March 31, 2011Wankhede pitch looks different, says Mahela
The Wankhede stadium track for Saturday's all-Asian World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka appears totally different from the one on which his team played New Zealand earlier in the tournament, says Sri Lanka's senior batsman Mahela Jayawardene.
Southee may replace Bollinger in CSK squad
Sources say that since Australia's Doug Bollinger could be unavailable for the cash-rich IPL-4, CSK wants the New Zealand fast bowler as his replacement.
Support Sachin's crusade against cancer in kids
Log on to www.indiacancer.org and make a nominal contribution of Rs 100 to support a campaign by the ace batsman and Dr P Jagannath, chairman of the Oncology department at Lilavati hospital in Mumbai, and one of the country's best cancer surgeons.
Taufel, Dar to officiate India-SL World Cup final
New Zealand's Jeff Crowe has been named the match referee, with England's Ian Gould and Steve Davis of Australia the third and fourth umpires respectively.
Stats: Tendulkar amasses 400 runs this WC
# Sachin Tendulkar has become the first Indian batsman to amass 400 runs in the 2011 World Cup -- 464 at an average of 58.00 including two hundreds and two fifties in eight games.
Vaas, Randiv likely to return for WC final!
Spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan and all-rounder Angelo Mathews are doubtful for the World Cup final against India, prompting the Sri Lankan team management to call in Chaminda Vaas and Suraj Randiv as standbys for the the April 2 clash in Mumbai.
Ex cricketers place India as favourites in final
A day after India vanquished Pakistan in an emotionally-charged World Cup semi-final, top yesteryear cricketers exuded confidence that the Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men would end the 28-year-old jinx to lift the coveted trophy on April 2 in Mumbai.
Fixing charges levelled against Pak cricket team
A petition has been filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) against the Pakistan cricket team on charges of match-fixing in the ICC World Cup 2011 semi-final match against India.
Not one of Sachin's best innings: Gavaskar
Former captain Sunil Gavaskar has praised Sachin Tendulkar for hanging on to anchor the Indian innings to a challenging total though he might not have played one of his best innings in the high-voltage World Cup semi-final clash against Pakistan at Mohali.
Excited to play final in Mumbai: Harbhajan
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is excited that India are playing in Mumbai in the World Cup final on Saturday as the city has become his second home after basing there for three years as a Mumbai Indians player.
'It has been a privilege to be with this team'
He has been a quiet backroom man monitoring things meticulously and no wonder that's the precise reason why every Indian player wants Gary Kirsten to remain the coach of the national team.
We misread the Mohali wicket: Dhoni
And long after the match got over -- with India beating Pakistan by 29 runs to book a berth in the final against Sri Lanka -- MS Dhoni did admit that he misread the pitch.
March 30, 2011India ease past Pak into World Cup final
India scored a comfortable 29-run victory over Pakistan in Mohali on Wednesday to set up a meeting with Sri Lanka in the final of the World Cup.
DRS to Tendulkar's rescue
Sachin Tendulkar benefited from the review system he has consistently opposed while his opening partner Virender Sehwag, a huge admirer of the DRS, did not, in the World Cup semi-final against Pakistan at Mohali on Wednesday.
Sehwag, Dhoni complete 1,000 ODI runs vs Pakistan
Indian opener Virender Sehwag and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday completed their 1,000 runs against Pakistan in One-day Internationals during the high-octane second semi-final of the World Cup.
ICC apologises for insult to tri-colour
ICC on Wednesday apologised to India for insult to the tri-colour at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium in Mohali.
Pattinson gets Australia call for Bangladesh tour
Fast bowler James Pattinson looks set to make his international debut after being included in the Australia squad for next month's tour of Bangladesh on Wednesday.
Vettori quits T20 cricket
Daniel Vettoti has called it a day from Twenty20 cricket after New Zealand's ouster from the semi-finals of the ongoing World Cup but said he is yet to make up his mind on his ODI future.
Clarke named Australia skipper
Michael Clarke, long the heir apparent to Ricky Ponting, finally assumed the throne when he was named Australia's 43rd Test captain on Wednesday, a day after his mentor quit the post.
Miandad recommends music therapy for Pakistan team
Shahid Afridi's men should use "music therapy" to calm their nerves before Pakistan face India in Wednesday's high-pressure World Cup semi-final, former captain Javed Miandad suggested.
India shuts down for India-Pakistan showdown
India's billion-strong population will be calling in sick to work, shutting shops early and even cancelling doctor's appointments to make sure they watch Wednesday's much-hyped World Cup semi-final match against arch rivals Pakistan.
ICC allows news channels access to Ind-Pak match
The ICC on Tuesday agreed to allow Indian TV channels to attend the high-voltage World Cup semi-finals between India and Pakistan following a request from Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni.
March 29, 2011Sri Lanka overcome Kiwi zeal to enter final
Sri Lanka self-tested its fragile middle order ahead of the big match, as they stuttered to a five wicket win against New Zealand in Colombo.
Model Poonam Pandey to bare all if India wins WC
After Paraguay model Larissa Riquelme, who promised to run naked through the streets if Paraguay won the football World Cup, an Indian model plans to do something alike if India beats Pakistan and goes on to win cricket's showpiece event.
Murali gets wicket with last ball in Lanka
Muttiah Muralitharan took a wicket with his final ball on home soil as Sri Lanka took control of the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand. The Kiwis could put up only 217 from 48.5 overs.
Dhoni refuses to equate Mohali SF with T20 final
India's captain says he doesn't remember how he felt before the T20 World Cup final against Pakistan in 2007.
Kirsten South Africa's next coach?
