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Pressure on Bangladesh, says Afghan captain CANBERRA: Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi is convinced the pressure will be on Bangladesh in their World Cup clash on Wednesday, saying his debutant side holds an edge over their Asian rivals.Nabi reminded everyone ahead of the Pool A match at the Manuka Oval that Afghanistan had beaten Bangladesh on their own turf last year, winning the Asia Cup match by 32 runs to record their first win over a Test-playing nation."I am sure Bangladesh are under pressure for tomorrow's match because they know we beat them the last time we played them and that too in their own country," the off-spinner said."Hopefully we will beat them again. The conditions in Australia suit us because we have quality fast bowlers and the good pitches enable our batsmen to play freely."Nabi, 29, said his boys were excited at taking part in the World Cup for the first time, although many of them ...

Tendulkar wary of South Africa threat NEW DELHI: Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar has issued a warning to triumphant India about their upcoming World Cup match against South Africa, saying the Proteas were "far, far superior" to arch-rivals Pakistan.Batting superstar Tendulkar helped India win the World Cup four years ago with victory over Sri Lanka at his Wankhede Stadium home ground in Mumbai and also played in six World Cups before retiring from international cricket in 2013.India started the defence of their ...
Holding slams 'pathetic' West Indies SYDNEY: West Indies great Michael Holding has slammed the side's four-wicket loss to Ireland in their World Cup opener as a "little bit pathetic". The Caribbean team collapsed to 87 for five in Nelson on Monday before Lendl Simmons (102) and Darren Sammy (89) guided them to a total of 304 for seven.But as far as fast bowling legend Holding and many other observers were concerned that was merely a "par score".Certainly it was one ...
Shaky New Zealand down brave Scotland DUNEDIN: New Zealand limped to a three-wicket win over Scotland on Tuesday, maintaining World Cup momentum only after the minnows gave the co-hosts' much-vaunted batting line-up a bloody nose.New Zealand skittled Scotland out for 142 after putting them into bat, effectively ensuring there would be no repeat of Monday's match when Ireland, another non-Test nation, downed the West Indies.While the Black Caps overhauled their target in 24.5 overs, they could have been in trouble if ...
McCullum demands New Zealand improvement DUNEDIN: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum insisted his team have batting improvements to make ahead of their next World Cup duel against England after labouring to a three-wicket win over Scotland on Tuesday.The Black Caps reached their 143-run target with more than half their overs left but lost seven wickets in the process against a team who were the 14th and last country to qualify for the World Cup.New Zealand's late struggles at Dunedin's University ...
Ireland soar despite England defections SYDNEY: England captain Eoin Morgan could have been forgiven for thinking about what might have been after his former Ireland team-mates made a fine start to the World Cup as his miserable run of form continued.Morgan was out for a duck -- his fourth in five innings -- as England started their World Cup campaign with a 111-run thrashing by arch-rivals Australia in Melbourne on Saturday.By contrast fellow left-handed batsman Ed Joyce -- who went ...
Eoin Morgan and Ed Joyce averages SYDNEY: One-day international batting averages of England batsman Eoin Morgan and Ireland's Ed Joyce, who have each played for both countries (matches, innings, not outs, runs, highest score, average, 100s, 50s)Eoin Morgan: 136 128 21 3,848 124no 35.96 7 22Ed Joyce: 46 45 3 1,438 116no 34.23 2 10Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...


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