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HindustanTimes Fri,01 Aug 2014

South Africa, Pakistan win while Kiwis slump

South Africa and Pakistan secured victories in their Champions Trophy warm-up matches, but New Zealand suffered a morale-sapping defeat. The hosts thumped an under-strength West Indies team by 188 runs at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Friday night.

Champions now and then

A competition plagued by controversies may turn out to be the saviour of the one-day game when curtains go up in South Africa, writes Kadambari Murali Wade.
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India seek to acclimatise in only warm-up game

India will look to get acclimatised to conditions and test the fitness of key players in their only warm-up game, against New Zealand, ahead of the Champions Trophy.

Pressure on SA as Champions Trophy begins

The pressure will be on South Africa and off Sri Lanka when they clash at Centurion Park on Tuesday in the opening 2009 ICC Champions Trophy fixture.

Will never compromise on speed, says Ishant

Ishant, who believed the ultimate compliment for a fast bowler was being given the new ball, is beginning to understand that his role in the team might be bowling first change. HT Correspondent reports. Blasts from the past

India suffers huge defeat in warm-up game

India suffered a crushing 103-run loss to NZ when they were shot out for 198 while chasing a mamooth 301 runs set by the Black Caps in a warm-up game ahead of the Champions Trophy in Potchefstroom.
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No team can match us, boasts South Africa star Steyn

Fast bowler Dale Steyn has delivered a 2009 ICC Champions Trophy challenge by saying no team will match hosts South Africa in the two-week tournament starting on Tuesday.

Champions Trophy begins today

Eight of the best teams will lock horns in South Africa to stake their claim to the throne of ICC Champions Trophy as it begins today. Hosts South Africa will take on Sri Lanka in the first match of the tournament, writes Anand Vasu. See special

The best take on mercurial Lankans

The first ball of the Champions Trophy is set to be bowled and not one player has taken a crack at any of the opposition in a column or interview, reports Anand Vasu.

Champions Trophy to prove there’s life in ODIs yet

The world over, there have been calls for a change in the 50-over version of cricket, especially in the wake of the assault launched on it by the Twenty20 game.

Pakistan yet to decide on playing Asif in CT

Disgraced pace bowler Mohammad Asif completed a 12-month ban, which was imposed on him for failing a dope-test during inaugural Indian Premier League, but Pakistan team management is yet to decide about playing him in the Champions Trophy.

Sri Lanka sink hosts S Africa in Champions Trophy opener

Tillakeratne Dilshan and Ajantha Mendis led Sri Lanka to a 55-run win over South Africa as the opening match of the Champions Trophy was decided by the Duckworth-Lewis scoring method. Full Coverage

Make love and war

India players in South Africa get a detailed four-part document to help them on the field and off it, reports Anand Vasu.

Suspended animation: A new way to watch a match

I’m not sure about you, but if I was strapped in the kind of harness race drivers wear and suspended 100 feet above the ground on a platform that hung from a crane, I might find it difficult to enjoy the meal that was laid out for me, reports Anand Vasu.

Confident Afridi to stand in for injured Younis

When Pakistan take on a depleted West Indies on Wednesday, it will be with a new captain. This time it's not a matter of intrigue or the sacking of a captain, but something more mundane, reports HT Correspondent.
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