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Raj urges India to 'keep it simple' in Women's World Cup final
Jul 23

Raj urges India to 'keep it simple' in Women's World Cup final

London : India captain Mithali Raj has urged her side to embrace the challenge of playing hosts England in the World Cup final at a sold-out Lord's on Sunday. Raj's side won through to the final with a stunning 36-run win over reigning champions Australia, with Harmanpreet Kaur making a stunning 171 not out. India...

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Girl power as India hails World Cup heroines
Jul 21

Girl power as India hails World Cup heroines

New Delhi : Where the men failed, India is hoping its female cricketers can blaze to glory when they face England in the World Cup final on Sunday. Images of captain Mithali Raj and star batswoman Harmanpreet Kaur adorned the front pages and the team was hailed on social media after India stunned defending...

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India skipper seeks smooth relations with Shastri
Jul 19

India skipper seeks smooth relations with Shastri

Mumbai : India captain Virat Kohli said Wednesday he wants a good working relationship with new coach Ravi Shastri after the acrimonious departure of Anil Kumble. And the skipper expressed confidence he can make it work with Shastri. "We know what's expected and what's on the plate," he said ahead of India's...

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Record win for Sri Lanka
Jul 19

Record win for Sri Lanka

Colombo : Niroshan Dickwella and Asela Gunaratne guided Sri Lanka to a record 388 target to beat Zimbabwe by four wickets yesterday in a pulsating end to their one-off Test. A crucial 121-run sixth-wicket stand between Gunaratne (80 not out) and Dickwella (81) secured Sri Lanka’s best-ever run chase. Sri...

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Mathews resigns after Zimbabwe humiliation
Jul 12

Mathews resigns after Zimbabwe humiliation

Colombo : Sri Lankan cricket captain Angelo Mathews has stepped down amid intense criticism over his side's series defeat to bottom-ranked Zimbabwe on home soil, an official said Wednesday. Mathews met with chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya to discuss his future with the team before a one-off Test against Zimbabwe...

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Shastri hot favourite to be new India coach
Jul 11

Shastri hot favourite to be new India coach

New Delhi : Former skipper Ravi Shastri has emerged as the front-runner to be the new coach of India, but a final decision remains on hold until captain Virat Kohli has been consulted. Shastri, 55, was among five high-profile candidates interviewed on Monday for the post left vacant by ex-Test captain...

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Lewis powers Windies to victory
Jul 10

Lewis powers Windies to victory

Kingston : Evin Lewis blazed his second hundred against India to lead the West Indies to a rampaging nine-wicket victory in the one-off T20 international at Sabina Park yesterday. Replying to the tourists’ challenging total of 190 for six, Lewis stole the spotlight from returning local hero Chris Gayle...

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Pakistan's Fakhar goes from village pariah to 'lord'
Jun 23

Pakistan's Fakhar goes from village pariah to 'lord'

Mardan : Fakhar Zaman was once banned from playing cricket in his village and beaten by his brothers because he was simply too good -- but he has returned a hero after his starring role in Pakistan's Champions Trophy win. His eyes bright, the tall 27-year-old posed for selfies and was garlanded with flowers as he was...

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Pakistan captain gets hero's welcome
Jun 20

Pakistan captain gets hero's welcome

Karachi : Hundreds of fans gave Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed a hero's welcome as he arrived home carrying the Champions Trophy early on Tuesday. Men, women and children packed Karachi airport as Sarfraz returned from England, where Pakistan thrashed arch-rivals India to be crowned surprise...

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ICC could axe Champions Trophy for more T20 World Cups
Jun 20

ICC could axe Champions Trophy for more T20 World Cups

London : The Champions Trophy could be scrapped in favour of staging the World Twenty20 every two years, according to International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson. Pakistan thrashed India by 180 runs to win this year's edition of the Champions Trophy at The Oval on Sunday, with a worldwide...

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Never mind the cricket! India beat Pakistan ...in field hockey
Jun 19

Never mind the cricket! India beat Pakistan ...in field hockey

London : India may well have suffered a 180-rout at the hands of Pakistan in the Champions Trophy cricket final but they came out on tops on the other side of London -- in field hockey. India ran out 7-1 winners over their old rivals in a World Hockey League fixture at Lee Valley in east London just as Virat Kohli's...

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Players won't budge on pay demands - Warner
Jun 19

Players won't budge on pay demands - Warner

Sydney : Australia's cricketers will not back down in a bitter pay dispute, David Warner has warned amid fears their October tour of India is looming as a flashpoint. As the June 30 deadline for a new memorandum of understanding between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers Association fast...

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India bowl against Pakistan in Champions Trophy final
Jun 18

India bowl against Pakistan in Champions Trophy final

London : India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field against arch-rivals Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday. Title-holders India, who thrashed Pakistan by 124 runs in their opening group match, were unchanged from the side that hammered Bangladesh by nine wickets in...