The possibility of Gary Kirsten being appointed as Coorie van Zyl's successor gained momentum after Cricket South Africa chief executive Gerald Majola stated that some of the possible candidates it wants to consider are still involved in the World Cup.
Unprecedented security cover for Indo-Pak WC match
Unprecedented security cover was thrown in and around the Punjab Cricket Association stadium in Mohali on ahead of Wednesday's high-profile World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan, which will be witnessed by the Prime Ministers of both the countries.
Ponting steps down as Australia captain
Ricky Ponting, the most successful captain in Test cricket, stepped down as Australia skipper on Tuesday but will continue as a batsman with the team.
March 28, 2011ICC bars electronic media from coverage of WC
The ICC on Monday barred electronic media from covering the remaining matches of the World Cup for breaching the media guidelines.
Bridgestone is Mumbai Indians co-sponsor
Members of franchise team, owned by Reliance Industries, will display the Bridgestone logo, which highlights the slogan 'Your journey, Our passion', on the non-leading arms of their shirts.
Mohali becomes a garrison
With security arrangements around the PCA stadium in Mohali, ahead of the much-awaited India-Pakistan World Cup semi-final, the place resembles a military outpost.
Muralitharan fights fitness battle before semis
Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan faces a battle against time to get fit for Tuesday's World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.
A strategy to win the World Cup
Colonel Anil Athale (retd) lists a few military tactics that may help team India win the World Cup.
Mortaza recalled for Aus ODI series
Bangladesh rang the changes in a 14-man squad named on Sunday for next month's one-day series against Australia following their disappointing World Cup campaign.
Pak minister warns cricketers against match-fixing
Ahead of their crucial World Cup semi-final against India, Pakitani cricketers have been warned not to indulge in any match-fixing by Interior Minister Rehman Malik who said he was keeping a 'close watch' on their activities.
Ponting has three days to take call on future
Embattled Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has three days to decide his future as selectors get set to announce the ODI team for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh.
Vaughan believes Strauss could quit ODIs
England cricket captain Andrew Strauss is set to quit one-day cricket in the wake of the team's quarter-final exit from the World Cup, ex-skipper Michael Vaughan has claimed.
CA angered over Oz cricketers' demand for pay hike
They may have flopped at the World Cup but that has not stopped Australian cricketers from asking for an 80 million dollar increase in their payment deals prompting their irate Board to snap negotiations.
Youth held for selling Ind-Pak match tkts in black
Cricket fever reached its peak on Sunday as scores of fans lined up outside the PCA stadium hoping to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars while some searched desperately for non-existent tickets for the high-voltage semi-final between India and Pakistan in Mohali on Sunday.
'We should make Pakistan bleed in the semi-final'
The cricketing fraternity, including players who could not make it to the World Cup squad, on Sunday extended their best wishes to the Indian team ahead of their high-voltage semi-final clash against Pakistan on March 30.
March 27, 2011Pressure will be more on India: Ramiz
Former Pakistan captain, Ramiz Raja, has backed the national team to put up a spirited fight in the World Cup semi-final against India in Mohali on Wednesday.
Taufel, Gould to officiate in Ind-Pak semis
Australian Simon Taufel, a winner of five consecutive ICC Umpire of the Year awards, and England's Ian Gould were on Sunday appointed as the on-field officials for the high-voltage India-Pakistan World Cup semi-final here on Wednesday.
Lawson predicts Pak-NZ final
Impressed with their consistent showings in the tournament so far, former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson on Sunday backed Shahid Afridi and his men to emerge winners in the much-anticipated World Cup semi-final against India.
March 26, 2011SL cruise into semis on Dilshan, Tharanga hundreds
Openers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga hit superb centuries as Sri Lanka humiliated England by 10 wickets in a one-sided quarter-final of the World Cup in Colombo on Saturday.
'It was always about getting past Kallis and De Vi
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori lauded his team for fighting it out on the field despite being on the back foot for most of the World Cup quarter-final.
Catches win matches... Oram explains how!
Jacob Oram's effort at deep midwicket to get rid off a well-settled Jacques Kallis in the World Cup quarter-final is the latest addition to the brilliant catches category in cricket's flagship event.
March 25, 2011Sania, Shoaib at 'war' over India-Pak clash
The much-awaited clash of the neighbours seems to have caught the couple in a battle of loyalty, with Indian tennis diva Sania coming out strongly in support of her nation, and hubby Shoaib cheering for Pakistan on social networking site Twitter.
New Zealand stun SA for semis berth
Chasing a modest 222 for victory, South Africa collapsed from 108 for 2 to 172 all out in 43.2 overs in the third quarter-final of the World Cup.
March 24, 2011Adil Rashid to replace Yardy
The International Cricket Council approved Adil Rashid as a replacement player for Michael Yardy in England's squad in the ongoing World Cup. Yardy quit the tournament, citing depression, following which the English team management asked for a replacement.
Tendulkar tops 18,000 ODI runs
Playing his 451st ODI, Tendulkar reached the milestone with a single off Australia fast bowler Brett Lee in the 14th over of India's run chase, in the World Cup quarter-final, at the Sardar Patel stadium in Motera.
India dump defending champs Aus out of World Cup
Fifties from Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh propelled India to a five-wkt victory in the second quarter-final and set up a meeting with Pakistan in the semis.
England's Yardy quits World Cup with depression
All-rounder Michael Yardy has been withdrawn from England's World Cup squad because of depression, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Thursday.
IPL teams kick off online ticket sales
At a time when cricket fans are praying for India to win the ongoing World Cup, IPL franchise owners are busy finalising plans to sell tickets for the season four of IPL that kicks off from April 8.
