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ICC World T20 Bangladesh 2014

Published Date: April 10, 2014
War of words goes on

Sri Lanka's cricket board and two senior players were locked in a war of words Wednesday, a day after the World Cup-winning Twenty20 team returned home as national heroes. Former skippers Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara sparked the row by criticising cricket officials during a red-carpet reception at the airport, but the board hit back with a strongly-worded statement. Sri Lanka Cricket denied allegations that they had made any disparaging remarks against the duo after they appeared to announce their retirement...

Published Date: April 8, 2014
Hospitality not enough

Hospitality not enough

Bangladesh's reputation as a good host was enhanced with the successful ending of the ICC World Twenty20; the biggest tournament the country has organised, in which a total of 26 teams took part. With it has been cemented in the global cricketing consciousness what we as Bangladeshis always knew; that we as a people are generous and inviting hosts. It is hard to imagine now that there was once doubt over the hosting of two international events -- the Asia Cup and the World Twenty20 -- due to security concerns, but both tournaments have been hosted in the right spirit and in a peaceful manner. For these successful endeavours all...

Published Date: April 8, 2014
Lanka to greet heroes today

Sri Lanka prepared to throw its biggest party since the end of the country's ethnic conflict after beating India in the final of cricket's World T20 tournament, officials said Monday. Cricket officials said arrangements were being made for a ticker-tape parade in central Colombo on Tuesday after an outpouring of jubilation in a country that has been at war for much of its post-independence history. The victory on Sunday night in Dhaka came 18 years after Sri Lanka's triumph in the...

Published Date: April 8, 2014
MS named ICC's WT20 captain

The International Cricket Council (ICC) Monday announced the men's Team of the Tournament for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, with India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni as its captain. The team includes four players from India, two each from South Africa and the West Indies, and one each from Australia, the Netherlands and Sri Lanka. Chosen by a select group of experts, the team was aimed at being suited for Bangladeshi conditions, on the basis of performances at the just-concluded World T20 tournament....

Published Date: April 8, 2014
Salma tops the charts

Salma tops the charts

Bangladesh women's captain Salma Khatun brought a rare delight for Bangladeshis in the ICC World T20 as her performance in the competition led to her topping the ICC bowlers' rankings with 650 rating points. Before the tournament she was ranked third.    Salma picked up eight wickets, the fourth-highest, at an average of 8.75...

Published Date: April 8, 2014
Sachin sings Yuvraj song

Sachin Tendulkar has come out in strong support of Yuvraj Singh, who has faced plenty of criticism after a 21-ball 11 that sucked the momentum out of India's innings in the World T20 final against Sri Lanka on Sunday. Yuvraj, man-of-the-tournament in the 2011 World Cup, has already lost his place in the ODI side, and his spot in the Twenty20 side is under scrutiny after a difficult World T20, but Tendulkar hoped Yuvraj would be a part of India's...

Published Date: April 8, 2014
Better to be dead!

A Sri Lankan fruit seller suffered a massive heart attack and died after he lost a 300-dollar bet that India would win the cricket World T20 tournament, police said Monday. SP Kumara placed the 40,000-rupee bet on the eve of Sunday's final, wrongly predicting that Sri Lanka would repeat its "choking" performance at three previous international tournaments and lose to India. "He had gone to a bookmaker at Gampaha [town] and placed a fairly large bet on an Indian win and...

Published Date: April 8, 2014
Don't single out Yuvraj, dad says

Yuvraj Singh's father Yograj has come out in defence of his son, saying the left-handed batsman, who struggled for his 11 runs off 21 balls, should not be singled out for India's loss in the ICC World Twenty20 final. "Yuvraj should not be singled out," Yograj said when asked if his son consuming 21 deliveries was the main reason behind India losing the title clash against Sri Lanka in Mirpur. Even as Virat Kohli struck his fourth half-century of the tournament,...

Published Date: April 7, 2014
Kohli, a true role model

Kohli, a true role model

Virat Kohli lets his bat do the talking most times. Yet, on Friday, after India defeated South Africa to enter the ICC World Twenty20 final, the dashing batsman gave plenty of insight into how much he has matured. When Kohli exploded onto the international scene, he was described as arrogant and one who had a lot of attitude. In a sport where every moment of a star's life is under scrutiny, Kohli has been scanned for every minute detail. His mannerisms were watched, his body language was analysed and when he showed his middle finger to the crowd in the Sydney Test two years ago, he was criticised. Such mannerisms come...

Published Date: April 7, 2014
Curtains for the colours

Curtains for the colours

From packed stadiums and the late-night hangouts in the brightly-lit capital to CNG-drivers working lesser hours and the 'char chhokka hoi hoi' ring-tone blaring from innumerable mobile phones, the last three weeks proved exactly why Bangladesh deserved to host the ICC World Twenty20; for this was not just a cricket tournament but a...

Published Date: April 7, 2014
The 'old' poster boy

Long levers, a blacksmith's shoulders, the chest of Adonis and a disregard for batting's conventions: if a Twenty20 superhuman were assembled, Mahela Jayawardene may not be required for its parts. As the format hurtles giddily towards transitory millennial glamour, lighting up its stumps and jazzing up its dancers, by some small miracle Sir Mix-A-Lot has not been lured to reprise "I like big bats and I cannot lie" for a tournament song. Yet, through the neon noise, there Jayawardene...

