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Thursday, 27 November 2014
Delhi Dynamos FC vs Mumbai City FC Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2014

Delhi Dynamos FC vs Mumbai City FC Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2014

New Delhi: The pursuit to salvage pride will continue for Delhi Dynamos FC when they lock horns with Mumbai City FC, who would be looking to regain lost ground in the Indian Super League (ISL) football tournament here at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Friday. Though they are returning home on the back of a away win against NorthEast United FC, the national capital outfit’s chances of making the semifinals in the inaugural edition of the league are dangling by a thread after a string of disappointing results.

The hosts are placed precariously at the bottom of the points table with just a couple of wins to show for in the eight-team tournament. The visitors are in a marginally better situation, sitting seventh after winning three matches in their 10 matches so far. Mumbai City FC though, have equal number of victories as FC Pune City, who are sitting sixth in the table by the virtue of having scored one more goal.
While the Dynamos had beaten NorthEast United FC 2-1 in their previous match, the Peter Reid’s side will have to pull up their socks having suffered a 0-3 thrashing at the hands of Chennaiyin FC in their most recent outing. While they struggled for a major part of the tournament with their strikers rarely threatening the rival defence, Harm van Veldhoven’s side, who will be playing their last home match after this on December 2, it will a chance to finish their campaign with something to show.

The likes of Hans Mulder, Gustavo dos Santos, Alessandro Del Piero, Morten Skoubo and Steven Dias among others will look to leave one last impression as far as the first edition of the tournament is concerned. The former pair, who had scored in the last 2-1 win, will be keen on adding to their tally. The Dynamos also know that they fought hard after being reduced to 10 men as midfielder Souvik Chakraborty was shown second yellow card during additional time of the first half.

Mumbai City FC will be again looking upto their inspirational skipper and French star Nicolas Anelka to get them the goals. While there is no dearth of stars in the Mumbai line-up, they have somehow failed to score in six out of their 10 outings. Besides Anelka, they have another Arsenal great in Freddie Ljungberg, a names that catches one’s attention, but the duo are yet to play together in the competition.
However, former Bolton midfielder Andre Moritz has emerged as one of the side’s key attacking players. Lalrindika Ralte has been disappointing in front of the goal so far despite spending a lot of time on the pitch.
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
Phillip Hughes dies in hospital after suffering a blow in the head

Phillip Hughes dies in hospital after suffering a blow in the head

Australia batsman Phillip Hughes passed away on Thursday after being hit on the head by a nasty bouncer from Sean Abbott in a Sheffield Shield encounter between South Australia and New South Wales on Monday. Hughes was shifted to St Vincent’s Hospital, a local hospital in Sydney where he was in a state of coma. The cricketing world came together to wish a speedy recovery to the Australian batsman, who was set to be a part of the Australian squad in the upcoming tour of India

“What happened is that the blow from the cricket ball damaged … a major artery in the back of his head and that caused bleeding over the skull and prevented blood from going to the brain,” Australian broadcaster Alan Jones was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald early on Thursday morning. “Today is a critical day. I repeat, this is much more serious than anyone imagined. Medical technology is currently breathing for him. The brain is very sick and we pray for miracles,” he added.
Phillip Hughes played 52 international matches for Australia (25 ODIs, 26 Tests and 1 T2I), scoring over 2350 runs. Known for his unconventional style of play and unorthodox technique, Hughes was a heavy run-scorer in domestic cricket. The South Australian batsman also doubled up as a wicketkeeper occasionally. The 25-year old had scored three Test centuries and two One-Day International tons in his short career.
Phillip Hughes dead: Cricketers offer condolences on Twitter

Phillip Hughes dead: Cricketers offer condolences on Twitter

Australian batsman Phillip Hughes passed away on Thursday morning following the injury he suffered on the head during South Australia’s Sheffield Shield match on Monday against New South Wales. The cricketing world and fans came out to pour their heartfelt condolences to Hughes on Twitter on Thursday morning. Hughes, who was expected to be a part of Australia’s squad following Michael Clarke’s backout due to injury for the upcoming series against India was hit by a nasty bouncer from Sean Abbott. The left-hander was soon shifted to St Vincent’s Hospital, a local hospital in Sydney where he was in a critical condition for over three days before eventually succumbing to the injury. Here are some of the tweets doing the rounds on social media early on Thursday morning.


Extremely sad news about the passing of Phil Hughes… RIP Hughesy. Condolences to his family & the people of Australia. – Alviro Petersen
No man.shocking news that Phil Hughes has passed away.cant believe it.Everyone close to him will be in my prayers.#cricketingfamily - Faf du Plessis

Mohandas Menon also mentioned that Phillip Hughes (25 years and 362 days) is the second youngest Australian cricketer to die after Archie Jackson, who passed away at the age of 23 years and 164 days. Heartfelt condolences for the near and dear ones of Phillip Hughes on behalf of India.com. May his soul Rest in peace.
Live Cricket Scoreboard & Ball by Ball Commentary of Sri Lanka vs England 2014 1st ODI

Live Cricket Scoreboard & Ball by Ball Commentary of Sri Lanka vs England 2014 1st ODI

Catch the Live Score and Ball-by-ball updates of England and Sri Lanka here. Sri Lanka, through a collective batting effort reached a massive score of 317 for six. England have started well but it remains to be seen how England can tame Sri Lanka in their own backyard, where they are a formidable side.

Sri Lanka travel to England following a 5-0 drubbing against India in the ODI series. They are set to play a seven-match ODI series and will look to put up a better performance on the home ground. Only Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews put up any performance worthy to be taken note against the Indians. However, the team management will look forward to a better performance from their younger players as well leading into the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
The two teams had met in England earlier this year where an inspired Angelo Mathews had led his side to a 3-2 win in the ODI series and 1-0 in the Test series. The Test win was registered off the penultimate ball of the day.
Roger Federer’s Micromax Indian Aces: International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) Team Preview

Roger Federer’s Micromax Indian Aces: International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) Team Preview

A definite dream come true for all the Indian fans as Swiss legend Roger Federer became part of the Micromax Indian Aces, tennis team participating in inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL). The 17-time grand slam winner, Roger Federer replaced an injured Rafael Nadal as Indian Aces spearhead. And this news was enough to celebrate an early new year by the enthusiastic tennis fans in India.

One of the most balanced sides of IPTL, India aces boasts of the biggest names of the game. Apart from Federer, the Indian team consists of previous record holder of highest number of grand slams, Pete Sampras, Frenchman Gael Monfils, 2008 French Open winner and former world number one Ana Ivanovic, Indian players Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna. One of the most active players on the tour, Fabrice Santoro joins Indian Aces in the role of player-cum-coach.

