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The 2008 Champions Trophy which was due to take place in Pakistan in September 2008 and postponed over security fears, has been moved to South Africa by the International Cricket Council.
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Champions Trophy, Final: Australia wins Champions Trophy 2009

Australia have have become the first team to win the ICC Champions Trophy title twice, beating New Zealand by six wickets in the final at SuperSport Park. Chasing New Zealand's 200/9, Opener Shane Watson hit his second successive unbeaten century (105) to guide defending champions to a six-wicket victory with 28 balls remaining. Earlier, electing to bat, opener Martin Guptill (40), Neil Broom (37), James Franklin (33) and Aaron Redmond (26) were the only New Zealand bastmen to pass the 20-run mark. Watson was named man of the match, Ponting the player of the tournament, while South Africa's Wayne Parnell was the leading wicket taker with 11 scalps.
Australia's players will now head home for a short break before they depart for India, where they will play seven one-dayers against Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side, while a number of the New Zealand team will travel to India to compete in the Champions League Twenty20 competition.
Australia 206/4 (Watson 105*, White 62, Mills 3-27) beat New Zealand 200/9 (Guptill 40, Hauritz 3-37, Lee 2-45) by six wickets

ICC Champions Trophy 2009 Schedule

South Africa will be the host for the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy for cricket. The tournament features eight national test cricket teams competing in One Day Internationals. The games will be conducted in Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg and SuperSport Park, Pretoria. 15 matches will be played in 14 days from September 22 to October 5, 2009 at the Centurion and Wanderers.

India had a hand in Pakistan's defeat: Pak minister for Sports

Muhammad Ali Shah, the minister for Sports and a member of the Pakistan Cricket Board governing council, accused India of influencing umpires to get Pakistan ousted from the Champions Trophy semifinal in South Africa. He has blamed India's role in the sub-standard umpiring, leading to Pakistan's defeat against New Zealand. "Definitely, it is clear that India were miffed at not qualifying for the semi-finals after Pakistan lost to Australia and they took their revenge in their own way. They influenced the umpires to favour New Zealand," Ali Shah told reporters. "Unfortunately Pakistan are not as strong as India. Remember how India pressured the ICC into replacing the umpire, Mr Steve Bucknor, in Australia after he had given a couple of bad decisions against them?" he added, while saying that the International Cricket Council must impose at least a one-year ban on Australian umpire Simon Taufel, who had wrongly adjudged Umar Akmal leg-before-wicket at a crucial stage of the Semifinal against New Zealand.

Pakistan team accused of cricket match-fixing

Pakistan cricket is embroiled in a new controversy after the national team were accused of deliberately losing two games at the Champions Trophy by a government official. Pakistan was defeated by Australia in the last group match last week before losing to New Zealand in the semifinals.
"We went with a pre-determined mind to lose the match against Australia," chairman of the National Assembly's standing committee on sports, Jamshed Ahmed Dasti, told Pakistan TV channel Geo TV on Tuesday. "Our intention was to keep India out."
Australia might not have qualified for the semifinal had Pakistan won against the defending champion, and India could have advanced had they defeated West Indies by a big margin. One report in Pakistan claimed that captain Younis Khan and coach Intikhab Alam had already been sacked by the PCB, but others said that Pakistan cricket's ruling body was happy with the team's performance.

Champions Trophy, Second Semifinal: New Zealand beats Pakistan to reach final against Australia in Champions Trophy

New Zealand booked a place in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy against Australia with a convincing five-wicket victory over Pakistan on Saturday. Grant Elliott cracked an unbeaten 75 to help his injury-hit team achieve a 234-run target with 13 balls to spare. He received valuable support from Vettori (41), adding 104 for the fifth wicket. Vettori was named man of the match for his all-round performance including the three wickets he took for 43 runs. Earlier, electing to bat, Pakistan scored 233 for nine. They were 86 for four inside 21 overs before Yousuf's (45) experience and Akmal's (55) aggression put them back on track with an 80-run stand for the fifth wicket. Ian Butler (4/44) was the most successful Kiwi bowler.
New Zealand 234/5 (Elliot 75*, Vettori 41, Ajmal 2-39) beat Pakistan 233/9 (Umar Akmal 55, Butler 4-44) by five wickets

