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Mar 13, 2015

Bangladesh flourish through Mahmudullah century

HAMILTON, New Zealand (Reuters) – Bangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah made the most of being dropped at slip after scoring just one run to register his second one-day century in a World Cup Pool A match against New Zealand on Friday After Bangladesh had been put into bat, Mahmudullah (128 not out) batted with increasing authority to steer his team to a challenging 288 for seven and ensure they became the first team to bat through their 50 overs against the unbeaten co-hosts.

Both sides have already qualified for the quarter-finals. At the start of the day-night match, the Bangladesh batsmen could hardly lay bat on ball as Tim Southee and Trent Boult swung the ball late on a hot, humid afternoon after steady rain had soaked Seddon Park on Thursday. Boult sent down three successive maidens then clean bowled Imrul Kayes for two, the batsman playing forward to a full delivery. Tamin Iqbal turned Boult off his legs for the first boundary of the game but then edged another full delivery to Corey Anderson at second slip and was out for 13.

Mar 13, 2015

Cricket-Bangladesh flourish through Mahmudullah century

HAMILTON, New Zealand, March 13 (Reuters) – Bangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah made the most of being dropped at slip after scoring just one run to register his second one-day century in a World Cup Pool A match against New Zealand on Friday

After Bangladesh had been put into bat, Mahmudullah (128 not out) batted with increasing authority to steer his team to a challenging 288 for seven and ensure they became the first team to bat through their 50 overs against the unbeaten co-hosts.

Mar 13, 2015

New Zealand make first change for Bangladesh clash

HAMILTON (Reuters) – Unbeaten New Zealand made their first team change of the World Cup on Friday when left-arm paceman Mitchell McClenaghan replaced the injured Adam Milne for their final Pool Amatch against Bangladesh. McClenaghan’s height and aggression will be an ideal complement to the speed and swing of Tim Southee and Trent Boult, and captain Brendon McCullum immediately opted to field after winning the toss in conditions which will suit the quick bowlers on a hot, steamy day after steady rain soaked Seddon Park on Thursday.

Bangladesh omitted captain Mashrafe Mortaza, who led his team to an historic win over England on Monday. Mortaza has been suffering from a sore throat but, perhaps more importantly, could have missed the quarter-finals if his team were fined for a second time for failing to bowl their 50 overs in the allotted time.

Mar 13, 2015

Cricket-New Zealand make first change for Bangladesh clash

HAMILTON, March 13 (Reuters) – Unbeaten New Zealand made their first team change of the World Cup on Friday when left-arm paceman Mitchell McClenaghan replaced the injured Adam Milne for their final Pool A match against Bangladesh.

McClenaghan’s height and aggression will be an ideal complement to the speed and swing of Tim Southee and Trent Boult, and captain Brendon McCullum immediately opted to field after winning the toss in conditions which will suit the quick bowlers on a hot, steamy day after steady rain soaked Seddon Park on Thursday.

Mar 12, 2015

Mortaza may miss New Zealand match after fine

HAMILTON, New Zealand (Reuters) – Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza, who masterminded the team’s cricket World Cup Pool A win over England, could skip Friday’s match against New Zealand after the team were fined for aslow over rate. Mortaza forfeited 40 percent of his match fee after Bangladesh were ruled to be two overs short when the time allotted to complete their 50 overs had expired against England on Monday.

The victory ensured Bangladesh advanced to the quarter-finals while England were eliminated. The Bangladesh captain, who is also suffering from a sore throat, takes extra time to complete his overs because of knee braces he wears after seven operations. If Bangladesh infringe again in Friday’s match Mortaza would be banned for the quarter-final, which is likely to be against India, and the team management may decide not to take the risk.

Mar 12, 2015

Cricket-Mortaza may miss New Zealand match after fine

HAMILTON, New Zealand, March 12 (Reuters) – Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza, who masterminded the team’s cricket World Cup Pool A win over England, could skip Friday’s match against New Zealand after the team were fined for a slow over rate.

Mortaza forfeited 40 percent of his match fee after Bangladesh were ruled to be two overs short when the time allotted to complete their 50 overs had expired against England on Monday.

Mar 10, 2015

Dhoni gives pace bowlers workout on slow pitch

HAMILTON, (Reuters) – India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni took the opportunity to give his pace bowlers a good workout on a slow pitch by delaying the introduction of his spinners in Tuesday’s World Cup match against Ireland at Seddon Park.

The defending champions have played each of their previous four Pool B matches in Australia and will complete the group stages against Zimbabwe at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.

Mar 10, 2015

Cricket-Dhoni gives pace bowlers workout on slow pitch

HAMILTON, March 10 (Reuters) – India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni took the opportunity to give his pace bowlers a good workout on a slow pitch by delaying the introduction of his spinners in Tuesday’s World Cup match against Ireland at Seddon Park.

The defending champions have played each of their previous four Pool B matches in Australia and will complete the group stages against Zimbabwe at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.

Mar 10, 2015

Ireland draw consolation from crushing India defeat

HAMILTON (Reuters) – Ireland captain William Porterfield drew consolation from posting the highest total against defending champions India in the cricket World Cup so far despite a crushing defeat on Tuesday.

India overhauled Ireland’s 259 all out in their Pool B match at Seddon Park for the lost of only two wickets in the 37th over. The Irish must win their final match against Pakistan in Adelaide on Sunday to clinch a place in the quarter-finals ahead of West Indies.

Mar 10, 2015

Cricket-Ireland draw consolation from crushing India defeat

HAMILTON, March 10 (Reuters) – Ireland captain William Porterfield drew consolation from posting the highest total against defending champions India in the cricket World Cup so far despite a crushing defeat on Tuesday.

India overhauled Ireland’s 259 all out in their Pool B match at Seddon Park for the lost of only two wickets in the 37th over. The Irish must win their final match against Pakistan in Adelaide on Sunday to clinch a place in the quarter-finals ahead of West Indies.

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