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Monday, 24 December 2012

Our bowling can trouble Indian batsmen: Mohammad Hafeez

Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez on Monday said that his team has a good mixture of fast and spin bowlers who can pose questions to the Indian batsmen in the five-match limited overs series, starting with the Twenty20 encounter here on Tuesday.
"Indian batting is well known all over the world being extremely good. But winning or losing does not depend only on batting. Bowling will also have a major role. When we see our team, both batting and bowling is very good. So, our bowlers can negotiate the strong Indian batting line-up," Hafeez told reporters at the pre-match press conference here. 

Saeed Ajmal will be the x-factor against India, says Rameez Raja

Former captain and noted commentator Ramiz Raja feels offspinner Saeed Ajmal's presence is the "x-factor" that Pakistan will have against India in the upcoming five-match limited overs series, which starts in Bangalore from Tuesday. "India have the advantage of coming into the series having played against England while Pakistan will be a bit ring-rusty but Saeed Ajmal is the x-factor that they have and India don’t," Raja, who is an expert on told PTI.
"Ajmal has been Pakistan's 'go-to' man for some time now. He is someone who knows how to pick up wickets and also has a lot of variation in his bowling," Raja further explained. Talk of Ajmal and comparisons with India's Ravichandran Ashwin are bound to crop up, but Raja felt that the burly Tamil Nadu boy needed to work on his variations. "I saw him trying too many things during the Test matches against England. He was trying to come round the wicket.

Kapil Dev backs MS Dhoni as limited-overs captain

Mahendra Singh Dhoni might have come under heavy criticism for his captaincy during the just-concluded home Test series against England but former skipper Kapil Dev on Monday backed him as the best bet to lead India in limited-overs cricket.
"You can say whatever you want about Dhoni's captaincy in Tests. But in T20 and ODI there is no better skipper than him. He won the World Cup last year and you cannot change him just because he's had bad time after that," Kapil said. "For me, he remains the best captain and player right now," he added. 

New Zealand beat South Africa by 8 wickets

Martin Guptill hit an unbeaten century as New Zealand squared their Twenty20 international series against South Africa by winning the second match by eight wickets at Buffalo Park on Sunday.

Guptill hit the last ball of the match for a four off Rory Kleinveldt to finish with 101 not out off 69 balls as New Zealand reached a target of 169 in a match reduced to 19 overs a side after a floodlight failure.

The third and final match is in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.

Martin Guptill hit a thrilling century to clinch a last-ball, eight-wicket victory for New Zealand in the second Twenty20 international against South Africa at Buffalo Park on Sunday.

Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis salute "special" Sachin Tendulkar

Famed Pakistan pace duo Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis Monday paid rich tribute to Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, labelling him "the greatest batsman of this era".

Tendulkar, 39, announced his retirement from one-day internationals on Sunday after scoring 18,426 runs in 463 matches with 49 centuries -- all three world records for most runs, matches and hundreds.