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Sri Lankans are simply showing the world that they are a team to be reckoned with as they won their encounter against South African cricketers which went to the wire. In the end it was the South Africans who fell short by a mere five runs to be defeated by an agile and dedicated Sri Lankan team. It seems the way the Sri Lankans are performing in this WT20 tournament that they are assuring a berth for themselves in the semis after winning at the super-10 league stage. The Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium at Chittagong in Bangladesh witnessed a live wire match yesterday on March 22, 2014 between Sri Lanka and South Africa where Sri Lankan bowlers Malinga and Kulasekara bowled superbly in the death overs to restrain South Africans from reaching their target of 165 set up by their team earlier. The last two overs of the South African innings were crucial as they required 19 runs in them to win which they failed to achieve though they had five wickets in hand. Kulasekara in the 19th over gave away a stingy four runs to put the pressure on the opponents to claim a win by extracting 15 runs from the Malinga over, which was quite a difficult task by any account. Then it all happened in the next two balls from Malinga as Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara ran out David Miller who was batting on 19 and Dale Steyn left without scoring. Imran Tahir’s last ditch efforts of scoring eight not out, including a last-ball six was not enough. The South African cricket team once again lost track to choke in the end losing a game that they should have not conceded. AB de Villiers the stand-in South African captain expressed his team’s failure to finish things off in style. He also added that their bowling lacked its usual sting with Steyn being unlucky as his balls edged past the wicket-keeper many a times. He also expressed that such games had to be won if they wished to stay afloat in competitive tournaments like the on-going WT20 2014 in Bangladesh. JP Duminy on 39 was the top scorer for the Proteas who could only put up 160 for eight at the end of their innings. Sri Lankan off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake who claimed Duminy returned figures of two for 22. Brendon McCullum has become a one-man winning machine and is personally hauling his team New Zealand in all formats of cricket. He seems to have become unstoppable...

Dhoni return sparks Indian win

In their second WT20 warm-up match against England Indian cricketers finally tasted success. India won nonchalantly as Raina, Kohli were the stars other than captain Dhoni who were responsible for it too. Dhoni having had a blast of a fitness test exhibited that he was back to normal as under him India’s confidence soared ahead of their much hyped opener against arch rivals Pakistan on March 21, tomorrow. England fell short by 20 runs in Mirpur yesterday during their warm-up match against India failing to score the required 179 for a win. Kohli was unstoppable with 73 off 47 balls while Raina made merry with an 31 ball 54. Seven bowlers were used by Dhoni with Ashwin being the pick among them. For England Lumb struck a scintillating 36 with six fours until he read a Raina delivery wrong. The Moeen-Butler partnership for England made a quickfire 41 runs in 3.4 overs. England needing 25 runs off the last over however lost out in the end. Meanwhile Kohli and Raina scored 81 runs from 8.5 overs recovering from a sorry state of 39 for three in the first six overs. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was unbeaten on 21 with the final over from English bowler Tim Bresnan yielding 17 runs. Yuvraj Singh out for a single had a bad day with a big innings due from him in the next...

Indian cricketers lose opening warm-up in WT20

The men’s ICC WT20 is running in Bangladesh currently where India lost their opening warm-up match against Sri Lanka. Dhoni was not a part of the team as he is still to recover from his injury completely. Lasith Malinga’s last over, the 20th of the Indian innings seemed to make all the difference between the two teams. Sri Lanka has put up a competitive score of 153 for 6 in their stipulated quota of 20 overs. The Indian batsmen again failed to rise to the occasion with 12 runs needed for a win in the last over of the match. Though Ashwin’s courageous effort with the bat was noticeable but he could not take India to a win which was frustrating. Suresh Raina 41, Yuvraj Singh 33 and Virat Kohli 17 simply fell short of flourishing. Ashwin also picked up three for 22 in his four over spell in the Lankan innings. The Sri Lankans, Nuwan Kulasekara with 21 off 14 balls and Thisara Perera with 18 from 11 took the Indian bowlers to the cleaners as they splurged in the last three overs of their innings to score 30 valuable runs. The Indian team never quite recovered from there and Sri Lankans continued to be in an advantageous position till the end when Malinga handed over the match to his team on a...

Performance of Indian cricketers in WT20

With the Indian cricket going through a very lean phase where the team has been facing a string of defeats its time to peek into the glorious past. The fifth ICC World T20 tournament is currently underway in neighboring Bangladesh and India will begin their opener against arch rivals Pakistan on March 21 at Mirpur. In 2007 under the able leadership of Dhoni incidentally his first as captain of India, the team won the inaugural World T20 by crushing Pakistan in the finals. The WT20 2009 played in England saw defending champions India lose in their way while they faced the Super 8s. Finishing last among the Super 8s they were eliminated. In the third version of the tournament in 2010 which took place in the West Indies after their initial wins they again fizzled out while facing the Super 8s. The Indian team lost against better opponents Australia, West Indies and Sri Lanka. In the last edition of World T20 in 2012 where Sri Lanka was the host India topped their table with two successive wins in the group stage. In their super 8s matches India won against Pakistan and South Africa but lost out to Australia. The Indian team was only eliminated from the super 8s stage on the basis of an inferior run rate. Due to their devastating performance at the Super 8s stage they have never been in the semis after the inaugural WT20 in...

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