Kiwis dream of toppling big brother Australia

Posted by on Mar 28, 2015 | Leave a Comment

WELLINGTON: Emergency supplies of beige-coloured clothing were being rushed across the Tasman Saturday as the build-up to the cricket World Cup final reached fever pitch in New Zealand. Brendon McCullum, with his infectious grin, had said before leading his side to a stunning semi-final win against South Africa that they were “having the time of our lives.” His enthusiasm has rubbed off on the nation where... 

New Zealand seeking to oneup big brother Australia

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment

MELBOURNE: New Zealand’s cricketers grew up playing backyard battles against imaginary Australia sides and will be eager to get one over their “big brothers” in the World Cup final, paceman Tim Southee said. The trans-Tasman rivalry is fierce across all sports but will reach fever pitch on Sunday when nearly 100,000 will pack out the storied Melbourne Cricket Ground for the title-decider. “The... 

Australia win toss opt to bat first against India

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 | Leave a Comment

SYDNEY: Australian captain Michael Clark on Thursday won the toss and opted to bat first against defending champions India here at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in the widely-anticipated World Cup semi-final. India have beaten Australia just once in 35 years in a one-day international at the SCG when a Sachin Tendulkar century helped them win the first of the three-match tri-series final in 2008. But Mahendra Singh Dhoni´s... 

India battle tide of history against Australia

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 | Leave a Comment

SYDNEY: Defending champions India will hope the law of averages does not catch up with them when they clash with hosts Australia in a widely-anticipated World Cup semi-final in Sydney on Thursday. India have beaten Australia just once in 35 years in a one-day international at the Sydney Cricket Ground when a Sachin Tendulkar century helped them win the first of the three-match tri-series final in 2008. But Mahendra Singh... 

Australia and India to continue war of words

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 | Leave a Comment

SYDNEY: There’s never been any love lost between the Australian and the Indian cricket teams. The fiercest of rivals, their matches are often as much a test of temperament as their skills with bat and ball. The two teams have made no secret of their mutual dislike, and waste little time reminding each other during games. In cricket, it’s known as sledging, in American sports, it’s called trash-talking.... 

Lee tips balanced Australia to swing India semifinal

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

SYDNEY: Former Australia fast bowler Brett Lee believes the balance of the hosts´ side will see them defeat defending champions India in Thursday´s World Cup semi-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground. “I honestly think that Australia will win on Thursday, I think they´ve got the right balance in the team,” said Lee, a popular figure in the sub-continent where he has appeared in the Indian Premier League... 

Pakistan win toss choose to bat against Australia

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 | Leave a Comment

ADELAIDE: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and elected to bat first against Australia in their crucial quarter final match of the World Cup 2015 at the Adelaide Oval on Friday. Australia made one change from their last pool match against Scotland, bringing in fast bowler Josh Hazlewood in place of fellow paceman Pat Cummins on a hard, bouncy pitch. “The pitch today is different from previous matches,”... 

Pakistan face Australia in ‘World Cup final’

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 | Leave a Comment

SYDNEY: Pakistan play Australia in the last eight of the World Cup in Adelaide on Friday, with home captain Michael Clarke saying his side will treat the match as a final. Apart from a nailbiting one-wicket loss to fellow tournament co-hosts New Zealand and a washed-out match with Bangladesh, four-times champions Australia have made serene progress in their quest to win a first World Cup title on home soil. Pakistan,... 

BLOG Pakistan Vs Australia 5 moments you can never forget

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Pakistan has finally made it to the quarters-finals, isn’t it? Although many in Pakistan are still rubbing their eyes in disbelief, but it’s true, a team termed as the weakest and most inexperienced in their WC history, made-up of some misfiring and forgotten players, is continuingly winning games and also hearts. Just a few days ago, some would jokingly term the Men in Green as a “Chalta Phirta Hospital”,... 

Pressure on Australia not Pakistan says Sarfraz

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 | Leave a Comment

ADELAIDE: In-form opener Sarfraz Ahmed believes the pressure of expectation will be on Australia when the co-hosts take on Pakistan in a highly-charged World Cup quarter-final, vowing an attacking approach from his team. The 27-year-old wicketkeeper/batsman hit his team´s first hundred of the World Cup which helped Pakistan beat Ireland in Sunday´s last Pool B match to earn them a place in the last-eight. Sarfraz... 
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