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The West Indies have defeated Australia by 16 runs in their second warm-up match of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20. Batting first the West Indies reached a total of 3-144 from their 20 overs, which the Australian side struggled to chase down, falling 16 runs short with a total of 7-128.

A powerful unbeaten knock of 78* from 48 balls by Deandra Dottin anchored the West Indies’ innings as they lost only three wickets. Jess Jonassen was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2-24 from her four overs, with Ellyse Perry (1-26) picking up the only other wicket.

Delissa Kimmince was the top-scorer for the Australian side, finishing with 26 runs before she was stumped, while Alex Blackwell worked hard for her 23 runs before she was retired out. For the West Indies, Anisa Mohammed  picked up three wickets.

The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars will travel to Sylhet tonight and play their first official match of the tournament on Sunday against New Zealand.


The Chevrolet Knights today announce the newest addition to the team as Shahid Afridi will join the team in the RAM SLAM T20. Of Shahid Afridi it can safely be said that cricket never has and never will see another like him. To say he is an allrounder is to say Albert Einstein was a scientist; it tells a criminally bare story.

With a 17 year international cricket career. Variety is his calling and as well as a traditional leg-break, he has two googlies, a conventional offie and a lethal faster one, though this is increasingly rare. All come with the threat of considerable, late drift. He fairly hustles through overs, which in limited-overs formats is a weapon in itself and the package is dangerous.

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The Unlimited Titans had their fate taken out of their own hands when they went down by six runs to Trinidad & Tobago in terms of the Duckworth/Lewis method in their final Group B match at the Champions League T20 at Ahmedabad on Monday.

The match was heading for a fascinating climax with three overs left for play with AB de Villiers leading the charge as the Titans needed 36 off 18 balls. But torrential rain drove the players from the field and, with plenty of surface water covering the outfield, there was never the chance of a resumption.

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Quinton de Kock became the second South African after Richard Levi to score two T20 centuries and followed it up with 12 runs off four balls in the super over but it was not enough to get the Highveld Lions over the line in their final Group A match at the Champions League T20 match at Jaipur on Sunday.

The Otago Volts from New Zealand tied the Lions at 167 runs each and then posted 13 runs batting first in the Super Over. De Kock looked as though he had clinched the match when he hit the first three balls from the Volts batting hero, Jimmy Neesham, for 4, 6 and 1 but then his partner, Jean Symes, was out off the next ball. De Kock took a single off the fifth delivery but Dwayne Pretorius was only able to score a single off the final delivery.

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Henry Davids led The Unlimited Titans from the front to secure an eight-wicket victory over the Sunrisers Hyderabad at Ranchi on Saturday to keep their destiny very much in their own hands at the Champions League T20 competition, the same cannot be said about the Sunrisers who slumped to their second defeat in three games and are now staring at elimination even if they win their last game. The Titans meanwhile have now won two out of three matches and have a positive net run rate to go with it.

Although Davids was named Man of the Match for his cracking innings of 64 off 42 balls (four sixes and seven fours) backed up by a tidy spell of spin bowling that earned him figures of 1/18 in his four overs, this was very much a team performance and was undoubtedly the best by a South African franchise against Indian Premier League opposition on the Indian sub-continent since the inception of this competition.

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The Highveld Lions met their match in 41-year-old Rajasthan Royals leg-spinner, Pravin Tambe, to slump to a 30-run defeat in their second Group A match at the Champions League T20 competition at Jaipur on Wednesday. Having had their previous match washed out, the Lions are now under serious pressure to qualify for the knock-out stage.

The Lions, having won the toss and restricted the Rajasthan Royals to 183/5, were well on target for victory at the halfway stage when they were ahead of their opponents even though they had lost an extra wicket.

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Australia has defeated England by 39 runs in the first T20 International played tonight at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton thanks to a record 156 to opener Aaron Finch. Finch set Australia’s innings ablaze with a devastating knock of 156 from just 63 balls, including 11 fours and 14 towering sixes, setting up Australia’s huge total of 248-6. Shane Watson chipped in with 37, while Shaun Marsh made 28.

In reply, England pushed hard but fell 39 short to be 209-6 after their 20 overs. Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazlewood took two wickets each.

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