Bangladesh captain bids farewell to World Cup with praise for mighty Shakib

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza singled out batsman Shakib Al Hasan for praise after the side’s final match at the Cricket World Cup on Friday, a 94-run loss to Pakistan at Lord’s. The swashbuckling Shakib smashed 64 runs as his side stumbled to 221 all out. That took his World Cup tally to a tournament-topping 606 […]

Teenager Shaheen bowls Pakistan to victory over Bangladesh

Teenage fast bowler Shaheen Afridi took six cheap wickets as Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 94 runs at Lord’s on Friday, clocking up their fourth World Cup win in a row but narrowly missing out on the semi-finals. The 19-year-old became the youngest bowler to take six wickets in the history of the tournament, and gave […]

Close to 80,000 Indians expected to travel to UK for World Cup

Around 80,000 Indians are expected to travel to the UK during the cricket World Cup, British Deputy High Commissioner to India Jan Thompson said. “Our estimate is that around 80,000 Indians will travel to the UK for the World Cup. There is tourist rush anyway at this time of the year but this season it […]

Pakistan need World Cup miracle, admits Sarfaraz

Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed admitted his team need a miracle to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals as they prepare for their final league game against Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday. Pakistan require an outlandishly big victory but if Bangladesh bat first, their chances of catching New Zealand will be gone. “Obviously, we are here […]

Windies win but Gayle fails in World Cup swansong

West Indies won the battle of the Cricket World Cup’s basement dwellers, beating Afghanistan by 23 runs in their final group match at Headingley on Thursday. Chris Gayle managed only seven runs in his final World Cup appearance but Shai Hope capitalised on an early reprieve to score 77 and help the eliminated Caribbean side […]

Morgan salutes ‘outstanding’ England as hosts reach World Cup semis

Eoin Morgan hailed “outstanding” England and “match-winner” Jonny Bairstow as the World Cup hosts clinched a semi-final place with a 119-run rout of New Zealand at Chester-le-Street on Wednesday. Needing a victory in their final group match to avoid the nightmare scenario of potential elimination, England rose to the occasion to reach the World Cup […]

Bairstow ton as England crush NZ to storm into semis

England stormed into the Cricket World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1992 after Jonny Bairstow’s second consecutive century helped secure a comprehensive 119-run victory over New Zealand on Wednesday. Bairstow smashed 106 to lift England to 305-8 in their final group game at the Riverside Ground, though the total could easily have been […]

EXCLUSIVE: India need to stick with MS Dhoni, says Monty Panesar

MS DHONI needs to bat and stay in the Indian team. His experience as an former captain is vital for India to win the World Cup. He can play at various gears, can bat from cold and hit boundaries, and also at a slower pace and do well. Fifty per cent of India’s runs are […]

Morgan says England ‘A game’ can take them to World Cup glory

Eoin Morgan insists England can achieve their dreams of World Cup glory so long as they stick to their “A-game” after a win over India revived the hosts’ prospects of reaching the semi-finals. Morgan’s men came into Sunday’s match at Edgbaston on the back of successive defeats by Sri Lanka and Australia. But they were […]

Sharma says India must learn from England loss

Rohit Sharma admitted there were “lessons” to be learnt from England’s bowlers after India suffered their first defeat of this World Cup against the hosts on Sunday. Sharma hit 102 — his third century of the tournament — but India fell short of their 338-run target in 31-run loss at Edgbaston. Jonny Bairstow led England’s […]