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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.

Feb 25, 2015

Cricket-Australia will relish hostile New Zealand crowd – Watson

Feb 25 (Reuters) – A hostile crowd buoyed by New Zealand’s perfect start to the World Cup is set to turn Eden Park into a bear pit for visiting Australia on Saturday, but all-rounder Shane Watson is “excited” by the prospect of a rancorous reception.

Both countries’ fans have eagerly awaited the fixture, the first between the trans-Tasman Sea rivals in nearly two years and one likely to go a long way in deciding top spot in Pool A, which offers a more favourable position in the knockout rounds.

Feb 25, 2015

Cricket-World Cup match between Bangladesh v Sri Lanka

MELBOURNE, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Factbox on Thursday’s World Cup match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the Melbourne Cricket Ground:

BANGLADESH

Captain: Mashrafe Mortaza

Coach: Chandika Hathurusingha

Squad: Mashrafe Mortaza, Anamul Haq, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Arafat Sunny, Mominul Haq, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib-Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Taskin Ahmed, Taijul Islam, Shafiul Islam

Feb 23, 2015

West Indies say sleeping giant Gayle ready to fire

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Despite a poor start to the World Cup and eight innings since his last one-day international half-century, West Indies opener Chris Gayle is “awake” and ready to fire up the Caribbeans with a big score, according to captain Jason Holder.

Gayle managed a scratchy 36 from 65 balls in the opening loss to Ireland and scored four in Saturday’s big win over Pakistan.

Feb 23, 2015

Cricket-West Indies say sleeping giant Gayle ready to fire

MELBOURNE, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Despite a poor start to the World Cup and eight innings since his last one-day international half-century, West Indies opener Chris Gayle is “awake” and ready to fire up the Caribbeans with a big score, according to captain Jason Holder.

Gayle managed a scratchy 36 from 65 balls in the opening loss to Ireland and scored four in Saturday’s big win over Pakistan.

Feb 23, 2015

Russell muscles West Indies back from World Cup brink

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Rumours of the demise of West Indies cricket seemed greatly exaggerated after the crushing defeat of Pakistan on Saturday and it was a member of the new generation in Andre Russell that breathed new life into the islanders’ World Cup.

The mohawked all-rounder earned man-of-the-match for blasting 42 from just 13 balls against Pakistan’s hapless death bowlers then following up with three wickets in the 150-run thrashing in Christchurch.

Feb 23, 2015

Cricket-Russell muscles West Indies back from World Cup brink

MELBOURNE, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Rumours of the demise of West Indies cricket seemed greatly exaggerated after the crushing defeat of Pakistan on Saturday and it was a member of the new generation in Andre Russell that breathed new life into the islanders’ World Cup.

The mohawked all-rounder earned man-of-the-match for blasting 42 from just 13 balls against Pakistan’s hapless death bowlers then following up with three wickets in the 150-run thrashing in Christchurch.

Feb 22, 2015

De Villiers deflated after South Africa confidence rocked

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – South Africa captain AB de Villiers will turn to his senior players to help lift the team out of the doldrums after they suffered a “big knock” to their confidence in a crushing defeat by India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Dominated with bat, ball and in the field, South Africa’s 130-run loss was their first to India at a World Cup and an alarming setback for a team tipped to dominate on the southern hemisphere wickets of Australia and New Zealand.

Feb 22, 2015

Cricket-De Villiers deflated after South Africa confidence rocked

MELBOURNE, Feb 22 (Reuters) – South Africa captain AB de Villiers will turn to his senior players to help lift the team out of the doldrums after they suffered a “big knock” to their confidence in a crushing defeat by India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Dominated with bat, ball and in the field, South Africa’s 130-run loss was their first to India at a World Cup and an alarming setback for a team tipped to dominate on the southern hemisphere wickets of Australia and New Zealand.

Feb 22, 2015

Dhawan dines out on tamed South Africa attack

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Delhi-born Shikhar Dhawan calls a leafy Melbourne suburb home for much of the year but on Sunday might have thought he was back in India when feted by a blue-clad horde of fans for a match-winning World Cup ton at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Dhawan’s sparkling 137 fired India to an imposing total of 307-7, setting up a 130-run hammering of highly-fancied South Africa in their Pool B clash in front of a crowd of over 86,000, a record for the tournament so far.

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