Cricket

West Indies sets 322 run for India to win in first ODI

Marlon SamuelsKochi, Oct 8 : West Indies have set India a stiff 322-run target in the first one day international (ODI) of the ongoing five-match series.

Riding high on the 165 runs partnership between Marlon Samuels, who remained not out on 126, and Denesh Ramdin 's 61, the Caribbean team, in their allotted 50 overs, scored 321 runs at a loss of six wickets.

Losing the toss to India and invited to bat first, the West Indies was slow to pick up runs and openers Darren Bravo and Dwayne Smith lost their wickets when their team were below the three figure mark.

1st ODI: India vs West Indies - Preview

India West IndiesKochi: India will seek to reaffirm their supremacy in the shorter version of the game as they go into a five-match ODI series against an under-strength West Indies here on Wednesday with the prime focus of preparing for the upcoming cricket World Cup.

With five series victories against the Caribbean side, including three away series since 2006-07 under their belt, India would be looking to keep their winning record intact as they start the series as clear favourites.

Bailey expects Pak to `doctor pitches` to suit spin in upcoming ODI series against Oz

George-BaileyWellington, Oct 07 : Australia cricket team's ODI captain George Bailey is expecting Pakistan to doctor their pitches to suit spin in their upcoming clashes in the United Arab Emirates.

Pakistan are due to host Australia for three ODI games in a series that starts on Tuesday. Australia made a bright start to their tour with a six-wicket win in Sunday's one-off Twenty20 clash in Dubai, with spinners Glenn Maxwell and Cameron Boyce claiming 3-13 and 2-10 respectively.

Kallis more focused on T20 cricket post international retirement

Jacques-KallisJohannesburg, Oct 04 : Jacques Kallis said that post his retirement from international cricket, he feels more enthusiastic and energised to play T20 cricket.

According to Sport 24, the 38-year-old retired from all formats of international cricket in July this year after struggling for runs.

In an interview with the Champions League T20 website, Kallis said that retiring from Proteas duty has given him more time to focus on T20 cricket.

He is currently playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Champions League T20 event in India.

CLT20 2014: Complete game for us ahead of final: MS Dhoni

Mahendra Singh DhoniHyderabad : Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said his side played a "complete game" to beat Kings XI Punjab and enter the Champions League T20 final here on Thursday.

"Overall I think it was a complete game for us," said Dhoni after Chennai beat Punjab by 65 runs to enter the CLT20 final for the second time.

"I think Faf's (du Plessis) innings was very crucial along with Bravo (Dwayne). Faf was rotating very well and he eased the pressure off Bravo," he said of Bravo and du Plessis who smashed 67 and 46 runs respectively.

Lehmann claims Johnson, Clarke likely to play in upcoming Test, ODI series against Pak

Darren LehmannKarachi, Sep 29 : Former Australian cricketer and current national team coach Darren Lehmann claimed on Sunday that fast bowler Mitchell Johnson would play in the upcoming Test and ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE.

Johnson withdrew from the Twenty20 Champions League with a rib injury, but was part of the Australian squad that left for the United Arab Emirates ( UAE) on Sunday.

Lehmann calmed fears that the world's leading pacer was a doubt for the first Test against Pakistan that starts in Dubai on October 22, The Express Tribune reported.

Veteran batsman Younis not named in 'new and younger' ODI, T20 Pak squad

Younis-KhanKarachi, Sep 25 - Veteran batsman Younis Khan failed to find a spot in the ODI team as Pakistan announced the squads for the upcoming one-day and Twenty20 series with Australia.

The Pakistan- Australia series, comprising one T20 and three ODI matches, is scheduled to kick off on October 5 in the United Arab Emirates .

Chief selector Moin Khan announced the ODI squad for Pakistan on Wednesday and Younis was not named as part of the team. The squads were initially going to be announced on Tuesday but had to be postponed for a day in light of the disagreement over the veteran batsman's inclusion in the ODI squad.

CLT20 2014: Unstoppable KKR down Scorchers by 3 wickets

Suryakumar YadavHyderabad : An unstoppable Kolkata Knight Riders stretched their winning streak to a record 12 after the reigning IPL champions edged past Perth Scorchers by 3 wickets to all but confirm their semi-final spot in the Oppo Champions League Twenty20, here on Wednesday.

CLT20 2014: Clinical Hobart Hurricanes thrash Northern Districts by 86 runs

Hobart HurricanesRaipur : Hobart Hurricanes produced a commanding performance to beat Northern Knights by 86 runs in a Group B match to keep their hopes afloat in the Oppo Champions League Twenty20, here on Tuesday.

Sent into bat, the Hurricanes rode on a brilliant half century from Aiden Blizzard and Shoaib Maik's quickfire 45 to score 178 for three before Ben Hilfenhaus (3/14) came up with a lethal opening spell to derail the Knights' chase. Chasing the challenging total, the Knights' innings never got going as they lost wickets at regular intervals.

CLT20: Bowlers need to come up with better performances, says MS Dhoni

Mahendra Singh DhoniBangalore : His team might have registered a crushing 54-run win over Dolphins here but Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Monday indicated that it would need to improve its bowling to win the Oppo Champions League Twenty20.

