day in the India-SA 2nd Test
India will be counting on their spinners on the last day to score a series-levelling victory in the second Test against South Africa on Thursday. Rain and Hashim Amla frustrated them on Day four after Amit Mishra grabbed two wickets to reduce South Africa to 115 for 3 at close. The tourists are still 232 behind, with the in-form Amla on 49 and Ashwell Prince yet to get off the mark.
February 17, 2010Bangladesh frustrate New Zealand in Hamilton Test
Replying to New Zealand's mammoth 553 for seven declared, Bangladesh replied in strong fashion, scoring 408 and also claimed the wicket of New Zealand opener B J Watling in the first Test being played at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.
We feel we can bat out tomorrow: Kallis
South Africa's veteran batsman Jacques Kallis believes that his team would fightback from the dead and bat out a draw on the final day of the second and final Test in Kolkata.
Coach Kirsten unhappy with facilities at Eden
India coach Gary Kirsten expressed his disappointment at the inability of the groundsmen to get the ground ready in time on day four of the second and final Test in Kolkata, on Wednesday.
Move IPL to South Africa again: Warne
Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne is concerned about safety of the cricketers in the wake of threats by terror groups and suggested that IPL-III be held in South Africa again if these threats are credible.
New IPL teams to be unveiled on March 8
Two new Indian Premier League franchisees will be unveiled on March 8, IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi said on Wednesday.
Tanvir to undergo knee treatment in Aus
Pakistani pacer Sohail Tanvir will consult a specialist in Australia for the treatment of his injured knee, next week.
Aboriginal player in Australia's Twenty20 squad
Explosive all-rounder Daniel Christian became only the second aboriginal player to get a national call after he was selected in the Australian squad for the two Twenty20 Internationals against the West Indies.
Atkinson satisfied with Wankhede, mum on Kotla
Andy Atkinson, the International Crcket Council's chief pitch consultant, expressed satisfaction with the progress of work at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai but remained mum on Delhi's Ferozshah Kotla ground.
Pak keen to host India for two series: Butt
The snapping of cricket ties with India due to political reasons notwithstanding, Pakistan is still hoping to have at least two series with their neighbours in the next two years.
Rain frustrates India after Mishra strikes
South Africa were reduced to 115 for three after 35 overs in their second innings before rain and fading light forced the umpires to call stumps in the post-tea session on Day 4 of the second Test against India.
Follow, discuss the India-South Africa second Test
With two days left and the track expected to deteriorate, the Proteas are faced with a stiff task of saving the second Test. Can India pull off victory and reign as the top Test team? India Abroad's Harish Kotian is at the ground posting updates as they happen. Follow what's the latest from the Test on Harish's MyPage!
February 16, 2010Rain threatens to spoil India's chances at Eden
Rain threatens to play spoilsport in India's pursuit of a series levelling win in the second and final Test against South Africa in Kolkata as weatherman forecast a cloudy sky with chances of thundershowers lashing the city in the next 24 hours.
Aussies can play in IPL: Thackeray
Australian players can play in the third edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after all.
Proteas need Lord's inspiration to save Test
South Africa will have to look no further than the Lord's Test of 2008 against Australia for inspiration as they set about saving the second Test against India at the Eden Gardens and securing a series victory on Wednesday.
Ashwin new face in squad for SA ODIs
Tamil Nadu off-spinner R Ashwin has been named in India's ODI squad for first two one-dayers against South Africa.
Laxman-Eden love affair continues
Playing at Eden Gardens is a great feeling, and getting 1000 runs at the venue will always remain special," said the ace batsman, after his fluent knock of 143 helped India pile a mammoth 643 for six declared in their first innings on Day 3 of the second Test against South Africa.
Leading television channels to stay away from IPL
Most television channels in the country on Tuesday decided not to cover the third edition of the Indian Premier League in protest against 'arbitrary' guidelines and certain contentious clauses regarding footage of the Twenty20 event.
Aus spinner Smith gets call-up for final ODI
Young spinner Steven Smith won a national call up after a promising Twenty20 debut against Pakistan recently, while Mike Hussey and Nathan Hauritz have been rested for the final ODI.
Face-off: Jayasuriya vs Ranatunga
His cricket career on the wane, former captain Sanath Jayasuriya has taken the political plunge and will have a face off against ex-teammate Arjuna Ranatunga during election campaigns for their respective alliances for the April 8 Sri Lankan Parliamentary polls.
BCCI threatens to ban misbehaving Tiwary
Taking a serious view of his dressing room misdemeanour, the Indian Cricket Board has told Bengal player Manoj Tiwary that he will be banned from playing domestic cricket, if he will not behave well.
Shoaib pays for violating PCB code of conduct
With the Pakistan Cricket Board deducting a Rs 7 million fine from his annual salary, controversial pacer Shoaib Akhtar was left with just $550 as match fees, bonus and contract fees in the year gone by.
'Pak players involved in match-fixing'
In a startling revelation, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ejaz Butt has told the country's Senate standing committee on sports that he had to sack a PCB employee on suspicion of match-fixing.
English football clubs reject Modi's claims
Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi has claimed that a top English football club is planning to bid for an IPL team but the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea have denied any such interest.
