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New Zealand edge Bangladesh in T20 warm-up

bang_nz_wu.jpgA rally by the bowlers ensured a last ball finish but the Tigers are still smarting from the fact that they let slip an opportunity to beat New Zealand in the first of the additional practice matches at Wormsley Cricket Ground on Tuesday.

"It was a good outing in the park for us against some quality players but I think we let ourselves down in the last five overs when only 33 runs came. We had wickets in hand and still about 15-20 runs short," said captain Mohammad Ashraful after the four wicket loss.

Bangladesh, opting to bat, were nicely placed at 87 for 3 after 11 overs but then the runs dried out, especially after the departure of Shakib Al Hasan who made 35 off 27 with some spanking pulls and drives. Ashraful (

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Ireland targetting World Cup Quarterfinals

phil_s_and_kyle_m.jpgIreland's cricket coach Phil Simmons says he will be disappointed if his side does not make the last eight of the T20 World Cup, being staged in England in just over a week's time. The former West Indian international was speaking at a news conference at the Stormont ground on Monday as his players prepared to leave for a series of warm-up games and an intensive training camp before the tournament get under way at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, on Monday, June 8.

Their first game at Trent Bridge will be against Bangladesh followed two days later against a very powerful Indian line-up ( Read more...

Pakistan-Australia ready to battle in T20 mode

younus_haddin.jpgPakistan captain Younus Khan and Australia's Brad Haddin moved into Twenty20 mode yesterday coming face to face with the ICC World Twenty20 2009 trophy in Dubai.

Tomorrow, the two teams will go head-to-head in what will be their final Twenty20 International (T20I) before this summer's event and the players were suitably impressed by the trophy that they could be lifting on 21 June in England.

The game is of special significance to Australian fast bowler Brett Lee, who hasn't played an international math since Boxing Day. Australia have a decent 3-2 record in T20 internationals this year, while Pakistan are slightly more impressive having won 4 of the 5 games they played in 2008. Pakistan are yet to play a T20 game t

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