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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


Pakistan enter the Super 8s in style

pak_win.jpgPakistan entered the last eight with a convincing 82 run win over Netherlands at Lord's. It was a real team performance by Pakistan with their batsmen showing great intent posting an imposing 175. The spinners then led by Shahid Afridi (4-11) tore apart the batting line up with the Dutch managing just 93. This game decided the last spot for the Super Eight with Pakistan joining England, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland, Sri Lanka and the West Indies in the quest for a semi-final place.

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first which meant that a victory by 25 runs would


Australia dumped from T20 World Cup

austr.jpgSri Lanka did the rest of the challengers for the T20 World Cup a huge favour, completing the task started by Chris Gayle and the West Indies on Saturday, beating the mighty Australians by 6 wickets, thereby ending their challenge in the competition.

The Australians made first use of the pitch, and their innings was characterized by a number of batsmen getting starts, and then falling like young bachelors in their prime. No batsman made it past 30, and the Aussies stumbled to 159


Ireland upset Bangladesh, book place in Super 8

ireland_win.jpgIreland pulled off a minor upset in the ICC T20 World Cup on Monday, comprehensively beating Bangladesh by 6 wickets at Trent Bridge, Nottingham with 10 balls to spare.

Ireland will be indebted to the batting prowess of the O'Brien brothers - Niall and Kevin - who set up the win by scoring more than half the target of 138 betwen them. Earlier in the day 35-year old medium pacer David Trent Johnsto


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