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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Spinners did it for us: Tikolo

Kenya began their ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 campaign on a happy note defeating Canada by 7 wickets. Skipper Steve Tikolo led from the front scoring a fluent, unbeaten 72 and also picking up two wickets. He was judged Man of the Match.

Praising his team after the win Tikolo said, "The guys put up a very good show and I am very pleased with our performance."

Tikolo termed the spinners' performance as the key to their win. "The pitch did not do too much for the seamers but the spinners did the job for us and in the end that made a big difference."

The Kenyan skipper felt that his side has the ability to spring up a surprise or two. "We've got to take the momentum gained from his game forward. And if we can maintain the intensity, who knows what can happen."

John Davison, the Canadian skipper accepted that his team was totally outplayed. "We did not get anything right today. We started well but could not carry on the good work. Their spinners bowled well and we just couldn't get them away."

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Lara praises young guns

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West Indies cricketer Dwayne Bravo celebrates after bowling out Pakistani Rana Naved-ul-Hasan during their ICC World Cup Cricket 2007 first round match at the Sabina Park cricket ground in Kingston. West Indies defeated Pakistan by 54 runs. AFP
West Indies captain Brian Lara praised his young players on Tuesday after the host nation got the ICC Cricket World Cup off to a flying start with a 54-run win over Pakistan.

The West Indies, who suffered a nine-wicket defeat to India in a warm-up match last week, came into the Sabina Park clash against their Group D rivals under pressure.

But after being restricted to 241-9 off their 50 overs, they hit back in style to bowl out Pakistan for just 187 in the 48th over.

"Players like Marlon Samuels, Dwyane Bravo and Dwayne Smith were really special today," said Lara.

Smith took the man-of-the-match honours for his 32 runs off just 15 balls and his bowling return of 3-36.

Bravo took 3-42 and was on a hat-trick at one stage while Samuels smashed a top score of 63 and also upped the scoring rate after the Windies had got off to a sluggish start.

After 30 overs, the home side had struggled to 101-3.

"The young players showed great spirit. Marlon had a real go and got us to four an over. Then we bowled well, it was a real team effort.

"After the India match, we talked about how we would needed the young players as well as the experienced ones to come through if we were to have a chance of winning the tournament.

"Now we can look forward to the rest of the tournament with our confidence sky-high."

Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq, whose side came into the ICC Cricket World Cup beset by problems following the withdrawal of pace bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif, admitted Lara's men were the better side.

"They played really well," said Inzamam. "Now we have to take the pressure and try to do well in the remaining games.

"We have the experienced players to do well."

Pakistan, whose total was boosted by a fine 62 by Shoaib Malik, will face Zimbabwe and Ireland in their next two Group D games and, barring a disaster, will still qualify for the Super Eights.

But Tuesday's result means that the West Indies will have the advantage of taking the two points from the game into the second round.

Bravo said that the defeat against India was the incentive the West Indies needed to do well on Tuesday.

"It was a wake-up call," said Bravo. "We knew it would be tough to play Pakistan because they had defeated South Africa in their warm-up match.

"But everyone in the squad put their hands up and we fought very well today. We needed a win."

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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Bulletin: Ireland lose White at crucial stage

A partnership of 56 between Jeremy Bray and Andrew White gave a semblance of respectability to the Ireland total as they reached 149/6 at the end of 38 overs. White made 28 before falling leg before to Brent.

Jeremy Bray tried to hold the Ireland innings together with a fighting half-century even as wickets kept falling around him. He found a good ally in White who also showed good improvisation skills, hitting a couple of boundaries via reverse sweeps.

Ireland were looking comfortably placed at 43/1 at one stage but lost three wickets thereafter. Bray and Kevin O'Brien then added 25 crucial runs but the partnership ended when the latter was caught behind off Rainsford.

After a shaky start, the Irish batsmen began to find their groove. Jeremy Bray and Eoin Morgan did a good consolidation job after the Zimbabwean opening bowlers maintained a tight leash on the Ireland batsmen early on.

But Morgan fell to Brent after scoring a fluent 21 and was quickly followed back to the pavilion by Niall O'Brien. Andre Botha did not last long too, shouldering arms and losing his off stump to Chigumbura.

Chris Mpofu struck in the very first over for Zimbabwe sending back Ireland opener William Porterfield for a duck. He could have had Morgan too but Chigumbura reacted late to an edge at first slip.

