Lakmal 6-6-0-3 tortures India in tough conditions

Lakmal 6-6-0-3 tortures India in tough conditions

Only 11.5 overs of cricket were possible in the first two sessions of the Kolkata Test, but they were 11.5 difficult overs for India, asked to bat on a damp green pitch under overcast skies. Suranga Lakmal made good use of the conditions to send back the openers and Virat Kohli without conceding a run […]

Australia qualify for FIFA 2018 World Cup with 3-1 win over Honduras

Australia qualify for FIFA 2018 World Cup with 3-1 win over Honduras

Captain Mile Jedinak led the way with a second-half hat-trick as Australia brushed aside Honduras 3-1 in the second leg of their intercontinental playoff on Wednesday to secure a place at next year’s World Cup finals. The midfielder settled his compatriots’ nerves with a deflected free kick and two penalties to give Australia a comfortable […]

Steyn set to return after year-long absence

Steyn set to return after year-long absence

Dale Steyn is expected to make a comeback to competitive cricket, after a year on the sidelines, in the Ram Slam on Wednesday. Steyn has been named in the Titans’ 13-man squad set to play the Knights in Kimberley, for their second match of the competition. The Titans beat the Lions in their opening game […]

Rahane keen to ‘evolve’ by adding more shots to his game

Rahane keen to ‘evolve’ by adding more shots to his game

Important to improve and evolve day by day – RahaneAjinkya Rahane says that he had been practising the reverse-sweeps and paddles in the nets as an option for the upcoming Tests against Sri Lanka On Monday, with three days to go for the start of the Test series against Sri Lanka, Ajinkya Rahane walked into […]

I am not a robot; will ask for rest when needed: Kohli

I am not a robot; will ask for rest when needed: Kohli

KOLKATA: India skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday said that when he feels he needs rest, he will ask for it. Reports were circulating that Kohli has asked the Indian selectors for rest after the second Test against Sri Lanka and for the succeeding One-Day International (ODI) series. Chief National Selector M.S.K. Prasad, though, refuted all […]

Italy fail to reach World Cup for first time in 60 years

Italy fail to reach World Cup for first time in 60 years

MILAN: Italy failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958 on Monday as they were held to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their play-off at the San Siro by Sweden, who qualified with a 1-0 aggregate victory. The four-time champions dominated possession but struggled to create enough clear-cut […]

‘Neymar Is World’s Best Today, Messi Alien’

‘Neymar Is World’s Best Today, Messi Alien’

A former Brazil international believes Neymar is the best player in the world today, and also insisted Lionel Messi is an “alien” and failed to mention Cristiano Ronaldo. Goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who has represented the Selecao at three World Cups, was full of praise for his former national teammate Neymar recently. The former Inter Milan […]

Woakes questions Australia’s pace depth

Chris Woakes is an unlikely candidate to lead the way in England’s attempts at mental disintegration in the build-up to the Ashes but, in his own well-mannered Brummie fashion, he has pointed up one or two Australian weaknesses less than a month out from the first Test. England were beaten 5-0 on their last Ashes […]

Ajmal to retire from all formats

Ajmal to retire from all formats

Islamabad: Saeed Ajmal will bring to an end one of the most illustrious modern Pakistan careers at the end of this month, once the National T20 Cup – the other Pakistan domestic T20 tournament – ends. Ajmal, 40, is leading Faisalabad and news of his impending end came on a fitting day in which he […]