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Wozniacki survives first round in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur—Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki atoned for a first-round exit last year by cruising past China’s Wang Yafan on Tuesday at the WTA Malaysian Open. For the second straight year, Wozniacki opened the tournament against an unseeded Chinese challenger who had to go through qualifying to make the tournament, but the outcome was different this time. ... Wednesday, March 04, 2015 Details

Afghanistan ‘not scared’ of Australia

Perth—Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi has insisted his side are “not scared” of Australia heading into Wednesday´s World Cup clash in Perth. “We are not scared of them, but we respect them because they have good attacking bowlers and qood quality batsmen and fielders as well,” Nabi told reporters at the WACA ground on Tuesday. ... Wednesday, March 04, 2015 Details

Wahab aims to become ‘genuine all-rounder’

Napier—Paceman Wahab Riaz is aiming to become a genuine all-rounder after starring with both bat and ball at the World Cup. The 29-year-old smashed his maiden one-day half-century besides taking four for 45 in Pakistan’s hard-fought win over Zimbabwe in Brisbane on Sunday, their first victory of this World Cup. ... Wednesday, March 04, 2015 Details

Clean chit handed to Moin by PCB chairman

Lahore—Pakistan Cricket Board has cleared chief selector, Moin Khan from alleged allegations of gambling in Brisbane, Australia ahead of World Cup match. “PCB has accepted the plea of Moin who in his written statement stated that he along with his wife went to a restaurant located inside a Casino for dining and nor he or his wife did gambling there,” said Chairman, PCB, Shaharyar Khan while talking to media here on Tuesday after a half an hour meeting with the Chief selector. ... Wednesday, March 04, 2015 Details

South Africa pummel Ireland with 201-run defeat

Canberra—Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis hit centuries, while Dale Steyn shone in his 100th one-day international, as South Africa showcased their prowess with a 201-run rout of Ireland in the World Cup on Tuesday. ... Wednesday, March 04, 2015 Details

Pakistan seek more points in packed week

Nelson—Having tested a Full-Member nation in Nelson, then played out a thriller against the leading Associate of the tournament at the Gabba, UAE’s fall to earth against India was dramatic. Having only had one day to prepare for that game in Perth, UAE were undone by the bounce R Ashwin gleaned from the WACA surface. ... Wednesday, March 04, 2015 Details

Moin Khan provided police security

Karachi—Pakistan team Chief Selector Moin Khan has been provided security by the police after his return to the country from the World Cup. SSP South Zone Tariq Dharejo told Geo News there was a protest held outside Moin Khan’s residence and slogans were chanted against him which led to the decision to provide him security. ... Saturday, February 28, 2015 Details

It’s not cricket…

THE euphoria of the World Cup brought with itself quite fervour. The pageant display of emotions smeared with jingoism had uplifted the spirits. Media stirred the feelings and we started floating on clouds in the firmament daydreaming to carry the coveted cup aloft our shoulders. Passionate songs, high-octane expert-analysis and the memories of 1992 tuned on TV sets had set the rhythm. This is how the fever of cricket World Cup evermore envelops the nation within its folds. And then the first match was with the arch-rival. “We would revenge, we would win, we would slam the hoodoo” was all that we claimed being amongst our pals. ... Saturday, February 28, 2015 Details

Stats galore as SA hammer West Indies

AB de Villiers confirmed his status as the most destructive batsman in cricket with a magnificent unbeaten 162 from just 66 balls to lead South Africa to a record 257-run victory over West Indies in the World Cup on Friday. ... Saturday, February 28, 2015 Details

India look to maintain top position

Perth—UAE were clearly out of their depth at the World T20 last year in Bangladesh, but they have given a much better account of themselves so far in this World Cup. They have posted big totals in both their games, and put Zimbabwe and Ireland under plenty of pressure in the chase, only to let it slip away in the end. But now they are up against a different level of opposition, the big guns from India. ... Saturday, February 28, 2015 Details

Shehzad fit for Zimbabwe clash despite ankle injury

Brisbane—Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad has been cleared to play in the team’s third World Cup Pool B game against Zimbabwe after suffering an ankle injury, an official said Friday. The 23-year-old right-hander was sent for an MRI scan after team practice in Brisbane, complaining of pain in his left ankle, but a spokesman said Shehzad will be fit for Sunday’s game. ... Saturday, February 28, 2015 Details

McCullum promises no let-up against Australia

Auckland—New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum vowed Friday his side will stick with their aggressive approach as they look to maintain their perfect record at this World Cup when they face arch-rivals Australia. ... Saturday, February 28, 2015 Details