Sunday, April 6, 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
D Bravo -46
D Sammy (C)-42*
S Maqsood -18
M Hafeez (C)-19
Men of the Match
D Bravo (West Indies)
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Dwayne Smith smashed 72 runs off 43 balls before spinner bowler Samuel Badree claimed 4-15 as the West Indies won Bangladesh by 73 runs in a key World T20 match in Dhaka on Tuesday.
The caring champions, who needed a win to stay in contention for the semi-finals after losing to India on Sunday, piled up 171-7 and then bowled out Bangladesh for a paltry 98 in the Super-10 group 2 matches.
Chris Gayle hit a run-a-ball 48 in an impressive batting display by the West Indies after the hosts win the toss and elected to field before a sell-out crowd of 25,000 at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium. Left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie claimed 2 wickets off successive balls, including the vital one of Shakib Al Hasan, to reduce Bangladesh to 16-3 by the fourth over.
Samuel Badree, who had begun the slide by removing opener Tamim Iqbal for 5, sliced through the middle order with 3 wickets in his last over, the 11 of the innings. Captain Mushfiqur Rahim top-scored with 22 and tailender Mashrafe Mortaza made 19, but six batsmen failed to enter double figures in a worst batting display by the home team.
Smith dominated an opening stand of 97 by slamming 10 boundaries and 3 sixes, outscoring the unusually dour Chris Gayle, whose contribution in the partnership was 19.Smith reached his 72 off 43 balls in the 10th over with a fourth consecutive boundary off spinner Sohag Gazi.
West Indies lost 2 wickets for one run as Smith top-edged a sweep off Mohammad Mahmudullah, and new batsman Lendl Simmons was stumped off a wide from Shakib. Chris Gayle opened out after Smith's dismissal and hit 2 sixes and 3 fours before holing out in the deep off Ziaur Rahman in the 19th over.
The West Indies plundered 44 runs from the 17th to the 19th overs to move to 167-3, before losing 4 wickets in the last over bowled by seamer Al Amin Hossain. India, Pakistan and Australia are the other teams in the group, from which two will advance to the semi-finals.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Steyn and JP Duminy led South Africa to a thrilling win over Group One rivals New Zealand on Monday that kept back them in the hunt for a semi-final at the World T20 in Bangladesh.
South Africa, who lost their opening match to Sri Lanka, struggled early on and needed a blistering unbeaten Duminy 86 runs to reach 170 for 6. Then New Zealand seemed to be cruising in their reply thanks to Kane Williamson-51 and Ross Taylor-62.
They needed 31 off 24 deliveries with 7 wickets in hand but a brilliant 2-over spell from Steyn (4-17) turned the match on its head. The fiery paceman dismissed the risky Corey Anderson for 7 in the 18th over and then picked up two for four in the last over with the Kiwis, who beat England in their first match, requiring seven for victory.
I was thinking all the time, Dale is my trump card and I need to bring him back in the game because he was bowling wonderfully, South Africa captain du Plessis, who missed the Sri Lanka match with injury, said at the presentation.
But with the way they were hitting the ball... it was an extraordinary effort from Dale Steyn. We were in huge trouble at the start. JP Duminy took his time and then hit it sweetly at the end. Fantastic effort and one of the best innings I have seen him play.
Leg-spinner Imran Tahir also played a key role, taking 2 for 27, but paceman Morne Morkel had a day to forget as he went for 50 in 3 overs. Credit to South Africa for the way they hung in there. We probably should have won it pretty easily, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said.
But you cannot probably take it to the last over against such an excellence bowler like Steyn. Little bit of luck today and we would have got across the line but credit to South Africa for their performance.
Duminy was full of improvised strokes, bludgeoning 10 fours and 3 sixes as his side added 70 runs in the last 5 overs.
What was billed as a grand battle between Caribbean six-hitters and Indian spinners turned out to be a contest so one-sided that the result was apparent even halfway into the second innings? Once MS Dhoni’s bowlers restricted the West Indies to just 129, top guns Rohit Sharma (62*) and Virat Kohli (54) forged a majestic 106-run alliance to make light of what was already task of limited complexity.
The match did go into the final over. And Yuvraj did his best to enliven it with his ineptness. But Kohli and Rohit had finished enough by then to accommodate a minor stall such as this.
Both helped themselves to half-centuries, but as much as their blades helped India garner its second successive win, it was the bowling that had set it up. Spinners Amit Mishra and R.Ashwin and part-timer Suresh Raina gave very little away, while young Bhuvneshwar Kumar turned in a probing spell of swing bowling that kept the dangerous openers Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith quiet at the top of the order. Mishra reeled in his second Man of the Match for figures of 4-0-18-2.