Bangladesh out World Cup

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1,261 total views, 1 views today BIRMINGHAM: Bangladesh would not be hoisting the World Cup trophy on July 14 but they will be remembered as the darlings of this tournament for the value they brought in terms of entertainment and fight. They were knocked out of the 12th Edition by a superior team in India but at times kept the busy streets of Mumbai quiet, as they fought down to the wire. Chasing 315 runs for victory, they batted bravely to get to 286 all out – losing the match by 29…

Pooran hundred in losing cause

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1,439 total views, 2 views today DURHAM: Angelo Mathews hadn’t bowled a ball in an ODI for 18 months and hadn’t even bowled in the nets all-tournament for Sri Lanka. But when the moment came he answered the call for his country and, with his very first ball, removed Nicholas Pooran in the 48th over to set up a dramatic win over the West Indies. In an enthralling ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup clash in Durham, the 32-year-old former all-rounder rolled back the years to quell a West Indies fightback. Pooran was…

Bairstow 111 as England wins

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1,612 total views, no views today BIRMINGHAM: If Jonny Bairstow was looking for reassurance that English crowds really do want the side to do well, he came to the right place. Of all the major international grounds, Edgbaston, on the outskirts of rejuvenated Birmingham, has become the most synonymous with support for the home side. Fans turn out in force, lubricate their larynxes and loyally shout on England from the first ball to the last. No more so than in the bustling Hollies Stand, the huge expanse named after the Warwickshire…

Imad brings it home for Pakistan

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1,955 total views, 1 views today BIRMINGHAM: Hostility. Fear factor. Control. Wicket-taking ability. Everything a potential ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 champion team could wish to possess from a pace attack, Pakistan’s resurgent side have in abundance. It is little wonder Sarfaraz Ahmed’s outfit are given endless raucous support from their army of fans when they have fast-bowling trio Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi and Wahab Riaz to swoon over. On a day of glorious sunshine at Headingley, a sea of green banged their drums, blew their horns and generally made a…

Pakistan keep semifinal hopes alive after thrilling win over Afghanistan

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1,695 total views, no views today Imad Wasim and Wahab Riaz’s heroics wrestled victory from the jaws of defeat as Pakistan moved into the ICC Men’s World Cup top four with a nerve-jangling three-wicket win over Afghanistan in Leeds.   VIEW MATCH CENTRE Sarfraz Ahmed’s men have invoked the spirt of their 1992 champions following a difficult start to the competition and entered Saturday’s clash at Headingley on the back of successive victories over South Africa and New Zealand. But they were forced to work for victory in the face of…

England’s World Cup on the line against India

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1,357 total views, no views today Birmingham (United Kingdom) (AFP) – How has it come to this?It’s a question many England fans will be asking now their side’s World Cup hopes are in the balance. An England side widely tipped to end their World Cup drought by triumphing on home soil find themselves facing the very real prospect of a first-round exit heading into their match against unbeaten India at Edgbaston on Sunday. England, despite coming into the World Cup as the top-ranked side in one-day internationals, have lost three pool…

Amla takes South Africa home

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606 total views, no views today South Africa would love the chance to start this World Cup all over again, but they will have to console themselves with a Hashim Amla throwback instead. The South African great rolled back the years with a masterclass in Durham on Friday as his side completed a routine nine-wicket win over Sri Lanka. For what might be the final time at an ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup – Amla laid the platform for a Proteas side that, while already eliminated, are clearly determined to finish with…

India crushes West Indies

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969 total views, no views today MANCHESTER: India has the look of a team just coming nicely to the boil, much like the English summer that is forecast to reach heatwave territory at the weekend. Their 125-run victory knocked West Indies out of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup and maintained their status as the only unbeaten side left in this tournament. India reclaimed the No.1 spot in the ICC ODI Team Rankings for the first time in 14 months – to add to their equivalent status in the Test rankings…

1992 all over again as Pakistan take identical World Cup path

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1,072 total views, no views today Birmingham (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Twenty-seven years and a generation apart, Pakistan’s World Cup bears striking similarities with their 1992 campaign — when they started slowly but ended up lifting the trophy in Melbourne. An identical sequence of wins and losses, and other eerie parallels, have struck a chord with millions of fans who believe that Pakistan could be set to come out on top once again. In both World Cups, Pakistan started with a one-sided defeat to the West Indies, before recovering to win…