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England restore pride by hammering Afghanistan

England restored some much needed pride before departing Australian shores, hammering Afghanistan by 9 wickets in a rain ruined contest at Sydney.

England won an important toss and put Afghanistan in to bat under overcast conditions. The Afghani batsmen struggled to cope with the England seamers and struggled to 111-7 from 36.2 overs before rain ended their innings early. Chris Jordan and Ravi Bopara picked up 2 wickets apiece, while Shafiqullah top scored for the Asian minnows, making a painstaking 30 from 64 balls.


New Zealand edge Bangladesh in thrilling contest

Bangladesh gave New Zealand a real scare in the last group game for both these sides before the ICC Cricket World Cup co-hosts squeezed home by 3 wickets with 7 balls to spare in an entertaining contest at Hamilton.

A second successive century from the in-form Mahmudullah helped Bangladesh post a slightly under par score of 288-7 from their 50 overs. Bangladesh were in the game early on with stand-in skipper taking the crucial early wickets of Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson to reduce New Zealand to 33-2.

Martin Guptill made a match winning 105 from 100 balls to put New Zealand in a comfortable position in the run chase and shared in a 131-run stand with Ross Taylor (56). But Bangladesh struck late in the innings to make the run chase rather interesting, and it was only some late hitting from Daniel Vettori (16* from 10 balls) and Tim Southee (12* from 6 balls) that saw the hosts over the line.


De Villiers leads Proteas past UAE

South Africa  clinched their quarter-final place at the ICC Cricket World Cup when they beat the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by 146 runs at Wellington on Thursday.

They are virtually guaranteed second place in Pool B although one of Pakistan and Ireland can finish level with them on 8 points but they have virtually no chance of overturning the vast difference in net run rate.


Cusack scripts thrilling last over win for Ireland against Zimbabwe

The inspired selection of seamer Alex Cusack, and some outstanding catching in the outfield proved to be the difference between the two sides as Ireland squeezed out a thrilling 5 run win against Zimbabwe in what was one of the games of the tournament at the ICC Cricket World Cup so far.

Having been put in to bat by Zimbabwe, Ireland posted a massive score of 331-8 on the board with Man of the match Ed Joyce scoring a better than a run a ball hundred and Andy Balbirnie getting out in the 90s. Their effort with the bat was matched by Zimbabwe's skipper for the day Brendan Taylor who made 121 from just 91 balls, and was given good company by Sean Williams, who fell agonizingly short of his ton, caught right on the edge of the boundary for 96.


Pakistan move closer to Quarter-finals with thrilling win against South Africa

Pakistan announced themselves as serious World Cup contenders when they beat South Africa by 29 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method at Auckland’s Eden Gardens on Saturday.

This was the second low-scoring thriller at this venue following last weekend’s game between Australia and New Zealand and proved once more that by far the best One-Day Internationals are those that provide an even contest between bat and ball.


Dhoni looks forward to playing in New Zealand

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has indicated that the team are looking forward to playing the rest of their group games of the World Cup in New Zealand.

Speaking to reporters after his side’s 4 wicket win over West Indies, MSD said: "The last time we were in New Zealand, there were true wickets, we'll have to see what kind of wickets are provided..."



Jadeja needs to step up, says Dhoni

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has urged Ravindra Jadeja to step up and perform better with the bat, when required. He, however, praised Ravichandran Ashwin for his performance as a batsman during his side’s win over the West Indies, whilst expressing his satisfaction at his side’s middle order being properly tested today.

Dhoni was quoted telling reporters: "It is a difficult target, because you don't know whether to go and play your shots. It was a good chance to test our lower middle order. Ashwin played well, but Ravindra Jadeja will have to step up, I feel."



Dhoni heaps praise on bowlers after win

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni lauded his bowlers after his side defeated West Indies by 4 wickets today. However, the skipper admitted that his side gave quite a few extras during their bowling spell.

Dhoni was quoted saying after the match: "I think our bowlers did a very good job. They didn't try too much, they stuck to their line and length, it had a bit more bounce, gave quite a few wides bowling bouncers, but we also got wickets with the bouncer, so very happy with our performance."



Dhoni guides nervy India to victory against West Indies

India booked their place in the quarter-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup by picking up their fourth straight win of the tournament, beating the West Indies by 4 wickets in an entertaining low scoring contest at Perth.

India made the most of the opportunity to have a bowl on a nice Perth wicket by knocking over the West Indies for an under par of 182. India though will probably look back at their fielding effort with considerable disappointment, because they could have probably got their target down by another 40-50 runs had they held on to their catches.


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