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India vs Australia 3rd T20 called off
Oct 14

India vs Australia 3rd T20 called off

New Delhi : The deciding T20I between Australia and India in Hyderabad was abandoned as a result of a wet outfield. Over two weeks of heavy rain leading up to the match meant the ground had taken in a lot of water. And even though there was at least two hours of clear weather before the first ball was due, the...

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Nehra to retire from all forms of cricket
Oct 12

Nehra to retire from all forms of cricket

New Delhi : Ashish Nehra will end his 18-year international career with the T20I against New Zealand on November 1 at his home ground, the Feroz Shah Kotla. The 38-year-old Nehra was one of the few remaining active internationals among those who began their career in the 1990s. He is also set to retire from...

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Australia beat India, level series 1-1
Oct 11

Australia beat India, level series 1-1

Guwahati : India had a forgettable outing with both bat and ball as Australia bounced back in the T20 series with a crushing eight-wicket win in the second game yesterday. Rookie pacer Jason Behrendorff (4/21) ripped through the high-profile Indian batting to restrict the home team to a below par 118 at the...

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Sri Lanka claim test series 2-0
Oct 11

Sri Lanka claim test series 2-0

Dubai : Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera finished with five wickets to help Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 68 runs in the second Test in Dubai yesterday and take the series 2-0. Perera had figures of 5-98 as Pakistan, chasing a tough 317 to win, were bowled out for 248 in the second hour of fifth and final day at Dubai...

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Shafiq, Sarfraz revive Pakistan
Oct 10

Shafiq, Sarfraz revive Pakistan

Dubai : Chasing 136 at Abu Dhabi, Pakistan lost what seemed to be an un-losable Test. Having been 52 for 5 in the pursuit of 317, they have now left themselves a chance of winning what appeared to be an unwinnable one. In a series that has been enlivened by a flood of dramatic twists, the final session of day...

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Herath, Perera leave Pakistan in a spin
Oct 09

Herath, Perera leave Pakistan in a spin

Dubai : Sri Lankan spinners Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera shared six wickets between them as Pakistan were dismissed for 262 on the third day of the second day-night Test in Dubai yesterday. Perera took 3-72 while Herath recorded figures of 3-84 as Pakistani batsmen once again flopped on a batting friendly...

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Sri Lanka in control
Oct 08

Sri Lanka in control

Dubai : Sri Lanka retained control of the Test, and by extension the series, thanks to Dimuth Karunaratne’s 196 and a pair of sprightly fifties from Niroshan Dickwella and Dilruwan Perera. Pakistan’s small victories, however, ensured the dream of a squared series endures into day three. For them,...

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India beat Australia by nine wickets
Oct 08

India beat Australia by nine wickets

Ranchi : Skipper Virat Kohli played a sweet cameo after yet another impressive show by the bowling unit as India comfortably beat Australia by nine wickets in a rain-curtailed opening T20 International, here on Saturday. It was the seventh consecutive win for India in the shortest format against the Aussies, the...

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'Giant tents' could end rain delays
Oct 04

'Giant tents' could end rain delays

London : English cricket chiefs are exploring deploying "giant tents" to ensure rain no longer stops play, a report said on Wednesday. Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper said research was being carried out into placing mesh netting over grounds after a US company approached the England and Wales Cricket...

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Australia post 242-9 in 5th ODI against India
Oct 01

Australia post 242-9 in 5th ODI against India

Nagpur : Indian spinner Axar Patel claimed three wickets to help restrict Australia to 242-9 in the fifth and final one-day international in Nagpur on Sunday. The visitors suffered from a lack of partnerships despite a fluent 53 from opener David Warner after they elected to bat first. Left-arm spinner Patel...

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Sri Lanka hit back after Pakistan's solid start
Sep 30

Sri Lanka hit back after Pakistan's solid start

Abu Dhabi : Openers Shan Masood and Sami Aslam scored half centuries before Sri Lanka's spinners hit back to put Pakistan under pressure on the third day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. At lunch Pakistan were 121-2 after both openers were removed, with Azhar Ali unbeaten on five and Asad Shafiq on...

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Sri Lanka win toss and bat in first Pakistan Test
Sep 28

Sri Lanka win toss and bat in first Pakistan Test

Abu Dhabi :Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal won the toss and opted to bat in the first Testagainst Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. The Islanders entered the Test with three spinners in Rangana Herath, Lakshan Sandakan and Dilruwan Perera although the...

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England drop Stokes  after assault arrest
Sep 27

England drop Stokes after assault arrest

London : England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm in Bristol and dropped for today’s fourth one-day international against West Indies. The 26-year-old Durham star was arrested early on Monday in the Clifton district of the city and released under...

