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Gayle-storm blows away England

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MUMBAI: Chris Gayle blasted a scintillating century to propel the West Indies to a stunning six-wicket win against England in their World Twenty20 opener in Mumbai on Wednesday. The powerful left-hander smashed 11 sixes and five fours as the Windies successfully chased down England’s score of 182 for six at the Wankhede Stadium. Destructive opener Gayle was largely off-strike in ... Read More »

New Zealand humiliates favorite India by 47 runs in opener

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NAGPUR: New Zealand’s spinners became unlikely heroes on Tuesday, leading their side to a stunning 47-run victory over favorites India in the World Twenty20 opening group match in Nagpur. The Kiwis stumbled to 126 for seven after electing to bat first, but their slow bowlers bamboozled India who could manage just 79 runs in 18.1 overs — their lowest ever ... Read More »

Tamim ton powers Bangladesh into Super 10s

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DHARAMSALA: Tamim Iqbal’s maiden Twenty20 century helped Bangladesh storm into the World T20 Super 10s with a resounding 54-run win against Oman via the Duckworth/Lewis method in the last qualifier in Dharamsala Sunday. Put into bat in the knockout encounter, Bangladesh rode on Tamim’s unbeaten 63-ball 103 to post 180 for two. Oman were restricted to 65 for nine in ... Read More »

Oman stuns Ireland; Bangladesh struggles past spirited Netherlands

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DHARAMSALA: World Twenty20 debutants Oman stunned Ireland by two wickets in a thrilling last-over finish on Wednesday with lower-order batsman Aamer Ali’s 32-run blitz achieving the target with two balls to spare. Oman openers Zeeshan Maqsood and Khawal Ali provided a 69-run opening stand only to see the middle-order give it away with the side reeling at 90 for five ... Read More »

Bangladesh stuns Pakistan to reach Asia Cup final

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DHAKA: Bangladesh’s lower-order batsmen kept their cool under pressure to beat Pakistan by five wickets in Dhaka on Wednesday, securing them a place in the Asia Cup final. Soumya Sarkar was Bangladesh’s highest scorer with 48 runs, helping his team to 131-5 in 19.1 overs after they restricted Pakistan to 129-7 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. The hosts will play ... Read More »

Sabbir sizzles as Bangladesh surprises Sri Lanka

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DHAKA: Sabbir Rahman scored a brilliant half-century to set up a 23-run win for Bangladesh over Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup Twenty20 in Dhaka on Sunday. Sabbir hit 80 off 54 balls as Bangladesh posted a respectable 147-7 and then restricted Sri Lanka to 124-8 for their maiden win over the islanders in the Twenty20 format. The win, Bangladesh’s ... Read More »

Kohli fined for dissent

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Star Indian batsman Virat Kohli was Sunday fined 30 percent of his match fee for misconduct during Saturday’s Asia Cup match against Pakistan, the International Cricket Council said. Kohli was found to have shown dissent at an umpire’s decision,said world cricket’s governing boody. The incident happened in the 15th over of India’s innings when Kohli, after being given out leg ... Read More »

Rabada’s magnificent seven puts South Africa in control

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PRETORIA: Kagiso Rabada became the youngest South Africa bowler to take seven wickets in an innings as the hosts took charge of the fourth and final Test against England on Sunday. The 20-year-old’s brilliant 7-112 helped dismiss the tourists for 342 in reply to South Africa’s first innings 475 at Centurion. South Africa ended day three leading England by 175 ... Read More »

Smith, Bailey tons power Australia past India

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PERTH: Captain Steve Smith and George Bailey struck fluent centuries as Australia chased down a steep 310-run target to win the first One-Day International against India by five wickets in Perth on Tuesday. Smith fell for his highest ODI score of 149 with Australia two runs short of victory and the right-hander left the ground shaking his head before watching ... Read More »

Another reporter: Gayle ‘total creep’

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SYDNEY: The storm surrounding star cricketer Chris Gayle over an attempt to flirt with an Australian presenter on live TV intensified Wednesday as new allegations about his behavior toward women emerged.  More female journalists aired complaints against the West Indian after he was fined $7,000 on Tuesday for his approach to Network Ten reporter Mel McLaughlin. Gayle apologized and tried ... Read More »

Messi, Suarez propel Barca to third Club World Cup crown

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YOKOHAMA: Lionel Messi marked his return from illness with a brilliant goal as Barcelona beat Argentina’s River Plate 3-0 to capture a record third Club World Cup on Sunday. The Spanish giants welcomed back Messi after a bout of kidney stones and the mercurial Argentine scored with a clinical finish on 36 minutes, before a lethal Luis Suarez double destroyed ... Read More »

Chameera’s blitz puts Sri Lanka on top

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HAMILTON, New Zealand: Sri Lanka fought their way back into the second Test against New Zealand with a destructive burst by young quick Dushmantha Chameera on day two in Hamilton on Saturday. Chameera took his first five-wicket bag as New Zealand slumped from 81 without loss in reply to Sri Lanka’s first innings score of 292 to be 232-9 at ... Read More »

Sri Lanka fights back after early scare

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DUNEDIN, New Zealand: Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne spearheaded a gritty Sri Lanka fight-back on the second day of the first Test against New Zealand in Dunedin on Friday. They came together with the tourists looking fragile at 29 for two, and put on 122 for the third wicket in reply to New Zealand’s first innings 431. At stumps, Sri ... Read More »

Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar on shortlist for Ballon d’Or

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LONDON: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will go head-to-head once again for the title of world’s best footballer after being short-listed along with Neymar on Monday for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or. For the seventh time in eight years, the dynamic duo of Barcelona’s Messi and Real Madrid’s Ronaldo are expected to fill the top two places on the podium ... Read More »

Morkel stars as South Africa wins India T20 series

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CUTTACK: Seamer Albie Morkel led the way with three for 12 as South Africa thumped India by six wickets in the violence-hit second Twenty20 match in Cuttack on Monday to clinch the series. Leg-spinner Imran Tahir and seamer Chris Morris chipped in with two wickets each as India were skittled for a paltry 92 after being sent in to bat ... Read More »

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