WC: Home minister warns of terror threat at final
Union home minister, P Chidambaram, is a worried man. He has to ensure that the Wankhede Stadium is fully secured so that the final of the cricket World Cup passes off peacefully and no terrorist is allowed inside the stadium.
March 23, 2011Murali cloud over Lanka ahead of quarters
Going into the quarter-final match against the erratic England, Sri Lanka have their own set of problems in both the batting and bowling departments.
We haven't played very well: Prior
Though England have fought brilliantly in the World Cup so far, they haven't played very well, the team's wicketkeeper and makeshift opener Matt Prior said in Colombo ahead of the quarter-final match up with Sri Lanka on Saturday.
Lorgat refutes fixing allegations
International Cricket Council (ICC) CEO Haroon Lorgat on Wednesday rubbished reports that the World Cup round-robin match between Australia and Zimbabwe was under investigation for match-fixing and described the claims as 'fictional'.
Pakistan rout Windies to enter semis
Pakistan scored an empathic 10-wicket win over the West Indies in the first quarter-final of the World Cup, reaching a target of 113 without losing a wicket and a whopping 175 balls to spare.
Sehwag doubtful for Australia clash
Uncertainty remained on the availability of dashing opener Virender Sehwag for India's make-or-break World Cup quarter-final match against defending champions Australia in Ahmedabad, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Wednesday.
Imran, Miandad warn Pak against taking WI lightly
Former Pakistan captains Imran Khan and Javed Miandad on Tuesday warned the national team players not to underestimate the West Indies in the quarter-final of the cricket World Cup to be played in Mirpur on Wednesday.
Ponting shares his views on Tendulkar walking
Australian captain Ricky Ponting on Tuesday said Sachin Tendulkar would not have walked back to the pavillion had he known that the umpire had ruled him not out in India's World Cup league match against the West Indies on Sunday.
'CA backs Ponting to continue beyond World Cup'
Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has got high-level support to retain the captaincy beyond the World Cup amid speculation that he could be fired in the next fortnight on the ground of form slump and disciplinary issues.
Jacques Kallis: What matters now are runs and wkts
South Africa, says Jacques Kallis, learnt as much from the defeat to England as they did in the victory over India.
India start as favourites in quarters: Kumble
Asserting that the current Australian team was not as strong as the one he had encountered in the 2003 World Cup final, former skipper Anil Kumble on Tuesday said that India started as favourites for Thursday's quarter-final match against the defending champions.
March 22, 2011Du Plessis displays skills in the home of spin
Faf du Plessis, who was forced to abandon a career with Lancashire after changes to English immigration laws, is relishing an opportunity to showcase his prowess at the World Cup.
Ponting's reign as captain could end soon
Ricky Ponting's nine-year reign as Australian captain could be over soon as he is likely to face tough resistance from board officials to retain his job for next month's tour of Bangladesh. Australia head into the quarter-finals against a formidable Indian side on Thursday even as Ponting grapples with indifferent form and it could be the final week for the 36-year-old as captain.
March 21, 2011'Struggling' Aussies' WC prospects bleak: Roebuck
Noted cricket columnist Peter Roebuck reckons that Australia's prospects at the World Cup are bleak after the Ricky Ponting-led team finished third in its qualifying group.
ICC announces referees, umpires for WC quarters
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced official appointments for the quarter-final stage of the Cricket World Cup 2011.
'The delivery to Tendulkar was best of my career'
West Indian pacer Ravi Rampaul said the ball with which he dismissed Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar in their World Cup match was the 'best' of his fledgling career so far.
'We must take wickets to win in these conditions'
India's 80-run win over West Indies in their final Group B match of the ICC World Cup at the MA Chidambaram stadium on Sunday not only booked them a quarter-final date with three-time defending champions Australia but also ensured they go into that game on a winning note.
Cricket World Cup quarter-final line-up
The quarter-final line-up has been drawn, following India's 80-run victory over the West Indies on Sunday. Here is the line-up for the 2011 World Cup quarter-finals that commence on Wednesday.
March 20, 2011India brush aside Windies, meet Aus in QF
Another all-round show by Yuvraj Singh helped India thrash the West Indies by 80 runs in their final Group B match of the World Cup. Chasing 269 for victory, the West Indies could only amass 188 from 43 overs.
Zimbabwe prove too good for Kenya
Kenya wilted under the pressure of chasing a huge total as the Zimbabwe spinners skittled them for just 147 runs to hand them a thumping 161-run loss in their final World Cup Group A match on Sunday.
March 19, 2011Kamande's 'Gunnzie' comment stumps media
Kenyan captain Jimmy Kamande on Saturday described their veteran batsman Steve Tikolo as 'gunnzie', something that was misinterpreted as Gandhi in the media.
Chanderpaul may return for match against India
West Indies are planning to draft in senior batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul to prop up their fragile batting order in Sunday's World Cup Group B match against India.
Bedi rubbishes talk of match-fixing
Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi rubbished talk of some matches being fixed at the ongoing cricket World Cup, saying every team is doing its best to win.
Clinical Pak snap Australia's unbeaten run
Pakistan turned up their class and thumped Australia by four wickets, ending the defending champions' unbeaten World Cup run stretching 12 years, four tournaments and four continents.
Sammy laments Windies letting 'key moments slip'
West Indies captain Darren Sammy expressed hope that his team would seize the opportunities that come their way in the final World Cup Group B match against India.
B'desh defeat ensures passage for Group B big 3
South Africa did Group B rivals India, England and West Indies a big favour by securing all three teams a place in the Cricket World Cup quarter-finals after beating Bangladesh by 206 runs on Saturday.
