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Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players on a field at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard long pitch. Each team takes it in turn to bat, attempting to score runs, while the other team fields. Each turn is known as an innings.

McCullum to retire from international cricket?

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum may reportedly retire from international cricket if there is any relapse of his crippling back problem during or after the first Test against the West Indies in Dunedin.

McCullum was named as the captain of his side to face West Indies in the December 3 Test, but there are still doubts about his fitness with sources claiming that the skipper is very worried about his international future.

According to, a source said that McCullum described his back injury as “very serious” and is considering retirement from international cricket as a serious option if there is any relapse of the problem during or after the Dunedin Test.

World Cup, New Zealand vs Bangladesh Live: Mahmudullah ton powers Bangladesh to 288

Mahmudullah remains not out on 128 off 123 balls. Fantastic innings from him. Back-toback centuries for him and Bangladesh have posted a competitive total on the board. Boult bowled a brilliant spell forst up and scalped to early wickets. But then Sarkar and Mahmudullah got together, saw off the tough period and added 90 runs for the third wicket. Mahmudullah took over the reins after Sarkar’s departure and played a terrific innings. Sabbir provided hm good support at the death and played a cameo of 40 off 23 balls. They added 78 off 8 overs as Bangladesh posted 278.

Sangakkara: No U-turn on retirement

Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara has confirmed that he will not reconsider his decision to retire from ODIs following the conclusion of the ongoing World Cup.

On Wednesday Sangakkara became the first player to score four consecutive ODI centuries and record 500 ODI dismissals, but despite this he believes he is making the right decision.

With Sangakkara having scored 105 not out against Bangladesh, 117 not out against England, 104 against Australia and 124 against Scotland, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews revealed that he had been “on my knees begging” Sangakkara to carry on playing ODIs after the World Cup.

However, Sangakkara is adamant about retiring from ODIs after the tournament.

“Records do matter, I think. I would love to say records never enter my mind, but they do,” Sangakkara told the BBC’s Test Match Special. “There are certain things that you chase – you try to keep those goals. They are not the only things you chase, but as long as you do the right things those things will fall into place and come along.

“Retirement is not about form, it is about time and place and whether it feels right. It is never about whether you can play or not.”

Sangakkara, who made his ODI debut in July 2000, also admitted that time was starting to catch up with him.

“I’ve been batting and keeping for a long time, it’s getting harder and the joints are creaking and aching, but I consider myself lucky to be part of a great team,” he said.

World Cup LIVE score: Ireland all out 259; pacers strike after Dhoni plays Ravichandran offspin card

A fascinating tale of Irish pluck versus Ravichandran ‘offspin’ Ashwin played out at Seddon Park on Tuesday in the clash between an Associate team and defending champs India.

Ireland were bowled out for 259 in 49 overs, having looked good for more.

They took the fight to India before faltering against spin, but at no point did the ‘Best Team in Europe’ (as spotted on a cheeky poster in the stands) take the foot off the scoring pedal.

After a rousing start, Ireland struggled when Indian skipper MS Dhoni introduced spin. Dhoni was in his element, shouting instructions in Hindi as he spun the spin web through Ashwin and Suresh Raina around the Irish.

Ireland reached a respectable 212/5 at the end of the 40th over, giving themselves a solid platform for a final flourish.

The Irish, however, lost their enforcer Kevin O’Brien for 1 in the 40th over. Kevin — holder of the fastest World Cup century record (off 50 balls against England in 2011) —edged Mohammed Shami to Dhoni behind the stumps.

Kevin’s brother Niall O’Brien did not slow down. He punished India with assured hits all around the ground and raced past his half-century before falling for a run-a-ball 75.

Dhoni turned to spin after pacers went for plenty initially.

Ashwin gave the defending champions the breakthrough with the last ball of the 15th over, getting opener Paul Stirling to hole out to Ajinkya Rahane at long-off after scoring an enterprising 42 off 41 balls.

India had their second wicket in the 18th over when Suresh Raina bowled Ed Joyce for 2.