Miandad rejects PCB coaching offer
Former Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad, on Monday, rejected PCB'S offer to coach the Pak cricket team citing domestic commitments.
Pak Senate advocates three-series ban on Afridi
Pakistan Senate's standing committee on sports on Monday recommended the cricket board to ban dashing all-rounder Shahid Afridi for at least three series for ball tampering in a One-day match in Australia last month.
Watson wins Allan Border Medal
Aussie all-rounder Shane Watson's contributions in both Tests and ODIs in the last 12 months have helped him win the Allan Border medal on Monday.
Follow, discuss the India-South Africa second Test
India Abroad's Harish Kotian is at the Eden Gardens posting updates as they happen. Follow what's the latest from the Test on Harish's MyPage!
Dhoni, Laxman tons light up Eden
VVS Laxman and Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit centuries in a record partnership before India declared their first innings on 643 for six on day three of the second and final Test against South Africa, at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, on Tuesday.
February 15, 2010Deccan Chargers issue legal notice to IPL
Deccan Chargers have slapped a legal notice on the Indian Premier League and threatened to skip the third edition of the Twenty20 league, beginning next month, if its home matches are not re-allotted to Hyderabad and Vishakapatnam.
Deccan Chargers threaten to skip IPL III
Deccan Chargers on Monday threatened to sue the Indian Premier League authorities and skip the third edition of the Twenty20 league beginning next month if its home matches are not re-allotted to Hyderabad and Vishakapatnam.
South Africa 'unsettled' by Sehwag salvo
South Africa coach Corrie van Zyl conceded that the dashing opener's blitzkrieg disrupted his team's plans on Day 2 of the second Test against India.
IPL 2010 revised fixtures
More than a dozen changes have been incorporated by the Indian Premier League authorities in the revised schedule of the Twenty20 League's third edition, from March 12 to April 25. The changes were necessitated after the IPL shifted all matches of Deccan Chargers from Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam to other centres because of the ongoing Telengana agitation in Andhra Pradesh.
Guptill, McCullum lead New Zealand fight back
Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum were anchoring a New Zealand recovery against Bangladesh before bad light stopped play on the first day of the one-off cricket Test in Hamilton.
IPL-bound Aussies unsure after Pune blast
The Pune blast has added to their security concerns ahead of IPL-III and the Australian cricketers are awaiting advice from the players' Association to decide on travelling to India for the Twenty20 event.
Follow, discuss the Ind-SA second Test in Kolkata
Intense action is in store when play resumes on Day 2. Can India bounce back and take a sizeable lead? India Abroad's Harish Kotian is at the ground posting updates as they happen. Follow what's the latest from the Test on Harish's MyPage!
South Africa strike after Sehwag, Tendulkar tons
Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar hit their second successive centuries before South Africa staged a late fightback on day two of the second and final Test, at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, on Sunday. At close, India were 342 for five in 76 overs, a lead of 46 runs after South Africa were bowled out for 296 in their first innings.
February 14, 2010Statistical Highlights: Ind vs SA, 2nd Test, Day 1
# Harbhajan Singh, with his three for 60, has surpassed Anil Kumble's record at Eden Gardens. Harbhajan's wicket-aggregate of 41 wickets at an average of 22.87 in just seven Tests has eclipsed Kumble's tally of 40 wickets (avg 30.82) in eight Tests.
I dedicate this century to myself: Petersen
Elated at scoring a century on debut but disappointed with the batting collapse that followed his dismissal, South African opener Alviro Petersen on Sunday said his side will bounce back in the ongoing second Test against India in Kolkata.
Time to resume Indo-Pak cricket ties: Sohail
Former Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail has called for an early resumption of cricketing ties with India to repair the damaged relations between the two countries after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
PCB gags Yousuf and Malik
Former captains Mohammad Yousuf and Shoaib Malik have been warned by the Pakistan Cricket Board to stop giving statements against each other in the media.
ICC pitch consultant inspects Kotla wicket
ICC's chief pitch consultant Andy Atkinson on Sunday inspected the Feroze Shah Kotla pitch, which was banned for one year from hosting international matches after the abandoned India-Sri Lanka game in Delhi last year.
Our bowlers showed tremendous resilience: Kirsten
India coach Gary Kirsten credited his bowlers for putting up a fine show and being resilient to end Day 1 on a high.
Latif launches Karachi T20 tourney
Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has launched a Twenty20 tournament in Karachi, claiming that it could soon pave the way for an Indian Premier League-style national event.
Ponting ton helps Australia clinch ODI series
Australia cruised to a 50-run victory over West Indies after skipper Ricky Ponting smashed his 29th ODI century in the fourth One Day International at the Gabba, Brisbane, on Sunday.
Afghanistan tops at World Twenty20 qualifier
Afghanistan will head to the West Indies for the ICC World Twenty20 2010 as the top qualifier and will now look forward to playing India in St Lucia and South Africa in Barbados in the big event, which runs from April 30 to May 16. They beat Ireland by eight wickets in the final of the qualifying tournament.
Follow, discuss the India-South Africa second Test
Their number one ranking under threat, India cannot settle for anything less than a win as they go into the second and final Test against South Africa at the Eden gardens today. Can India bounce back and square the series? India Abroad's Harish Kotian is at the ground posting updates as they happen. Follow what's the latest from the Test on Harish's MyPage!