Published Date: April 7, 2014
Dots of the WC

Dots of the WC

The first to 2000 On March 29, in the game against the Netherlands, New Zealand's Brendon McCullum became the first batsman to score 2,000 international T20 runs. He has two centuries and 13 half-centuries in T20Is, with a highest score of 123. Freak dismissal In the game against New Zealand, South Africa's Hashim Amla was given...

Published Date: April 7, 2014
Slog It

Slog It

             

Published Date: April 7, 2014
Whack-ometer

Whack-ometer

 

Published Date: April 7, 2014
Three cheers for Southern Stars

Three cheers for Southern Stars

  Australia romped to their third consecutive Women's World Twenty20 title, beating arch-rivals England by six wickets in a lopsided final at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. Australia, the pre-eminent powerhouse of women's cricket, turned the run-chase into a cakewalk after restricting the opposition to a below-par score of 105.   Skipper Meg Lanning...

Published Date: April 7, 2014
Australians ecstatic, English heartbroken

Australians ecstatic, English heartbroken

Australia had won the 2010 Women's World Twenty20 final against New Zealand by three runs. Two years later, they won the final against England by four runs. This time though, they had it all easy against England, winning comprehensively by six wickets. It was hyped up as the battle between the two evenly-matched top...

Published Date: April 7, 2014
'An amazing journey'

'An amazing journey'

The level of affection that cricket fans in general have for legends such as Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara could best be understood if one was at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur last night. An Indo-Lankan final would ordinarily have received roughly equal support for both sides in Dhaka, where cricket fans...

Published Date: April 7, 2014
'Yuvraj was trying'

India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni gave all the credit to the way the Sri Lankan bowlers stifled their scoring at the death overs, while defending the team's decision to send star batsman Yuvraj Singh at number four, in the final last night. Dhoni felt 130 was a below-par total against a team like Sri Lanka, with players like Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, who can change the course of the game on their own. “Our plan was to score as many...

Published Date: April 7, 2014
Reverse Swing

Reverse Swing

Congrats to Sri Lanka for a perfect game. The cricketing world will definitely be smiling for the Lankans as they thoroughly deserved the title. They have been denied for the last four World Cup events, 2007 and 2011 World Cups and 2009 and 2012 World Twenty20. It was perfect finale of an exciting event and everybody was thrilled throughout the tournament. I remember the last time Sri Lanka won a major world title was in our backyard in 1996. Ever since then the Sri Lankan cricket has come a long way. They have played good cricket and have shown real progress and can be regarded as one of the most...

Published Date: April 7, 2014
Partners in Crime

At 74 for 4, Sri Lanka were still unsure of achieving their target. They needed a partnership and that came in the form of a 56-run stand between Kumar Sangakkara and Thisara Perera, who was promoted up the order to boost the run-rate. 

Published Date: April 7, 2014
MR. EFFICIENT

MR. EFFICIENT

VIRAT KOHLI Virat Kohli once again proved why he is considered to be the next big thing in international cricket. Where the rest of the Indian batsmen failed, he stood tall with a fantastic 77 off 58 and threatened to take the game away from Sri Lanka.

Published Date: April 7, 2014
Hero & Villain

Hero & Villain

 

Published Date: April 7, 2014
Destiny did not deny the duo

Destiny did not deny the duo

When Thisara Perera hit the winning runs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur last night and crowned Sri Lanka the World Twenty20 champions, the man at the other end was Kumar Sangakkara, who engineered the chase of 130 with a 35-ball 52. He basked in the glory that he and his great...

Published Date: April 7, 2014
The Lions Feast at Last

The Lions Feast at Last

Old sayings do not always come true, history cannot repeat itself again and again and Sri Lanka proved it at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur last night. The saying that dropped catches lose matches was proved wrong as Lasith Malinga was eventually not punished and the Lankans emerged from their painful legacy of...

Published Date: April 6, 2014
Calm Dhoni aims at the third

Calm Dhoni aims at the third

A glance at India's cricketing records in mega events in the last 10 years would make any captain want to step into Mahendra Singh Dhoni's shoes. The T20 World Cup in 2007, the 50-over World Cup in 2011, the Champions Trophy in 2013 and finally the grand opportunity of getting a third World...

Published Date: April 6, 2014
Will the Lankans be fifth time lucky?

Will the Lankans be fifth time lucky?

Another global tournament and once more standing in their way is a rampant India. Sri Lanka have been one of the more consistent sides in global tournaments; they reached the 2007 and 2011 50-overs World Cup finals, and the 2009 and 2012 World Twenty20 finals. On all four of those occasions, they finished...

Women's World T20 Final: Australia v England

Published Date: April 6, 2014
Old enemies renew rivalry

Old enemies renew rivalry

The oldest and the most intense rivalry in women's cricket is set to be renewed at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur when England and Australia fight for the 2014 Women's World Twenty20 title today. The battle starts at 2:30pm. Australia, the two-time defending champions, will look to make it a hattrick of titles,...

Published Date: April 6, 2014
Star Eleven

The past three weeks have seen outstanding individual performances from cricketers of diverse backgrounds. We have indulged in the cricket lovers' favourite pastime: creating a world eleven. Of course you will not agree with all of these, but the point is to kick-start debate – enjoy. 1. Stephan Myburgh (Ned): He played perhaps the innings of the tournament (63 off 23 with seven sixes) against Ireland to take Netherlands through. Then he hammered 51 off 28 against South Africa. 224...

