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Kaif century inspires India win over NZ in Videocon Tri-series

Mohammad Kaif struck an unbeaten century as India ended New Zealand's unbeaten record in the triangular series with a six-wicket victory. Kaif struck 11 fours and was joined by Mahendra Dhoni, who smashed three fours and successive sixes in 37 off 27 balls to seal the win with 15 balls to spare. The Indian requirement went from 56 off the final 10 overs to 30 from the last five, but Dhoni eased any concerns by launching successive sixes off substitute spinner Jeetan Patel, who was making his debut.
New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat, posting 278-9 from 50 overs. Scott Styris (56) and Craig McMillan (40) put on 87 after Stephen Fleming had launched the innings with 47. New Zealand 278-9 lost to India 279-4 (47.3 overs) by 6 wickets.

Kiwis power to third series win, beating Zimb in Videocon Tri-series

New Zealand made it three wins from three in the Videocon Triangular Series with a 27-run win over Zimbabwe. The result, Zimbabwe's third defeat, means the final will now be contested between New Zealand and India.
Andy Blignaut gave a fine performance for the hosts in Harare on Wednesday with 4-46 and a dashing 50 in 47 balls. But after allowing New Zealand to score 238, Zimbabwe were always struggling to chase down the target and Shane Bond (4-17) produced a fine display. New Zealand 238 beat Zimbabwe 211 by 27 runs.

India cruise to emphatic victory over Zimb in Videocon Tri-series

Zimbabwe capitulated to 65 all out as India coasted to a 161-run victory in the triangular series in Harare. India lost two early wickets and were grateful to Mohammad Kaif, who made a watchful 65, and Mahendra Dhoni, who hit four sixes in an explosive 56. That took the India total to 226-6 but by the 15th over of the Zimbabwean reply the score was 38-8, as paceman Irfan Pathan claimed 5-27.
"We couldn't hit the straight ball," said Zimbabwe captain Tatenda Taibu, who led his team to a 192-run defeat in the opening game of the series against New Zealand. India 226-6 (50 overs) bt Zimbabwe 65 (24.3 overs) by 161 runs.

Shane Bond blazes through India's loss in Videocon Tri-series

New Zealand made effective use of the substitute rule in place for the triangular series in Zimbabwe as they beat India by 51 runs in Bulawayo. Paceman Shane Bond took 6-19, the best figures by a Kiwi in one-day cricket, after being brought into the game at the half-way point. India were 44-8 at one stage in reply to New Zealand's 215 all out. But they managed to reach 164, thanks to a stand of 118 between Jai Prakash Yadav (69) and Irfan Pathan (50) New Zealand 215 (43.1 overs) beat India 164 (37.2 overs) by 51 runs

Afro-Asian Cup 2005, ODI 3: Rain decides series outcome

In conditions heavily assisting seam and swing the bowlers from both sides had an enjoyable evening but in the end weather played spoilsport. After being bundled out for a paltry 106, Africa XI hit back strongly reducing Asia XI to 8 for 2 before the rains interrupted play. Both Zaheer Khan and MOM Shoaib Akhtar utilised the conditions to share five of the first six wickets. The game was abandoned and the series ended level at 1-1.
Asia XI 8 for 2 v Africa XI 106 (Pollock 44*, Zaheer 3-21). Match abandoned due to rain

Afro-Asian Cup 2005, ODI 2: Asia XI draws series

Two Sri Lankan batsmen, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, took the Asia XI to 268 after the innings started on a sedate note. The Africa XI batsmen then struggled against quality fast bowling under lights losing early wickets and eventually slumping to 250 all out.
Earlier Asian XI captain Inzamam won the toss and elected to bat first bringing out the long-awaited Shahid Afridi-Virender Sehwag opening combination. But it lasted only minutes, as Afridi was trapped lbw on the second ball he faced, having clouted the first one over extra-cover for six (6 for 1). Sehwag played out the first over for a maiden.
Asia XI 267 for 7 (Sangakkara 61, Jayawardene 52) beat Africa XI 250 by 17 runs

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Twenty20 cricket is set to make a debut in India at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore from August 19 and 21. The Unibic Twenty20 Bradman Cup, the result of collaboration between the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) and Unibic, the event sponsor, will feature international stars such as Lance Klusener, Dean Jones, Adam Hollioake, Mohammad Sami, Russel Arnold and Javagal Srinath among others.
Six teams will take part in the competition and they will be split into two groups of three. The top teams from each group will contest the final. While teams such as Bradman World XI, New South Wales, KSCA XI, Bengal and Chemplast are confirmed participants, the sixth team will either be ONGC or Baroda. Bradman World XI: Adam Hollioake, Dean Jones, Russel Arnold, Upul Chandana, Farveez Maharoof, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Mohammad Sami, Shoaib Malik, Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ajit Agarkar, Javagal Srinath.

