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N Zealand beat South Africa in second ODI, levels series

Posted by on 22/02/2017
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N Zealand beat South Africa in second ODI, levels series

N Zealand beat South Africa in second ODI, levels series

CHRISTCHURCH:  Ross Taylor set a national record for most centuries in one-day international cricket with an unbeaten 102 that guided New Zealand to a tense, series-leveling six-run win over South Africa yesterday. Taylor reached his 17th one-day international century from the last ball of the New Zealand innings to overtake Nathan Astle (16) as New […]

Zampa and Klinger star in Australia’s 41-run T20 win

Posted by on 22/02/2017
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Zampa and Klinger star in Australia’s 41-run T20 win

Zampa and Klinger star in Australia’s 41-run T20 win

ADELAIDE: Leg-spinner Adam Zampa claimed three wickets to bowl Australia to victory and avoid a Twenty20 series wipeout against Sri Lanka in Adelaide yesterday. Man-of-the-match Zampa, who was left out of the previous match as the Sri Lankans won to clinch the three-match series, captured three for 25 at a crucial stage as Australia went […]

India wins Women’s WCup qualifying final

Posted by on 21/02/2017
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India wins Women’s WCup qualifying final

India wins Women’s WCup qualifying final

COLOMBO: Hamanpreet Kaur hit a six and ran briskly for two runs during the last two balls to steal a tense one-wicket win for India over South Africa in the final of the Women’s Cricket World Cup qualifiers yesterday. Kaur scored a run-a-ball 41 in India’s 245-9 in 50 overs in reply to South Africa’s […]

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

Posted by on 20/02/2017
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England’s Stokes sold for record $2.16m at IPL

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

BANGALORE:  England players attracted megabucks bids in the Indian Premier League auction yesterday, with all-rounder Ben Stokes setting a new record for a foreigner by joining the Rising Pune Supergiants for more than $2 million. England pace bowler Tymal Mills was the big surprise as he went to the Royal Challengers Bangalore for $1.8 million, […]

Bye-bye ‘Boom Boom’ as Afridi ends career

Posted by on 20/02/2017
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Bye-bye ‘Boom Boom’ as Afridi ends career

Bye-bye ‘Boom Boom’ as Afridi ends career

SHARJAH:  Legendary Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi on Sunday announced his retirement from international cricket, ending an illustrious and sometimes controversial 21-year career. The 36-year-old star had already quit Tests in 2010 and ODI cricket after the 2015 World Cup but still skippered the Pakistan Twenty20 team at the 2016 world championships in India. He stepped […]

Smith replaces Dhoni as IPL team skipper

Posted by on 19/02/2017
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Smith replaces Dhoni as IPL team skipper

Smith replaces Dhoni as IPL team skipper

NEW DELHI: Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been removed as skipper of his Indian Premier League team with Australia’s Steve Smith replacing him for the upcoming tournament, an official statement said yesterday. Dhoni, who stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain last month, will continue to play as wicketkeeper-batsman for the Rising Pune Supergiants in the Twenty20 […]

De Villiers gets S Africa home with a ball to spare

Posted by on 19/02/2017
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De Villiers gets S Africa home with a ball to spare

De Villiers gets S Africa home with a ball to spare

HAMILTON: A polished Quinton de Kock half century laid the foundation for South Africa’s four wicket win over New Zealand in a tense finish to a rain-shortened opening one-day international in Hamilton yesterday. In a clash that went down to the wire, it was a man-of-the-match performance from de Kock on a wicket that took […]

Kohli and Smith inspire new Eng captain Root

Posted by on 16/02/2017
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Kohli and Smith inspire new Eng captain Root

Kohli and Smith inspire new Eng captain Root

LEEDS: Joe Root hopes becoming a Test captain will take his batting to the “next level”, just as it’s done for India’s Virat Kohli and Australia’s Steve Smith. Root was confirmed as England’s new Test skipper, following Alastair Cook’s resignation, despite the likes of former Test spinner Graeme Swann saying it could adversely affect his […]

Root vows to captain England ‘his way’

Posted by on 15/02/2017
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Root vows to captain England ‘his way’

Root vows to captain England ‘his way’

LEEDS:  Joe Root insisted he would captain England “his way” as he gave his first insight into how he would lead the Test side. Two days on from being named as the successor to former England Test skipper Alastair Cook, Yorkshire batsman Root outlined his approach when speaking to reporters at his Headingley home ground […]

Ashwin ‘Bradman of bowling’: Steve Waugh

Posted by on 15/02/2017
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Ashwin ‘Bradman of bowling’: Steve Waugh

Ashwin ‘Bradman of bowling’: Steve Waugh

NEW DELHI:  Former skipper Steve Waugh has warned that Australia’s only hope of beating India in their upcoming series is by taming Ravichandran Ashwin, branding the record-breaking spinner “the Bradman of bowling”. After the off spinner became the fastest bowler to claim 250 Test wickets last weekend, Waugh paid Ashwin the ultimate Australian compliment by […]

Cricket flourishes in Kuwaiti desert

Posted by on 14/02/2017
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Cricket flourishes in Kuwaiti desert

Cricket flourishes in Kuwaiti desert

KUWAIT: Despite its name, the Kuwait Swedish Cricket Club is not made up of eleven sunscreen-covered Svens and Bjorns, protecting their fair skin from the Gulf sun. Swedes don’t play cricket. The team’s captain, Ali Busheri, laughs at the thought as he speeds through traffic. The club’s unique name comes from its sponsor, the Kuwait […]

Sledging? Go for it, says Australia’s Smith

Posted by on 14/02/2017
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Sledging? Go for it, says Australia’s Smith

Sledging? Go for it, says Australia’s Smith

MUMBAI:  Australian captain Steve Smith raised the temperature yesterday ahead of the first Test against India, calling on his players to “go for it” with the verbal volleys and on-field aggression.  India-Australia series are notoriously feisty affairs-the 2008 contest Down Under was almost called off following the infamous “Monkeygate” incident as animosity between the old […]

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