Published Date: April 6, 2014
Star Women's Best Eleven

1. Suzie Bates (NZ): The New Zealand skipper has scored the highest 228 runs in the tournament at an average of 57 with a highest score of 94 not out against Pakistan. She has also taken five wickets with her medium pacers. 2. Charlotte Edwards (Eng, captain): The 34-year-old England skipper is the most prolific batswoman in women's cricket and her 187 runs in five innings has played a key role in taking England to the final. 3. Meg Lanning (Aus):...

Published Date: April 6, 2014
Facilities better than WI, SL: Papon

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan Papon said that the board have been providing better facilities to the players compared to countries like the West Indies, Zimbabwe and even Sri Lanka. The BCB boss made the comments after an emergency board meeting yesterday at its headquarters at Mirpur, where they discussed the ongoing ICC World Twenty20, the domestic calendar, Bangladesh's performance and of course the disciplinary issues surrounding all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. “Compared to West Indies, Zimbabwe and Sri...

Published Date: April 6, 2014
MS honourd

On a roll in the ongoing ICC World Twenty20 where his team has entered the finals, Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has another reason to smile as he has won the 2014 Asian award for outstanding achievement in sports here. Dhoni, currently in Bangladesh leading India in the ICC World T20, was honoured on Friday night.

Published Date: April 6, 2014
The Star Cast

The Star Cast

 

Published Date: April 6, 2014
Whack-ometer

Whack-ometer

 

Published Date: April 6, 2014
Who to have final smile?

Who to have final smile?

Lasith Malinga kept standing at one end of the pitch for a while on the gloomy afternoon yesterday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur and it looked like the stand-in Sri Lanka skipper was seeking divine blessings ahead of today's ICC World Twenty20 final against a prolific India. The memories of the night...

Published Date: April 5, 2014
Eng book final date with Oz

Eng book final date with Oz

With a clinical display in the second semifinal England confirmed their place opposite archrivals Australia for the April 6 final of the Women's World Twenty20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. The nine-wicket win over South Africa showed why England and Australia are a cut above in the women's game as...

Published Date: April 5, 2014
Anya keeps it simple

The most impressive of aspect of the England Women's cricket team's nine-wicket thrashing of South Africa yesterday was their bowling, and the most impressive among their bowlers was pacer Anya Shrubsole, who set South Africa back from the first over with a peach of an inswinger that castled Lizelle Lee. The player-of-the-match bowled her four overs at the top and with figures of two for 12 made sure that South Africa would not get to a competitive total. “The conditions have...

Published Date: April 5, 2014
Lankans will get extra $1m if ...

The Sri Lankan team will be handed a million dollar bonus if they can shake off their reputation as chokers in the final of the World Twenty20 this weekend, the country's cricket board announced Friday. The day after the players won a rain-affected semifinal against the West Indies, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said it would treble the money it had previously promised if they return home from Bangladesh with the trophy. "The Executive Committee of SLC which met at an emergency...

Published Date: April 5, 2014
RAB nabs an Indian 'bookie'

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) yesterday arrested a suspected Indian cricket bookie from the Benapole immigration check post. According to Monir Hossain, the officer-in-charge of the check post, an embargo was imposed on the person three days before. "One of our teams arrested the person while he attempted to go home. He is also a member of an international gold smuggling syndicate. He might have come to Bangladesh for betting in the ICC World T20," said Monir. "He was arrested as soon...

Published Date: April 5, 2014
A time for change?

A time for change?

It's been four days since Bangladesh's dreadful World Twenty20 campaign officially came to an end and apart from the noise created from Shakib Al Hasan's controversial interview, the post- tournament period has so far been a quiet one for the Tigers, with no major changes announced by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) as...

Published Date: April 5, 2014
Whack-ometer

Whack-ometer

 

Published Date: April 5, 2014
The chase doctor

The chase doctor

Just when you think that he cannot yet again play the match defining innings and shepherd his side through a difficult chase and across the finish line, Virat Kohli proves you wrong. It is not hard to see that his every move is driven by a fierce will to win; when captain MS...

Published Date: April 5, 2014
Reverse Swing

Reverse Swing

Congratulation to India, they have proved that they are one of the two best teams and can go on to lift the crown. It was a professional and clinical run chase and right from the first ball India looked very positive in the chase. From openers to Virat Kohli and to MS Dhoni all had an envious body language as they were hell bent on winning this semifinal. I am a great admirer of Kohli. He has shown the world and all the young batsmen how to bat. He makes batting so easy, full of command, at ease, knowing where the fielders are, knowing what the target is and, above all,...

Published Date: April 5, 2014
Partners in crime

After the first Powerplay, South Africa were in a precarious 44 for 2, with both Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla back to the pavilion. However, a 71-run stand between Faf du Plessis and JP Duminy not only revived the side, but built a platform for the lower-order batsmen to take it on.

Published Date: April 5, 2014
MR. EFFICIENT

MR. EFFICIENT

RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is in the form of his life. He came into the party for India yet again, sending three South Africa danger men back to the pavilion. He dismissed Hashim Amla with a beauty in the sixth over and then removed Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers.

