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World Cup Match 6: Pakistan power to easy win against Kenya

kamran_akmalIt was half-centuries galore from the Pakistani top order as they crushed Kenya by 205 runs in their ICC Cricket World Cup opener at Hambantota in Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Pakistan, a true dark horse at this year's event, recovered from a disappointing start to reach to reach a strong score of 317 on the back of fifties from both the Akmal brothers and sometime skippers Younus Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq. They then backed up their batting effort with an efficient performance in the field to knock Kenya over for just 112 runs in 33.1 overs. Skipper Shahid Afridi led the way on the field picking up 5-16 to lead the rout.

Winning the toss and batting first, Pakistan started slowly as their openers struggled to come to terms with the pace of the track at Hambantota. Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shahzad fell cheaply after spending a fair bit of time at the crease and Pakistan were struggling at 12 for 2 after 7 overs. A much needed partnership came with Kamran Akmal and Younus Khan putting together 98 runs for the 3rd wicket before the former was stumped for 55 off the bowling of left arm spinner Shem Ngoche.

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Graeme Smith: West Indies have match winners, they are dangerous

graeme_smithSouth Africa will be looking to build on the big points they won in recent ODI series against Pakistan and India when they launch their ICC Cricket World Cup campaign against the West Indies at Delhi's Feroz Khotla Stadium on Thursday.

The Proteas have won their last 10 ODIs in a row against the West Indies but captain Graeme Smith acknowledged the threat they represent at his pre-match Presser.

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Australia and New Zealand to contest Chappell-Hadlee Trophy at World Cup

scott_styrisCricket Australia and the New Zealand Cricket will add extra spice to their ICC Cricket World Cup Group A clash this Friday by also contesting the Chappell-Hadlee trophy during the game in Nagpur, India. The Chappell-Hadlee Trophy has been contested annually since 2004-05 and the ICC World Cup is the only chance Australia and New Zealand have to play against each other in 2010-11.

The trans-Tasman rivals will square up with plenty on the line. Both captains will be keen to ensure pole position in Group A and New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori will be keen to wrest back the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy from Ricky Ponting's grasp.

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World Cup Match 5: England squeeze past Netherlands despite Ten Doeschate ton

ryan_ten_doeschateEngland survived a tough challenge from the Netherlands in their World Cup opener at Nagpur on Tuesday, edging past the minnows by 6 wickets with 8 balls to spare. Batting first, the Netherlands posted a par score of 292/6 thanks to an outstanding century from star batsman Ryan ten Doeschate (119 from 100 balls) and useful contributions from most of the other batsmen. England though were on the money right from the start in their chase as half-centuries from skipper Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott meant that they were always in touch with the asking rate. Paul Collingwood and Ravi Bopara did the dirty work at the end, guiding England home with just about enough breathing room to spare. 

Netherlands won the toss and got a quick start from their openers. Wicketkeeper batsman Wesley Barresi smashed the English bowlers all round the park and got good support from Alexei Kervezee (16) before the latter fell to a short ball from Tim Bresnan. Swann got Barresi stumped for 29 in the first over he bowled, the 12th of the innings, however the batsman had done his job as Netherlands had blunted the England pace attack while scoring at a healthy pace of just above 5 an over.

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Australia open World Cup campaign with solid win against Zimbabwe

michael_clarkeAustralia began their pursuit of a fourth consecutive World Cup by picking up their 30th win on the trot in this competition by beating Zimbabwe by 91 runs in their tournament opener at Ahmedabad on Monday. It was a less than convincing performance by the champions as they struggled for large periods with the bat and managed to scrape together a total of just 262 from their 50 overs. Shane Watson and Michael Clarke scored contrasting half centuries to take the Aussies through to a decent score, before their bowling unit combined well to knock over Zimbabwe for just 171 in their reply. Mitchell Johnson was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4-19 from 9.2 overs to begin his World Cup campaign on a high.

The pitch at Ahmedabad didn't look anything like the others we have seen thus far at the World Cup as there was a light tinge of grass which appeared to have been well rolled in. Australia won the toss and decided to bat first but no one would have expected the subdued start we got. Openers Watson and Brad Haddin looked extra careful against Zimbabwe's bowling attack led by spinners of different classes. Ray Price opened the attack with Chris Mpofu and didn't give the Australian openers anything to work with. They gave absolutely nothing away with Mpofu conceding 13 runs from his first 5 overs and Price going for 21 from his first 7.

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World Cup Match 3: Sri Lanka destroy Canada by 210 runs

jayawardeneIt was a bad day for all those who were against the minnow exclusion from the 2015 World Cup as Canada folded for 122 in 36.5 overs, chasing 333 for victory at the Mahinda Rajapaksha International Stadium at Hambantota. After a humiliating defeat for Kenya in the morning, Canada was the second unimpressive associate team as they performed miserably in all three departments of the game, falling to a humiliating 210 run defeat.

The Canadian top order experienced yet another collapse as the top four batsmen scored 16 runs between them. Captain Ashish Bagai played cautiously for a while getting 22 runs and the crowd was treated to a brief display of fireworks from Rizwan Cheema as he slammed 2 sixes off Muttiah Muralitharan, but the wily spinner prevailed getting Cheema to go for another big one, only to get an edge. Harvir Baidwan dragged the game on for a while but World Cup favourites Sri Lanka were just too hot for the minnows to handle.

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Edwards, Thomas come into West Indies World Cup Squad

The ICC has confirmed the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 has approved Kirk Edwards as a replacement player for the injured Carlton Baugh and Devon Thomas as a replacement for the injured Adrian Barath in the West Indies squad for the tournament.

The confirmation was conveyed to the West Indies Cricket Board on behalf of the committee.

Any injury-based replacement requires a written submission to the event technical committee along with a diagnosis from a medical practitioner as to the extent of the injury. Once replaced, a player cannot return to the squad.

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World Cup Match 2: New Zealand rout Kenya by 10 wickets

new_zealand_winThe gap between the Test playing nations and the Associates was on stark naked display in game 2 of the ICC Cricket World Cup as New Zealand routed Kenya by 10 wickets in an encounter that did not even last the half-way stage of the time allotted.

The Associate countries have expressed their displeasure earlier this week at the ICC's decision to limit the next edition of the World Cup to just 10 teams, and Kenya gave the ICC plenty of fuel to support their decision by getting knocked over for their lowest ever score in their tournament opener against New Zealand.

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Sehwag blitzkrieg demolishes Bangladesh in World Cup opener

india_celebrate_winA typically destructive 175 (140b) from Virender Sehwag, who was assisted by a century on his World Cup debut by Virat Kohli, helped India to a mammoth 370/4 in their World Cup opener against Bangladesh at Mirpur. The Bangladesh bowling attack couldn't handle the pressure to perform in front of a rapturous home crowd and when it came to the batsmen, they were probably left with a bit too much to do.

Shakib Al Hasan won the toss at the packed Shere Bangla National Stadium and decided to put India in with the ‘dew factor' in mind. As he had hinted a few days earlier, MS Dhoni chose to stick with the in-form Virat Kohli ahead of his CSK colleague Suresh Raina. While the rest of the batting line-up was on predictable lines, Zaheer Khan led India's attack with Sreesanth and Munaf Patel completing the pace trio. Bangladesh on the other hand, chose to leave out the talented Mohammad Ashraful from their line-up for the game, which otherwise was on expected lines.

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