Irish skipper William Porterfield held strong for 67 before a leading edge to Mohit Sharma in the 32nd over was pouched by Umesh Yadav at mid-off.

Stirling fell with the Irish score on 89 and Joyce was back in the hut at 92, giving India the breathing space. India got their third wicket in Porterfield with the Irish score at 145.

Andy Balbirnie was the next to go with the Irish score at 206. Kevin fell two runs later and Gary Wilson went with the total at 222. Niall fell at 226 and Virat Kohli ran out Stuart Thompson a run later.

Yadav had George Dockrell caught by Dhoni for 6, with the Irish total on 238. Alex Cusack was the last to fall after scoring 11.

Ireland lost momentum after losing too many wickets too quickly. Indian pacers returned to chip away after the spinners had done the job. Shami claimed the wickets of the O’Brien brothers.

Earlier, Porterfield won the toss and chose to bat. He and Stirling got off to a brisk start, taking on Indian fast bowlers Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Sharma with intent.

Ireland, fighting for a knockout berth, brought up their 50 in the 8th over, throwing all pre-match talk of a possible mismatch out of the equation.

Boundaries flowed from Porterfield and Stirling, who went neck and neck. At the end of the 8th over, both had three boundaries and a six.

Porterfield hooked Yadav for a big six over square leg in the 3rd over and followed it up with a classy drive down the ground for four the next ball.

Not to be outdone, Stirling took on Shami in similar style in the 4th over, sending the fourth ball of the over soaring over forward square leg boundary for a six.

The run fest ended with the introduction of spin. Ireland went past 100 in the 22nd over and brought up the 150 in the 33rd.

India went into the match with an unchanged side, deciding not to test their bench strength.

ICC World Cup 2015: Shami Ahmed credits Shoaib Akhtar For helping him

Crediting Shoaib Akhtar for bringing back rhythm in his bowling, India pacer Mohammad Shami has said the former Pakistan speedster’s advise to shorten the run-up helped him increase his pace.

“The recent change in the run-up has surely increased my pace. So I am continuing with it and hoping that it pays dividends. I did have a chat with Shoaib (Akhtar) bhai and he suggested that I should reduce my big strides. So, I shortened my stride and it has worked. It (the new run-up) is smooth and comfortable and it has also increased my pace,” Shami said in a post-match chat on Star Sports.

Shami, who returned to action against the West Indies after missing a game with a niggle, bagged three wickets at the Waca to help Pool B toppers India register their fourth straight win and book a quarter-final berth.

With the Men in Blue now in New Zealand for their final two games of the league, Shami is keen to carry on the good work without making any more changes to his action.

“I don’t want to change much in my action. And most of the ex-players have advised me against making any major changes to my action. It is always a double edged sword, to change one’s action. It can work for you or go against you. I don’t want go through this confusion and I am satisfied with the little change that I have made to my run-up,” said the Bengal medium-pacer.

“I am very happy with how things have panned out and will just focus on my line and length and would like to continue my good work,” he added.

Shami — India’s leading wicket taker in the World Cup so far with nine scalps in three games — said that after playing on different pitches around the world, he loved the Perth experience.

“I have enjoyed bowling in Perth because I was getting the bounce and carry. Wherever I have gone, I have found flat wickets. I had heard a lot about Australian wickets, but did not see them in the Test matches but now I see that in Perth,” said the 24-year-old bowler.

World Cup, Pakistan vs UAE: Shehzad, Sohail, Misbah fifties propel Pak to 339

Shehzad, Sohail, Misbah fifties propel Pak to 339, A very good batting effort from Pakistan and this is their second highest total in World Cups. Pakistan scored 71/2 in the last five overs. Misbah and Umar at first went berserk and then Shahid Afridi blasted 21 off 7 with two sixes and one four. Wahab joined the party with one six. Pakistan hit 20 runs in the last over. In the last 10 overs, Pakistan scored 124 runs. This was a much-needed confidence booster for them!