Zaheer, Harbhajan lead India's fightback
When play was called off early due to bad light, on Day 1 of the second Test, South Africa were tottering at 266 for 9, after being well-placed on 228 for 2 at tea.
February 13, 2010Kolkata preview: India desperate for a win
Their number one ranking under threat, India cannot settle for anything less than a win when they go into Sunday's final cricket Test against South Africa who received a big boost with their captain Graeme Smith being declared fit.
Smith shows the way, ready to play with pain
As a leader, you are expected to lead from the front and set a benchmark and that is what exactly South Africa captain Graeme Smith intends to do.
IPL III moved out of Hyderabad
The third edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will have no matches at Hyderabad.
Captain Dhoni unhappy with Eden wicket
It is the Eden Gardens pitch that seems to be giving the Indian team more headaches than their team line-up or the opposition.
IPL bans Jadeja for breaching guidelines
Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja will miss the third edition of the Indian Premier League after being banned for one year by the IPL governing council for breaching players guidelines.
February 12, 2010Tiwary banned after dressing room fury
Promising batsman Manoj Tiwary was slapped a one-match ban and fine after his dressing room fury in Bengal's Vijay Hazare Trophy (East Zone) match against Jharkhand. Tiwary was adjudged leg before for three before Bengal registered a seven-wicket win over Jharkhand in the one-day tournament. Orissa Cricket Association secretary Asirbad Behera said the right-hander was so angry with the lbw decision that he abused the umpires before going berserk in the dressing room.
Rain washes out Australia-Windies 3rd ODI
Rain dashed the West Indies' hopes of registering their first victory after two defeats, washing out the third One-Day International against Australia at the SCG on Friday. The tourists dismissed Australia for 225 but faced just one over in reply, scoring six without loss.
Vaughan asks ECB to stop opposing BCCI
Former captain Michael Vaughan on Friday lashed out at the "arrogant" England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for its stubborn resistance to the BCCI and advised them to "embrace" Champions League, calling the Twenty20 event as an "education" for the young British players.
High-flying South Africans unfazed by Eden pitch
It will take more than just preparing a turning track to stop the high-flying South Africans in the second and final Test in Kolkata, believes AB de Villiers.
Ryder to go under knife to repair abdominal injury
New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder will go under the knife next week to try and repair his abdominal injury, which has kept him out of game for five months.
Smith sustains finger injury ahead of Eden Test
South Africa captain Graeme Smith's participation in the second and final Test in Kolkata is in doubt after he injured his finger during training at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, on Friday. Smith was undergoing catching practice in the morning when he hurt his little finger on the left hand. He was immediately rushed to a local hospital.
Cricket gets Olympic nod, can bid for 2020 Games
Cricket was cleared to pursue its bid to be included in future Games after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) rubberstamped the sport's recognition on Thursday.
Pakistan keen to play cricket matches in US
After the cash-rich Indian Premier League, it is the Pakistan Cricket Board, which is now exploring the possibility of organising cricket matches for the national team in the United States.
Chauhan against ICC using 'suspension' word
Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) vice-president Chetan Chauhan is not amused at the way the ICC appeal's commissioner used the word 'suspension' while rejecting BCCI's plea against the Feroze Shah Kotla ban.
February 11, 2010Gary Kirsten in ICC Cricket Committee
India coach Gary Kirsten was named in the International Cricket Council's Cricket Committee as representative of national coaches. He replaces Mickey Aurthur, who recently resigned as South Africa coach.
Kiwis seal series whitewash over Bangladesh
A superb 91 by Martin Guptill guided New Zealand to a three-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the third One-Day International at the AMI stadium in Christchurch on Thursday. The victory, which gave the hosts a 3-0 series win, was, however, not as easy as in the first two ODIs, as the tourists, who put up 241 for 9 after being inserted in, were competitive right through.
We consulted ECB before finalising CL dates: Modi
Champions League commissioner Lalit Modi on Thursday dismissed allegations that the England and Wales Cricket Board was not consulted before finalising the dates of the T20 event and asked the ECB to tweak its county schedule.
Laxman declared fit for second SA Test
Experienced middle-order batsman Vangipurappu Laxman has been declared fit to play in the second and final Test against South Africa, starting on Sunday, India's chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth said.
Surrey in likely tie-up with IPL franchise: report
Surrey could become the second English county to tie up with an Indian Premier League franchise as Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders are reportedly keen to forge an alliance with them.
Police recover part of Lara's stolen valuables
Some of former West Indies captain Brian Lara's stolen cricketing memorabilia and other valuables worth $1 million have been recovered by the Trinidad police, which has arrested seven men in connection with the theft at his home in Port of Spain.
ECB requests Modi to rework CL T20 schedule
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has asked the organisers of Champions League Twenty20 to rework the event's schedule as a clash of dates with the domestic season in London could prevent the counties from playing in the cash-awash tournament.
AP CM writes to Pawar, promises safety during IPL
Assuring "all necessary support" for peaceful staging of IPL matches in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah on Wednesday urged former BCCI chief Sharad Pawar to convince the organisers of the Twenty20 event to stick to the tournament's original schedule.
