Pakistan stun South Africa in Champions Trophy

Pakistan put their miserable hammering by arch-rivals India behind them with a shock 19-run win over South Africa at Edgbaston on Tuesday that kept their Champions Trophy semi-final hopes alive. Just three days after suffering a humiliating 124-run defeat by title-holders India at Edgbaston in their opening group match, with former skipper Shahid Afridi among […]

Kohli: India must be ruthless in finishing games off

India must tighten up their fielding and be “ruthless” when they face Sri Lanka in the Champions Trophy at the Oval on Thursday, skipper Virat Kohli said. The defending champions opened their Group B account with an emphatic 124-run victory over arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday, but drew criticism for their lacklustre fielding performance. “Sometimes, starting […]

Raees replaces injured Riaz in Pakistan’s Champions Trophy squad

Left-arm seamer Rumman Raees has been named as a replacement for injured fast bowler Wahab Riaz in Pakistan’s Champions Trophy squad, the tournament’s technical committee confirmed on Tuesday (6). Riaz suffered an ankle injury during Pakistan’s defeat to arch-rivals India in their Group B clash on Sunday. The 31-year-old left the field in the 46th […]

Sangakkara wants ‘arrogant’ Sri Lanka to challenge India

A young Sri Lanka team must play with arrogance if they are to upset holders India in Thursday’s Champions Trophy match at the Oval, former captain Kumar Sangakkara has said. The islanders had a nightmare start to their campaign, losing regular skipper Angelo Mathews to a calf injury before going down to South Africa in […]

India played like favourites, says Afridi

Shahid Afridi was appalled by Pakistan’s abject surrender but he credited India for their commanding show, saying the defending champions lived up to the favourites tag in their Champions Trophy opener. Afridi, a former Pakistan captain, said his country’s drab show last night took away all the excitement from what was expected to be a […]

Mickey Arthur: Pakistan ‘completely calm’ ahead of India clash

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur insisted his side were “completely calm” ahead of their Champions Trophy opener against arch-rivals India — the latest edition of world cricket’s highest profile fixture. A sell-out crowd is expected at the Edgbaston ground in Birmingham — a city with one of the largest Asian populations in Britain — while the […]

Indian skipper Kohli denies reports of rift with coach

Indian skipper Virat Kohli has denied reports of a rift between himself and coach Anil Kumble on the eve of his team’s Champions Trophy Group B opener against arch-rivals Pakistan at Edgbaston on Sunday. Reports of a falling out between Kohli and Kumble emerged after India‘s cricket board (BCCI) invited applications for the head coach’s […]

Amla’s classy ton helps South Africa see off Sri Lanka

A dominant South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 96 runs in their opening Champions Trophy Group B game at The Oval on Saturday, helped by Hashim Amla’s classy century. Sri Lanka, chasing 300 for victory, started brightly but were soon in trouble after losing wickets at regular intervals. South Africa’s Morne Morkel made the first […]

Kohli and Kumble ‘rift’ shakes India

Signs of a rift between India’s skipper Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble have shaken the country ahead of the team’s campaign to win a second straight Champions Trophy. As India prepare to launch their tournament against Pakistan in Birmingham on Sunday, Indian media is abuzz with reports of differences between Kohli and Kumble over […]

Hobbling Root fires England to easy win over Bangladesh

Joe Root shrugged off a calf injury to hit a superb unbeaten 133 and lead England to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the opening Champions Trophy game at The Oval on Thursday. Alex Hales made 95 and captain Eoin Morgan 75 not out as hosts England overhauled their target of 306 with 16 […]