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O’Brien guides Irish to shock win over England
BANGALORE, MARCH 2 (AGENCIES): Ireland chased down a World Cup record winning target of 328 for the loss of 7 wickets in a Group B ICC Cricket World Cup match at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore. Kevin O'Brien hit the fastest World Cup century, off 50 balls, with 13 fours and 6 sixes as he put up 161 for the sixt wicket with Alex Cusack (47), to put Ireland on course for an unlikely looking upset. Before becoming the seventh wicket to fall via a run out, the burly allrounder had assured Ireland of a win with 113 off 63 balls. leaving 12 runs to be scored off the last 12 balls. The Irish finished off the task with 5 balls to spare. John Mooney, who had taken 4 for 63 in the England innings, finished off the match off the first ball of the last over, bowled by James Anderson. Mooney scored an unbeaten 34 off 30 balls and had veteran Trent Johnston, unbeaten of 7 off 4 balls, for company as they ran out winners by 3 wickets, Earlier, the England
Kevin O’Brien smashed the fastest ever World Cup century to propel Ireland to a stunning three-wicket win over England in a Group B match on Wednesday Ireland's Kevin O'Brien celebrates his record breaking century during the Cricket World Cup match between England and Ireland in Bangalore, Wednesday, March 2. (AP Photo)
top order fired in unison to score a mammoth 327 for eight, electing to bat, captain Andrew Strauss (34) and Kevin Pietersen (59) gave a good start with a 91run opening stand in 13.3 . Jonathan Trott (92) and Ian Bell (81) then stamped their authority, setting up the big total. For Ireland, medium pacer John Mooney took four wickets for 63 runs. England, after their gripping last-ball tie against India, played with confidence. Strauss, who struck 158 against India Sunday, stroked two fours and a six in his 37-ball knock while Pietersen smashed seven fours and two sixes in his 50-ball innings. Strauss and Peitersen scored at a quick pace before left arm spinner George Dockrell bowled Strauss. Pietersen fell to off spinner Paul Stirling. Trott and Bell added 167 runs for the third wicket and both were poised to make centuries. But Bell, who hit six fours and a six, became Mooney's first victim. Trott went for a big heave against Mooney only to lose his stumps. Paul Collingwood (16) and Matt Prior (6) took the score past 300.
Can't reach semis if bowling fails: Kapil Proteas wary of Netherlands the void in the future. "Australia doesn't have Sachin or Sehwag nor does South Africa. What we have they don't have. Everyone doesn't get everything...If we want to have two quick bowlers, then we should plan for the future. It is no use crying over it during the World Cup. We should work hard on it."
Kapil feels that the trend among the aspiring cricketers to become only batsmen needs to change. "If everyone wants to become a Sachin or Sehwag or Dhoni, then what can we do? Someone should also opt to become fast bowlers like us. Parents want children to become a Sachin but not Anil Kumble, who was one of India's best matchwinner," Kapil said. Kapil blames it on pressure on the Indian players which is responsible for them not performing well at
the major ICC events. "If we talk about results, then maybe they are under pressure. But our team has reached a level and we have such players unlike any other team. Maybe the pressure will be less one day and the team will start winning major events." The legendary allrounder refused to call any particular team favourite. "In this edition, any team is capable of beating another team on their day. No one can fully dominate." As to the omission of the minnows from the next World Cup, Kapil said it would have a detrimental effect on ICC's efforts to globalise the game. "Do we want to take the game globally or not? If not then it would be like some tournaments in America where they play "World Series" but with only American teams participating in them," he said. "The minnows give the big teams ideal practise before the important matches... there is a tendency to question the records made against them but when weak teams play against strong teams, they only get better," Kapil said. "According to me, another World Cup should be held, where the 'B' squads of top teams play against them (minnows). ...It is ICC's role to ensure that top teams play against the minnows. It will help them improve their Harbhajan Singh, left, and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni game," he said. interact during a practice session. (AP Photo)