Indian Aces will host the third leg of the tournament. The third destination of International Premier Tennis League is at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi. The capital city is well prepared for the first visit of excited players. Remember Roger Federer’s idea of visiting the places as per his suggestions!
Team News, Records and Players Form: Undoubtedly the biggest name of the tournament, Roger Federer comes into the event riding high with the latest addition of  maiden Davis Cup win in his glorious cv. He missed out on winning the year-ending ATP Tour title due to back injury that also speculate for a possible IPTL miss-out, but the organizers can breathe easy as the Swiss Master looks hale and hearty to not deny his ardent fans a chance to watch him play in the tournament.

Federer will be joined by American legend Pete Sampras, whose record of maximum major of 14 titles was broken by the former. In what is expected to be a dreamy affair of watching Federer and Sampras play along-side is definitely a desirable thought of every tennis fan.
Federer’s team consists of great and consistent players like 28-year-old Gael Monfils from France who defeated Fed-ex during a Davis Cup match. Gael Monfils is a crowd delight and an equally strong player for the side. Ana Ivanovic showed considerable growth this year to break-into top five players of the world to currently be placed as World No. 5.
The Indian Aces cannot be complete without the presence of ‘Indian’ aces. The side will be decorated with the presence of sixth ranked doubles specialist and true ambassador of tennis in India, Sania Mirza. Her form in 2014 has been impeccable that includes Asian Games glory, WTA Doubles Championship Title. Apart from Sania, doubles player Rohan Bopanna will complete the side.
Micromax Indian Aces begin their tournament with the match against Singapore Slammers headed by Serena Williams on November 28 at Manila, Philippines.
PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy, B Sai Praneeth Win in Macau Grand Prix Gold

PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy, B Sai Praneeth Win in Macau Grand Prix Gold

Macau: Defending champion P.V. Sindhu reached the pre-quarterfinals of the Macau Grand Prix Gold in women's singles while H.S. Prannoy and B. Sai Praneeth too tasted victories in men's singles as Indian shuttlers had a good day in office, in Macau on Wednesday.
World No. 10 Sindhu took a little less than half an hour to dispose off Chinese Taipei's Hung Shih Han 21-19, 21-15 in a women's singles match.

The second-seeded Indian had beaten Han in a trilling contest during the 2011 Vietnam Grand Prix Open. Sindhu will next take on Indonesia's Lindaweni Fanetri on Thursday.
H.S. Prannoy and B Sai Praneeth also entered the last-16 with contrasting victories at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion.

Third seed Prannoy, who had won the Indonesian Masters in September this year, thrashed Indonesia's Andre Marteen 21-18 21-16 in a men's singles match, while eighth seed Praneeth got the better off Singapore's Ronald Susilo 21-15 21-18 in a 30-minute match.
Prannoy will take on Chinese Taipei's Lin Yu Hsien, while Praneeth face Indonesia's Sony Dwi Kuncoro on Thursday.
However, it was curtains for PC Thulasi as the Indian women shuttler suffered a 12-21 17-21 loss to Hsu Ya Ching of Chinese Taipei in a 34-minute contest.
Monday, 24 November 2014
PV Sindhu aims to defend Macau Open title after Hong Kong disappointment

PV Sindhu aims to defend Macau Open title after Hong Kong disappointment

Macau, Nov 24: Teen sensation P V Sindhu will look to shrug off the disappointment of her second round loss at Hong Kong when she starts her title defence in the women’s singles competition of the USD 120,000 Macau Grand Prix Gold, which begins here on Tuesday. Nine Indian shuttlers, including two-time world championship bronze medallist P V Sindhu, will look to put their best foot forward when they take the court at Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion.

World No. 10 Sindhu, who is seeded second, will take on Chinese Taipei’s Hung Shih Han on Wednesday, while her colleague P C Thulasi will meet another Chinese Taipei shuttler Hsu Ya Ching in the opening round. 19-year-old Sindhu had retained her bronze medal at the BWF world championship at Copenhagen in August this year.

In men’s singles, Dutch Open champion Ajay Jayaram will face Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai, while H S Prannoy, who had clinched his maiden title winning the USD 1,25,000 Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold in September, will lock horns with Shih Kuei Chun of Chinese Taipei. Seventh seed Sourabh Varma will square off with Chinese Taipei’s Yang Chih Chieh, while German Open winner Arvind Bhat will face a Qualifier.
Eighth seed B Sai Praneeth will open his campaign against Woon Kok Hong of Malaysia. Indian combination of Akshay Dewalkar and Pranaav Jerry Chopra will take on Korean pair of Sol Kyu Choi and Kang Ji Wook in the men’s doubles event.
Harbhajan Singh worked hard to make his bowling action legal, reveals ICC CEO David Richardson

Harbhajan Singh worked hard to make his bowling action legal, reveals ICC CEO David Richardson

New Delhi, Nov 24: Asserting that the timing of the crackdown on illegal actions is not a conspiracy, ICC CEO David Richardson lauded Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh for correcting his bowling action after being called twice in his career and making it absolutely legal.
“At one stage his (Harbhajan Singh) action came under a bit of scrutiny. He did a fantastic job in adapting his action to make sure that he was now bowling legally. And now there is no question mark about the way he bowls. I think yes the ICC has cracked down on bowlers that are extending their arm during the delivery and there is no conspiracy about the timing of it,” Richardson said on the sidelines of an ICC event where luxury watch brand ‘Hublot’ was announced as the official timekeeper of the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

In the last three months notably three international off-spinners have been banned for bending their arm more than the prescribed limit including Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal and many former greats believe that ICC’s action, which comes just ahead of the 50-over showpiece event is ill-timed. Richardson though said that enough is enough.

“We reached a stage where too many bowlers were starting to bend the rules – excuse the pun. And the cricket committee backed up by the ICC board decided that action needed to be taken. But having said that I really think that bowlers that have been reported are doing the right thing by working on their actions to come back as legal bowlers. And also the message is out there loud and clear to teams that don’t mess, don’t pick players who have got suspicious actions. Pick people who can bowl legally,” the former South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman said.

The out-of-favour Indian spinner Harbhajan, who was sharing the stage with the ICC CEO, was not only pleased at being made a good example of the game but also praised the move to clean up cricket of all ills.
“Not just once but twice I have been called. Once it was 1999 when I just started my cricket and 2006. So there is a limit set by the ICC and if any bowler goes beyond that limit there are people who are watching it. They are not asking anyone to stop playing cricket but all they are saying just go to the school and learn to bowl within the limits of ICC,” said the Punjab skipper, who had flown in from Ahmedabad before the Vijay Hazare one-day tournament final against Karnataka tomorrow.