The pitch was offering some help to the bowlers early on and Mpofu and Rainsford made use of it putting the ball in the right areas.

Earlier, Zimbabwean skipper Prosper Utseya won the toss and decided to insert Ireland in hoping that his bowlers would take advantage of the early conditions.

Ireland are making their ICC Cricket World Cup debut. Even from Zimbabwe, only Gary Brent has played in the ICC Cricket World Cup before.

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Chappell allays fears about Ganguly's injury
 
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Port of Spain: Indian coach Greg Chappell has allayed fears on Sourav Ganguly's ankle injury, saying the brief break gave the side a chance to be fully fit before their opening game in the World Cup scheduled against Bangladesh on Saturday.

"We're prepared for it, and we are ready to go. Most of the niggles are gone, so it has just given us a chance to get ripe a bit," Chappell said as he laid the fears on Ganguly to rest.

Ganguly had an ankle injury prior to the warm-up match against the West Indies and fielded for only 13 overs in that game.

After the team's practice session yesterday, Chappell said his boys were looking forward to the competition against Bangladesh.

India's next two Group B games are against Bermuda (March 19) and Sri Lanka (March 23).

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Pakistan assistant coach suffers bloody nose
 

Kingston, Jamaica: Assistant Pakistan coach Mushtaq Ahmed was taken to hospital on Thursday after he suffered a bloody nose during a training session at the Kensington Cricket Club.

"We were conducting fielding practice and Mushtaq took a blow on the nose after an uneven bounce. There was a lot of blood," the team's media manager Pervez Mir said.

"It seems to have settled down but we will take him to hospital for an x-ray as a precaution."

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Injuries upset England and New Zealand plans
 

Gros Islet, St Lucia: New Zealand and England both suffered late injury setbacks before Friday's key World Cup Group C clash.

Dangerous middle-order batsman Craig McMillan was struck by a yorker from fast bowler Shane Bond in the nets on Wednesday and suffered severe bruising on his right foot big toe.

He is now rated doubtful to play on Friday.

Not to be outdone, England also suffered a blow when their quick bowler James Anderson injured the little finger of his right bowling hand in their practice session on Wednesday.

New Zealand were already certain to be without paceman Mark Gillespie who missed last week's warm-up games because of a numb bowling arm caused by a rare reaction to a throat virus


Anderson's injury may be a blessing in disguise for England, who were pondering which of Anderson, Sajid Mahmood, Jon Lewis or Liam Plunkett should take the two seam bowling spots in Friday's line-up.

WARM-UP DEFEAT

The knock to Anderson could help England half make up their mind, with Lewis and Plunkett the most likely to get the nod despite none of them impressing in the warm-up defeat to Australia on Friday.

New Zealand had been faced with a similar scenario with Peter Fulton, Scott Styris and McMillan fighting over two middle order slots.

Fulton broke his finger in Friday's warm-up win over Sri Lanka so may well have been sacrificed but McMillan's injury could well leave New Zealand in a sticky situation.

Fitness should not be an issue though for the two sides' injury-prone inspirations, Michael Vaughan and Bond, the man, ironically, who delivered the potential knockout blow to McMillan.

England captain Vaughan has declared himself fully fit despite only fielding for 10 and 17 overs in the warm-ups as he battles back from knee and hamstring injuries.

"We're going to try and put New Zealand under pressure on Friday, get that first game out of the way and hopefully get a victory," he told reporters.

CARRIED OVER

England arrived in the Caribbean on the back of an extraordinary victory in a tri-series against Australia and New Zealand when they won four games in a row having looked to be heading out of the competition.

"We know it's a big tournament but we're just going to try and play the cricket we played towards the end in Australia," he added.

New Zealand fast bowler Bond, who has come back from a series of career-threatening injuries, is aware of the importance of the match.

If both sides beat Kenya and Canada in Group C they will qualify for the Super Eights with the points gained in Friday's dual being carried over.

"It is a one-off game we probably have to win," Bond said. "It gives you momentum going into the next round, it takes the pressure off when playing the minnows."

Bond has joined a chorus of opinion which says pacemen might not be as effective as slow bowlers on the dull Caribbean wickets.

England have been so alarmed by the pitches that their seam bowlers have been hastily practicing off-cutters and other slower balls.

