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Champs made to work hard by Kenya

Banguluru, India – Australia claimed their place in the quarter-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup with a hard-working 60-run win over Kenya, on Sunday.

Collins Obuya in particular had a day to remember, finishing unbeaten just two short of a century for Kenya, who restored pride with a defiant performance despite losing by 60 runs. Obuya, who started his career as a leg-spinner, has converted to a top-order batsman and won the Man-of-the-Match award for his determined 98 not out.

Black Caps give Canada a whipping

Mumbai, India – New Zealand booked their passage from Group A in to the ICC Cricket World Cup quarter-finals on Sunday after Brendon McCullum set up a 97-run victory with a chanceless century.

McCullum’s well paced 101 plus a late flurry which helped the Black Caps reach 358-6 with an overall tally of 12 sixes left the Canadians with a target which proved far beyond them.

Peterson does it for SA in thriller

Nagpur, India – Tail-ender Robin Peterson broke Indian hearts by blasting 16 runs off the final over to hand South Africa a thrilling three-wicket win over the co-hosts in the World Cup on Saturday.

Chasing 297 and needing 13 off the last six balls, Peterson (18 not out) hoisted a six and hit two fours to edge the Proteas to victory with two balls left – silencing a passionate home crowd. The result took South Africa to third spot in Group B behind India and West Indies.

Bangladesh stun struggling England

Chittagong, Bangladesh – Two unheralded Bangladeshi tail-enders with ice in their veins played the innings of their lives to subject England to yet another giant-killing act on Friday.

Shafiul Islam (24) and Mahmudullah (21) defied the nerve-jangling pressure to forge an unbeaten 58-run ninth wicket stand to complete a two-wicket Group B victory that even their captain did not think they could pull off.

Smith steps up when it matters

Mohali, India – West Indies opener Devon Smith spoke about the joy he felt after making his maiden One-Day International century in the Windies victory over Ireland on Friday.

The confident left-hander made a determined 107 to surpass his previous career-best of 91 off 76 balls, made against South Africa in Johannesburg three years ago.

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