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Champions Trophy 2006 Main round Group A Matches

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India Cricket Live West Indies - West Indies won by 3 wickets
MOM: S Chanderpaul
West Indies won by 10 runs
MOM: Runako Morton
England won by 3 wickets
MOM: Chris Gayle
India Cricket Live India West Indies won by 3 wickets
MOM: S Chanderpaul
- In Progress India won by 4 Wickets
MOM: Munaf Patel
India Cricket Live Australia West Indies won by 10 runs
MOM: Runako Morton
In Progress - Australia won by 6 wickets
MOM: Damien Martyn
India Cricket Live England England won by 3 wickets
MOM: Chris Gayle
India won by 4 Wickets
MOM: Munaf Patel
Australia won by 6 wickets
MOM: Damien Martyn
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Champions Trophy 2006 Main round Group B Matches

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India Cricket Live New Zealand - Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets
MOM: Muttiah Muralitharan
New Zealand won by 51 runs
MOM: Stephen Fleming
New Zealand won by 87 runs
MOM: Stephen Fleming
India Cricket Live Sri Lanka Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets
MOM: Muttiah Muralitharan
- Pakistan won by 4 wickets
MOM: Abdul Razzaq
South Africa won by 78 runs
MOM: Shaun Pollock
India Cricket Live Pakistan New Zealand won by 51 runs
MOM: Stephen Fleming
Pakistan won by 4 wickets
MOM: Abdul Razzaq
- South Africa won by 124 runs
MOM: Makhaya Ntini
India Cricket Live South Africa New Zealand won by 87 runs
MOM: Stephen Fleming
South Africa won by 78 runs
MOM: Shaun Pollock
South Africa won by 124 runs
MOM: Makhaya Ntini
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Mini Cricket World Cup 2006

Group A, Match 6 IND vs AUS: Australia looks solid

Australia 14/0 (2.1 ov)
India lost Sachin Tendulkar early for 10 (26 balls), but fought back with fifties by Virender Sehwag (65) and Rahul Dravid (52) to reach 249/8 in 50 overs. Kaif (30) and Dhoni (28) also chipped in with useful runs.
Last four overs went for 2 1 1 1 1 2 | W 1 1 2 2 4 | 1 . 1 2 1 W | 1 2 2 1 4 W.The injured Yuvraj Singh and Ajit Agarkar were replaced by Shantakumaran Sreesanth and Dinesh Mongia, while Mohammad Kaif is in for Rudra Pratap Singh. Australia is keeping the same side which beat England as they look to go beyond the semis for the first time in the tournament's history. If India lose it will be the first time since the 1975 World Cup that no subcontinental team will be in the last four of a major competition.

Australia (Playing XI): A C Gilchrist, S R Watson, R T Ponting, D R Martyn, A Symonds, M E K Hussey, M J Clarke, M G Johnson, B Lee, N W Bracken, G D McGrath
India (Playing XI): Sehwag, S R Tendulkar, I K Pathan, R Dravid, D Mongia, S K Raina, M S Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, S Sreesanth, M Kaif, M M Patel

India versus Australia - the Virtual QF

India are playing Australia in their last league tie at Mohali in a do-or-die situation. In the 13 games that India played Australia after the last World Cup, they managed to win only twice - both times with the help of centuries from VVS Laxman. But VVS Laxman is not in the team, and the ODI sepecialists who replaced him are not doing any thing special for some time now. With openers Sehwag, who averages just 22.15 against them and Sachin, with scores of 5, 8, 27, 12 and 4 in the last five innings against Asutralia, things are not looking bright for the Indians.

Sreesanth, who was left out of the team might play today inplace of Agarkar who is out with an injury. Yuvraj is also out of the list, after injuring himself while playing Kho-Kho just before the all important game!

