HindustanTimes Sun,30 Aug 2015

Shahid Afridi lifts Pakistan to World T20 triumph

Shahid Afridi struck an exuberant unbeaten 54 to take Pakistan to an eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the Twenty20 World Cup final at Lord's. The win will also have helped erase the nightmares of the last final where they lost a tight game to India, reports Arjun SenFull coverage| Listen to podcastaudio

World Twenty20 title a gift to Pakistan: Younis Khan

Pakistan captain Younis Khan said their World Twenty20 title was a 'gift' to their strife-torn nation. The talented Pakistani team, which entered the tournament as underdogs, made a mockery of the favourites tag as they beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the final at the Lord's. Full coverage| Listen to podcastaudio

India were reluctant to play us: Afridi

The Indian team under Mahendra Singh Dhoni was reluctant to play against Pakistan in the Twenty20 World Cup and it showed in their attitude, alleged flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi.

Tendulkar, Dhoni feature in video supporting ICC Champions Trophy 2009

Indian cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir have joined several top cricketers of the world to promote this year’s ICC Champions Trophy.

'Aussie grit' to be tested at Champions Trophy

Australia waited eight years before winning the Champions Trophy in 2006 and are not expected to relax their grip easily when the 2009 tournament begins in South Africa next week.

Broad says time for talking is over

Stuart Broad has insisted England's players must put coach Andy Flower's words into practice if they are to avoid a humiliating one-day series whitewash against Australia.

Wright out of Australia series, doubtful for Champions Trophy

Sussex all-rounder Luke Wright was ruled out on Wednesday for the remaining two games of England's one-day series against Australia and is now doubtful for the upcoming Champions Trophy.

Sri Lanka expect top order to fire

Sri Lanka will be looking forward to impressive contributions from top-order batsmen to make a big impact on the Champions Trophy.

Dhoni's India bank on consistency

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's India will be keen to maintain their consistency to fulfill their fans' expectations at the Champions Trophy starting in South Africa next week.

Top-ranked South Africa desperate to shed 'chokers' tag

Rated among the leading 50-over teams for many years, the Proteas have not captured ICC silverware since winning the inaugural Champions Trophy in Bangladesh 11 years ago.

Pakistan looks for second major title of year

Having already won the Twenty20 World Cup, Pakistan is targeting a second major 2009 title at the upcoming Champions Trophy despite a less-than-impressive history in the competition.

Australia regain number one ODI team ranking

World champions Australia have regained the top one-day ranking after their 111-run win over England in Nottingham. If England prevent a series sweep in the final match on Sunday, Australia will drop back to third in the rankings behind South Africa and India

Smith says ICC award nomination snub will motivate SA in CT

South African skipper Graeme Smith says his team would look to get over the disappointment of being ignored for the ICC annual awards nominations by lifting the Champions Trophy starting September 22 in Johannesburg.

Tendulkar wants top spot for India to mark 20 years

Sachin Tendulkar is hoping he can mark his 20 years in international cricket by leading India to become the world's top ranked one-day team.

India seek quick acclimatisation 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, on Sunday ahead of the Champions Trophy.
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