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Super 8, Match 5, AUS vs BAN: Australia beat Bangladesh by 10 wickets
Mar 31, 2007Australia won the match against Bangladesh by 10 wickets at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in St Johns Antigua on Saturday. It took Australia only 13.5 overs to conquer the target of 104 runs.
This match saw Glenn McGrath overcome Wasim Akrams record of maximum number of wickets in the World Cup. With this match McGrath claimed 57 wickets where previous best was 55 wickets held by Wasim Akram. Bangladesh looked all but inspiring in this match. The aimless batting order crumbled, as none of the players were able to stay on the crease for a long time. With this win Australia continued its successful win record in the World Cups.
Coming into chase the paltry score of 104 runs, Australian opener Adam Gilchrist hammered a swashbuckling fifty. His fifty came in 40 balls. This was his 50th one day international fifty. The other opener Matthew Hayden, who is in great form, provided some fireworks from the other side. The pace of the runs flurry was evident as Australia went past the score of 50 runs in less than 6 overs. Australians eventually won the match with more than 8 overs to spare and 10 wickets in hand. Reported Earlier: Australian captain Ricky Ponting won the toss and elected to bat against Bangladesh at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. The game was reduced to 22 overs following overnight rain.
Australia have swept aside their four opponents in the tournament so far and look set to add momentum to their bid for an unprecedented title hat-trick against a side ranked ninth in the one-day international rankings. Australia team: A Gilchrist (Wicket Keeper), M Hayden, R Ponting (c), M Clarke, A Symonds, M Hussey, S Watson, B Hogg, N Bracken, S Tait, G McGrath
Bangladesh team: T Iqbal, S Nafees, M Rahim (Wicket Keeper), A Ahmed, S Hasan, H Bashar (c), M Ashraful, M Rafique, M Mortaza, A Razzak, S Rasel
World Cup Super 8, Match 5, Antigua & Barbuda: Australia 106-0 (13.5 overs) beat Bangladesh 104-6 (22.0 overs) by 10 wickets
Australias Glenn McGrath is highest wicket-taker in world cup history
Mar 31, 2007Veteran Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath on Saturday overtook Pakistan great Wasim Akram as the highest wicket-taker in World Cup history.
McGrath, who started the Super Eight match against Bangladesh on 54 wickets at Antigua, one shy of equaling Akrams feat of 55, picked two of the first three Bangladeshi wickets to have fallen to sneak ahead of the Pakistani left armer. McGrath picked the wicket of Shahriar Nafees and Aftab Ahmed to raise his World Cup tally to 56 from 33 matches. The Aussie great needed three matches fewer than Akram to reach the record tally.
Super 8, Match 5, AUS vs BAN: Bangladesh make super eight debut against Australia
Mar 31, 2007Defending champions Australia will look to extend their 4-match winning streak in the World Cup against Bangladesh in their second Super 8 encounter in Antigua on Saturday.
Australia have already beaten West Indies by 103 runs in their first Super Eight tie while Bangladesh make their first appearance in the second stage of the World Cup. Veteran Australian seamer Glenn McGrath goes into the game just one wicket short of Pakistan paceman Wasim Akram's World Cup record of 55 wickets.
Although Australia seem invincible at the moment they must be wary of the fact that Bangladesh had beaten them in 2005 in Cardiff in a tri-series in England just before Ponting had lost the Ashes series. Australia team (from): Adam Gilchrist (Wicket Keeper), Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting (Captain), Michael Clarke, Andrew Symonds, Michael Hussey, Shane Watson, Brad Hogg, Nathan Bracken, Shaun Tait, Glenn McGrath.
Bangladesh team (from): Habibul Bashar (Captain), Mohammad Ashraful, Aftab Ahmed, Tapash Baisya, Saqibal Hasan, Shahadat Hossain, Tamim Iqbal, Mashrafe Mortaza, Javed Omar, Shahriar Nafees, Mohammad Rafique, Mushfiqur Rahim (Wicket Keeper), Syed Rasal, Abdur Razzak, Rajin Saleh.
Woolmer memorial services planned
Mar 31, 2007Plans have been announced for memorial services in both Pakistan and South Africa for murdered Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer.
Super 8, Match 4, ENG vs IRL: England Beat Ireland in a lacklustre win
Mar 30, 2007Another significant middle-order innings from Paul Collingwood and Andrew Flintoff's best all-round performance of this Cricket World Cup helped England start its Super 8s campaign with a 48-run win over Ireland on Friday. Collingwood's 90 runs from 82 balls and Flintoff's 43 lifted England to 266 for seven after a subdued start. Flintoff returned to take four wickets as Ireland was bowled out for 218 in the 49th over. Ireland started as if it only had everything to gain. Paceman Boyd Rankin bowled former teammate Ed Joyce with his first ball for one and removed Michael Vaughan for six to have England in trouble at 23-2.
Collingwood belted three sixes and eight boundaries in his second half century of the tournament before he was run out in the last over. Ireland's reply never gathered momentum after losing wickets with the total at six and 11 despite a defiant 63 from Niall O'Brien and a 61-run third-wicket stand he shared with opener William Porterfield (31). In the morning English captain Michael Vaughan won the toss and elected to bat against Ireland in Georgetown. World Cup debutantes Ireland tied with Zimbabwe in the group stage before producing a stunning three-wicket win over Pakistan which effectively sent the sub-continent side home. England team: M P Vaughan, E C Joyce, I R Bell, K P Pietersen, P D Collingwood, A Flintoff, R Bopara, P A Nixon, S I Mahmood, J M Anderson, M S Panesar
Ireland team: J P Bray, W T S Porterfield, E J G Morgan, N J O'Brien, K J O'Brien, A C Botha, D T Johnston, W K McCallan, A R White, D Langford-Smith, W B Rankin
World Cup Super 8, Match 4, Guyana: England 266-7 (50 ovs) bt Ireland 218 (48.1 ovs) by 48 runs
Super 8, Match 4, ENG vs IRL: England wary of debutants Ireland in Super 8
Mar 30, 2007England are wary of giant-killers and debutants Ireland as the two meet in the first Super Eight game of the World Cup in Guyana on Friday.
Ireland have already made a significant impact in the World Cup by knocking out former champions Pakistan from the group stage and England know they need to improve on the form they showed in beating Canada and Kenya. All-rounder Andrew Flintoff is expected to play for England on the morrow after suffering a stomach upset earlier this week.
