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February 2015

Maharashtra trail Tamil Nadu by 155 runs in Ranji semis

Kolkata, Feb 28: Centuries from Swapnil Gugale (154) and Chirag Khurana (125) helped Maharashtra end at 394/5 on Day 4 to still trail Tamil Nadu by 155 runs in their Ranji Trophy semifinal at the Eden Gardens here Saturday.Earlier, Tamil Nadu had put up 549 on the board in their first innings. Adding to their overnight score of 110/1, Gugale and Khurana strung together a partnership of 270 runs with both batsmen scoring freely. Gugale, especially took a liking for the Tamil Nadu bowling attack, hammering them all…

De Villiers backs Holder to succeed as captain

Sydney, Feb 28: South Africa skipper AB de Villiers backed his young West Indies counterpart Jason Holder to succeed as captain, saying he expects the Caribbean side to pose a threat in the ongoing cricket World Cup.The 23-year-old Holder has had a rough initiation, suffering a 1-4 drubbing from South Africa in his first series at the helm and then enduring a shock four-wicket defeat to Ireland in the Windies' opening Pool B game. However, de Villiers praised Holder’s maturity and said he expected him to come…

India favourite to retain World Cup: Bhachung Bhutia

Kolkata, Feb 28: Hailing Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the best skipper, former football ace Bhaichung Bhutia Saturday exuded confidence in the Indian cricket team successfully defending the World Cup."Under Dhoni, we have won Twenty20 and 50-over World Cups. Hopefully, they would do it again. India are the favourites," former India football captain Bhutia said here. "Dhoni is surely the best captain India have ever had. I think he's going to win the World Cup this time as well," said Bhutia.…

We were outplayed by India: UAE skipper

Perth, Feb 28: United Arab Emirates (UAE) skipper Mohammad Tauqir said Saturday that they were outplayed by the Indian bowling attack as they slumped to a nine-wicket loss to the defending champions in a World Cup Pool B encounter at the WACA here.UAE, who opted to bat, never quite got going as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals to be bowled out for a paltry 102. In reply, India achieved their biggest World Cup win, in terms of ball remaining, as they romped home in only 18.5 overs. "It was not a par…

Windies positive before India game: Holder

Sydney, Feb 28: Captain Jason Holder said the West Indies are confident of still making the quarterfinals of the cricket World Cup and urged his side to quickly forget the thrashing they received at the hands of South Africa and concentrate on their next Pool B game against India.The West Indies entered the contest at the Sydney Cricket Ground here Friday on a run of two victories but collapsed to a 257-run defeat, the joint worst-ever defeat in World Cup history, reports CMC. The loss left them with just four points…
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