Group A, Match 5 WIN vs ENG: Consolation three-wicket win for England

Pietersen hit nine fours and a six in his unbeaten 90 as he guided England to a 3 wicket victory with nine balls to spare. Earlier Flintoff bowled for the first time since an ankle surgery but failed to take any wickets as West Indies hit 272-4. For Windies Gayle (101) put on 174 for the second wicket with Bravo (112) in the Champions Trophy match in Ahmedabad. West Indies (Playing XI) :C H Gayle, S Chanderpaul, R R Sarwan, B C Lara, R S Morton, M N Samuels, F H Edwards, D J Bravo, C S Baugh, C D Collymore, J E Taylor
England (Playing XI) :A J Strauss, I R Bell, A Flintoff, M H Yardy, K P Pietersen, P D Collingwood, J W M Dalrymple, C M W Read, S I Mahmood, J Lewis, J M Anderson
ICC Champions Trophy, Ahmedabad: West Indies 272-4 lost to England 276-7 by three wickets

Windies looks like champion material

After beating two of the best sides in the tournament World champions Australia and hosts India - West Indies's entry into the semifinals is guaranteed. And after losing to the same two teams, and now having to face West Indies, England is a totally off-colour team with no confidence. England is continuing a poor run in limited-overs games which has seen nine defeats in 12 matches. However, the English captain Andrew Flintoff says they are determined to finish the tournament with a flourish in Ahmedabad.
"We're playing for pride - and pride's a strong thing - so we'll go in there trying to beat the West Indies and go home on a high. West Indies Captain Brian Lara, meanwhile, has dismissed suggestions that they might rest key players, including himself, for the England game. "It's important that we get the best team out there. We don't want to have a hiccup at this time," he explained.

Group B, Match 6 PAK vs SA: South Africa reach semis

South Africa tore through Pakistan's top order for a landslide 124-run win in Mohali to book their place in the Champions Trophy semi-finals. Chasing South Africa's 213/8 Pakistan lost all their wickets for 89 by the 25th over.
South African paceman Makhaya Ntini took 5-21 off six overs,as all-rounder Shahid Afridi offered Pakistan brief hope with a four and a six in his 14, and Yasir Arafat (27) and Umar Gul (7) staved off the inevitable with a late stand of 30. None of the top seven reached double figures. Pakistan's record lowest one-day score is 43 off 19.5 overs against West Indies in Cape Town in 1993.
Earlier, the Proteas won the toss but were reeling at 42-5 before Mark Boucher (69) and Justin Kemp (64) ground out 131 to set a total of 213-8. Pakistan (Playing XI) : Younis Khan (Captain), Mohammad Yousuf, Abdul Razzaq, Rao Iftikar Anjum, Imran Farhat, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Yasir Arafat, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Umar Gul.
South Africa (Playing XI) : Graeme Smith (Captain), Mark Boucher, Boeta Dippenaar, Herschelle Gibbs, AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis, Justin Kemp, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Charl Langeveldt, Shaun Pollock.
ICC Champions Trophy, Mohali: South Africa 213-8 (50 overs) bt Pakistan 89 (25 overs) by 124 runs

Pakistan, South Africa to fight for semifinal berth

After their defeat against New Zealand, Pakistan will have to regroup quickly and find their best form when they clash with South Africa in the Champions Trophy at Mohali on Friday. Pakistan team (from) : Younis Khan (Captain), Shoaib Malik, Muhammad Hafeez, Mohammad Yousuf, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Naved-ul-Hasan, Faisal Iqbal, Imran Farhat, Rao Iftikhar and Umar Gul.
South Africa team (from) : Graeme Smith (Captain), Boeta Dippenaar, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, Justin Kemp, Abraham Devilliers, Mark Boucher, Shaun Pollock, Andrew Hall, Andrew Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Robin Peterseon, Loots Bosman and Charl Langeveldt.

