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Mar 21, 2015

Cricket-Australia expecting a very different India in semi-final

SYDNEY, March 21 (Reuters) – Australia skipper Michael Clarke expects to face a very different India in next week’s World Cup semi-final from the team they hammered in a test series and beat comfortably in a one-day international in January.

Co-hosts Australia reached the last four with a six-wicket victory over Pakistan at Adelaide Oval on Friday to set up the meeting with the reigning champions at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) next Thursday.

Mar 18, 2015

Last four nowhere near enough for rampant South Africa

SYDNEY (Reuters) – South Africa made quite a statement in their quarter-final rout of Sri Lanka on Wednesday but AB de Villiers warned their rivals that reaching the last four of the World Cup was by no means the extent of their ambitions.

In the shortest knockout match at any World Cup, the Proteas crushed Sri Lanka by nine wickets with 32 overs to spare at the Sydney Cricket Ground to set up a semi-final meeting with New Zealand or West Indies in Auckland next Tuesday.

Mar 18, 2015

Cricket-Last four nowhere near enough for rampant South Africa

SYDNEY, March 18 (Reuters) – South Africa made quite a statement in their quarter-final rout of Sri Lanka on Wednesday but AB de Villiers warned their rivals that reaching the last four of the World Cup was by no means the extent of their ambitions.

In the shortest knockout match at any World Cup, the Proteas crushed Sri Lanka by nine wickets with 32 overs to spare at the Sydney Cricket Ground to set up a semi-final meeting with New Zealand or West Indies in Auckland next Tuesday.

Mar 18, 2015

Sangakkara walks away happy, says Sri Lanka in a good place

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Kumar Sangakkara bid farewell to limited overs cricket on Wednesday, disappointed with a World Cup quarter-final defeat but happy that Sri Lanka were in a better place than when he came into the side in 2000.

The elegant lefthander scored 45 runs against South Africa to take his tournament tally to 541, including his record four successive centuries, but it never looked like being enough as Sri Lanka were blown away at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Mar 18, 2015

Cricket-Sangakkara walks away happy, says Sri Lanka in a good place

SYDNEY, March 18 (Reuters) – Kumar Sangakkara bid farewell to limited overs cricket on Wednesday, disappointed with a World Cup quarter-final defeat but happy that Sri Lanka were in a better place than when he came into the side in 2000.

The elegant lefthander scored 45 runs against South Africa to take his tournament tally to 541, including his record four successive centuries, but it never looked like being enough as Sri Lanka were blown away at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Mar 18, 2015

Duminy takes hat-trick as Sri Lanka fall for 133

SYDNEY (Reuters) – All-rounder JP Duminy took a hat-trick as South Africa put one foot in the World Cup semi-finals by dismissing Sri Lanka for 133 in their last eight clash at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday.

Bidding to win their first ever knockout match at a World Cup, the Proteas bowlers removed both openers inside the first five overs and never eased up the pressure thereafter.

Mar 18, 2015

Cricket-Duminy takes hat-trick as Sri Lanka fall for 133

SYDNEY, March 18 (Reuters) – All-rounder JP Duminy took a hat-trick as South Africa put one foot in the World Cup semi-finals by dismissing Sri Lanka for 133 in their last eight clash at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday.

Bidding to win their first ever knockout match at a World Cup, the Proteas bowlers removed both openers inside the first five overs and never eased up the pressure thereafter.

Mar 18, 2015

Sri Lanka bat first, hand Kaushal debut against South Africa

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and decided to bat first against South Africa in the first World Cup quarter-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Wednesday.

After the morning cloud cover cleared to leave a warm and sunny day at the SCG, it was inevitable that whoever won the toss would opt to try and put runs on the board.

Mar 18, 2015

Cricket-Sri Lanka bat first, hand Kaushal debut against S.Africa

SYDNEY, March 18 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and decided to bat first against South Africa in the first World Cup quarter-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Wednesday.

After the morning cloud cover cleared to leave a warm and sunny day at the SCG, it was inevitable that whoever won the toss would opt to try and put runs on the board.

Mar 17, 2015

South Africa out to shed unwanted tag in Sri Lanka showdown

SYDNEY (Reuters) – South Africa have a chance to finally shed their reputation as one of the most mentally fragile teams in international sport when they take on Sri Lanka in what should be a tight World Cup quarter-final on Wednesday.

The Proteas boast the number one ranked batsman in world cricket in skipper AB de Villiers, while elegant Sri Lanka lefthander Kumar Sangakkara’s four successive centuries make him the form batsman of the tournament.

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