Published Date: April 5, 2014
Hero & Villain

Hero & Villain

VIRAT KOHLI Hero There can't be enough said about Virat Kohli's prowess while chasing a target. The class that he has shown continues to mesmerise many and he produced another magical innings yesterday when his half-century guided India to a brilliant win. He hammered 72 not out off 44 balls.         QUINTON DE KOCK VILLAIN Quinton de Kock has not had the best of tournaments. Before yesterday's match he had just scored 58 runs for South Africa and he continued his bad run as he got dismissed for six on only the fourth ball of the innings, a blow for the Proteas right from the start.

Published Date: April 5, 2014
Indo-Lankan final as SA dispatched

Indo-Lankan final as SA dispatched

The Indian juggernaut showed no sign of letting up on way to setting up an all-Asian final in the ICC World Twenty20. India's vaunted batting line-up completed their highest chase against South Africa to win the high-voltage second semifinal by six wickets with five balls remaining at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur...

Published Date: April 4, 2014
Still moving in faith

Since coming to Bangladesh, the West Indies women's team have been saying that their motto is: moving in faith. Led by Merrisa Aguilleira, the team gave a good account of that faith, winning battles; winning battles in style. They looked to have got the defeats in the semifinals of the last two editions out of their system and they believed this would be the year that they really make a mark. But yesterday their fearless brand of cricket -- which...

Published Date: April 4, 2014
Aussies grind into final

Aussies grind into final

Two-time defending champions Australia eked their way into the third straight final of the Women's World Twenty20 when they tamed a fearless West Indies side by eight runs in the first semifinal at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. The Southern Stars defended a par score of 140, thanks to some accurate death...

Published Date: April 4, 2014
Seeking to end the jinx

Seeking to end the jinx

When Imran Tahir was asked if he enjoyed bowling on the wickets in Chittagong, his reply-- considering the fact that he went on to take eleven scalps in four games there -- was contradictory to his key performances. “Not really, there's no turn. I have had to vary my pace to get the wickets....

Published Date: April 4, 2014
'We don't have any baggage'

'We don't have any baggage'

Current form, records, past experience and conditions give India an advantage in today's crucial semifinal match of the ICC World Twenty20 and that is the reason there was no fear factor for the Indian side. “Most of these guys were involved in the ICC Champions Trophy, so that is one experience everybody can draw...

Published Date: April 4, 2014
Proteas faced with Indian juggernaut

If it is a question of form then India will be in pole position. It will not be unwise in the least if one sees the former champions as favourites in this evening's semifinal of the ICC World Twenty20 against South Africa at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. Things have been going very efficiently for MS Dhoni; his entire bowling department has so far done an excellent job -- Amit Mishra's craftsmanship in reigniting the art of leg...

Women's World T20 Semifinal: England v South Africa

Published Date: April 4, 2014
Perennial finalists up against new-comers

Former champions England will look to confirm their third final in four editions when they take on first-timers South Africa in the second semifinal of the Women's World Twenty20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today. The two sides came into this tournament with perhaps different agendas -- England looking to wrestle back the title they won in 2009 and came ever so close to regaining in 2012 but for the four-run defeat against Australia in the final, and...

Published Date: April 4, 2014
Pak women finish 7th

Bismah Maroof was the backbone of Pakistan's batting as they took the seventh-place play-off against Sri Lanka by 14 runs in the Women's World T20 at the Sylhet Cricket Stadium on Thursday. Her 62 off 53 balls resuscitated a top-order collapse to present enough of a score for the bowlers to defend. Pakistan were 17 for 2 when she arrived and lost her partner Nida Dar not long after. Sri Lanka's control was slowly coaxed out of their grasp by...

Published Date: April 4, 2014
'Top-order faltered'

Shahid Afridi has said that a negative approach from the top-order batsmen resulted in Pakistan's exit from the World Twenty20 after they lost a knock-out league match to West Indies on Tuesday. Pakistan failed to progress to the semifinals for the first time in the World T20. After having dominated with the ball for 15 overs of the West Indies innings, Pakistan conceded 82 runs in the last five overs and allowed their opponents to reach 166 for 6. They...

Published Date: April 4, 2014
Hafeez quits captaincy

Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez stepped down as Twenty20 captain on Thursday after the team's failure to qualify for the semifinals of the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. Pakistan went out from the Super-10 stage after a disappointing 84-run defeat against the West Indies on Tuesday, failing to reach the last four for the first time in five editions of the tournament since its inception in 2007. Hafeez said he accepted responsibility for the early exit. "I accept all the responsibility of team's failure," Hafeez...

Published Date: April 4, 2014
North calls it a day

Former Australia Test batsman Marcus North has announced his retirement from first-class cricket. The 34-year-old Western Australia captain made the surprise announcement at a news conference in Perth on Thursday, having enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career. He finished the 2013/14 season as the leading runs scorer in the Sheffield Shield, but it was a tragic campaign off the field as his brother died in a car accident in November. Left-hander North played 21 Tests, two one-day internationals and...

Published Date: April 4, 2014
Whack-Ometer

Whack-Ometer

 

Published Date: April 4, 2014
The Star Cast

The Star Cast

 

Published Date: April 4, 2014
TODAY'S MATCHES

TODAY'S MATCHES

 

Published Date: April 4, 2014
Lanka thru on D/L

Lanka thru on D/L

Take a glance across the scorecards of Sri Lanka's games this year -- except for the last one against New Zealand -- and it will be a difficult task to identify that one notable individual performance that took the team over the line in each of them. The fact that none of their players...

