Sunday, June 21, 2009

ICC T20 World Cup 2009 Winners - Pakistan, International cricket title after 17 years

Pakistan won by 8 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)

Pakistan are the ICC T20 World Cup 2009 winners. The team beat Sri Lanka by 8 wickets with 8 balls remaining.

Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik steer the team to victory with 8 balls remaining. Earlier Sri Lanka made 138/6 thanks to some wonderful batting by Kumara Sangakkara after the top guns failed to fire. Much hyped Tilshan went out for a duck and so Jayawardene after scoring 1.

Although Jayasuriya scored 17, he looked uncomfortable against Pakistani attack and all credit to Abdul Razzak who took 3 wickets in a match that is so important.

As Pakistan started to chase things never looked good for Sri Lanka. Kamran Akmal went firing and scored quick fire 30+ and he laid the pillars for Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi to take forward. Afridi scored a 54 from 40 deliveries 2 fours and 2 sixes in his score.

At no point in their innings the two batsmen looked defocused and they went on to give victory for the team. Afridi scores the winning shot and sported we-done-it-this-time expression.

Pakistan won an international cricket tournament after 17 years
when they outplayed Sri Lanka by eight wickets to become World Twenty20 champions at the Lord's here Sunday.

It was way back in 1992 when charismatic Imran Khan came back from retirement to lead Pakistan to ODI World Cup victory Down Under. Younis Khan Sunday made sure that his name will be taken in the same breath as Imran, leading the underdogs to title triumph.

There was not even synthetic excitement as Pakistan planned the downfall of Sri Lanka and executed it brilliantly, chasing down 139-run target coolly with eight balls to spare.

The victory will give the strife-torn nation something to cheer and a heart to get back into the mainstream of international cricket in a big way, though they may not be able to host international teams in the near future. The jubilant scenes at the home of cricket, Lord's, clearly exemplified the spirit of the Pakistanis who have not played any worthwhile cricket for over a year with a majority of nations refusing to visit them.

Sri Lankans were up against a gritty Pakistan who did not want to let go winning the second Twenty20 final, having narrowly lost the first two years ago against India in South Africa.

Shahid Afridi was the man of the moment for Pakistan. The maverick all-rounder first produced four tight overs, taking his only wicket off his last delivery, and then paced his knock of 40-ball 54 (two sixes and two fours) to see the side through.

Afridi then struck a match-winning unbroken 79-run partnership with former captain Shoaib Malik (24, 22balls, 2x4) for the third wicket.

Kumar Sangakkara decided to set the target on winning the toss, but their innings was soon in disarray, losing their top four batsmen in the first six overs, Andul Razzaq claiming three of the wickets.

The rot set in the moment in-form Tillakaratne Dilshan was surprised by a well-directed bouncer as his mistimed pull ended in an easy catch behind the square.

It was eventually left to Sangakkara's well compiled unbeaten 64 and his seventh-wicket 68-run partnership with Angelo Mathews gave their team a fighting score.

Kamran Akmal (37) and teenager Shahzaid Hasan (19) gave Pakistan a rollicking start while Afridi's blitzkrieg, and Malik's 24 not out took them home.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

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Which team will win the Twenty20 World Cup 2009?

After 24 matches in 11 hectic days, the World Twenty20 has come down to four final teams. One of them is just two wins away from becoming world champions, but which?

South Africa

The form …

Obliterated Scotland and West Indies by posting huge totals – 211 and 183 – after being put into bat. When they did misfire in the first innings, struggling to a meagre 128 against New Zealand, they then strangled the opposition in the field to win by a single run. They did the same thing to England in the first innings two days later, and then made a mockery of chasing down the target of 112. They’ve won every which way but lose.

Why they might win …

South Africa are the only XI in which every single member is capable of producing a match-turning performance when the other 10 have failed. They are so finely balanced they put Philippe Petit to shame, and hustle harder than a penniless grifter. The spin duo of Johan Botha and Roelof van der Merwe are so canny they’ve combined for 15 wickets at the miserly economy rate of 5.42. Wayne Parnell and Dale Steyn have been scarcely less effective opening the attack. They bat deeper than anyone else, and specialise in scoring quickly during the usually barren middle overs.

But …

There is one obstacle South Africa have not had to cross. They’ve not faced a single good spin attack in any of their four live games – excluding the dead rubber against India. On a Trent Bridge wicket that has started to spin square, they are going to be up against Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal. Can the South African batsmen play spin assuredly as they do pace? If their scoring rate is knotted up in a tangle in the middle overs, a whole new kind of pressure will drop on them.


