Friday, June 26, 2009

Sachin Tendulkar wants India fans to be ‘mature’ after World Twenty20 failure

India’s cricket fans are putting more pressure on the team with their emotional reaction to defeat and need to get behind the players during tough times, according to the batsman Sachin Tendulkar

As the winners of the first World Twenty20 two years ago, India were one of the favourites for the current tournament but a three-run loss to England, their second Super Eights defeat, left them with no chance of reaching the semi-finals.

India’s captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, bore the brunt of fans’ anger and security at his home in the eastern city of Ranchi had to be beefed up after scores of fans burnt his effigy, shouted slogans and accused him of underestimating England. India lost all three of their Super Eights games.

“I feel there is very high emotion among the people when they react. But do these reactions help us to play better? Not really,” Indian media quoted Tendulkar as saying.

Team India Reluctant to Play against Pakistan: Afridi

Even though the teams did not meet in the main tournament, they featured in a completely sold-out warm-up match. “I was a bit disappointed. It didn’t appear to me by the attitude of the Indian players that they want to play against us,” Afridi told Geo TV after he arrived home on Wednesday.

“On the face, they said they would like to see cricket between the two countries but I think in their hearts they thought otherwise. Their attitude and behaviour while playing against us showed this,” Afridi said. Pakistan and India have froze bilateral cricket ties since the Mumbai terror in November 2008 with the cancellation of India tour of Pakistan earlier this year.

Afridi added that he still believes that cricket could heal relations between the neighbouring countries and bring the people together. “I always say use sports to foster good relations and remove misunderstandings,” said Afridi who was at the peak of his career in the T20 World Cup with both - bat and ball.

He said Pakistan has proved critics wrong by winning the World T20 title when everyone counted India and South Africa as favourites. “I think our performance is a lesson for other teams. We are World champions and I hope teams will now come to Pakistan.”

Pak Players Demand for IPL Fee Hike after T20 World Cup Win

After IPL organisers announced that the Pakistani players would be welcome to play next season of IPL in 2010 but subject to the clearance from both governments, sources in the sports management company representing players like Misbah-ul-Haq, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul and Kamran Akmal said they are unlikely to play on their old contractual terms of $100,000 each.

“These players are now iconic figures after winning the T20 World Cup and it makes no sense that they should settle for old terms when other players are being paid in millions,” the source said.

The Pakistani players could not take part in IPL Season 2 this year after the Pakistan foreign ministry advised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) against sending players to India after the Mumbai terror attacks.

The franchisees then thought of either terminating or suspending the contracts of the Pakistani players who had represented them in the first season.

IPL commissioner Lalit Modi has said that the franchisees are free to play their Pakistani Players in next season of IPL, provided that the governments of both the countries give the clearance.

On the other hand the Pakistan Cricket Board has announced a cash award of Rs 2.5 million for each member of the squad that clinched the Twenty20 World Cup title in England.

The announcement came from the PCB chairman Ejaz Butt a day after Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani had hosted a dinner in honour of the Pakistan squad and also announced a cash award of Rs. 10 million for them. “The team deserves a lot of praise for their hard work and efforts,” Butt said.

Butt made the announcement during a special visit by the players to the Parliament on Thursday on the invitation of National Assembly Speaker Fehmida Mirza.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Pakistan outplay SL for T20 World Cup

Shahid Afridi celebrates after hitting the winning runs
The result could not have been better than this for both Pakistan cricket team as well as for their nation. It was not a nail biting final like last time but it has given lots for Pakistani fans to cheer about for years to come. After Imran Khan, Younis Khan became the first captain to lead his team to win a major ICC Events.

This was Pakistan first major title in the 17 years. They last won the major event in 1992 World Cup under captaincy of Imran Khan in Australia.

Chasing the target of 139 runs to win, Pakistan chased down the score easily with six balls to spare to beat Sri Lanka by 8 Wickets and become ICC World Twenty20 Champions. Shahid Afridi once again played a match winning knock of unbeaten 54 runs of 40 balls and picked up one wicket in the game.

From the moment tournament most runs scorer T.Dilshan got out in the first over, Pakistan had a grip on the match. After deciding to bat first Sri Lanka lost their first wicket in the very first over of their inning and that to of Dilshan. From there on they lost their momentum and at one stage they were struggling at 70/6 in the 13th over.

But thanks to skipper Kumar Sangakkara (64 runs of 52 balls) and Angelo Mathews (35 runs of 24 balls) partnership of 68 runs of 42 balls which helped Sri Lanka to put decent fighting total on the board.

Pakistan started their run chase well with opener Kamran Akmal (37 runs of 28 balls) and S.Hasan (19 runs of 23 balls) gave decent start by putting 48 runs in 43 balls before Jayasurya broke through with his first delivery in the next over when he beat Akmal in the air with his left-arm spin and had him stumped for 37 off 28 balls.