Published Date: April 4, 2014
It probably was for Sanga, Jaya

It probably was for Sanga, Jaya

No matter how disappointed Darren Sammy gets, he always manages to leave a press conference with a vibe that leaves almost everyone happy and wishing that the West Indies were not eliminated. When asked as to how disappointing it was to exit the tournament through a rain-curtailed game, Sammy said something that not...

Published Date: April 4, 2014
BD women end on winning note

BD women end on winning note

Bangladesh finished ninth in the Women's World Twenty20 by beating Ireland by17 runs in the place-deciding match at the Sylhet Cricket Stadium. Batting first, Bangladesh set a below-par score of 106 for seven with opener Sharmin Akhter playing a crucial knock of 35 off 46 deliveries. The Irish kept things tidy as Lucy...

Published Date: April 4, 2014
Partners in crime

When Sri Lanka's two stalwarts Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardane departed cheaply in the first semifinal against the West Indies a big total looked a distant reality. However, Lahiru Thrimanne and Angelo Mathews provided the late thrust to take their side to a challenging 160-6. Thirimanne struck a 35-ball 44 while a more aggressive Mathews hammered a 23-ball 40.

Published Date: April 4, 2014
Reverse swing

Reverse swing

It was a bitter end to the first semifinal. All of us were thinking of a sensational finish but the West Indies were left to rue their luck. They must have been singing a sad song, "Rain, rain go away, brave Windies want to play." But when it did, the puddles of water made no chance of a resumption. Congrats to Sri Lanka. The way they have been playing this year is phenomenal. They won the Asia Cup after playing brilliant cricket. They are playing some very good cricket in this World Twenty20 and they deserved to be in the final. Sri Lanka dug themselves out of the hole after they lost...

Published Date: April 4, 2014
MR. EFFICIENT

MR. EFFICIENT

LASITH MALINGA Lasith Malinga is revered as a man for the occasion for Sri Lanka. And the pace bowler with a slinging action lived up to his reputation in the first semifinal against West Indies at Mirpur yesterday. He removed both West Indies openers Dwayne Smith and Chris Gayle in one over that not...

Published Date: April 4, 2014
Hero & Villain

Hero & Villain

ANGELO MATHEWS Hero When Angelo Mathews walked in the middle Sri Lanka were struggling at 91-4. But when he left the field his team were in a position of strength. The powerfully built right-hander first played second fiddle to Lahiru Thirimanne. But as the Lankan innings reached the last three overs Mathews set the Mirpur stadium alight, hitting anything that was hurled at him by the West Indies bowlers out of the park. He struck a 23-ball 40 laced with three fours and two sixes.   CHRIS GAYLE VILLAIN West Indies opener Chris Gayle was the hero of the fourth edition of the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka with tons of runs. But in...

Published Date: April 3, 2014
Unity is the keyword

Unity is the keyword

An angry version of the Gangnam Style dance, bats being thrown up as high as the spider-cam on the field and celebratory chest-thumps that could have probably gone on to break a rib or two, the party-men from the Caribbean have, yet again, won the hearts of majority of the neutral supporters in...

Published Date: April 3, 2014
SL not bothered by past

SL not bothered by past

Defending champions West Indies has swiftly become possibly the most fearsome team in the tournament while Sri Lanka has the right balance, so ultimately the team that hits form on the day will come out on top when they meet in today's first semifinal of the ICC World Twenty20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National...

Women's World T20 semifinal: Australia v West Indies

Published Date: April 3, 2014
Battle of different styles

It will be a battle of contrasting styles when two-time defending champions Australia take on the emerging power West Indies in the first semifinal of the Women's World Twenty20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium today. The match begins at 2:30pm. While Australia bank on their ruthless and clinical all-round team effort, West Indies thrive on individual brilliance and the flamboyance and athleticism they bring to the field. The Australians are, on paper, the favourites, but as the West Indies side...

Published Date: April 3, 2014
BD Women take on Ireland today

Bangladesh women's team will look to end their World Twenty20 campaign on a high note when they take on Ireland in the ninth-place play-off at the Sylhet Cricket Stadium today. The match begins at 7:30pm. Bangladesh will go into the match with confidence sky high as they beat a higher-ranked Sri Lanka in their last group match on Tuesday. History is also in Bangladesh's favour as they won the only time these two sides met – a four wicket victory...

Published Date: April 3, 2014
JP braces for India spin test

The thought may not be comforting to their supporters but South Africa are getting themselves into a spin ahead of their World T20 semifinal against India. They had Shane Warne in the nets offering advice to Imran Tahir, as he has done at Hampshire in the past, and the batsmen are getting their dancing shoes in preparation for India's spinners. "We know it's going to be a big challenge for us. We want to put up a big performance against...

Published Date: April 3, 2014
Shakib's salvo in poor taste

Shakib's salvo in poor taste

The Bangladesh cricket team have completed their assignments in the first part of the year without any success; there is not much to be inspired by from their wins against Afghanistan and Nepal in the ICC World Twenty20. The performances in the World T20 might have been a crushing disappointment to their loyal fans, but everything cannot end with bad performances in one tournament. But naturally the post-mortem is going on to find out the reasons behind the Tigers' failure. There can be a lot of heated debate, but there is no straightforward answer that will tell us why Bangladesh could not play anywhere close to the standard required for...