Ireland should be boosted by the return of captain Trent Johnston following a shoulder injury. Ireland were certainly not disgraced when the two sides met in Belfast last summer, replying to England's total of 301-7 with 263-9 in a 38-run defeat. England team (from): M Vaughan (Captain), J Anderson, I Bell, R Bopara, P Collingwood, J Dalrymple, A Flintoff, E Joyce, J Lewis, S Mahmood, P Nixon, M Panesar, K Pietersen, L Plunkett, A Strauss.
Ireland team (from): T Johnston (Captain), A Botha, J Bray, K Carroll, P Gillespie, D Langford-Smith, K McCallan, J Mooney, P Mooney, E Morgan, K O'Brien, N O'Brien, W Porterfield, B Rankin, A White.
Bob Woolmer was strangled with a towel
Mar 30, 2007Bob Woolmer's killer used twisted towel to throttle him, which explains the absence of any marks on the neck of the slain Pakistan cricket coach, according to local media reports.
Breakthrough on Woolmer inquiry images
Mar 29, 2007The detective leading the investigation into the murder of Bob Woolmer disclosed last night that closed-circuit television images clearly identify people entering and leaving his hotel corridor on the night he died.
Super 8, Match 3, WI vs NZ: New Zealand beat West Indies by 7 wickets
Mar 29, 2007New Zealand defeated West Indies by 7 wickets in a match that looked one sided right from the start. Scott Styris and Craig McMillan completed the proceedings for New Zealand. Styris made a credible 80 runs from 90 balls and McMillan made 33 runs from 57 balls.
Middle order batsman Scott Styris continued his top form and made another prolific half century. Styris 18th ODI fifty came in 72 balls. This was also his third fifty in this edition of the World Cup Reported Earlier: New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming won the toss and asked West Indies to bat in their World Cup Super Eights match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Thursday.
New Zealand selected Hamish Marshall, who has flown to the Caribbean as a replacement for injured opener Lou Vincent. Marshall will bat at number three with Peter Fulton moving to opener for the second stage game. Strike bowler Shane Bond, who was rested for the final group match against Canada, returned in place of Daryl Tuffey, who is also injured, and left-arm pace bowler James Franklin replaced off-spinner Jeetan Patel. West Indies team: Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Marlon Samuels, Brian Lara (Captain), Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Denesh Ramdin, Lendl Simmons, Daren Powell, Corey Collymore.
New Zealand team: Stephen Fleming (Captain), Peter Fulton, Hamish Marshall, Scott Styris, Craig McMillan, Jacob Oram, Brendon McCulllum, Daniel Vettori, James Franklin, Shane Bond, Michael Mason.
Super 8, Match 3 Antigua & Barbuda: New Zealand 179 for 3 (39.2 overs) beat West Indies 177 all out (44.4 overs) by 7 wickets
Four in a row for Lasith Malinga
Mar 28, 2007Malinga took four wickets in successive balls towards the end of the Sri Lanka South Africa game at Guyana. His world record spell gave Sri Lanka hope of a stunning win before Robin Peterson hit the winning runs in the 49th over.
Malinga (2-49) yorked Pollock (13) and had Hall caught at cover in successive balls at the end of his eighth over, and returned to clean up Kallis for his hat-trick and then Ntini next ball. It was the first time in World Cup history a player had taken four wickets in four balls and all of a sudden the impossible seemed possible.
The paceman with the low-slung round-arm action, bleach-blond hair and eyebrow ring is the first bowler in one-day history to grab four wickets off successive balls. Other hat-trick bowlers in the World Cup were India paceman Chetan Sharma (v New Zealand in 1987), Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq (v Zimbabwe in 1999), Sri Lanka paceman Chaminda Vaas (v Bangladesh in 2003) and Australia fast bowler Brett Lee (v Kenya in 2003)
Malinga was rated the fastest bowler at home when he made his one-day and Test debuts in 2004, but lacked consistency. He kept learning and improving with every match to eventually become a strike bowler. He played a big role in his team's 5-0 one-day series victory in England, grabbing 13 wickets in five matches. He also impressed in the Champions Trophy in India in 2006 with his pace and control Malinga has so far captured 50 wickets in 32 one-dayers.
Super 8, Match 2, SA vs SL: South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 1 wicket
Mar 28, 2007South Africa clinched a nail biter on Wednesday as they claimed victory by just one wicket. On their way to win the match convincingly, Proteas stumbled dramatically while nearing the end of innings. South Africas batting line was in turmoil as Lasith Malinga re-ignited hopes for Sri Lankas revival by picking up four wickets in a row.
By doing this he claimed his first World Cup hat-trick and became the fifth one to do so in a World Cup match. South Africa lost four of its batsmen within ten runs of achieving the target. Last man to go was Makhaya Ntini who was clean bowled by Lasith Malinga. Ntini departed on naught. Shaun Pollock fell the hapless victim of Malinga as he too was clean bowled by the latter. He made 13 runs. Reported Earlier: South Africa produced a clinical bowling performance to restrict Sri Lanka to a modest 209 in the World Cup Super Eight cricket match here today. The free-stroking Sri Lankan batsmen struggled to get going on a damp wicket at the newly built Province Stadium before a record partnership between Tillekaratne Dilshan and Russel Arnold propped up the innings.
Dilshan and Arnold put on 97 runs for the sixth wicket which gave the Sri Lankans a target to defend which seemed unlikely after they were reduced to 98-5 in the 25th over. Dilshan made an uncharacteristically subdued 58 and Arnold played a similarly risk-free knock of 50.
The duo seemed to have pulled their side out of trouble and were preparing for a late assault when a lower order collapse cut the innings short with three balls to spare. Charl Langeveldt was the most successful among South African bowlers with 5-39 while Makhaya Ntini was also impeccable to return with figures of 2-26. Reported Earlier: Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and elected to bat against South Africa in the second match of Super Eights in Georgetown. South Africa and Sri Lanka will be entering new territory when they meet at the Guyana National Stadium.
