Opener Martin Guptill and paceman Tim Southee praised New Zealand`s fightback in their hard-earned win over Bangladesh in Hamilton on Friday, hoping it will stand them in good stead in the knock-out stage.
David Miller and JP Duminy both smashed fighting hundreds in a record-breaking stand that took South Africa to 339 for four after a top-order collapse in their World Cup opener against Zimbabwe on Sunday.
Sri Lanka cruised to a six-wicket win in the second one-day international against New Zealand on Thursday, thanks to a masterful century from Tillakaratne Dilshan and a comedy of errors from the Black Caps.
Kane Williamson`s absence for possibly the next three matches against Sri Lanka could be a blessing in disguise for New Zealand, with the batting order given the opportunity to fine tune plans for the World Cup.
With 100 days to go before the commencement of the 2015 ICC World Cup, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key Friday invited Indian cricket fans to visit his country during the Feb 14-March 29 event, to be co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia.
Revealing New Zealand`s strategy that has outwitted Indian bowlers in the ongoing ODI series, batsman Ross Taylor said the Kiwis have focussed on denying wickets to the visiting side`s spinners to wear out the rest of their attack.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday rued that his side did not grab the chances that came their way in the tied third cricket one-dayer against New Zealand here but said he was happy that the visitors can at least draw the five-match series.
India on Saturday regained back their No 1 ranking in the ICC ODI list after Australia lost their fourth one day international against England by 57 runs thereby dropping to the second place in the 13-team table.
Having gone 2-0 up in the five-match series against India after a 15-run victory in Hamilton, New Zealand is now desperate to land the knockout blow by winning their next game and go up in the ranking table by winning the series.
West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo says competition in the squad augurs well for better performances following a lopsided 203-run victory over New Zealand in the fifth and final One Day International (ODI) Wednesday.
Indian cricket team’s captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been ranked at 16th place on Forbes` list of highest-paid athletes in the world. Golfer Tiger Woods is the highest paid athlete, according to Forbes.