February 10, 2010BCCI appeal rejected, Kotla ban upheld
The ICC rejected the BCCI's appeal to lift the one-year ban on Delhi's Ferozeshah Kotla ground, which was deemed 'unfit' after the recent India-Sri Lanka ODI was abandoned due to a dangerous pitch.
Gambhir still No 1, Bhajji slips in Test rankings
Indian opener Gautam Gambhir continued to top the rankings chart among Test batsmen despite a poor show in the first Test against South Africa, while off-spinner Harbhajan Singh dropped out of top 10 among bowlers in the ICC list released on Wednesday.
Disappointing end to Dhoni's unbeaten run
Mahendra Singh Dhoni had to endure his first Test defeat as captain against a team that had given him his first win as well -- South Africa.
Indian selectors need to have guts: Vengsarkar
India need to carefully groom replacements for their batting 'fab four' after suffering a crushing innings defeat by South Africa on Tuesday, former captain and chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar said.
'No instructions from BCCI on pitch preparation'
Eden Gardens pitch curator Prabir Mukherjee on Wednesday denied reports of being under pressure from the BCCI to prepare a turning track to help India level the two-match Test series against South Africa in Kolkata.
No IPL ties in Hyderabad upsets AP govt
The third edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) seems to be heading for some more serious trouble as Andhra Pradesh government has decided to use the home team Deccan Chargers to mount pressure on IPL organizers against moving the Twenty20 matches out of Hyderabad. State sports minister K Venkat Reddy has asked Deccan Chargers to pull out of IPL-3, starting next month if all the matches scheduled to be played in Hyderabad are not held in the city.
'This SA side is mentally better prepared'
It was an ad hoc appointment but one that simply worked to an advantage. Corrie van Zyl was named the interim coach of South Africa following the controversial resignation of Mickey Arthur last month.
'India's flat tracks don't worry pacers anymore'
The flat decks in India no longer worry pacers, said South Africa captain Graeme Smith as he attributed Dale Steyn's devastating form in the first cricket Test against India to a changed mindset of not letting conditions dictate bowling.
'You can fire me but selection was not an issue'
Rejecting suggestions that selection goof-ups led to India's humiliating defeat in the first Test against South Africa, chairman of selectors Kris Srikkanth on Monday said he is still ready to face the sack if held responsible for the debacle.
Watson, Haddin rested for third ODI against WI
The Australian national selectors on Wednesday rested wicket keeper Brad Haddin and all-rounder Shane Watson for the next two One-day matches against the West Indies, replacing them with Tim Paine and Adam Voges.
Students group asks Sena to go easy on Aus
Stopping Australian cricketers from playing in IPL is not the right way to protest violent attacks on Indians living Down Under, said the Federation of Indian Students Association (FISA), urging the Shiv Sena to withdraw its threat.
Chappell rejects Pakistan's coaching offer
Former India coach Greg Chappell has turned down an offer to take up the reins of Pakistan's embattled cricket team, saying that he does not intend to coach at the international level anymore.
One player ruining team spirit and unity: Yousuf
All the trouble in the Pakistan cricket team is just because of one player, senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf has claimed on Wednesday.
'IPL has helped teams to adjust better in India'
His impeccable record in all forms of the game defines his pedigree.
Hero Honda deny buying stake in King XI Punjab
Two-wheeler giants and IPL associate sponsors Hero Honda on Wednesday rubbished media reports, which claimed that they have bought stake in Indian Premier League franchise Kings XI Punjab.
February 09, 2010Bollinger helps Australia crush West Indies
Australia crushed West Indies by eight wickets in the second ODI in Adelaide on Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead in the five game series.
ECB opposes Warne-backed T20 competition: report
IPL team Rajasthan Royals' tie-up with Hampshire is likely to be opposed by England and Wales Cricket Board, which feels sanctioning such a competition may divert attention away from the re-launch of its own Twenty20 series.
PCB summons Afridi, Yousuf, Alam
Flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi will appear before a six-member inquiry committee on Friday to explain his ball-biting antic in Perth, while captain Mohammad Yousuf and coach Intikhab Alam would depose with their versions of the team's comprehensive rout in Australia.
'As a team, we want to win a Test series in India'
Graeme Smith credited his team for coming through the recent crisis - that witnessed coach Mickey Arthur resigning recently and coming through with a clinical performance to wrap up the first Test on Tuesday.
We were blown away by Steyn: Dhoni
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni admitted that Dale Steyn's lethal swing bowling effort was the principal reason for India's humiliating loss in the first Test on Tuesday.
Sreesanth, Raina in squad for Kolkata Test
Soon after India had suffered a humiliating innings and six runs defeat in the opening Test at Nagpur on Tuesday, the selection panel made changes in the squad for the second Test at Kolkata that weren't too convincing. The All-India Senior Selection Committee decided to include Dinesh Karthik, S Sreesanth and Suresh Raina in the squad at the expense of Wriddhiman Saha, Abhimanyu Mithun and Sudeep Tyagi.
Injury not caused by workload: Siddle
A back injury has sidelined Peter Siddle for five months but the Australian paceman insists that it has nothing do with excessive workload. Siddle has to undergo a three month rehabilitation before considering a return.