M.Muralitharan then removed S.Hasan caught by Jayasurya to give Sri Lanka second breakthrough but Afridi and S.Mallik ensured no further hiccups. Both batted with calm and composure. They have put on unbeaten 76 runs partnership of just 57 balls which took Pakistan home amid loud celebrations from their fans in the stands.

Shahid Afridi was declared Player-of-the-Match for his super all-round performance both with bat and ball.

Tilakratne Dilshan was declared Player-of-the-Series for scoring the 317 runs in seven innings with an average of 52.83.

Umar Gul once again proved that he is the most dangerous bowlers when it comes to twenty20. Like 2007, he once again ended up with most number of wickets in ICC World twenty20 2009 with 13 wickets to his name.

T.Dilshan of Sri Lanka scored the most number of runs in the tournament with 317 runs with an average of 52.83 in seven innings that he has played.

Yuvraj Singh of India hits the most number of sixes (9) in the tournament.

Chris Gayle of West Indies hit the biggest six of the tournament with 105 meters.

Match Summary (Pakistan won by 8 Wickets)

Sri Lanka – 138/6 in 20 Overs

K.Sangakkara- 64* Angelo Mathews– 35*

Abdul Razzak– 3-0-20-3 S.Afridi- 4-0-20-1

Pakistan– 139/2 in 18.4 Overs

Shahid Afridi- 54* Kamran Akmal– 37

M.Muralitharan– 3-0-20-1 S.Jayasurya- 2-0-8-1

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Sri Lankans sink 'Windies' ship to sail into final

Sri Lanka enters the Final of ICC World Twenty20 in grand style after beating West Indies comprehensively by 57 runs. It will be against Final between two Asian teams like last T20 World Cup where India played Pakistan and this time Sri Lanka will take on Pakistan at Lord’s on June 21st.

T.Dilshan played a brilliant inning of the tournament to guide his team single handedly to par score of 158/5 in their 20 overs. Then a new man with the bowling speed of 80 mph Angelo Mathews picked up three wickets in his very first over of West Indians inning to break the back-bone of West Indies run chase. From 1/3 Bravoin the first over it was almost over for West Indies from there on to achieve the target against the quality bowling attack. Mathews took three for 16 in his four overs.

Chasing the target of 159 runs to win, West Indies inning started disastrously with all top three batters (Xavier Marshall, L.Simmons and D.Bravo) back in the pavilion without troubling the scorer and West Indies scores was 1/3 at the end of first over. Then it was Sri Lankan twin spinners (Murali and Mendis) who done the rest of the damage to West Indian innings by picking up five wickets in between them and conceded just 38 runs in the total eight overs bowled.

Chris Gayle who remained unbeaten on 63 runs of 50 balls was a single batsman who got pass double figure mark. Next highest scorer for West Indies was innings extra with 11 runs.

Earlier, Dilshan's knock was the centerpiece of Sri Lanka's 158 for five. His 57-ball innings, featuring two sixes and 12 fours, was the equal third-best in Twenty20 international history. Only fellow opener Sanath Jayasuriya (24 runs of 37 balls) and Mathews (12 not out of 6 balls) also made it into double figures.

It was only Dilshan inning who gave some respectability to Sri Lankan totals otherwise it could have been different story for them. Other than him no Sri Lankan batsman able to get going, once Jayasurya got out in 11th over it was the start of a collapse that saw two more wickets (K.Sangakara and M.Jayawardne) lost for four runs in eight balls.

At the end of 19th over Sri Lanka were 140/5 but Dilshan and Mathews collected as many as 18 runs in the last over bowled by Gayle to reach a formidable total and which was enough for West Indians.

T.Dilshan was declared Player-of-the-Match for his blistering unbeaten knock of 96 runs of 57 balls.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Sri Lanka v West Indies 2nd Semi Final of ICC World Twenty20 at Oval

2nd Semi Final of World Twenty20 will be played at Oval between Sri Lanka and West Indies. The winner of this game will join Pakistan for the Final to be played on 21st June at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

We already witnessed some shocking results in the tournament so far with India, Australia and last night tournament firm favourites South Africa lost to Pakistan by 7 runs, so no body can tell who is going to win this World Cup. One bad day of good team can cost them badly and one brilliant performance from individuals can lift their team. beaten by underdogs

So far West Indies love the Oval wicket on which second semi final will take place. They have played two games in this tournament at same venue and on both occasions arguably produced their two best results, thrashing Australia by seven wickets in the group stage and defeating England by five wickets.

Sri Lanka reached the semifinal with the unbeaten tag and now they are the favourites to lift the twenty20 title after South African exit from twenty20 world cup. Sri Lanka will be hoping to continue their winning form.

