Symonds,Chappell back IPL
Melbourne: Greg Chappell and Andrew Symonds on Thursday said cricketers should not have any safety concerns about playing in India. Symonds said he would turn up for the Deccan Chargers with no fear at all. I havent heard a great deal as yet but India is one of those countries Ive never felt intimidated,even when the crowd gets a bit uppity, said Symonds. Indians in general are not confrontational people,I found them very open and friendly. It would be a shame if sport was cowered by these type of people, added Chappell.
NZ on verge of Test win
Hamilton: Bangladesh stand on verge of yet another Test defeat after top order collapsed against the spin duo of Daniel Vettori and Jeetan Patel. At stumps on Day Four,visitors were still 316 runs behind and only five wickets remaining. Earlier New Zealand declared their second innings at 258/5 after Martin Guptill scored an unbeaten half-century.
Brief scores: Bangladesh 408 & 88 for 5 (Daniel Vettori 2/24) vs New Zealand 553/7 decl & 258 for 5 decl. (Tim McIntosh 89,Martin Guptill not out 56,Ross Taylor 51,Mahmudullah 2/ 84) .
India women take on England
Bangalore: Indian women’s cricket team will have to play out of their skin if they have to beat England in the first ODI at the M Chinnaswamy stadium on Friday.The Charlotte Edwards-led English women side have been on a winning streak over the last 12 months,reiterating their supremacy by winning the World Cup and World T20 tournaments,and defeating Australia 4-0.