“So I think it is great thing what you have done and as Dave said the doors are not closed for anyone, if you bowl within the limit you can still play cricket and enjoy bowling the “Doosra” or whatever delivery you want to bowl. So its a great inititaive taken by the ICC,” he added.
Roberto Mancini witnesses spirited display in Derby as Inter Milan hold AC Milan to 1-1 draw

Roberto Mancini witnesses spirited display in Derby as Inter Milan hold AC Milan to 1-1 draw

Inter Milan held AC Milan to a draw in their Milan derby as they fought back from a goal down on Roberto Mancini’s return as manager. Mancini, who guided Inter to three league titles before leaving in 2008, saw his side fall behind to Jeremy Menez’s superb side-footed volley in the 23rd minute. But Inter, who stay ninth, levelled with Joel Obi ’s low shot from 18 yards in the 61st minute. Both sides sought a win and Stephan El Shaarawy wasted a great chance for AC Milan, hitting the bar, before Inter’s Mauro Icardi hit the post.

Endeavour from the sides, who share the same ground, was evident but since Mancini’s departure six years ago, both have become Serie A also-rans. Mancini has since been employed by Manchester City and Galatasaray but the side he has inherited from the sacked Walter Mazzarri is a shadow of the one he built in three years from 2005.

In his last Milan derby, Mancini’s side included Patrick Vieira, Esteban Cambiasso and Hernan Crespo, with Clarence Seedorf, Andrea Pirlo and Kaka offering quality for the Rossoneri. Such glittering names were sparse on this occasion, with Chelsea loanee Fernando Torres peripheral for Milan, themselves only a point better off in seventh.

Mancini has warned that he does not hold a magic wand to bring a return to the dominance he once cultivated at the Nerazzurri, but a dream start to his tenure almost arrived when Icardi raced on to a loose Sulley Muntari pass in midfield, only for Diego Lopez to produce a smart save. Menez then deftly guided a delightful side-foot volley past the dive of Samir Handanovic.
It was a moment of true quality, a fifth goal of the season for the summer signing from Paris St-Germain and earned Filippo Inzaghi’s side a half-time lead. But the meeting of the two sides is fiercely competitive. Inter, with 76 wins, have just two more derby victories than their rivals. Obi fired through the legs of a defender from the edge of the area to level the game before El Shaarawy ran on to a pass to smash against the woodwork at the other end.
Mumbai Tennis Masters beat Punjab Marshalls in CTL

Mumbai Tennis Masters beat Punjab Marshalls in CTL

Mumbai, Nov 24: Mumbai Tennis Masters eked out a 29-20 win against Punjab Marshalls in a round robin match of the Champions Tennis League (CTL) here Monday. Mumbai and Punjab were already out of contention for a place in the final, to be played Nov 26 in New Delhi. With the inconsequential win, Mumbai finished second with two wins and two losses.

Delhi Dreams had qualified for the final beating Mumbai 27-21 Sunday. Pranjala Yadlapalli put Mumbai 1-0 ahead beating Rishika Sunkara 6-5 (5-1). Pranjala then paired up with Mohit Mayur Jayaprakash to stretch Mumbai’s lead to 2-0, outplaying Punjab’s mixed doubles pair of Rishika and Vidit Vaghela 6-2.
Leander Paes won the legends match, downing Sergi Bruguera 6-5 to pull one back for Punjab. In the mixed doubles match, Sriram Balaji and Tommy Robrado defeated Paes and Somdev Devvarman 6-3 before Devvarman went down to Robredo 4-6.a
Champions Tennis League: Pune Marathas beat Hyderabad Aces to enter CTL final

Champions Tennis League: Pune Marathas beat Hyderabad Aces to enter CTL final

Pune, Nov 25: Pune Marathas entered the final of the Champions Tennis League (CTL), beating Hyderabad Aces 25-24 in a tense South Zone contest here Monday. Pune will face Delhi Dreams in the title clash Wednesday in Delhi. Mark Philippoussis gave Hyderabad a three-game lead, beating Pat Cash 6-3 in the legends singles.
Pune quickly neutralised that lead as Agnieszka Radwanska and Marcos Baghdatis won the mixed doubles 6-3 against Martina Hingis and Mikhail Youzhny. Hingis then put Hyderabad back infront, securing a narrow 6-4 win over Radwanska in closely-fought women’s singles match to give Hyderabad Aces a 15-13 lead, with two matches to go.

Pune fought back again, winning the men’s doubles contest 6-3 through Baghdatis and Saketh Myneni, to have their noses ahead 19-18 going into the final match of the tie, the men’s singles. Baghdatis take an early 3-0 lead and then was up 5-1 but Youzhny fought back remarkably to square it 5-5 and force a tie-breaker. The momentum swung towards Youzhny who breezed past Baghdatis 5-0 in the nine-point tie breaker to win the match 6-5 and level the tie 24-24.
According to the tournament rules, another nine-point tie-breaker had to be played to break the deadlock and Baghdatis used all his experience to emerge on top in the deciding tie-break and secure victory for Pune.
Friday, 21 November 2014
IPL 2015: Rajasthan Royals Spinner Iqbal Abdullah Moves to Royal Challengers Bangalore

IPL 2015: Rajasthan Royals Spinner Iqbal Abdullah Moves to Royal Challengers Bangalore

New Delhi: Rajasthan Royals spinner Iqbal Abdullah has moved to Royal Challengers Bangalore for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 to be held April 8-May 24.
"In what is the fifth trade prior to the 2015 season, Royal Challengers Bangalore have acquired Iqbal Abdulla from Rajasthan Royals," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said in a release.
Earlier, RCB acquired Manvinder Bisla from Kolkata Knight Riders and traded Parthiv Patel to Mumbai Indians.
Mumbai Indians acquired Unmukt Chand from Rajasthan and R. Vinay Kumar from Kolkata.
Sarfraz Ahmed’s fighting ton, spinners leave Kiwis in trouble