The match Wednesday is the first of any consequence to be played at a new stadium, outside the capital Georgetown, where workers are still battling to get everything ready. Rain prevented both teams from practising Monday and the pitch remained under cover, so the players could not make any assessment of it. South Africa team: G C Smith, A B de Villiers, J H Kallis, H H Gibbs, J M Kemp, M V Boucher, S M Pollock, A J Hall, R J Peterson, M Ntini, C K Langeveldt
Sri Lanka team: W U Tharanga, S T Jayasuriya, K C Sangakkara, D P M D Jayawardene, L P C Silva, R P Arnold, T M Dilshan, M F Maharoof, W P U J C Vaas, S L Malinga, M Muralitharan
Super 8, Match 2 Guyana: South Africa 212 for 9 (48.2 overs) beat Sri Lanka 209 all out (49.3 overs) by 1 wicket
Super 8, Match 2, SA vs SL: Cricket pitch mystery for South Africa and Sri Lanka
Mar 28, 2007South Africa and Sri Lanka will be entering new territory when they meet in a World Cup Super Eight match at the Guyana National Stadium. The match Wednesday is the first of any consequence to be played at a new stadium, outside the capital Georgetown, where workers are still battling to get everything ready.
Rain prevented both teams from practising Monday and the pitch remained under cover, so the players could not make any assessment of it. South African coach Mickey Arthur said he hoped the pitch would have more pace and bounce than Guyana's old international ground, the Bourda in Georgetown, which was notoriously low and slow. South Africa team (from): G Smith (Captain), J Kallis, L Bosman, M Boucher, AB de Villiers, H Gibbs, A Hall, J Kemp, C Langeveldt, A Nel, M Ntini, R Peterson, S Pollock, A Prince, R Telemachus.
Sri Lanka team (from): M Jayawardene (Captain), K Sangakkara, S Jayasuriya, U Tharanga, M Atapattu, T Dilshan, R Arnold, C Silva, C Vaas, F Maharoof, L Malinga, D Fernando, N Kulasekara, M Muralitharan, M Bandara.
Super 8, Match 1, AUS vs WI: Australia beat West Indies by 103 runs
Mar 27, 2007Veteran fast bowler Glenn McGrath and leg-spinner Brad Hogg, who picked three wickets each, returned to haunt the West Indies, as Australia routed the hosts by 103 runs to emerge the first Super Eight team to taste victory in the World Cup at Antigua in a rain-extended tie.
Australia, who on Tuesday, had squeezed out 322 runs off the Windies bowling attack leaked only 219 when they came on to bowl the next day after rain had abandoned play yesterday afternoon. Matthew Haydens 158 had lit up the newly-built Sir Vivian Richards stadium after Australia had been asked to bat first. Reported Earlier: Rain has played spoilsport in the first super eight clash between the host West Indies and the world champions Australia. Match will now resume on the scheduled reserve day with West Indies needing to score 323 runs to win from 50 overs. Reported Earlier: World champions Australia rode on a rollicking hundred from their strongly-built opener Matthew Hayden to reach 322-6 in 50 overs in the first Super Eight fixture of the World Cup at the newly-built Sir Vivian Richards stadium at Antigua on Tuesday. Hayden was in magnificent touch today as he blazed his way through to 158 off 143 balls and single-handedly shaped Australias destiny in the contest after being asked to bat by Brian Lara. Australia team: A C Gilchrist, M L Hayden, R T Ponting, M J Clarke, A Symonds, M E K Hussey, S R Watson, G B Hogg, N W Bracken, S W Tait, G D McGrath
West Indies team: C H Gayle, S Chanderpaul, R R Sarwan, M N Samuels, B C Lara, D J Bravo, D Ramdin, D S Smith, J E Taylor, D B Powell, C D Collymore
Super 8, Match 1 Antigua & Barbuda : Australia 322 for 6 (50.0 overs) beat West Indies 219 all out (45.3 overs) by 103 runs
Super 8, Match 1, AUS vs WI: Lara will be targeted by confident Australia
Mar 27, 2007Australia will see Brian Lara as the main hurdle in their race towards an unprecedented third successive World Cup title when they meet West Indies in the first of the second-stage matches on Tuesday.
Australia's progress to the Super Eights of the tournament has so far been serene with comfortable victories in all of their Group A games including an eventually emphatic 83-run thumping of top ranked South Africa on Saturday. Lara's West Indies have possibly not shown quite the ruthless form of Ricky Ponting's men but they too arrive here with a 3-0 perfect record from Group D, their opening-day victory helping to knock out Pakistan. Lara, a thorn in the side of most teams during his illustrious career which has brought him high-scoring records in both test and first class cricket, will be the man the Australians fear most. Australia team (from): R Ponting (Captain), A Gilchrist, N Bracken, M Clarke, B Haddin, M Hayden, B Hodge, B Hogg, M Hussey, M Johnson, S Clark, G McGrath, A Symonds, S Tait, S Watson.
West Indies team (from): B Lara (Captain), I Bradshaw, D Bravo, S Chanderpaul, C Collymore, C Gayle, K Pollard, D Powell, D Ramdin, M Samuels, R Sarwan, L Simmons, Devon Smith, Dwayne Smith, J Taylor.
Dravid takes responsibility for India's poor show
Mar 27, 2007Captain Rahul Dravid has taken responsibility for India's cricket World Cup failure but says resigning the captaincy was not an issue.
Group B, Match 6, BAN vs BER: Bangladesh beat Bermuda by 7 wickets
Mar 25, 2007Bangladesh defeated Bermuda by seven wickets to march into the Super Eight stage of the 9th World Cup at Queens Park Oval, Trinidad on Sunday.
Requiring 96 to win in 21 overs, following a revised target on the D/L method, the Tigers made light work of the Bermuda total to seal a berth in the second round of the showpiece event, since making a Cup debut eight years ago. The match, which saw several rain-stoppages during the first innings, finally produced uninterrupted play during the second half, as Bangladesh finally reached their summit after enduring early hiccups.
In the meanwhile, Sri Lanka topped Group B with six points while Bangladesh finished second with four points. They will enter the Super Eight stage, which kicks-off from Tuesday. India and Bermuda are the teams knocked out of the group. Bangladesh team: T Iqbal, S Nafees, M Rahim (Wicket Keeper), A Ahmed, S Hasan, H Bashar (c), M Ashraful, M Mortaza, M Rafique, A Razzak, S Rasel
Bermuda team: O Pitcher, S Outerbridge, D Borden, D Hemp, J Tucker, L Cann, I Romaine (c), D Minors (Wicket Keeper), D Leverock, K Hurdle, S Mukuddem
Group B, Match 6, Trinidad: Bangladesh 96 for 3 (17.3 overs) beat Bermuda 94 for 9 (21.0 overs) by 7 wickets
Group B, Match 6, BAN vs BER: Bangladesh needs to beat Bermuda to enter super eight
Mar 25, 2007Bangladesh are all set to advance into the Super Eight stage of the World Cup, as all they need to do is beat Bermuda in the final Group match in Trinidad on Sunday.