Sri Lanka who played some brilliant cricket in the tournament won their most of their matches’ because of their bowling units. From Malinga to Mendis all came good when it matter most. South Africa's unbeaten record is the one that has caught the eye for its efficiency but Sri Lanka are also unbeaten in five games out of five, with their only minor scare coming in a spirited display from the Irish.

Watch out for

Chris Gayle: West Indies team relied heavily on individuals performance to reach semifinal of world twenty20 and against Sri Lanka also they need their captain to fire with his bat and ball. We have already seen in the game against Australia how dangerous he can be at top of the order. West Indies team would be expecting something similar from him in today's game also.

Dilshan and Jayasurya: Sri Lankan openers are in great form with Dilshan and Jayasurya firing all cylinders in most of the game. Dilshan has developed a shot which is really interesting to watch (a scoop over keeper head).

Pitch & Condition

The pitch to be use for 2nd Semi Final at Oval looks a pretty even track with good bounce. In this crunch game any team winning the toss would love to bat first and our run on the board. Any score between 160 and 170 will be good total on this wicket.


Sri Lanka is likely to go in this crunch game with same XI that beaten New Zealand comprehensively. On the other hand West Indies has some problem with their fast bowler F.Edwards who is suffering from back injury and if he will not fit till the game then Darren Sammy is likely to take his place.

Pakistan enter the Final of twenty20 World Cup beating South Africa

Shahid Afridi brilliant show with bat and ball halt the South African journey of World Twenty20 to help Pakistan enter the Final of twenty20 World Cup. Now they will face (Sri Lanka or West Indies) in the Final at Lord’s on June 21st.

Shahid Afridi who was promoted at number three did what exactly his team required from him with bat. He went on to score 51 runs of just 34 balls and then turned the game in his team favour by taking two crucial wickets of H.Gibbs and AB Devilliers in his quota of four overs.

Before playing this game South Africa was considered as firm favorite to lift the World twenty20 title after early exit of India and Australia from the tournament but South Africa CHOKE again as they were not able to chase down 150 runs target on good batting wicket.

South Africa started their run chase in style in first three overs picking up as many as 29 runs. However Pakistani bowlers came back strongly to tighten the scoring areas of Protease and from that point the panic start in South African batting lineup. Graeme Smith who was dropped earlier in the inning by Umar Gul tried similar shot to sky an easy catch to 17 years old Md. Aamer for 10 rusn of 14 deliveries.

The Shahid Afridi removed dangerous Gibbs and Devilliers in his two successive overs to peg back South African run chase. They were suffocated by Afridi and Saeed Ajmal and their inability to score enough runs during the initial and middle overs left them with far too much to do against the pinpoint accuracy of Umar Gul's yorkers.

Earlier Pakistanis captain Younis Khan won the toss and elected to bat first in knockout game. Opener Kamran Akmal gave Pakistan flying start by scoring quick 23 runs of 12 balls. However two quick wickets from Parnell and Styen bring back South Africa back into the game.

But Shahid Afridi played his natural game regardless of math situation to kept Pakistanis scoring rate in excess of 7 runs per over. But once Afridi dismissed in the 13th over, Pakistan unable to score freely and from 120/3 in the 15th over they reach 149/4 at the end o 20 overs. South African bowlers bowled exceptionally well in last five overs and conceded just 29 runs.

Shahid Afridi was declared Player-of-the-Match for his all-round show both with bat and ball.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

World Twenty20 2009: Semi Finals + Finals Schedule

South Africa Beat India To March Into Semi-Finals Unbeaten

On a pitch which provided lots of help to the spinners South Africa bounce back after scoring 130/5 in their 20 overs to still beat India by 12 runs. This was India third successive defeat in World Twenty20 2009.

Chasing the target of 131 for victory, Indian openers Gambhir (21 runs of 19 balls) and Rohit Sharma (29 runs of 28 balls) gave perfect start to the team by putting on 48 runs in 6 overs but as soon as Graeme Smith introduced the spinners into the attack Indian inning started to collapse. From 48/0 they were suddenly reduced to 69/5 in the 14th over including the run out of M.S.Dhoni.

Now it was up to Yuvraj Singh (25 runs of 25 balls) and Harbhajan Singh (14 runs of 15 balls) to guide their team home but J.Botha removed H.Singh in his 4th over and then D.Styen removed dangerous Yuvraj to move South Africa closer to their eighth successive win. In the end India fell short by 12 runs.

Earlier South African Captain Graeme Smith won the toss and elected to bat on a sharp turning track. But India's slow bowlers strangulated South Africa's impressive batting line-up after a frenetic start, and but for a wonderful hand of 63 from AB de Villiers, the already-eliminated Indians would have been left to chase a miniscule target.

