Monday, March 30, 2015
Aussies crush Kiwis, crowned kings for fifth timeTop of the world: Australia's captain Michael Clarke holds aloft the World Cup trophy as teammates exult after defeating New Zealand in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. Clarke top-scored for his team with 74 runs to wrap up his ODI career. -Reuters
The Tribune at World Cup

Aussies crush Kiwis, crowned kings for fifth time

Cruise to 7-wkt win, overhauling Kiwis’ 184-run target30 Mar 2015 | 2:32 AM

MELBOURNE: Australia have won the World Cup with ease and comfort, after their bowlers clubbed the Kiwis into submission Sunday night. The batsmen had the rather easy task of making merely 184 runs for victory.

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Rohit Mahajan in Melbourne

Australia have won the World Cup with ease and comfort, after their bowlers clubbed the Kiwis into submission Sunday night. The batsmen had the rather easy task of making merely 184 runs for victory. They did this comfortably, buoyed by the Australian supporters in the massive stands of the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Australia’s fifth World Cup win makes them the most successful team in the tournament — the best by any other team is two titles, by the West Indies and India..

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The night over the MCG was lit up by lights and fireworks, and golden confetti rained over the Australian cricketers who proved to be unbeatable on home turf yet again.

Captain Michael Clarke’s final ODI outing was lit up by an impressive performance by his bowlers, especially Mitchell Starc, who bowled eight overs for 20 runs and took two wickets. 

The first blow he landed, in the form of the wicket of Brendon McCullum, proved decisive — Starc got the New Zealand captain for a duck, deflating the Kiwi hopes. Very disciplined, aggressive bowling then squeezed the life out of the New Zealanders. 

They lost their three premier batsmen — McCullum, Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson — before the 13th over was completed. New Zealand fought back through a 111-run partnership between Ross Taylor and Grant Elliott, but it was a jog rather than a sprint -- it was scored at less than five runs an over. 

However, it did raise hopes in the Kiwi camp. They hoped that Taylor and Elliot, both capable of smashing the ball into the stands, would initiate a stirring attack in the final overs. But, spurred by the strong home support and their native aggression, the Australian bowlers were primed for an assault on the Kiwi batsmen. James Faulkner struck multiple blows, getting Taylor and Corey Anderson in the same over. Starc got Luke Ronchi in the 36th.  Elliott was the eighth man out, after making 83 off 82 balls. But by then, the light had gone out of the New Zealand batting. 

A score of 184 to win the World Cup is hardly a challenge — if there’s a challenge, it is born in the mind of the batsmen. Australia lost one batsman early and another when the score was 63, in the 13th over. The chase thereafter was unexciting and uneventful. Steven Smith and Michael Clarke played coolly to take the team to victory.

Flood alert in Srinagar as heavy rain lashes Valley

Flood alert in Srinagar as heavy rain lashes Valley

30 Mar 2015 | 2:30 AM

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Sunday evening sounded a flood alert in Srinagar district as the water level of the Jhelum crossed the 16-foot danger mark in the city, a senior official said.

Bhushan, Ramdas lose key AAP posts

30 Mar 2015 | 1:56 AM

NEW DELHI: A day after Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal demonstrated his dominance by sacking four senior leaders from the party’s national executive (NE), AAP today reconstituted the party’s internal Lokpal panel.

Punjab potato glut triggers price crash

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30 Mar 2015 | 1:57 AM

CHANDIGARH: With the potato price touching an almost all-time low in the market, farmers are crying for help. In the wholesale market, the price of potatoes has come down to Rs 200 per quintal. Last year, it was about Rs 1,000 per quintal.

Grateful Singapore bids adieu to its founding leader Lee

Grateful Singapore bids adieu to its founding leader Lee

30 Mar 2015 | 1:54 AM

SINGAPORE: Tens of thousands of teary-eyed Singaporeans today braved torrential rain to bid adieu to the country’s founding leader Lee Kuan Yew in a grand funeral attended by a host of world leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi who described him as one of the “tallest leaders of our times”.

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30 Mar 2015 | 1:54 AM

NEW DELHI: Rejecting the recommendations of a parliamentary committee which disapproved of treating juveniles accused of heinous offences as adults, the Central Government has decided to go ahead with the new law that allows 16 to 18 year olds guilty of grave offences to face trial as adults.

Lanka for India’s inclusion in cooperation with China

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30 Mar 2015 | 1:54 AM

BEIJING: Sri Lanka has backed China’s surprise initiative to make India an important component of a regional cooperation to address New Delhi’s concerns over Chinese involvement in large-scale projects in the country, a senior Sri Lankan minister has said.


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NoA view of SGPC headquaters in Amritsar. A file photo

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30 Mar 2015 | 1:56 AM

AMRITSAR: While the SGPC raised a string of demands before Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his recent visit to the Golden Temple here on Monday, it didn’t touch the crucial issue of the new SGPC House.

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30 Mar 2015 | 1:53 AM

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30 Mar 2015 | 1:53 AM

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30 Mar 2015 | 12:31 AM

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30 Mar 2015 | 12:09 AM

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NoAustralia’s players shower champagne on captain Michael Clarke (C, with trophy) as they celebrate after winning the World Cup final in Melbourne on Sunday. AFP

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30 Mar 2015 | 2:39 AM

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30 Mar 2015 | 2:18 AM

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