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India-Pakistan clash stirs 2007 World Twenty20 memories
Jun 17

India-Pakistan clash stirs 2007 World Twenty20 memories

London : Those hoping for a thrilling Champions Trophy final between India and Pakistan at the Oval on Sunday may take heart from the only other occasion the arch-rivals have met in the climax of a major ICC world event. Twenty20, pioneered as a professional sport in the English county game, was still in its global...

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Zimbabwe to tour Sri Lanka after 15 years
Jun 17

Zimbabwe to tour Sri Lanka after 15 years

Colombo : Zimbabwe will embark on their first tour of Sri Lanka in 15 years this month, playing five one-day internationals and a Test match, Sri Lanka's cricket board said Saturday. The tour will start on June 30 with the first ODI at the Galle International Stadium, which will host its first limited-overs match in...

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India bowl against Bangladesh in Champions Trophy semi-final
Jun 15

India bowl against Bangladesh in Champions Trophy semi-final

Birmingham : India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field against Bangladesh in a Champions Trophy semi-final at Edgbaston on Thursday. Light rain delayed the toss and overcast conditions would have encouraged Kohli to believe there would be assistance for his pacemen. Champions Trophy...

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Pakistan thrash England in Champions Trophy semi-final
Jun 15

Pakistan thrash England in Champions Trophy semi-final

Cardiff : Pakistan booked their place in the Champions Trophy final with a crushing eight-wicket win over England in Cardiff on Wednesday. Set just 212 to win, Pakistan finished on 215 for two. Pakistan will now face title-holders India in Sunday's final at the Oval if their arch-rivals beat...

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Sangakkara scores 100th ton in Surrey win
Jun 14

Sangakkara scores 100th ton in Surrey win

London : Legendary Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara scored the 100th century of his professional career in Surrey's One-Day Cup quarter-final win over Yorkshire at Headingley on Tuesday. The 39-year-old, who will retire from first-class cricket at the end of the season, made...

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Arthur backs Pakistan's 'best game' to beat England
Jun 14

Arthur backs Pakistan's 'best game' to beat England

Cardiff : Pakistan may be the underdogs heading into a Champions Trophy semi-final with England in Cardiff on Wednesday, but coach Mickey Arthur believes their "best game" could see his side cause a major upset.  England were the only team to exit the group stage unbeaten, having won all three...

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Kumble set to remain India coach for Windies tour
Jun 13

Kumble set to remain India coach for Windies tour

New Delhi : Anil Kumble's term as India coach looks set to be extended until the end of the West Indies tour next month, a top official said Monday. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) advertised for a head coach in May with Kumble's one-year deal due to expire at the end of the Champions Trophy in...

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Sarfraz hopes Cardiff run continues in England semi-final
Jun 13

Sarfraz hopes Cardiff run continues in England semi-final

Cardiff : Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed hopes the team's "high confidence" in Cardiff will stand them in good stead when they return to the Welsh capital to face England in a Champions Trophy semi-final on Wednesday. It will be Pakistan's second key match at Sophia Gardens in a matter of days after a tense...

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Kohli's brutal honesty brings India together
Jun 12

Kohli's brutal honesty brings India together

London : Virat Kohli says India's Champions Trophy demolition of South Africa was fuelled by his refusal to spare his players from criticism. Kohli's side crushed South Africa by eight wickets at The Oval in their final Group B fixture to set up a likely semi-final showdown with Bangladesh on Thursday. India had to...

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England bowl against Australia in Champions Trophy
Jun 10

England bowl against Australia in Champions Trophy

London : England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to field against Australia in their Champions Trophy Group A match at Edgbaston on Saturday. England, already through to the semi-finals of a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day international sides, were unchanged from the team that beat New...

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Kohli ready for India's crunch clash
Jun 10

Kohli ready for India's crunch clash

London : Virat Kohli says India will thrive under pressure in their make or break Champions Trophy clash with South Africa on Sunday. After slumping to a shock defeat against Sri Lanka on Thursday, holders India must win their final Group B fixture at The Oval to avoid an embarrassing exit. India came into the...

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New Zealand bowl against England in Champions Trophy
Jun 06

New Zealand bowl against England in Champions Trophy

Cardiff : New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to field against England in the Champions Trophy match at Cardiff on Tuesday. England made one change from the side that beat Bangladesh by eight wickets in their Group A opener at the Oval last week, with leg-spinner Adil Rashid replacing...

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India savours 'Mother of all Mismatches' against Pakistan
Jun 05

India savours 'Mother of all Mismatches' against Pakistan

New Delhi : Now unbeaten against Pakistan for more than three years, India on Monday celebrated a thumping win over their arch-rivals to launch their defence of the Champions Trophy.  Skipper Virat Kohli hit a blistering 81 as India thrashed Pakistan by 124 runs in a rain-affected game on Sunday at...

