Rain has final say in Bangla vs Sri Lanka clash

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780 total views, 1 views today BRISTOL: The Sri Lanka clash against Bangladesh in the ICC 2019 World Cup yesterday was abandoned without a ball being bowled as the rain continued to follow the Sri Lankans at the game’s masterpiece. Overnight and early morning rain in Bristol prevented the 10.30am and as the umpires were prepared to have an inspection the rains came again preventing even the toss. Groundstaff worked feverishly to get the situation under control and to remove the water from the outfield but it proved to no avail, as…

Bangladesh-Sri Lanka washout sets World Cup record

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727 total views, 2 views today Bristol (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s World Cup match against Bangladesh was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain in Bristol on Tuesday. The umpires’ decision left tournament organisers with the unwanted record for the most number of abandoned games at a World Cup, surpassing the two each at the 1992 tournament in Australia and New Zealand and the 2003 edition in southern Africa. It was the second successive World Cup match at Bristol that had fallen victim to bad weather, with Sri…

Du Plessis hopes De Villiers row sparks South Africa

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523 total views, 1 views today Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Faf Du Plessis hopes the controversy over AB De Villiers’ attempt to come out of retirement for the World Cup can fuel his side’s bid to rescue their spluttering campaign. South Africa’s World Cup hopes are hanging by a slender thread after Monday’s match against the West Indies was abandoned due to rain in Southampton. It was the latest blow for South Africa captain Du Plessis, who had presided over three successive defeats before the weather ruined the West Indies game.…

Sri Lanka batting coach backs Mendis and Mathews to come good

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190 total views, no views today Bristol (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Sri Lanka batting coach Jon Lewis believes it is just a matter of time before Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews hit form at the World Cup. Experienced all-rounder Mathews has yet to open his account after ducks against both New Zealand and Afghanistan while Mendis has scarcely been more productive with a nought in the defeat by the Black Caps followed by just two runs in a tense win over the Afghans. Sri Lanka, whose last match against Pakistan was…

Australia still World Cup contenders after India loss insists Waugh

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87 total views, 1 views today London (AFP) – Steve Waugh insists Australia’s World Cup defeat against title rivals India won’t derail the holders’ bid to retain the trophy. Australia were beaten for the first time in this year’s World Cup as India cruised to a 36-run win at the Oval on Sunday. Aaron Finch’s side were pummelled by India’s batsman and then struggled to launch a serious run-chase, leading some critics to suggest they aren’t up to the task of winning the tournament. But former Australia captain Waugh, a two-time World…

India World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh ends cricket roller-coaster

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23 total views, 1 views today Mumbai (AFP) – Yuvraj Singh, a winner of two World Cup titles who overcame cancer and a drop in form to fight his way back into India’s national side, announced Monday that he is retiring from cricket. “It was a great roller coaster ride and beautiful story but it has to come to an end.It was the right time to go,” the 37-year-old left-hand batsman told a press conference in Mumbai. At his peak, Yuvraj was a rip-roaring batsman.He hit 14 centuries in one-day internationals and…

West Indies ready for Archer test says Reifer

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11 total views, 2 views today Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – West Indies head coach Floyd Reifer insists his batsmen are up for the challenge of taming England’s electric pace bowler Jofra Archer in their World Cup clash on Friday. Archer was born in Barbados to a British father and played for West Indies Under-19s before declaring his allegiance to England earlier this year. The 24-year-old qualified for England in March and the match against the West Indies in Southampton will be just his seventh one-day international appearance. In that short time,…

Amir aims for another Taunton triumph as Australia await

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9 total views, no views today Taunton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Mohammad Amir will hope to enjoy another landmark occasion at Taunton when Pakistan face Australia there in a World Cup match on Wednesday. The group fixture at southwest county Somerset’s headquarters sees Amir back at the ground where he made his return to first-class cricket in England three years ago. Amir was the rising star of world cricket when his career came to a stunning halt during a Lord’s Test in 2010 after both he and new-ball partner Mohamed Asif…

Thumb injury leave India star Dhawan’s World Cup in doubt

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10 total views, 1 views today Nottingham (United Kingdom) (AFP) – India’s Shikhar Dhawan was ing reports on Tuesday over a thumb injury that has put his World Cup participation in doubt. Dhawan led India to their second straight win of the 50-over showpiece event with a 109-ball 117 against reigning champions Australia at the Oval on Sunday but took a hit to his left thumb during the course of his innings. Team physio Patrick Farhart is due to make a decision on the extent of Dhawan’s injury later Tuesday but reports…

South Africa v West Indies World Cup match rained off

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10 total views, 1 views today Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – The World Cup match between South Africa and the West Indies was abandoned on Monday after persistent heavy rain in Southampton, with both sides earning a point each. Earlier, West Indies paceman Sheldon Cottrell reduced Faf du Plessis’s team to 29 for two before rain stopped play. “Very disappointing, but you can’t control the weather.We didn’t get close to a game,” Du Plessis said. The West Indies are back in Southampton on Friday to play England and skipper Jason Holder hopes…