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New Zealand steal an unlikely win against Sri Lanka

taylor_sanga.jpgNew Zealand scraped through to an enterprising win in the first T20 international against the hosts, Sri Lanka. The 3 run margin in the end was perhaps a testimony to the close nature of the match. At 64 for 2 at the end of the first six overs and with only 78 more runs to get off 84 balls, all the smart money was on Lanka to emerge as the victorious side. But Daniel Vettori had other ideas. The Kiwi skipper led his team from the front and ensured that the Lankans had to fight for every run. With Shane Bond making an inspired comeback - after being taken to the cleaners by Dilshan during his whirlwind innings of 57 from just 28 balls - and Vettori at his crafty best, the inexperienced Lankan middle order collapsed under the pre


England Australia T20 match 'rained out'


After an enthralling Ashes series it was time for the ‘slam-bang' version of cricket to be contested by the two old foes - England (still in the celebratory mode because of their historic Ashes win barely a week ago) and Australia (a hurt Australia, to be precise). Old Trafford was the host to the first T20 International between the two sides. However, contrary to expectations, the match turned out to be a damp squib; courtesy the rain gods. Australia had batted first and posted up a competitive total of 145 in their 20 overs on a pitch which wasn't ideally suited to the shortest format of the game. Australia then had the English batsmen on the mat at 4 for two in 1.1 overs when the rain Gods decided to have


Players to choose sides in Champions League T20

ipl_final_pic3.jpgWith the imminent naming of the initial 20-player squads for the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20), the CLT20 Governing Council has today clarified the rules relating to players who have qualified for multiple teams.

A number of players who are scheduled to compete in the CLT20 have qualified to compete for multiple teams and will face a tough decision as the final squad deadline looms.

Under CLT20 rules, provided a player qualifies for more than one team, all those qualifying teams can nominate that player.

If the player then decides to play for an 'away' team rather than his 'home' team (the team from the country he is eligible to represent in international cricket), the 'away' team must pay US$200,000


Afridi captains Pakistan to thumping win

afridi_and_gul.jpgShahid Afridi's debut as captain was a dream affair for the affable Pathan as he led his team from the front, first with the bat and then with the ball, to win the one-off T20 International against hosts Sri Lanka. The victory margin was an emphatic 52 runs and was a clear indication of Pakistan's supremacy over the home side in this format of the game.

The one day series was won by Sri Lanka comprehensively and Pakistan's dominant showing in the last two matches was little more than a consolation. Still the Pakistani side had momentum on their side and with the mercurial Shahid Afridi at the helm of the affairs (Afridi was appointed the captain of Pakistan T20 team for just this game), Pakistan were the tea


Border, Harvey, Gower, Underwood inducted into Hall of Fame

allan_border.jpgAustralia's Neil Harvey and Allan Border alongside England's Derek Underwood and David Gower were inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame during the tea interval on the first day of the second Ashes Test at Lord's on Thursday.

All the four men were presented with their commemorative caps by International Cricket Council (ICC) President David Morgan, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Chairman and ICC director Giles Clarke, Cricket Australia (CA) Chairman and ICC director Jack Clarke alongside MCC secretary Keith Bradshaw in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd at Lord's.

Border, Harvey, Gower and Underwood are part of a group of 22 Englishmen and 13 Australians within the initial intake of 55 players i


Chappell, May, Graveney inducted into Hall of Fame

ian_chappell.jpgThree Ashes heroes Tom Graveney and Peter May of England and Ian Chappell of Australia were inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame during the tea break of the first Test between England and Australia in Cardiff on Thursday.

Commemorative caps were presented to Graveney, Chappell and May's widow Virginia by the International Cricket Council (ICC) President David Morgan, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman and ICC director Giles Clarke and former Australia captain and Cricket Australia (CA) director Allan Border in front of a large and appreciative crowd.

Graveney, May and Chappell are part of a group of 22 Englishmen and 13 Australians within the initial intake of 55 players in the Hall of Fame*, a joint


Pakistan destroy Lanka in final to lift World Cup

champions_pak.jpgUnderdogs Pakistan produced 2 excellent weeks of cricket to beat the odds to win the second edition of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup. Thanks to an inspired opening spell by medium pacers Mohammad Aamer and veteran Abdul Razzaq , Pakistan had reduced Sri Lanka to 32 for 4 wickets within the first 6 overs. Sri Lanka fought back admirably led by an unbeaten half-century from skipper Kumara Sangakkara and some late hitting from Angelo Mathews to post a respectable 138 for th

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