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Mar 10, 2015

Ireland bat first in push for quarter-final spot

HAMILTON (Reuters) – Ireland, who need to win one of their remaining two cricket World Cup matches to grab a quarter-final place ahead of West Indies, opted to bat first after winning the toss against India at Seddon Park on Tuesday. India were unchanged while Ireland, whose bowling has been the weakest feature of their game during the tournament, brought in pace bowler Stuart Thompson for spinner Andy McBrine. Defending champions India won all four of their opening matches in Australia and victory over the Irish would ensure they top the group.

The teams have played each other twice, in Belfast in 2007 and at the 2011 World in Bangalore, with India winning both times.

Mar 10, 2015

Cricket-Ireland bat first in push for quarter-final spot

HAMILTON, March 10 (Reuters) – Ireland, who need to win one of their remaining two cricket World Cup matches to grab a quarter-final place ahead of West Indies, opted to bat first after winning the toss against India at Seddon Park on Tuesday.

India were unchanged while Ireland, whose bowling has been the weakest feature of their game during the tournament, brought in pace bowler Stuart Thompson for spinner Andy McBrine.

Mar 7, 2015

Pakistan show how dangerous they can be

AUCKLAND (Reuters) – Pakistan made a winning return on Saturday to the venue where they defeated New Zealand in their 1992 cricket World Cup semi-final before going on to win the tournament for the first and only time.

After a shaky start to the Cup, including a crushing defeat by West Indies in Christchurch, Pakistan showed enough at Eden Park on Saturday in their 29-run win over pre-tournament favourites South Africa to demonstrate what dangerous opponents they can be.

Mar 7, 2015

South Africa revive old doubts in defeat

AUCKLAND (Reuters) – South Africa failed to chase down an opposition total for the second time in the cricket World Cup on Saturday to resurrect old doubts about their ability under pressure.

Captain AB de Villiers did his best to win the Pool B game against Pakistan on his own as wickets fell at the other end but his dismissal for 77 signalled the end of South Africa’s challenge.

Mar 7, 2015

Cricket-Pakistan show how dangerous they can be

AUCKLAND, March 7 (Reuters) – Pakistan made a winning return on Saturday to the venue where they defeated New Zealand in their 1992 cricket World Cup semi-final before going on to win the tournament for the first and only time.

After a shaky start to the Cup, including a crushing defeat by West Indies in Christchurch, Pakistan showed enough at Eden Park on Saturday in their 29-run win over pre-tournament favourites South Africa to demonstrate what dangerous opponents they can be.

Mar 7, 2015

Cricket-South Africa revive old doubts in defeat

AUCKLAND, March 7 (Reuters) – South Africa failed to chase down an opposition total for the second time in the cricket World Cup on Saturday to resurrect old doubts about their ability under pressure.

Captain AB de Villiers did his best to win the Pool B game against Pakistan on his own as wickets fell at the other end but his dismissal for 77 signalled the end of South Africa’s challenge.

Mar 7, 2015

Sarfraz equals record as Pakistan snatch victory

AUCKLAND (Reuters) – A hostile trio of Pakistan left-arm fast bowlers took full advantage of a pitch freshened by rain to hand pre-tournament favourites South Africa their second defeat in the cricket World Cup at Eden Park on Saturday.

Man-of-the-match Sarfraz Ahmed equalled the world record for catches by a wicketkeeper in a one-day international with six dismissals, taking his final catch as rain swept across the ground.

Mar 7, 2015

Cricket-Sarfraz equals record as Pakistan snatch victory

AUCKLAND, March 7 (Reuters) – A hostile trio of Pakistan left-arm fast bowlers took full advantage of a pitch freshened by rain to hand pre-tournament favourites South Africa their second defeat in the cricket World Cup at Eden Park on Saturday.

Man-of-the-match Sarfraz Ahmed equalled the world record for catches by a wicketkeeper in a one-day international with six dismissals, taking his final catch as rain swept across the ground.

Mar 7, 2015

Pakistan struggle with the bat in rain-shortened match

AUCKLAND, March 7 (Reuters) – Pakistan struggled to 222 from 46.4 overs in their rain-reduced cricket World Cup Pool B match against South Africa at Eden Park on Saturday after their top-order batsmen failed to capitalise on promising starts.

South Africa were set a target of 232 to win from 47 overs on the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Mar 7, 2015

Cricket-Pakistan struggle with the bat in rain-shortened match

AUCKLAND, March 7 (Reuters) – Pakistan struggled to 222 from 46.4 overs in their rain-reduced cricket World Cup Pool B match against South Africa at Eden Park on Saturday after their top-order batsmen failed to capitalise on promising starts.

South Africa were set a target of 232 to win from 47 overs on the Duckworth-Lewis method.

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