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Steyn, Du Plessis seal South Africa victory in triangular series final

A superb spell of reverse-swing bowling from Dale Steyn and another fluent innings from Faf du Plessis helped South Africa cruise to a six-wicket victory over Australia in the final of the triangular series at the Harare Sports Club on Saturday.

BCCI slams Ian Botham's IPL scrapping call

BCCI, the organisers of the Indian Premier League, hit back angrily on Friday at former England all-rounder Ian Botham's call for the tournament to be scrapped, criticising him for having the 'temerity' to issue lectures.

Team India need specialists to solve Test woes

England must be at their wits end trying to decipher how two-faced MS Dhoni's team is. Unable to score, bowl or catch in Tests, India played like champions in one-dayers, writes Sanjjeev Samyal.

India aim for clean sweep in fifth ODI against England

Series already in their pocket, a rampaging India would look to keep the foot on the pedal and press for a clean sweep when they take on England in the fifth and final cricket one-dayer in Leeds on Friday.

Kohli's misery complete, India end series with big loss

On a day when India were outplayed after putting up a comprehensive show in the last three games, it was Virat Kohli's dismissal that was the most glaring failure.

England can forget about shorter forms without IPL: Pietersen

English cricketers can 'forget' about the shorter format unless they embrace the Indian Premier League, according to the maverick Kevin Pietersen, who says his efforts to get his countrymen to play in the IPL have fallen on 'deaf ears'.

Du Plessis helps South Africa past Zimbabwe, into final

Faf du Plessis hit his third century in four games as South Africa beat Zimbabwe by 63 runs on Thursday to book a date with Australia in the triangular series final.

Pakistan investigates Shahzad-Dilshan 'relgious spat'

Pakistan on Thursday said it has set up a committee to look into a religious spat between their opener Ahmed Shahzad and Sri Lankan counterpart Tillakaratne Dilshan that took place in August.

Tendulkar backs India to do well in World Cup

'India is definitely among the strong contenders for the title,' Tendulkar was quoted as saying in Chennai by The Hindu newspaper on Thursday. 'It is a well-balanced side and is tough to beat.'

Pakistan opener asks Dilshan to embrace Islam

While the players were walking back to the dressing room in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, on August 30, Ahmed Shehzad was caught on camera telling Tillakaratne Dilshan, 'If you are a non-Muslim and you turn Muslim, no matter whatever you do in your life, straight to heaven.'

Under-fire England captain Cook vows to carry on to World Cup

England captain Alastair Cook insisted he still wanted to lead the side at the World Cup despite conceding the team's chances of triumphing at next year's tournament were 'far-fetched' following another mauling by India.

4th ODI: India thrash England to clinch series in Birmingham

Ajinkya Rahane smashed his maiden ODI ton as India thumped England by nine wickets in the fourth one-dayer in Birmingham to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series on Tuesday.

Dhoni becomes most successful Indian captain in ODIs

Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday became the most successful Indian captain ever in the one-dayers after India's nine-wicket thrashing of England in the fourth ODI in Birmingham.

BCCI ropes in Glenn McGrath to train budding Indian pacers

Former Australia paceman Glenn McGrath will help groom the next generation of Indian pace bowlers after the Chennai-based pace foundation he heads signed a five-year deal with the Indian cricket board (BCCI) on Tuesday.

Sachin Tendulkar's much-awaited autobiography set to release on Nov 6

The much-awaited autobiography of batting icon Sachin Tendulkar will hit the stands on November 6 with a high-profile release of the book in his home city Mumbai.
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