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Kohli urges high-flying India to be 'ruthless'
Sep 25

Kohli urges high-flying India to be 'ruthless'

New Delhi : Captain Virat Kohli has called on his players to be "ruthless" after the crushing one-day series win over Australia took India top of the world one-day rankings to add to their number one Test status. A five-wicket win in the third game of the five-match series on Sunday gave India an...

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Ton-up Ali too much for Windies
Sep 25

Ton-up Ali too much for Windies

Bristol  : Moeen Ali’s blazing century set up England’s 124-run victory over West Indies in the third one-day international at Bristol yesterday as the hosts went 2-0 up with two to play in a five-match series. Ali’s 53-ball ton -- with his second fifty coming off just 12 deliveries -- was the...

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Pandya fifty helps India clinch series
Sep 25

Pandya fifty helps India clinch series

Indore : Hardik Pandya hit an aggressive half-century to lead India to a series-clinching five-wicket win over Australia in the third one-day international in Indore yesterday. Pandya’s 72-ball 78 and his crucial fifth-wicket stand with Manish Pandey, who remained unbeaten on 36, helped the hosts...

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Australia post 293-6 in 3rd ODI against India
Sep 24

Australia post 293-6 in 3rd ODI against India

Indore : Opener Aaron Finch hit a blazing 124 as Australia made 293 for six against India in the third one-day international in Indore on Sunday. Finch and skipper Steve Smith (63) put on 154 for the second wicket before the bowlers struck back at the Holkar Stadium. Paceman Jasprit Bumrah and left-arm wrist...

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Yasir in Pakistan squad for Sri Lanka Tests
Sep 23

Yasir in Pakistan squad for Sri Lanka Tests

Lahore : Pakistan's prolific leg-spinner Yasir Shah passed a late fitness test Saturday to join the 16-man squad for the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka starting next week. The 31-year-old has been team's leading wicket-taker since making his debut in 2014, with a tally of 149 scalps in 26...

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Australia's Cummins to leave India tour early
Sep 22

Australia's Cummins to leave India tour early

Sydney : Australia paceman Pat Cummins will return home after the one-day international series in India to freshen up for the Ashes Test series, Cricket Australia said on Friday. Cummins, who has a history of injuries, will play out the current five-match ODI series but will miss Australia's three Twenty20...

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India win toss, bat against Australia
Sep 21

India win toss, bat against Australia

Kolkata : India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first in the second one-day international against Australia at Eden Gardens on Thursday. The hosts, who lead the five-match series 1-0, have retained the XI that beat Australia by 26 runs in the rain-hit first ODI in Chennai on Sunday. "Nice and...

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Rain threatens second India-Australia ODI
Sep 20

Rain threatens second India-Australia ODI

Kolkata : Heavy rain that lashed the eastern city of Kolkata on Wednesday forced the Australian and Indian teams to skip net practice on the eve of their second one-day international. The ground staff at Eden Gardens have covered the playing area for the last three days due to the seasonal downpour. The first match...

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Pakistan bans Latif for five years over spot-fixing
Sep 20

Pakistan bans Latif for five years over spot-fixing

Lahore : Pakistan cricket's anti-corruption tribunal Wednesday banned opener Khalid Latif for five years and fined him one million rupees ($9,489) over a spot-fixing case, the second casualty after teammate Sharjeel Khan was banned late last month. "Latif is banned for five years and fined one million rupees after...

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Kohli praises Pandya after India opening win
Sep 18

Kohli praises Pandya after India opening win

Chennai : Skipper Virat Kohli hailed Hardik Pandya's game-changing performance Sunday after the all-rounder powered India to a 26-run win over Australia in the rain-hit first one-day international. Pandya smashed a 66-ball 83 and claimed two wickets to give the hosts a 1-0 lead in the five-match series at Chennai's...

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India post 281-7 in 1st ODI against Australia
Sep 17

India post 281-7 in 1st ODI against Australia

Chennai : Half-centuries by Hardik Pandya and Mahendra Singh Dhoni helped India post 281/7 in the opening one-day international against Australia in Chennai on Sunday.  Electing to bat, the hosts lost five early wickets before Pandya, who hit 83, and Dhoni, who scored 79, shared a 118-run sixth-wicket...

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Du Plessis hails Pakistan progress for international cricket
Sep 16

Du Plessis hails Pakistan progress for international cricket

Lahore : South African skipper Faf du Plessis Saturday admitted he was nervous ahead of the World XI tour of Pakistan but praised the hosts for ensuring a safe series which he said would help its revival of international cricket. Apart from five limited-overs games against minnows Zimbabwe in 2015,...

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 West Indies look to recalled Gayle for ODI inspiration
Sep 12

West Indies look to recalled Gayle for ODI inspiration

Belfast : The recall of Chris Gayle to the West Indies ODI squad, for the first time since the 2015 World Cup, has dominated the countdown to the upcoming five-match series against England. But Gayle -- one of the biggest draws in the game -- is likely to make...