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England's Woakes out of Champions Trophy
Jun 02

England's Woakes out of Champions Trophy

London : England paceman Chris Woakes has been ruled out of the rest of the Champions Trophy one-day international competition with a side strain, it was announced Friday. Woakes managed just two overs at the start of hosts England's tournament-opening eight-wicket win over Bangladesh at the Oval on Thursday before...

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Afghanistan cancels Pakistan games after Kabul attack
Jun 01

Afghanistan cancels Pakistan games after Kabul attack

Kabul : Afghanistan have cancelled proposed home and away cricket fixtures with Pakistan after a deadly bomb attack blamed by the country's intelligence agency on militants allegedly backed by Islamabad. Pakistan were set to play their first Twenty20 match in Kabul later this year in what was seen as an opportunity...

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Kohli, Kumble 'rift' shakes India
Jun 01

Kohli, Kumble 'rift' shakes India

New Delhi : Signs of a rift between India's skipper Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble have shaken the country ahead of the team's campaign to win a second straight Champions Trophy. As India prepare to launch their tournament against Pakistan in Birmingham on Sunday, Indian media is abuzz with reports of...

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Mumbai beat Pune in tense IPL final
May 22

Mumbai beat Pune in tense IPL final

Hyderabad : Mumbai Indians beat Rising Pune Supergiant by a single run in a gripping Indian Premier League final on Sunday to claim their third title. Pune captain Steve Smith hit a crucial 51 that seemed to put Pune on course for victory in the chase for Mumbai's 129-8 in Hyderabad. But he was then one of two...

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 Indian police arrest three over IPL betting racket
May 12

Indian police arrest three over IPL betting racket

New Delhi : Indian police have arrested three men suspected of illegal betting on lucrative Indian Premier League matches, the cricket board said. The trio were arrested Thursday at a hotel where the Gujarat Lions and Delhi Daredevils teams were staying after their match in the northern city of Kanpur. India's...

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India's Manohar to remain ICC chairman till 2018
May 10

India's Manohar to remain ICC chairman till 2018

New Delhi : India's Shashank Manohar will stay on as chairman of the International Cricket Council until the end of his elected term in June 2018, the game's world governing body said Wednesday. Manohar, who resigned from his post citing "personal reasons" in March, was coaxed to stay on until the board met in April...

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India's Goswami becomes top women's wicket-taker
May 10

India's Goswami becomes top women's wicket-taker

New Delhi : India fast bowler Jhulan Goswami has become the highest wicket-taker in women's one-day internationals after overtaking former Australia star Cathryn Fitzpatrick with her 181st dismissal. Pace spearhead Goswami achieved the feat against hosts South Africa in the 50-over quadrangular tournament in...

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Shami named in India's delayed Trophy squad
May 08

Shami named in India's delayed Trophy squad

New Delhi : India recalled fit-again fast bowler Mohammed Shami on Monday as they belatedly unveiled a squad to defend their Champions Trophy title after a row over sharing out world cricket's revenues. Pace spearhead Shami and batsman Rohit Sharma are the...

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India to take part in Champions Trophy, says board
May 07

India to take part in Champions Trophy, says board

New Delhi : Defending champions India will take part in the Champions Trophy next month, the country's cricket board said Sunday, ending weeks of speculation over the team's participation in the premier tournament. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the decision after a special general meeting...

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Injured McCullum to miss rest of IPL
May 06

Injured McCullum to miss rest of IPL

New Delhi : New Zealand's Brendon McCullum has been ruled out of the remainder of the Indian Premier League season with a hamstring strain, heaping fresh misery on his Gujarat Lions team. The dashing opener injured his left hamstring during the seven-wicket defeat...

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Ireland bat against England in 1st ODI
May 05

Ireland bat against England in 1st ODI

Bristol : Ireland captain William Porterfield won the toss and elected to bat against England in the first one-day international at Bristol on Friday. England left out off-spinning all-rounder Moeen Ali from their side for the opening match of their home season, with leg-spinner Adil Rashid their...

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India's Pujara signs for Nottinghamshire
May 04

India's Pujara signs for Nottinghamshire

London : India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara will join Nottinghamshire later this month as cover for Australian fast bowler James Pattinson, the English county said on Thursday. With Pattinson due to play for Australia in the Champions Trophy, Pujara will come in for four County Championship...

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Windies respond after Ali ton, Misbah out for 99
May 03

Windies respond after Ali ton, Misbah out for 99

Bridgetown : Misbah-ul-Haq missed a Test century by one run for the second consecutive match but Azhar Ali completed three figures as Pakistan took a first innings lead of 81, totalling 393 in reply to the West Indies’ 312 on the third day of the second Test at Kensington Oval in...

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Million-dollar Stokes hits maiden T20 century
May 02

Million-dollar Stokes hits maiden T20 century

New Delhi : Rising Pune Supergiant's record-breaking investment in Ben Stokes has paid dividends, with the England allrounder delivering a blistering maiden Twenty20 century to secure his Indian Premier League team a crucial victory. Stokes -- whose $2.16 million contract broke the IPL signing record...

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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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