South Africa humiliate India at Nagpur
South Africa humiliated India by an innings and six runs to win the opening Test at the VCA stadium, in Nagpur, on Tuesday. Chasing 325 just to make the visitors bat again, the home team crashed to 319 all out in their second innings shortly before the scheduled close on the fourth day.
Follow, discuss Day 4 of the India-SA first Test
India are still 259 runs behind South Africa's imposing first innings of 558 for six declared, with Murali Vijay (27 not out) and Sachin Tendulkar (15 not out) at the crease.
Sreesanth fit and ready to return
Kerala pacer S Sreesanth, ruled out of the first Test against South Africa following a hamstring tear against Bangladesh in Chittagong last month, declared he is fully fit and ready to take on the Proteas.
February 08, 2010Playing in India an advantage for Royals: Warne
Indian Premier League's (IPL) return to India after being held in South Africa in its previous edition will be a huge advantage to Rajasthan Royals, believes skipper Shane Warne. Warne said doing well in the first three-four matches will be crucial in the overall context of the tournament.
Boucher doubtful to return for 1st Test
Mark Boucher's further participation in the ongoing first Test against India is doubtful due to back sprain but he is due to be fit in time for the second Test in Kolkata.
Pakistan looking for a foreign coach
Nearly 14 months after firing Australian coach Geoff Lawson, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is again looking for a foreign coach. PCB chairman Ejaz Butt on Monday confirmed on a television show that he is in talks with some foreign coaches.
'Pitching the ball up is a risk worth taking'
Dale Steyn, who picked a career-best figures of seven for 51 on Monday, said the reverse swing came to his aid and pitching the ball up paid rich dividends.
Hopefully we will draw the match: Sehwag
Opener Virender Sehwag believes India have good enough batsmen to save the first Test against South Africa in Nagpur. Following on, India were 66 for two, still trailing South Africa by 259 runs at close on day three.
Akmal, Butt dropped, Razzaq recalled for Eng T20
After their disastrous show in Australia, Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt were not included in a new-look team for two Twenty20 internationals against England later this month in Dubai.
I may never bowl again: Lee
His international career derailed by one injury breakdown after another, Australian pacer Brett Lee says he is unsure about his future and may never bowl again.
UAE refuses to lift ban on Asif
Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Asif won't be able to participate in the Twenty20 series against England in Dubai, as the UAE has refused to revoke a travel ban on him.
Tremendous Taylor seals series for New Zealand
Ross Taylor's blistering 78 off 52 balls gave New Zealand a five-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the second One-day International and an unassaible 2-0 lead in the three-match series, in Dunedin, on Monday.
Akram in PCB committee to probe Pak's Oz debacle
Former captain and fast bowling great Wasim Akram has been included in an inquiry committee constituted by the Pakistan Cricket Board to probe the team's disastrous performance in Australia.
India staring at innings defeat in Nagpur
Dale Steyn wrecked the Indian first innings with career-best figures of seven for 51 and South Africa took two second innings wickets to leave India staring at defeat at the end of the third day in the first Test at Nagpur on Monday.
Follow, discuss Day 3 of the India-SA first Test
India Abroad's Bikash Mohapatra is at the VCA stadium in Nagpur posting updates as they happen. Follow the latest on the Test on Bikash's MyPage!
Thackeray's stand on Aussies in IPL in 2-3 days
A day after Union Minister Sharad Pawar met Bal Thackeray requesting him to withdraw its threat against Australian cricketers' participation in Indian Premier League, Shiv Sena on Monday said it would take a final call on the issue in two-three days
February 07, 2010Pawar meets Thackeray over Aus players in IPL
NCP president and Union Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar met Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray on Sunday to discuss the Sena's opposition to inclusion of Pakistan and Australia players in the third edition of the IPL.
Statistical highlights: Ind vs SA, 1st Test, Day 2
Following are the statistical highlights of Day 2 of the first Test between India and South Aftica in Nagpur.
'There will be no repeat of Chennai at Nagpur'
Jacques Kallis's inability to convert hundreds into a double doesn't worry him too much.
Amla: A hallmark of fortitude and resilience
Hashim Amla gave us a glimpse of his resilience after scoring his maiden double hundred on Sunday, after having come in to bat in a tough situation.
Australia crush West Indies by 113 runs
Australia on Sunday crushed West Indies by 113 runs in the first One-day International at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
It's a big day for us tomorrow: Kirsten
Team India has had little going in its favour in the opening two days of the first Test at the VCA Stadium here in Nagpur.
Crowe named New Zealand's batting consultant
Former captain Martin Crowe has taken over as New Zealand's batting consultant, giving up his job as a cricket commentator to avoid conflict of interest.
Langeveldt added to SA ODI squad
Medium pacer Charl Langeveldt was on Sunday added to South Africa's One-day cricket squad for the upcoming three-match series against India.
Pak players avoid fans, media on return
Dodging irate fans and a quote-hungry media, the Pakistan cricket team returned home in the wee hours this morning after a disastrous tour of
Amla's double ton puts SA in control
Replying to South Africa's mammoth 558 for six, India were 25 for no loss at stumps on day two of the opening Test in Nagpur on Sunday.
Follow, discuss the India-South Africa first Test
Can Kallis and Amla carry on the fine showing on Day 2? India will need a couple of early wickets to restrict the South African total.
