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  `No remorse` Suranga Lakmal fined for bowling beamers
Posted by: nairrk - Today 05:31 PM - No Replies

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Wellington: Sri Lanka fast bowler Suranga Lakmal was fined Sunday for firing two successive beamers at England`s Jos Buttler, an action for which he showed "no remorse", the International Cricket Council said.

The incident happened in the 50th and final over of England`s innings in their World Cup clash when Lakmal bowled a second consecutive high, full pitched ball to Buttler, after being given a first and final warning by on-field umpire Rod Tucker earlier during the same over

Lakmal was stopped from bowling at Wellington`s Westpace Stadium and reported to the match referee David Boon for dangerous and unfair bowling.

He was also fined 30 percent of his match fee after pleading guilty to breaching rules that relate to "conduct contrary to the spirit of the game".

"While making my decision, I took into account that it is was dangerous and unfair bowling, there were no mitigating circumstances, and there was no remorse from the bowler," said former Australia batsman Boon.

Sri Lanka won the match by nine wickets, although Lakmal ended with expensive figures of one for 71 from 7.4 overs.

ICC World Cup: `No remorse` Suranga Lakmal fined for bowling beamers | Zee News

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  Sri Lanka's Herath doubtful for Australia clash
Posted by: mmadhankumar - Today 04:22 PM - No Replies

Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath is doubtful for next weekend's World Cup Pool A clash against Australia after hurting his spinning hand while bowling against England at Wellington Regional Stadium on Sunday.

The left-arm spinner required four stitches on his left index finger after suffering the injury while attempting a difficult return catch from hard-hitting batsman Jos Buttler in the penultimate over of England's innings.

He left the field immediately with blood dripping from the wound.

"The doctor says he's out for 8-10 days, but we'll see how he heals up and then reassess," Sri Lanka team manager Michael de Zoysa was quoted as saying in a report on ESPN Cricinfo.

Sri Lanka beat England by nine wickets for their third victory in four matches and face co-hosts Australia in Sydney next Sunday.

Sri Lanka's Herath doubtful for Australia clash - Yahoo News India

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  India's Form a Warning Signal to Other Teams: RP Singh
Posted by: nairrk - Today 01:11 PM - No Replies

Pool B table-toppers India humbled UAE to register their third straight win in the World Cup and virtually booked their quarterfinal spot.

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The Indian team during the national anthem before a World Cup match.

New Delhi: With India winning three matches in a row, pacer R P Singh believes the defending champions have found form at the right time, sending out a warning signal to other teams in the ongoing ODI cricket World Cup.

Pool B table-toppers India humbled UAE to register their third straight win in the World Cup and virtually booked their quarterfinal spot.

After a lacklustre showing in the Test series against Australia and the tri-series that followed, India look a totally different side and RP could not agree more.

"India definitely looks like the team to beat in this World Cup so far and I am sure the other teams are watchful of this young Indian side," RP, who is part of the commentary panel on Star Sports, told PTI after India's nine-wicket win over UAE in Perth.

India's clinical showing continued in their third match as the bowling, sans injured Mohammad Shami, proved quite a handful against an inexperienced UAE line-up and packed the minnows for 102 in 31.3 overs. RP was impressed with the efforts of the Indian seamers.

"I am impressed by some of the swing bowling by the Indian seamers today. It was particularly heartening to see that the bowlers were able to take help from the pitch," the left-arm Uttar Pradesh pacer, who has represented India in 14 Tests and 58 ODIs, said.

Umesh Yadav, who started the wicket-taking, bagged two wickets from 6.3 overs and pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar got 1 from his 5. RP was impressed with the new-ball bowlers, who made their presence felt in Shami's absence.

"Umesh Yadav was fantastic today, he made full use of the pitch conditions and left UAE batsmen stunned. Bhuvneshwar Kumar who was under pressure replacing the in-form Shami also delivered a great performance to his credit, especially with his outswingers," RP, who last represented India in 2011 against England, said.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin though was the pick of the Indian bowlers, bagging four wickets on a bouncy WACA pitch as left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja also chipped in with two scalps.

Earlier, India had got past arch-rivals Pakistan in their opening encounter at the Adelaide Oval and then inflicted an embarrassing 130-run loss against South Africa in their second ODI.