Published Date: April 3, 2014
Tigers to have one week off

The Tigers will return to business after enjoying a week's break. The national cricketers, along with others, will take the field when the National Cricket League resumes after the end of the ICC World Twenty20. The sixth round of the competition is likely to start from April 12 while the last round of the first phase is likely to begin on the 18th. The domestic competition will be vital for many players to get back their confidence after a series of...

Published Date: April 3, 2014
Yuvi skips training

Yuvraj Singh missed India's training session on Wednesday in Fatullah after being hit on his ankle while playing football barefoot with his teammates the previous day in Mirpur. "Yuvraj Singh had a blow on his left ankle, for precautionary reasons he is taking rest today," RN Baba, the team's media manager, said in a release. All the other 14 members of the squad were present for the session. Yuvraj had gone down amid a tussle for the ball near the goal...

Published Date: April 3, 2014
The Star Cast

The Star Cast

 

First Semifinal

Published Date: April 3, 2014
Lanka face West Indies today

Lanka face West Indies today

Sri Lanka may lead the head-to-head record against West Indies by four games to one, but that one defeat -- in the final of the 2012 T20 World Cup -- in their own den must have been a hard one to digest. Come this evening, the Lankans will get their opportunity to avenge...

Published Date: April 2, 2014
Sammy, Bravo at it again

Sammy, Bravo at it again

The joys of Caribbean cricket held sway in the virtual quarterfinal of the World Twenty20 between Pakistan and West Indies at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday as skipper Darren Sammy and all-rounder Dwayne Bravo engineered an 84-run victory to take West Indies through to the semifinals. Sammy and Bravo plundered 82 runs from the last five overs to take their side to a formidable 166 for six, which their spin duo of Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree ensured was unreachable. Krishmar Santokie got West Indies to the best possible start by trapping opener Ahmed Shehzad, who scored a century in the previous game, in front off the first ball of the...

Published Date: April 2, 2014
Mushfiqur doesn't know what the problems are

Mushfiqur doesn't know what the problems are

What Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim said after his side's seven-wicket defeat to Australia yesterday in their last game of the ICC World Twenty20 was nothing new from the little man regarding his team's dismal show in the tournament. But what Australia opener Aaron Finch had to say about debutant paceman Taskin Ahmed was...

Published Date: April 2, 2014
End of a cycle?

There really should not be much hand-wringing about the black and white numbers in the wins and losses column as Bangladesh's ICC World Twenty20 campaign splutters to a halt with the finish line nowhere in sight. This is the end the more realistic of their fans would have expected -- they have rarely shown any signs that they appreciate the limited nuances of a game of bluster and brawn. The expectation on Bangladesh, even the players themselves said as much,...

Published Date: April 2, 2014
Al-Amin fined, Dilshan also

Bangladesh fast bowler Al-Amin Hossain has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching the ICC code of conduct during the match against Australia in the World Twenty20 in Mirpur yesterday. Al-Amin was found to have breached the code of conduct which relates to "using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an international match". The incident related to David Warner's dismissal in the 12th over. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka opener Tillakaratne Dilshan has also...

Published Date: April 2, 2014
Reverse Swing

Reverse Swing

I liked what Mushfiqur Rahim said in the end of Australia game. He seems to be intent on restoring the faith of the fans after a dismal start to 2014. They were below average in the Asia Cup and then out of sorts in the World Twenty20. That must have hurt the fans badly and it is up to the players to realise their mistakes and restore the faith, which is very important for the game to have a big following. Like they say victory has many fathers but a defeat is orphan. This sequence of defeats will leave Bangladesh with no other option but to improve on their performances....

Published Date: April 2, 2014
Women do what men could not

Women do what men could not

While the Tigers capped off their World Twenty20 with another thumping defeat, their female counterparts salvaged some pride for the beleaguered hosts by winning their last group match against Sri Lanka in an entertaining encounter at the Sylhet Cricket Stadium yesterday. The three-run victory, only their third in 22 Twenty20 Internationals and first of...

Published Date: April 2, 2014
This has to end: McCullum

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum Monday stressed his team must look for a turnaround soon if they want to win a major tournament following their unceremonious exit from the ICC World Twenty20. The Black Caps were dealt a telling blow by Sri Lanka, who beat them by 59 runs in a low-scoring game in Chittagong. With Sri Lanka dismissed for a paltry 119, the match was within New Zealand's reach but left-arm spinner Rangana Herath demolished them with figures of five...

Published Date: April 2, 2014
Hero & villain

Hero & villain

TASKIN AHMED Hero For a debutant it was not a bad start by young pace bowler Taskin Ahmed. The tall right-armer coming in place of injured Mashrafe Bin Mortaza bowled beautifully in his first two overs, conceding just 5 runs against Australia. He finished his quota of four overs for 24 runs and the wicket of hard-hitting Aussie batsman Glenn Maxwell.       TAMIM IQBAL VILLAIN Tamim Iqbal disappointed the home fans again at Mirpur yesterday. The dashing right-hander, who has been going through a lean patch, scored a struggling 5 off 11 balls against Australia before departing tamely. He drove straight to the mid-off fielder while trying to clear the in-field circle. Tamim has failed...

Published Date: April 2, 2014
Mr. Efficient

Mr. Efficient

NATHAN COULTER-NILE Aussie fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile made sure there were no early fireworks from the Tigers. Bowling with pace and precision, the right-armer removed both Bangladesh openers Anamul Haque and Tamim Iqbal that effectively dashed the home side's hopes of putting up a challenging total.

