England captain Andrew Flintoff was pleased with the way his team fought back in a low-scoring four-wicket loss against India in the opening Group A limited-overs international of the ICC Champions Trophy on Sunday. ''I am pleased with the character we showed,'' said Flintoff, who returned to lead the England side after spending six months on the sidelines due to an ankle surgery.
Hundreds of Indian cricket fans faced frustrating delays on Sunday in collecting tickets booked over the internet on the eve of the third limited-overs international between Pakistan and India in the eastern city of Lahore. The five-match limited-overs series between the two Asian nuclear neighbours is tied 1-1.
Pakistan seamers Abdul Razzaq and Mohammad Asif shared seven wickets on Wednesday and engineered India's second-heaviest-ever defeat on the fourth day of the third and decisive cricket Test to clinch the series 1-0. India were dismissed for 265 in 58,4 overs after Pakistan set a never-achieved victory target of 607 runs.
England made a gallant comeback on Wednesday to snatch a 52-run win over a Patron's XI in their tour warm-up match in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Defending a modest total of 157 in a minimum of 60 overs, medium-fast-bowler Liam Plunkett and left-arm spinner Ashley Giles combined to bundle out the hosts for a paltry 105 in 36,5 overs.
Pakistan defeated South Africa by eight wickets on Tuesday to win the first Test and go 1-0 up in the two-match series. Pakistan, who required a further 24 runs for their maiden victory against the Proteas at home, finished off the match in 6,5 overs on the fifth and final day.