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Pakistan postpones Bangladesh tour
Apr 27

Pakistan postpones Bangladesh tour

Karachi : Pakistan's cricket chief said Thursday that a scheduled visit to Bangladesh this summer has been postponed for at least a year after the Bangladeshis refused to reciprocate the tour because of security fears. Pakistan was due to play two Tests, three one-day internationals and a Twenty20 match in Bangladesh...

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Wood handed England recall for Champions Trophy
Apr 25

Wood handed England recall for Champions Trophy

London : England have called up fit-again Mark Wood for the forthcoming Champions Trophy campaign, but his fellow pace bowler Steven Finn has been left out of the 15-man squad. Wood has returned to fitness after being sidelined for several months following a third...

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Mathews to lead Sri Lanka at Champions Trophy
Apr 24

Mathews to lead Sri Lanka at Champions Trophy

Colombo : Angelo Mathews will return as Sri Lanka skipper for the Champions Trophy after missing the ODI series against South Africa, the tour of Australia and the home series against Bangladesh. Sri Lanka Cricket Monday announced a 15-member squad led by Mathews, who cut short his tour of South Africa...

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Kohli pain after Bangalore set new low in IPL
Apr 24

Kohli pain after Bangalore set new low in IPL

New Delhi : Skipper Virat Kohli said "it really hurts" after Royal Challengers Bangalore slumped to a record low score of 49 against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League. Chasing a modest 132, the Bangalore batsmen -- including Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers -- crashed in just 9.4 overs to mark a...

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Bangladeshi team in protest concedes 92 off 4 balls
Apr 12

Bangladeshi team in protest concedes 92 off 4 balls

Dhaka : A Bangladeshi cricket team conceded 92 runs in just four balls to deliberately lose a match in what they called a protest over biased umpiring in their league. In the 50-over match of Dhaka Second Division League on Tuesday, Lalmatia Club were dismissed for just 88 off 14 overs before opponents Axiom...

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Pakistan's Younis Khan to retire after Windies Tests
Apr 08

Pakistan's Younis Khan to retire after Windies Tests

Karachi : Veteran Pakistan batsman and former captain Younis Khan announced on Saturday he will retire from international cricket after the upcoming Test series in the West Indies. The 39 year-old has captained Pakistan in all three formats, and in 2009 led them to their only World Twenty20 title in...

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Cricket superstar Tendulkar changes pitch in new musical innings
Apr 06

Cricket superstar Tendulkar changes pitch in new musical innings

Mumbai : Legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar is making his name on a pitch of a different kind -- hitting all the right notes in his singing debut. The cricketing icon has released his first single "Cricket Wali Beat" (The Cricket Beat), with fans celebrating the musical breakthrough from "the voice of...

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Pakistan's Misbah says to retire after Windies Test
Apr 06

Pakistan's Misbah says to retire after Windies Test

Lahore : Pakistan's illustrious Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq will retire after the upcoming Test series against the West Indies, he announced Thursday, after months of speculation over his future. "The series against the West Indies is my last series," the 42-year-old told reporters at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore,...

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India thrash Australia to clinch Test series
Mar 28

India thrash Australia to clinch Test series

  Dharmashala : India underlined their status as the world's number one side as they demolished Australia by eight wickets to clinch a bitterly fought series 2-1 on day four of the fourth Test Tuesday. Chasing 106, opener Lokesh Rahul (51 not out) hit the winning runs in Dharamsala to take back the...

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Jadeja half-century puts India ahead of Australia
Mar 27

Jadeja half-century puts India ahead of Australia

Dharmashala : All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja's half-century propelled India into a slim first innings lead over Australia Monday before the hosts were bowled out for 332 on the third day of the series-deciding fourth Test. Jadeja's 63-run knock helped India overtake Australia's first innings total of 300 and seize a...

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Aussie quicks keep India in check in fourth Test
Mar 26

Aussie quicks keep India in check in fourth Test

Dharmashala : India trudged to 64-1 at lunch in the face of some intense bowling by the Australian quicks on the second day of the decisive fourth and final Test on Sunday. Opener Lokesh Rahul was batting on 31 with Cheteshwar Pujara on 22 after the hosts lost Murali Vijay early in the first session at Dharamsala,...

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India's Kohli in doubt for Australia showdown
Mar 24

India's Kohli in doubt for Australia showdown

Dharmashala : Injured Indian skipper Virat Kohli said Friday he would play the fourth Test against Australia only if he was 100 percent fit, keeping up the suspense over his participation in the series decider. Kohli, who injured his shoulder during the drawn third Test in Ranchi, said he would undergo fitness tests...