Afro-Asian Cup 2005, ODI 1: Asia loses by 2 runs

Chasing a modest target of 199 for victory, pre-tournament favourites Asia coasted to 50 without loss before Shaun Pollock claimed three wickets in the 11th over to turn the match on its head. Inzamam told reporters his batsmen still needed hard work in the nets over the next two days to win the three-match series. In a low-scoring match, Asia were bowled out for 196 while, chasing Africas total of 198. Africas Ashwell Prince was the top scorer from either side as he finished unbeaten on 78.
The remaining two matches will be played in Durban on Saturday and Sunday.

Afro-Asia talent on show

The three-match Afro-Asia Cup offered peripheral players the opportunity to show off their talents. It also offered senior players a chance to stake their claim for a place in the international team to play world champions Australia later this year. That was the view of the captains of the Africa and Asian teams, Shaun Pollock and Imzamam Ul-Haq, when they spoke to the media on Tuesday, ahead of the first match on Wednesday. The two captains also agreed that the series gave the players the chance to try out the new one-day international regulations in circumstances that were less pressured than they would be when playing for their country.
Pollock said it would be a good experience for the players from Kenya and Zimbabwe to go out onto the field with the South African team. Imzamam said the series would do much to promote good relations among cricketers on the sub-continent. "The four cricketing nations in Asia are used to playing against each other - it's going to be good to play with one another.
Africa XI team: (from) SM Pollock (Captain), HH Dippenaar, AB de Villiers, JH Kallis, AG Prince, JM Kemp, MV Boucher (Wicket Keeper), M Zondeki, JA Rudolph, N Boje, JL Ontong, SO Tikolo, CO Obuya, TM Odoyo, HH Streak, T Taibu, DW Steyn, GC Smith. Asian XI team: (from) Inzamam-ul-Haq (Captain), V Sehwag, KC Sangakkara (Wicket Keeper), Yousuf Youhana, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, M Muralitharan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mohammad Ashraful, A Kumble, Shoaib Akhtar, A Nehra, Z Khan, Khaled Mashud, MS Atapattu. 1st Match: Africa XI v Asian XI at Centurion, 17 Aug 2005; Match start scheduled for Noon local time (10am GMT)

Dravid and Jayasuriya drop out of Africa-Asia Cricket series

Rahul Dravid of India and Sanath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka on Friday withdrew from next weeks one-day series between Asia and Africa, sending the already troubled inaugural event into a tail-spin. The star duo joined a steady parade of cricketers to opt out of the made-for-television series to be played in the South African venues of Centurion, Pretoria on April 17 and Durban on April 20 and 21. Indian cricket board secretary Karunakaran Nair said Dravid had withdrawn for unspecified personal reasons, while Jayasuriya wanted to recover from a shoulder injury sustained during the recent tri-series in Sri Lanka.
Pakistans Rana Naved-ul Hasan dropped out of the Asia team last week due to his commitments with English county Sussex, and seamers Chaminda Vaas of Sri Lanka and Irfan Pathan of India withdrew on Thursday due to injuries.
Africa are without the South African trio of Makhaya Ntini, Herschelle Gibbs and Andre Nel, who were not available, and another South African Albie Morkel and Zimbabwes Andy Blignaut due to injuries. India Cricket Live

Laxman, Kumble dropped from ODI squad for Zimbabwe

The selection panel, headed by Kiran More, which met in Mumbai on Saturday dropped "ageing non-performers in limited overs games", Anil Kumble and V V S Laxman. The selectors also omitted medium pacers Laxmipathi Balaji and Zaheer Khan for the event beginning on August 24. National coach Greg Chappell and captain Sourav Ganguly also attended the meeting.
But all four players, who were members of the ODI squad to Sri Lanka recently, were included in the team for the two-Test series to follow from September 13 against Zimbabwe along with Sachin Tendulkar , subject to his becoming fit by that time, wicketkeeper Dinesh Kaarthick and opener Gautam Gambhir. The players who would be returning after the tri-series are Suresh Raina, Venugopal Rao, M S Dhoni, Ajit Agarkar, Rudra Pratap Singh, J P Yadav and Murali Kartik. ODI squad: Sourav Ganguly (Captain), Rahul Dravid (vice-captain), Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Suresh Raina, Venugopal Rao, M S Dhoni (w/k), Harbhajan Singh, Murali Kartik, Ashish Nehra, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, R P Singh and J P Yadav. Test squad: Sourav Ganguly (Captain), Rahul Dravid (vice-captain), Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar (subject to fitness), V V S Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Dinesh Kaarthick (w/k), Anil Kumble, L Balaji, Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan, Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra. India Cricket Live