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Root eyes 'special' Ashes triumph after Windies win
Sep 10

Root eyes 'special' Ashes triumph after Windies win

London : Joe Root believes England have the capacity to do "something special" by retaining the Ashes in Australia, after they wrapped up a 2-1 Test series victory against West Indies at Lord's on Saturday. A nine-wicket win inside three days at the 'home of cricket' meant England had won both of Root's first two...

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Anderson bowls England to series win
Sep 10

Anderson bowls England to series win

Londres, United Kingdom : James Anderson took the best innings figures of his Test career as England completed a nine-wicket and series-clinching victory against West Indies at Lord’s yesterday. Anderson followed up his Friday feat of becoming the first England bowler and only sixth in history to take...

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Australia-India series starts September 17
Sep 08

Australia-India series starts September 17

New Delhi : Australia will play a warm-up game in Chennai on Tuesday before starting a series of one day internationals against India, the hosts said. The Baggy Greens will take on Virat Kohli's India in five ODIs and three Twenty20 matches starting September 17. Next month India host New Zealand for...

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Australia beat Bangladesh by 7 wickets in 2nd Test
Sep 07

Australia beat Bangladesh by 7 wickets in 2nd Test

Chittagong : Off-spinner Nathan Lyon was the hero as Australia beat Bangladesh by seven wickets in the second and final Test in Chittagong to level the series at 1-1 on Thursday. Chasing 86 for victory on a deteriorating day four pitch, the visitors lost their top three batsmen before Peter Handscomb and Glenn...

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Australia 111-2 at tea in 2nd Bangladesh Test
Sep 05

Australia 111-2 at tea in 2nd Bangladesh Test

Chittagong : Australia were 111-2 at tea on day two of the second and final Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong on Tuesday. Opener David Warner on 42 and Peter Handscomb on five were at the crease, with the visitors still trailing Bangladesh by 194 in their first innings. Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam bowled...

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India thrash Sri Lanka, take series 5-0
Sep 04

India thrash Sri Lanka, take series 5-0

Colombo : Virat Kohli hit his second century in a row as India thrashed Sri Lanka by six wickets in the fifth one-day international Sunday to inflict a humiliating 5-0 series defeat on the beleaguered hosts. Kohli smashed nine fours in his unbeaten 110-run knock to help the visitors achieve the target of 239 with...

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 Sri Lanka win toss, bat against India
Sep 03

Sri Lanka win toss, bat against India

Colombo : Sri Lankan captain Upul Tharanga won the toss and elected to bat in the fifth and final one-day international against India in Colombo on Sunday. Tharanga came back to the side in place of Kusal Mendis after missing the previous game with an injury in the only change to the Sri Lankan team. The hosts are...

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Pakistan bans Sharjeel for five years over spot-fixing
Aug 30

Pakistan bans Sharjeel for five years over spot-fixing

Lahore : Pakistan's anti-corruption tribunal Wednesday banned opener Sharjeel Khan for five years over a spot-fixing case that has rocked the Pakistan Super League, the latest scandal to taint the sport in the cricket-crazy country. The 28-year-old dashing left-handed opener was provisionally...

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 Bangladesh beat Australia by 20 runs in first Test
Aug 30

Bangladesh beat Australia by 20 runs in first Test

Dhaka : Bangladesh registered their first ever win over Australia in Test cricket, beating Steve Smith's men by 20 runs in Dhaka on Wednesday. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan took five wickets for 85 runs to help the hosts bowl out Australia, who were chasing 265 for victory, for 244 shortly into the second session...

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Australia set 265 to win first Bangladesh Test
Aug 29

Australia set 265 to win first Bangladesh Test

Dhaka : Bangladesh on Tuesday set Australia a target of 265 runs to win the opening Test after opener Tamim Iqbal top-scored with 78, his second half-century of the match. Bangladesh appeared on course for a bigger second innings total but off-spinner Nathan Lyon claimed 6-82 to help Australia restrict the...

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Spinners put Bangladesh on top against Australia
Aug 28

Spinners put Bangladesh on top against Australia

Dhaka : Bangladesh's spinners picked up three crucial wickets, including skipper Steve Smith, to push Australia onto the back foot on day two of the opening Test in Dhaka on Monday. The visitors were 123 for six at lunch, still trailing Bangladesh by 137 runs with  Glenn Maxwell on eight and Matthew Wade on five...

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New Zealand to stage inaugural pink-ball Test
Aug 28

New Zealand to stage inaugural pink-ball Test

Wellington : New Zealand will host its first day-night Test match against England in Auckland next March, officials said Monday. The pink-ball Test under lights had been pencilled in earlier this year to start on March 22 at Eden Park but needed consents from Auckland Council, which have now been granted. New...