Sarfraz Ahmed’s fighting ton, spinners leave Kiwis in trouble

Pakistan took Day four’s honours after a sterling display with the bat and ball gave the Asian giants the possibility of winning the second Test against New Zealand. The visitors had lost their entire top order to the spin duo of Zulfiquar Babar and Yasir Shah after wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed’s brilliant counterattacking century in the first session of the day’s play cut into the Kiwis’ lead.
After some well planned late wickets by the New Zealand on Day three, Pakistan needed inspiration to get back in the contest and despite Sarfraz’s naturally aggressive approach; he was not aided by wickets tumbling around him. Tim Southee got the ball to move quite a bit and the Pakistan lower order had no answer. Sarfraz chose his battles wisely here and went after the spinners.
Ish Sodhi and Mark Craig were taken apart at will and through the dogged support of No 11 Rahat Ali, Sarfraz soldiered on.  Craig went for three boundaries in an over and was carved for a massive six over long on. He got his hundred with a flick of Trent Boult and was greeted with a thunderous applause from his teammates in the dressing room.
It was Brendon McCullum‘s medium pace that did the trick and it was a caught and bowled chance that ended Sarfraz’s stay at the crease.  McCullum got off to a breezy start and carved out a few boundaries in the early part of the innings. Tom Latham was unfortunately adjudged caught at leg slip.
It was New Zealand’s turn to crumble and the batsmen were unable to pick the turn. Corey Anderson was out off a gem to Yasir Shah but Ross Taylor stood firm. The fearless, fluent strokemaking was back and the team’s position didn’t faze him. The vice captain found the gaps with effortless precision and stood in the way between New Zealand getting something out of this Test or imploding.
Kerala Blasters FC vs Atletico de Kolkata, Hero Indian Super League

Kerala Blasters FC vs Atletico de Kolkata, Hero Indian Super League

Kochi, Nov 20: When they clashed in the first leg, it was billed as a football contest between cricket titans Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly. But as Atletico de Kolkata take on Kerala Blasters FC in the return fixture of the Indian Super League on Friday, football fans are looking forward to an entertaining contest between two sides not only in line for semi-final berths but also strong contenders for the ultimate title.
A battle royal of frontrunners in Kerala’s backwaters, one may be tempted to say. Ganguly co-owned Atletico have seen mixed fortunes of late. While they returned to their winning ways against NorthEast United FC after a four-game lean streak, for the first time in the tourney, the Kolkata team has been pushed to the second spot by Chennaiyin FC – albeit by a slender thread.
Both sides are on 16 points from nine games, with identical goal difference of five, but Chennaiyin – co-owned by Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan and Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni – have snatched the pole position by scoring more number of goals (17 against Atletico’s 12). Kerala Blasters, co-promoted by Tendulkar, have zoomed to the third slot following a 1-0 win over Delhi Dynamos Sunday. After nine games, they are four points adrift of Atletico.
An absorbing tussle could be on the cards, with the rivals keen on keeping the winning momentum. Atletico skipper Luis Garcia has seemingly come to the party late, but his world class header that sealed NUFC’s fate showed he is finally having a blast. The Spanish world Cupper has been quite impressive in the last few games along with ATK linkman Jofre Mateu and the Ethiopian marksman Fikru Lemessa Teferra, and the blasters have a tough job at hand to keep them in check.
Kolkata’s defence has been brilliant too, with Josemi and Bengal boy Arnab Mandal forming a great partnership. Baljit Sahni too has fitted in just fine in his new role as a right back. The Kolkata side seems to have learned from its earlier mistakes and could now try to use the flanks to plant in more crosses and passes into the box. However, they have to try and nullify the defensive partnership between Frenchman Cedric Hengbart and the home spun Sandesh Jhingan.
Blasters will rely heavily on the Nigerian Penn Orji and Canadian forward Iain Hume to make a match of it. It was Orji who scored the winner in their last encounter against Delhi Dynamos. The Kerala team also needs custodian Englishman David James at the top of his game, against a side having the dreaded Fikru. Moreover, finishing has been a major problem for the hosts, having scored only half a dozen goals so far.
The first leg match between the two sides had ended 1-1, with Iain Hume nullifying the lead given by Sahni. It remains to be seen whether Garcia steals the show or if Hume’s untiring efforts prove productive for the Blasters.
Australia vs South Africa 2014 Free Live Streaming: Watch Live Stream & Telecast

Australia vs South Africa 2014 Free Live Streaming: Watch Live Stream & Telecast

After a fine performance at Canberra, Australia will be eyeing series win in the fourth One-Day International in Melbourne. But coming at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), the Aussies would be haunted with a terrible stadium record for they have never been able to beat South Africa at MCG. Well after good win at Canberra, the confident Australian side would look forward to bettering this fact as well. The 4th ODI match can be followed online on Star Sports and Star Sport.com in India. Watch the interesting Australia vs South Africa.
Australia has always opted to bat first after winning the toss in the three matches so far and set a huge target for the opposition, something which the side achieved except for the match in Perth. At Melbourne, they would be ensuring few changes in their playing order with the upcoming colossal tournament World Cup 2015 in focus. On one hand Australia might give chance to Pat Cummins in Melbourne ODI, they would continue to have faith in the talented Mitchell Starc to display the fine performances like the one at Perth.
While South Africa will also have to sort their woes for they let Australia score a mammoth 300 plus total on two out three matches in the series so far. With experienced JP Duminy out with injury, it has left the side in jittery and pushed captain AB de Villiers to number five in the batting order and giving chance to new batsman Farhaan Behardien to play better on top of the order. Proteas would be particularly happy with the form of Hashim Amla.
Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014 2nd Test Free Live Streaming: Watch Live Stream & Telecast of PAK vs NZ, Day 5 at Dubai

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014 2nd Test Free Live Streaming: Watch Live Stream & Telecast of PAK vs NZ, Day 5 at Dubai

Watch the free live streaming and telecast of the final day of the second Test match between Pakistan and New Zealand at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on Friday. The match is heading towards a drab draw after New Zealand put up an inspired performance in the first innings taking a 10-run lead over the hosts. The match is set to start at 11:30 am IST (10:00 am local time) and live telecast in India will be on Ten Cricket and Ten HD. Live streaming links will be available on Ten Sports’ official website. Viewers based in Pakistan can stream the match online at PTV Sports’ official website.
After putting up a massive total of 403 runs on the board in the first innings, led by a century from opener Tom Latham, New Zealand bowlers bowled out Pakistan for 393 runs, to take a 10-run lead in the first innings. While Tim Southee picked up three wickets, Ish Sodhi and Trent Boult bagged a couple each.
However, Pakistani bowlers struck back well to reduce New Zealand to 167 for six in the first innings. he visitors had lost their entire top order to the spin duo of Zulfiquar Babar and Yasir Shah after wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed’s brilliant counter-attacking century in the first session of the day’s play cut into the Kiwis’ lead.
Pakistan Squad: Shan Masood, Taufeeq Umar, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq(c), Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed(wk), Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar, Ehsan Adil, Rahat Ali.
New Zealand Squad: Brendon McCullum(c), Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, James Neesham, BJ Watling(wk), Mark Craig, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult.a
Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014 1st ODI Live Streaming