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Aussie skipper Smith rubs noses with Dalai Lama
Mar 24

Aussie skipper Smith rubs noses with Dalai Lama

Dharmashala : Australian skipper Steve Smith revealed Friday his team held a relaxing session with the Dalai Lama where they learnt about keeping their cool, just a day ahead of the high-pressure series decider against India. Smith has been in the centre of a controversy after his opposite number Virat Kohli accused...

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Bad-tempered India, Australia Tests set for showdown
Mar 23

Bad-tempered India, Australia Tests set for showdown

Dharmashala : India and Australia begin the finale of a bitterly fought Test series Saturday, with home skipper Virat Kohli keen to silence attacks that even Australia's ex-skipper Michael Clarke has warned are "getting out of control". Kohli, who has been compared in the Australian press to US President Donald...

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New Zealand unchanged for 3rd South Africa Test
Mar 20

New Zealand unchanged for 3rd South Africa Test

Wellington : New Zealand's squad will remain unchanged for the third Test against South Africa in Hamilton despite the mauling the Black Caps received in Wellington, chief selector Gavin Larsen said Monday.   Larsen ruled out an overhaul after New Zealand slumped to an eight-wicket loss within three days in the...

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Marsh, Handscomb help Australia draw 3rd Test
Mar 20

Marsh, Handscomb help Australia draw 3rd Test

Ranchi : Gritty half-centuries from Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh enabled Australia to hold out for a draw in the third Test against India Monday, leaving the four-match series tantalisingly poised at 1-1. Australia, who began their second innings 152 runs adrift of the hosts, were in deep trouble...

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Bangladesh 38-2 at lunch against Sri Lanka
Mar 19

Bangladesh 38-2 at lunch against Sri Lanka

Colombo : Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath picked up two wickets as Bangladesh reached 38-2 at lunch chasing 191 to win on the fifth day of the second Test on Sunday. The hosts were all out for 319 in their second innings in Colombo after resuming on 268 for eight, with Dilruwan Perera scoring a half century in an...

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Smith, Maxwell power Australia to 299-4
Mar 16

Smith, Maxwell power Australia to 299-4

Ranchi : Under-fire skipper Steve Smith cracked a gritty century as he combined with the recalled Glenn Maxwell to give Australia the opening day honours in the third Test against India in Ranchi Thursday. The visitors were 299 for four at stumps after electing to bat first in their 800th Test at a...

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 South Africa 229-4 at stumps against New Zealand
Mar 08

South Africa 229-4 at stumps against New Zealand

Duedin : South Africa were 229 for four at stumps after opting to bat first on day one of the first Test against New Zealand at University Oval in Dunedin on Wednesday. Dean Elgar was not out 128 with Temba Bavuma on 38. Faf du Plessis made 52. For New Zealand, Neil Wagner has two for 59.

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Aussie skipper Smith slammed in 'cheating' row
Mar 08

Aussie skipper Smith slammed in 'cheating' row

Banglore : Australia captain Steve Smith faced calls for disciplinary action Wednesday after a row over alleged cheating overshadowed the second Test against India, with his predecessor Michael Clarke accusing him of "unacceptable" behaviour. India's dramatic, 75-run victory on Tuesday in Bangalore, after...

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India beat Australia by 75 runs in second Test
Mar 07

India beat Australia by 75 runs in second Test

Bangalore : Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin grabbed six wickets to lead India to a sensational 75-run win against Australia in a fiery second Test in Bangalore on Tuesday. Australia, needing 188 for victory, were bowled out for just 112 in their second innings at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium as India levelled the...

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Misbah to lead Pakistan in West Indies tour
Mar 06

Misbah to lead Pakistan in West Indies tour

Lahore : Pakistan's ageing Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq on Monday made himself available for next month's series in the West Indies, ignoring entreaties from ex-players to call time on his illustrious career following a slew of poor results. Misbah, who will turn 43 in May, had asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)...

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South Africa quicks target New Zealand unbeaten streak
Mar 06

South Africa quicks target New Zealand unbeaten streak

Wellington : South Africa are backing their pace attack to snap New Zealand's unbeaten run at Dunedin's University Oval when the first Test starts on Wednesday. After surveying a typically green New Zealand wicket and learning the Black Caps have won three, drawn four and lost none of the seven Tests on the...

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India 213-4 at stumps, lead by 126 runs
Mar 06

India 213-4 at stumps, lead by 126 runs

Bangalore : India were 213 for four at stumps in their second innings on Monday in the second Test at Bangalore, leading Australia by 126 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara (79) and Ajinkya Rahane (40) were batting at close of play on the third day, having put on 93 to keep Australia's bowlers at bay. Seamer Josh...

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Jadeja strikes blow for India as Smith falls
Mar 05

Jadeja strikes blow for India as Smith falls

Bangalore : Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja struck a key blow to remove Australia skipper Steve Smith as India took two wickets in a tight morning session on day two of the second Test on Sunday. Smith, who scored a gritty century in Australia's opening win in Pune, was made to battle hard and had made just...

