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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.

Feb 22, 2015

Cricket-Dhawan dines out on tamed South Africa attack

MELBOURNE, Feb 22 (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.

Feb 22, 2015

Dhawan shines with ton, India set South Africa 308 to win

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan scored a sparkling century to frustrate South Africa’s vaunted pace attack as India set the Proteas 308 to win their World Cup clash at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

At a stadium festooned with India flags and heaving with blue-clad supporters, Melbourne resident Dhawan’s 137 anchored century partnerships with Virat Kohli (46) and Ajinkya Rahane (79) as AB de Villiers’ men toiled on a steamy day in the field.

Feb 22, 2015

Cricket-Dhawan shines with ton, India set South Africa 308 to win

MELBOURNE, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan scored a sparkling century to frustrate South Africa’s vaunted pace attack as India set the Proteas 308 to win their World Cup clash at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

At a stadium festooned with India flags and heaving with blue-clad supporters, Melbourne resident Dhawan’s 137 anchored century partnerships with Virat Kohli (46) and Ajinkya Rahane (79) as AB de Villiers’ men toiled on a steamy day in the field.

Feb 22, 2015

India win toss, bat first against South Africa

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and sent his team in to bat first in their World Cup Pool B clash against South Africa in Melbourne on Sunday.

India have named an unchanged lineup from the team that won their World Cup opener against Pakistan in Adelaide last Sunday, while South Africa have dropped Farhaan Behardien in favour of another all-rounder, Wayne Parnell.

Feb 22, 2015

Cricket-India win toss, bat first against South Africa

MELBOURNE, Feb 22 (Reuters) – India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and sent his team in to bat first in their World Cup Pool B clash against South Africa in Melbourne on Sunday.

India have named an unchanged lineup from the team that won their World Cup opener against Pakistan in Adelaide last Sunday, while South Africa have dropped Farhaan Behardien in favour of another all-rounder, Wayne Parnell.

Feb 21, 2015

India seeking self-belief boost against Proteas – Kohli

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – After finally playing like a unit in their World Cup opener against Pakistan, India will seek their first victory at the global showpiece against South Africa on Sunday for an “immense self-belief booster”, batsman Virat Kohli has said.

Reigning world champions India thrashed arch-rivals Pakistan by 76 runs in Adelaide on Sunday for a timely shot of confidence after a dreadful one-day international tournament against World Cup co-hosts Australia and England in the lead-up.

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