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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.

Feb 21, 2015

Cricket-India seeking self-belief boost against Proteas – Kohli

MELBOURNE, Feb 21 (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.

Feb 16, 2015

Strife-torn Windies suffer fresh blow with Ireland loss

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Alarm bells have long been ringing in the Caribbean over the West Indies’ chaotic buildup to the World Cup and those fears were realised on Monday when the islanders slumped to a four-wicket loss to Ireland in Nelson.

Coming off a thrashing to England and an embarrassing scare against Scotland in the warmups, the wheels well and truly fell off at Saxton Oval as Ireland’s batsmen reeled in their first innings total of 304-7 with over four overs to spare.

Feb 16, 2015

Cricket-Strife-torn Windies suffer fresh blow with Ireland loss

MELBOURNE, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Alarm bells have long been ringing in the Caribbean over the West Indies’ chaotic buildup to the World Cup and those fears were realised on Monday when the islanders slumped to a four-wicket loss to Ireland in Nelson.

Coming off a thrashing to England and an embarrassing scare against Scotland in the warmups, the wheels well and truly fell off at Saxton Oval as Ireland’s batsmen reeled in their first innings total of 304-7 with over four overs to spare.

Feb 16, 2015

Maxwell shows up in time for World Cup

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Glenn Maxwell has occasionally burnt the fingers of those who have invested in him but the mercurial all-rounder could be set to produce big dividends in Australia’s World Cup campaign.

The hard-hitting 26-year-old was dubbed ‘The Big Show’ after winning a million-dollar contract to play in the 2013 Indian Premier League.

Feb 16, 2015

Cricket-Maxwell shows up in time for World Cup

MELBOURNE, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Glenn Maxwell has occasionally burnt the fingers of those who have invested in him but the mercurial all-rounder could be set to produce big dividends in Australia’s World Cup campaign.

The hard-hitting 26-year-old was dubbed ‘The Big Show’ after winning a million-dollar contract to play in the 2013 Indian Premier League.

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