John Pennington and Chetan Narula discuss the ICC World Twenty20 2012 semi-final between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The game was won by Sri Lanka and they focus on the impact of Rangana Herath, among other things.
Join our live cricket show covering the closing stages of the first semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20 2012 as Sri Lanka take on Pakistan in Colombo.
Join us as we keep you up to date with the closing stages of the match with John Pennington and Daniel Grummitt leading coverage in the studio. Then, we look ahead to the second semi-final between Australia and the West Indies with contributions from Mickey Arthur, Stafanie Taylor, Chetan Narula and Mark Butcher.
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.
The final round of group games in the ICC Women's World Twenty20 2012 saw an upset win for Pakistan over India and an impressive victory for England over reigning champions Australia.
England's victory set up a semi-final clash against New Zealand while Australia will take on the West Indies.
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.
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.
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.
Pakistan held their nerve against a late onslaught from Ross Taylor to record a 13-run win over New Zealand that more or less secured their passage to the super eight stage of the tournament. Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed had been the main contributors with the bat for Pakistan, while Saeed Ajmal led the spin attack, ending with figures of four for 30.
England won their final warm-up match ahead of their opening game in the tournament proper, which is on Friday against Afghanistan. They beat Pakistan by 15 runs in an exceedingly low-scoring match at the P Sara Oval in Colombo.
The pitches in Sri Lanka continued their unpredictable trend, with this one offering both prodigious turn for the spinners and enough movement off the seam to keep the quicker bowlers interested.
John Pennington and Chetan Narula discuss the India-Pakistan warm-up game ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 2012 in Sri Lanka.
Chetan was at the game at the R Premadesa Stadium and saw Pakistan overhaul a target of 186 with five balls to spare thanks to a brilliant unbeaten 92 by Kamran Akmal.
The final round of warm-ups ahead of the ICC World Twenty 2012 ended with wins for England, Ireland, India, South Africa and the West Indies.
Ireland produced an impressive comeback to beat Bangladesh by five runs, England came out on top of a similarly close game against Australia to win by nine runs, Pakistan confidently chased down a stiff target to overcome India by five wickets while South Africa proved too strong for New Zealand, as did the West Indies for Afghanistan.
After the success of the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 2007 hosted by South Africa, it was once again time for the world to be treated to big hitting and skilful bowling as England played host to the second ICC World Twenty20 in 2009.
Nine of the Test-playing nations were joined in the competition by three qualifiers, Scotland, Ireland and the Netherlands. The omission of the tenth Test-playing nation, Zimbabwe, was related to political controversies surrounding the leader Robert Mugabe.
The thing about Pakistan is that you can choose to ignore them only at your peril. Whatever be the format of the game, this side is always in with a chance. Sure, they may not be favourites to win. But the lowest they are classified is the rag-tag of underdogs or even dark-horses. They are never deemed 'not in contention'. Ever.
With ICC World Twenty20 2012 on the horizon, it would be silly to think that Pakistan do not have a shot at winning their second title in three years. Let us do the math.
Australia smashed Pakistan by 94 runs in the third and final Twenty20 International in Dubai, closing the series with a dominant win.
After a half-century from David Warner had helped them set a ground record of 168 for seven, they dismissed Pakistan for a dismal 74 all out.
Pakistan won a sensational match in Dubai to clinch their three-game Twenty20 International series against Australia with a match still to play. A super-over was needed to separate the two sides after they had both ended on 151 from their 20 overs.
Pakistan bowled Australia out for just 89 - the second lowest score they have ever been dismissed for in their history - on their way to a comprehensive seven-wicket win in the opening Twenty20 International in Dubai.
Sohail Tanvir led the way with figures of three for 13 as Australia set a pathetic target, which Pakistan chased down with more than five overs to spare.
England Women produced another dominant performance to beat Pakistan by 81 runs in the second and final One-Day International at Loughborough.
Danielle Wyatt top scored with 41 as England posted 162 for seven and Pakistan scored exactly half as many runs when they batted, closing on 81 for five.
Glenn Maxwell's maiden half-century guided Australia to a series-clinching three-wicket win over Pakistan in the third and final One-Day International in Sharjah.
After Pakistan reached 244 for seven, an innings in which Mitchell Starc grabbed four for 51, Michael Hussey hit 65 and Maxwell 56 not out as Australia got home with three overs to spare.
Pakistan fought back against Australia in the stifling heat of an Arabian night to level their three-match One-Day International series in Abu Dhabi. Saeed Ajmal had strangled the Australia middle-order during his spell of four for 32, while Nasir Jamshed led Pakistan's reply with a fluent 97.
Australia just about managed to overhaul Pakistan's modest total of 198 in the opening ODI between the two sides in Sharjah. They struggled throughout their innings against the nominal home side's spinners and had stuttered to 87 for four at the halfway stage in their run chase. However, Michael, Clarke, George Bailey and Glenn Maxwell starred with the willow and they got home with four wickets and 10 balls to spare.