De Villiers, Amla vie for Test captaincy

AB-de-Villiers-Hashim-AmlaJohannesburg: Star batsmen AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla are the leading candidates to succeed Graeme Smith as South Africa`s Test captain. Cricket South Africa`s board meets in Johannesburg Tuesday to make what is seen as a crucial decision after a decade of Smith at the helm.

Smith captained South Africa in a world-record 109 Tests before announcing his retirement during the third and final Test against Australia last March. The national selectors will table their recommendation for the captaincy, but the final decision will be made by the board.

IPL final scoreboard: Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders

IPL final scoreboard: Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight RidersBangalore, June 2 - The following is the scoreboard in the Indian Premier League final between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here Sunday.

Kings XI Punjab:

Sehwag c Gambhir b UT Yadav 7

M Vohra c & b Chawla 67

GJ Bailey b Narine 1

WP Saha not out 115

GJ Maxwell c Morkel b Chawla 0

DA Miller not out 1

Extras (lb 4, w 3, nb 1) 8

Total (4 wickets; 20 overs) 199

Knight Riders take home second IPL title

Knight Riders take home second IPL titleBangalore, June 2 - Manish Pandey's innings made sure Wriddhiman Saha's valiant knock of 115 not out went in vain as Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab by three wickets to clinch their second Indian Premier League (IPL) title at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here Sunday.

Put in to bat, the Kings XI were powered to a strong total of 199/4 by Saha's maiden and brilliant century after they suffered an early setback. In reply, Pandey's 94 anchored the 2012 edition champions to victory with only three balls to spare.

Smith has no immediate retirement plans despite suffering another serious injury

Graeme SmithJohannesburg, June 01 - Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith, who seemingly sent a farewell message earlier this week, has reportedly revealed that he has no immediate plans to retire despite suffering another serious injury.

Smith, who is set for surgery in Cape Town after fracturing his knee playing for English county cricket side Surrey, said that he hopes to continue his career.

According to Sport24, Smith said that he has unfortunately gone to play for county cricket two years in a row and picked up two pretty serious injuries, which shortened his time at the club.

Sehwag's ton leads Kings XI Punjab to first IPL final following 24-run win over CSK

Virender SehwagJohannesburg, May 31 - Veteran Indian batsman Virender Sehwag has returned to his original best by scoring an impressive century to lead the Kings XI Punjab to their first Indian Premier League (IPL) final following a 24-run win over the Chennai Super Kings in the second eliminator at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday.

Punjab, which will meet the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL final in Bangalore on Sunday, managed 226 for six in their innings, which was highlighted by a magnificent 122 off 58 balls by Sehwag, including twelve fours and eight sixes.

CSK books IPL semifinal spot following 7-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in `eliminator`

CSKJohannesburg, May 29 - The Chennai Super Kings has booked a spot in the semifinal of the seventh season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) following a seven-wicket victory over the Mumbai Indians in the IPL Eliminator at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Led by Suresh Raina, Chennai, which will meet Kings XI Punjab in the semifinal round, chased down Mumbai's par-score of 173 for eight, ending on 176 for three with eight balls remaining.

Kiwi all-rounder Corey Anderson fires Mumbai Indians into IPL-7 play-offs

Corey AndersonMumbai, May 26 ANI : Burly Kiwi all-rounder Corey Anderson played a sensational unbeaten innings of 95 on Sunday night to help Mumbai Indians pull off an extraordinary five-wicket victory with 32 balls to spare over the Rajasthan Royals.

With this win, the Mumbai Indians moved into the play-offs of the tournament.

The match had been billed as the playoff decider, with the fourth placed Royals two points clear of the Indians, although with a significantly superior net run rate.

Having been sent in by Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma, the visitors cruised their way to 189 for four, seemingly burying Mumbai's hopes.

I've never seen such an innings, unbelievable hitting: Gambhir

Gautam GambhirKolkata, May 25 - Having watched with awe Yusuf Pathan's fireworks that enabled his side finish second in the round robin stage of the Indian Premier League, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir Saturday admitted he had not see such an innings before.

Pathan (72 of 22 balls) plundered seven massive sixes and five fours as he slammed the fastest IPL fifty to propel the Knight Riders to a four-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad with 34 balls to spare.

Warner smashes 90 off 45 to charge Sunrisers to victory against CSK

David warnerNew Delhi, May 23 - Australian opener David Warner smashed a splendid 90 off 45 balls to help Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Chennai Super Kings by six wickets in Ranchi on Thursday in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Season 7 clash.

The Super Kings had posted a target of 186 runs for Hyderabad, but Warner and Shikhar Dhawan put on a 64 in the power play to help their side to a victory that has kept alive their slim hopes of making it to the play-offs.

Robin Uthappa credits his focus for technique behind dream IPL run

Robin UthappaKolkata, May 21 - Kolkata Knight Riders' batsman Robin Uthappa who has been a revelation with the bat helping his side inch closer to a playoff berth in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Tuesday attributed his success to his ability to trying to be technically in shape.

The dashing opener so far has scored 489 runs from 12 outings and was declared the man of the match in the Tuesday's game against Chennai Super Kings at the Eden Gardens for his blistering 39 ball 67.

