Morgan’s England ‘a different animal’, says Plunkett

The side under Eoin Morgan is “a different sort of animal” compared to previous English teams who can beat anyone on their day, paceman Liam Plunkett said ahead of Thursday’s World Cup semi-final against Australia. Plunkett made his World Cup debut in 2007 but believes this was the first time they entered the tournament as […]

India dominate NZ before rain forces reserve day in Manchester

India’s disciplined bowling attack dominated New Zealand before intermittent rain washed out the rest of Tuesday’s play in the first Cricket World Cup semi-final which will continue on Wednesday. The 2015 finalists were 211-5 in 46.1 overs when rain forced the players off the field and match officials waited for more than four hours before […]

India expects as New Zealand bid for World Cup semi-final upset

Sachin Tendulkar may have unwittingly provided New Zealand with extra motivation to cause a huge upset in Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final against India when he wished MS Dhoni happy birthday and “all the very best for the next two games”. The implication of the retired batting great’s remarks was that India wicketkeeper Dhoni, who turned […]

India v New Zealand: Three key World Cup battles

Two-time champions India face 2015 runners-up New Zealand on Tuesday in the first World Cup semi-final in Manchester. India topped the group stage with seven wins from nine matches, while New Zealand limped into the last four after three successive defeats. We look at three key battles in the knockout match at Old Trafford: Kohli […]

New Zealand can upset India with fast start, says Vettori

Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori believes the Black Caps can cause a World Cup semi-final upset against India if they can shake off their recent struggles with a fast start at Old Trafford on Tuesday. New Zealand have limped into the semi-finals on the back of three successive defeats, leading many pundits to make […]

Kohli, Williamson renew rivalry in World Cup semi-final

India captain Virat Kohli may have captured the wicket of “special” New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson when they were teenagers, but he has no plans for a repeat performance in Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final at Old Trafford. The two star batsmen first encountered each other in youth cricket, with Kohli — an occasional medium-pacer — […]

Limping Australia look forward to ‘blockbuster’ England semi

Australia captain Aaron Finch is relishing a “blockbuster” Cricket World Cup semi-final against England at Edgbaston on Thursday but injury concerns threaten to derail the plans of the defending champions. Finch’s side slipped to a 10-run defeat to already-eliminated South Africa in their final round-robin fixture at Old Trafford on Saturday, a result that saw […]

Warner heroics for Australia are in vain as defeat sets up England semi-final

Prolific opener David Warner smashed a brilliant 122 but could not claim victory for Australia as they slipped to a 10-run defeat to South Africa in their Cricket World Cup clash at Old Trafford on Saturday, leaving them facing a semi-final against England. The result allowed India to take over at the top of the […]

Formidable India in New Zealand’s path to second straight final

India’s semi-final calculations were put out of kilter by South Africa’s upset win over Australia in the last round robin match on Saturday but they will not be too unhappy to meet New Zealand in the World Cup for the first time since 2003 on Tuesday. Last month’s fixture at Trent Bridge between India and […]

Rohit, Rahul hit centuries as India crush Sri Lanka

Rohit Sharma became the first player to make five centuries in a single World Cup match and his opening partner KL Rahul also struck a fluent century as India crushed Sri Lanka by seven wickets in their final group match at Headingley on Saturday. India had already qualified for the last four and will finish […]