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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.

Feb 15, 2015

Strife-torn Windies looking to hit the re-set button

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – An “upbeat” West Indies camp are looking forward to the World Cup opener against Ireland on Monday as a fresh beginning and a chance to put difficult times behind them, according to rookie captain Jason Holder.

West Indies head into the match in Nelson, New Zealand, with a shaken-up squad that has failed to gel since an acrimonious dispute over player contracts.

Feb 15, 2015

Cricket-Strife-torn Windies looking to hit the re-set button

MELBOURNE, Feb 15 (Reuters) – An “upbeat” West Indies camp are looking forward to the World Cup opener against Ireland on Monday as a fresh beginning and a chance to put difficult times behind them, according to rookie captain Jason Holder.

West Indies head into the match in Nelson, New Zealand, with a shaken-up squad that has failed to gel since an acrimonious dispute over player contracts.

Feb 14, 2015

Taylor misses out on century after umpire error

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Batsman James Taylor won admirers for playing a lone hand in England’s crushing loss in their World Cup opener to co-hosts Australia on Saturday, but may have been denied a maiden century by an umpiring error on the last ball of the match.

Taylor was on 98 in a final-wicket stand with tail-ender James Anderson when he was given out lbw by umpire Aleem Dar off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Feb 14, 2015

Australia subject England to Valentine’s Day torture

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Aaron Finch smashed a sparkling century as Australia dealt England a 111-run humiliation in their World Cup opener at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday.

Dropped on the second ball he faced, opening batsman Finch blasted 135 at his home ground to lay the platform for victory as the co-hosts piled on 342-9, two runs shy of the venue’s one-day international record.

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