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Eng-Aus, Ind-NZ to clash in Women's Semis

nie_aus.jpgSkippers Karen Rolton and Charlotte Edwards set up a mouth-watering England v Australia semi-final in the ICC Women's World Twenty20 2009 tournament on Tuesday with mirror-image performances in their final group matches at Taunton.

Both made 43, Rolton to set up Australia's 24-run win over South Africa in Group A and Edwards to anchor England to a 63-run success against Pakistan in Group B. The sides meet at The Oval on Friday as the first part of a double-header with the men's semi-final.

It was also a day for left-arm spinners, with England's Holly Colvin taking 3-18 and Australia's Shelley Nitschke 4-21.

Unbeaten England, though, ended the day with serious concerns after its middle order, highlighted by its rivals as

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Sri Lanka hammer New Zealand to top Group F

jayawardene.jpgWith the final spot in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup still up for grabs, unbeaten Sri Lanka took on a competitive New Zealand side in what looked like a fairly even contest on paper. The match however proved to be nothing of the sort as Sri Lanka destroyed the New Zealand middle order romping home to a 48 run win to deservedly book a place in Friday's quarterfinal.

Here's how the match unfolded...

 

Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first, hoping for a bit of support for their spinners as the game progressed. Both teams made one change to their line-up, Sri Lanka made a straight swap of their medium pacers recalling Udana to the starting XI in place of Nuwan Kulasekra. New Zealand on th

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West Indies edge England for Group E Semi-spot

sarwan.jpgIt was winner takes all as West Indies and England clashed at the Oval to book the one remaining place in the semi finals from group E.

England won the toss and decided to bat first. The West Indies were dealt a huge blow moments before the start as their star bowler Fidel Edwards was ruled out with a back injury and was replaced by Darren Sammy - who bowls at a fraction of the pace that Edwards manages. England on the other hand got in their leg-spinner Adil Rashid for Dimitri Mascarenhas Read more...

India's women outdo the men, squeeze into the semis

jhulan_goswami.jpgAfter Mahendra Singh Dhoni's team was knocked out on Sunday night, Mithali Raj made sure an India team made it through to the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 after her fellow batters made heavy weather of the chase against Sri Lanka in a low-scoring encounter at Taunton on Monday.

Sri Lanka reached 94-5 from a rain-reduced 18 overs, but India was stumbling in reply before player of the match Mithali stroked an assured 32 not out to seal the five-wicket win. The Lankans started off stodgily on a damp wicket, reaching only 34-3 f

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Pakistan beat Ireland to confirm Semi-final spot

pak_ire.jpgPakistan recorded the 'perfect win' against Ireland on Monday, as they not only picked up the two points that took them to the top of the Group F leaderboard, but won handsomely by 39 runs, giving them a healthy net run rate of +1.2, thereby ensuring that one out of Sri Lanka and New Zealand, but not both can potentially finish above them when the two sides clash on Tuesday.

Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat first, putting on a competitive score of 159 on the board. Their batsmen looked good in patches, but didn't really run away with the game at any stage. Boyd Rankin finally came good for Ireland bowling a miserly first spell conceding just 7 runs from 3 overs. However, he did not pick up any wickets, and the runs flowed

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England knock India out of World Cup

eng_win2.jpgBeing an Indian journalist writing a report following a match that India loses can be quite a heart-wrenching task, especially when the result means that the side that you so religiously support is knocked out of the tournament. Generally you start by blaming the cricket board for their team selection, follow it up with ridiculing the management for their decision making, move on to the captain and nitpick with field placings, move on to senior players and find fault in their performance and finally settle on the youngsters and the amount of load that was unduly placed on their shoulders.

Before we do all that (and yes  we will), one needs to paint a fair picture of the result. England wer

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Ireland give Sri Lanka a scare

sl_ire.jpgIt was a case of so near, yet so far for Ireland, as they went down by just 9 runs to Sri Lanka, one of the tournament favourites at Lord's.

Cheered on by a capacity crowd, the Irish looked for much of the contest that they would yet again upset the world order by pulling off one of the greatest shocks in cricketing history, but an outstanding spell of 12 overs for 54 runs and 5 wickets by the 3 Ms - Malinga, Murali and Mendis - stemmed the run flow at just the right time and helped Sri Lanka squeek a narrow win in the end.

Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat first on what looked like a beautiful surface for stroke play. The tone however was set as early as the second ball of the first over, when Tillakaratne Dilshan, the outs

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