Only a shock result on the morrow will prevent Bangladesh from progressing for the first time since making their World Cup debut eight years ago. Bangladesh beat heavyweights India in their first group match but flattered to deceive when they lost to Sri Lanka in the next match.
Bermuda has lost both matches and only David Hemp has scored a half-century. India lost to Sri Lanka by 69 runs on Friday to put Bangladesh in charge of their own destiny. Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar said: "Defeating Bermuda is all that we're thinking of right now, but we do realise that this will take us into the next round."
Bermuda, the smallest country ever to qualify for the World Cup, has had massive defeats in both matches. Sri Lanka outplayed them by 243 runs and India then defeated Bermuda by a limited-overs record margin of 257 runs. However, a defeat to Bermuda may mean curtains for Bangladesh, as India would then gain a back door entry. Hemp, who captains Glamorgan, is Bermuda's only professional player. Bangladesh team (from): Habibul Bashar (Captain), Shahriar Nafees, Tamim Iqbal, Aftab Ahmed, Saqibul Hasan, Mohammad Ashraful, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Rafique, Abdur Razzak, Mashrafe Mortaza, Shahadat Hossain, Tapash Baisya, Syed Rasel, Rajin Saleh, Javed Omar.
Bermuda team (from): Irvine Romaine (Captain), Dean Minors, Delyone Borden, Lionel Cann, David Hemp, Kevin Hurdle, Malachi Jones, Stefan Kelly, Dwayne Leverock, Saleem Mukuddem, Stephen Outerbridge, Oliver Pitcher, Clay Smith, Janeiro Tucker, Kwame Tucker.
Group A, Match 6, AUS vs SA: Australia clinch victory against South Africa
Mar 24, 2007Australia won the match against South Africa by 83 runs in an impressive fashion. The mighty Australians seemed to be back in their full flow as wickets after wickets tumbled and South Africa was given no opportunity to make a come back in the match. Proteas looked unnerved and fumbled to the huge target of 378 runs.
South Africa attained the 200 run mark in 29.2 overs. They achieved it with an effort from Graeme Smith, AB de Villliers. Graeme Smith was retired hurt and was sent back to the pavilion. South Africa began their chase of 377 runs in style by smashing the Australian pace bowlers all over the park. The Proteas reached their hundred in the thirteenth over of their innings with AB de Villers doing the maximum scoring.
Earlier, World Cup's fastest ever hundred by Matthew Hayden and aggressive half-centuries by Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke propelled Australia to a massive 377 for six against South Africa in the Group 'A' encounter here today. Hayden led the Australian run-fest with a 68-ball 101 while Ponting (91) and Clarke (92) capitalised on the platform provided by the Queenslander to end the innings with a flourish at Warner Park. The Australian total was the third highest in World Cup matches, after India's 413-5 against Bermuda earlier in the tournament and Sri Lanka's 398-5 against Kenya in 1996. Australia team: A C Gilchrist, M L Hayden, R T Ponting, M J Clarke, A Symonds, M E K Hussey, S R Watson, G B Hogg, N W Bracken, S W Tait, G D McGrath
South Africa team: G C Smith, A B de Villiers, J H Kallis, H H Gibbs, A G Prince, J M Kemp, M V Boucher, S M Pollock, A J Hall, C K Langeveldt, M Ntini
Group A, Match 6, St Kitts: Australia 377 for 6 (50.0 overs) beat South Africa 294 all out (48.0 overs) by 83 runs
Group C, Match 6, ENG vs KEN: England beat Kenya by 7 wickets
Mar 24, 2007England marched their way into the Super 8s when they beat Kenya by 7 wickets on Saturday. The English achieved the target of 178 runs with 60 balls to spare. Ed Joyce and Pietersen chipped in with half-centuries to take England to a comprehensive win.
England's Andrew Flintoff picked up two wickets to limit Kenya to 177 all out in a rain-affected match which was reduced to 43 overs each side. Captain Steve Tikolo struck 76 before being bowled by Flintoff, back into the side after being dropped from the Canada win because of a drinking scandal. Kenyan captain, Steve Tikolo surprised everyone by electing to bat and the decision looked to have backfired when a James Anderson bowled opener Ravi Shah for 4 runs in the fifth over.
Chasing a target of 177 runs, England lost their first wicket in the form of Michael Vaughan for a mere 12 runs on the board. Obuya picked up a spectacular low catch and sent the English captain on his way back for 1. Ian Bell was the second man to go for England when he played a complacent stroke and was caught at mid-off for 16. Ed Joyce played the anchor innings for England but when he done in by Tikolos doosra for 75. However, this minor setback did not stop the Englan team who romped their way to victory and into the Super 8s. England team: E C Joyce, M P Vaughan, I R Bell, K P Pietersen, P D Collingwood, A Flintoff, R S Bopara, P A Nixon, S I Mahmood, J M Anderson, M S Panesar
Kenya team: M A Ouma, R D Shah, S O Tikolo, T Mishra, C O Obuya, A O Suji, T M Odoyo, L N Onyango, J K Kamande, P J Ongondo, H A Varaiya
Group C, Match 6, St. Lucia: England 178-3 (33.0 overs) beat Kenya 177 (43.0 overs) by 7 wickets
Group A, Match 6, AUS vs SA: Australia take on South Africa in the clash of titans
Mar 24, 2007Some of the biggest hitters in the World Cup will take aim at the short Warner Park boundaries on Saturday in the final Group A match between Australia and South Africa.
The ground has already assumed a special place in cricket history after South Africa's Herschelle Gibbs struck six sixes in an over against the Netherlands. In the last encounter between the world champions and the current world number one side, South Africa scored 438 for nine in Johannesburg to win a one-day series 3-2 after Australia had reached 434 for four. Australia team (from): Matthew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting (Captain), Micheal Clarke, Mike Hussey, Andrew Symonds (Brad Hodge), Shane Watson, Brad Hogg, Nathan Bracken, Shaun Tait, Glenn McGrath.