First Look: Pitch for India-Windies game covered
A tent covering the pitch for the World Cup Group B game between India and the West Indies. That was a surprising sight at the M A Chidambaram stadium on Saturday morning.
South Africa end Bangladesh's Cup dreams
Bangladesh's slender hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup they are co-hosting were crushed mercilessly by South Africa on Saturday with a 206-run Group B defeat.
Inconsistent batting cost us QF berth: Porterfield
After wrapping up their World Cup campaign on an impressive note, Ireland captain William Porterfield on Friday said that inconsistent performances with the bat stood in between his team and a quarterfinal berth.
Storm threat to big Bangladesh v South Africa game
Local forecasters predicted rain and thunderstorms in the capital on Saturday when Bangladesh met South Africa in their must-win World Cup Group B match at Shere Bangla National Stadium.
March 18, 2011S African-born Dernbach gets England call
Jade Dernbach, a little-known South African-born bowler, will replace the injured Ajmal Shahzad in England's World Cup squad, the International Cricket Council said on Friday after giving its approval.
SL trounce Kiwis, go to top of group
Off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan ignored a hamstring problem as he propelled Sri Lanka to a thumping 112-run victory over New Zealand in their final Group A match at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday.
NZ, Lanka in a 'catch' controversy
A controversial decision by the third umpire surrounding a 'catch' of Mahela Jayawardene by Nathan McCullum triggered an angry stand-off between New Zealand and Sri Lankan players in their World Cup Group 'A' fixture at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Friday.
Aus brace for Pakistan's 'unpredictability'
Australia captain Ricky Ponting asked his bowlers to prepare for a tough outing in their Group B encounter on Saturday, saying an 'unpredictable' Pakistan could give his side the first real test in the World Cup.
Stirling ton takes Irish past Dutch in run-feast
All-rounder Paul Stirling cracked a 72-ball 101 as Ireland completed their World Cup campaign on a winning note despite their group stage exit with a six-wicket win over Netherlands on Friday.
Ireland's Dockrell dislocates shoulder
Ireland suffered a big jolt in their concluding match of the cricket World Cup when their leading spinner George Dockrell dislocated his shoulder while fielding against the Netherlands in Kolkata on Friday.
BCCI slams reports of Srikkanth-Dhoni feud
The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) on Friday rubbished reports that Chairman of selector K Srikkanth and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni were involved in a heated debate over team selection during a meeting in Chennai.
Anil Kumble: Ashwin should play against Windies
Former India captain Anil Kumble says India should ideally go with Zaheer, Munaf, Harbhajan and Ashwin for the crucial World Cup match in Chennai on Sunday.
March 17, 2011England beat Windies to stay in QF race
England edged past the West Indies by 18 runs in their final Group B match at the M A Chidambaram stadium in Chennai on Thursday to keep their hopes of a place in the knock-out stage of the World Cup alive.
Sehwag fit to play against West Indies
A major concern for the Indian team was averted when Virender Sehwag was declared fit to play in the final Group B game against West Indies in Chennai on Sunday.
Lord's, now home to first ever stadium wedding
Neil Nicholson and Kelli Fish will become the first couple to marry at Lord's this August.
2011 IPL-4 revised schedule
Changes have been made in the original schedule of the 2011 IPL-4 because of the assembly elections in the states of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry.
I'm here because of affection of my fans: Shoaib
With a moving farewell speech, Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar announced on Thursday that he will retire from international cricket after the World Cup.
Kochi team to play five IPL matches at home
The Kochi Tuskers Kerala (KTK) team is all set to play most of their Indian Premier League (IPL) matches of the fourth edition at their home venue, said the co-owners of the franchise.
Pakistan trio due in UK court over "spot-fixing"
Three Pakistan cricketers are due to appear in a London court on Thursday, accused of taking bribes to fix incidents during an international match in England last year.
March 16, 2011Watson-Haddin record as Aus extend unbeaten run
A record 183-run opening partnership between Shane Watson and Brad Haddin propelled Australia to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Canada in a Group A match of the World Cup in Bangalore on Wednesday.
Umpire Asoka de Silva axed from crucial WC games
Under-fire Sri Lankan umpire Asoka de Silva, who gave batsman Gary Wilson out lbw in Ireland's loss to the West Indies in Mohali, has been dropped from the panel officiating some key World Cup matches.
Strauss confident ahead of Windies do or die
Having lost seemingly innocuous contests to minnows Ireland and Bangladesh, and only managing a tie against India, the three-time finalists have to beat the West Indies at all costs in their final group game on Thursday. A loss will send Bangladesh to the last eight.
Aus will look for win over Canada before quarters
Champions Australia have already booked their quarter-final spot and will hope to iron out any creases in their form against Canada in a World Cup Group A match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday.
March 15, 2011Duminy anchors SA into last eight
JP Duminy agonisingly missed out on his first World Cup hundred by a run but his sparkling effort propelled South Africa into the quarter-finals with a crushing 131-run win over Ireland on Tuesday.
SA close in on India's ODI ranking after Cup win
Riding on the morale-boosting three-wicket victory over India, South Africa jumped two rating points to join the 1983 World champions on 118 points in the latest ICC team rankings.
Dravid in MCC side for four-day match vs Notts
Former India captain Rahul Dravid has been included in the MCC side that will take on County champions Nottinghamshire in Abu Dhabi.
Kings XI Punjab names final squad for IPL-IV
Kings XI Punjab named a 23-member final squad for the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament, from April 8 to May 28. The team will be captained by former Australia ace Adam Gilchrist, who led Deccan Chargers to the title in IPL-II in South Africa.
