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India beats NZ in Champions Trophy opening game

London: India beat New Zealand in the opening warm-up game of the Champions Trophy by 45 runs via Duckworth-Lewis method. The defending champions scored 129 for 3 in 26 overs in pursuit of 190 when rain stopped play. India needed to score 84 after 26 overs and were ahead of target. Skipper Virat Kohli looked in good form having already reached an unbeaten 52 in company of former skipper Mahendra

England's much hope on Ben in Champions trophy

London: Ben Stokes would be the first to say England are more than a one-man team but if anyone sums up their revival in limited overs cricket it is the dynamic Durham all-rounder. Just over two years since a defeat by Bangladesh in Adelaide sealed their embarrassing first-round exit from the 2015 World Cup, England face the Tigers in the Champions Trophy opener at The Oval on Thursday with genuine

Pujara slams tone for nottinghamshire

Nottingham: Cheteshwar Pujara completed his 39th class hundred on his home debut for Nottinghamshire in the County Championship Division Two here. The 29 year old, playing only the second game of his brief county stint, reached the three figures in 174 balls with 13  fours on day one of the match against Gloucestershire. The Indian batsman, however, will have to wait longer to complete 12000 First-Class runs after being dismissed

Morgan's ton helps England win

Leeds: England captain Eoin Morgan’s fine century laid the platform for a 72 run win over South Africa in the day and night first one day international at Headingley. Victory over the Proteas, the world’s number-one ranked ODI side, gave England a morale boost just a week before they host the Champions Trophy tournament featuring the world’s top eight 50 over sides and put them 1-0 up in this  three-match

Why is failure matter of life for us, laments Kohli

Mumbai: Why is failure in one series a matter of “life and death” for sub-continent cricketers, wondered India captain Virat Kohli, asserting he never plays for redemption. Kohli was speaking hours before setting off for England to compete in the ICC Champions Trophy, where India will hope to defend the silverware they won three summers ago. “For me I feel that you improve as a cricketer every series that you

League defeats won't affect our power: Karn Sharma

Bengaluru: Mumbai Indians’ Karn Sharma is confident of winning the IPL final against Rising Pune Supergiant even  though they had lost all three league matches against them. “We are fully prepared and we will win the finals. That is for sure. The losses were in the past,” he told reporters in post-match press conference here. Mumbai had lost all the three matches against Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Steve Smith’s side

Aussies offered contracts to forgo IPL

Sydney: Cricket Australia team has made an attempt to lure away its key players from the lucrative IPL by offering them multi-year central contracts, a report has claimed. A Sydney Morning Herald report claimed that Pat Howard, CA’s Executive General Manager of team performance, made the approaches at a time when the governing body and the Australian Cricketers’ Association are in dispute over a new pay deal for the players.

BCCI clears India’s participation in CT

New Delhi: Putting an end to all the speculation, the BCCI today cleared India’s participation in the ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales at its Special General Meeting here. It was decided that no legal recourse will be taken against the ICC as dictated by the Committee of Administrators (COA). The team for the event, starting 1 June, will be selected in the next 48 hours. “It was a

We are not getting our act together, says Kohli

After Royal Challengers Bangalore ambled to their second sub-hundred total and lost by 61 runs, a visibly disconsolate captain Virat Kohli conceded that his team lost the game rather than Rising Pune Supergiant winning it. “I think it is everyone for see. We lost that game. It is hard for a captain to stand here and speak after performances like these,” Kohli said after the side’s third successive loss. “But,

MI maul Kings XI Punjab riding on Buttler Special

Indore: Jos Buttler went on a rampage with a breathtaking 37-ball-77 as Mumbai Indians cantered home by eight wickets against Kings XI Punjab maintaining their pole position in the Indian Premier League, here last night. Hashim Amla’s superb 103 enabled Punjab put up a competitive 198 for 4 in 20 overs but Buttler made a mockery of the target with Mumbai Indians knocking off the runs in only 15.3 overs. If Amla was

Kane Williamson hits half-century in first game for his team

No wild slogs, no pounding of the cricket ball. Just plain cricketing shots from the textbook with a slight bit of innovation, but keeping intact the discipline. It was that kind of an innings on Wednesday night by Sunrisers Hyderbad’s Kane Williamson, who was playing his first game this season. There were gentle dabs, a soft smother, running hard between the wickets, getting his eye in and then teeing off