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Indians remain undefeated in WT20 tournament

The Indian cricket team is on a purple patch with an unbeaten run in the world T20 tournament where they are the only ones to have won four matches on the trot. India now heads their table with a superlative 8 points secured from four straight wins over Pakistan, West Indies, Bangladesh and Australia. Yuvi found form in the match against Australia held yesterday on March 30, 2014, scoring a splendid 60 in only 45 balls while Ashwin produced a career best 4 for 11 to help wipe out the Australians in a scintillating win at Mirpur in Dhaka. Put to bat after Dhoni lost the toss India put up a target of 159 losing seven wickets. Australians were however found inadequate as they wound up in a mere 16.2 overs with a meager 86 on board plunging to their third consecutive defeat in the tournament. The Australians have simply looked like a mere shade of there true gritty selves. Indians have now become the true favorites for winning this fifth edition of the tournament. The second place holders in their group is yet to be ascertained as it will will be claimed by the winners of the match between Pakistan and West Indies. In the other group South Africa have emerged to be the contenders for one of the top spots while the other will be occupied only by the winner between New Zealand and Sri...

West Indies, India move up at Australia’s and Bangladesh’s cost

The WT20 tournament currently underway in Bangladesh is certainly offering its fair share of excitement and close shaves. In another close match it was the West Indies who promptly reminded all in their group that they were indeed the defending champions. Requiring 12 runs off the last over in their innings in the super-10 league match against Australia their captain Darren Sammy showed how matches are won with some clean and powerful hitting. Facing James Faulkner’s of Australia who is reputed to be one of the best in this format of cricket, Sammy hit two consecutive sixes off the third and fourth deliveries to win over Australia with two balls to spare. The produced some sterling celebrations from the West Indies team who seemed to have been miffed at comments from their Australian counterparts at a pre-match press conference. It is an inevitable Australian team tactics to try and subdue their opponents with wary and bloated comments in the run up to their matches. But this time around the Australian comments seemed to have rubbed the otherwise game loving and cool West Indies team to find their lost essence. The West Indies cricket team that had otherwise seemed quite ordinary and off-color in their previous encounters and have just come up with a spectacular win against the Australians. Faulkner has been caught on the wrong foot for saying he does not particularly like the West Indies team which might as well cost his team a semi-final berth at this WT20 tournament in Bangladesh. Australians batting first had scored 178 for eight with Maxwell getting 45, Brad Hodge scoring 35 after an unfortunate top order collapse. Finch, Warner and Watson had earlier slumped to make it 41 for 3 in the sixth over of the Australian innings. The West Indies moved to top of the group after their second win in three matches, while Australia’s semi-final hopes look weak after their second successive defeat. West Indies batsman Dwayne Smith chipped in with 50 runs while Chris Gayle turned up the volume with a marvelous 53 to contribute to the victory. Brad Haddin will surely have nightmares as he had missed a stumping chance when Gayle was batting only on 26 off Maxwell which could well have derailed the West Indies train from winning so amicably. The Indian cricket team had a thumping win over hosts Bangladesh in front of a stadium of packed with Bangladeshi fans to march their way to qualify for the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20...

West Indies thrash hosts Bangladesh in WT20

In a Group Two encounter between West Indies and Bangladesh, the hosts Bangladesh were defeated by a big margin of 73 runs. Having been set a target of 172 by West Indies, Bangladesh could manage only 98 runs from 19.1 overs. Earlier in their innings Dwayne Smith the West Indies opener was declared to be the man-of-the-match scored a smashing 72 and Chris Gayle a quickfire 48 to enable the West Indies to be able to post a very competitive 171 for the loss of seven wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. Now the defending champions have won one match while losing another in their 2 matches at the super-10 league stage of the WT20 2014 tournament being held in Bangladesh. There will be no men’s games in the World T20 tournament tomorrow as England’s women play against India. On Thursday, March 27 South Africa take on newbie Netherlands while the English cricketers face a tough match against the vibrant and in-form Sri Lankans. India currently are heading Group Two with both West Indies and Pakistan having won one and lost one while Bangladesh is languishing at the bottom of the table below...

India wins against listless West Indies

In another super-10 league match for the World T20 cricket cup between India and West Indies at Mirpur, Dhaka in Bangladesh, it was an Indian cricketer’s show all the way. If the Pakistani cricket team were confused during their league match which they lost against India on Friday, March 21, 2014, then yesterday the West Indies team seemed to be unreal. The West Indies had no presence in the field and had given up all together as they could put up only 129 as a target for the world renowned Indian batting line-up. It is indeed surprising that the defending champions of the WT20 cup and descendents of towering fire-spewing Caribbean fast bowlers have come yo such a pass. India’s seven wicket win was authored at their whim with two balls to spare. Virat Kohli simply got going from where he had left off in the last match making merry in the middle to 54 while Rohit Sharma his partner notched up an unbeaten 62. In the first win by Indian cricketers against West Indies at a T20 tournament Yuvraj Singh scored 10 but appeared rusty and again dropped a catch but Raina was in fine nick and got the winning runs in style with a square cut off Sunil. India with two wins need a win over Bangladesh in their third match to get to the last four since the inaugural edition of the tournament held in 2007. Amit Mishra claimed the man-of-the-match award for the second consecutive time. The Rohit and Kohli partnership yielded 106 runs for the second wicket coming off only in 74 balls. The Indian spinners put the brakes on the West Indies batsmen and even Chris Gayle could only manage a 34 which was the top...

Australia fizzles out against Pakistan

It was the second match for Pakistan in the WT20 tournament in Dhaka after their devastating loss against arch rivals India. The Pakistani cricketers put up a great target of 192 to win for their opponent Australian team. Though the Australians won the toss they elected to bowl first. Pakistan dropped Junaid Khan for spinner Zulfiqar Babar as the Australians are not good players of spin. Pakistani openers Ahmed Shehzad and Kamran Akmal faced the Australian pacers Mitchell Starc and Shane Watson with aplomb and got cracking straight away. Watson bowled through the defense of Pakistani captain Mohammad Hafeez scalping him. The Akmal brothers however bailed Pakistan out of the tight corner to set the ball rolling for their team. Pakistan at the end of 11 overs were 96-2 with Umar and Kamran going great guns. While Nathan Coulter-Nile removed Kamran Akmal for 31 Umar on 94 from 54 balls took Pakistan to an incredible 191 runs. Akmal brothers added a brilliant 96 runs for the fourth wicket. Shahid Afridi hit some big blows at the end of the Pakistani innings. For Australia Doug Bollinger returned figures of 1 for 28 off his 4 overs. David Warner and Shane Watson could not do much for the Australians but Maxwell and Finch changed everything from the end of the third over when the score was 20-2. Maxwell and Finch hit consistently at will with Australian 100 coming up in the 12th over itself. However they could not maintain the tempo once Maxwell got out. The rest of the batsmen could not bat against the immense pressure of a towering asking run rate. Afridi and Ajmal claimed crucial Australian wickets at the right juncture to set the match back on track for Pakistan. The Australian fate was virtually sealed after Finch got out. The Australian innings wound up with 175 on board and Pakistan won the first match of the...

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