Our soft attitude hurt us: CSK coach

Stephen FlemingKolkata, May 21 - Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming Tuesday admitted his team played badly even as credited the Kolkata knight Riders for taking away the game during their Indian Premier League encounter at the Eden Gardens here.

Speaking at the post match press conference Fleming rued the twin drop chances of KKR batsman Robin Uthappa who went on to score a blistering 39 ball 67 to script an eight wicket win over CSK.

Kings XI Punjab claims IPL-7 playoffs spot after 4-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils

manan VohraJohannesburg, May 20 - The Kings XI Punjab have secured their place in the playoffs of the seventh season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) following their narrow four-wicket win over the Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Monday.

Delhi, which batted first, posted 164 for seven due to an impressive 69 off 44 balls from Dinesh Karthik with left-arm quick Beuran Hendricks picking up 3-36 while Sandeep Sharma claimed 3-35.

PCB dissolves after losing eight GB members cutting short Ashraf's third comeback

Zaka AshrafKarachi, May 19 : Reinstated Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf's comeback for the third time has reportedly been cut short to just a day as the body currently stands dissolved after losing eight of the 10 Governing Board (GB) members.

The PCB currently stands dissolved after Islamabad Regional Cricket Association ( IRCA) president Shakil Sheikh resigned on Sunday to take the total to eight after seven of the GB members had already finished their tenure with the PCB earlier.

English county, T20 games being investigated following Lou Vincent's fixing claims

Lou VincentLondon, May 15 - English domestic Twenty20 matches and Pro40 competitions are reportedly being investigated by anti-corruption forces following evidence of widespread fixing obtained from former New Zealand Test batsman Lou Vincent.

Vincent, who has claimed that a current international cricket captain was among those approached by corrupt players to participate in spot-fixing, has confessed to the ICC's anti-corruption unit, giving detailed evidence about matches in at least five countries that were targeted for fixing.

Yuvraj carried RCB to victory

Yuvraj SinghBangalore, May 14 - Royal Challengers Bangalore earned themselves a reprieve with a 16- run win over Delhi Daredevils for only their fourth success in 10 matches of the IPL, here Tuesday after rain delayed the start by an hour.

Courtesy a fiery 29-ball 68 not out (1x4, 9x6) by born-again Yuvraj Singh, RCB piled up 186 for four and then survived a strong challenge from the Delhi batsmen before restrict the visitors to 170 for 7.

Sammy quits Test cricket after being sacked as captain

Darren-SammyBridgetown (Barbados), May 10 : All-rounder Darren Sammy has announced his retirement from Test cricket, in a stunning development after he was sacked as the West Indies skipper.

The St Lucian all-rounder was Friday axed as Test skipper and replaced by wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, after a near four-year stint in charge, reports CMC.

However, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) subsequently announced Sammy’s decision to end his Test career, while noting that the Twenty20 captain would remain available for selection to the other formats of the game.

Bailey, Maxwell lead Kings XI Punjab to fifth highest IPL score in 44-run win over CSK

Glenn MaxwellSydney, May 8 - Australian batsmen Glenn Maxwell and George Bailey have led the Kings X1 Punjab to the fifth highest score in the Indian Premier League (IPL) during a 44-run victory over Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday at the Barabati Stadium, Cuttack.

Maxwell's 90 off 38 balls against Chennai took him to 435 runs for the tournament after just seven matches and he, along with Bailey, Virender Sehwag and David Miller tore the Chennai Super Kings attack apart as they raced to 4-231 from their 20 overs.

Rohit, Pollard star in Mumbai Indians comprehensive win

Rohit sharmaMumbai, May 7 - Riding on fine batting performances by skipper Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard, defending champions Mumbai Indians registered their second win in the India Premier League (IPL) beating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 19 runs at the Wankhede Stadium here Tuesday.

Put in, Rohit struck an unbeaten 59 off 35 balls, and Pollard made a 31-ball 43 as Mumbai Indians posted a mammoth 187 for five in 20 overs.

It was a dismal batting performance by the Royal Challengers as they had to pay a heavy price for inconsistency.

IPL: AB carries RCB to thrilling win

AB de VilliersBangalore, May 5 - South African star Abraham Benjamin de Villiers smashed a brilliant 41-ball 89 not out (8x6, 4x4) to help Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by four wickets and a ball to spare in the IPL-7 match here Sunday.

After Sunrisers, asked to bat first, made 155 for five, thanks to a 62-run partnership between skipper and opener Shikhar Dhawan (37, 36b, 4x4) and David Warner (61, 49b, 4x4, 3x6), de Villiers guided RCB to their third win in six outings with a memorable knock that underlined his status as one of the best T20 batsmen in world cricket.

Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 34 runs in IPL-7

Brendon McCullumRanchi (Jharkhand), May 3 - Opener Brendon McCullum and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja starred with the bat and ball respectively to help Chennai Super Kings romp to a comfortable 34-run victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders in a rain-affected Indian Premier League encounter at the JCSA International Cricket Stadium here on Friday night.

The match commenced after a delay of an hour-and-half and was reduced to each side playing 17 overs each. CSK skipper and home town hero M. S. Dhoni won the toss and chose to bat.

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