Group A, Match 4 IND vs WI : Windies on to the Semis

West Indies won the match against India by 3 wickets with 2 balls left after losing 4 quick wickets towards the end. India made 223/9 in 50 overs after being put into bat first in their ICC Champions Trophy match at Ahmedabad on Thursday. India had slumped to 69-3 following the dismissals of Virender Sehwag for 17, Irfan Pathan for 0 and Sachin Tendulkar for 29. Skipper Dravid took India to a healthy position of 131-5 before being run out for 49 in the 31st over. His 61 run partnership with Yuvraj Singh (27) in 13.2 overs was the highest in the Indian innings. Dhoni scored 51 from 65 balls with 2 sixes and one four and put on a 49 run partnership with Harbhajan (15). Bradshaw took 3 for 30.
India (Playing XI): Rahul Dravid (Captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Harbhajan Singh, Munaf Patel, R P Singh.
West Indies (Playing XI): Brian Lara (Captain), Ramnaresh Sarwan, Chris Gayle, Shivnaraine Chanderpaul, Runako Morton, Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Carlton Baugh, Ian Bradshaw, Jerome Taylor, Marlon Samuels.
ICC Champions Trophy, Ahmedabad: India 223-9 (50 overs) lost to West Indies 224-7 (49.4 overs) by 3 wickets

West Indies ready for India

After suffering a humiliating loss against Sri Lanka in the qualifiers, they picked up their game to pull off a huge upset against Australia. India team (from): R Dravid (Captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Mohd Kaif, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Mongia, Mahendra Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Harbhajan Singh, Munaf Patel, Rudra Pratap Singh, Romesh Powar.
West Indies team (from) : Brian Lara (Captain), Ramnaresh Sarwan, Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Runako Morton, Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Carlton Baugh (Wicket Keeper), Fidel Edwards, Ian Bradshaw, Jerome Taylor, Marlon Samuels, Wavell Hinds.

Group B, Match 5 NZ vs PAK: Kiwis beat Pakistan to make semis

Pakistan were all out for 223 in 46.3 overs, chasing New Zealand's formidable 274 for seven at Mohali. Scott Styris and Stephen Fleming both hit half-centuries in a pitch where early conditions helped the Pakistani Pace attack. With this win New Zealand reached the Semis at the expense of Sri Lanka. The result leaves Pakistan needing to beat South Africa in their final group game to qualify for the semi-finals.
Pakistan were struggling at 83-4 before Mohammad Yousuf (71) and Shoaib Malik (52) added a vital fifth-wicket stand of 96. New Zealand (Playing XI): Stephen Fleming (Captain), Nathan Astle, Lou Vincent, Scott Styris, Brendon McCullum, Peter Fulton, Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram, James Franklin, Daniel Vettori, Shane Bond.
Pakistan (Playing XI): Younis Khan (Captain), Mohammad Yousuf, Abdul Razzaq, Rao Iftikar Anjum, Imran Farhat, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Umar Gul.
ICC Champions Trophy, Mohali: New Zealand 274-7 (50 overs) bt Pakistan 223 (46.3 overs) by 51 runs

Pakistan could miss speedsters on bouncy Mohali pitch

When Pakistan take on New Zealand in the ICC Champions Trophy one-day international encounter at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) ground, Mohali Wednesday, they will definitely miss the services of fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammed Asif on a "hard-rolled and bouncy track". New Zealand team (from): Stephen Fleming (Captain), Nathan Astle, Shane Bond, James Franklin, Peter Fulton, Mark Gillespie, Brendon McCullum (wicket-keeper), Hamish Marshall, Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram, Jeetan Patel, Scott Styris, Daniel Vettori and Lou Vincent
Pakistan team (from) : Younis Khan (Captain), Mohammad Yousuf, Abdul Razzaq, Faisal Iqbal, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Rana Naved, Kamran Akmal (wicket-keeper), Imran Farhat, Umar Gul, Mohammad Hafeez and Rao Iftikhar Anjum.

