England crush West Indies by 8 wickets on Root ton : South Africa beat Afghanistan by 9 wickets

Joe Root starred with an unbeaten century as hosts England beat the West Indies comprehensively by eight wickets on Friday at the 2019 Cricket World Cup at Southampton. Having bowled out the West Indies for 212 off 44.4 overs, England found no terrors in the West Indian pace attack reaching 213 for 2 wickets with stand in opener Root on 100 with Johnny Bairstow making 45. The duo added 95 for the first wicket. Both Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy did not bat upfront having sustained injuries while fielding. The West Indian batting wilted against the pace bowling of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood who took three wickets each with Chris Gayle failing to produce his explosive best making just 36…. Read More →

Sri Lanka collapse from 186 for 2 as Australia win by 87 runs

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From a well placed 186 for 2 off 32.1 overs chasing 335 for victory following a rollicking 115-run first wicket alliance between skipper Dimuth Karunaratne (97) and Kusal Janith Perera (50), Sri Lanka pressed the panic buttons losing to Australia by 87 runs in the World Cup match at the Kennington Oval yesterday Saturday. Following the superb start and way ahead of the required 6.30 run rate when the runs flowed, the Lankan camp would well be ruing a sudden change in the batting order that saw the usually steady middle order batsman Dhananjaya de Silva shifted four places down to No.8 after Angelo Mathews who made 9, Milinda Siriwardana 3 and  Thisara Perera 7 in that order as Sri… Read More →

Australia beat Pakistan by 41 runs on Warner ton: New Zealand and India 1 point each after abandonment

David Warner scored his first ODI century since his return after a one year long ball tampering related ban as Australia steam rolled Pakistan by 41 runs in the ICC World Cup 2019 match at Taunton on Wednesday. Put into bat, Australia got off to a commanding start reaching 146 for 1 wicket in 22.1 overs. Player of the Match Warner made 107 off 111 balls inclusive of 11 boundaries and a six while skipper Aaron Finch struck an 84-ball 82 laced with 6 boundaries and 4 sixes with Pakistan making the desperate breakthrough claiming the wicket of the Aussie skipper when the openers threatened to put the contest beyond Pakistan’s reach. Pakistan paceman Mohammad Amir’s 5 for 30 came… Read More →

Sri Lanka and Bangladesh 1 point each after rain off: Lankans 5th in points table

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For the second-day running, the 2019 World Cup witnessed a no-result that forced Sri Lanka and Bangladesh pocket one point each as persistent rain kept bugging the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. As it turned out it was a damp squib for the two teams and spectators who were keen to see proceedings get underway at Bristol. The umpires had to call off three pitch inspections at different stages because of heavy rain. Despite the ground staff trying their best to flush out the water that had seeped into the outfield, the persistent and steady rain eventually put paid to hopes of even a 20-over shootout. The match officials eventually called off the game at 1.55 pm BST. In the… Read More →

India down Ausatralia by 36 runs: West Indies vs. South Africa abandoned

In the heavyweight contest of the 2019 ICC World Cup India beat Australia by 36 runs on the back of Shikhar Dhawan’s fine 117, coupled with 82 from captain Virat Kohli and an entertaining 48 by Hardik Pandya at the Kennington Oval on Sunday. Winning the toss,India posted a massive 352 for 5 in 50 overs and bowled out Australia for 316 in 50 overs. Australia, after a World Cup record chase, fell back on the run rate after David Warner’s slow start consuming 84 balls for 56 despite despite Steve Smith’s 69as David Warner spent 84 balls making 56. Even a late rally by Alex Carey who hit the fastest half century in the world cup off 25 balls… Read More →

Jason Roy 153 as England thrash Bangladesh despite Al Hasan ton: New Zealand dump Afghanistan by 7 wkts

Jason Roy smashed 153 as England powered to a 106-run triumph over Bangladesh despite a fighting 121 by Shakib Al Hasan in the 12th World Cup match at Cardiff on Saturday. Taking first lease England posted 386 for 6, their highest world cup total hitting twice as many sixes as they had in any world cup match previously. Bangladesh’s run chase was checked by the bullish pace bowling of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood as England controlled the game from start to finish. Archer and Ben Stokes picked up three wickets apiece.Roy’s innings was of sheer controlled aggression as he and Jonny Bairstow figured in their eighth century opening stand in just 29 innings as the Bangladesh bowlers found no… Read More →

Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan world cup match rained off: Lankans third in points table

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Sri Lanka’s World Cup match against Pakistan was abandoned as a no result without a ball being bowled due to rain throughout the day at the County ground at Bristol on Friday with both teams sharing one point each. With the one point Sri Lanka and Pakistan with three points each moved to third and fourth positions in the Word Cup table behind New Zealand and Australia each with four points. The Sri Lanka versus Pakistan match was the first of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup to be washed out with all the other 10 games played to-date completed despite some having being marred by bad weather. The prevailing weather was so adverse that both teams left  their respective… Read More →

Jayasuriya 108 n.o. in Sri Lanka A’s 48-run loss to India A

FIRST UNOFFICIAL ODI India A beat Sri Lanka A by 48 runs in the first unofficial ODI played at the Union Gymkhana Grounds, Belgaum yesterday June 6.  Batting first,, India A ran up a massive score of 317 for 4 wickets in their allotted 42 overs. In reply, Sri Lanka A made 269 for 6 wickets in 42 overs. India’s total revolved around a marathon unbeaten 187-run knock by Player of the Match Ruturaj Gaikwad off 136 balls inclusive of 26 boundaries and 2 sixes. He was associated in a 163-run alliance for the second wicket with Anmolpreet Singh who made 65 off 67 balls hitting 6 boundaries. Ishan Khan chipped in with 45 off 34 containing 4 boundaries and… Read More →