Tait gunning for Akhtar's fastest ball record
Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait said that his focus on short, sharp spells is the factor behind his speed and he is confident of pushing the radar gun further.
February 06, 2010Stats: India vs SA, 1st Test, Day 1
Statistical highlights on the first
'A difficult start but a fantastic recovery'
"On how many days do you see Harbhajan Singh ending with figures like this?" asked Kepler Wessels, a few minutes into his press conference on Saturday.
'We were forced to employ a semi-defensive field'
On a day when the visiting side dominates play, the captain of a home team is usually at a loss of words.
Blame game begins over shifting of Gwalior ODI
A war of words has started between the UPCA and the state administration over shifting of the second India-South Africa ODI from here to Gwalior with the two factions blaming each other for the fiasco.
Second SA-India ODI shifted to Gwalior
The venue for the second One-day International between India and South Africa on February 24 has been shifted to Gwalior from Kanpur, the Indian cricket board (BCCI) said.
Yusuf Pathan's double ton gives West Duleep Trophy
Yusuf Pathan scored an unbeaten 210 as West Zone beat South Zone by three wickets to win the Duleep Trophy in Hyderabad on Saturday. Chasing an improbable 536 for victory, West, who ended day four on 379 for 6, finished with 541.
Nagpur Test: Kallis, Amla put SA in command
A magnificent 159 by the ever reliable Jacques Kallis, an equally well-made 115 by Hashim Amla and their unbroken 285-run partnership for the third wicket helped South Africa to a commanding position against India on the first day of the opening Test at Nagpur on Saturday.
Follow, discuss the India-South Africa first Test
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February 05, 2010Pathak, Yusuf lead West fightback in Duleep final
Gritty batting by Chirag Pathak (130) and Yousuf Pathan (84 not out) on Friday brought West Zone back into the game as their Duleep Trophy final against South Zone is heading for an exciting finish.
Oram helps New Zealand crush Bangladesh
A superb all-round display from Jacob Oram helped New Zealand crush Bangladesh by 146-runs in the opening One-day International at Napier on Friday.
Two years on, Dhoni still remains undefeated
This saga of an Indian captain began in a Test against a visiting South African side.
Bowling to Sehwag is a big challenge: Steyn
He was ripped apart by Virender Sehwag and company in the opening Test in Chennai. Despite polishing the tail to finish with four wickets he largely struggled on a flat wicket.
Australia beat Pakistan in the MCG thriller
Shaun Tait fiery spell ensured Australia complete the clean sweep, as the hosts beat Pakistan by two runs in the one-off Twenty20 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.
'This tour will be judged by result, not ranking'
They came, they saw but they just failed to conquer. South Africa last trip to India (2008) reached a peak -- with a resounding win in the second Test at Ahmedabad -- and hit a trough in the next Test at Kanpur.
Don't blame Dhoni for the predictability
Attending a press conference featuring Mahindra Singh Dhoni is increasingly becoming a predictable affair. The answers of the Indian captain give a 'heard-this-somewhere-before' feeling. His explanations tread the oft-repeated path and you can judge in advance when Dhoni will hold back his response or give a guarded reply.
I want people to know reason for our loss: Waqar
Former captain Waqar Younis did not enjoy his coaching stint with the Pakistan team and said they were some non-cricketing reasons for the debacle in Australia.
There is a risk of an overkill of T20: founder
Use Twenty20 cricket as an appetiser before the start of a series but don't overdo it, warned the founder of the format Stuart Robertson.
Lee's future lies in ODIs: Nielsen
Australia coach Tim Nielsen said it would be a challenge for Brett Lee to make his comeback in Test cricket.
Threat to Oz players a shame for India: Morris
Rajasthan Royals chief executive Sean Morris on Thursday termed political threats to the Australian players participating in IPL III as a great "shame" for the country.
ICL claims to have High Court nod to sue ICC, ECB
The Indian Cricket League on Thursday claimed it has got the go-ahead from the Delhi High Court to file case against the ICC and ECB in London, seeking damages for ostracising the 'rebel' league.
'Patience is the key to getting wickets in India'
If his figures in the recent two-day game against the Board President's XI are an indicator, then Morne Morkel should excel with the ball and make life difficult for India in the upcoming series.
February 04, 2010Karthik ton puts South Zone in control
Rampaging Dinesh Karthik lit up third day's proceedings with his second century of the match to put South Zone in firm control of the Duleep Trophy final against West Zone in Hyderabad on Thursday.
ICL restrained from taking BCCI to UK courts
The defunct Indian Cricket League suffered a setback when the Delhi high court restrained the rebel Twenty20 venture from filing a suit seeking damages from the Board of Control for Cricket in India in British courts.
Rohit included as cover for injured Laxman
Mumbai batsman Rohit Sharma has been called up as cover for VVS Laxman for the first Test against South Africa, beginning in Nagpur on February 6. The stylish Hyderabadi batsman is yet to recover fully from the finger injury he suffered while fielding during the second Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong last month.
India's No 1 ranking under South Africa test
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side enters the series in number one position, leading Graeme Smith's side by four ratings points. But the home side will drop to second if the Proteas win the series 1-0 or better.
