DHAKA – Confident Pakistan take on the West Indies in the World Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday hoping to continue their winning run in the tournament against a side bruised by recent defeats. The hugely talented, but unpredictable, Pakistanis have been the revelation of the tournament so far by topping Group A with five wins in six matches in the preliminary league. The West Indies inexplicably lost their last two games against England and India from dominant positions to finish
DHAKA – Darren Sammy’s West Indies will be cheered by millions of Bangladeshi fans when they take on England in the World Cup in Chennai on Thursday. The support does not emanate from any sense of remorse for the unruly scenes in Dhaka on March 4 when the West Indies team bus was stoned after Sammy’s men demolished the hosts by nine wickets.
The reason is simple enough: if the West Indies defeat England, Bangladesh will make the quarter-finals of the showpiece event they are
MOHALI – Injury-plagued West Indies were dealt a major blow on Friday when hard-hitting opener Chris Gayle was ruled out of the key World Cup clash against Ireland with an abdominal strain. Gayle, 31, has struggled with the injury ever since the team landed in Mohali on Sunday but he is likely to be fit in time for the game against England on March 17. “Gayle has been struggling with it (injury) ever since we got here,” West Indies spokesman Philip Spooner told AFP. “The decision not
MOHALI – Grizzled veteran Ramnaresh Sarwan, who knows the difference between a new West Indies golden age and another false dawn, is refusing to ponder a World Cup quarter-final spot just yet. The 30-year-old, with 162 ODIs under his belt as well as more than 5,000 runs, believes the West Indies cannot take anything for granted despite being in touching distance of the last eight.
Victory over Ireland on Friday would virtually assure qualification but Sarwan is wary of the
MUMBAI – West Indies bowlers Kemar Roach and Sulieman Benn will be out to cause some damage to the Irish batting line-up when they clash in their World Cup match in Mohali on Friday. The pace-spin combination was at their destructive best when they skittled co-hosts Bangladesh for their lowest ever ODI total of 58, a feat that angered local fans who ended up hurling stones at the West Indies bus following the match in Dhaka.
Safe in the knowledge that they will not face any
DHAKA – West Indies took a giant stride towards the World Cup quarter-finals by pounding lacklustre Bangladesh by nine wickets in a key Group B match on Friday. Lanky spinner Sulieman Benn grabbed 4-18, and fast bowlers Kemar Roach and skipper Darren Sammy claimed three each, to bowl out Bangladesh for their lowest one-day total of 58 in 18.5 overs.
The West Indies surpassed the small target in 12.2 overs even before the lights came on for the day-night game at the packed
DHAKA – West Indies’ bus was struck by stones thrown by Bangladesh fans after the co-hosts were heavily beaten in the Cricket World Cup Group B match on Friday, the team spokesman told Reuters. “A couple of fans threw stones, two hit the window and it just broke. No one was hurt and we are safe,” he said. The crowd had reacted angrily earlier after their team were thrashed by nine wickets by the West Indies after scoring only 58 runs.
“The glass didn’t shatter. It just broke,”
DHAKA – Former West Indies captain Richie Richardson said on Wednesday he looked forward to another era of Caribbean domination in world cricket, saying the journey had already begun.
“The glory days will be back soon,” Richardson told AFP ahead of his team’s crucial World Cup game against hosts Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium on Friday. “I can never forget those days when we dominated the world. Every team has its up and downs, but I am confident we will get there
DHAKA – Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan will not take victory for granted when his home team clashes with the West Indies in a must-win World Cup match on Friday. The West Indies, who have not played on Bangladeshi soil since 2002, suffered a 3-0 defeat by the Tigers at home two years ago when the top players went on strike due to a pay dispute.
Shakib ruled out another easy win in the day-night match at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium, which neither team can afford to lose after
COLOMBO – They may not be the hottest property at the World Cup, but the West Indies on Thursday said they were desperate to win this time and restore pride in the Caribbean. On home turf four years ago, the former champions made it to the Super Eights round before losing five out of six matches, prompting the then skipper Brian Lara to announce his international retirement.
“We want to get the record straight this time,” attacking opener Chris Gayle said ahead of their first
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s spinners, led by Rangana Herath, put in an impressive performance as the second Test against the West Indies ended in a draw on the fifth and final day on Saturday.
Left-armer Herath removed Dwayne Bravo, Sulieman Benn and Carlton Baugh as the West Indies were bowled out for 243 in their first innings just before tea in reply to Sri Lanka’s 387-9 declared.
Sri Lanka declared in their second innings on 57-1, with Tharanga Paranavitana scoring 20 not out
COLOMBO: Part-time spinner Tillakaratne Dilshan bagged two wickets in one over in fading light to boost Sri Lanka’s hopes of gaining the lead in the second Test against the West Indies on Thursday.
The off-spinner dismissed well-set Darren Bravo (80) and Brendan Nash (29) before the West Indies reached 165-5 in their first innings at stumps on the third day in reply to Sri Lanka’s 387-9 declared. Carlton Baugh was unbeaten on four and Dwayne Bravo on one not out when play was
GALLE: Chris Gayle became the first West Indies batsman to hammer a triple-century in an away Test, putting Sri Lanka under pressure in the opening Test on Tuesday.
The former captain made a career-best 333 as the West Indies posted a massive 580-9 declared in their first innings on the second day at the Galle International Stadium.
Sri Lanka were 54-1 in reply at stumps, with debutant West Indies paceman Andre Russell dismissing Tillakaratne Dilshan with his second