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New Zealand Cricket backs Eden Park for T20 final

Wellington: New Zealand Cricket (NZC) defended Eden Park Tuesday amid criticism the Auckland venue is too small to host international fixtures such as the T20 tri-series final. The decider on Wednesday features New Zealand and Australia, who produced a run-fest at the same ground on Friday that left some purists fuming. A total of 488…

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Watch: Australia pull off world record T20 chase against New Zealand

Eden Park was transformed into a T20 batting paradise as Australia pulled off a world-record run chase against New Zealand in Auckland, reducing Martin Guptill’s 49-ball hundred – and a host of other records – to a footnote.

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Australia set record run chase to beat New Zealand

AUCKLAND: Australia completed the highest run chase in Twenty20 history to beat New Zealand by five wickets and maintain their unbeaten record in the T20 tri-series in Auckland on Friday. In a roller-coaster match, the Black Caps set an imposing target of 244 on the back of opener Martin Guptill’s century but the Australians overhauled…

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Williamson fires New Zealand to T20 win over England

WELLINGTON: Captain Kane Williamson silenced his critics with a half century as New Zealand defeated England by 12 runs in the fourth match of the T20 tri-series in Wellington Tuesday, severely denting the tourists’ hopes of making the final. Williamson top-scored with 72 from 46 balls and opener Martin Guptill contributed 65 as the Black…

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India on top in Test rankings

DUBAI: International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the latest Test rankings, Samaa reported on Tuesday. According to details, India tops the Test rankings for teams while South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and England are at second, third, fourth and fifth place respectively. Sri Lanka is at sixth place while Pakistan holds the seventh spot in the…

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Pressure mounts on Australia deputy PM over affair

SYDNEY: Pressure was mounting on Australia’s deputy prime minister Tuesday amid fresh allegations that his affair with a younger former staffer, who is pregnant with their child, breached ministerial rules. Barnaby Joyce has been under intense scrutiny since the relationship was splashed across the front page of Sydney’s Daily Telegraph last week, with his wife…

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Cricket skipper Smith wins Australia’s Border Medal

Sydney, Feb 12: Australia cricket captain Steve Smith capped off a golden 12 months by winning his second Allan Border Medal in Melbourne on Monday. Smith, hailed as the country’s finest batsman since Donald Bradman, polled 246 votes, well ahead of two-time medal winner David Warner (162 votes) and Nathan Lyon (156 votes). Smith, who…

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Cruise ship forced back to Sydney after toilet brawl

A cruise ship was forced to return to Sydney after a brawl over a toilet queue, with a Russian women charged Monday for allegedly attacking a man with an empty wine bottle. A fight broke out between several men in the early hours of Sunday morning on the P&O ship as they waited in line…

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Germany win Davis Cup tie against Australia

NEWS DESK: German number one Alexander Zverev beat Nick Kyrgios in straight sets to give his country a 3-1 win over Australia in their Davis Cup World Group tie in Brisbane on Sunday, reported AFP. Zverev produced some superb tennis to down Kyrgios 6-2, 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 in one hour, 48 minutes and put Germany…

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Bollywood stars, Indian cricketers laud Under-19 team on World Cup victory

MUMBAI: Bollywood stars along with current and foreign Indian cricketers congratulated their Under-19 team on winning the ICC Under-19 World Cup. Actors and celebrities took to the micro-blogging website to celebrate the victory and felicitate the victorious team on social media website Twitter. Wow. What a proud moment for young India. Well done lil ones…May…

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India outplay Australia to win Under-19 World Cup

MOUNT MAUNGANUI: India defeated Australia by eight wickets to win the 2017/18 ICC Under-19 World Cup. Australia won the toss and chose to bat first in the final. Australia amassed 216 runs on the scoreboard as Jonathan Merlo made 76 runs from 102 balls which included six boundaries. Param Uppal made 34 runs from 58…

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Venues for Men’s, Women’s World T20 2020 announced

MELBOURNE: Melbourne Cricket Ground will host the final of both the men’s and women’s World Twenty20 when the tournaments come to Australia in 2020, organisers announced on Tuesday. The women’s tournament, made up of 10 teams, will be held from Feb. 21 to March 8 before 16 men’s teams play from Oct. 18 to Nov….

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ICC Under-19 World Cup: Australia down Afghanistan to seal final berth

CHRISTCHURCH: Australia defeated Afghanistan by six wickets in the first semifinal of ICC Under-19 World Cup at Christchurch on Monday.  They will meet the winner of Pakistan vs India semifinal in the final. LIVE UPDATES AUSTRALIA INNINGS Victory for Australia’s U19s! They ease into the U19 World Cup Final with a six-wicket win. SCORES:…

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Pakistan back on top of T20I team rankings

MOUNT MAUNGANUI: Pakistan reclaim the top ranking in T20 internationals after their 2-1 series victory over New Zealand. Pakistan have returned to the top of the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings for the third time in as many months after winning their three-match series against New Zealand at the Bay Oval in Tauranga on…

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Head helps Australia clinch nervy win over England in fouth ODI

ADELAIDE: Australia defeated England by three wickets in the fourth one-day international at the Adelaide Oval on Friday. UPDATES AUSTRALIA INNINGS ND OF OVER: 37 | 13 Runs 1 Wkt | AUS: 197/7 (win by three wickets) Adam Tye 3 (1b) Tim Paine 25 (31b) Australia clinch a nervy three-wicket win over England in the fourth one-day…

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Warner to lead Australia in T20 tri-series, Smith rested

SYDNEY: David Warner will lead Australia in next month’s Twenty20 international tri-series against New Zealand and England as regular captain Steve Smith is given a break ahead of the crucial Test tour to South Africa. Opening batsman Warner, the Test vice-captain, steps up to lead Australia in the T20 games which come a few weeks…

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Australian Open: Injured Nadal out for three weeks

MELBOURNE: World number one Rafael Nadal faces three weeks out after being diagnosed with a torn inner hip muscle during his Australian Open quarter-final defeat, his management said Wednesday. The 16-time Grand Slam champion had a scan in a Melbourne hospital after he retired early in the fifth set of his match with Croatia’s Marin…

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Djokovic faces dilemma after injury makes him exit Australian Open

MELBOURNE: It’s back to the drawing board for ailing 12-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic with his immediate playing future uncertain after an injury-ravaged exit from the Australian Open. The former world No.1 cut a disconsolate figure as he played to the bitter end in a agonising defeat to South Korean young gun Chung Hyeon…

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Buttler takes England to series win over Australia

SYDNEY: England won the five-match ODI series against Australia as they won the fifth game of the series at Sydney by 16 runs. LIVE UPDATES AUSTRALIA INNINGS Australia fall 16 runs short at the SCG and England seal victory in the ODI series with two games still to play: #AUSvENG — (@CricketAus)…

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Cricket: Impressive England beat Australia in second ODI

Brisbane: England turned in an impressive all-round team performance to beat Australia by four wickets in the second one-day international at the Gabba on Friday. After restricting Australia to 270 for nine from their 50 overs, the English cruised past the total with 5.4 overs to spare. “I thought our bowlers were exceptional,” England captain…

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Finch makes second century as Australia reach 270 versus England

BRISBANE: Australian opener Aaron Finch scored his second consecutive one-day international century to help his team to 270 for nine in the second ODI against England at the Gabba on Friday. Finch blasted 106 from 114 balls, including nine fours and a six, to follow the 107 he made at the MCG on Sunday. The…

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