Sourav renamed Indian captain

The BCCI on Friday recalled Sourav Ganguly as India's cricket captain for the forthcoming Zimbabwe tour. Ganguly, 33, replaces Rahul Dravid who led the Indian team in the recent tri-series in Sri Lanka where India lost to Sri Lanka in the final. Ganguly had recently completed 10,000 runs in one-day internationals during the tri-series in Sri Lanka.
Ganguly, who took over as captain in 2000, has led India to a record 19 wins in 47 Tests. He lost 13 matches while 15 were drawn. In 142 one-dayers as captain, Ganguly has posted 73 victories, lost 64 while five ended in no-results. The Zimbabwe tour will comprise a limited-overs tri-series that features New Zealand as the third team. India will also play two test matches against Zimbabwe.

India lose yet another final

India lost by 18 runs to Lanka in the final of the Indian Oil Cup in Colombo as Sanath Jayasuriya became the fourth man to score 10,000 runs in one-dayers as Sri Lanka posted 281-9 in the triangular series final against India. Jayasuriya joins Sachin Tendulkar , Sourav Ganguly and Inzamam-ul-Haq in the exclusive 10,000-run club. Left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra was the only bowler to take any wickets for India, returning 6-59 to claim his second five-wicket haul at this level. Sri Lanka 281/9 (50 ov) beat India 263/9 (50.0 ov) by 18 runs India Cricket Live

India in final after beating WI by seven runs

India weathered a brave fight-back from West Indies on Sunday to clinch a seven-run victory and a place in the tri-series tournament final against Sri Lanka. They set West Indies 263 to win after a blistering century by Yuvraj Singh and an unbeaten 83 from Mohammad Kaif.
Anil Kumble (3-38) reduced West Indies to 112-6 but Runako Morton hit 84 and keeper Denesh Ramdin an unbeaten 74. However, with 12 runs required for a major upset, left-armer Ashish Nehra held his nerve to bowl a fine last over, conceding just four.

West Indies beat Lanka by 33 runs

The depleted West Indies side pulled off a spectacular win over Sri Lanka by 33 runs in Colombo on Saturday. The fifth ODI of the IndianOil Tri-series saw Sri Lanka succumb to a yet another middle order collapse from which the home team - despite Arnold's (59) heroic effort - could not recover. The Lankans fell short of the modest 227-run target set by Windies, thanks to a combined effort by the Caribbean bowlers. Earlier, West Indies made a mess of a great start provided by skipper Chanderpaul (57) and Sylvester Joseph (58) to totter up to 226 at the end of the 50 overs against Sri Lanka.
Omari Banks was adjudged the man-of-the-match for picking up two wickets and scoring a quickfire 33 runs. India Cricket Live

Sri Lanka pull off spectacular victory

Sri Lanka pulled off a spectacular victory after they were 95 for 6 around the halfway mark of the innings. The 22 over, 126 runs partnership between Jayawardene (94 in 114) and Chandana (44 in 62) helped Lanka reach the target with 12 balls to spare! In Picture: Sourav Ganguly became the third batsman to complete 10,000 runs in one-day internationals by top-scoring for India against Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Ganguly joined injured team-mate Sachin Tendulkar and Pakistan's Inzamam-ul-Haq in reaching the landmark. He began the match 33 runs short of the mark and finished with 51 in a total of 220-8 on a difficult batting wicket. Scores: India 220/8 in 50 ov (Ganguly 41, Pathan 36, Dilshan 29/4) lost to Sri Lanka 221/6 in 48 ov (Jayawardene 94*, Chandana 44*) by 4 wickets.