The form …

Younis Khan’s press conferences have been one of the delights of the tournament. No one has enjoyed the cup more, it seems, than the relentlessly chipper Pakistan captain, every bit as cheery in defeat against England and Sri Lanka as he was in victory against New Zealand, Ireland and the Netherlands.

Why they might win …

They have improved as the tournament has gone on, despite reports of fighting within the team that has seemingly cost them the form of two key players, Shoaib Malik and Misbah-ul-Haq, and the ugly allegations about Umar Gul’s peerless death bowling. Old iron gloves Kamran Akmal has been a revelation when standing up to the stumps, making an astonishing seven stumpings and opening the batting with aplomb. The heart of the side, though, is Shahid Afridi, a comic book creation who bowls leg-spin with the cunning of Cardinal Richelieu and then bats with the foolhardy panache of all three musketeers rolled into one.

But …

The only good team they have beaten so far is New Zealand, and with Misbah and Malik failing to contribute, the batting has been lacking and is overly dependent on Akmal and Younis.

Sri Lanka

The form …

The other unbeaten side. They have eased through every match so far, the closest they have come to defeat was when underestimating Ireland, but even then they won by nine runs.

Why they might win …

Their bowling attack is unfeasibly strong and it allows them a similar luxury of approach to Kevin Keegan’s first Newcastle United side. It does not matter what they are dismissed for, they will rattle the opposition out for less. If Mendis and Murali do not get you, Malinga will. This allows them to do preposterous things like open the attack with Sanath Jayasuriya and Angelo Mathews. Nuwan Kulasekara is the No1 ranked ODI bowler in the world, and he has hardly even featured in this competition. In Tillakaratne Dilshan they have the cup’s leading run-scorer (53, 74, 46, 0, 48).

But …

They play their semi-final at The Oval, on a wicket that demands sizeable totals. It will be the first time Sri Lanka have played there in the tournament, and their top-order have scored their runs slowly rather than explosively – Dilshan has the best strike rate, 143, and yet he is only 34th in the overall standings – and their underwhelming middle-order of Mathews, Jehan Mubarak and Chamara Silva have made only 120 runs in 14 innings. West Indies on the other hand, absolutely love the venue.

West Indies

Form …

They may have lost to two of the four semi-finalists, but they beat England, Australia and India with ease. They have not had a soft match all tournament, and have been hardened by that. More than any other side there is a sense that the cup campaign has pulled the team closer together. But they have batted second in every one of their five matches, so the challenge of defending a target is alien to them.

Why they might win …

The West Indians adore The Oval. They have beaten England and Australia there in this tournament and, astonishingly, they have only lost one of the nine ODIs they have played at the ground. One of those wins was the famous victory in the final of the 2004 Champions Trophy. Then, like now, they grew through the tournament after a dismal summer campaign in England. Their batting is fearsome, with Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle providing an excess of power, while Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul are old hands at thriving under pressure.

But …

Jerome Taylor and Fidel Edwards only fire in fits and sparks, while the rest of the bowling attack is cobbled together from a collection of part-time contributions. And their spinners, Sulieman Benn and Gayle, have taken only three wickets between them. If they have to defend, rather than set, a target then their shaky ground fielding may only get worse still.


You would be a fool to wager anything more than the change in your back pocket, as the margins between the sides are Rizla thin. But on the Sportblog bold opinions come cheap and the only thing at stake is a little pride.

My heart says Pakistan, my head says South Africa, my gut says West Indies and my gammy knee is going for Sri Lanka. I’m sticking with my original prediction of South Africa.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Live Cricket Coverage: New Zealand vs. Sri Lanka

Live Cricket Coverage: Tue June 16, 1.30pm, Trent Bridge, Nottingham

It’s quite simple - the winner goes into the semi-finals and the loser heads home. A second-round exit would be slightly unfair on the undefeated Sri Lanka, but they can avoid the trapdoor with another committed performance when they face New Zealand, who have a much healthier net run-rate despite a win and a loss in the Super Eights.

Check out live cricket coverage score board on top & on left as well.

New Zealand Squad :

1 Brendon McCullum, 2 Aaron Redmond, 3 Martin Guptill, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Scott Styris, 6 Jacob Oram, 7 Peter McGlashan (wk), 8 Nathan McCullum, 9 Daniel Vettori (capt), 10 Kyle Mills, 11 Ian Butler.

SriLanka Squad:

1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Sanath Jayasuriya, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (capt, wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene, 5 Chamara Silva, 6 Jehan Mubarak, 7 Angelo Mathews, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Muttiah Muralitharan, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Ajantha Mendis.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Live Cricket Coverage: Pakistan v Ireland ICC World Cup Twenty20 2009

Pakistan v Ireland ICC World Cup Twenty20 2009

Ireland is now facing Pakistan in the Super Eight Series Match this Monday on ICC World Cup T20 2009 at The Oval.

