PARIS - India's Sania Mirza and her partner Brazilian Bruno Soares crashed out of the French Open after losing in the first round of the mixed doubles match here on Thursday. Germany's Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Dutchman Jean-Julien Rojer stunned the top-seeded Indo-Brazilian pair 6-2, 6-2 to enter the second round of the tournament. Groenefeld-Rojer showed their dominance right from the word go,
SYDNEY - Star Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal is all set to defend her women's singles title when she takes to the court at the $750,000 Australian Open Superseries, which commences here on Tuesday. World No.1 Saina has been seeded No.2. and had defeated Spaniard Carolina Marin -- who later won the World Championships -- to lift the trophy last year. This time she will open her campaign against a yet to be decided qualifier.
KOLKATA - It may be the home ground of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) but the Eden Gardens on Sunday gleamed yellow as a capacity crowd welcomed one of their favourite son-in-laws, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Cheers of "Dhoni, Dhoni" reverberated the arena as CSK locked horns with the Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) final.
PUNE - After watching A.B. de Villiers from close quarters as he smashed a 38 ball 66 against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League Eliminator on Wednesday night, Mandeep Singh says he has learnt a lot from the South African including how to keep one's head still while playing a shot. "There are a lot of things that I try to do like A.B. I want to have my head still the way he does in each shot.
MUMBAI - The International Cricket Council (ICC) cricket committee has recommended staging of Test matches that extend into the evening hours during its two-day meeting here, an ICC release said on Monday.
"Day-Night Test matches were discussed at length. The Cricket Committee also received a report from the MCC on the four-day First Class match played with pink balls in Abu Dhabi in March,
MUMBAI - Yusuf Pathan's late 52 off 37 went in vain as Mumbai Indians held their nerves till the end to defeat Kolkata Knight Riders by five runs in their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Wankhede Stadium here on Thursday and keep their play-offs hope alive. With their win, Mumbai Indians climb from sixth spot to fourth spot with 14 points from 13 games, whereas Kolkata remain in second spot with 15 points...
NEW DELHI - The new global cricket venture by Subhash Chandra’s Essel Group has to be seen in the context of recent happenings in world cricket, particularly in India. The uncertainty over the functioning of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the resentment among some boards, particularly the Associates, over the way the International Cricket Council is run may have prompted Essel to take on the establishment.
CHENNAI - Mumbai Indians jumped to the fourth spot in the Indian Premier League (IPL) standings with a crucial six-wicket victory over hosts Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a group league match at the M.A Chaidambaram Stadium here on Friday. With the win, Mumbai climbed to the fourth spot with 12 points from 11 matches. CSK despite the loss stayed at the summit place with 14 points after 11 games.
BENGALURU - When rain gods stay away, 'Gayle storm hits Bengaluru' is the refrain when Royal Challengers Bangalore's (RCB) dangerous opener Chris Gayle gets going, as he did on Wednesday night against Kings XI Punjab at the Chinnaswamy stadium in an Indian Premier League tie. Put in to bat first by Punjab skipper George Bailey, RCB's West Indian southpaw smashed 117 in 57 balls,
KOLKATA - Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir on Monday lauded pacer Umesh Yadav for setting up the 35-run victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad by claiming two crucial wickets in the opening over of the innings. Having climbed to the third position in the league table following the win, an upbeat Gambhir also praised his batsmen for their professional effort in notching up 167/7 after being put...