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Australia bowl out India for 189 in 2nd Test
Mar 04

Australia bowl out India for 189 in 2nd Test

Bangalore : Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon claimed eight wickets to help bowl out India for 189 on the opening day of the second Test in Bangalore on Saturday. Opener Lokesh Rahul top-scored with 90 before falling to Lyon, who recorded career-best figures of 8-50 as the hosts were dismissed in the final...

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Aussie pacers rattle India as Rahul fights on
Mar 04

Aussie pacers rattle India as Rahul fights on

Bangalore : A probing Australian bowling attack struck twice to jolt India as opener Lokesh Rahul braved a tough morning session on the opening day of the second Test in Bangalore Saturday. The hosts, who elected to bat first, were 72 for two at lunch as off-spinner Nathan Lyon got the wicket of...

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'Unprecedented' security for high-risk Pakistan final
Mar 04

'Unprecedented' security for high-risk Pakistan final

Lahore : Pakistan will deploy troops and bullet-proof buses for Sunday's Pakistan Super League final, its biggest cricket match in years, after a wave of militant attacks prompted a host of foreign stars to pull out. "Unprecedented" security involving thousands of troops and police will guard the sold-out game...

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Australia unchanged for second India Test
Mar 03

Australia unchanged for second India Test

Bangalore : Australia captain Steve Smith said Friday that the visitors will go with the same team that thrashed India in the opening Test for the second encounter in Bangalore. The tourists stunned the Virat Kohli-led hosts and the world's number one side in the first Test in Pune last week to go 1-0 up in the four...

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Tendulkar backs India to rebound in Bangalore
Mar 02

Tendulkar backs India to rebound in Bangalore

Bangalore : Sachin Tendulkar expects India to hit back hard in the second Test against Australia beginning Saturday in Bangalore after their shock defeat in the opening encounter. Australia's crushing 333-run win in the first Test in Pune last weekend was the tourists' first victory in India since 2004 and ended a...

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West Indies under pressure against England
Mar 01

West Indies under pressure against England

St. John's : West Indies face England in a three-match one-day series starting Friday under pressure to reverse a run of poor form that could see them facing the indignity of having to qualify for the next World Cup in 2019. The top eight teams in the International Cricket Council ODI rankings at the end of...

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Kohli will be back 'bigger and stronger'
Feb 28

Kohli will be back 'bigger and stronger'

New Delhi : Mitchell Starc may have won the opening duel against Indian skipper Virat Kohli by getting the star batsman out for a duck in the first Test, but the Australian fast bowler insists the battle has just begun. Starc triggered India's downfall in last week's first Test in Pune by claiming the wickets of...

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Australia seal 333-run win over India
Feb 25

Australia seal 333-run win over India

Pune : Australia beat India by 333 runs on Saturday in an outstanding victory that ended the hosts' winning streak of 19 Tests in the opening match of the series in Pune. Chasing a daunting 441, the world's top side crashed to 107 all out early in the final session after left-arm spinner Steve...

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De Villiers' record sets up thumping win over New Zealand
Feb 25

De Villiers' record sets up thumping win over New Zealand

Wellington : A record-setting innings by AB de Villiers set South Africa up for a resounding 159-run win in the third one-day international against New Zealand in Wellington on Saturday to go 2-1 up in the series.  It was an emphatic response by the world's top-ranked ODI side after losing to New...

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South Africa thrash New Zealand by 159 runs
Feb 25

South Africa thrash New Zealand by 159 runs

Wellington : South Africa thrashed New Zealand by 159 runs in the third one-day international in Wellington on Saturday to go 2-1 up in the five game series. Set a target of 272 to win, New Zealand were all out for 112 in the 33rd over. For South Africa, Dwaine Pretorius took three for five and Andile Phehlukwayo...

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Australia 256-9 at stumps in 1st India Test
Feb 23

Australia 256-9 at stumps in 1st India Test

Pune : Mitchell Starc smashed an unbeaten 57 to lift Australia to 256 for nine at stumps on the opening day of the first Test against India in Pune on Thursday. Starc put on 51 runs in a 10th wicket partnership with Josh Hazlewood, who made just one, to thwart the Indian bowling attack, which had reduced the...

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Bangladesh recall Mustafizur for Lanka Tests
Feb 21

Bangladesh recall Mustafizur for Lanka Tests

Dhaka : Bangladesh on Tuesday recalled their left-arm fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman in a 16-man squad for the upcoming two-Test series in Sri Lanka after his prolonged injury lay-off. The 21-year-old has not played a Test since his debut series against South Africa in 2015 after suffering a series of injuries. He...

