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South Africa not to take the Netherlands lightly

South Africa have the opportunity to top of Group B when they play their second match at the ICC Cricket World Cup against the Netherlands at Mohali on Thursday. This is one of the few day games at the tournament and will start at 6am (CAT).

India and England are both on three points following their tied match at the weekend while the Proteas are currently on two from their single outing against the West Indies. There is a sub-plot for the Proteas in that victory by a convincing margin would strengthen their run rate. A strong positive run rate could be worth an extra log point at the end of the group stage.


World Cup Match 14: Sri Lanka destroy Kenya by 9 wickets to go top of Group A

lasith_malingaIt was back to business for World Cup co-hosts Sri Lanka, as they put the disappointing loss they suffered at the hands of Pakistan quickly behind them to crush minnows Kenya by 9 wickets at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday. Kenya threatened to make a match of the contest thanks to patient half-centuries from the Obuya brothers - Collin and David. However, Lasith Malinga celebrated his first outing of the World Cup by capturing six wickets including a late hat-trick to rout the Kenyans for just 142. Sri Lanka made quick work of the paltry target, knocking off the runs in just 18.4 overs thanks to an unbeaten half century from Upul Tharanga, and a 44 run cameo from Tillakaratne Dilshan.

Kenya won the toss and decided to bat first, hoping to put up a decent total and put Sri Lanka under a little bit of pressure. Their primary objective was always going to be to try and bat out the first 50 overs, however, two leg before decisions inside the first three overs seemed to quickly put paid to that idea. Nuwan Kulasekara started the rout, trapping Maurice Ouma (1) in front of the stumps with an inswinging delivery and then Malinga darted in one of his trademark yorkers practically crushing Seren Waters' toe.


Devendra Bishoo replaces Dwayne Bravo in West Indies squad

The ICC has confirmed the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 has approved Devendra Bishoo as a replacement player for the injured Dwayne Bravo in the West Indies squad for the tournament.

The confirmation was conveyed to the West Indies Cricket Board on behalf of the committee. Bishoo will replace Bravo, who has injured his left knee.


World Cup Match 13: Pollard, Roach power West Indies to big win

kieron_pollardA powerful display of brutal hitting from Kieron Pollard and an equally magical display of pace bowling from Kemar Roach saw the once mighty West Indies impose themselves on young pretenders Netherlands courtesy of a crushing 215 run win at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on Monday. Pollard came into bat at the perfect time for the West Indies after Chris Gayle (80), Devon Smith (53) and Ramnaresh Sarwan (49) had built an ideal platform, and excited the sparse crowd with a 27 ball innings of 60 to take the Carribean Kings to a massive 330 from their 50 overs. Kemar Roach then ripped through the Dutch top and lower order to pick up 6-27, including a hat-trick to knock over the minnows for just 115 in their reply.

Netherlands won the toss and surprisingly decided to field on a pitch which was expected to slow down as the day passed. The West Indian openers started well. With Devon Smith being served up some very hittable deliveries, it was the rookie left-hander who was doing the bulk of the attacking, while senior partner Chris Gayle took the opportunity to play himself in. But Gayle came into his own hitting three boundaries in an over from Ryan ten Doeschate as the Windies accelerate at a rapid pace in the early goings.


World Cup Match 12: Zimbabwe thrash Canada by 175 runs

tatenda_taibuZimbabwe, a nation trying desperately to reclaim its lost glory and distance itself from a ridiculous tag of being labelled minnows, put an ordinary Canadian side very much in its place as they thumped the North Americans by a massive 175 runs in game 11 of the ICC Cricket World Cup in Nagpur on Monday morning. Zimbabwe's win gives them a slender shot at perhaps being able to steal a semi-final spot in what promises to be an exciting Group A.

Having won the toss and chosen to bat first, Zimbabwe overcame the early loss of both openers to post a daunting total of 298-9 in their 50 overs thanks to a record third wicket partnership of 181 between the brilliant Tatenda Taibu (98) and Craig Ervine (85). Both batsmen would consider themselves unfortunate to miss out on getting to three figures with the bowling very much there for the taking.


Bresnan reprimanded for hitting stumps with bat, England fined for slow over-rate

England's Tim Bresnan has been officially reprimanded for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during his side's tied match against India in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 in Bengaluru on Sunday.

Bresnan pleaded guilty to contravening Level 1 offence (Section 2.1.2) of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials which relates to “abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings”.


Watson, Sehwag & Tendulkar break into Top 10 of ICC Batting Rankings

shane_watson_batThere has been significant movement in the ICC ODI Player Rankings after 11 matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 with no fewer than four players achieving career-best rankings.

In the latest rankings, which were released after the stunning tied Group B match between India and England in Bengaluru, Australia's Shane Watson, JP Duminy of South Africa, Netherlands' Ryan ten Doeschate and South Africa's Dale Steyn have all achieved personal landmarks.


World Cup Match 11: India - England thriller ends in a tie!

andrew_strauss100 overs of pulsating cricket failed to separate India and England as the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore bore witness to a real World Cup classic. The humdinger, that had more twists and turns than any best-selling thriller novel, saw each side rack up 338 runs, with centurions Sachin Tendulkar and Andrew Strauss in starring roles, and was no less than what this World Cup, starved of quality encounters, desperately needed.

The match had a huge amount of importance and expectation attached to it, seeing as not only was it the hosts' first game against really competitive opposition, but also their first on home soil. Much furore had already been made about the change of venue from Eden Garden, Kolkata to the Chinnaswamy in Bangalore due to the former ground failing to meet the renovation deadline on ICC's inspection. Bengaluru failed to cover itself in glory after the police lathi charge on fans waiting for tickets a few days before the game, but it was now time to put all of that behind us as India and England clashed on a magic Sunday afternoon.


World Cup Match 10: Pakistan send out title warning with good win against Sri Lanka

afridi_and_gulThe first really big game of the ICC Cricket World Cup produced a contest worthy of the build-up as Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 11 runs in Colombo to announce their presence as genuine title contenders at the tournament. Half-centuries from Younus Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq allowed Pakistan to post a competitive 277 for 7 in their allotted 50 overs and though Sri Lanka got off to a good start, a lion hearted performance by Shoaib Akhtar and 4 wickets from Shahid Afridi restricted the home side to just 266 for 9 in their chase.

Pakistan won the all important toss at the Premadasa and elected to bat first. They named an unchanged line-up from the team which beat Kenya. Sri Lanka meanwhile rung the changes, bringing in Chamara Silva and Rangana Herath for Chamara Kapugedera and Ajantha Mendis. There was, however, no room in the Sri Lankan squad for pace spearhead Lasith Malinga, who was still nursing a back injury.


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