"If you want to win tournaments you have to come up with better performances, our batsmen won't score 240 every time," Dhoni said in the presentation ceremony at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

CLT20 2014: Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine guide KKR to easy win over Lahore Lions

Gautam Gambhir Sunil NarineHyderabad: Skipper Gautam Gambhir led from the front with a confident half-century after Sunil Narine stifled Lahore Lions with his magical spin bowling as Kolkata Knight Riders eked out a four-wicket win in a Champions League Twenty20 Group A match, here Sunday.

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Gambhir (60) anchored the 152-run chase with his 47-ball knock as he and fellow opener Robin Uthappa (46) rattled up a 100-run stand, which paved the way for an easy win, which was 11th in a row for the IPL champions in this format.

Shahid Afridi may quit other formats to focus on T20 after World Cup 2015

Shahid-AfridiKarachi - Pakistan's flamboyant all-rounder and national T20 captain Shahid Afridi may join the growing band of international cricketers who have opted to retire from other formats to focus only on T20 cricket.

Afridi told reporters at the national stadium that he could quit one-day internationals after the 2015 World Cup to focus only on T20 cricket. "I might do this because the PCB has appointed me captain of the national T20 side until the World T20 in
2016 and I want to focus completely on building a strong team that is capable of winning back the title for Pakistan," Afridi said.

India tour for Champions League is a learning curve: Mohammad Hafeez

Mohammad HafeezKarachi: Lahore Lions skipper Mohammad Hafeez has described their tour of India for Champions League twenty20 tournament as a great learning curve for the players and Pakistan cricket.

"We are not in India just to play cricket, we want to go back by impressing the Indian people with our attitude, behaviour and cricket. There is a lot of demand for our players and Pakistan cricket in India and we don't want to spoil that image," Hafeez said on Geo Super channel during a telephonic talk from Hyderabad Deccan.

CLT20: Kings XI Punjab vs Hobart Hurricanes - Preview

Punjab Hobart HurricanesMohali: After their best-ever show at IPL 7, Kings XI Punjab will look to continue their aggressive brand of cricket when they start their campaign against Hobart Hurricanes in a Group B match of the Champions League Twenty20 here on Wednesday.

Riding on their power-packed batting line-up, Kings XI took IPL 7 by storm before finishing runners-up and George Bailey's men will look to continue their dominating show in their CLT20 debut.

CLT20: Bowlers to be blamed for defeat, says Mohammad Hafeez

Mohammad-HafeezRaipur - Lahore Lions skipper Mohammad Hafeez blamed his bowlers for his team's crushing 72-run defeat against Northern Knights in their second qualifying match of the Champions League Twenty20 here on Saturday.

"The decision of electing to field was right because the pitch was helping the seamers. We didn't bowl well. We as a team didn't bowl well, didn't field well and I think their partnership for fourth wicket (between DR Flynn and DJ Watling) took the game away from us," Hafeez said in the post-match press conference at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium.

Boycott says will not be putting his money on England for WC at this time

geoffrey boycottLondon, Sep 12 : Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott has said that he would not be putting his money on England currently for the World Cup.

But, the legendary batsman believes that England plays Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Australia , the three minnows, and if they are able to win against them, they are into the quarterfinals of the World Cup.

Boycott said that although England seems to be at sixes and sevens, one-day cricket is a funny game, The BBC reported.

Robin Uthappa attracts highest bid of Rs 5.30 lakh in KPL auction

Robin Uthappa attracts highest bid of Rs 5.30 lakh in KPL auctionBangalore - Hard-hitting batsman Robin Uthappa attracted the highest bid at Karbonn Wadiyar Karnataka Premier League (KPL) players' auction with Bellary Tuskers clinching his services for Rs 5.30 lakh here on Sunday.

Karnataka speedster Abhimanyu Mithun drew the second highest bid as he went for Rs 5 lakh to Bijapur Bulls.

The third highest bid of Rs 4 lakh was for Bharath Chipli and Belagavi Panthers was successful in roping him into their team.

India placed very well for the World Cup: Sourav Ganguly

saurav-gangulyBirmingham: Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has said that the Men in Blue are peaking at the right time and are currently placed very well for the 2015 World Cup, where they will be looking to defend their 2011 title.

India hadn't won an ODI series of particular importance since their wins against Australia and West Indies in the 2013-14 home season. They had lost to South Africa and New Zealand away, and also did not have an impressive outing in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh either.

Vaughan adamant Cook must quit ODI captaincy for England to win WC

Michael VaughanJohannesburg, Sep 04 - Former England skipper Michael Vaughan once again called for the sacking of current captain Alastair Cook, saying that he must be removed from the nation's ODI captaincy if they are to have any chance of winning the next year's World Cup.

England's humiliating nine-wicket ODI defeat by India at Edgbaston on Tuesday, a result that saw the world champions take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in a five-match series and win with nearly 20 overs to spare, was the final straw for Vaughan.

Veteran cricketers slams England's ODI approach as 'old fashioned'

Alastair-CookLondon, Sep 3 : England served up one of their worst ever one day performances, facing a nine-wicket defeat against India.

As captain, Alastair Cook is the lightning rod for the abject failure that is going on around him and after overseeing an utter shambles of a performance at Edgbaston, his position is even weaker.

However England's loss to India to complete a series defeat was so bad that it is no longer a question of personnel that needs changing - it is a complete overhaul of their attitude and approach, the Mirror reported.



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