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014 1st ODI Live Streaming

Watch the free live cricket streaming as Bangladesh takes on Zimbabwe in the first One-Day International at Chittagong on Friday from 1.00 pm IST onwards. The match will be broadcast on GTV in Bangladesh, in SuperSport in Zimbabwe and Willow Cricket in the rest of the world. The.
After a perfect 3-0 whitewash in the Test series, Bangladesh will be hoping for extracting the same result in the ODI series as well. Both the sides have the opportunity to gain vital rankings points when they go head-to-head in a five-match One-Day International (ODI) series starting from today in Chittagong.
Ninth-placed Bangladesh (69) currently hold an 11-point lead over the Elton Chigumbura-led side in the International Cricket Council (ICC) team rankings and can further increase their lead while also reducing the gap with New Zealand and the West Indies, both level on 96 points, according to an ICC release Thursday. If Bangladesh manage a whitewash, they will open up a 22-point gap over Zimbabwe, while a 4-1 victory would lead to a gap of 17 points. A 3-2 series win would see the hosts retain a nine-point advantage.
Zimbabwe will also be eyeing a move up the rankings, as a 5-0 series win would see them leapfrog Bangladesh into the ninth position, six points clear. If they win the series 4-1, the two sides would be level on 63 points, with the host holding a fractional advantage. A 3-2 win for Zimbabwe would reduce Bangladesh’s lead to six points.
Bangladesh Squad
Mashrafe Mortaza (Captain), Al-Amin Hossain, Anamul Haque, Arafat Sunny, Imrul Kayes, Jubair Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal
Zimbabwe Squad
E Chigumbura (Captain), RW Chakabva (WK), TL Chatara, CR Ervine, T Kamungozi, H Masakadza, N Mushangwe, R Mutumbami, J Nyumbu, T Panyangara, V Sibanda, Sikandar Raza, BRM Taylor, MN Waller
Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014 2nd Test Live Cricket Score and Updates of Day 5

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014 2nd Test Live Cricket Score and Updates of Day 5

New Zealand 250 or 9 Decl. New Zealand have gone for the kill, declaring their second innings at 250 for nine with more than two sessions to play. They have offered Pakistan its first real chance in the Test to seal a win and make it 2-0. However, this is the best chance for the Kiwis to level the series. Brendon McCullum has played a bold gamble to make a drab Test interesting.
New Zealand 218 for 6 in 62.2 Overs Ross Taylor has raced to his 12th Test ton after some brisk scoring early on Day 5 of the second Test. He has added an unbeaten stand of 52 runs for the seventh wicket already, in company of Mark Craig, who is batting on 28 at the other end. New Zealand have reached a safe point in the Test. More importantly, Ross Taylor was the only visiting batsman who hadn’t scored decently on the tour.
New Zealand are set to resume their innings at 167 for six on the last day of the second Test match against Pakistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on Tuesday. New Zealand provided good resistance against Pakistani bowlers who have been extremely successful over the last three Tests.
New Zealand 167 for 6 in 48.2 Overs New Zealand are in a slightly precarious position by the end of the day’s play and Pakistan. Ross ‘I am fine’ Taylor is going great guns for the visitors and has batted fluently for his unbeaten 77. The batting problems away from home persists for New Zealand as they look for 2-3 players to do the job and save the ship. On to Day 5 then.
New Zealand 166 for 6 in 48 Overs Just when I was beginning to talk about stability, Pakistan yet again strike with spin and New Zealand are yet again in trouble now. Watling’s woes against spin continue and it will probably take a spinner to solve the mystery here. It’s Yasir Shah with his third wicket. BJ Watling c Asad Shafiq b Yasir Shah 11 (43)
New Zealand 157 for 5 in 45 Overs New Zealand are slowly building a partnership here and it’s BJ Watling is lending good support to Ross Taylor and the Kiwis know these two have to get a big one if they have to be in with a shout in this contest. Ross Taylor is batting with a lot of authority.
New Zealand 130 for 5 in 38 Overs Pakistan are beginning to turn the spin on New Zealand here, Jimmy Neesham is now bamboozled and it’s Pakistan’s new 2nd Innings specialist, Zulfiquar Babar, who picks up his third wicket and the Kiwis are crumbling here. Pakistan are probably sensing their fourth victory in as many Tests and the lead has just touched 140. Ross Taylor, meanwhile has looked confident and has reached his half-century. A lot rides on him for New Zealand to save this Test or get a result out of. J Neesham b Babar 11(26)
New Zealand 101 for 4 in 31 Overs New Zealand are trying to steady the ship here and much depends on Ross Taylor’s shoulders now. Jimmy Neesham is at the crease and the all-rounder has to show the kind of potential that made him score two hundreds in the first two innings that he played. Still a long way in this Test but Yasir Shah is asking questions here.
New Zealand 79 for 4 in 23 Overs Pakistan are on top now and it’s a double strike that puts them on the backfoot. Zulfiqar Babar, yet again is rewarded for his tenacity and it’s two-back strikes that puts them on the backfoot. Brendon McCullum, in particular was the biggest culprit of them after sticking out his front foot. Just when the stage was set for Corey Anderson to play a big knock for his team and prove his mettle as a Test batsman, the burly all-rounder disappoints and is bowled off Yasir Shah. It was a gem of delivery that spun a long way inside. New Zealand falling apart here.K Williamson c Umar b Zulfiquar 11 (26), B McCullum lbw b Zulfiquar 46 (62), C Anderson b Yasir Shah 0 (4)
New Zealand 54 for 1 in 18 Overs Kane Williamson has come to the centre and is slowly building a good partnership along with Brendon McCullum while the New Zealand skipper is still going strong and is on his way to build a big score. There is still a long way to go in this Test and this could be mean that the match is heading towards a draw.
New Zealand 43 for 1 in 12 Overs With a lead of 11, McCullum started well, being his usual aggressive self and smashing a few boundaries early on to upset the bowlers’ rhythm. Tom Latham started in his usual calm manner and the score was moving along nicely. There were a couple of half-chances but they remained close shouts. Pakistan then get a breakthrough and it’s under rather controversial circumstances. Yasir Shah spins one into the batsman and he sweeps the ball with venom but the ball bounces of his bat and Asad Shafiq at leg gully takes a good diving take. Umpire raises the finger and Latham reviews it. Replays shows that the ball has missed the southpaw’s glove but third umpire doesn’t think so and New Zealand’s player of the series so far has to depart. T Latham c Shafiq b Yasir Shah 9 (35)
Pakistan 393 Right after Lunch, it is Brendon McCullum who does the trick and Sarfraz’s stay comes to an end. New Zealand have a paltry lead of 10 runs and a good display by the Pakistan bowlers might give them even a shot of winning the Test. Credit should go to the gritty and determined Pakistan wicket-keeper though Sarfraz Ahmed c & b McCullum 112 (195)
Pakistan 392 for 9 in  145 Overs LUNCH Pakistan are in touching distance of New Zealand’s total and full credit to Sarfraz for pulling this one back for Pakistan. Things could have been so different for Misbah’s side had they been bowling to the Kiwi batsmen, bowling to a 100-run deficit. It’s lunch time and it has been simply majestic and the wicket-keeper has been on a steady rise over the past few months and can certainly go places at this rate.
Pakistan 376 for 9 in  139 Overs Sarfraz Ahmed reaches his century and what a knock this has been. A blistering one and the flourish started with him hammering spinner Mark Craig for three boundaries in an over. Then Ish Sodhi felt the wrath of the batsmen and the pacers were dug out with ease and a couple of boundaries brought up the wicketkeeper’s ton, which was received with a thunderous applause by the dressing room.
Pakistan 340 for 9 in  133 Overs There are very few batsmen who can rally around with the tail and in the recent past, Sarfraz is becoming one of the finest exponents of that. This is another gem from the Pakistan wicket-keeper and the counterattacking style of his has forced McCullum to spread the field around. Rahat Ali has been surviving, just about. Sarfraz just struck a delightful six over long-on off Ish Sodhi and it was a monster! Pakistan are slowly but surely cutting into the lead.
Pakistan 317 for 9 in  120 Overs I had a prediction at the start of the day today that Sarfraz Ahmed would rally around with the tailenders to get Pakistan to a fighting total and cut into New Zealand’s lead. Well, I got one part right but little did I see the New Zealand pace duo cleaning up the tail with such ease. Now, it’s Zufiquar Babar, who nicks it to the keeper and that’s the ninth wicket to fall. Sarfraz, meanwhile, has brought up his fifth half-century. Another gritty half-century by the Pakistan wicketkeeper. Zulfiqar Babar c Watling b Boult 5 (10)
Pakistan 306 for 8 in  116 Overs New Zealand are on top and they have a double breakthrough in the early part of the day. It’s the tailenders who walk back to the hut and they are poised to take a big lead in the game here. Tim Southee is getting some away swing and comes to the party for the first time on the tour.  Yasir Shah c Watling b Southee 2 (20), Ehsan Adil lbw b Southee 0 (6)
New Zealand bowled with discipline and, despite Azhar Ali and Younis Khan’s half-centuries, maintained their lead in the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai on Wednesday. Pakistan lost Asad Shafiq in seamer Tim Southee’s penultimate over for 44 to close the third day on 281-6, still trailing by 122 runs on New Zealand’s first innings total of 403. Catch the Live Streaming of the match here
Sarfraz Ahmed was unbeaten on 28 and Yasir Shah on one in a day when the Pakistani batsmen failed to score big after getting good starts. Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi led the New Zealand bowling with 2-65. Trent Boult, who got the prized wicket of Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq, termed it a good day for New Zealand. But New Zealand got four wickets in the next two sessions to press home their claims for a useful lead and in turn improve their chances for a series-levelling win after Pakistan won the first Test by 248 runs in Abu Dhabi. Azhar added another 50 runs with Misbah, but New Zealand hit back with the second new ball taken after 83 overs with the score at 194-3. Trent Boult claimed his first wicket in the series when he produced a beautiful delivery which got the edge of Misbah’s bat and landed in the safe hands of Ross Taylor at first slip.
Misbah’s 28 had two fours and a six. Ali drove spinner Mark Craig through point for three to complete his 18th half-century. But he too fell soon, trying to cut Sodhi and was bowled. He hit six boundaries and a six during his patient five-hour 22-minute vigil. Shafiq was lucky to survive at 26 when Boult bowled him with a sharp incoming delivery but much to New Zealand’s dismay it turned out to be a no-ball. He too failed to bat for long and was caught off a loose shot in the end, adding 59 for the sixth wicket with Sarfraz.
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Australia replaces South Africa at 2nd place in ICC ODI rankings