World Cup 2015: Pakistan registers first win against Zimbabwe

Mohammad Irfan used his height to full effect to take four wickets as Pakistan defended a low total against Zimbabwe to get its World Cup campaign back on track with a 20-run victory on Sunday.

The gamble to drop experienced batsman Younis Khan in favor of Rahat Ali to bolster the bowling attack paid off on the fast, bouncy wicket at the Gabba , after coming under question when Pakistan were restricted in 235-7 after winning the toss and batting. Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq (73) and Wahab Riaz (54 not out) ensured a 200-plus total. Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq scored 73 in more than 42 overs to hold the innings together after going to the crease at 4-2 in the fourth over.

Zimbabwe were all out in the last over for 215 in reply. The 2.16-meter (7-foot-1) Irfan had Zimbabwe reeling at 22-2 in reply, and returned in his second spell to snuff out a dangerous partnership, finishing with a career-best 4-30. Riaz returned with 4-45.

Brendan Taylor continued with Sean Williams (33) in a 54-run fourth-wicket partnership but when he was caught behind off Riaz moments after reaching 50, the total slipped to 128-4 and there was a sense of inevitableness about the result. Pakistan were coming off big losses to India and the West Indies and the 1992 champions were vulnerable coming into the Gabba match, knowing that another loss could lead to the early exit.

AB de Villiers shatters record for quickest ODI 150 as South Africa smash West Indies for 408

Cricket World Cup 2015: De Villiers hits a brilliant unbeaten 162 from just 66 balls including 30 off the final over

AB de Villiers flayed West Indies with a brilliant unbeaten 162 from just 66 balls to drive South Africa to an imposing 408 for five in their World Cup Pool B clash on Friday.

The Proteas skipper utilised his full repertoire of strokes in an awesome display of batting, peppering the boundaries at a sun-bathed Sydney Cricket Ground with eight sixes and 17 fours in a 104-minute innings that will live long in the memory.

He shared stands of 134 runs with Rilee Rossouw (61), another of 48 with David Miller (20) and a third of 80 with Farhaan Behardien (10) to turn around his country’s innings after West Indies had made a promising start to the match.

By the end of his knock, the crowd were on their feet chanting “AB!, AB!, AB!” as the 31-year-old, who reached his century with a six from the 52nd ball he faced, accelerated towards the finishing line.

His 64-ball 150 is also the fastest in one-day international history.

South Africa were desperate to kickstart their campaign after their 130-run defeat to India and De Villiers had given them every chance of doing so by the time he walked of the field.

West Indies, charged with confidence after their defeat of Zimbabwe on Tuesday, had initially looked a completely different side to the rabble that lost their tournament opener to Ireland.

Skipper Jason Holder and to a lesser extent Jerome Taylor got menacing bounce off the wicket with the new ball and opener Quinton de Kock (12) departed in the sixth over.

Hashim Amla (65) and Faf du Plessis (62) then put together a second wicket partnership of 127 but the disciplined West Indies kept up the pressure.

Amla smashed a huge six to bring up his half century off 75 balls, though, and Du Plessis almost matched the feat for his fifty only for the ball to fall just short of the boundary rope.

West Indies desperately needed a breakthrough and it fell to Chris Gayle, whose innings of 215 fired the Zimbabwe victory, to provide it in the 30th over.

Du Plessis was brilliantly caught behind by Denesh Ramdin off an edge and two balls later Amla was trapped lbw, Gayle celebrating reducing the South Africans to 146-3 with a dance down the wicket.

That brought Rossouw and De Villiers to the middle and they wasted no time in taking the game to their opponents, rattling up a fifty partnership in just over half an hour from 39 balls.

Rossouw, brought into the side in place of JP Duminy, also brought up his half century with a flourish, slapping a rising delivery into the grandstand for a six.

De Villiers took one fewer delivery than Roussow to reach his fifty in 30 balls but reached the milestone in more punishing style with a six, a four and another four in successive deliveries off Sulieman Benn.

It was only a taster of what was to come.