Group B, Match 4 SA vs SL: 78 run victory for South Africa

Sri Lanka were all out for 141 with 10.5 overs remaining while chasing South African score of 219/9 in their ICC Champions Trophy match at Ahmedabad. With this loss, Sri Lanka would need Pakistan to win their remaining games and would still only progress if their run-rate was superior to South Africa or New Zealand. Man of the match, Medium-pacer Shaun Pollock took two early wickets in a masterly 10-over spell. He conceded just 21 runs, dismissed Sanath Jayasuriya for three and Kumar Sangakkara for nought. He then ran out Jayawardene and caught tail-ender Muralitharan. Earlier, Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and elected to field first. At one stage, South Africa were 30-3. AB de Villiers (54) and Jacques Kallis (43) put on 80, but they were unable to score quickly. Chaminda Vaas was the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers with 2-16 from his 10 overs, while Lasith Malinga took 4-53. It was a do-or-die battle for the Proteas, who lost their opening match against New Zealand by a big margin. The Lankans, on the other hand, were looking to consolidate their position for a semi-final berth after one loss and one win in the group stage. South Africa (Playing XI): G Smith (Captain), B Dippenaar, H Gibbs, J Kallis, AB de Villiers, M Boucher (Wicket Keeper), J Kemp, S Pollock, R Peterson, M Ntini, A Nel
Sri Lanka (Playing XI) : U Tharanga, S Jayasuriya, M Jayawardene (Captain), K Sangakkara (Wicket Keeper), M Atapattu, T Dilshan, F Maharoof, C Vaas, L Malinga, M Muralitharan, D Fernando
ICC Champions Trophy, Ahmedabad: South Africa 219-9 (50 overs) bt Sri Lanka 141 (39.1 overs) by 78 runs

Andrew Hall could lose his place

Andrew Hall could lose his place in the South African cricket team as the Proteas weigh their options before the crucial ICC Champions Trophy match against Sri Lanka on Tuesday. South Africa team (from): Graeme Smith (Captain), Jacques Kallis, Loots Bosman, Mark Boucher (Wicket Keeper), AB de Villiers, Boeta Dippenaar, Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Hall, Jusin Kemp, Charl Langeveldt, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Robi Peterson, Shaun Pollock
Sri Lanka team (from) : Mahela Jayawardene (Captain), Marvan Atapattu, Sanath Jayasuriya, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chamara Kapugedara, Farveez Maharoof, Chaminda Vaas, Ruchira Perera, Dilhara Fernando, Lasith Malinga, Muttiah Muralitharan and Malinga Bandara.

Hyundai International Cricket Council (ICC) Annual Awards 2006

India captain Rahul Dravid has been nominated for the Captain of the Year at the Hyundai International Cricket Council (ICC) Annual Awards 2006.
The awards would be given away at a function in Mumbai Nov 3.
Besides Dravid, left-handed batsman Yuvraj Singh was nominated for the one-day international player of the year award.
The Indian team is also in the fray for the Spirit of Cricket award while Anjum Chopra is vying for honours in Woman Cricketer of the Year category. Australia captain Ricky Ponting, however, has been nominated in four categories, Cricketer of the Year, Test Player of the Year, one-day international Player of the Year and the Captain of the Year awards.
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif, who has tested positive for the performance-enhancing steroid nandrolone, is among the four players nominated for the Emerging Player of the Year award.
ICC chief executive officer Malcolm Speed said Asif was still eligible for the awards because his performances came before his doping offence. The List:
Captain of the Year: Rahul Dravid (India), Michael Vaughan (England), Ricky Ponting (Australia) and Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka)
Test Player of the Year: Mohammed Yousuf, (Pakistan), Muttiah Murathitharan (Sri Lanka), Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting (both Australia)
ODI Player of the Year: Yuvraj Singh (India), Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka), Michael Hussey and Ricky Ponting (both Australia)
Player of the Year: Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka), Mohammed Yousuf (Pakistan), Michael Hussey and Ricky Ponting (both Australia),
Emerging Player of the Year: Mohammed Asif (Pakistan), Alastair Cook, Monty Panesar and Ian Bell (all England)
Umpire of the Year: Simon Taufel (Australia), Rudi Koertzen (South Africa) and Aleem Dar (Pakistan)
Women Player of the Year: Karen Rolton (Australia), Anjum Chopra (India) and Katherine Brunt (England)
Spirit of Cricket Award: India, England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka

BCCI News

ICC President to decide on attending BCCI function

The International Cricket Council would rethink on accepting the Indian Cricket Board's invite to attend a function on November 4 in which it will honour all former captains, including banned batsman Mohd Azharuddin.