Australia replaces South Africa at 2nd place in ICC ODI rankings

Dubai, Nov 20: Australia leadpfrogged South Africa to take the second place in the International Cricket Council (ICC) One-Day International (ODI) rankings, according the latest chart released Thursday. Australia, who have 115 points, are leading an ongoing five-match ODI series against South Africa 2-1 and if they manage win the next two matches, they will move into first place with 117 points, ed
ging out India by one-fifth of a point, as per the ICC release.
However, a South African victory in the next two matches would see the A.B. de Villiers-led side return to the second spot, a point adrift of India with Australia dropping to third.
Meanwhile, Aaron Finch’s knock of 109 runs in the third ODI has elevated him 20 places to the 21st position in the batting rankings. In the bowling rankings, Mitchell Starc is the highest mover after Wednesday’s victory, up 10 places to the 37th position.
Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth look set for World Super Series Finals

Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth look set for World Super Series Finals

New Delhi, Nov 20: Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth look set to qualify for the prestigious year-ending World Super Series Finals to be held in Dubai Dec 17-21. The $1-million tournament sees the top-8 players in each of the sport’s five categories compete for the titles. Points are calculated throughout the season, taking into count the 12 Super Series events happening all round the year.
Olympic bronze medallist Saina is the only Indian to have qualified for the event in the past, having also played the summit clash in 2011, and is most likely confirmed for the 2014 edition. Having won two Super Series events this season — Australian Open and China Open — she is now positioned at No.5 and will likely go to Dubai.
Srikanth on the other hand is set to become only the second Indian to play in the year-ender. His China Open victory Sunday elevated him Thursday to No.6 position of the Super Series rankings and is also likely to travel to the Middle East.
Though Parupalli Kashyap also jumped three places to be ranked at No.11, he will have to come out with a stupendous performance at the ongoing final Super Series tournament of the year — Hong Kong Open — to make inroads into the top-8.
The same is the case with two-time World Championship bronze medallist P.V. Sindhu. Though she bagged the medal at the Worlds, she failed to make a mark consistently in Super Series events because of which she is currently ranked No.16. Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa are at No.17 in the women’s doubles list and are also unlikely to make the event.
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014 2nd Test Free Live Streaming

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014 2nd Test Free Live Streaming

Watch the free live cricket streaming and telecast as Pakistan resume Day four on 281 for six against New Zealand at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on Thursday. A good collective bowling effort by New Zealand on day three that culminated in snaring a couple of late wickets, including the solid Azhar Ali changed the course of the contest. The match is set to start at 11:30 am IST (10:00 am local time) and live telecast in India will be on Ten Cricket and Ten HD. Live streaming links will be available on Ten Sports’ official website. Viewers based in Pakistan can stream the match online at PTV Sports’ official website.

