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England crush India in Women's T20 World Cup

w_ind_eng.jpgStudent Holly Colvin came away with top marks as England easily accounted for title rival India by 10 wickets on the opening day of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 2009 tournament in Taunton on Thursday.

The 19-year-old Colvin, bowling slow left arm, took 3-20 as the World Cup holders restricted India to 112-8 before captain Charlotte Edwards (61 off 53 balls) and fellow opener Sarah Taylor (50 off 41) cruised home with 26 balls to spare in Group B. Edwards' innings capped a p


South Africa wreck England in T20 World Cup

england_shattered.jpgSouth Africa made mincemeat of a very ordinary England batting line-up dismissing them for just 111, and then chased down the target in a canter to record their first win in the Super 8 stage of the T20 World Cup.

Paul Collingwood won the toss and elected to bat first as he looked to make full use of his spinners while bowling second on a track that had already seen 40 overs of action today. Luke Wright and Ravi Bopara opened the innings with th


Kiwis thump Ireland in T20 World Cup

new_zeal_ire.jpgThe first of the Super Eight matches took place between New Zealand and rank underdogs Ireland at Trent Bridge on Thursday. The toss was won by Ireland and they elected to field first.

New Zealand were without three of their key players - Captain Daniel Vettori, opener Jesse Ryder and batting mainstay Ross Taylor - owing to injuries. Aaron Redmond, who was playing league cricket in England, was drafted into the squad as a replacement for Ryder, while James Franklin got his first game of the tournament as he stepped in for Vettori. Ireland on the other hand, dropped their ineffective pace spearhead, the lanky Boyd Rankin.

New Zealand started off on a really bright note as the ‘emergency' opener Aaron Redmon


India stroll past Ireland in final round-robin match

zaheer_khan.jpgDefending champions India were far too good for minnows Ireland in the final T20 World Cup round-robin match played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The Indian bowlers led by veteran Zaheer Khan (4-19) were masterful in the field, restricting the Irish to just 112 in their 18 overs, before chasing down the target comfortably with 15 balls to spare.

A slight drizzle delayed the start of play and truncated the game to 18 overs a side. India won the toss and elected to bowl first in order to help their seamers extract as much as possible from


India - England to clash in Women's World Cup opener

jhulan_goswami.jpgEngland and India will serve up an intriguing clash of cultures when they meet on the opening day of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 2009 at Taunton on Thursday.

ICC Women's World Cup holder England's game is based on strength and a classical, textbook approach while the physically less imposing Indians mirror the exciting, wristy style of their male counterparts.

"We've played them quite a lot recently and we've been quite successful but they are a dangerous side," said England coach Mark Lane. "They've got some fantastic, exciting batters who hit the ball in funny places and some very good spinners. You've got to make sure that when you've got them down you don't let them back up."

The Group B enco


Jayasuriya, Dilshan smash Lanka to victory


Sri Lankan legend Sanath Jayasuriya and IPL star Tillakeratne Dilshan shared in a super quick opening partnership of 124, going at 10 runs per over to bat the West Indies out of the match in a dead rubber between two sides that had already booked their place in the Super 8 stage of the ICC T20 World Cup. The Sri Lankans made a massive 192 which the Windies made a valiant effort to chase down without their talismanic skipper Chris Gayle, finally falling just 17 short in their quest


South Africa beat New Zealand by 1 run


An almost sell out crowd at Lord's witnessed a thrilling encounter between two of the best Twenty20 teams on the planet. The South Africans failed miserably with the bat but stil came out victors by one run in the end, thanks to some splendid bowling . Being set a target of 129, New Zealand looked in control thanks to Brendon McCullum's innings of 57, but they lost the plot in the middle overs and failed to cross the finish line.

Brendon McCullum won the toss and elected to bowl first in what was a dead rubber, with both t


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