March 14, 2011Pakistan clinch quarter-final place
Asad Shafiq enjoyed a memorable World Cup debut as he stroked an unbeaten 78 on Monday to help Pakistan seal their place in the quarter-finals with a seven-wicket win over Zimbabwe in a rain-shortened match.
AB de Villiers doubtful for Ireland clash
Leading South African scorer AB de Villiers is a doubtful starter for Tuesday's group B World Cup fixture against Ireland due to a thigh muscle strain.
If we win the next match we'll qualify: Shakib
The job is only partially done and Bangladesh have no choice but keep winning to stay in the hunt for a berth in the quarter-finals of the World Cup, said skipper Shakib Al Hasan, after his team beat the Netherlands in Chittagong on Monday.
No takers for first tie at Eden Gardens
The historic Eden Gardens will finally get to host its first match in the ongoing World Cup but an empty stadium awaits the South Africa-Ireland tie on Tuesday, as there is little interest among the spectators.
Ganguly to play for MCC in Dubai Twenty20
Ignored by all ten IPL franchises at the players' auction a few months ago, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly will play in next month's Emirates Airline Twenty20 tournament in Dubai. Ganguly was included in a star-studded MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) side that will take part in the event, starting on April 1.
Indian team minus five players arrive in Chennai
The Indian cricket squad arrived in Chennai on Monday for Sunday's crucial group B match of the World Cup against the West Indies.
India's World Cup chances: what the stars foretell
Some eminent astrologers of the country have predicted that the chances of the team winning the coveted 50-overs Cup this time are good.
In-form South Africa see easy prey in Ireland
South Africa seem to possess just too many weapons for Tuesday's Group B match against an Irish team which look exhausted after pulling off the first upset of the World Cup.
Bangladesh stay in the hunt for last eight spot
Opener Imrul Kayes smashed an unbeaten 73 to help Bangladesh to a six-wicket win over Netherlands on Monday, boosting the co-hosts' chances of reaching the World Cup quarter-finals.
Jacques Kallis: To chase down 297 was fabulous!
If South Africa was able to restrict India to under 300, it was mainly due to the bowling of Dale Steyn, says Jacques Kallis.
March 13, 2011Kenya make Australia toil for victory
Defending champions Australia claimed a place in the last eight of the World Cup but were made to work hard by Kenya for a 60-run victory.
Pakistan to host first series in two years
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will host a team from the Punjab cricket Association in June for a limited-overs series as the country takes steps towards reviving international cricket on home soil following a two-year absence.
Kochi IPL to be renamed 'Kochi Tuskers Kerala'
The Kochi IPL team, which will be making its maiden appearance at the Indian Premier League this season, will henceforth be known as "Kochi Tuskers Kerala", sources said.
Brendon McCullum eases Kiwis into last 8
New Zealand booked their passage in the World Cup quarter-finals from Group A after Brendon McCullum set up a 97-run victory over Canada with a chanceless century at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.
Stats: Records galore in India vs SA tie
Statistical highlights of the Group B World Cup match between India and South Africa in Nagpur on Saturday.
March 12, 2011With 48th ODI ton, Tendulkar extends WC record
Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday extended his record of highest centuries in World Cup history by smashing his sixth hundred against South Africa in the mega event event in Nagpur.
SA's late charge hands India first defeat
Chasing 297, after India, powered by Sachin Tendulkar's 48th ODI century (111), were dismissed in 48.4 overs, South Africa were home with two balls to spare.
Swann fined for using abusive language
England spinner Graeme Swann has been fined 10 per cent of his match fee for using "obscene and offensive language" during his team's two-wicket loss to Bangladesh in a World Cup group match in Chittagong.
March 11, 2011Bangladesh tail upsets England
Bangladesh tail-enders Shafiul Islam and Mahmudullah became the toast of the nation on Friday after steering their team to a stunning two-wicket World Cup win over England.
'India vs SA not be-all-and-end-all of World Cup'
South Africa captain Graeme Smith played down the hype being attached to Saturday's World Cup match against India, saying he does not consider it more important than the others.
Umar suffers finger injury during practice
A finger injury kept Pakistan middle-order batsman Umar Akmal out of practice, a development which could affect his chances of replacing his brother Kamran behind the stumps against Zimbabwe in the World Cup league match in Pallekele on Monday.
Wankhede all set to host World Cup matches: Rajput
The revamped Wankhede Stadium, venue of the cricket World Cup's summit clash on April 2, is geared up and ready to host its first international encounter in more than three-and-a-half years, said Mumbai Cricket Association official Lalchand Rajput on Friday.
Dhoni hints at playing extra seamer vs SA
India captain M S Dhoni says the track at Nagpur could have something extra for the bowlers with the new ball.
Injured Vettori to miss NZ match against Canada
Captain Daniel Vettori will miss New Zealand's World Cup Group A tie against minnows Canada at the Wankhede Stadium on March 13 because of a knee injury. He hopes to be fit for the last league game against Sri Lanka at the same venue on March 18.
ACSU: Why DDCA official was in dressing room
Pradeep Agarwal, a member of the DDCA's sports working committee, was seen in the Indian dressing room, where only team members and officials are allowed.
Pollard, Smith power Windies to victory
The West Indies staved off a spirited challenge from Ireland for a 44-run win in a Group B match to inch closer to the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Friday.
Gayle likely to recover in time for England clash
Injuries continued to haunt the West Indies in the ongoing World Cup with explosive batsman Chris Gayle becoming the latest casualty after he missed their crucial group B match against Ireland in Mohali on Friday with an abdominal strain.
