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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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England fined for slow over rate in ODI defeat
Jan 20

England fined for slow over rate in ODI defeat

Cuttack : England have been fined for a slow over rate during the second one-day international against India in Cuttack, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Friday. Match referee Andy Pycroft imposed the fine after Eoin Morgan's side was ruled to be one over short of its target when time allowances were...

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Yuvi, Dhoni blitz hands India series
Jan 20

Yuvi, Dhoni blitz hands India series

Cuttack : Veterans Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni turned back the clock with blistering centuries to set up India’s series clinching 15-run win against England in the second one-day international in Cuttack yesterday. England skipper Eoin Morgan struck a valiant 102 as the visitors, who were chasing...

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Root ready to captain England should Cook quit
Jan 17

Root ready to captain England should Cook quit

New Delhi : England's Joe Root has said he is ready to take on the mantle of Test skipper should Alastair Cook decide to relinquish the captaincy. Root, part of the England limited-overs squad currently in India, has been widely tipped to take over the Test reins if Cook decides to stand down after five years at the...

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India starts building world's biggest stadium
Jan 17

India starts building world's biggest stadium

Ahmedabad : India has started building the world's biggest cricket stadium that will accommodate 110,000 spectators and cost around $100 million. Since the capacity of Kolkata's Eden Gardens was reduced as part of a major rebuilding project, Melbourne Cricket Ground has held the title of the sport's largest...

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Kane century fires New Zealand to stunning win
Jan 16

Kane century fires New Zealand to stunning win

Wellington : Captain Kane Williamson scored his 15th century as New Zealand staged a remarkable fightback to win the first Test against Bangladesh by seven wickets in the final session in Wellington on Monday.  Williamson and Ross Taylor, determined not to run out of time, batted at more...

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India pull off big run chase
Jan 16

India pull off big run chase

Pune : Skipper Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav hit blistering centuries to help India chase down 350 and stun England by three wickets in the first one-day international in Pune yesterday. Kohli (122), who was leading the limited overs side for the first time, and Jadhav (120) put on 200 runs for the fifth wicket...

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Stokes helps fire England to 350-7 in first ODI
Jan 15

Stokes helps fire England to 350-7 in first ODI

Pune : Ben Stokes hit a fiery half-century to help England post their highest-ever one-day international total against India, 350 for seven, in their first match in Pune on Sunday. Coming in at number six, Stokes hit a 40-ball 62 to pulverise the Indian bowling attack in what is Virat Kohli's first game as...

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Taylor eyes record of late mentor Crowe
Jan 10

Taylor eyes record of late mentor Crowe

Wellington : Ross Taylor goes into the first Test against Bangladesh on Thursday on the brink of equalling his late mentor Martin Crowe's record for New Zealand centuries. Less than a year after Crowe died of lymphoma aged 53, Taylor's bid, in his return following eye surgery in late November, has...

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Junaid to replace returning Irfan for Australia ODIs
Jan 09

Junaid to replace returning Irfan for Australia ODIs

Karachi : Pakistan were forced on Monday to add Junaid Khan to their squad for a five-match one-day series in Australia, after Mohammad Irfan returned home because his mother died. The 27-year-old Junaid was not named in the initial squad of 15 announced on December 30. "Following Irfan’s return to Pakistan...

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Ton-up Younis keeps Pakistan alive
Jan 05

Ton-up Younis keeps Pakistan alive

Sydney : Younis Khan claimed his 34th Test century and first in Australia to keep Pakistan's first innings barely alive in the final Test in Sydney on Thursday. The 39-year-old Pakistani great became the first batsman to score Test hundreds in 11 countries as he turned around an indifferent series with his first...

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Dhoni quits as India limited overs skipper
Jan 05

Dhoni quits as India limited overs skipper

New Delhi : Mahendra Singh Dhoni quit as India's limited overs captain Wednesday after a decade-long spell as skipper in which he led his team to victory in the ODI and T20 World Cups. The Indian board said the inspirational wicketkeeping batsman would still be available for selection for the upcoming series against...

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Pakistan fight back after big Aussie declaration
Jan 04

Pakistan fight back after big Aussie declaration

Sydney : Azhar Ali and Younis Khan kept Pakistan afloat after rookie Peter Handscomb made it three centurions in Australia's big first innings declaration at the third Sydney Test on Wednesday. The tourists, who have already lost the series after defeats in Brisbane and Melbourne, made a rocky start after Steve Smith...