Probable teams

New Zealand: Lou Vincent, Stephen Fleming, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Jacob Oram, Craig McMillan, Brendon McCullum, Daniel Vettori, Shane Bond, Jeetan Patel, James Franklin or Daryl Tuffey

England: Michael Vaughan, Ed Joyce, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Jamie Dalrymple, Paul Nixon, Liam Plunkett, Jon Lewis, Monty Panesar


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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Bulletin: Bermuda innings

Sri Lanka's fast bowlers decapitated Bermuda's top order, sending back the first 5 batsment for 25 runs.

Slingy speed demon Lasith Malinga rocked Bermuda's boat, taking 3 wickets as the ICC Cricket World Cup debutants played their first match of the tournament.

Captain Irvine Romaine was the 4th to go, out for a first ball blob as Sri Lanka sent Bermuda reeling at 20/4 in the 8th over.

Romaine was leg before to Lasith Malinga. David Hemp, who went the ball before him, got a rocket on the off stump that he fended into second slip Mahela Jayawardene's hands.

This was Malinga's third wicket, his first  being Saleem Mukaddam, who came in at No 3 and was caught behind by Sangakkara in the 4th over for a duck.

Chaminda Vaas struck in the first over to remove Bermuda opener Clay Smith for nought, trapping him leg before to a ball that came into the right hander.

Bermuda were chasing 322 that Sri Lanka piled up after winning the toss of the 4th match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, being played at Port of Spain, Trinidad.

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Bulletin: Lanka innings

Sri Lanka piled up 321 but did not dominate as perhaps their fans might have liked in the Islanders' opening match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 against Bermuda. 154 of those runs came in the last 20 overs.

Captain and top scorer Mahela Jayawardene was out in the 43rd over for 84, an innings that owed its debt in equal part to skill and luck.

Dropped twice by heavyweight Dwayne Leverock he was caught brilliantly by speedster Hurdle in a diving catch at the mid-wicket boundary just as Lanka were stepping on the gas after drifting in the middle part of their innings.

Drifting, that is, If you can define that as scoring about 5 and a half an over against Bermuda for 30 overs without losing a wicket.

The Lankans lost their third wicket (Kumara Sangakkara) in the 38th over with the score at 228. The leftie swung a ball from Leverock into the hands of fine leg. Leverock had earlier dropped two catches so in his joy he danced, delighting the Port of Spain crowd (among whom was his mother) with a 120-kilo jiggle.

Lanka went into the final 20 overs with 167/2 on the board.

Circumspect batting by them and some tight bowling and enthusiastic fielding by the Bermudans had brought the match to this pass, and had the two lives given to Jayawardene, the second one in the 31st over, not been gifted, things would have been even slower. Leverock bungled that catch at point, where, to his credit, he also made two fine stops.

The openers fell early on, but then a fairly long period of consolidation by Jayawardene and Sangakkara saw runs being compiled without flash.

Earlier Sri Lanka limped to 100/2 in the 19th over.

Sanath Jasuriya and Tharanga were both gone by the 12th over with the score showing 78 and Lanka almost lost Jayawardene as well at that stage.

Tharanga was out caught legside by 'keeper Dean Minors off the bowling of Kevin Hurdle who has had a mercurial introduction to the ICC Cricket World Cup.

Bowling partner Saleem Mukuddem, military medium or slower, first had Jayasuriya out caught at cover and off the next ball saw an edge from Jayawardene being floored by policeman Dwayne Leverock. Mukuddem was unlucky not to have Tharanga's scalp as well in over No 11, when his appeal for leg before was turned down.

Lanka started their innings shakily with opening bowler Kevin Hurdle causing problems with his height and bounce, but Hurdle lost his mojo in his second over which lasted 14 balls. Hurdle's first two overs cost him 29 runs and he gifted the initiative to Lanka, who were 42/0 after 5.

Bowlers Tucker and Mukuddem were then swatted around by the Lankans with ease till the 9th over when the wicket fell.

Hurdle opened proceedings for Bermuda with a no-ball and an over in which he had the Lankans hopping. The second ball hit Tharanga on his thigh pad and the third went in edgy fashion for a run.

A tall bowler, 6' 4", with a slingy action, he had Jayasuriya in trouble on two consecutive balls with short deliveries.

The fifth ball of the over hit Jayasuriya on the left hand and resulted in a bleeding finger. But Hurdle lost the advantage and bowled 6 no-balls and 2 wides in his second over and gave the nervous looking Jayasuriya a reprieve.

Jayasuriya had his finger looked at again at the end of the fourth over and it appeared to be his spinning finger that was hit.

Jayawardene won the toss and chose to bat.

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