Champions Trophy, First Semifinal: Australia crush England, in the Finals

Chasing a target of 258 put by England, that was swelled by a career-best 80 from No.8 Tim Bresnan, Ricky Ponting and Shane Watson produced their country's highest partnership in limited-overs cricket, 252 in 242 balls, to power their side into Monday's final of the Champions Trophy.
Watson finished 136 not out, including seven sixes, while skipper Ponting made an unbeaten 111, in the unbeaten second wicket partnership. In the end, Australia won by nine wickets with 49 balls to spare.
Ponting passed 12,000 one-day international runs on the way to his 28th hundred in the One Day format.
Australia 259/1 (Ponting 111*, Watson 136*) beat England 257 (Bresnan 80, Wright 48, Siddle 3-55) by nine wickets

Champions Trophy 2009 Group Stage Points Table

Group A Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR
Australia 3 2 0 0 1 5 +0.510
Pakistan 3 2 1 0 0 4 +0.999
India 3 1 1 0 1 3 +0.290
West Indies 3 0 3 0 0 0 -1.537
Group B Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR
New Zealand 3 2 1 0 0 4 +0.782
England 3 2 1 0 0 4 -0.487
Sri Lanka 3 1 2 0 0 2 -0.085
South Africa 3 1 2 0 0 2 -0.177

Champions Trophy, Match 12: India knocked out off ICC Champions Trophy despite win over Windies

Australia stopped India's progress to the Champions Trophy semi-finals with a thrilling two-wicket win over Pakistan in the Group A match while Team India were chasing 130 runs for victory against Windies for a consolation seven-wicket win at Johannesburg.
Gautam Gambhir (six) and Rahul Dravid's (four) departed early, but Dinesh Karthik playing in the absence of Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli dragged their way through an overly dogged 92-run stand to win with 107 balls remaining.
India 130/3 (Kohli 79*) beat West Indies 129 (Praveen 3-22, Nehra 3-31) by seven wickets

Champions Trophy, Match 11: Last-ball victory for Australia in modest run chase

Australia booked the semi-final spot with a thrilling two-wicket win over Pakistan in the Group A match at the SuperSport Park on Wednesday.
In reply to Pakistan’s 205 for six, Australia after losing six wickets for 40 runs did the thriller in the very last ball.
Australia 206/8 (Hussey 64) beat Pakistan 205/6 (Yousuf 45) by two wickets

Champions Trophy, Match 10: New Zealand defeat England to reach semifinals

New Zealand beat already-qualified England by four wickets at the Wanderers, Johannesburg on Tuesday to reach the Champions Trophy semifinals as Group B winners.
New Zealand 147/6 (Guptill 53, Broad 4-39) beat England 146 (Collingwood 40, Elliott 4-31, Bond 3-21) by four wickets

Champions Trophy, Match 9: Rain ruins Australia-India match

A torrential downpour at Centurion Park saw the points shared by Australia and India with just 42.3 overs completed in their Champions Trophy encounter.
India will now have to beat West Indies by a big margin on Wednesday and pray that Pakistan too beat Australia by a good margin on the same day.
Australia 234/4 (Hussey 67, Ponting 65, Paine 56) v India - match abandoned due to rain

Champions Trophy, Match 8: New Zealand put Sri Lanka on brink of exit

A fine all-round performance by New Zealand to defeat Sri Lanka by 38 runs in the Champions Trophy has left the Lankans on the brink of elimination.
Half-centuries from Jesse Ryder and Martin Guptill helped New Zealand amass 315 for the loss of 7 wickets. The Sri Lankans got off to a good start in response, with the opener Tillakaratne Dilshan hitting 41 from 31 balls, but they were eventually bowled out for 277 in 46.4 overs.After losing their first match against South Africa by five wickets, New Zealand can now qualify for the semi-finals if they beat England in their final group game on Tuesday.
New Zealand 315/7 (Ryder 74, Guptill 66, Vettori 48) beat Sri Lanka 277 (Jayawardene 77, Kulasekara 57*) by 38 runs