Kenya will rise again, vows Mishra
Beaten black and blue by their opponents in the ongoing World Cup, Kenya batsman Tanmay Mishra on Friday vowed that cricket in the country will rise again.
'Unfair to criticise Pak team after one defeat'
Pakistan cricket team manager Intikhab Alam said the criticism and ridicule heaped on the national team after their defeat to New Zealand in the World Cup was not fair.
Police detain 70 ahead of B'desh v England match
Police detained 70 suspected trouble-makers ahead of Bangladesh and England's World Cup Group B match on Friday at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
March 10, 2011Zimbabwe crushed under Dilshan, Tharanga tons
Tillakaratne Dilshan produced a superb all-round display with bat and ball to send Sri Lanka through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Thursday with a crushing 139-run win over Zimbabwe.
'Stop claiming IHF is FIH-recognised'
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has written a strongly-worded letter to the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF), asking it to stop claiming that it is an FIH-recognised body.
Storm may disrupt England-Bangladesh clash
England's World Cup showdown with Bangladesh on Friday could be disrupted by a huge tropical rain storm, forecasters say.
CL T20 prize-money awaiting regulatory approval
The Indian Premier League on Thursday said the prize-money for last year's Champions League Twenty20 tournament, held in South Africa, has not been disbursed yet because of the need for regulatory approvals by the treasury department.
Injured SA spinner Tahir may play against India
Leg spinner Imran Tahir will be available for South Africa's remaining World Cup matches even though he has been advised to rest his fractured thumb for 10 days, a team official said on Thursday.
Former Australia captains to review Ashes loss
Former Australia captains Allan Border, Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh will join a review panel charged with finding ways to make the national team more competitive following their humbling Ashes defeat to bitter rivals England.
ICC approves Tremlett as Broad's replacement
The International Cricket Council's Event Technical Committee has approved pacer Chris Tremlett as a replacement for the injured Stuart Broad in England's World Cup squad.
March 09, 2011India warns of militant attack on World cup
India has sounded an alert over a possible militant attack on the cricket World Cup, a government official said on Wednesday, but he added that there was no specific threat.
Tendulkar completes 2000 runs in World Cup
Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday added another feather in his cap when he became the first batsman to score 2,000 runs in the World Cup.
'Two players tested; Dilshan not one of them'
Sri Lanka vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene dismissed media reports that star batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan failed a dope test conducted during the ongoing World Cup.
Rusty India shake off plucky Dutch
India survived some anxious moments early before overcoming the Netherlands by five wickets in the World Cup Group B match at the Ferozeshah Kotla in Delhi on Wednesday.
Hussey has a big role to play in World Cup: Clarke
Describing Michael Hussey as a match winner, Australia vice-captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday said the left-handed batsman has a huge to role play in their World Cup title defence.
Tremlett to replace Broad in England squad
Fast bowler Chris Tremlett will replace the injured Stuart Broad in England's World Cup squad, the England and Wales Cricket Board told Reuters on Wednesday.
SA spinner Tahir fractures thumb
South African spinner Imran Tahir's participation in the high-profile World Cup match against co-hosts India hangs in the balance after he suffered a thumb fracture, Cricket South Africa said on Wednesday.
Vettori blow could return to haunt Kiwis
New Zealand's crushing of Pakistan in the World Cup Group A match came at the price of an injury to their captain Daniel Vettori. The Kiwis are hoping it does not prove costly as the tournament progresses.
FICA urges players to boycott CL T20
The Federation of International Cricketers' Association is urging players to stay away from this year's Champions League Twenty20, saying the tournament has 'little or no credibility' given that prize money from last year's edition has still not been paid.
VCA apologises to fans over WC ticket sale melee
The Vidarbha Cricket Association, host of the World Cup match between India and South Africa, apologised for the inconvenience caused to cricket fans during ticket sales on Tuesday.
March 08, 2011Imran asks Pakistan to get ready to play in India
Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan has asked the national team's World Cup skipper Shahid Afridi to get prepared to play its knockout stage matches in India.
Taylor-cut ton enables Kiwis trounce Pak
Birthday boy Ross Taylor rode his luck to good effect and scored a spectacular 131 not out as New Zealand registered a comprehensive 110-run win over Pakistan in the World Cup Group A encounter in Pallekele (Kandy) on Tuesday.
Hero Honda to sponsor Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians, finalists in last season's Indian Premier League, have a new sponsor in Hero Honda Motors Ltd, the world's largest two-wheeler manufacturer. The Mumbai players will sport the Hero Honda logo on the front of their jerseys in the fourth edition of the IPL.
India must play Nehra if he is fit: Dravid
Former India captain Rahul Dravid feels paceman Ashish Nehra should be a part of the team in the ongoing World Cup if he is fit as he has got the experience of bowling at the death.
Yuvraj to lead Pune Warriors in IPL 4
India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh will lead Pune Warriors in the fourth season of the Indian Premier League, starting April 8.
Side strain puts Broad out of World Cup
England fast bowler Stuart Broad was ruled out of the World Cup on Tuesday with a side strain.
Fans clash with police outside Nagpur stadium
Fans seeking tickets for India's cricket World Cup showdown with South Africa clashed with baton-wielding police on Tuesday.
Fans can bid to experience Warne's spin magic
For cricket fans who have dreamt of rubbing shoulders with Shane Warne, it is the opportunity of a lifetime as the Australian spin legend will bowl an over at the one who makes the highest bid during a charity match to raise funds for New Zealand's Earthquake victims.
Canada's Bagai hopes for a sparkling second-half
Monday's five-wicket win over Kenya is Canada's only second win in the World Cup history and captain Ashish Bagai said they will take heart from this victory for an improved show in their remaining matches of the mega-event against New Zealand and Australia.