Pakistan wins their 2nd match in the super 8 over New Zealand last June 13 by 6 wickets while Ireland got their 2nd loss in the Super Eight Last June 14 to Sri Lanka by 9 runs.

Will Pakistan still hangs on to the series?? Find out the Latest Updates at Live Cricket Coverage

Live Cricket Coverage: India Vs England T20 Highlights

India Vs England T20 Highlights

Live Cricket Coverage: India vs England T20 Match Scores

Live Cricket Coverage - Match Information
Umpires: Stephen Davis (Aus) & Asoka De Silva (SL)
Third Umpire: Marais Erasmus (SA)
Match Referee: Alan Hurst (Aus)
Toss: India (Elected to field)
Match Status: England won by 3 runs
Man of the Match: Ryan Sidebottom
England Innings | India Innings
Batting: England Innings
Batsmen England (153/7 in 20 ovs) Runs Balls 4’s 6’s SR
Ravinder Bopara b R Jadeja 37 37 3 1 100.00
Luke Wright c Y Pathan b RP Singh 1 7 0 0 14.29
Kevin Pietersen lbw b R Jadeja 46 27 5 1 170.37
Dimitri Mascarenhas not out 25 27 2 0 92.59
Owais Shah c R Jadeja b H Singh 12 10 1 0 120.00
Paul Collingwood (c) lbw b Z Khan 7 5 1 0 140.00
James Foster (wk) c & b H Singh 6 5 0 0 120.00
Graeme Swann b H Singh 0 1 0 0 0.00
Stuart Broad not out 3 1 0 0 300.00
Ryan Sidebottom

James Anderson

Extras: b - 0, w - 14, nb - 0, lb - 2 16
Total: (153 for 7 in 20 overs) 153 Run Rate: 7.65

Fall Of Wickets
1/3 (Luke Wright, 1.4 ov.), 2/74 (Ravinder Bopara, 10.5 ov.), 3/92 (Kevin Pietersen, 12.6 ov.), 4/122 (Owais Shah, 17.2 ov.), 5/138 (Paul Collingwood, 18.3 ov.), 6/145 (James Foster, 19.3 ov.), 7/145 (Graeme Swann, 19.4 ov.)

Bowling: India
Bowler O M R W Nb Wd ER
Zaheer Khan 3 0 26 1 0 2 8.7
Rudra Pratap Singh 3 0 13 1 0 0 4.3
Ishant Sharma 4 0 36 0 0 0 9.0
Yuvraj Singh 2 0 20 0 0 0 10.0
Harbhajan Singh 4 0 30 3 0 2 7.5
Ravindra Jadeja 4 0 26 2 0 2 6.5

Power Play: England innings
Mandatory: (0.1 - 6) overs - 40 - Runs
Batting: India Innings
Batsmen India (150/5 in 20 ovs) Runs Balls 4’s 6’s SR
Gautam Gambhir c S Broad b D Mascarenhas 26 26 4 0 100.00
Rohit Sharma b R Sidebottom 9 8 1 0 112.50
Suresh Raina c L Wright b R Sidebottom 2 5 0 0 40.00
Ravindra Jadeja c S Broad b G Swann 25 35 1 0 71.43
Yuvraj Singh st J Foster b G Swann 17 9 0 2 188.89
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c) (wk) not out 30 20 3 0 150.00
Yusuf Pathan not out 33 17 1 2 194.12
Harbhajan Singh

Rudra Pratap Singh

Zaheer Khan

Ishant Sharma

Extras: b - 0, w - 4, nb - 0, lb - 4 8
Total: (150 for 5 in 20 overs) 150 Run Rate: 7.50

Fall Of Wickets
1/12 (Rohit Sharma, 1.5 ov.), 2/24 (Suresh Raina, 3.4 ov.), 3/62 (Gautam Gambhir, 10.4 ov.), 4/85 (Ravindra Jadeja, 13.3 ov.), 5/87 (Yuvraj Singh, 13.6 ov.)

Bowling: England
Bowler O M R W Nb Wd ER
James Anderson 4 0 32 0 0 2 8.0
Ryan Sidebottom 4 0 31 2 0 1 7.8
Stuart Broad 4 0 21 0 0 0 5.2
Kevin Pietersen 1 0 9 0 0 0 9.0
Luke Wright 2 0 16 0 0 0 8.0
Graeme Swann 4 0 28 2 0 1 7.0
Dimitri Mascarenhas 1 0 9 1 0 0 9.0

Power Play: India innings
Mandatory: (0.1 - 6) overs - 36 - Runs