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Edwards happy with form, locks target on Aussies

Fidel Edwards said he was "up on pace" and was also pleased with that fact that he "used the variations well" in the West Indies victory over Afghanistan in their second ICC World T20 warm-up match on Monday afternoon.

The 30-year-old pacer is the most experienced bowler in the squad with over a decade at the international level. On Monday he took three wickets in his four overs as the Windies dominated with an eight-wicket win at the P Sara Oval, headquarters of the Tamil Union Cricket & Athletic Club.


Gayle gets ready for T20 World Cup with half-century against Afghanistan

Chris Gayle warmed up for the ICC World T20 tournament with a brilliant half-century as the West Indies dominated Afghanistan at the P Sara Oval on Monday. Gayle, the world-leading batsman in the Twenty20 format, hit four leg-side sixes and five powerful boundaries in 65 not out off 48 balls, as the West Indies reached 125-2 wickets off 15.4 overs to win by eight wickets.

Earlier, West Indies bowlers were on the ball on a good surface to restrict Afghanistan to 122-7 off 20 overs. New ball bowler Fidel Edwards used his variations well to end with three wickets while off-spinner Sunil Narine picked up 2-23.


Pakistan beat India by 5 wickets in T20 warm-up as Kamran Akmal scripts excellent win

kamran_akmal2Pakistan picked up a huge confidence boosting 5 wicket win against arch rivals India in a pre T20 World Cup warm-up game in Colombo on Monday. India appeared to have the contest in the bag when they posted a massive 185-3 in their 20 overs with Virat Kohli (75*) and Rohit Sharma (56) making half-centuries. The Indians were also on top for large periods of the Pakistan innings, having the Green Army in trouble at 91-5 before Kamran Akmal (92*) and Shoaib Malik (37*) carried their team to victory with an unbeaten 95 runs for the 6th wicket with 5 balls to spare.

India's skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and opted to bat first on a hard deck in Colombo which should offer a bit of pace and carry. Both teams decided to stick with a 12-a-side contest with India naming an unchanged side from their win against Sri Lanka a couple of days ago.


England squeeze out 9 run win in practice game against Australia

Defending champions England picked up a morale boosting win against Australia in the final round of warm-up matches in the run up to the 2012 T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka. Playing at the Nondescripts Cricket Club Ground in Colombo, Australia won the toss and put England in to bat. The champs made the most of the opportunity, posting a competitive 172-6 in their 20 overs with Alex Hales top scoring with 52, while Luke Wright and Eoin Morgan chipped with a pair of useful 30s.

In response, Australia lost David Warner early before Shane Watson (37) and Mike Hussey (71) went about getting the innings going with a 74-run partnership. When Hussey fell on the penultimate ball of the 17th over, Australia needed 33 to win from 19 balls with 6 wickets still in hand.


Brian Lara remembers role of his father as he enters ICC Hall of Fame

West Indies legend Brian Lara was inducted into the International Cricket Council's Hall of Fame at the ICC Awards ceremony on Saturday night. The superb left-hander from Trinidad who set several records in his illustrious cricket career was warmly applauded and showered with praise as he became the 17th West Indian to be inducted.

Lara was smartly attired and flashed his trademark smile as he was presented with his ICC Hall of Fame cap. The former West Indies captain was accompanied by his brother Winston and sister Agnes at the gala ceremony at the Water's Edge Resort. He dedicated the award to his late father Bunty Lara, who died before his son made his international debut for the West Indies.


Stafanie Taylor wins ICC Women's ODI Cricketer of the Year 2012

West Indies Stafanie Taylor has been named the ICC Women's ODI Cricketer of the Year at the LG ICC Awards in Colombo.

During the voting period Taylor played in 13 ODIs for the West Indies scoring 514 runs at the top of the order at average of 46.72, while the off-spinner also claimed 16 wickets at an average of 13.12.

The young Jamaican took the accolade ahead of fellow West Indies team-mate Anisa Mohammed, England's Lydia Greenway and Sarah Taylor.


Sarah Taylor wins ICC Women's T20I Cricketer of the Year 2012

England's Sarah Taylor has been named ICC Women's T20I Cricketer of the Year at the LG ICC Awards in Colombo.

During the voting period Taylor played 10 Twenty20 Internationals for England scoring 340 runs at the top of the order at an average of 48.57, while the wicketkeeper also claimed 11 dismissals, including seven stumpings.

The 23-year-old took the accolade ahead of West Indies Stafanie Taylor and Australia's Alyssa Healy and Lisa Sthalekar.


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