Champions Trophy, Match 7: England oust South Africa to reach the Semis

Owais Shah struck 98 and Paul Collingwood made 82 as England became the first team to reach the Champions Trophy cricket semifinals with a 22-run victory over South Africa that also eliminated the host nation. England scored a mammoth 328/8, their highest one-day total against South Africa and their third highest ODI score overseas, that proved 22 runs too many for the Proteas. A captain's knock of 141 from Graeme Smith could do little to help the hosts. Smith, who crashed 141 in 134 balls before holing out in the 47th over, was left angered by Strauss' decision not to allow him a runner. For the home fans, it was a night that recalled the desperate scenes at Durban in 2003, when they exited the World Cup at the same stage. For England, who were thrashed 6-1 in their home series by Australia, victory against the number one team in the world and entry into the semis marks a sensational turnaround in the team's fortunes.
England 323/8 (Shah 98, Collingwood 82, Morgan 67) beat South Africa 301/9 (Smith 141, Anderson 3-42) by 22 runs

Champions Trophy, Match 6: Pakistan win by 54 runs, into the Semis

A classy 128 from Shoaib Malik helped Pakistan beat rivals India by 54-runs in the Champions Trophy. Malik shared a record fourth-wicket partnership of 206 with Mohammad Yousuf (87) to propel Pakistan to 302 for nine. It was man-of-the-match Malik's seventh ODI century. Gautam Gambhir (57) and Suresh Raina (46) both made quickfire scores while Rahul Dravid (76) anchored on the other side. However a couple of run outs resulted in India falling from a healthy 126-2 to 248 all out.
Pakistan 302/9 (Malik 128, Yousuf 87, Nehra 4-55) beat India 248 (Dravid 76, Gambhir 57, Ajmal 2-31, Afridi 2-39) by 54 runs

Champions Trophy, Match 5: Australia's Johnson pummels West Indies bowlers

Mitchell Johnson hit 73 as title holders Australia flourished in the closing overs to launch their ICC Champions Trophy campaign with a 50-run win over the West Indies Saturday.
Australia 275/8 (Ponting 79, Johnson 73*, Miller 2-24) beat West Indies 225 (Dowlin 55, Fletcher 54) by 50 runs

Champions Trophy, Match 4: England beats Sri Lanka by six wickets

England, fresh off a 6-1 home series defeat from Australia and without the injured Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff, surprised Sri Lanka by six wickets to start the Champions Trophy cricket event Friday.
England, Sri Lanka and South Africa have one win each, and New Zealand's still a threat. Only two teams proceed to the semifinals next week.
England 213/4 (Morgan 62*) beat Sri Lanka 212 (Kandamby 53, Mathews 52) by six wickets

Champions Trophy, Match 3: South Africa cruise to five-wicket victory over New Zealand

Man-of-the-Match Wayne Parnell took five for 57 as New Zealand were all out for 214 after being 163 for three with 12 overs left, despite Ross Taylor's impressive innings of 72.
South Africa were then guided home by AB de Villiers' unbeaten innings of 70.South Africa's next game in Group B is against England on September 27 while New Zealand are also in action against Sri Lanka on the same day.
South Africa 217/5 (de Villiers 70*) beat New Zealand 214 (Taylor 72, Parnell 5-57) by five wickets

Champions Trophy, Match 2: Pakistan stumble past West Indies

Pakistan stumbled to a five-wicket win over West Indies in their Champions Trophy opener at the Wanderers on Wednesday night. After punching out West Indies for 133 inside the 35th over, they made hard work of chasing the modest total, losing 5 wickets before getting there. Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, with an unbeaten 17, and Umar Akmal, 41 not out, lead the team to victory with 19.3 overs to spare.
Pakistan 134/5 (Umar Akmal 41*, Tonge 4-25) beat West Indies 133 (Miller 51, Aamer 3-24, Gul 3-28) by five wickets

Champions Trophy, Match 1: Sri Lanka beat South Africa

Ajantha Mendis took 3/30 to spin Sri Lanka to a 55-run victory in the rain-shortened Champions Trophy opener on Tuesday. Chasing 319/8 put on by Sri Lanka, South Africa were 206/7 in 37.4 overs before a storm hit Centurion Park and the hosts fell 55 runs short of the 261 runs set as par by the Duckworth/Lewis method.
Sri Lanka 319/8 (Dilshan 106, Jayawardene 77, Sangakkara 54) beat South Africa 206/7 (Smith 58, Mendis 3-30) by 55 runs (D/L) Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Yuvraj Singh out of Champions Trophy, Gambhir new vice-captain

India's Champions Trophy campaign was dealt a massive blow on Wednesday as middle-order batsmen and vice-captain Yuvraj Singh was ruled out of the eight-nation event due to a fractured right-hand finger. Yuvraj has been advised rest for six weeks and will return home.
Delhi middle order batsman Virat Kohli has been named as Yuvraj's replacement. Opener Gambhir, who himself is recuperating from a groin injury, was named the vice-captain of the team. Star opener Virender Sehwag as well as pacer Zaheer Khan are also missing from action due to injuries.

