ICC World T20

Pakistan Win But Australia Qualify For Semi-Finals

Pakistan boosted their chances of qualifying for the 2012 ICC World T20 semi-finals with a 32-run win over Australia in their last Super Eight match at the R. Premadasa Stadium. The Australians, guided by Michael Hussey's unbeaten half-century, scored 117 for seven in a chase of 150 runs and have thus qualified for the semis themselves.
2 October 2012

Malinga Bowls Sri Lanka Through As England Crash Out

Sri Lanka moved into the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 2012, taking the West Indies with them, by beating England by 19 runs in Pallekele. A powerful batting performance saw them post 169 for six - a score that proved well beyond England despite a fine knock of 63 in 43 balls from Samit Patel.
1 October 2012

All Over For New Zealand Thanks To Super Narine

New Zealand went out of the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 in the cruellest of fashions against the West Indies by losing their second super over in three matches in Pallekele. Following their loss in similar circumstances to Sri Lanka on Thursday evening where they managed just seven, they racked up 17 on this occasion as Ross Taylor struck a couple of boundaries.
1 October 2012

Plays Of The Day - Of Nerves And Momentum

Sunday was a weird matchday, one in the long lists of such seen through this tournament. It was supposed to be an exemplary showcase of two rivalries. One that has woven itself intriguingly well as concerns results in such high-profile clashes, and the other, taking merit from a political-cum-historical debate lending much colour to the field of play. As much as the two games promised a stellar show, they both ended in anti-climatic one-sided affairs.
1 October 2012

India Stay Alive By Beating Rivals Pakistan

India kept their semi-final hopes alive on Sunday evening in Colombo, beating Pakistan by eight wickets, a result which means that the last Super Eights matchday at R. Premadasa Stadium will decide who the second semi-finalist from this group is. This after Australia beat South Africa earlier in the day, by the same margin, and pretty much sealed their spot in the last four.
30 September 2012

Watson To The Fore Again As Australia Beat South Africa

Australia continued their rampant form in the ICC World Twenty20 beating South Africa by eight wickets at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Sunday. In the first match of the 'rivalry' double-header in Colombo on Sunday, Shane Watson produced a fourth consecutive man-of-the-match performance to send the Australian juggernaut rolling into the semi-finals.
30 September 2012

Jayawardene Leads Sri Lanka To Thumping Win Over West Indies

Sri Lanka went from one extreme to the other, following up their tight Super Over victory over New Zealand with a comprehensive nine-wicket thrashing of the West Indies to make it two Super Eight wins in a row in the ICC World Twenty20 2012 in Pallekele. A majestic unbeaten 65 from Mahela Jayawardene underpinned a successful run chase having been set a modest target of 130.
29 September 2012

England Show They're Made Of The Wright Stuff

England kept the defence of their ICC World Twenty20 crown alive by beating New Zealand by six wickets in Pallekele. Steven Finn had taken three wickets to help restrict the Black Caps to 148 for six from their 20 overs, while Luke Wright hit his second half-century of the tournament to steady the nerves in England's reply.
29 September 2012

Plays Of The Day - Captaincy Blunders

You just knew the 2012 ICC World T20 would explode into frenzy as the Super Eights came about. Eight teams in the fray and all of them near equal, with any advantages diminished by the cruelty of this format. This will probably be mega last-ten-days to the tournament, weather permitting, of course. That the stage got off to a flyer with a Super Over between Sri Lanka and New Zealand only added to the excitement, what with the host nation coming to a stand-still in hope of victory. While the West Indies-England game followed the same slam-bang script, there is a marked difference in how the matches panned out in Pallekele and Colombo.
29 September 2012

Australia Hammer Hopeless India

In the second match of the day at R. Premadasa Stadium, Australia blanked India by eight wickets as the first round of Super Eight matches in the ICC World Twenty20 concluded. The city of Colombo would have liked the Aussie batting display as the Super Eights kicked off here in some style, after Pakistan beat South Africa in a humdinger earlier in the day.
28 September 2012