Now South Africa will take on Pakistan in the 1st Semi Final of ICC World Twenty20 on June 18th at Trent Bridge and Sri Lanka will take on West Indies at Oval in 2nd Semi Final on 19th of June.

AB Devilliers was declared Player-of-the-Match for his inning of 63 runs of 51 balls.

Match Summary (South Africa won by 12 Runs)

South Africa – 130/5 in 20 Overs

AB Devilliers- 63 G.Smith– 26

R.Jadeja– 3-0-9-1 S.Raina- 1-0-6-1

India– 118/8 in 20 Overs

R.Sharma- 29 Yuvraj Singh– 25

J.Botha– 4-0-16-3 D.Styen- 3-0-25-2

Sri Lanka keep clean slate, reach semis

Man of the Match Ajantha Mendis' three-wicket spell of 3-0-9-3 took the wind out of New Zealand’s run chase, as the Black Caps collapsed 48 runs behind the victory target of 159, earning Sri Lanka a place in the semi-final with their third straight victory in the Super Eights group stages. They topped Group F.

Kiwis, the pre-tournament favorites, only beat Scotland and Ireland and lost to semi-finalists South Africa and West Indies, to exit before the semis. Captian Vettori said a South Africa v Sri Lanka final at Lord's on Sunday looked to be on the cards.

Top 5 players in batting and bowling in twenty20 2009 World Cup

Player Name











T.Dilshan (Sri Lanka)











AB Devilliers (South Africa)











J.Kallis (South Africa)











D.Bravo (West Indies)











K.Pietersen (England)











Yuvraj Singh (India)











M. Jayawardne (Sri Lanka)











Here is the updated list of top 5 players who have taken most number of wickets in twenty20 2009 World Cup.

Player Name








Umar Gul (Pakistan)








S.Ajmal (Pakistan)








L.Malinga (Sri Lanka)








A.Mendis (Sri Lanka)








RE van der Merwe (South Africa)








W.Parnell (South Africa)








Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)








Tuesday, June 16, 2009

West Indies v England- Srawan and Chanderpaul star in a thrilling battle

West Indies experienced player Ramnaresh Shrawan (19 runs of 9 balls) and S.Chanderpaul (17 runs of 10 balls) hold their nerves in the thrilling encounter against England to guide their team home by 5 Wickets. In a rain reduced target West Indies needed 80 runs in 9 overs.

But West Indies started their run chase in dramatic fashion as they lost three top order batsman for just 16 runs on the board in the third over. D.Bravo (18 runs of 13 balls) and big hitter K.Polard (9 runs of 6 balls) did tried hard to steady the West Indian innings but both batsman dismissed in quick succession to leave West Indies in critical situation. Needing 39 runs of 26 balls with two new batsman at the crease.

However S.Chanderpaul and R.Srawan used their all experience and didn’t panic as West Indies achieved the target with four balls to spare.

Earlier after winning the toss Paul Collingwoood decided to bat first and his team posted a decent total of 161/6 on the boards with help of Ravi Bopara (55 runs of 47 balls), K.Pietersen (31 runs of 19 balls) and S.Broad (10 runs of 2 balls). But 162 runs target on Oval wicket was always tough task to defend.

As the England inning ended rain started to came down heavily and West Indies was presented with revised target of 80 runs in 9 overs which was very simple equation for them.

Ramnaresh Shrawan was declared Player-of-the-Match for his inning of 19 runs of 9 balls

Pakistan v Ireland- Ajmal and Akmal star in Pakistan win over Ireland

Pakistan performed exceptionally well in their last match of Super Eights to qualify for the Semi Final of World twenty20. Electing to bat first Pakistan posted a decent total 159/7 on the boards in their 20 overs and in reply Ireland fell short by 39 runs to give Pakistan an easy win in the end.

Kamran Akmal was the star of the day for Pakistan with bat as he hold the Pakistan inning together with a solid knock of 57 runs of 51 deliveries. Other major contribution came from hard-hitting batsman Shahid Afridi who made 24 runs of just 13 balls.

Requiring a win to move into the semi-finals, Pakistan accomplished just that with an efficient performance, easing past Ireland by 39 runs at The Oval.

Pakistan bowling once again looked as solid as was in the last game. Saeed Ajmal picked up 4 wickets to destroy the Ireland batting line-up, while Umar Gul continued from where he had left off against New Zealand, knocking over the stumps thrice, including once off a free-hit ball, and then scoring a direct hit to run out West.

Ireland never looked in the game in the run chase as they kept loosing wickets at regular intervals and finally they manage just 120/9 against strong Pakistan bowling attack.

Kamran Akmal was declared Player-of-the-Match for his inning of 57 runs of 51 balls.