Jacques Kallis: Many positives from England loss
England defending 170 against South Africa was, says Jacques Kallis, another tremendous and exciting game of cricket.
March 07, 2011ICC alters 2.5 metre rule for greater consistency
The ICC on Monday issued fresh guidelines to umpires for greater consistency in the 2.5 metre rule, the most controversial aspect of the Decision Review System (DRS) in the ongoing cricket World Cup in the sub-continent.
Irish cricketer's bats stolen
A sports kit containing six bats of Ireland cricket team member was found stolen after their World Cup Group B match against India in Bangalore, police said on Monday.
ICC approve Morgan as Pietersen's replacement
England batsman Eoin Morgan was approved as a replacement for Kevin Pietersen at the World Cup by the International Cricket Council on Monday.
WC: URDS goofs up, yet again!
The controversial Decision Referral System was in the focus again when TV umpire Bruce Oxenford upheld Billy Doctrove's leg-before-wicket decision against Steve Tikolo during the Kenya-Canada tie in New Delhi, although replays showed the batsman got an edge onto his pads.
Gambhir named KKR captain
India batsman Gautam Gambhir was on Monday named captain of Kolkata Knight Riders team for the Indian Premier League season four starting next month.
'DRS has improved correct decisions by 7 per cent'
Cricket's controversial Decision Review System (DRS) has improved correct umpiring verdicts by more than seven per cent in the World Cup, the game's governing body said on Monday.
Hope the openers will deliver the goods: Misbah
Pakistan has had a wonderful start to their 2011 World Cup captain -- winning their opening three matches, but their performance has been anything but flawless.
Nannes to join Aussies as standby player for WC
Australian chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch has said that Victorian Bushrangers fast bowler Dirk Nannes will join the squad as a standby player for the World Cup.
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Pietersen confirms: I'm out of the World Cup, IPL
England batsman Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the Cricket World Cup with a hernia operation which needs immediate attention, he said on Twitter on Monday.
March 06, 2011Yuvraj's fine all-round show douses Irish fire
Yuvraj Singh's superb all-round performance helped India outclass Ireland by five wickets in their third World Cup encounter at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, in Bangalore, on Sunday.
Yuvraj guides India to victory over Ireland
Yuvraj Singh hit an unbeaten half-century after he took five wickets with the ball to script India's five wicket victory over Ireland in Bangalore, on Sunday.
Mike Hussey to replace Bollinger
Victorian fast bowler Dirk Nannes will travel to India as a standby player to train with the Australian squad and be available in the event of injury to another fast bowler.
Our campaign is back on track: Strauss
England captain Andrew Strauss was a delighted man after his team defeated South Africa by six runs in a thrilling low-scoring World Cup encounter at the Chepauk on Sunday.
Lorgat's statements are ridiculous: GIbson
The West Indies team management on Sunday condemned the stone-pelting on their team bus by angry Bangladeshi fans and said ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat's description of the incident as minor was "ridiculous".
England win low-scoring thriller as SA choke
Defending a meagre 171-run total, England came up with a spirited bowling display to skittle out their opponents for 165 runs in 47.4 overs and snatch a spectacular win.
Govt may seek Lalit Modi's deportation
In further trouble for the sacked IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi, the government may seek his deportation to make him join the probe into the alleged violation of foreign exchange laws in the conduct of Twenty20 cricket tournaments.
Upset Bangla fans attack Shakib's house
Bangladesh fans have attacked captain Shakib Al Hasan's house, breaking a window following the team's resounding loss to the West Indies on Friday.
Pietersen to skip IPL for hernia surgery
England batsman Kevin Pietersen will skip the Indian Premier League to undergo a hernia operation after the ongoing World Cup in the sub-continent.
March 05, 2011I thought hosts play at home: Sangakkara
Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara on Saturday said he was surprised when he learnt that his side's last league fixture against New Zealand in the World Cup would be played in Mumbai and not at a home venue.
Australia's match-winning streak at WCup ends
Statistical highlights from the abandoned match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Colombo on Saturday.
Pietersen to have hernia operation after World Cup
England batsman Kevin Pietersen will have an operation on a hernia after the World Cup, the England Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement on Saturday.
Rain plays spoilsport in Aus-Lanka match
The crucial Group A match between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Premadasa on Saturday was abandoned because of rain in Colombo on Saturday.
ICC could scrap Champions Trophy
The International Cricket Council could consider doing away with the much-criticised Champions Trophy to maintain the World Cup's status as the "pinnacle" ODI event.
England game is history now, says Porterfield
For Ireland captain William Porterfield, the win against England is history and their only focus now is the game against India in Bangalore on Sunday.
I haven't seen a finish-line yet: Ponting
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has rubbished speculation that he would stand down from the One-day side after the 2011 World Cup, by saying that he is determined to steer Australian cricket through its most tumultuous period in two decades.
Many umpires suspect Murali's action: Hair
Controversial former umpire Darrell Hair has claimed that many of the current officials suspect Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan's action but do not want to call him in matches for the fear of creating a furore.
Sibanda replaces injured Williams in Zim squad
Batsman Vusi Sibanda on Saturday replaced injured Sean Williams in the Zimbabwe squad for the ongoing World Cup.
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March 04, 2011'Investigating agencies demanded bribe'
IPL Commissioner on Friday accused investigating agencies of demanding bribe to "hush up" cases related to financial irregularities and foreign exchange violations against him.
Another betting syndicate busted in Delhi
The Delhi police has busted five betting syndicates in the past fortnight, with betting amounts totaling to a swaggering 5.13 crore.