South Africa team (from): A B de Villiers, Graeme Smith (Captain), Jacques Kallis, Herschelle Gibbs, Ashwell Prince, Mark Boucher, Justin Kemp, Shaun Pollock, Andrew Hall, Charl Langeveldt, Andrew Nel.
Group C, Match 6, ENG vs KEN: England, Kenya battle for Super Eights
Mar 24, 2007England battle Kenya for a place in the Super Eights on Saturday with both sides hoping their troops can remain focused after the tragic news that Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer had been murdered.
England captain Michael Vaughan is well aware that Kenya, surprise semi-finalists in 2003, pose a credible threat to his side's chances of qualifying for the second round and any loss of concentration could be crucial in the final Group C match. England team (from): Michael Vaughan (Captain), Ed Joyce, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Jamie Dalrymple, Paul Nixon, Liam Plunkett, James Anderson, Monty Panesar.
Kenya team (from): Maurice Ouma, David Obuya, Ravi Shah, Steve Tikolo (Captain), Tanmay Mishra, Collins Obuya, Thomas Odoyo, Jimmy Kamande, Lameck Onyango, Peter Ongondo, Hiren Varaiya.
Woolmer body to be kept in Jamaica
Mar 24, 2007The body of murdered Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer will stay in Jamaica until an inquest is held into his death, police have said.
Two Pak players ordered to stay back in Jamaica
Mar 24, 2007The investigation into Bob Woolmer's murder took an unexpected turn on Friday with the Jamaican authorities ordering two of the Pakistani players to stay back while an inquest was conducted, local media has reported.
Group B, Match 5, IND vs SL: Sri Lanka beat India by 69 runs
Mar 23, 2007The Indians failed to chase a target of 255 runs set by the Sri Lankans which practically knocks them off the charts for the remainder of the World Cup. When it was most required, the famed Indian batting line-up failed to deliver and the entire team was bundled away for 185 runs. Reported Earlier: Put into bat by Rahul Dravid, Sri Lanka made 254 runs against India in the Queens Park Oval. Highlight of the innings was a brilliant half century by Chamara Silva. It was Silvas fourth consecutive ODI fifty.
After a well crafted innings, Dilshan fell to Munaf Patel for 38 runs. Upul Tharanga who scored a patient 64 could not carry on as he was trapped LBW by Sachin Tendulkar. Sourav Ganguly got his first wicket of the World Cup when he dismissed Sangakkara for a score of 15. Ajit Agarkar got the wicket of Lankan skipper Jayawardene when he was caught by Dhoni for a paltry seven. Coming into bat Sri Lanka began on a cautious note but lost the wicket of Sanath Jayasuriya. The ace batsman was caught by Ajit Agarkar of the bowling of Zaheer Khan for a score of 6. Reported Earlier: India captain Rahul Dravid won the toss and elected to field first in the crunch Group B game with Sri Lanka.
Both teams have made one change to their respective sides. Sri Lanka have rested Farveez Maharoof, who is carrying an ankle injury. Dilhara Fernando replaces him. Indians have left out leg spinner Anil Kumble and have brought back off spinner Harbhajan Singh. India Cricket team : S Ganguly, R Uthappa, V Sehwag, S Tendulkar, R Dravid (c), Y Singh, M Dhoni (Wicket Keeper), A Agarkar, H Singh, Z Khan, M Patel
Sri Lanka team: U Tharanga, S Jayasuriya, M Jayawardene (c), K Sangakkara (Wicket Keeper), C Silva, T Dilshan, R Arnold, C Vaas, D Fernando, L Malinga, M Muralitharan
Group B, Match 5, Trinidad: Sri Lanka 254-6 beat India 185-10 by 69 runs
Group B, Match 5, IND vs SL: India-Sri Lanka critical match today
Mar 23, 2007India faces Sri Lanka in a critical Group B match of the ICC World Cup at Port of Spain on Friday. They lost to Bangladesh, but registered a comprehensive victory over Bermuda while Sri Lanka has beaten both Bangladesh and Bermuda. Sri Lanka also has the best net run-rate of +4.594 in two matches. India with a win and a defeat has +2.507 from an equal number of matches. Bangladesh is third with a win and a loss and -2.002 in two matches. Sri Lanka has four points, while India and Bangladesh have two points each.
A victory over Sri Lanka could ensure India a Super Eight berth since Bangladesh is way behind in the net run-rate. India, theoretically, will not be eliminated even if it goes down to Sri Lanka. If India fail to reach the Super Eights stage of the World Cup, analysts and businesses have already started to weigh up what the impact would be in the cricket-crazy nation. If India reach the Super Eights, 300 million viewers are expected to tune in for the matches. But if they go out, companies fear the numbers are likely to fall by 60 per cent. India Cricket team (probable): Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Irfan Pathan, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid (Captain), Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Wicket Keeper), Ajit Agarkar, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel
Sri Lanka team (probable): Upul Tharanga, Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardene (Captain), Kumar Sangakkara (Wicket Keeper), Chamara Silva, Russel Arnold, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chaminda Vaas, Farveez Maharoof, Muttiah Muralitharan, Lasith Malinga
Group D, Match 5, WIN vs IRE: West Indies beat Ireland by 8 wickets
Mar 23, 2007Shivnarine Chanderpaul struck an impressive unbeaten century as World Cup hosts West Indies beat surprise package Ireland by eight wickets in the final Group D match at Sabina Park on Friday.
Ireland made 183 for eight in 48 overs after rain stopped play and under the Duckworth-Lewis rules West Indies were set a target of 190 which they knocked off comfortably with 9.5 overs to spare. The match, between two teams already through to the Super Eights stage, was reduced to 48 overs-a-side following a stoppage for rain. Reported Earlier: Ireland has set a target of 184 runs for the West Indies. Ireland made 183 runs in 48 overs for the loss of 8 wickets.
Drizzle played spoilsport to intervene in the 46th over of the Ireland innings in the 6th match of Group D against West Indies at Sabina Park in Kingston on Friday. Reported Earlier: Ireland has won the toss and decided to bat first against West Indies in their final Group D match of the World Cup at Sabina Park, Jamaica On Friday.