Published Date: April 2, 2014
'We know the gameplay'

West Indies have done it again. Against Australia, in chase of 179, they looked down and out as the death overs approached and then Dwayne Bravo and skipper Darren Sammy fired them home. Yesterday against Pakistan these two were at it again, unleashing an array of breathtaking strokes to score 82 off the last five overs after being 84 for five after 15. "I think we have proved ourselves in T20s that we know the gameplay," Bravo said after the...

Published Date: April 2, 2014
Some solace for India

Some solace for India

West Indies emerged runners-up from Group B despite being handed a nine-wicket defeat by India in their last match at the Sylhet Cricket Stadium yesterday. The defeat meant West Indies would face off with two-time defending champions Australia in the first semifinal on Thursday while the second semifinal between England and South Africa will...

Published Date: April 2, 2014
SEMIS LINE-UPS

SEMIS LINE-UPS

 

Published Date: April 2, 2014
Tigers' nightmare run ends with a defeat

Tigers' nightmare run ends with a defeat

Bangladesh finished their ICC World Twenty20 campaign without any fond memories as they suffered a seven-wicket defeat, their fourth in as many Super 10s games, against Australia at the Sher-e-Bangla national Stadium yesterday. A slightly improved batting, courtesy of a 112-run third-wicket stand between Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, was not good enough...

Published Date: April 1, 2014
England double-Dutched!

England double-Dutched!

The trend of exciting finishes continued till the last day of Chittagong's World Twenty20-leg yesterday as the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium saw the ghosts of Lord's reappear after half a decade and witnessed the Netherlands complete a incredible 47-run win over England. It was their second win over their European rivals in T20 World...

Published Date: April 1, 2014
Fond Orange memories

The manner in which the Netherlands fought against South Africa and competed against New Zealand, there was an eerie feeling of a win around the corner for the Dutch; a task they eventually accomplished in their last game. While the Dutch will no doubt celebrate their crushing 47-run victory, they will, however, also have questions regarding the future of their cricket. As captain Peter Borren, following their historical win yesterday, pointed out, they don't have a single fixture ready for...

Published Date: April 1, 2014
Eng in disarray

Humbled 5-0 in the Ashes and overwhelmed in the one-day series in Australia, England's dismal winter ended in total ignominy when they bowed out of the World Twenty20 with an embarrassing 45-run defeat by the Netherlands on Monday. England have lost 20 out of 25 international matches since flying into Australia in October and their new coach, due to be appointed next month, faces a huge task to restore morale and build a new team in all formats of the...

Published Date: April 1, 2014
Vanquished's last rites

If today's ICC World Twenty20 dead rubber between Bangladesh and Australia bears any significance to any player then it will be for promising pacer Taskin Ahmed, who was drafted into the side in place of injured Mashrafe Bin Mortaza. Mashrafe, who had nightmare bowling figures against Pakistan, has been ruled out of the last game as he suffered a knee injury in Sunday's game against Pakistan. His knee, which had previously been operated on, swelled up and an MRI will...

Published Date: April 1, 2014
Basement battle

Bangladesh may have expected to be here but very few -- not least the Australians themselves -- would have thought that the top-ranked ODI team and second-ranked Test team would be fighting it out with Bangladesh for nothing more than some crumbs of comfort to show for their entire World Twenty20 campaign. Bangladesh and Australia are the only two teams in the Super 10 stage to not have a win to their name yet, and one suspects that the status...

Pakistan v West Indies

Published Date: April 1, 2014
Clash of even kind

Clash of even kind

Today's evening match is a virtual quarterfinal, and it may turn out to be a nail-biter as it is between two of the most attractive sides in the ICC World Twenty20 so far. Pakistan and West Indies will enter the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium for the evening match knowing that there is nothing that...

Published Date: April 1, 2014
BD women need a win

A morally-shattered Bangladesh women's team will look to salvage some pride as well as keep their chances of qualification for the 2016 World Twenty20 alive when they take on Sri Lanka in their last match of Group B today. The match will begin at 3:30pm today at the Sylhet Cricket Stadium. Bangladesh languish at the bottom of the group with zero points from three matches, while Sri Lanka, along with India, are on two points each. West Indies and England...

Published Date: April 1, 2014
Pakistan salvage a win

Pakistan salvaged a win in their last match of Group A in the Women's World Twenty20 when they beat debutants Ireland by 14 runs in an entertaining encounter at the Sylhet Cricket Stadium yesterday. Batting first, Pakistan collected 119, thanks to an unbeaten 48 off 45 balls from middle-order batswoman Bismah Maroof. Qanita Jalil gave her good support with a knock of 20. Maroof struck three boundaries in her entertaining innings while Jalil also hit three fours. Ireland, looking for their...

Published Date: April 1, 2014
Partners in Crime

It was the burst from Netherlands pacers Van der Gugten and Mudassar Bukhari in the first Powerplay that gave the Dutch the start that they needed. The duo took three wickets and gave away just 26 runs in the first six overs, one of the slowest starts from England in T20Is.

Published Date: April 1, 2014
MR. EFFICIENT

MR. EFFICIENT

LOGAN VAN BEEK Logan van Beek took the pace off his deliveries on a wicket that was slightly uneven and caused a lot of problems for the English batsmen. He needed just two overs for his three wickets. He sent both Jos Buttler and Ravi Bopara back at crucial times.