'Losing Dravid as massive as SA losing Kallis'
Proteas batsman AB de Villiers says Rahul Dravid's non-availability for the Test series is a big blow for India, though it is Virender Sehwag who is worrying the South African think-tank the most.
Afridi is a cheat, serial offender: Umpire Hair
Former Australian umpire Darrell Hair has labelled Shahid Afridi as a "cheat" after his ball-tampering act and is sure that the Pakistan all-rounder will be up to it again in the future. Hair also said the after his sensational debut century Afridi has not achieved much success and is just an overrated player.
Afridi's act brought bad name to Pakistan: Yousuf
Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf is baffled by team mate Shahid Afridi's ball tampering act in the fifth and final One-Day International against Australia in Perth. Afridi, who led Pakistan in the final one-dayer, was seen biting the ball and was later banned by the match referee for two Twenty20 matches on pleading guilty and apologising for his action.
Glenn McGrath finds love again
Glenn McGrath has found love again -- eighteen months after the tragic death of his wife Jane. According to the Daily Telegraph, the former Australia fast bowler has been dating a woman named Sara for about two months now.
PCB chief Butt defiant after call for resignation
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ejaz Butt resisted a call for his resignation on Wednesday during a parliamentary committee hearing into PCB affairs and the national team's poor performance on their tour to Australia. Head of the parliamentary committee Jamshed Dasti told media he has asked the 71-year-old Butt to resign and let Pakistan cricket move forward under a young leadership.
India safe for Aussies and vice versa: Brett Lee
Doing his bit to bring together two bitter nations, speedster Brett Lee said India is safe for the Australians and it is the same other way round. Lee's assurance comes at a time when the Australian cricketers are little apprehensive about playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL), fearing a backlash of the spate of attacks on the Indians in Victoria.
February 03, 2010Ganapathy claims five as South take huge lead
South Zone have an overall lead of 191 on Day 2 of the Duleep Trophy final after finishing with 400 in their first innings and dismissing West Zone for 251. They were 42 without loss in their second innings.
Gibson calls for West Indies unity
Harmony on and off the pitch is vital if West Indies cricket is to have a chance of reviving past glories, new head coach Ottis Gibson said on Wednesday.
South Africa's batsmen show good form
South Africa's top batsmen gave a good impression of themselves as the two-day match against Board President's XI ended in a draw in Nagpur on Wednesday. Having bowled out the local side for 318, Graeme Smith and his men did overwhelm the target, folding for 354, but not before leg-spinner Piyush Chawla (4/88) and offie R Ashwin (3/96) exposed the vulnerability of the Proteas, especially the middle and lower order, against turning deliveries.
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New Zealand hand Bangladesh T20 drubbing
New Zealand thrashed Bangladesh by 10 wickets in the one-off Twenty20 match in Hamilton on Wednesday.
Aussies asked to follow caution during IPL
Following a threat by extreme right wing political party Shiv Sena to prevent the Australians from playing in Mumbai, Australian cricketers will be asked to follow stringent security measures during this year's Indian Premier League.
India confident Kirsten will stay on as coach
India is confident that Gary Kirsten will stay on as coach for another year despite speculation that the former South African opener will succeed Mickey Arthur in the role in his native country. Arthur resigned and the entire selection panel were sacked last week following the drawn series with England, while Kirsten's current two-year contract comes up for extension in March.
Ball tampering exists but I have not seen it: Tait
He has never seen it for himself but Australian pacer Shaun Tait says there is no denying that all teams indulge in ball tampering. Backing Shahid Afridi's claim that all teams tamper with the ball, Tait said though he is yet to see it himself, there is little doubt that such cheating tactics are not new in international cricket.
Back injury forces Siddle out
Australia pacer Peter Siddle was on Wednesday ruled out of the team's upcoming Test and one-day tour of New Zealand due to a stress fracture in his back. Australia team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said Siddle's injury was revealed in scan conducted after the five-match One-Day International series against Pakistan last week.
Turned down by Tendulkar, Middlesex eye Yuvraj
After senior Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar turned down their offer, English county club Middlesex are now trying to sign his explosive team mate Yuvraj Singh for the domestic Twenty20 Cup later this year.
Watson, Bollinger return for West Indies ODIs
Star all-rounder Shane Watson and pacer Doug Bollinger on Wednesday returned to Australia's 13-member squad after a brief break for the first two One-Day Internationals of a five-match series against the West Indies starting on February 7.
All teams tamper with ball: Imran, Rameez
Shahid Afridi is not the only one who thinks that all teams tamper with the ball. Pakistan's World Cup winning former captain Imran Khan and another ex-skipper Rameez Raja also feel the same.
Gibson takes over as West Indies coach
England fast bowling coach Ottis Gibson took charge of his native West Indies on Tuesday. Former paceman Gibson, who played two Tests and 15 One-Day Internationals for the Caribbean team, will take charge of the squad for the limited-overs matches against Zimbabwe which start with a Twenty20 in Trinidad on February 28.
February 02, 2010Karthik revives South with unbeaten ton
Skipper Dinesh Karthik led from the front a with an unbeaten 161 to lift South Zone to an impressive 356 for six against West Zone on the opening day of the Duleep Trophy final in Hyderabad on Tuesday.