Both the teams have qualified for the Super 8s stage and this one will decide who will go ahead with 2 valuable points. West Indies team: Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Marlon Samuels, Brian Lara (c), Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin (Wicket Keeper), Dwayne Smith, Jerome Taylor, Daren Powell, Corey Collymore
Ireland team: Jeremy Bray, William Porterfield, Eoin Morgan, Niall Obrien (Wicket Keeper), Andre Botha, Kevin Obrien, Andrew White, Kyle McCallan, Trent Johnston (c), Dave Langford-Smith, Boyd Rankin
Group D, Match 5, Jamaica: West Indies 190-2 beat Ireland 183-8 by 8 wickets (D/L)
Group D, Match 5, WIN vs IRE: West Indies, Ireland clash takes on added significance
Mar 23, 2007A match that was expected to be the low-key finale to Group D between hosts West Indies and associate nation Ireland on Friday has taken on more significance with both teams already through to the Super 8s and aiming to take points with them.
"This is a second round game as far as we're concerned and the two points are of utmost importance," West Indies captain Brian Lara said.
The Super 8s pits the top two in each group against the other six qualifiers, with the group result between the two advancing teams being carried forward. Lara, who played under Bob Woolmer when he spent two summers with English country Warwickshire in 1994 and 1995, admitted his team was affected by the death last weekend of the Pakistan coach. West Indies team (from): Brian Lara (Captain), Ian Bradshaw, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Corry Collymore, Chris Gayle, Keiron Pollard, Darren Powell, Denesh Ramdin (wicketkeeper), Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons, Devon Smith, Dwayne Smith, Jerome Taylor.
Ireland team (from): DT Johnston, WK McCallan, AC Botha, JP Bray, D Langford-Smith, EJG Morgan, KJ O'Brien, NJ O'Brien, WTS Porterfield, WB Rankin, AR White.
Woolmer 'murdered and had a broken neck'
Mar 23, 2007Jamaican police are continuing to treat Bob Woolmer's death as " suspicious" and have so far stopped short of saying they are investigating murder. Channel 4 News reported it had been told by a senior Jamaican policeman that Woolmer was murdered and had a broken neck.
Group C, Match 5, NZ vs CAN: Fastest 50 record for McCullum as Kiwis win
Mar 22, 2007Wicket-keeper Brendon McCullum smashed the fastest ever World Cup fifty off just 20 balls as New Zealand beat Canada by 114 runs.
Lou Vincent made up for the two ducks he had scored in his first two matches by smashing a century as New Zealand hit 363-5 in their 50 overs. He got off the mark with a six off Cummins. Canada were all out for 249 in the final over but gave a good account of themselves as they bowed out. Opener captain John Davison gave them hope hitting a 23-ball fifty. New Zealand Team: L Vincent, S Fleming (c), P Fulton, S Styris, C McMillan, J Oram, B McCullum (Wicket Keeper), D Vettori, D Tuffey, J Patel, M Mason
Canada Team: J Davison (c), G Barnett, A Bagai (Wicket Keeper), I Billcliff, A Samad, A Mulla, S Dhaniram, U Bhatti, A Cummins, H Osinde, K Sandher
Group C, Match 5, St Lucia: New Zealand 363-5 beat Canada 249-9 by 114 runs
Group A, Match 5, SCO vs NET: Emphatic eight-wicket win for Netherlands
Mar 22, 2007The Netherlands won the battle for third place in Group A with an emphatic eight-wicket success over Scotland.
Essex's Ryan ten Doeschate hammered an unbeaten 70, sharing an unbroken 103 with Bas Zuiderent, as the Dutch raced to their 137 target with 26 overs left. Ten Doeschate recorded his fourth one-day fifty from 61 balls, hammering three successive boundaries and appropriately finished the match by slamming a full toss to the boundary. Put into bat, Scotland lost Navdeep Poonia to the second ball of the match and were 15-4 inside seven overs, Billy Stelling with 3-12 from eight overs.
After both sides suffered heavy defeats to Australia and South Africa, pride is all that is at stake from the match. Having beaten the Netherlands twice in their previous two meetings, Scotland were in confident mood before the start of the game. Scotland Team: M Haq, N Poonia, R Watson, G Hamilton, N McCallum, D Brown, C'lin Smith (Wicket Keeper), C Wright (c), J Blain, G Rogers, P Hoffmann
Netherlands Team: B Zuiderent, D Reekers, R Doeschate, E Szwarczynski, P Borren, B Stelling, D Bunge, T Leede, M Jonkman, J Smits, M Kashif
Group D, Match 5, St Kitts: Netherlands 140-2 (23.5 ovs) bt Scotland 136 (34.1 ovs) by 8 wkts
Woolmer was strangulated to death
Mar 22, 2007In a shocking revelation, Radio Jamaica has claimed that Pakistani coach Bob Woolmer could have been strangulated. The report was broadcast on the radio citing police sources.
Group D, Match 5, PAK vs ZIM: Pakistan earn consolation victory; Ireland through
Mar 21, 2007Pakistan paid tribute to former coach Bob Woolmer with a 93-run victory over Zimbabwe under the Duckworth-Lewis method at a rainy Sabina Park. The win, which was largely down to Imran Nazir's ferocious 160, means Ireland qualify for the next phase. Pakistan were 349 all out, departing skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq hitting 37. Zimbabwe fell to 30-3 before a rain delay, after which they were asked to chase a revised total of 193 from 20 overs. They were dismissed for 99. Reporterd Earlier: Rain has halted play in Jamaica with Zimbabwe reeling at 30 for 3 in 10.2 overs, in reply to Pakistans 349 all out in their final Group D match. Fast bowler Umar Gul had removed openers V Sibanda (0) and C J Chibhaba for 3 to make early inroads into the Zimbabwe lineup. Mohammad Sami picked F Kasteni for 9. Reporterd Earlier: Pakistan were all out for 349 in 49.5 overs, their highest total in World Cup, after being put in to bat by Zimbabwe skipper Prosper Utseya in their Group D fixture at Sabina Park, Jamaica on Wednesday. Imran Nazir led the Pakistan run spree with a career best 160 runs, which came off just 121 deliveries and included 14 boundaries and eight hits across the fence. In Inzamam's last one-dayer, he struck three sixes in a 35-ball innings before Sean Williams caught him off the bowling of Tawanda Mupariwa.