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Lakmal takes first Test wicket of 2017
Jan 03

Lakmal takes first Test wicket of 2017

Cape Town : Sri Lanka seamer Suranga Lakmal had the honour of claiming the firstTest wicket of 2017 when he dismissed South Africa opener Stephen Cook in the first over of the second Test on Monday. Bowling on a grassy pitch and under an overcast...

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Warner joins Bradman with Test century before lunch
Jan 03

Warner joins Bradman with Test century before lunch

David Warner said he was honoured to join the likes of Donald Bradman after smashing a whirlwind century before lunch in the third Test against Pakistan Tuesday. The left-hander slammed his 18th Test hundred and third at the Sydney Cricket Ground off 78 balls to reach three figures in just 117 minutes with...

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 Indian court orders dismissal of BCCI chief
Jan 02

Indian court orders dismissal of BCCI chief

New Delhi : India's Supreme Court ordered the dismissal Monday of the president of the country's powerful cricket board over the failure to enact a series of recommended reforms. In a shock ruling, a panel of judges said that Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur and the...

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Misbah to captain Pakistan in Sydney
Jan 02

Misbah to captain Pakistan in Sydney

Sydney: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said Monday he will lead the side in the third Test against Australia in Sydney, dismissing suggestions he is about to retire. Misbah, 42, raised the possibility following his team's abject innings defeat in the second Melbourne Test last week to lose the series, when he...

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Ponting joins Australia Twenty20 coaching team
Jan 01

Ponting joins Australia Twenty20 coaching team

Sydney : Former Test skipper Ricky Ponting has been appointed as an assistant coach to the Australia Twenty20 international squad for next month's series against Sri Lanka, Cricket Australia said Sunday. Ponting, one of Australia's greatest batsmen, will work alongside the interim head coach Justin Langer and...

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Williamson, Broom sweep series for New Zealand
Dec 31

Williamson, Broom sweep series for New Zealand

Nelson : Fill-in batsman Neil Broom and skipper Kane Williamson produced a match-winning 179-run stand for New Zealand to crush Bangladesh in their final one-day match in Nelson on Saturday. Williamson was left unbeaten on 95 while Broom fell just before the close for 97 as New Zealand overhauled...

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Misbah considers retirement ahead of final Sydney Test
Dec 30

Misbah considers retirement ahead of final Sydney Test

Melbourne : Captain Misbah-ul-Haq said he was considering retirement after Pakistan's shattering two-session capitulation to Australia in the second Test in Melbourne to lose the series on Friday. Pakistan, who appeared safe from defeat after amassing 443 for nine declared in their first innings, crashed to an...

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South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 206 runs in 1st Test
Dec 30

South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 206 runs in 1st Test

Port Elizabeth : Kyle Abbott struck twice in the first seven overs to set up a 206-run win for South Africa on the fifth day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at St George’s Park on Friday. It took South Africa just 70 minutes and 13.3 overs to claim the remaining five Sri Lankan wickets and...

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Australia beat Pakistan to win Test series
Dec 30

Australia beat Pakistan to win Test series

Melbourne : Australia beat Pakistan by an innings and 18 runs in the second Melbourne Test to take the series 2-0 on Friday. The Australians roared to victory in the last two sessions of the final day dismissing the tourists for 163 after declaring before lunch at 624 for eight. Mitchell Starc capped off a...

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Smith century gives Australia narrow lead
Dec 30

Smith century gives Australia narrow lead

Melbourne : Skipper Steve Smith scored his 17th Test century to give Australia a 22-run lead over Pakistan as rain again disrupted play in the second Test in Melbourne on Thursday. Smith reached his fourth Test hundred of the year before a storm lashed the...

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Warner gives Aussies outside chance of victory
Dec 29

Warner gives Aussies outside chance of victory

Melbourne : A run-a-ball hundred from David Warner gave Australia an outsidechance of forcing a result after Azhar Ali posted a double-century for Pakistan in the second Test in Melbourne on Wednesday. Warner smashed 144 off 143 balls in a pulsating 198-run stand with Usman...

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Smith century before storm hits Pakistan Test
Dec 29

Smith century before storm hits Pakistan Test

Melbourne : Australia skipper Steve Smith scored his 17th Test century Thursday before a storm stopped play on day four of the second Test against Pakistan in Melbourne. Smith cut Sohail Khan for three through the off-side to bring up his fourth Test hundred of the year and help build a 22-run lead over the...

