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ICC World Cup: 1st QF, Sri Lanka v South Africa, Preview

It’s come down to this now; 12 days, 7 games and 3 victories stand between eight teams and the label of World Cup winners. After a prolonged period of foreplay that involved 42 games, cricket’s pinnacle event has reached the business end, as it were. This is the point of no return, there are no more second chances, no further...

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ICC World Cup: Watson wary of danger from ‘Unpredictable’ Pakistan

ADELAIDE: Australian all-rounder Shane Watson expects Pakistan to come out firing in Friday's World Cup quarter-final, saying a knock-out situation usually brought out the best in them. "They can play some incredible cricket, as they have in times I have played against them, but they also can self-destruct quite quickly as well," Watson told reporters at the Adelaide Oval on...

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ICC World Cup: Sri Lanka hit by Herath injury ahead of quarter-finals

SYDNEY: Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath was rated as only “fifty-fifty” by captain Angelo Mathews for World Cup quarter-final against South Africa in Sydney. The 36-year-old Herath needed four stitches in the spinning finger after he tried to stop a full-blooded drive from England's Jos Buttler during Sri Lanka's nine-wicket win in Wellington and hasn't played since. Herath's left-arm spin...

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ICC World Cup: Umpire communications to be aired during knockouts

SYDNEY: Communications between on-field officials and TV umpires at the World Cup will be aired on television from this week's quarter-finals, the International Cricket Council said Tuesday. The decision covers umpire referrals, consultations and DRS player reviews and follows a trial during the one-day series between Australia and South Africa in November last year. “TV umpire communications during decision-making will...

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ICC World Cup: We’ll have to live with it, Misbah says after Irfan blow

ADELAIDE: Giant Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Irfan was ruled out of the World Cup Tuesday because of a stress fracture to his pelvis, an injury which captain Misbah-ul-Haq described as a “huge setback”. The 32-year-old first felt the hip injury in the 129-run win over the United Arab Emirates two weeks ago when he bowled just three overs. The seven-foot...

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ICC World Cup: Pressure on Australia not Pakistan, says Sarfraz

ADELAIDE: In-form opener Sarfraz Ahmed believes the pressure of expectation will be on Australia when the co-hosts take on Pakistan in a highly-charged World Cup quarter-final, vowing an attacking approach from his team. The 27-year-old wicketkeeper/batsman hit his team´s first hundred of the World Cup which helped Pakistan beat Ireland in Sunday´s last Pool B match to earn them a...

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ICC World Cup: Irfan ruled out due to hip injury

ADELAIDE: In another blow to Pakistan before the knockout stage, Muhammad Irfan is out of the World Cup 2015 due to hip injury, PCB officials confirmed. “He has been called back to Pakistan,” PCB spokesperson said. The injury is a major blow to the 1992 champions` chances of defeating four-time winners Australia in the quarter-final at the Adelaide Oval on...

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ICC World Cup: Irfan likely to rule out from the tournament

Pakistan may be without their ace fast bowler Mohammad Irfan when they face off against the mighty Australian side in Friday's World Cup quarter-final after the seven foot tall left-armer failed to recover from his injury. Irfan suffered a recurrence of his hip injury during Pakistan's crucial game against South Africa but managed to complete the match, playing a pivotal...

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ICC World Cup: New Zealand won’t curb aggressive game in knockouts: Williamson

WELLINGTON: New Zealand will not be shelving the aggressive game that has taken them through the pool stage at the World Cup unbeaten despite the stakes now being that much higher in the knockout rounds, batsman Kane Williamson said on Monday. The co-hosts will enter Saturday's quarter-final in Wellington as raging favorites to beat West Indies having notched six straight...

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ICC World Cup: Starc will not be ‘soft’ target for resurgent Pakistan

MELBOURNE: Publicly labelled “soft” by former Test bowler Shane Warne only a few months ago, paceman Mitchell Starc has come of age at the cricket World Cup and could prove key to Australia's hopes of winning a fifth trophy. The 25-year-old left-armer currently leads the wickets tally at the tournament with 16 scalps at the end of the pool phase,...

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ICC World Cup: Sharp fielding will be the key against Pakistan, says Blewett

ADELAIDE: Australia are stepping back in time in an effort to maximise their chances of a fifth World Cup title by dusting off old videos of fielding master classes. The team's fielding coach, Greg Blewett, believes sharpness in the field will be key in Friday's quarter-final against Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval. “Over the last month or so we've shown...

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