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2 games of 2 types


If the first game between Pakistan and Australia was a high-scoring thriller where fortune fluctuated from one end to the other, the second involving defending champions West Indies and India was a complete reverse. The double-header at Bangladesh's home of cricket promised full of excitement and the crowd got half their money's worth. They were first treated with some scintillating batting by Pakistan's Umar Akmal, who belted the Aussie bowlers all over the park for a sublime 94. It was a pity that he could not touch that magical three-figure mark. It was then Glenn Maxwell's turn to match Akmal's brilliance. And the tall Aussie right-hander hit everything and everyone with the sweet part of his willow in a manner that Pakistan's imposing 191 looked a small target until his thunder stopped at 74. And that gave Pakistan enough breathing space to regroup and snatch the match away from the firm grip of Australia. When fans expected the fireworks to continue in the next game, West Indies tumbled like nine pins against a controlled army of Indian spinners. Chris Gayle, who was the hero of the previous edition with ton of runs, scored a run-a-ball 34. But the rest nibbled in the spinning web. A target of 130 was a simple task for India as they chased it down without much ado.

Published: 12:00 am Monday, March 24, 2014

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