Kohli unfazed by limited game time for India’s middle order

India captain Virat Kohli shrugged off concerns about his team’s lower-middle order ahead of their Champions Trophy semi-final with Bangladesh on Thursday and called for complete focus against their “dangerous” opponents. India‘s top order were solid in group stage victories over Pakistan and South Africa, meaning the likes of Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav and Ravindra […]

Pakistan thrash England in Champions Trophy semi-final

Pakistan booked their place in the Champions Trophy final with a crushing eight-wicket win over England in Cardiff on Wednesday. Set just 212 to win, Pakistan finished on 215 for two. Pakistan will now face title-holders India in Sunday’s final at the Oval if their arch-rivals beat Bangladesh in Thursday’s second semi-final at Edgbaston. Azhar […]

Pressure is on India not Bangladesh, say Ashraful and Bashar

India may be outright favourites in the Champions Trophy semi-final clash against Bangladesh but the defending champions will be under more pressure, former Bangladesh captains Mohammad Ashraful and Habibul Bashar said today. “Aar ektu upare jete chai (having come all the way, we badly don’t want to miss out on a final spot now),” said […]

Everyone wants to see an India-England final, says Virat Kohli

Done with the tough part of making it through the league phase, Indian captain Virat Kohli says opposition hardly matters in the Champions Trophy semi-final and final even though an India-England final is what everybody seems to want. The Indian cricket captain was joined by some of his teammates, including former captain MS Dhoni, and […]

Sarfraz steers Pakistan into Champions Trophy semis

Pakistan overcame a familiar attack of batting nerves to beat Sri Lanka by three wickets in a see-saw Group B game at Sophia Gardens to set up a Champions Trophy semi-final with hosts England back in Cardiff on Wednesday (14). The other semi-final will pit Group B winners India against Group A runners-up Bangladesh at […]

Ruthless India cruise into semi-finals

India swept into the Champions Trophy semi-finals and eliminated woeful South Africa as Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli inspired the holders’ eight-wicket victory on Sunday (11). Kohli’s side avoided the embarrassment of an early exit as they survived a do or die showdown to advance from Group B in style. Having dismissed South Africa for […]

Stokes and Morgan knock Australia out of Champions Trophy

Ben Stokes hit a career-best 102 not out and captain Eoin Morgan 87 as England knocked Australia out of the Champions Trophy with a 40-run win over their arch-rivals at Edgbaston on Saturday (10). England collapsed to 35 for three chasing 278 for victory before left-handers Morgan and Stokes changed the course of the game […]

Kohli urges India to keep cool

Virat Kholi has warned India must keep their emotions under control when they face South Africa in a do or die Champions Trophy showdown on Sunday (10). Kholi’s side have to win their final Group B fixture at The Oval to avoid an embarrassing exit from a tournament they went into as holders and title […]

Angelo Matthews proud of ‘top win’ over India

Angelo Mathews saluted Sri Lanka’s underdogs after they staged a brilliant run chase to stun Champions Trophy holders India by seven wickets on Thursday (6). Mathews’ side were written off by many experts in the build-up to the crucial Group B clash at The Oval, but they ignored the doubters to keep alive their bid […]

Sri Lanka’s epic run chase stuns India

Sri Lanka staged a superb run chase to stun India and keep alive their Champions Trophy challenge as Kusal Mendis inspired a famous seven-wicket victory over the holders on Thursday (8). Needing 322 to avoid a second successive Group B defeat, Sri Lanka powered to a memorable triumph at The Oval thanks to key contributions […]