'Loss will put us into gear for West Indies game' – Coetzer

2:16 PM ET Liam Brickhill in Harare Scotland didn’t feature too highly in many pre-tournament favourites lists, but they were the only unbeaten team alongside hosts Zimbabwe, against whom they tied, until Sunday. Kyle Coetzer, the captain, suggested that their 25-run loss to Ireland had at least simplified the equation for them. “Not the result we were looking for today, but we know what’s ahead of us now,” said Coetzer….

March 18, 2018
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Dinesh Karthik's magic eight balls

2:08 PM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Dinesh Karthik walked in with India needing 34 off 12, after a wicket maiden from Mustafizur Rahman. Bangladesh were firm favourites but Karthik needed only eight deliveries to dash their hopes. 18.1 Rubel Hossain to Karthik, SIX runs, low full toss and DK pummels it over long-on! Comes in, sets himself up, standing outside his crease, and lifts the ball straight over Rubel’s head. This…

March 18, 2018
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Moeen's landmark lightens Ashes regret

shares Moeen Ali is looking forward to his 50th Test © Getty Images Moeen Ali probably had the worst Ashes of any England player. His batting average sank and his bowling average soared. But he isn’t one to dwell on disappointments for too long, especially as he prepares for the significant milestone of his 50th Test. He has only missed one Test since his debut in 2014 – against West…

March 18, 2018
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Ireland give themselves 'a lifeline of hope'

1:18 PM ET Liam Brickhill in Harare Backed into a corner, Ireland faced a must-win encounter with Scotland in Harare, and their 25-run win has given the team “a lifeline of hope” according to batsman Andy Balbirnie. Balbirnie’s hundred shored up Ireland’s innings after an early wobble, helping them to reach 271 for 9. They then bowled Scotland out for 246, with Boyd Rankin taking four vital wickets. “We’ve given…

March 18, 2018
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Purdue's Haas out because of elbow fracture

12:14 PM ET Purdue center Isaac Haas is not playing against Butler in the NCAA tournament on Sunday because of a fractured elbow. He injured the elbow when he fell on his right arm in the second half of the Boilermakers’ first-round victory over Cal State Fullerton Friday. He practiced Saturday and took some shots with his team before Sunday’s game while wearing a large black brace. Purdue athletic director…

March 18, 2018
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Codes, and politics: what the aftermath of the bust-ups tells us

11:38 AM ET Allan Border was angry. His team had just failed by a couple of wickets to conjure victory over the West Indies at the Gabba, and now he was informed that thanks to the newish ICC code of conduct and network of match referees, he needed to face a hearing in front of Raman Subba Row to answer a charge of dissent. Border had stood at the non-striker’s…

March 18, 2018
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Balbirnie's century keeps Ireland's World Cup hopes alive

3:00 AM ET Ireland 271 for 9 (Balbirnie 105, Niall O’Brien 70, Wheal 3-43, Safyaan 2-52) beat Scotland 246 (Coetzer 61, Berrington 44, Rankin 4-63, Simi Singh 2-33) by 25 runs 1:55 The Ireland batsman struck his second ODI ton to lead his team to 271 for 9 on a slow pitch Ireland kept their World Cup hopes alive with a 25-run victory over Scotland at Harare Sports Club. Put…

March 18, 2018
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