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MUMBAI, MARCH 2 (AGENCIES): Former India captain Kapil Dev feels that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men should have won their match against England and team's bowling attack is a concern. "We can see that (bowling is weak). I don't need to say it," Kapil was forthright when asked about the performance of Indian bowlers. "If you compare the bowlers with our batsmen, then yes, the bowling is weak. But that does not mean they can't bowl at all. They are the ones who have won us matches in the last two years," the captain of the 1983 World Cup winning team added. "I really don't want to criticise, but yes, at one level if you score 338 runs and only manage a tie...I mean England played better cricket and they won according to me...after 338 we should not have lost or tied the game. I was disappointed," he said, while talking to reporters. "Australia lost after getting 420 plus also. It happens in the game. Things are changing. You have to look at the positives. England played very well. We must congratulate them. We can learn from our mistakes," Kapil added. Asked about the lack of a genuine fast quick bowler in the Indian team, Kapil said it was no use crying about it during the World Cup and steps should be taken to fill
CHANDIGARH, MARCH 2 (AGENCIES): South Africa will afford the Netherlands the same level of respect they would any other team, and have put in the same level preparation, both tactically and mentally that they would for any other team. “It’s when you underestimate a side like the Netherlands that you can get yourself PAK vs CAN into trouble,” South AfSA vs NED rican coach Corrie van Thu | 3 Mar | 2:30 PM Thu | 3 Mar | 9:30 AM Zyl Wednesday. South PCA Stadium, Mohali R.P Stadium, Colombo Africa play the Dutch in a Group B game at Jp Duminy were going to be assessed at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali, just outside a training session the South Africans Chandigarh, it’s a match they’re expected held at the Stadium on Wednesday afto win comfortably, but one they wary of ternoon. Steyn got injured playing footapproaching without the same level of in- ball – a customary warm-up for the side tensity they would a match against a top – when he crashed into Graeme Smith. “I’m fighting out of weight category side like England or India. “We’ll be going into it with our over there, I came off second best,” he strongest combination,” Van Zyl added. chirped Tuesday. Tahir had some minor “We’ve been here three weeks, and only respiratory problems, which team manplayed the one competitive match, so ager Mohammed Moosajee blamed on it’s important for guys to stay in rhythm, the change in weather here – it’s heading winter into spring – while Duminy we want them to play tomorrow.” Van Zyl revealed no plans as far as picked up some stiffness in his lower team selection is concerned, though it is back after the West Indies game. All are widely felt that Lonwabo Tsotsobe will expected to be fit for Thursday. Van Zyl highlighted the Dutch return to the starting XI on a pitch that has a fair covering of grass, and which team’s disciplined bowling, and the bataccording to locals has plenty of pace ting of Ryan ten Doeschate as the main and bounce. “We’ll make our final deci- threats to South Africa. “They bowl sion tomorrow as to whether we want wicket to wicket and they got a really to go totally different to the previous good left-arm spinner in Pieter Seelaar. “They’ve got some really good batgame. Obviously the conditions are important and we have to take into consid- ters. Ten Doeschate played really well against England and is an experienced eration the history. Rain has been forecast for Thursday campaigner. They’re an all roundgood as well, which Van Zyl explained would side. If we underestimate them we will also impact on team selection. The in- run into trouble. But we are certainly jured trio of Dale Steyn Imran Tahir and not doing that.”
BCCI slams ICC ofﬁcial for criticising Dhoni on UDRS issu
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NEW DELH, MARCH 2 (AGENCIES): i:The BCCI on Wednesday slammed ICC General Manager Dave Richardson for criticising Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the latter had expressed his grouse on the UDRS system. In a hard-hitting letter to the ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat, BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan said Richardson has no business to criticise Dhoni and he should be instructed not to do so in future. "BCCI takes strong objection to David Richardson criticising Dhoni. Richardson's comment that the Indian captain should know the rule is out of place. The Indian captain only highlighted the inadequacy of the system and rightly so. It was there for the world to see. Mr Richardson has no right to
do so," Srinivasan said in the letter. Dhoni had questioned "adulteration of technology with human thinking" when England batsman Ian Bell was ruled not out off a Yuvraj Singh delivery even after TV replays showed that the ball would have hit
stumps, leading to Richardson asking the Indian captain to read the rules related to UDRS first before criticising it. Srinivasan went on the say that Richardson's comments on the issue was tantamount to pressurising Dhoni when the World Cup is going on.
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