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Duminy hits 99 as Proteas advance

Kolkata, India – JP Duminy made a superb 99 to help South Africa to a massive win over Ireland and book a place in the quart-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

The left-hander beat his previous World Cup best of 42 as he led his side to 273 off their 50 over on Tuesday at the historic Eden Gardens.

Duminy missed a deserved hundred while unselfishly trying to hit a big six runs for his team. In the last over of the South African innings, the 26-year-old, on 99, skied the ball as Kevin O’Brien ran back to complete a stunning.

Gayle returns to the training ground

Chennai, India – West Indies star batsman Chris Gayle took to the field today as the West Indies had a full training session ahead of Thursday’s match against England.

The 31-year-old Gayle missed last Friday’s win against Ireland in Mohali due to an abdominal strain. He has been undergoing treatment since then and is expected to be fit for the clash against England at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk.

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Windwards bats hold on for draw

Bridgetown, Barbados – A defiant eighth-wicket stand between Lyndon James and Mervyn Matthew formalised a draw for Windward Islands with Barbados in the WICB Regional first-class championship on Monday.

Both batsmen ended with five, but more importantly, they batted through the final 45 minutes, and limp Windwards to 89-7 in their second innings, after they were set 172 for victory from a minimum of 40 overs on the final day of their fifth round match at Kensington Oval.

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Pakistan topple Zimbabwe to advance

Kandy, Sri Lanka – Pakistan sealed their place in the ICC Cricket World Cup quarter-finals after beating Zimbabwe by seven wickets in a rain-hit match on Monday.

Chasing a Duckworth/Lewis target of 162 off 38 overs, a half-century from Asad Shafiq (78 not out) and a solid knock by Mohammad Hafeez (49) steered Pakistan to 164-3 to win with 23 balls to spare

The result meant the Pakistanis joined Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka from Group A in the knock out stages of the competition.

Bangladesh win again, eyes on quarter-finals

Chittagong, Bangladesh – Bangladesh earned a much-needed victory over the Netherlands in their Group B match to keep their World Cup quarter-final hopes alive on Monday.

The six-wicket victory at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium catapulted the co-hosts to the fourth place in the group, moving ahead of England, with six points from five matches.

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