New Zealand scrape through by 2 wickets over Bangladesh: Sharma 122* as India crush South Africa

Number 2 ranked India swept aside South Africa by 6 wickets on a superb all-round performance with Rohit Sharma scoring an unbeaten 122 after Chahal with 4 for 51 and Bumrah 2 for 35 had restricted the opposition to 227 for 9 in 50 overs at Southampton on Wednesday. India’s tight reign over South Africa’s batsmen was reflected by just a top score of 42 by Chris Morris while the next best was by skipper Faf du Plessis’ 38. Sharma was lucky to survive a dropped chance when only 1off Rabada, but broke loose from the eighth over of the Indian innings. As he summed it up after the game, it was not his characteristic aggressive approach at the start… Read More →

Pakistan stun favourites England

Pakistan stunned world cup favourites England by 14 runs typically true to reputation at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on June 3. Badly beaten by the West Indies in their opening game, the Pakistanis ran up a massive 348 for 8 wickets in 50 overs in exposing the host team’s bowling attack. England, despite two century makers in Joe Root and Joss Butler, totaled 334 for 9 in their 50 overs. It was a day everything went smoothly for the 1992 world cup champs whose batsmen were quick to put behind their bad loss to the West Indies with openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Rahman sharing in a 82-run  in 14.1 overs for Mohammad Hafeez 84 off 62, (8×4, 2×6) and Babar Azam… Read More →

Nuwan Pradeep 4/31 rallies Sri Lanka to victory over Afghanistan

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Having collapsed from a stranglehold of 144 for 2 wickets in 21.2 overs to 180 for 8 in 32.2 overs and rallied to 201 all out in 36.5 overs in a rain red 41 over match, Sri Lanka fought back to stop Afghanistan’s charge after the first wicket had posted 34 runs in just 4.4 overs to pull off a 34-run win in their second match of the IC C World Cup 2019 at the Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. Afghanistan, set 187 to win on the revised D/L method, was bowled out for 152 in 32.4 overs. When it seemed the demons at Cardiff had haunted the Lankans as in the previous game in the loss to New Zealand, medium paceman… Read More →

Sri Lanka A lose 2nd unofficial Test despite valiant 117 by Bhanuka Rajapaksa

India A clinch series 2-nil Sri Lanka A lost the second unofficial Test to India A by 152 runs at the Nehru Stadium in Hubli which concluded yesterday June 3. With this win India A secured a 2-0 series triumph. Batting first, India A made 269 and 372 to which Sri Lana A were all out for 212 in 60 overs and 277 in 66.4 overs. Despite a valiant despite a valiant 110 by No.3 batsman Bhanuka Rajapaksa inclusive of 17 boundaries and 3 sixes, the massive 430-run victory target proved too much for Sri Lanka A.  The match winner was Rahul Chahar who starred in an all-round display claiming 6 wickets for   and struck a maiden half century. Wicketkeeper-batsman… Read More →

Bangladesh upset South Africa – Australia down Afghanistan

ICC WORLD CUP 2019 Seventh ranked Bangladesh produced a clinical an all-round powerhouse display to upset third ranked South Africa by 21 runs in the ICC World Cup 2019 on Sunday at the Kennington Oval. Taking first lease Mashrafe Mortaza’s charges pounded the South African bowlers to the tune of 330 for 6 wickets in 50 overs. Upfront leading the assault was Soumya Sarkar with a 30-ball 42 (9×4)  with Mushfiqur Rahim (78 off 84, 8×4) and Shakib Al Hasan (75 off 80, 8×4, 1×6) maintaining the momentum. The duo shared in a 142-run third wicket alliance off  23.3 overs after coming together with the total on 75 for 2 off  11.4 as the Proteas frontline pace attack of Rabada… Read More →

Pakistan Under 19 win fourth Youth ODI to take series

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Pakistan Under-19 beat Sri Lanka Under-19 by 7 wickets in the fourth Youth ODI to clinch the 5-match series 3-1 at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium at Sooriyawewa, Hambantota on Sunday. Having restricted their Sri Lankan counterparts to 195 for 8 wickets, Pakistan made light of the target reaching 196 for 3 in 34.5 overs at a run rate of 5.62. Top scorer for Sri Lanka was Avishka Tharindu with 50 off 79 balls with a solitary boundary having coming at the fall of the fifth wicket. Shiraz Khan picked 2 wickets for 34 and Mohammad Wasim 2 for 42 for Pakistan under-19. Pakistan rallied despite losing opener Basit Ali for a duck with the total on 11 on the… Read More →

New Zealand romp to 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka

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ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2019 Sri Lanka was comprehensively outplayed by New Zealand by ten wickets in their opening match of the ICC World Cup 2019 at the Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on Saturday. After being put into bat, a dispirited batting display saw Sri Lanka fold up for 136 in just 29.2 overs. The New Zealand pace bowlers capitalised on the frontline Lankan batsmen playing from the crease which left them vulnerable on a slightly seaming wicket to some leg before wicket and caught behind decisions. Contrastingly, Kiwi openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munroe played freely moving out of the crease which gave them a distinct advantage in upsetting the rhythm of Lasith Malinga and Suranga Lakmal in finishing it… Read More →