Chronology of ball tampering controversies
A look at some high-profile ball tampering cases in the wake of Shahid Afridi biting at the ball to alter its condition.
Nayar, Dhawan star against SA in practice match
South African pacers blew away the top half before Abhishek Nayar (100) and Shikhar Dhawan (70) resuscitated Board President's XI with a 181-run seventh wicket stand on the opening day of the two-day practice match in Nagpur on Tuesday.
'We can beat anyone if we play to our ability'
Harbhajan Singh on Tuesday said India has the resources to cope with the absence of Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh and S Sreesanth and the potential to beat South Africa in the forthcoming Test series.
Bedi questions worth of two-Test series vs SA
Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi has questioned the efficacy of a two-Test series against South Africa, saying Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men should have played at least one more match in the rubber.
'Team India struggling to find a quality spinner'
Stylish middle order batsman VVS Laxman is worried with India's dwindling spin resource and doesn't see a quality tweaker in the horizon.
Infighting rampant within Pakistan team: Sources
Shocking instances of bickering and in-fighting surfaced to suggest that Pakistan's rout in New Zealand and Australia were partly because of the enemy within.
Afridi is lucky to escape with mild fine: Inzamam
Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq lashed out at Shahid Afridi and said the all-rounder was extremely fortunate to have escaped with just a two-match ban after the ball-tampering episode in Perth.
Gibson appointed West Indies coach
Former right-arm pacer Ottis Gibson will take over as West Indies coach for the home series against Zimbabwe starting with the Twenty20 match on February 28 in Port of Spain.
Nannes rubbishes Afridi's ball-tampering claims
Pacer Dirk Nannes on Tuesday rubbished Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi's allegation that all teams indulge in ball-tampering and said bowlers can achieve success without twisting laws.
No IPL matches in Nagpur
Nagpur might have become a regular centre for hosting international matches but the newly built Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) stadium in Jamtha is not scheduled to host any of the matches of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) in March-April.
Rules are changing, allow ball tampering: Afridi
A day after he was caught on camera biting the ball, Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to legalise ball tampering.
February 01, 2010India favourite but we are eyeing No 1 tag: Smith
India will start the forthcoming Test series as favourites but South Africa is good enough to dethrone them and regain the world number one tag, visiting captain Graeme Smith said in Nagpur on Monday.
Afridi's action cost Pakistan dearly: Ponting
Taking a potshot at Shahid Afridi for tampering with the ball during the fifth ODI here, Australian skipper Ricky Ponting said the Pakistani all-rounder's action ended up costing his side a rare victory on what has been a nightmarish tour for the visitors.
No Decision Review for India-SA Tests
The controversial Decision Review System will not be in use for the India-South Africa Test series, commencing February 6 in Nagpur.
SA hope to start Indian tour on high
Aiming to reclaim their numero uno status in the ICC Test ranking, South Africa will start their tour of India when they take on Board President's XI in a two-day practice match commencing in Nagpur on Tuesday.
I tried to smell the ball: Afridi
Soon after he was charged for ball tampering during the fifth One-dayer against Australia, Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi said all he was trying to do was to smell the ball while coach Intikhab Alam wondered why he was acting "like eating an apple".
No rift between Sehwag and Dhoni: Harbhajan
Star spinner Harbhajan Singh rubbished reports that India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his deputy Virender Sehwag had a tiff over Amit Mishra's exclusion from the Mirpur Test against Bangladesh.
John Howard interviewed for ICC VP's post
Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard appeared for an interview for ICC vice-president's job which will be left vacant after India's Sharad Pawar takes charge as chief of the cricket governing body in June, according to a report.
IPL should share security plan with us: ACA
Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) on Monday asked Indian Premier League (IPL) authorities to show "common sense" and share the security plans with it so that it can advice players on their participation in the IPL III next month.
Pakistan face inquiry after debacle in Australia
Amid talks of drastic changes in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as well as in the national side after the disastrous tour of Australia, Federal Sports Minister Ejaz Hussain Jakhrani on Monday said he has asked PCB for an inquiry report on the "shameful" performance of the team in Australia.
Australia includes new faces in T20 squad
Australia on Monday named a 13-man squad for the lone Twenty20 International against Pakistan in Melbourne on Friday, drafting specialist players for the shortest format, including two new faces, in view of the T20 World Cup in the West Indies in May. The National Selection Panel (NSP) picked a radically different outfit from the one-day squad.
Hussey replaces Dhoni as number-one ODI batsman
Australian middle-order batsman Michael Hussey on Monday dethroned India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni from the top spot in the International Cricket Council's Batting Rankings. Hussey, whose 46-ball 40 was instrumental in Australia's win in the fifth and final ODI against Pakistan in Perth on Sunday, has 825 rating points, three more than Dhoni who also had a good show in the recent tri-series in Bangladesh.
I will not repeat "the mad thing", says Afridi
A repentant Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi tendered an unconditional apology to the country and the cricket world after being penalised by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for ball tampering, saying he would not repeat the "mad thing" again in future.
Malik to lead Pakistan in T20 against Australia
Beneficiary of the ball-biting episode that earned Shahid Afridi a two-match ban, former captain Shoaib Malik will lead Pakistan in Friday's one-off Twenty20 International against Australia in Melbourne.