ICC Champions Trophy 2006

Group A, Match 3 ENG vs AUS: England faces early exit

England lost by 6 wickets after their batting failed again in the Champions Trophy game in Jaipur. They were bowled out for 169 by Australia who reached the target in 36.5 overs. Birthday boy Damien Martyn scored an effortless 78 after Australia's top order cracked under pressure for the second consecutive match, losing 3-4. But Martyn, who hit 12 boundaries and faced 91 deliveries, combined with Mike Hussey for a match-winning partnership of 118 for the fourth wicket.
Earlier Mitchell Johnson and Shane Watson, the two youngest members of the Australian team, took three wickets each after England had reached 83-0. Only Ian Bell (43) and Andrew Strauss (56) shone in a total of 169. Even a victory over West Indies is now unlikely to secure England a semi-final place. They were shot out for 125 by India at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium last Sunday in their opener. Meanwhile the win put Australia back in the hunt for a semi-final place in the tournament, with another key game to come against India on October 29.England (Playing XI): A J Strauss, I R Bell, A Flintoff, M H Yardy, K P Pietersen, P D Collingwood, J W M Dalrymple, C M W Read, S I Mahmood, S J Harmison, J M Anderson
Australia (Playing XI): A C Gilchrist, S R Watson, R T Ponting, D R Martyn, A Symonds, M J Clarke, M E K Hussey, M G Johnson, B Lee, N W Bracken, G D McGrath
ICC Champions Trophy, Jaipur, Australia 170-4 (36.5 overs) bt England 169 (45 overs) by six wickets

Australia, England clash in a battle for survival

World champions Australia and 2004 finalists England clash in a sudden-death Group A Champions Trophy match on saturday. The match is slated in the North-western city of Jaipur on the day India celebrates Deepavali, the festival of lights, which is marked by ear-splitting fireworks that begin at dusk and continue for hours, leaving a dark haze of smoke and heavily polluted air.
Andrew Flintoff, captaining England against Australia for the first time, will be batting at the number 3 position. Australian captain Ponting played down the significance of the result before the Ashes, pointing out that not many of his team would be in Test action.
Australia team (from): Ricky Ponting (Captain), Adam Gilchrist (Wicket Keeper), Simon Katich, Michael Hussey, Andrew Symonds, Damien Martyn, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Brett Lee, Brad Hogg, Nathan Bracken, Dan Cullen, Glenn McGrath and Mitchell Johnson
England team (from): Andrew Flintoff (Captain), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Rikki Clarke, Paul Collingwood, James Dalrymple, Steve Harmison, Ed Joyce, Sajid Mahmood, Jon Lewis, Kevin Pietersen, Chris Read (Wicket Keeper), Andrew Strauss and Michael Yardy

Group B, Match 3 NZ vs SL: Sri Lanka keep semi hopes alive

Chasing 166 in the must-win match after losing their opener to Pakistan, Sri Lanka reached the target against New Zealand with 14 overs to spare in ICC Champions Trophy at Mumbai.
Kumar Sangakkara and Marvan Atapattu remained unbeaten on 19 and 10, respectively at the end of the innings. The first session of play saw yet another Muttiah Muralitharan show as he picked up four wickets for 22 runs from his 10 overs and was adjudged the Man of the Match. New Zealand were dismissed for 165 in 49.2 overs with the last wicket pair of Daniel Vettori and Jeetan Patel putting up 47 crucial runs to take their team past the 150-run mark. New Zealand team (Playing XI): N Astle, L Vincent, S Fleming (Captain), P Fulton, H Marshall, M Gillespie, B McCullum (Wicket Keeper), S Styris, J Franklin, D Vettori, J Oram, K Mills, J Patel, S Bond
Sri Lanka team (Playing XI): U Tharanga, S Jayasuriya, M Jayawardene (Captain), K Sangakkara (Wicket Keeper), M Atapattu, T Dilshan, K Kapugedera, F Maharoof, D Fernando, L Malinga, M Muralitharan, P Perera, M Bandara, C Vaas
ICC Champions Trophy, Group B, Mumbai: Sri Lanka 166-3 beat New Zealand 165 by seven wickets

Bond still in doubt at ICC Champions Trophy

Pace bowler Shane Bond remains in doubt for New Zealand's next ICC Champions Trophy cricket match against Sri Lanka on Friday due to a continuing back problem. New Zealand team (from) : Stephen Fleming (Captain), Nathan Astle, Shane Bond, James Franklin, Peter Fulton, Mark Gillespie, Brendon McCullum, Hamish Marshall, Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram, Jeetan Patel, Scott Styris, Daniel Vettori, Lou Vincent
Sri Lanka team (from) : Mahela Jayawardene (Captain), Marvan Atapattu, Sanath Jayasuriya, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chamara Kapugedara, Farveez Maharoof, Chaminda Vaas, Ruchira Perera, Dilhara Fernando, Lasith Malinga, Muttiah Muralitharan and Malinga Bandara.