The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side faces West Indies in its next fixture, who are in complete opposite run of form after their heavy loss against the Proteas recently.

India's Form a Warning Signal to Other Teams: RP Singh - Cricket News

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  Clarke hails 'genius' Starc
Posted by: nairrk - Today 01:07 PM - No Replies

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Mitchell Starc almost won game for Australia.

In a game where fast bowlers ruled the roost, Trent Boult's New Zealand trumped Mitchell Starc's Australia in the ICC World Cup on Saturday. Boult's 5 for 27 had shot Australia out for 151, and when the Black Caps raced to 78 for the loss of one wicket in 7.3 overs thanks to Brendon McCullum's fifty, it looked like the Aussies were on the verge a crushing defeat.

Yes, it ended in a defeat but a one-wicket loss is by no means is crushing, and for that Australia had Starc to thank whose 6 for 28 almost did the job. The left-armer was so deadly that Australia captain Michael Clarke went to the extent of calling him a genius in the post-match presentation.

"Mitchell Starc was the standout, a genius," Clarke said.

"That individual performance was as good as you will see in any format of the game."

Starc, who was twice on a hat-trick, was rested after bowling six overs with New Zealand at 90 for 4 in 13 overs. He was brought back to bowl the 19th over, but by that time New Zealand had reasonably got closer to the target. In his next three overs he took three more wickets and reduced the Black Caps to 146 for 9 but Kane Willamson hit Pat Cummins for a six to seal the game and Starc was left disappointed with figures of 9-0-28-6. Clarke explained his decision to rest the fast bowler.

"It's pretty tough to bowl a 10-over spell," Clarke said.

"It was more to give him two overs off.

"He was bowling beautifully and I knew that if we could find a way to get another breakthrough, I thought Mitch would have a huge opportunity to go through the tail as he just about did."

This was the fifth time that Starc took a five-for in ODIs.

Clarke hails 'genius' Starc - Cricbuzz

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  We were punished, says England captain Eoin Morgan
Posted by: nairrk - Today 12:59 PM - No Replies

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Wellington: England captain Eoin Morgan admitted his side had been "punished" by a rampant Sri Lanka on Sunday in a nine-wicket loss that left them on the brink of World Cup elimination.

Sri Lanka chased down a target of 310 with 16 balls to spare as Lahiru Thirimanne struck an undefeated 139 while Kumar Sangakkara was unbeaten on 117, the pair putting on 212 for the second wicket.

Joe Root had hit 121 off 108 balls as England made 309 for six in the Pool A match at Wellington`s Westpac Stadium.

Sri Lanka are now on the verge of the quarter-finals after three wins in four games while England`s tally of two points means their last-eight hopes are hanging by a thread.

"We were punished today by a very experienced side. We were way off the mark," said Morgan, who has overseen defeats by Australia, New Zealand and now Sri Lanka with just one win, against non-Test Scotland, to show for England`s efforts at this tournament.

"When we are bowling well, it`s a good attack but you can pick it apart when we`re not bowling well and we didn`t bowl well."

Morgan`s premier seamers James Anderson and Stuart Broad went for none for 48 and none for 67 respectively.

In four matches, Anderson and Broad have only taken two wickets each.

"At `half-time` we went in thinking we had a more than par score," said Morgan.

"Joe Root was exceptional -- it sums up the year he`s had. I was happy at half time."

Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews, whose team have beaten England, Afghanistan and Bangladesh while losing to New Zealand, praised his century-makers.

"I thought 310 was a bit too much but it was a brilliant partnership by Sangakkara and Thirimanne. We knew we could chase 300 but they were two of the best knocks we`ve ever seen," said Mathews.

"If the bowlers fail, the batters need to step up and get us a win and the top four have really been great in these last few days. Not many teams have chased 300 in this World Cup but it was a great performance."

For Sangakkara, it was his second successive century at the World Cup after the 37-year-old marked his 400th one-day international with 105 not out against Bangladesh.

"The wicket was pretty good and everything I tried came off. But the openers had a great start and that was an exceptional innings by Thirimanne," said Sangakkara.

"It was a case of batting and batting long. Chasing 300 is always an imposing target but there are days like this when the batting side has to work hard. I`m getting old, but I`m still enjoying it."

Cricket World Cup: We were punished, says England captain Eoin Morgan | Zee News

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