New Zealand crushes India in warm-up match

India's preparation for the Champions Trophy suffered a major setback with the 103-run loss to New Zealand after they were shot out for 198, chasing the mamooth 301 runs set by the Kiwis.
Indian bowling was ripped apart while batting collapsed like a house of cards at the Senwes Park in Johannesburg. In batting, Rahul Dravid (37) was engaging while Abhishek Nayar was the top scorer with a fighting 41 off 36 balls.
Yusuf Pathan was the most successful bowler with three wickets for 46 runs.The Champions Trophy starts Tuesday with South Africa taking on Sri Lanka at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.

Australia show faith in seniors for Champions Trophy

Nine of the players currently playing in the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval, have been included in Australia's 15-man squad for next month's Champion's Trophy to be played in South Africa. The 15-man squad features six players in their 30s and just two under the age of 25. Chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said, "The Champions Trophy is a key event on ICC's cricket calendar and is a good opportunity for us to see how this new-look Australian one-day squad goes in its bid to retain the trophy." Australian Team for Champions Trophy: Ricky Ponting (Captain), Michael Clarke, Nathan Bracken, Callum Ferguson, Brad Haddin, Nathan Hauritz, Ben Hilfenhaus, James Hopes, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Peter Siddle, Adam Voges, Shane Watson, Cameron White

Windies leave out stars for Champions Trophy

The West Indies selectors ignored the top class players - except fast bowler Daren Powell, 31-year-old veteran of 37 Tests and 55 ODIs who had initially made himself unavailable for the Bangladesh series - for the International Cricket Council’s Champions Trophy limited-overs tournament in South Africa. Senior players like Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dwayne Bravo and Jerome Taylor who chose to strike during the Test, One-day and Twenty20 series against Bangladesh in July in the Caribbean, were left out. West Indian Team for Champions Trophy: Floyd Reifer (Captain), Darren Sammy (Vice Captain), David Bernard, Tino Best, Royston Crandon, Travis Dowlin, Andre Fletcher, Nikita Miller, Daren Powell, Kieran Powell, Dale Richards, Kemar Roach, Devon Smith, Gavin Tonge, Chadwick Walton.

Afridi replaces Misbah as Pak vice-captain for Champions Trophy‎

Shahid Afridi was rewarded for his recent match-winning performances by being named the vice-captain of the Pakistan team for next month's Champions Trophy. Flamboyant allrounder Afridi has replaced senior batsman Misbah-ul-Haq as Younis Khan's deputy. The selectors also recalled dope-tainted fast bowler Mohammad Asif, bringing him in place of under-performing all-rounder Abdul Razzaq. Asif, who tested positive for banned anabolic steroid nandrolone during the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) last summer, is currently serving a one-year ban for doping that ends Sept 22.
There are five fast bowlers in the team for the tournament to be played from Sep 22 to Oct 5. Pakistan Team for Champions Trophy: Younis Khan (Captain), Imran Nazir, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Naved-ul Hasan, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Yousuf, Kamran Akmal (Wicket Keeper), Umar Gul, Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif, Rao Iftikhar, Saeed Ajmal

$2m for Champions Trophy winner

The winner of the ICC Champions Trophy final to be played at Centurion, Johannesburg, in South Africa will receive a prize money of $2 million, the runner-up $1 million and the losing semifinalists $4,00,000 each.
The team that finishes third in the two groups will receive $1,00,000 each. The winning team members will also be presented a designer jacket. The jacket was unveiled by South Africans Graeme Smith, Shaun Pollock and Jonty Rhodes last week.

Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar back in India ODI squad

Indian cricket selectors on Sunday recalled Rahul Dravid, whose last one-day international appearance came in October 2007, to the 15 member ODI squad for next month's tri-series in Sri Lanka (Sept 8-14) and the Champions Trophy in South Africa (Sept 22-Oct 5). Rohit Sharma was dropped after he scored just 15 runs in three ODIs against the West Indies last month and also could not impress in the Twenty20 World Cup in England.
Sachin Tendulkar also returned to the squad after opting out of the series against the West Indies but Virender Sehwag misses out because he is not fully recovered from a shoulder injury. Ishant Sharma will lead India's pace attack along with Rudra Pratap Singh, Ashish Nehra and Praveen Kumar. Indian Team for Tri-Series and Champions Trophy: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Yuvraj Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra, Rudra Pratap Singh, Ishant Sharma

ICC confirms Champions Trophy switch from Pakistan to South Africa

South Africa will host the this year's Champions Trophy after the ICC board unanimously agreed on the change today.
The tournament had originally been scheduled to take place in Pakistan last September, but was delayed due to the security fears of a number of competing nations. Concerns were heightened after the terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team in Lahore two weeks ago, and it was decided at an ICC meeting in January that Pakistan would not host the tournament.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) said it would look into the financial implications before making a decision.

Plug pulled on Pakistan's Champions Trophy

The ICC bowed to pressure from non-Asian countries and scrapped next month's Champions Trophy less than three weeks before it was due to begin. Pakistan has been given a further chance to host the event. The tournament is deferred until October 2009 in the hope that the security situation improves.Five of the eight competing teams expressed reservations about their safety in Pakistan. South Africa pulled out of the tournament on Friday, England, Australia and New Zealand were expected to follow, and the West Indies' concerns were also growing. Pakistan will now seek to prove the efficiency of their security arrangements - which the ICC claims are of "presidential standard" - during a home Test series against India, beginning in December.

Pakistan awarded hosting rights of 2008 Champions Trophy

Pakistan had reasons for a double celebration on Sunday when not only did they win a joint bid with India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to host the 2011 World Cup but they were also awarded the 2008 Champions Trophy by the International Cricket Council (ICC) at its board meeting in Dubai. Obviously it is a great honour to get the rights to host both these events but the Champions Trophy is very important for us as it is being held in our country for the first time and we will have to manage things independently, a senior board official said. Pakistan fought off bids from five other countries to get the Champions Trophy which will be a streamlined edition restricted to just eight teams and is planned towards the end of September 2008. According to PCB officials, Pakistan had also been given a specific honour on Sunday in Dubai when its Chairman Shaharyar Khan was chosen by the four Asian countries to speak on behalf of them at the press conference.
A lot of credit goes to Shaharyar Khan for bringing both these tournaments to Asia because he worked very hard behind the scenes and closely monitored the preparation of the compliance document,one official stated. Interestingly, both tournaments are scheduled at a time when going by what is being propagated, the board set-up would have changed from the present one. It does not matter whether we are there or not but it is a prestigious thing for Pakistan to get both these major events particularly given the problems we have faced over touring teams raising questions over the security situation in our country, one official stated.
Shaharyas term expires in December this year but all indications are he would be asked to continue till the World Cup in 2007. Shaharyar said in Dubai that Pakistan was delighted to have been awarded the event. The ICC Champions Trophy 2008 will be one of the biggest global sporting events ever held in Pakistan. The decision of the ICC Board to award this event to Pakistan is a tremendous show of support in the PCB, in Pakistan cricket and in our nation. We are very honoured to have been given the responsibility of hosting this important event and look forward to welcoming the top cricket nations to our country.
The PCB official disclosed that the joint Asian bid had been accepted with ease because of the financial guarantees envisaged in it for the ICC and member nations something that could not be matched by the other contenders, Australia and New Zealand who have been awarded the 2015 World Cup.

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After bowling out West Indies for 138, the Aussies cruised to victory in the finals of the ICC Champions Trophy. Austalia were chasing a target of 116 runs set following the D/L method after three hours of rain delay.
West Indies started off strongly scoring 80 runs in the first 10 overs, but Bracken slowed them down after bowling out Chanderpaul and Gayle. The Windies scored only 23 runs in the next 10 overs at the loss of 5 wickets. For Australia, Watson scored 57 runs and Martyn was unbeaten at 47 at the end of play. West Indies (Playing XI): C H Gayle, S Chanderpaul, R R Sarwan, B C Lara, R S Morton, M N Samuels, D J Bravo, C S Baugh, C D Collymore, I D R Bradshaw, J E Taylor.
Australia (Playing XI): A C Gilchrist, S R Watson, R T Ponting, D R Martyn, A Symonds, M J Clarke, M E K Hussey, G B Hogg, B Lee, N W Bracken, G D McGrath
Australia 116 for 2 (28.1 overs) beat West Indies 138 all out (30.4 overs) by 8 wickets (D/L)

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.