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England's Stokes sold for record $2.16m at IPL
Feb 20

England's Stokes sold for record $2.16m at IPL

Bangalore : England all-rounder Ben Stokes became the most expensive foreign player in Indian Premier League history when he was bought by the Rising Pune Giants for more than $2 million at auction Monday. The 25-year-old fetched seven times the amount of England's limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan, who was sold to...

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South Africa win toss bowl first against New Zealand
Feb 19

South Africa win toss bowl first against New Zealand

Hamilton : South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl in the rain-shortened opening one day international against New Zealand in Hamilton on Sunday.  The match has been reduced to 34 overs a side after three hours were lost because of the weather. "It looks a little tacky," South Africa captain AB de...

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New Zealand win toss, bowl in South Africa T20
Feb 17

New Zealand win toss, bowl in South Africa T20

Auckland : New Zealand won the toss and sent South Africa in to bat in the one-off Twenty20 at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday. Black Caps captain Kane Williamson said he hoped the ball would move around in humid conditions on a slow wicket that was under covers for much of the day due to rain. "It's been under...

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Ashwin fastest to 250 wickets as Bangladesh make 388
Feb 12

Ashwin fastest to 250 wickets as Bangladesh make 388

Hyderabad : India's off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Sunday became the fastest bowler to claim 250 Test wickets as Bangladesh were bowled out for 388 on day four of the one-off Test in Hyderabad. Ashwin achieved the milestone in his 45th match by taking the final wicket of the innings -- Bangladesh skipper...

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39 sixes as Indian batsman hits T20 triple ton
Feb 08

39 sixes as Indian batsman hits T20 triple ton

New Delhi : A little-known batsman made headlines across India on Wednesday after scoring an unbeaten triple century in a Twenty20 match, a knock which included a staggering 39 sixes. Mohit Ahlawat also smashed 14 fours in his 72-ball 300 -- thought to be the first T20 triple century -- which has earned him a trial...

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N. Zealand beat Australia by 24 runs, win ODI
Feb 05

N. Zealand beat Australia by 24 runs, win ODI

Hamilton : A six-wicket haul for Trent Boult and a Ross Taylor century carried New Zealand to a 24-run victory over Australia in the third one-day international Sunday to win the series 2-0. Their masterclass saw New Zealand reclaim the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy while Australia also lost their outright hold on the...

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England win toss, elect to bowl in first T20
Jan 26

England win toss, elect to bowl in first T20

Kanpur : England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bowl against India in the first Twenty20 international in Kanpur on Thursday. The visitors, who lost the three-match ODI series against India 2-1, have added pacers Tymal Mills and Chris Jordan along with the fit-again batsman Joe Root and...

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Australia win toss, bat in fifth Pakistan ODI
Jan 26

Australia win toss, bat in fifth Pakistan ODI

Adelaide: Australian captain Steve Smith won the toss and chose to bat in the fifth and final one-day international against Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday. The home side lead the series 3-1 after winning in Sydney on Sunday to wrap up the series. Australia made one change from Sunday, resting opening...

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Aussie bowler suffers 'brain bleed' after hit
Jan 25

Aussie bowler suffers 'brain bleed' after hit

Sydney : Australian paceman Joe Mennie suffered a "minor brain bleed" and fractured skull after a ball hit his head during training, Cricket Australia (CA) said Wednesday. Mennie was bowling at a nets session with his Twenty20 Big Bash League team the Sydney Sixers in Brisbane on Monday when a ball struck the side of...

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India rest Ashwin, Jadeja for England T20s
Jan 23

India rest Ashwin, Jadeja for England T20s

New Delhi : India's premier spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been rested for the three-match Twenty20 series against England starting this week. The selectors have recalled veteran leg-spinner Amit Mishra and off-spinner Parvez Rasool in the 15-man squad, according to the the Board of Control for...

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Stokes dominates as England beat India in 3rd ODI
Jan 23

Stokes dominates as England beat India in 3rd ODI

Kolkata : Ben Stokes on Sunday said England had forgotten what winning felt like until his dominant all-round performance helped the visitors pull off a five-run consolation victory over India in the third one-day international in Kolkata. Stokes hit an unbeaten 39-ball 57 and claimed three wickets to...

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Australia take ODI series against Pakistan
Jan 22

Australia take ODI series against Pakistan

Sydney : Australia secured the one-day series against Pakistan with a commanding 86-run win at Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday, taking a 3-1 lead in the five match series. Set an imposing 354 to win, Pakistan were never really in the hunt. After Australia made 353 for six on the back of a David Warner century that...

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Bangladesh player arrested over photos of girlfriend
Jan 22

Bangladesh player arrested over photos of girlfriend

Dhaka : Bangladesh police Sunday arrested national cricketer Arafat Sunny for allegedly breaching strict internet laws after his girlfriend accused him of uploading sensitive photos on social media. Police raided the home of the 30-year-old slow left-arm bowler in the Dhaka suburb of Aminbazar after his longtime...

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