ICC World T20

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

Pakistan Hold Nerve To Beat New Zealand

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.
23 September 2012

Plays Of The Day - Gayle Versus Watson

The 2012 ICC World T20 has finally come alive. And it took Chris Gayle to do it, after a week of minnow bashing and empty stands. There are five grandstands at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, and on Saturday night, there were as many people at the ground to fill four-and-a-half of them. So much so, that Mexican Waves aplenty were going around, the first such instance in five days of competition.
23 September 2012

Australia Triumph Over West Indies In Rain-Affected Encounter

Australia went top of Group B after beating West Indies by 17 runs (by D/L method) at R Premadasa Stadium. On a rain-affected Saturday, the second match of the day was washed off towards the end, just as it began moving to an intense finish. Earlier South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 32 overs, in a seven-overs per side rain curtailed match.
22 September 2012

South Africa Win Hambantota Mini-Match

The 2012 ICC World Twenty20 was still left waiting for its first close match as AB de Villiers, Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn, coupled with the Hambantota rain, put pay to the home side's efforts against South Africa. The start of the match had been delayed by more than two hours due to rain in the southern coastal city of Hambantota, and when it did finally get underway as a seven overs aside affair, South Africa's batsmen wasted little time in making the most of some full-pitched bowling from Sri Lanka's seamers.
22 September 2012

Cricket World Extras - Bumble Picks Favourite England Game

Former England and Lancashire cricketer David 'Bumble' Lloyd picks his favourite England game.
22 September 2012

Plays Of The Day - Afghanistan Bullied

The inevitable happened. Despite their supreme spunk, the swagger went out of Afghanistan on Friday night. Call it the tag of defending champions or that the pitch had just a little more bounce in it, but England were on the money. They pressed home their advantage, so much so that it wouldn't be a wonder if some tears were shed in the Afghan dressing room over that 26 for eight performance.
22 September 2012

ICC WT20 Podcast: Day Five Previews

Chetan Narula and John Pennington preview day five of the ICC World Twenty20 in 2012 which sees Australia take on the West Indies and South Africa meet Sri Lanka. Both South Africa and Sri Lanka are already through to the Super Eights, but there is still plenty to play for.
22 September 2012

England Begin Title Defence With Crushing Win

England got their title defence off to the perfect start at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. They beat Afghanistan by a whopping 116 runs, never breaking sweat in the process. Afghanistan won the toss and again elected to field first hoping to inflict some early damage and give the defending champions a little scare, but their ploy, which worked well two days ago against India, didn't really work out this time.
21 September 2012

McCullum Smashes Record As New Zealand Hammer Bangladesh

Brendon McCullum hit a new world record Twenty20 International score of 123 in 58 balls as New Zealand thrashed Bangladesh by 59 runs in the opening game in Group D of the ICC World Twenty20 2012 in Pallekele. He also became the first player to score two centuries in the format, taking Bangladesh apart as New Zealand posted 191 for three and in reply Bangladesh could manage just 132 for eight, despite an impressive half-century from Nasir Hossain.
21 September 2012

South Africa Send Zimbabwe Packing

Zimbabwe were the first team to exit the ICC World T20 following another abject performance - this time at the hands of South Africa in Hambantota. After being put into bat by South African captain AB de Villiers, they lost their three big guns - Hamilton Masakadza, Vusi Sibanda and Brendan Taylor - early and never really recovered, in spite of a determined 37 from Craig Ervine.
20 September 2012

Plays Of The Day - Ireland And Afghanistan Impress In Spurts

The first two matches of the ICC World Twenty20 2012 at Colombo went as per script, although that their stories could have been reversed. Ireland were expected to challenge Australia, and not just because of the ICC rankings, but they came a cropper. Afghanistan were expected to roll over and die, instead they chose to pick up a sword and fight until the very end.
20 September 2012

India Down Brave Afghanistan By 23 Runs

In the second match of the day at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, India managed to survive a mini-scare from Afghanistan. The 2007 champions, who won comfortably when the two teams met in 2010, had to sweat this time to register a 23-run win.
19 September 2012

Australia Off To Winning Start Against Ireland

Colombo got into the ICC World Twenty20 2012 groove with action in Group B. Ireland and Australia, neighbours on the ICC rankings, faced off at the R. Premadasa Stadium, the latter winning by seven wickets. Irish captain William Porterfield won the toss and elected to bat first. The idea was to get runs on the board and put some pressure on Australia, who had been quite vocal about the threat from their opponents. However it didn't really work out in that manner.
19 September 2012

England Beat Pakistan In World T20 Warm-Up

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.
19 September 2012

ICC WT20 Podcast: Day Two Previews

Looking ahead to day two of the ICC World Twenty20 2012, which sees Australia play Ireland in Colombo and then India play Afghanistan, Chetan Narala speaks to John Pennington. Can either Ireland or Afghanistan produce the first upset of the competition? Or will Australia and India lay down markers following Sri Lanka's impressive thrashing of Zimbabwe on opening night?
19 September 2012

Sri Lanka Ease Past Woeful Zimbabwe

Tournament hosts Sri Lanka were barely troubled by a poor Zimbabwe side as they won the opening match of the ICC World T20 2012 by 82 runs in Hambantota. It was a tale of the two Mendises as Jeevan starred with the bat to haul Sri Lanka up to 182 for four and Ajantha with the ball to help rout the visitors for just 100.
18 September 2012

ICC WT20: Encouraging News For Albie Morkel

South Africa all-rounder Albie Morkel will undergo a late fitness test ahead of his team's opening ICC World Twenty20 match against Zimbabwe on Thursday. He underwent a precautionary MRI scan after suffering back spasms during his side's warm-up win over New Zealand but the results proved inconclusive.
18 September 2012

ICC WT20: Nicol And Southee Delayed Due To Illness

New Zealand are finalising their preparations for the ICC World Twenty20 two men light after batsman Rob Nicol and Tim Southee were unable to travel to Kandy due to illness. Both players reported feeling unwell - Southee before the warm-up match against South Africa and Nicol - after and will remain in Colombo.
18 September 2012