Pakistan have already been knocked out of the tournament after losing to minnows Ireland in a shock defeat. Pakistan have never departed a World Cup without winning a game. But Zimbabwe who could still qualify for the Super Eights with a win will pose a stern test. Inzamam ul Haq, who announced his retirement from the shorter version of the game a day after coach Bob Woolmer's death on Sunday, will be playing his last ODI today. Pakistan Team: I Nazir, S Afridi, Y Khan, M Yousuf, I Haq (c), S Malik, K Akmal (Wicket Keeper), M Sami, R Iftikhar, U Gul, D Kaneria
Zimbabwe Team: V Sibanda, F Kasteni, J Chibhabha, B Taylor (Wicket Keeper), S Matsikenyeri, S Williams, E Chigumbura, G Brent, P Utseya (c), T Mupariwa, C Mpofu
Group D, Match 5: Pakistan 349 (49.5 overs) beat Zimbabwe 99 (D/L)
Group B, Match 4, SL vs BAN: Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 198 runs
Mar 21, 2007Sri Lanka took command of Group B with a commanding 198-run victory over Bangladesh under the D/L method.
Veteran Sanath Jayasuriya blasted a dazzling 24th one-day ton with seven sixes in 109, having earlier retired hurt due to cramp after a quick single. He resumed on 83 and passed 100 with consecutive sixes, Kumar Sangakkara and Chamara Silva adding fluent fifties. In search of a distant 319 for victory, Bangladesh slipped to 41-5 inside 17 overs and were bowled out for 113.
Reported Earlier: Sri Lanka hammered 318 for four in 50 overs against Bangladesh in their Group B match at Trinidad on Wednesday. Sanath Jayasuriya hit his 24th one-day hundred, while Kumar Sangakkara and Chamara Silva hit half centuries.
The Bangladesh bowling attack that had troubled India no end came a croppper before the Lankan lions.
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar won the toss against Sri Lanka and decided to bowl first in the Queens Park Oval in a Group B match in Trinidad. Bangladesh's victory means any two of the three could go through and qualification could come down to net run rate if they are tied on points.
The young Bangladesh players were remarkably composed despite the array of big names in the Indian ranks, bowling them out for 191 before winning by five wickets on Saturday. Sri Lanka Team: S Jayasuriya, U Tharanga, M Jayawardene (c), K Sangakkara (Wicket Keeper), C Silva, T Dilshan, R Arnold, F Maharoof, C Vaas, L Malinga, M Muralitharan
Bangladesh Team: S Nafees, T Iqbal, M Rahim (Wicket Keeper), A Ahmed, S Hasan, H Bashar (c), M Ashraful, M Mortaza, M Rafique, A Razzak, S Rasel
Group B, Match 4: Sri Lanka 318 for 4 (50.0 overs) beat Bangladesh 112 for 10 (37.0 overs) by 198 runs (DL)
Group B, Match 4, SL vs BAN: Jayawardene wary of Tigers
Mar 21, 2007Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has urged his team-mates to show full respect to Bangladesh in today's World Cup clash in Port of Spain.
The Tigers claimed warm-up victories over New Zealand and Scotland and then caused a shock with a five-wicket victory over India. Sri Lanka, who opened with a 243-run win over tournament debutants Bermuda, have it all to do to stop Bangladesh winning a fourth match in a row and Jayawardene said: "They have been improving with every game and their win against India suggests that they must be taken seriously.
"We have seen what they are capable of doing and we have taken notice of their young players who are doing well." Jayawardene said it was important for Sri Lanka to win to remove the pressure when they play their final game against India on Friday. In Sri Lanka's favour is the fact Bangladesh have won just one of the 18 matches between the teams, and Bashar concedes his side will have to improve on their previous record against their opponents to progress. Sri Lanka Team (from): Mahela Jayawardene (Captain), Kumar Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya, Upul Tharanga, Marvan Atapattu, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Russel Arnold, Chamara Silva, Chaminda Vaas, Farveez Maharoof, Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando, Nuwan Kulasekara, Muttiah Muralitharan, Malinga Bandara.
Bangladesh Team (from): Habibul Bashar (Captain), Shahriar Nafees, Tamim Iqbal, Aftab Ahmed, Saqibul Hasan, Mohammad Ashraful, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Rafique, Abdur Razzak, Mashrafe Mortaza, Shahadat Hossain, Tapash Baisya, Syed Rasel, Rajin Saleh, Javed Omar.
Group D, Match 5, PAK vs ZIM: Inzamam wants to win for late coach
Mar 21, 2007Inzamam-ul-Haq will lead Pakistan for one more match, and has vowed to win it for Bob Woolmer.
Woolmer died suddenly Sunday, the day after Pakistan slumped out of contention on an upset loss to Ireland. That followed an opening loss to West Indies. Woolmer, a former England Test batsman and South Africa coach, had been coaching Pakistan since 2004. Inzamam announced after Woolmer's death that he will quit as captain and retire from one-day cricket after the World Cup.
That leaves him one more match, against Zimbabwe on Wednesday. Zimbabwe is playing for a place in the Super 8s. Pakistan is playing for pride, and in memory of Woolmer. Pakistan Team (from): Inzamam-ul-Haq (Captain), Azhar Mahmood, Danish Kaneria, Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Sami, Mohammad Yousuf, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Rao Iftikhar, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Umar Gul, Yasir Arafat, Younis Khan.
Zimbabwe Team (from): P Utseya (Captain), G Brent, J Chibhabha, E Chigumbura, K Dabengwa, T Duffin, A Ireland, F Kasteni, S Matsikenyeri, C Mpofu, T Mupariwa, E Rainsford, V Sibanda, B Taylor, S Williams.
Woolmer's death murder suspected
Mar 21, 2007The mystery behind the death of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer deepened as the initial autopsy remained inconclusive and Pakistan team's media manager hinted at murder.
Group A, Match 4, SA vs SCO: South Africa beat Scotland by 7 wickets
Mar 20, 2007South Africa won the match against Scotland by 7 wickets. It took Proteas 23.2 overs to achieve the target of 187 runs given to them by the Scots. Captain Graeme Smith led the South African team by example as he bludgeoned the Scottish bowling attack.
