|West Indies win over India by 7 Wickets||
Jun 12th, 2009 7:16:24 pm - Subscribe
|It will be one of the standout moments of this T20 World Cup, but, in the end, it wasn’t in a winning effort.
Yuvraj Singh’s wonderfully performed flick six over mid-wicket off Jerome Taylor was one of the few moments that would have brought joy to the Indian camp on Friday. The champions crashed to a seven-wicket defeat against the West Indies in their opening SuperEights encounter, putting their semifinal hopes in real jeopardy. The Windies overhauled the target with eight balls to spare.
With the openers, Rohit Sharma and Gautam Gambhir, failing to get the team off to the customary flier, the hardly tested middle-order found itself with the task of getting a total that would provide a challenge. They managed to get to 153/7, with Yuvraj Singh being the standout performer with a 43-ball 67.
As such, 154 aren’t the easiest of targets to defend, and listless fielding did not help matters.
Then, Dwayne Bravo played an innings of absolute class to safely steer his side to a well-deserved win. The all-rounder smashed 66 off just 36 balls to snuff out any hopes India had of a win. He won the game with an awesome inside-out six over cover. 46 runs came off the last 3.4 over of the Windies’ innings, most of them from Bravo’s bat.
This crush means India have to win both their left behind playoffs.
|Captain Dhoni in Poor Form fears India||
Jun 10th, 2009 7:47:19 pm - Subscribe
|Defending champions India would have won its first two games of the T20 World Cup comfortably, but skipper M S Dhoni's poor form is worrying the team ahead of its Super 8 games.
Dhoni, who promoted himself at number three position in the batting line-up for the group matches against relatively weaker sides Bangladesh and Ireland, could score 26 and 14 runs respectively.
The skipper's dismal show at the one down position is also likely to hamper team's batting as in-form Suresh Raina, whom Dhoni replaced at number three, has to come down in the order giving him lesser time to garner runs.
In the recently concluded second edition of Indian Premier League, Raina, who batted at number three position, was among the leading run scorers.
|Younus pleased by sea-change||
Jun 9th, 2009 8:06:52 pm - Subscribe
|Pakistan skipper Younus Khan reflected after his side's victory over Netherlands on the slings and arrows of outrageous T20 World Cup 2009 fortune.
Younus was philosophical about defeat in the opening match against England and was no less laidback about the shortest form of the game following the 82-run win over the Dutch.
Younus said that We lost to England and now we are in the Super Eights so we must take it easy about this cricket. It's good entertainment. Everybody follows Twenty20 these days and the good thing about it is it is changing every single over. If you lose a couple of wickets in an over you could lose quite easily. But if you get 20-25 runs from an over you can be on your way quite easily. You need energy whether you are batting, bowling or fielding.
Pakistan needed to not only win but win well to qualify for the Super Eights at the expense of the Dutch. After making 175-5, they needed to restrict the Netherlands to 150 in reply � a feat that was rarely in doubt once spin twins Shahid Afridi (4-11) and Saeed Ajmal (3-20) got to work. We wanted to be positive and so we batted first. The spinners Afridi and Ajmal bowled really well and they were given excellent support by Kamran Akmal behind the stumps.
The Pakistan captain hopes his team have got their worst performance of the tournament out of the way first up - the 48-run loss to England - and can carry on their improved form against Sri Lanka in their opening Super Eights match at Lord's on Friday.
|England overcome slack Pakistan to pass up early on way out||
Jun 7th, 2009 6:22:38 pm - Subscribe
|England bounced back after Friday’s humiliating defeat to The Netherlands with a commanding 48-run win over Pakistan at the Oval on Sunday in the T20 world cup 09.
Chasing 186, Pakistan managed to score just 137/7 in their quota of 20 over. Despite an unbeaten 46 off 31 by skipper Younis Khan, Pakistan ended up on the losing side and it was Stuart Broad’s second over that made all the difference. He finished with figures of 3-0-17-3.
Pakistan got off to a disastrous start, losing young Ahmed Shehzad for just 4. While Salman Butt (2 and Kamran Akmal (6) did try to give some impetus to the innings but Pakistan suffered a setback when they lost both batsmen in the same over from Stuart Broad. Younis and Shoaib Malik began their partnership by milking England’s two spinners — Adil Rashid and Graeme Swann. They preferred placement over power-hitting, largely dealing in singles with the occasional boundary or two, in a bid to keep Pakistan in the hunt.
With Pakistan’s chances of a win slowly fading, Luke Wright removed Malik (20) caught behind. Misbah-ul-Haq hit Pakistan’s first six of the innings in the 17th over, but departed soon after with just 10 on board.
Earlier, a fit-again and determined Kevin Pietersen (58 off 3 powered England to a formidable 185/5 off 20 over. Luke Wright chipped in with 34 off 16, while Owais Shah managed a 32-ball 33.
|Australia banking on surprise factor||
Jun 4th, 2009 6:24:55 pm - Subscribe
|After the semifinal loss in the ICC World Twenty20 Championship in South Africa, Siddle feels Australia have adapted to the format. "We're looking forward to the tournament.
T20 has changed a long way since 2007. Every team is learning about the format, it's not just us," he said.
With the team's composition having undergone a radical transformation, Siddle believes the changes could actually work in their favour. "Most of the teams haven't seen some of our players.
The likes of David Warner have done really well in the limited-overs format, especially T20 cricket. Some of these guys did very well on the South African tour and this is a good opportunity for us to show what we are ahead of the Ashes," he said.
Emphasizing on the need to be economical in the allotted four overs, Siddle said: "We just have twenty four balls. It's imperative to get everything absolutely right and make all the difference.
"One of the major talking points about Australia's T20 campaign would be the apparent distraction, with the Ashes to follow immediately. Siddle, however, stressed on the hunger to add another major limited-overs trophy to the cabinet.
"No doubt it, (the Ashes), is at the back of our minds. But at the moment, we just want to focus on the ICC World Twenty20 and not look too ahead," he said.
With the buzz in Britain all about the momentum between the two teams, Siddle felt that a T20 World Cup 09 win would play an important role in the Ashes.