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Azhar hits 205 for Pakistan before Aussies make solid start
Dec 28

Azhar hits 205 for Pakistan before Aussies make solid start

Melbourne : Azhar Ali hit the highest score by a Pakistan batsman in Australia on Wednesday on the third day of the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Azhar overtook Majid Khan's previous highest score of 158 posted in Melbourne 44 years ago and was just three runs short of Viv Richards' ground best of...

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Azhar's ton for Pakistan amid rain in Australia Test
Dec 27

Azhar's ton for Pakistan amid rain in Australia Test

Melbourne : Opening batsman Azhar Ali led the way as Pakistan consolidated their first innings on a rain-hit second day of the second Test against Australia in Melbourne on Tuesday. Only 50.3 overs were possible on the day after 50.5 overs were bowled on Monday's opening day as rain again curtailed play. At the...

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Spin king Ashwin crowned cricketer of the year
Dec 22

Spin king Ashwin crowned cricketer of the year

New Delhi : India's Ravichandran Ashwin was named ICC cricketer of the year on Thursday, topping off a sensational period in which he has dominated the Test bowling rankings. The spin-bowling all-rounder, who starred in India's 4-0 Test series victory over England,...

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Australia beat Pakistan by 39 runs in first Test
Dec 19

Australia beat Pakistan by 39 runs in first Test

Brisbane : Australia defeated Pakistan by 39 runs to win a gripping struggle on the final day of the day-night first Test at the Gabba on Monday. Skipper Steve Smith ran out Yasir Shah for 33 to take the last wicket and end Pakistan's brave effort to reel in a world record 490-run winning target. Pakistan...

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Dawson lifts England to 477 in 5th India Test
Dec 17

Dawson lifts England to 477 in 5th India Test

Chennai : Debutant Liam Dawson hit an unbeaten 66 as England were bowled out for 477 in the evening session on day two of the fifth and final Test in Chennai on Saturday. The visitors, who started the day on 284-4, slipped to 321-7 in the morning session before Dawson and Adil Rashid (60) put on 108 runs for the...

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Australia lead Pakistan by 327 runs at tea
Dec 17

Australia lead Pakistan by 327 runs at tea

Brisbane : Australia tightened their grip on the day-night first Test with a 327-run lead over Pakistan after not enforcing the follow-on on the third day at the Gabba on Saturday. Pakistan's last two partnerships battled for almost an hour before they were all out for 142 to trail Australia by 287...

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 England's Cook shrugs off captaincy criticism
Dec 16

England's Cook shrugs off captaincy criticism

Chennai : England's Alastair Cook on Thursday shrugged off criticism of his captaincy ahead of the fifth and final Test against India in Chennai, saying one has to live and die by the decisions made. The tourists, who lost the series 3-0 trail after the fourth Test loss in Mumbai,...

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Quickfire Pakistan double slows Australia
Dec 15

Quickfire Pakistan double slows Australia

Brisbane : Pakistan struck with two quick wickets to halt Australia's early momentum on the opening day of the pink-ball first Test at the Gabba on Thursday. Openers David Warner and Matt Renshaw looked to have few problems after Australia won the toss, before the tourists hit back late in the first session. At tea,...

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India, England call off training amid cyclone chaos
Dec 14

India, England call off training amid cyclone chaos

New Delhi : The England and Indian training sessions were cancelled Wednesday owing to unfit ground conditions at the MA Chidambaram stadium in cyclone-battered Chennai which hosts the fifth and final Test from Friday. Ten people were killed by Cyclone Vardah, the worst cyclonic storm to hit the tech...

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Kohli jumps to 2nd in batting chart
Dec 13

Kohli jumps to 2nd in batting chart

New Delhi : Indian batsman Virat Kohli climbed to a career-best second place in the Test rankings Tuesday after his third double century of the year helped the hosts seal their series victory over England. Kohli, who is in the form of his life after striking his third double ton of the year, jumped a place in the...

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England all out for 400 in fourth India Test
Dec 09

England all out for 400 in fourth India Test

Mumbai : England were bowled out for 400 in their first innings on day two of their must-win fourth Test against India in Mumbai on Friday. Jos Buttler (76) was the last batsman to fall shortly after lunch. Keaton Jennings top-scored for the tourists with 112. Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and...

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Jennings century puts England in command
Dec 08

Jennings century puts England in command

Mumbai : South African-born batsman Keaton Jennings scored a century on his debut as England made a strong start Thursday to their must-win fourth Test against India, reaching 196-2 at tea. The left-hander, who switched allegiance to England to further his international career, was batting on 103 when...

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