Sharma leads India to victory

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872 total views, no views today It was fitting that on his first Father’s Day as a new dad, Rohit Sharma should produce a match-winning performance for India – especially as he credits his daughter for his current stellar form. Sharma’s wife Ritika gave birth to the couple’s first child, Samaira, back in December and the opener claims that life-changing moment off the field has provided him with the serenity needed to excel out in the middle. Pakistan certainly won’t argue that the 32-year-old wasn’t at his brilliant best as he…

Finch takes Aussies to win

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792 total views, no views today LONDON: Two very good fast bowlers can win you matches and after an epic 153 from skipper Aaron Finch he threw the ball to Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins and the result was another defeat for a fighting Sri Lanka at the 2019 World Cup by 87 runs. Midway into the afternoon at the Kia Oval, the massive Sri Lankan fan base was dreaming of a memorable win. While some dreamt, others took a trip down memory lane, as the opening pair of skipper Dimuth…

Become heroes with India win, Arthur tells Pakistan

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668 total views, no views today Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pakistan’s head coach Mickey Arthur urged his players to become heroes by beating bitter rivals India in a World Cup match for the first time at Old Trafford on Sunday. India have won all six previous meetings in World Cups, but Arthur has told his players to rise to the occasion. “It doesn’t get more exciting,” said Arthur on the eve of the match.”I am telling our players in the dressing room, you could be a hero tomorrow. “Your careers…

West Indies lose to England

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503 total views, 1 views today SOUTHAMPTON: Jason Holder insists Andre Russell’s fitness is a gamble worth taking, after the all-rounder pulled up with another injury in their eight-wicket defeat by England. The 31-year-old – who can reach 90mph with the ball and smack big scores with the bat – went off with a knee injury after bowling to Jonny Bairstow. He also left the field during their game with Australia, his troublesome knee again flaring up, and missed the washed-out match with South Africa on Monday. However, Russell is still a…

Australia defeats Pakistan

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610 total views, no views today TAUNTON: A critical review against Wahab Riaz went the way of Australia and summed up just how close their 2019 World Cup battle at Taunton was, as they took a nail-biting win in the end. David Warner found his mojo to crack a hundred and skipper Aaron Finch took care of the early going as Australia posted 307 all out, after looking as if they would have scored 400. Pakistan then replied at pace and although wickets were falling they wanted to stay within touching…

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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191 total views, 1 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 abandoned…

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…