New Zealand bowled with discipline and, despite Azhar Ali and Younis Khan’s half-centuries, maintained their lead in the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai on Wednesday. Pakistan lost Asad Shafiq in seamer Tim Southee’s penultimate over for 44 to close the third day on 281-6, still trailing by 122 runs on New Zealand’s first innings total of 403. Sarfraz Ahmed was unbeaten on 28 and Yasir Shah on one in a day when the Pakistani batsmen failed to score big after getting good starts. Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi led the New Zealand bowling with 2-65. Trent Boult, who got the prized wicket of Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq, termed it a good day for New Zealand.

But New Zealand got four wickets in the next two sessions to press home their claims for a useful lead and in turn improve their chances for a series-levelling win after Pakistan won the first Test by 248 runs in Abu Dhabi. Azhar added another 50 runs with Misbah, but New Zealand hit back with the second new ball taken after 83 overs with the score at 194-3. Trent Boult claimed his first wicket in the series when he produced a beautiful delivery which got the edge of Misbah’s bat and landed in the safe hands of Ross Taylor at first slip.
Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014 2nd Test, Live Cricket Score and Updates

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014 2nd Test, Live Cricket Score and Updates

I had a prediction at the start of the day today that Sarfraz Ahmed would rally around with the tailenders to get Pakistan to a fighting total and cut into New Zealand’s lead. Well, I got one part right but little did I see the New Zealand pace duo cleaning up the tail with such ease. Now, it’s Zufiquar Babar, who nicks it to the keeper and that’s the ninth wicket to fall. Sarfraz, meanwhile, has brought up his fifth half-century. Another gritty half-century by the Pakistan wicketkeeper. Zulfiqar Babar c Watling b Boult 5 (10)
Pakistan 306 for 8 in  116 Overs
New Zealand are on top and they have a double breakthrough in the early part of the day. It’s the tailenders who walk back to the hut and they are poised to take a big lead in the game here. Tim Southee is getting some away swing and comes to the party for the first time on the tour.  Yasir Shah c Watling b Southee 2 (20), Ehsan Adil lbw b Southee 0 (6)
New Zealand bowled with discipline and, despite Azhar Ali and Younis Khan’s half-centuries, maintained their lead in the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai on Wednesday. Pakistan lost Asad Shafiq in seamer Tim Southee’s penultimate over for 44 to close the third day on 281-6, still trailing by 122 runs on New Zealand’s first innings total of 403. Catch the Live Streaming of the match here
Sarfraz Ahmed was unbeaten on 28 and Yasir Shah on one in a day when the Pakistani batsmen failed to score big after getting good starts. Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi led the New Zealand bowling with 2-65. Trent Boult, who got the prized wicket of Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq, termed it a good day for New Zealand. But New Zealand got four wickets in the next two sessions to press home their claims for a useful lead and in turn improve their chances for a series-levelling win after Pakistan won the first Test by 248 runs in Abu Dhabi. Azhar added another 50 runs with Misbah, but New Zealand hit back with the second new ball taken after 83 overs with the score at 194-3. Trent Boult claimed his first wicket in the series when he produced a beautiful delivery which got the edge of Misbah’s bat and landed in the safe hands of Ross Taylor at first slip.
Misbah’s 28 had two fours and a six. Ali drove spinner Mark Craig through point for three to complete his 18th half-century. But he too fell soon, trying to cut Sodhi and was bowled. He hit six boundaries and a six during his patient five-hour 22-minute vigil. Shafiq was lucky to survive at 26 when Boult bowled him with a sharp incoming delivery but much to New Zealand’s dismay it turned out to be a no-ball. He too failed to bat for long and was caught off a loose shot in the end, adding 59 for the sixth wicket with Sarfraz.
Michael Clarke 'Hopeful' for First India Test, Says Australian Physio

Michael Clarke 'Hopeful' for First India Test, Says Australian Physio

Sydney: Australia are hopeful that captain Michael Clarke will be available for next month's first test against India despite a recurrence of his hamstring injury, physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said on Thursday.
Clarke has missed just one of Australia's 39 tests since he assumed the captaincy in 2011 despite a degenerative long-term back condition which contributes to his frequent hamstring injuries.

The 33-year-old damaged his hamstring for the third time in 12 weeks in the first one-dayer against South Africa in Perth last Friday and Kountouris said he was not yet ready to play cricket again.
"As he is right now, he hasn't started running, he hasn't started doing any of the functional things that we want him to do," Kountouris told reporters at the Sydney Cricket Ground nets.
"So he's not ready to play at the moment ... (but) I'm still hopeful that he might be right for the first test because that's two weeks away."

Australia play India in four tests, starting in Brisbane on Dec. 4, before turning their focus towards the Feb. 14-March 29 50-over World Cup, which they are co-hosting with New Zealand.
Kountouris said Clarke was highly frustrated by the injury but was not at the stage where he needed to consider retirement because of the recurring injuries. He also thought it unlikely that Cricket Australia would be forced to choose between Clarke playing against India or in the World Cup.

"Time is not the magic healer here," Kountouris added. "There comes a point when there's no more healing to be done, it doesn't give you any more benefits "He could rest now for five months and the first time he comes back he could tear his hamstring again."
Clarke's leadership has been integral to the turnaround in Australia's fortunes since the humiliating 2010-11 Ashes series and the World Cup that followed, where Ricky Ponting's team went out in the quarter-finals.
Regarded as one of the most tactically astute captains in international cricket, Clarke has also led from the front with his batting and scored 13 centuries and 3,555 runs at an average of 57.33 in tests since succeeding Ponting.