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India clinch ODI series against Sri Lanka
Aug 28

India clinch ODI series against Sri Lanka

Pellekele : Opener Rohit Sharma's sublime century combined with a maiden five-wicket haul by paceman Jasprit Bumrah powered India to a series-clinching win against Sri Lanka in the third one-day international on Sunday. Chasing 218 for victory, Sharma hit a 145-ball 124 not out to steer the visitors home...

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Sri Lanka win toss, bat against India
Aug 27

Sri Lanka win toss, bat against India

Pallekele : Sri Lanka's stand-in-captain Chamara Kapugedera won the toss Sunday and chose to bat in the third one-day international against India in Pallekele. The hosts, who trail the five-match series 2-0, have made two changes to their starting lineup after regular captain Upul Tharanga was slapped with a...

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Bangladesh bowled out for 260 against Australia
Aug 27

Bangladesh bowled out for 260 against Australia

Dhaka : Bangladesh were bowled out for 260 on the opening day of the first Test against Australia at Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Sunday. Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon and Ashton Agar claimed three wickets each while Shakib Al Hasan (84) and Tamim Iqbal (71) hit half-centuries in what was their...

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England bat against West Indies in second Test
Aug 25

England bat against West Indies in second Test

Leeds : England captain Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat against the West Indies in the second Test at Headingley on Friday. England made one change from the side that thrashed the West Indies by an innings and 209 runs as they won the inaugural day/night Test in Britain inside...

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India beat Sri Lanka by 3 wickets in 2nd ODI
Aug 25

India beat Sri Lanka by 3 wickets in 2nd ODI

Pallekele : Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar anchored India's chase after a stunning batting collapse as the visitors edged past Sri Lanka by three wickets in the second one-day international Thursday. Leg-spinner Akila Dananjaya returned career-best figures of 6-54 to make India stutter at 131-7 while...

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India win toss and bowl against Sri Lanka
Aug 24

India win toss and bowl against Sri Lanka

Pallekele : India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bowl against Sri Lanka in their second one-day international in Pallekele on Thursday. The visitors, who lead the five-match series 1-0, have retained the XI that crushed Sri Lanka by nine wickets in Dambulla on Sunday. "You might see...

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Sri Lanka launches inquiry into recent defeats
Aug 24

Sri Lanka launches inquiry into recent defeats

Colombo : Sri Lanka is launching an investigation into the woeful state of cricket on the island, the sports minister said Thursday, amid a string of humiliating losses and calls for an administrative overhaul. Dayasiri Jayasekera said he was inviting former administrators, players, sports experts and journalists to...

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Pujara returns to boost Nottinghamshire promotion bid
Aug 23

Pujara returns to boost Nottinghamshire promotion bid

London : Indian batting star Cheteshwar Pujara's return to English county Nottinghamshire will give them a significant boost, head coach Peter Moores said on Wednesday. Notts are well-placed for an immediate return to the eight-team elite of the county championship as they lead Worcestershire at the top of the...

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England legend Boycott apologises for 'unacceptable' remark
Aug 22

England legend Boycott apologises for 'unacceptable' remark

London : Controversial England batting legend Geoff Boycott made a grovelling apology on Tuesday for remarking he needed to "black up his face" to get a knighthood at an event last week. The 76-year-old astonished his audience with his comment during a question and answer session in one of the intervals at...

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India’s Joshi to help Bangladesh spinners for Aussie Tests
Aug 22

India’s Joshi to help Bangladesh spinners for Aussie Tests

Dhaka : Bangladesh's cricket board announced Tuesday that former Indian bowler Sunil Joshi has been appointed the squad's spin consultant after Australian Stuart MacGill turned down the coaching gig. Joshi, a left-arm spinner, will join the squad as a bowling coach ahead of their first Test against Australia starting...

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Australia cancels Bangladesh warm-up match
Aug 21

Australia cancels Bangladesh warm-up match

Dhaka : Australia has cancelled the only warm-up match of their two-Test tour of Bangladesh due to poor conditions at the ground, officials said Monday. The two-day match at Fatullah, slated to start Tuesday, had been in doubt since heavy rain partially flooded part of the field. It was the only warm-up fixture of...

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Sri Lanka coach slams selection policy after defeat
Aug 21

Sri Lanka coach slams selection policy after defeat

Dambulla : Sri Lanka's cricket coach Nick Pothas has blamed outside interference for a string of poor performances, saying frequent changes to the selection line-up had made his job "very difficult". Pothas hit out after Sri Lanka, who suffered a 3-0 Test whitewash at home last week, went down to India by nine...

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