Lara, Gayle help West Indies defeat Australia by three wickets


Brian Lara and Chris Gayle put Australia to the sword on Monday with a controlled display of batting that handed the West Indies a three-wicket victory in their one-day DLF Cup match here.

Their heroics cancelled out a gutsy maiden one-day century by Australia’s stand-in captain Michael Hussey whose unbeaten 109 gave his side a defendable 272-6. But it was a nailbiting climax as the West Indies lost four wickets for 13 runs late in the innings before clawing their way home.

Hussey to lead Australia against Windies as Ponting takes a break


Michael Hussey will lead Australia against the West Indies on Monday chanting the mantra ‘rain rain go away’ as the weather threatens to derail the DLF Cup tri-series here at the Kinrara Oval.

Malaysia was picked as a neutral venue for this ICC Champions Trophy warm-up but monsoon downpours, usual at this time of year, have wreaked havoc, with two of the three games so far disrupted by rain.

Few doubt that the same will happen on Monday when Australia play the West Indies for a second time here after their comprehensive 78-run mauling of the Caribbean side last week.

Tendulkar a genius, says Lara


Brian Lara lavished praise on the ‘genius’ of Sachin Tendulkar after he returned from a six-month absence to hit a remarkable 141 not out in India’s one-day loss to West Indies in Malaysia.

Tendulkar has been out since March with a shoulder injury but returned to devastating effect with a record 40th one day century in Kuala Lumpur, although the West Indies triumphed in the DLF Cup match on the Duckworth Lewis Method. The 33-year-old smashed 13 fours and five sixes during his remarkable knock and West Indian skipper Lara – himself one of the greatest batsmen ever – thought it was a remarkable innings.

Comeback of Tendulkar sends warning to Australia


Sachin Tendulkar’s 40th One-day International (ODI) century on his return to international cricket from an injury has sent an ominous warning to Australia before its match with India on Saturday (today) in the tri-series tournament.

After the masterly knock of 141 not out against the West Indies on Thursday, Tendulkar declared that his shoulder is fully repaired after the surgery in March that kept him out of international cricket for more than six months. “I am feeling absolutely fine and as far as playing shots (is concerned), there hasn’t been any difficulty at all,” said Tendulkar after hitting 13 fours and five sixes in his 148-ball knock.

Tendulkar century in vain as West Indies triumph under D/L method

India’s Sachin Tendulkar celebrated his return to international cricket with an unbeaten 141 on Thursday, but the masterly knock went in vain as the West Indies were declared winner of the rain-marred One-day International (ODI) match on a higher scoring rate here at the Kinrara Oval.

Chasing a massive 309-5 in 50 overs in the second match of the tri-series tournament, the West Indies were 141 for 2 after 20 overs when a steady drizzle soaked the ground, forcing the match to be abandoned.

Ponting scolded by Cricket Australia

Ricky Ponting, the Australian captain, is infamous for his dissent towards the umpires. Few months back he was fined for his irresponsible behaviour during the second test match against Bangladesh.

Recently, he again got fined 100% of his match fee for arguing with umpire, Asad Rauf of Pakistan this time, during a match against West Indies in the DLF Cup.

Michael Brown, Cricket Australia’s acting chief executive, has described this as “unacceptable.”

India seek revenge against WI in tri-series

Indian cricket team’s captain Rahul Dravid said on Wednesday that his team has put behind this summer’s 4-1 series drubbing by the West Indies and will treat its first match in the limited overs tri-series against Brian Lara’s team as a fresh challenge.

The two teams will clash on Thursday (today) under lights at the Kinrara Oval in the second match of the tri-series. The third team is Australia, which defeated the West Indies by 78-runs in the opening match on Tuesday.

Ponting backs McGrath on return


The Australia cricket teamís captain Ricky Ponting expects experienced fast bowler Glenn McGrath to produce the goods when the world champions take on West Indies and India in the tri-series.

McGrath, who took time off from cricket in January to care for his ill wife, returns to Australia’s line-up for their first match against West Indies on Tuesday at the new Kinrara Oval. “I’m looking forward to Glenn playing again,” Ponting told reporters on Monday.

Australia to shake off cobwebs against West Indies

Australia go into today’s limited overs showdown here against the West Indies in dire need of match practice, having been out of the international loop for five months.

They last played an international series in Bangladesh in April and will be hoping to shake off the cobwebs quickly against Brian Lara’s West Indies in the opening game of a tri-series tournament that also involves India.

Glenn McGrath returns for the Australians after being out of action since January to help his wife get over cancer as the three teams limber up for the ICC Champions Trophy next month in India.

Pakistan slumbered India in Abu Dhabi

Pakistan stole the thunder from India in first one day international of the DLF Cup, played at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi. The match, also watched by Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf, was the first to be held at the 16,000-capacity Sheik Zayed Cricket Stadium which became the second venue after Sharjah to host one-dayers in the United Arab Emirates.

India won the toss and decided to bat first considering the slowness in the wicket. However, Pakistan did a brilliant attempt with bowling and fielding and restricted India on 197. There were four run outs including Dravid and Pathan at earlier stage of the innings which had a huge impact on india’s scoring rate.