Group A, Match 2 WIN vs AUS: Jerome Taylor's trick gives Windies 10 run victory

Jerome Taylor (4-49) bowled Mike Hussey and Brad Hogg, trapping Brett Lee lbw in between as the Aussies ended on 224-9 in their 50 overs chasing Windies score of 234-6.
After struggling initially at 63/4, Brian Lara and Ruanko Morton put on a great partnership to bring their total to a decent 234. Morton remained not out at 90 and Lara was dismissed at 71 caught by Symond off a ball by McGrath. For the Aussies, Bracken took two wickets and McGrath, Clark, Lee and Watson picked up one each. The world champions were on course to reach their target when Adam Gilchrist (92) and Michael Clarke (47) added 101 but they fell in quick succession. Australia now face a crunch clash with England in Jaipur on Saturday, with the losers facing elimination. Australia (Playing XI): A Gilchrist (Wicket Keeper), S Watson, R Ponting (Captain), D Martyn, M Clarke, A Symonds, M Hussey, B Hogg, B Lee, N Bracken, G McGrath
West Indies (Playing XI): C Gayle, R Morton, R Sarwan, B Lara (Captain), D Bravo, W Hinds, M Samuels, D Smith, C Baugh (Wicket Keeper), I Bradshaw, J Taylor
ICC Champions Trophy Group A, Mumbai: West Indies 234-6 (50 overs) bt Australia 224-9 (50 overs) by 10 runs

Group B, Match 2 SL vs PAK: Pakistan wins after a slump

Pakistan won their opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy against Sri Lanka by 4 wickets with 11 balls remaining. Sri Lanka were all out for 253 in 49.2 overs in Jaipur after winning the toss and electing to bat first.
For Lanka, Sanath Jayasuriya top scored with 48 from 35 balls with five boundaries and two huge sixes. Upul Tharanga, who put on 63 runs with Jayasuriya and 45 runs with skipper Mahela Jayawardene, was caught behind by Kamran Akmal off a Abdul Razzaq delivery for 38 runs. Razzaq ended up with 4 wickets for 50 runs in 7.2 overs. For Pakistan Imran Farhat hit a 53 of 64 balls while Mohammad Yousuf was run out for 49. Shoaib Malik remained unbeaten on 46. Sri Lanka (Playing XI): U Tharanga, S Jayasuriya, M Jayawardene (Captain), K Sangakkara (Wicket Keeper), M Atapattu, T Dilshan, F Maharoof, C Vaas, L Malinga, M Muralitharan, D Fernando
Pakistan (Playing XI): I Farhat, S Malik, Y Khan (Captain), M Yousuf, M Hafeez, A Razzaq, K Akmal (Wicket Keeper), S Afridi, N-ul-Hasan, I Anjum, U Gul
Champions Trophy Group B, Jaipur: Pakistan 255-6 (48.1 overs) bt Sri Lanka 253 (49.2 overs) by four wickets

Australia start as favourites against Windies

A crack line-up makes world champions Australia clear favourites but countering a slow and unpredictable track could pose a big challenge when they clash with title holders West Indies in their ICC Champions Trophy group A clash here tomorrow. Australia team (from): Ricky Ponting (Captain), Adam Gilchrist (Wicket Keeper), Nathan Bracken, Dan Cullen, Michael Clarke, Brad Hogg, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Simon Katich, Brett Lee, Damien Martyn, Glenn McGrath, Shane Watson, Andrew Symonds.
West Indies team (from) : Brian Lara (Captain), Ramnaresh Sarwan, Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Runako Morton, Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Carlton Baugh (Wicket Keeper), Fidel Edwards, Ian Bradshaw, Jerome Taylor, Marlon Samuels, Wavell Hinds.