Test vice captain Brad Haddin, who will stand in for Clarke if he is unfit, was training in the nets as Kountouris was speaking and the physio said he was approaching full fitness after damaging his shoulder.
"He's pretty good," he said. "We're hopeful he'll play Sheffield Shield next week."
Pakistan stutter on Day 3; trail by 122 runs having four wickets in hand

Pakistan stutter on Day 3; trail by 122 runs having four wickets in hand

Dubai, Nov 19: New Zealand bowled with discipline and, despite Azhar Ali and Younis Khan’s half-centuries, maintained their lead in the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai on Wednesday. Pakistan lost Asad Shafiq in seamer Tim Southee’s penultimate over for 44 to close the third day on 281-6, still trailing by 122 runs on New Zealand’s first innings total of 403.
Sarfraz Ahmed was unbeaten on 28 and Yasir Shah on one in a day when the Pakistani batsmen failed to score big after getting good starts. Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi led the New Zealand bowling with 2-65. Trent Boult, who got the prized wicket of Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq, termed it a good day for New Zealand.
“From our point of view it was a successful day. We are in a good position and the focus tomorrow will be to get a good lead to force a result in our favour,” said Boult. Pakistan, resuming at 34-2 saw off the first session without losing any wicket as Younis Khan (72) and Azhar Ali (75) shared a 113-run stand for the third wicket.
But New Zealand got four wickets in the next two sessions to press home their claims for a useful lead and in turn improve their chances for a series-levelling win after Pakistan won the first Test by 248 runs in Abu Dhabi. Azhar added another 50 runs with Misbah, but New Zealand hit back with the second new ball taken after 83 overs with the score at 194-3. Trent Boult claimed his first wicket in the series when he produced a beautiful delivery which got the edge of Misbah’s bat and landed in the safe hands of Ross Taylor at first slip.
Misbah’s 28 had two fours and a six. Ali drove spinner Mark Craig through point for three to complete his 18th half-century. But he too fell soon, trying to cut Sodhi and was bowled. He hit six boundaries and a six during his patient five-hour 22-minute vigil. Shafiq was lucky to survive at 26 when Boult bowled him with a sharp incoming delivery but much to New Zealand’s dismay it turned out to be a no-ball. He too failed to bat for long and was caught off a loose shot in the end, adding 59 for the sixth wicket with Sarfraz.
In the morning, Pakistan’s in-form batsmen were under pressure after a big New Zealand total and, more so, after losing both the openers cheaply on Tuesday. But Younis and Ali showed no sign of pressure as they started the day solidly. Younis reached his half-century with a sweetly-timed boundary off Craig. Younis hit seven fours and two sixes — both off Craig — during his 160-ball knock but fell to a casual shot, spoiling a good chance of scoring another hundred.
He also amassed 468 runs with three hundreds in the 2-0 white-wash of Australia in the preceding series, also played in United Arab Emirates. The third and final Test begins in Sharjah from November 26.
Michael Clarke should step down from ODIs after ICC World Cup 2015, says Allan Border

Michael Clarke should step down from ODIs after ICC World Cup 2015, says Allan Border

Sydney, Nov 19 Injured skipper Michael Clarke should quit playing One-Day Internationals (ODI) after the 2015 World Cup in order to finish his career as one of the true greats of Australian cricket, former captain Allan Border has said.
Clarke will meet physiotherapist Alex Kountouris in Sydney on Thursday to find out more about his persistent hamstring injury and formulate a plan for the weeks ahead, which should shed further light on his availability for the Test series against India, starting Dec 4.
“If he wants to prolong his career, I think he should give away the short form,” Border was quoted as saying by The Sydney Morning Herald Wednesday.
“We’ve got a home World Cup only a few months away, fingers crossed he can get himself through that, and I would be thinking then I’ve had my crack at the World Cup, whatever happens I’m going to concentrate for the next couple of years on being the the best Test player I can be.”
Border said that if Clarke’s body holds up, he is capable of breaking Australian Test run-scoring records, but that he should make the World Cup his limited-overs swansong to focus on his Test career.
“If Michael’s dodgy back holds up, I see no reason why he shouldn’t go right to the top of that list,” Border wrote in his new book ‘As I See It’.
“I would think that would be less stress on his body, not as much energy required with running between the wickets, that kind of thing. To me that would be the perfect scenario.”
Clarke is fifth on the Australian run-scoring list in Tests with 8,297 runs, behind Ponting, Border, Steve Waugh and Matthew Hayden. Ricky Ponting leads the chart with 13,378 runs.
Clarke has said he does not intend to play into his late 30s. Border has warned Cricket Australia (CA) against pushing Clarke for the Border-Gavaskar series against India to ensure he can lead next year’s World Cup and Ashes campaigns.
But he was open to the idea of promoting a young leader such as Steve Smith to the top job if both Clarke and Brad Haddin were unavailable to captain the Test side. ”You never find out until you give these people a bit of a run at it,” said Border.
“If circumstances force your hand I’ve got no problem throwing a younger player in. If Brad Haddin is fit and the captain’s crook, he takes over the job. If it’s a bit more of a long-term thing, you think who’s our next obvious candidate, and it probably is someone like Steve Smith.”
Australia romp to 74-run victory against South Africa in 3rd ODI at Canberra

Australia romp to 74-run victory against South Africa in 3rd ODI at Canberra

Australia stole a march over the South Africans through a 74-run win in the third One-Day International (ODI) the Manuka Oval in Canberra to take a 2-1 lead in the five match series. It was a combination of suicidal batting from the Protea lower over combined by canny bowling by Mitchell Starc that worked for the hosts this time.
After a tame batting display, falling prey to the formidable Morne Morkel in the 2nd ODI, Australia came out like a team wanting to avenge their frailties and they flew off the blocks through Aaron Finch and David Warner. The openers blazed away and the trio of Morkel, Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander were searching for answers in the first couple of hours of the day’s play.
Despite a 118-run stand, the Australia continued to press on the accelerator and it was comeback man, Shane Watson who scored a run-a-ball 40. Finch, meanwhile, got to his century and surprisingly, it was AB de Villers who snared his wicket.
Australia were in a healthy position and more trouble was to follow. Steve Smith’s blitzkrieg cameo lower down the order was a sight to behold and his inverse helicopter/sweep is sure to played and replayed on Youtube in the days to come.
Chasing a stiff ask of 330, South Africa were not going to left behind and Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock set a solid platform in the early part of the innings. The chase was on track with a 108-run opening partnership. However, quick wickets slowed down the run rate before De Villiers combined with Amla and took the attack with consummate ease.
South Africa were on track with the two batting masters at the crease but it was a double-breakthrough that virtually put an end to the battle. After a breezy fifty, De Villiers fell to Kane Richardson and Josh Hazlewood’s stock further rose when Amla’s stumps were rattled, not before getting yet another hundred in the calendar year. The chase pretty much fell apart and the tail were cleaned up in no time to give Australia a resounding victory.
Brief scores:
Australia 329 for 5 in 50 overs (Aaron Finch 109, Steve Smith 73*; Morne Morkel 2 for 84) beatSouth Africa 256 in 44.3 overs (Hashim Amla 102, AB de Villiers 52; Mitchell Starc 4 for 32, Josh Hazlewood 3 for 51) by 74 runs.