Govt revokes Lalit Modi's passport
Eluding investigating agencies for last six months over allegations of foreign exchange violations, sacked IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi found his passport revoked on Friday by the government in its bid to bring him back from London.
Bashed Bangladesh take second pasting from fans
Bangladesh fans, who greeted the opening of the World Cup with a glorious celebration and huge anticipation less than two weeks ago, turned on their own team in Dhaka on Friday as cheers turned to boos and angry recrimination.
Bangladesh fans attack West Indies team bus
West Indies cricket team's bus was struck by stones thrown by Bangladesh fans after the co-hosts were heavily beaten in the Cricket World Cup Group B match on Friday, the team spokesman said.
Ponting wants a bowler to replace Bollinger
Australia captain Ricky Ponting says he would love to have Mike Hussey back in the squad, but prefers a bowler as replacement for the injured Doug Bollinger at the World Cup.
Windies blow away Bangladesh
The West Indies scored one of the quickest wins in the World Cup when they beat Bangladesh by nine wickets in their Group B match in Mirpur, Dhaka, on Friday.
Southee leads Kiwis to thumping win over Zimbabwe
Pacer Tim Southee led a disciplined New Zealand bowling show as New Zealand beat Zimbabwe by ten wickets in their World Cup Group A match at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday.
Stats: Afridi tops bowling leaderbord with 14 wkts
Statistical highlights of the World Cup match between Pakistan and Canada in Colombo.
March 03, 2011Mike Hussey keen to play in World Cup, says David
Michael Hussey is "desperate" to return to the World Cup squad and has already started playing in the domestic circuit, his brother and Australian batsman David Hussey said on Thursday.
Kiwis aim to master spin after flunking pace test
New Zealand batsmen flunked their first test against raw pace dished out by champions Australia a week ago but Friday's trial against nagging spin will probably signal the tenure of their World Cup campaign.
Ireland set for cash bonus after shock WC win
Ireland's Cricket World Cup surprise packets are in line for a six-figure bonus after their shock Group B three-wicket victory over England on Wednesday -- but match winner Kevin O'Brien will not earn a special payout.
Afridi rescues Pak from the brink against Canada
Shahid Afridi struck with the ball once again to help Pakistan score what was eventually a comprehensive win over Canada in the World Cup match at the Premadasa stadium on Thursday.
India's bowling has been exposed: Imran
Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan says lack of options in bowling make India a vulnerable side and it could hurt the team's prospects in the ongoing World Cup.
Oranje crushed by Amla, De Villiers tons
Contrasting centuries from Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers guided South Africa to a comprehensive 231-run victory over the Netherlands in their Group B match in Mohali on Thursday.
March 02, 2011Century man O'Brien dishes out Irish treat
Kevin O'Brien smashed the fastest ever World Cup century to propel Ireland to a stunning three-wicket win over England in a Group B match on Wednesday.
BCCI slams ICC for criticising Dhoni on UDRS
The BCCI on Wednesday slammed ICC General Manager Dave Richardson for criticising Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the latter had expressed his grouse on the UDRS system.
Kevin O'Brien fashions Ireland upset of England
Kevin O'Brien smashed the fastest cricket World Cup century off 50 balls as Ireland scored an upset three-wicket victory over England in Group B on Wednesday.
Asif joins Butt, Amir in appealing to CAS
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif has joined Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir in filing an appeal against his ban with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland.
March 01, 2011Dalmiya accuses ICC of double standards
Taking his battle a step further, a miffed Jagmohan Dalmiya on Tuesday accused the International Cricket Council of double standards and claimed that the Wankhede Stadium, venue for the World Cup final, cannot get clearance by means of hosting a Twenty20 match.
Malinga sinks Kenya with second World Cup 'trick'
Lasith Malinga turned into a one-man hit squad as he became the first man to bag two World Cup hat-tricks to lead Sri Lanka to a crushing nine-wicket victory over Kenya on Tuesday.
Malinga bags second World Cup hat-trick
Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga became the first man to bag two hat-tricks in World Cups when he skittled out three Kenyan tail-enders in their Group A match on Tuesday. He finished with figures of 6 for 38.
Haddin rubbishes spot-fixing claims
Australia opener Brad Haddin on Tuesday rubbished reports that the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) is investigating their World Cup match against Zimbabwe for slow batting, dismissing the claims as 'laughable'.
Jayawardene may sue channel over fixing claim
Enraged over a state-run television network for insinuating that he might have helped fix the World Cup match against Pakistan, former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene is contemplating legal action against the channel.
Sehwag dashes to Delhi for rib injury check-up
India opener Virender Sehwag is in Delhi to consult his personal physician on a rib injury he sustained during a practice session last week.
India's bowlers must rethink strategy: Manjrekar
India's bowlers, especially off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, need to re-think their strategy for the flat sub-continental pitches or the team's World Cup campaign could be derailed despite a strong batting line-up, feels former batsman Sanjay Manjrekar.
Bishoo to replace Bravo in West Indies squad
The ICC approved Guyana leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo as a replacement for injured all-rounder Dwayne Bravo in the West Indies squad for the World Cup.
ICC probes Australia-Zimbabwe WC match: reports
The International Cricket Council (ICC) carried out a scrutiny of the Australia and Zimbabwe World Cup match played in Ahmedabad after Australian openers Shane Watson and Brad Haddin batted slowly in the first 10 overs.
Jacques Kallis: Expect the unexpected!
There are too many preconceptions about subcontinental conditions, says Jacques Kallis. 'Good cricketers, whatever their specialist skill, can succeed.'
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