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Sun, 09 Mar 2014 13:20:04 GMT Smith quit to spend time with family South Africa captain Graeme Smith, who last week announced his retirement from international cricket, was influenced by his family in taking the decision. Kohli reclaims top spot in ODI rankings India's Virat Kohli has reclaimed the number one position in the latest ICC ODI Rankings, which were released on Sunday after the conclusion of Asia Cup. Bowlers failed to create pressure: Misbah Misbah-ul-Haq blamed his bowlers for the team losing the Asia Cup crown to Sri Lanka, stating that they failed to create any pressure on the opposition. Mathews heaps praise on Thirimanne Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said opener Lahiru Thirimanne is the perfect replacement for veteran batsman Kumar Sangakkara once he calls it a day. Can domestic players turn Delhi around? Players like Chand, Chipli, Gautham, Juneja, Ojha, Negi and Kaul all failed miserably in IPL 6. For IPL 7, the team decided to start with a clean slate. Angelo delighted to win after long while Sri Lanka have not won a major title for a long while and Angelo Mathews on Saturday said that his side were happy to have broken the "barrier of finals". Sri Lanka beat Pakistan to win Asia Cup Lahiru Thirimanne's magnificent century and Mahela Jayawardene's superb 75 powered Sri Lanka to a five-wicket victory against Pakistan in the Asia Cup final. Thirimanne falls on verge of Lankan win Lahiru Thirimanne hit his third ODI century before he was clean bowled by Saeed Ajmal with Sri Lanka needing less than 15 runs for victory in the Asia Cup final. Jayawardene falls on doorstep of victory Mohammad Talha had Mahela Jayawardene caught by Sharjeel Khan in the covers with Sri Lanka needing less than 50 runs for victory in the Asia Cup final. Thirimanne, Jayawardene rebuild for SL Lahiru Thirimanne and Mahela Jayawardene brought up their 100-run stand off 103 balls to steady Lankan run chase in the Asia Cup final against Pakistan. Saeed Ajmal double strike rattles Lanka Saeed Ajmal dismissed Kusal Perera and Kumar Sangakkara off his first two deliveries to rattle Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup final in Mirpur on Saturday. Sri Lankan run chase off to a fine start Openers Kusal Perera and Lahiru Thirimanne brought up the Sri Lankan fifty in 9.4 overs in the Asia Cup final against Pakistan in Mirpur on Saturday. Fawad, Akmal power Pakistan to 260/5 Good show by Fawad Alam (114*) and Umar Akmal (59) negated Lasith Malinga's fiery spell (5/56) to help Pakistan set a 261-run target for SL in Asia Cup final. Misbah-ul-Haq falls after gritty fifty Lasith Malinga was successful to breaking a growing stand between Misbah-ul-Haq and Fawad Alam when he scalped the former in the Asia Cup final in Mirpur. Misbah-ul-Haq, Fawad Alam hit fifties Misbah and Fawad Alam staged spirited fightback after losing three quick wickets and shared an unbeaten century stand against Sri Lanka in Asia Cup final. Misbah, Alam lead Pak's slow recovery Misbah-ul-Haq and Fawad Alam resurrected Pakistan innings with their fifty-run stand in 106 balls against Sri Lanka in the final of the Asia Cup in Mirpur. Malinga's triple strike rocks Pakistan Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga struck in his successive overs to dismiss Pakistani openers Sharjeel Khan and Ahmed Shehzad cheaply in the Asia Cup final. Pakistan lose Sharjeel Khan cheaply Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga struck in the first over to dismiss Pakistan opener Sharjeel Khan cheaply in the Asia Cup final at Shere Bangla National Stadium. Pakistan elect to bat against Sri Lanka Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and decided to bat against Sri Lanka in the final of the Asia Cup at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. Gayle slams ECB for sacking Pietersen West Indies star Chris Gayle reportedly slammed the 'disrespectful' English Cricket Board over sacking of his buddy Kevin Pietersen from the England team. Sangakkara, Afridi set to light up final Rampaging Shahid Afridi and prolific Kumar Sangakkara have set the stage for a rousing contest when Pakistan face Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup final. 'You'll see a different me in World T20' There were times at Asia Cup when India missed the left-hander's aggression towards the latter half of the innings, just as Raina himself missed the buzz. Vengsarkar hopes for India's better show Former skipper Dilip Vengsarkar is optimistic about the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side's chances in the upcoming World T20 championship in Bangladesh. India static at No. 2 spot in T20 rankings They might be out of action for quite sometime in this format of the game, but India managed to hold to their second position in the ICC T20I Team Rankings. SC adjourns IPL fixing scandal hearing The Supreme Court posted the IPL fixing case for March 25 when it would take cognisance of its probe panel report indicting Gurunath Meiyappan in scam.
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