Sri Lanka wary of crisis-hit Pakistan

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has warned his team against taking a depleted Pakistan side lightly in Tuesday's Champions Trophy Group B tie. Sri Lanka team (from) : Mahela Jayawardene (Captain), Marvan Atapattu, Sanath Jayasuriya, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chamara Kapugedara, Farveez Maharoof, Chaminda Vaas, Ruchira Perera, Dilhara Fernando, Lasith Malinga, Muttiah Muralitharan and Malinga Bandara.
Pakistan team (from) : Younis Khan (Captain), Shoaib Malik, Muhammad Hafeez, Mohammad Yousuf, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Naved-ul-Hasan, Faisal Iqbal, Imran Farhat, Rao Iftikhar and Umar Gul.

Doping Scandal hits Pakistan!

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have withdrawn fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif from the Champions Trophy team after they tested positive for performance-enhancing steroid nandrolone in a test carried out three weeks ago. The new ball pair who were suspended and recalled, face a second test now.
Under the ICC anti-doping rules the punishment for a first violation is two years.

Group B, Match 1 NZ vs SA: Fleming guides New Zealand to victory

South Africa lost by 87 runs chasing New Zealand's 195 on an ultra slow wicket that took plenty of spin. South Africa won the toss and sent New Zealand to bat first. Fleming with 89 top scored with 11 fours while Kallis was the pick of the South African bowling with 3 for 28 in 7 overs. South Africa were then bowled out for 108. South Africa (Playing XI): G C Smith, H H Gibbs, H H Dippenaar, J H Kallis, M V Boucher, J M Kemp, S M Pollock, A J Hall, R J Peterson, A Nel, M Ntini
New Zealand (Playing XI): S P Fleming, N J Astle, L Vincent, P G Fulton, H J H Marshall, J D P Oram, B B McCullum, D L Vettori, J E C Franklin, K D Mills, J S Patel
Champions Trophy, Group B, Mumbai: New Zealand 195 beat South Africa 108 by 87 runs

Group A, Match 1 IND vs ENG: India starts tourney with stuttering win

India made heavy weather of a small target chasing 126 to beat England in the ICC Champions Trophy opener in Jaipur. Tendulkar scored 35 and Yuvraj Singh remained not out on 27 as India managed to reach 126/6 in 29.3 overs.
Earlier Munaf Patel and Ramesh Powar each took three wickets after England were out for 125, captain Andrew Flintoff out for a duck in his 100th ODI. Dravid won the toss and decided to bowl first, having his team packed with five bowlers.
The best performance from any batsman in the match was Paul Collingwood's 38. England (Playing XI): A Flintoff (Captain), AJ Strauss, IR Bell, MH Yardy, KP Pietersen, PD Collingwood, JWM Dalrymple, CMW Read, SI Mahmood, SJ Harmison, JM Anderson
India (Playing XI): Rahul Dravid (Captain), V Sehwag, SR Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, SK Raina, MS Dhoni, IK Pathan, AB Agarkar, Harbhajan Singh, RR Powar, MM Patel
ICC Champions Trophy Group A, Jaipur: India 126/6 (29.3 ov) beat England 125 all out (37 overs) by 4 wickets

India, England kick off Champions Trophy

Champions Trophy hosts India will kick start three weeks of intense action among the world's top eight teams with the opening main round match against 2004 finalists England in Jaipur on Sunday.
England (from): A Flintoff (Captain), AJ Strauss, IR Bell, KP Pietersen, PD Collingwood, MH Yardy, JWM Dalrymple, CMW Read, SJ Harmison, JP Lewis, JM Anderson, SI Mahmood.
India (from): R Dravid (Captain), S Tendulkar, V Sehwag, Y Singh, M Kaif, S Raina, D Mongia, M Dhoni, I Pathan, A Agarkar, H Singh, M Patel, R Pratap Singh, R Powar.

Qualification Standings

TeamMPWDLPts 
Sri Lanka33__6Qualifier 1
West Indies32_14Qualifier 2
Bangladesh31_22DNQ
Zimbabwe3__30DNQ

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