South African skipper who seemed to be in a hurry to win the match was caught on short cover by Glenn Rogers as Majid Haq took another wicket. Smith made 91 runs from 65 balls. South African all rounder Ashwell Prince tried to hit the ball down the ground and in the process was caught by Neil McCallum. Prince who made 21 runs drove the ball on Majid Haqs delivery. South Africa captain Graeme Smith appeared to be in a hurry when he scored his 3rd World Cup half century in just 36 balls. Scotland were nothing but competitive when some late blitz by Dougie Brown and John Blain ensured that they post their highest score ever, of 186 for 8, in a World Cup match in their stipulated 50 overs against top ranked side South Africa in the 4th match of Group A at St Kitts on Tuesday.
After some initial hiccups the Scots recovered well, thanks to Browns batting who was undefeated at a personal score of 46 in 64 balls. The last five overs of the Scotland innings saw them score more than 55 runs for the loss of just two wickets.
Reported Earlier: South African captain Graeme Smith called the right side of the coin and invited Scotland to have the first use of the pitch in their Group A match at St Kitts on Tuesday .
Smith said his team would win the match against Scotland to make a tribute to Bob Woolmer. Pakistan coach Woolmer, formerly in charge of South Africa, died in Jamaica on Sunday. South Africa Team: G C Smith, A B de Villiers, J H Kallis, H H Gibbs, A G Prince, J M Kemp, M V Boucher, S M Pollock, A J Hall, C K Langeveldt, M Ntini
Scotland Team: D F Watts, R M Haq, R R Watson, G M Hamilton, N F I McCallum, D R Brown, C J O Smith, G A Rogers, J A R Blain, J D Nel, P J C Hoffmann
Group A, Match 4: South Africa 188 for 3 (23.2 overs) beat Scotland 186 for 8 (50.0 overs) by 7 wickets
Group C, Match 4, NZ vs KEN: New Zealand beat Kenya by 148 runs
Mar 20, 2007Ross Taylor hit a half-century before being struck down with a hamstring strain in New Zealand's 331 for seven against Kenya in a World Cup Group C match on Tuesday.
Craig McMillan struck five sixes in his 71 to help the Kiwis post the highest World Cup total at this ground while Scott Styris, who hammered 87 not out in the win over England on Friday, was dropped twice but made 63 off 62 balls. Oram, who replaced Styris did not live up to his reputation of a hard hitter and perished for a paltry 3 runs to Odoyo. New Zealand, who will qualify for the Super Eights with a victory, were put into bat on a slightly damp morning in front of a paltry crowd at the Beausejour Cricket Ground, which was later swelled by school children.
Reported Earlier: Kenyan captain Steve Tikolo won the toss and elected to field against New Zealand in St Lucia. Coach John Bracewell is so confident after the six-wicket win over England in their first group clash on Friday that he is happy to let all his players have a taste of World Cup action.
However, he is not taking victory for granted against 2003 semi-finalists Kenya, who overpowered Canada in their first match. If Kenya shock England in the last group game on Saturday, the Africans will go through to the Super Eights so the Kiwis need to beat them to make sure of two points heading into the next stage. New Zealand Team: L Vincent, S Fleming (c), R Taylor, S Styris, C McMillan, J Oram, B McCullum (Wicket Keeper), D Vettori, J Franklin, S Bond, M Mason
Kenya Team: M Ouma (Wicket Keeper), D Obuya, R Shah, S Tikolo (c), T Mishra, C Obuya, T Odoyo, J Kamande, L Onyango, P Ongondo, H Varaiya
Group C, Match 4: New Zealand 331 for 7 (50.0 overs) beat Kenya 183 all out (49.2 overs) by 148 runs
Group A, Match 4, SA vs SCO: South Africa focus on Scots before big test
Mar 20, 2007Top-ranked South Africa would want to be as ruthless as possible against minnows Scotland before taking on bitter rivals Australia in their crunch World Cup test.
"We are focused on our match against Scotland, because this is the match to play for now," said South African captain Graeme Smith of his team's Group A clash at Warner Park tomorrow. Smith's men know their real challenge will come on March 24 against defending champions Australia whom they displaced as world number one last month. Smith believed his team's emphatic 221-run win over the Netherlands in their first group match last week had given the players a much-needed work out. South Africa Team (from): Graeme Smith (Captain), A.B. de Villiers, Jacques Kallis, Herschelle Gibbs, Ashwell Prince, Justin Kemp, Mark Boucher, Shaun Pollock, Andrew Hall, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini.
Scotland Team (from): Fraser Watts, Majid Haq, Navdeep Poonia, Gavin Hamilton, Ryan Watson (Captain), Colin Smith, Dougie Brown, Glenn Rogers, Dewald Nel, Paul Hoffmann, John Blain.
Group C, Match 4, NZ vs KEN: New Zealand set to rotate squad for Kenya match
Mar 20, 2007New Zealand are expected to rotate their squad as they look to progress to the World Cup Super Eights with a win over Group C rivals Kenya on Tuesday.
Coach John Bracewell is so confident after the six-wicket win over England in their first group clash on Friday that he is happy to let all his players have a taste of World Cup action. However, he is not taking victory for granted against 2003 semi-finalists Kenya, who overpowered Canada in their first match. If Kenya shock England in the last group game on Saturday, the Africans will go through to the Super Eights so the Kiwis need to beat them to make sure of two points heading into the next stage. New Zealand Team (from): Lou Vincent, Stephen Fleming (Captain), Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Peter Fulton, Craig McMillan, Jacob Oram, Brendon McCullum, Daniel Vettori, Shane Bond, James Franklin, Jeetan Patel.
Kenya Team (from): David Obuya, Maurice Ouma, Ravi Shah, Steve Tikolo (Captain), Tamanay Mishra, Collins Obuya, Thomas Odoyo, Jimmy Kamande, Nehemiah Odhiambo, Peter Ongondo, Hiren Varaiya.
Pakistan Selectors Resign En Masse
Mar 21, 2007Pakistan's national cricket selectors have resigned en masse following the team's disastrous World Cup campaign, which ended before the Super Eight stage.
Mystery Surrounds Around Pakistan Coach Bob Woolmers Death
Mar 20, 2007The circumstances surrounding Bob Woolmer's death are likely to become clearer with a post mortem scheduled to begin later on Tuesday.
Woolmer death draws out foul play rumours
Mar 20, 2007Though the Pakistan Cricket Board insists that team coach Robert Woolmer died of a massive heart attack, it is being speculated in cricketing circles that he could have been killed to cover up match-fixing by the Pakistani team.
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