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Mar 3, 2015

Australia were ‘nervous’ against New Zealand – Johnson

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Nerves got the better of Australia’s batting lineup in their dramatic World Cup loss to New Zealand at the weekend and they may have been overawed by the occasion, Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson said.

New Zealand skittled Australia’s batsmen for 151 runs in 32.2 overs before holding on for a nerve-jangling one-wicket win at a packed Eden Park on Saturday.

Mar 2, 2015

Cricket-Australia were “nervous” against New Zealand – Johnson

MELBOURNE, March 3 (Reuters) – Nerves got the better of Australia’s batting lineup in their dramatic World Cup loss to New Zealand at the weekend and they may have been overawed by the occasion, Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson said.

New Zealand skittled Australia’s batsmen for 151 runs in 32.2 overs before holding on for a nerve-jangling one-wicket win at a packed Eden Park on Saturday.

Feb 26, 2015

Sloppy Bangladesh fall flat in MCG debut

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Bangladesh waited nearly 30 years and 296 one-day matches for their chance to grace the storied Melbourne Cricket Ground but failed to live up to the occasion on Thursday with an abominable fielding display in their 92-run World Cup loss to Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh entered the match in good cheer after an opening win against Afghanistan and brought what many considered a bonus point after their second match against Australia was washed out.

Feb 26, 2015

Cricket-Sloppy Bangladesh fall flat in MCG debut

MELBOURNE, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Bangladesh waited nearly 30 years and 296 one-day matches for their chance to grace the storied Melbourne Cricket Ground but failed to live up to the occasion on Thursday with an abominable fielding display in their 92-run World Cup loss to Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh entered the match in good cheer after an opening win against Afghanistan and brought what many considered a bonus point after their second match against Australia was washed out.

Feb 26, 2015

Sri Lankan seniors enjoy Bangladesh cake-walk

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Stalwarts Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara underlined the huge loss of batting talent Sri Lanka cricket must eventually face when the pair struck match-winning centuries to sink Bangladesh at the World Cup on Thursday.

The evergreen batsmen, a collective 75 years in age, teamed up for a majestic unbeaten stand of 210 runs to set up an emphatic 92-run victory at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, boosting Sri Lanka’s hopes of making the quarter-finals after a stuttering start to their campaign.

Feb 26, 2015

Cricket-Sri Lankan seniors enjoy Bangladesh cake-walk

MELBOURNE, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Stalwarts Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara underlined the huge loss of batting talent Sri Lanka cricket must eventually face when the pair struck match-winning centuries to sink Bangladesh at the World Cup on Thursday.

The evergreen batsmen, a collective 75 years in age, teamed up for a majestic unbeaten stand of 210 runs to set up an emphatic 92-run victory at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, boosting Sri Lanka’s hopes of making the quarter-finals after a stuttering start to their campaign.

Feb 26, 2015

Dilshan, Sangakkara hit tons as Sri Lanka punish Bangladesh

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara sparkled with centuries in an unbeaten 210-run stand as Sri Lanka set a wasteful Bangladesh 333 for victory in their World Cup Pool A clash in Melbourne on Thursday.

Evergreen opener Dilshan smashed 161 off 146 balls and fellow veteran Sangakkara made 105 off 76 as Sri Lanka profited from an appalling performance by Bangladesh in the field despite the sublime conditions at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Feb 26, 2015

Cricket-Dilshan, Sangakkara hit tons as Sri Lanka punish Bangladesh

MELBOURNE, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara sparkled with centuries in an unbeaten 210-run stand as Sri Lanka set a wasteful Bangladesh 333 for victory in their World Cup Pool A clash in Melbourne on Thursday.

Evergreen opener Dilshan smashed 161 off 146 balls and fellow veteran Sangakkara made 105 off 76 as Sri Lanka profited from an appalling performance by Bangladesh in the field despite the sublime conditions at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Feb 25, 2015

Knock-out urgency comes early for Sri Lanka

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Out-of-form Sri Lanka must play every pool game at the World Cup as if it were a knockout match to ignite their stuttering campaign, captain Angelo Mathews said on Wednesday.

Runners-up at the last two tournaments, the Sri Lankans were thrashed in their opening match against New Zealand and then had to rely on a match-saving ton from retiring stalwart Mahela Jayawardene to survive a huge scare against minnows Afghanistan.

Feb 25, 2015

Cricket-Knock-out urgency comes early for Sri Lanka

MELBOURNE, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Out-of-form Sri Lanka must play every pool game at the World Cup as if it were a knockout match to ignite their stuttering campaign, captain Angelo Mathews said on Wednesday.

Runners-up at the last two tournaments, the Sri Lankans were thrashed in their opening match against New Zealand and then had to rely on a match-saving ton from retiring stalwart Mahela Jayawardene to survive a huge scare against minnows Afghanistan.

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