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Ayaz Memon

Sports journalist and commentator

Sports journalist and commentator.
Five Reasons Why New Zealand Were No Match For Australia In the World Cup

Five Reasons Why New Zealand Were No Match For Australia In the World Cup Final

Australia fifth World Cup Win was a one-sided affair, as they beat New Zealand in the 33rd over, with seven wickets to spare in the final. They win the World Cup for the fifth time, and captain Michael Clarke leaves one-day international cricket on a high note. Here are five reasons why New Zealand were no match for Australia in the World Cup final.
29/03/2015 9:33 PM IST
Cricket World Cup 2015 Final Preview: Clarke's

Cricket World Cup 2015 Final Preview: Clarke's Swansong

Michael Clarke's decision to retire from one-day cricket raises the emotional pitch for the Australian team in Sunday's World Cup final. He's had his run-ins with the administration and a few in the dressing room too, but Clarke's been a popular leader with the current bunch he leads as well as fans.
28/03/2015 3:48 PM IST
It Takes More Than Mind Games To

It Takes More Than Mind Games To Win

One issue that seems to have dominated the debate about tomorrow's semi-final between Australia and India is sledging. But whatever the compunctions expressed, never-mind what players from either side may have said, I don't think it should affect the outcome of the match.
25/03/2015 8:51 PM IST
New Zealand Vs South Africa: The Kiwis Take

New Zealand Vs South Africa: The Kiwis Take Wing

Where did South Africa lose the match to New Zealand? Was it the strong nerves under pressure and the magnificent six hit by Grant Elliott in the nail-biting climax, the run-out opportunity and some half chances that went unused, or the fact that rain disrupted the match at a time when AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis had the bowlers at their mercy and threatened to take to score to 350-plus?
24/03/2015 6:55 PM IST
When Guptill Did A Gayle On The West

When Guptill Did A Gayle On The West Indies

To the chagrin of cricket fans all over the world, the fourth quarter-final of the World Cup also turned into a terribly one-sided affair. True, while Chris Gayle was spraying sixes to all parts of the ground, it was thrilling to watch and some might even have believed that an upset was on the cards. But frankly, the West Indies batting just did not have the mettle to chase down 394 for a win.
21/03/2015 7:26 PM IST
Why Rohit Sharma's 137 Against Bangladesh Was His Greatest

Why Rohit Sharma's 137 Against Bangladesh Was His Greatest Yet

And then, just when critics believe he has run out of opportunities and will hang himself by the long rope given to him, Sharma comes up with a stellar knock, like the 137 against Bangladesh on Thursday, to stymie the queries about his calibre.
20/03/2015 9:41 AM IST
Quarter Finals Face-Offs: Epic Rivalries, Players To Watch Out

Quarter Finals Face-Offs: Epic Rivalries, Players To Watch Out For

The first quarter final of the World Cup between Sri Lanka and South Africa is touted to decided on who is currently the world's best batsman between A B de Villiers and Kumar Sangakara. Both have been in brilliant form, notching up over 400 runs each and their faces-off promises to be a treat.
17/03/2015 3:18 PM IST
Why India's Semi-Final Entry Won't Be A

Why India's Semi-Final Entry Won't Be A Cakewalk

New Zealand may have won the match, but Bangladesh won hearts with their spirited performance, except perhaps in the Indian team, where I suspect there will now be growing trepidation about their quarter-final opponents.
13/03/2015 9:26 PM IST
South Africa Has Yet To Bring Its 'A'

South Africa Has Yet To Bring Its 'A' Game

South Africa beat UAE by a whopping 146 runs in their last match of the league phase to ensure a place in the quarter-finals, but I am not sure how pleased AB de Villiers would have been after the game.
12/03/2015 6:17 PM IST
Why MS Dhoni Is The Best ODI Captain Of This

Why MS Dhoni Is The Best ODI Captain Of This Era

The ability to read the game differently and place full faith in his players has made Dhoni unarguably the best captain of his era in limited overs cricket. The fact that India won their ninth consecutive match in World Cup tournaments, and that he now has the highest number of wins by an Indian captain in ODIs is testimony to Dhoni's grip on limited overs cricket.
10/03/2015 6:37 PM IST