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Djokovic Dumped By Wild Card Istomin in Stunning Upset

Tennis – Australian Open Defending champion Novak Djokovic sensationally crashed out of the Australian Open after a five-set defeat to world number 117 Denis Istomin in the second round. The world number two headed to Melbourne in confident mood having beaten Andy Murray in the recent Qatar Open final and was widely expected to meet [...]


South Africa crushed Sri Lanka by an innings and 118 runs in the third and final test to record a 3-0 whitewash of the tourists who failed to last even three days in the test. Dimuth Karunaratne  topscored with 50 and down the order Upul Tharanga (26) and Suranga Lakmal (31) put on 43 for [...]

Latham Leads Kiwi Response After Shakib-Mush Show

Tom Latham led New Zealand’s fightback with an unbeaten century after Bangladesh had posted a monumental 595 for eight declared in the opening Test in Wellington. The test had swung dramatically in the Tigers’ favour on Friday thanks to a record fifth-wicket stand of 359 between Shakib Al Hasan and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim. Building on [...]

Dhoni: Split Captaincy Does Not Work in India

Mahendra Singh Dhoni addressed the media for the first time after stepping down as India’s limited overs captain ahead of the first One-Day International against England, which will be played on Sunday at Pune. Dhoni told the media that he was always of the opinion that split captaincy does not work in the Indian set-up [...]

Wade, Faulkner Star in Aussie Victory

A maiden century from wicketkeeper Matthew Wade and four James Faulkner wickets helped Australia to a 92-run victory over Pakistan in the opening one-day international at the Gabba in Brisbane. Australia, who completed a 3-0 Test series whitewash over Pakistan with a 220-run victory at Sydney, had looked in trouble at 78 for five, after [...]

Stokes set for IPL auction

Ben Stokes has become the latest England player to confirm he will go into next month’s Indian Premier League auction. All-rounder Stokes will put his name in the hat for the draft on February 4 hoping to snare a lucrative contract and some crucial experience in one of the world’s premier white-ball competitions. England pair [...]

Kandy Poised To Hit The Top Today

IT speaks much for Kandy SC’s resolve that they’re in a position to wrest the League leadership today, when they take on Navy at Nitawella. Conceding two of the seven first-round games, no.3 Kandy SC ought to have been at least five points in deficit of leaders Havelock SC and no.2 Navy, both with one [...]

Kumble: Dhoni Managed Senior Players Well

MS Dhoni had a phenomenal career as captain and one of the highlights of his leadership tenure was the apt handling of senior players in the team, said current India coach Anil Kumble who himself had made way for the wicket-keeper batsman to be Test captain in 2008. Dhoni succeeded Kumble as Test captain after [...]

Wiese quits SA to sign for Sussex

David Wiese has become the third South African to effectively end his international career in favour of a move to county cricket after signing a three-year deal at Sussex. After Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw turned their backs on their country in order to join Hampshire last week, Sussex have now announced the capture of [...]

Djokovic Favourite For Aus Open

Novak Djokovic is favourite for the Australian Open ahead of the draw after avenging the loss of his world No 1 status to Andy Murray. Top seed Murray had started 2017 at the head of the betting but Djokovic has nudged ahead following his three-set triumph over the Scot at the Qatar Open. With six [...]

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