Ganguly to play again today

Ganguly Ganguly, who was serving a four-match ban, arrived here in the wee hours of Monday, hoping to find a place in the playing XI once again. But this time, he will have a new role or two. It is the Bengal Tiger's first international match under the new captian Dravid. He also is looking forward to open the Indian batting once more. I've made so many runs for India as an opener, he said. So thats where I would like to play. It will depend on the team management. I don't mind if they ask me to bat lower down the order. It's Rahul's choice. In the current lot, barring Dravid himself, only Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh have played under a captain other than Ganguly. Now All eyes are on Ganguly. His approach and form over the next eight days will be scrutinised by the team management and the media. India Cricket Live

Maharoof sets up Sri Lanka victory

Sri Lanka eased to a 50-run win over West Indies in the tri-series despite some big hitting from Dwayne Smith. Captain Marvan Atapattu (70) and Kumar Sangakkara (79) put on 138 for the second wicket as the hosts made 241-6.
Farveez Maharoof took 3-9 in 10 overs as the Windies collapsed to 39-5 in reply and a rout looked on the cards. Smith restored some respectability with two big sixes in his 68 but Muttiah Muralitharan (2-45) bowled him as Sri Lanka claimed their second victory. In Picture: SL Fast bowler Farveez Maharoof snapped up three wickets for nine runs. Scores: Sri Lanka 241/6 wkts (Atapattu 70, Sangakkara 79); West Indies 191 in 45.1 overs (DR Smith 68, Maharoof 10-5-9-3) India Cricket Live

Afro-Asia Cup: Inzamam-ul-Haq to lead Asian XI, Pollock to lead African XI Read Related

Inzamam-ul-Haq will lead the Asian XI against the African XI in the forthcoming Afro-Asia Cup. He has Rahul Dravid as his deputy, and a strong squad of 15 for the three one-day matches, which will be played in South Africa from August 17 to 21.
Virender Sehwag , Irfan Pathan and Anil Kumble are the other Indians in the team. Kumar Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya, Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas represent Sri Lanka while Mohammad Ashraful is the lone Bangladeshi in the team. Pakistan are well accounted for, with Yousuf Youhana, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and Shoaib Akhtar making the cut.
The team was selected by a panel appointed by the Asian Cricket Council and comprised Majid Khan (Pakistan), Ravi Shastri (India), Graeme Labrooy (Sri Lanka) and Mohammed Shafiqul Haque (Bangladesh). Meanwhile, Shaun Pollock has been named as captain of the Africa XI for the first two matches of the Afro-Asia Cup which kicks off on August 17, replacing Graeme Smith who will be serving a four-match ban. Asian squad: Inzamam-ul-Haq (Captain), Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag , Kumar Sangakarra, Sanath Jayasuriya, Yousuf Youhana, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas, Naved-ul-Hasan, Irfan Pathan, Mohammad Ashraful, Anil Kumble, Shoaib Akhtar. Reserves Marvan Atapattu, Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Khaled Mashud. African squad: Shaun Pollock, Graeme Smith, Boeta Dippenaar, AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis, Ashwell Prince, Albie Morkel, Mark Boucher, Monde Zondeki, Jacques Rudolph, Nicky Boje, Justin Ontong, Steve Tikolo, Collins Obuya, Thomas Odoyo, Heath Streak, Tatenda Taibu, Andy Blignaut, Dale Steyn

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Indian Oil Cup 2005 Tri-Series Tally

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WON 3 2 1
LOST 1 2 3
NRR +.191 +.266 -.460
POINTS 17 13 6

Finals: Sri Lanka 281/9 (50 ov) beat India 263/9 (50 ov) by 18 runs.

Pakistan wins 2004-05 ODI series in India

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Pakistan shames India in ODIs Final with victory of 159 Runs

Setting yet another magnificent chapter in the history of Cricket in Pakistan, the zestful skipper Inzamam ul Haq and his men gained an exquisite victory overthrowing India, clutching a significant margin of 159 runs at Feroz Shah Kotla in last One-dayer as well as in six matches ODI series by 4-2 after facing deficit of two matches.
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first on Sunday morning, which was proved to be right as Pakistani openers played well, especially, Shahid Afridi once again gave a marvelous performance, blazing 44 runs knock on 23 balls. Even after dismissal of Afridi, Pakistani batsmen batted with responsibility putting massive total of 304 runs on scoreboard for India. In reply, Indian team only managed to score only 144 runs in 27 overs.
It was a disappointing end to John Wright's five-year stint as India coach as his players failed to rise to the occasion in his farewell match. The fixture was watched for more than an hour in the morning by Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Rana Naveedul Hassan was proclaimed as Man of the Series for gripping 15 wickets in the ODI series.

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