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Simmons turns tide against Ireland, Miandad slams Pakistan SYDNEY: West Indies batsman Lendl Simmons frustrated Ireland with a superb century on Monday as Pakistan great Javed Miandad bemoaned his side's latest World Cup loss to India. Renowned World Cup giantkillers Ireland reduced the West Indies to 87 for five, left-arm spinner George Dockrell leading the way with three for 50.But Simmons (102) and former West Indies skipper Darren Sammy (89) dug the two-time World Cup winners out of a hole with a sixth-wicket stand of 154.Simmons brought up his second one-day international hundred and West Indies' 300 in the final over of the innings, having faced just 83 balls including nine fours and five sixes.His innings was a bittersweet sight for at least one spectator at Saxton Oval, with Ireland coached by former West Indies batsman Phil Simmons -- Lendl's uncle.West Indies eventually totalled 304 for seven. Encouragingly for the West Indies, all four previously completed fixtures at ...

World Cup's family affair SYDNEY: When Mitchell Marsh stunned England with a five-wicket haul in co-hosts Australia's 111-run thrashing of England in their opening World Cup match it represented the latest chapter in a remarkable family history.Saturday's match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was Marsh's World Cup debut and his return came 28 years after his father, Geoff Marsh, marked his first match in the tournament with a hundred against India at Madras (Chennai).Australia went on to win the ...
Faulkner not ready to face Bangladesh at World Cup BRISBANE: All-rounder James Faulkner said Monday he was "no chance" of returning from injury for Australia's second World Cup game against Bangladesh this weekend.Faulkner has missed the last two weeks with a side strain and despite looking free and unencumbered while batting in the nets, he was unable to resume bowling or fielding at training."I'm no chance for Bangladesh, I can tell you that," Faulkner told reporters in Brisbane ahead of Saturday's match at the ...
Scotland skipper in search of New Zealand revenge DUNEDIN: Scotland captain Preston Mommsen said he hoped the memory of his side's heartbreaking loss to New Zealand last year would spur on his side when they face the World Cup co-hosts on Tuesday.The Scots will be playing their first World Cup fixture for eight years, having failed to win in their previous two campaigns, in 1999 and 2007.New Zealand cemented their status as one of the favourites for this World Cup with a dominating ...
Williamson could be New Zealand's 'greatest batsman' DUNEDIN: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum on Monday predicted highly-rated Kane Williamson could become the country's greatest batsman.The 24-year-old right-hander hit a breezy 57 in the co-hosts opening World Cup win over Sri Lanka in Christchurch on Saturday, the latest in a series of impressive knocks which also saw Williamson smash an unbeaten 242 in a Test match against the same opponents in January."Kane is a phenomenal talent," said McCullum. "I believe he'll go down ...
Ireland opt to bowl against West Indies NELSON: Ireland won the toss and opted to bowl first against the West Indies in their opening Pool B match in Nelson on Monday.Captain William Porterfield sees turn in the wicket and has backed his bowlers in a tournament where all four games played so far have been won by the team batting first.Ireland have left out Craig Young and Alex Cusack and included Andrew McBrine as a second spinner to join George Dockrell.West Indies, ...
Pakistani bowlers can defend if batsmen set decent target: Imran Khan ISLAMABAD: Former Cricket Captain and Chairman Tehreek-e-Insaf, Imran on Sunday said Pakistanis should not get depressed over the loss from India in the opening match of Cricket World Cup.He said that he had seen some good talent on display but there was need for a better strategy. Imran Khan said Pakistani bowler Irfan, Wahab Raiz and Yasir Shah and Sohail Khan could defend if bastsemen gave them a decent target. He said Younis Khan must ...


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