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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.

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.

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