Umar Akmal Guides Pakistan To Nerve-Jangling Win

In a great start to the second Super Eights leg to be played in Colombo, Pakistan trumped South Africa by two wickets. They won the match with two balls to spare, after spending much of their innings batting in peril. Umar Akmal and Umar Gul guided their team home in the last over as the R. Premadasa Stadium came to life after waiting for so long.
28 September 2012

Anderson Gets Fired Up For India Tour At La Manga Club

James Anderson is aiming to be firing on all cylinders on England's tour to India this winter after recharging his batteries during a holiday at Spain's La Manga Club. The Lancashire star spent time with his family relaxing and enjoying the facilities of the award-winning five-star resort ahead of leading England's bowling attack on their four-Test series in the sub-continent.
28 September 2012

West Indies Survive Morgan Magic

A magical innings from Eoin Morgan wasn't enough for England as they lost by 15 runs to the West Indies on the opening day of super eight matches in Pallekele. Morgan hit 71 not out off only 36 balls, but, coming in at number five, even he couldn't make up for the earlier failings of his colleagues. West Indies' openers had earlier blitzed England's spinners to all parts to lead their side to 179 for five. Chris Gayle and Johnson Charles both hit fast-paced half-centuries as seven overs of England spin yielded 70 runs and only one wicket.
27 September 2012

Sri Lanka Take Dramatic Super Over Win

There was high drama as the Super Eight stage of the ICC World Twenty20 got underway in Pallekele as Sri Lanka held their nerve to beat New Zealand on a Super Over. Both teams scored 174 - Rob Nicol hitting 58 for New Zealand and Tillakaratne Dilshan 76 for Sri Lanka in a high-class display of powerful batting - before it came down to cricket's equivalent of the penalty shootout.
27 September 2012

Comment - A Tournament Begging For Attention

Cricket has changed, and probably for the worse. There used to be a time when this game generated interest wherever it was played in the sub-continent. A whole generation of fanatics was born this way when the 1996 ODI World Cup came to town. Never mind if the host nation wasn't playing, the crowds still came in to watch.
26 September 2012

Imran Nazir Blasts Pakistan Through To Super 8s

Pakistan qualified for the Super Eights of the ICC World Twenty20 2012 by making it six wins out of six against Bangladesh in Group D. A blistering innings of 72 in 36 balls from Imran Nazir overshadowed an effort of 84 from Shakib Al Hasan as Bangladesh's hopes of progression ended despite a score of 175 for six, Pakistan overhauling the score with eight balls to spare.
25 September 2012

Malhotra Replaces Sultana In India Squad

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that Reema Malhotra has replaced Gouher Sultana in India's squad ahead of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. The tournament gets underway on 26th September and India begin their campaign against Australia one day later.
25 September 2012

West Indies Qualify After Washout In Colombo

West Indies found themselves on the lucky end of the rainy stick when for a second match running, they encountered a washout at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Earlier on Saturday, they had lost to Australia on the Duckworth-Lewis method after weather interference during their bowling stint. This time they didn't get to bat as Ireland's score of 129 for six in 19 overs went untested, meaning the West Indies qualified for the Super Eights.
24 September 2012

Plays Of The Day - A Tale Of Two Off-Spinners

On Sunday evening, just as the two teams were warming up ahead of their clash at the R. Premadasa Stadium, Harbhajan Singh was among the last Indian players to walk out. He knew he was in the first eleven - skipper MS Dhoni had said so in the pre-match conference. Bhajji didn't bother with the fielding drills coach Duncan Fletcher was monitoring. He didn't pay any attention to Dhoni playing football with the groundsmen. He was on his way to the pitch.
24 September 2012

India Put England In A Spin

India sent defending champions England crashing to a huge defeat, by 90 runs, at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. On a day that stayed dry throughout Sri Lanka, earlier Pakistan's spinners had inflicted damage on the New Zealand batting line-up, winning by 13 runs. But the Indians wreaked much more havoc.
23 September 2012