Published Date: April 1, 2014
Hero & Villain

Hero & Villain

 

Published Date: April 1, 2014
Whack-ometer

Whack-ometer

 

Published Date: April 1, 2014
The Star Cast

The Star Cast

 

Published Date: April 1, 2014
SL through after Herath Hurricane

SL through after Herath Hurricane

With Mahela Jayawardene at slip, a short-leg in place and the vicious turners coming off Rangana Herath, the second half of the match at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium last night in a way resembled the last innings of a Test match with the batting side struggling to bat on a five-day-old wicket.   This was the setting that proved to be the turning point of a game which saw the mighty Sri Lankans --bowled out for a 119 -- post a comeback courtesy of Rangana Herath's career-best figures of 5 for 3 and storm into the semis with an 59-run win. The clueless Kiwis, who were restricted to 60...

Published Date: April 1, 2014
Reverse Swing

Reverse Swing

Little wonder the World Twenty20 is dominated by spinners. Why not, if you go through the ICC Twenty20 rankings for bowlers, half of them in the top ten are spinners. A lot of people ask me why? My answer to them is that batsmen take a chance against the spinners. You can hit fast bowers without taking much risk, you need to use your feet. You can use the pace of the fast bowlers but on spinners you have to use force and because of that spinners are successful. Spin was the key word in Sri Lanka-NZ contest because it was slow pitch, being used for a successive fourth day in...

Published Date: April 1, 2014
SA thru' as NZ bow out

South Africa reached the semifinals of the Women's World Twenty20 for the first time by beating much-fancied New Zealand by five wickets in a thrilling match of Group A at the Sylhet Cricket Stadium yesterday. Bowling first, the South Africans restricted the two-time runners-up New Zealand to 114, with medium pacer Marizanne Kapp taking three and leg-spinner Dane van Niekerk taking two wickets. That New Zealand got to 114 owed a great deal from a 43-ball 40 from opener Sophie...

Published Date: March 31, 2014
Reverse Swing

Reverse Swing

Once again Bangladesh cricket team let their fans down. Not many were hoping of a home win but the kind of performance the Tigers put up was once again a big let down for a packed stadium. It proved an easy win for a much professional Pakistan side which led all of us to think that Bangladesh have a mental block against Pakistan. What else one can say when Bangladesh have not won in any format against Pakistan for 40 games! Pakistan won a good toss and after four-five overs it looked like Pakistan will run away with an easy win. The kind of innings Ahmed Shehzad played was superb....

Published Date: March 31, 2014
Whack-ometer

Whack-ometer

 

Published Date: March 31, 2014
Mushy finds improvement!

Mushy finds improvement!

It's nearly over now. Yesterday's defeat against Pakistan not only effectively ended Bangladesh's sordid World Twenty20 campaign -- their last match against Australia will be of only academic interest for both teams -- but brought the Tigers close to closing the chapter on a sorry first three months of 2014. As has been the...

Published Date: March 31, 2014
Cometh Oz, cometh Yuvi

Cometh Oz, cometh Yuvi

Australia's steep nosedive continued as they lost their third match of the ICC World Twenty20 in a row as the form team, a Yuvraj Singh-powered India, romped to a 73-run victory in their Super 10s match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday. After being asked to bat first, Yuvraj -- who averaged 61.75 against...

Published Date: March 31, 2014
Anything but cricket

While Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc is already packing for his trip back home from Dhaka after his side's exit from the World Twenty20 last night, his partner and women's team wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy is moving back to Dhaka from Sylhet, after ensuring the semifinal berth the previous day. Alyssa is not as disappointed at not being able to join Starc in Dhaka, as she was watching the men's team exit the tournament. "Obviously it would have been great had both...

Published Date: March 31, 2014
Eng through, BD lose again

Bangladesh women's team slumped to a massive 79-run defeat, their third in three matches, against India in their Group B match of the Women's World Twenty20 at the Sylhet Cricket Stadium yesterday. Chasing a massive victory target of 152, Bangladesh managed to accumulate 72 for eight in their allotted 20 overs. Jhulan Goswami and Shubhalakhsmi Sharma took three wickets each to cause the batting collapse. Earlier, opener Harmanpreet Kaur and Mithali Raj set the platform for a big innings with a...

Published Date: March 31, 2014
Lankans, Kiwis meet in 'quarterfinal' today

Lankans, Kiwis meet in 'quarterfinal' today

Truth be told, Sri Lanka probably did not expect to find themselves in a do-or-die contest this early in the competition. Coming into the tournament, they had a 10-match unbeaten run and then edged past their closest contenders in the group, South Africa. Their thumping win over the Netherlands, which saw them bowl...

Published Date: March 31, 2014
Mr. Efficient

Mr. Efficient

UMAR GUL Pakistan paceman Umar Gul has had a quite tournament until yesterday. Coming as a first-change bowler the right-arm fast-medium bowler removed Tamim Iqbal that effectively dashed Bangladesh's chances of a good fight. He also dismissed a menacingly poised Shakib Al Hasan and eventually finished with 3-30.

Published Date: March 31, 2014
The Star Cast

The Star Cast

EOIN MORGAN, England Matches played: 47 Batting average: 29.58 Strike rate: 130.03 Highest score: 85* Runs scored: 1065 4s: 98; 6s: 37           PETER BORREN, Netherlands Matches played: 26 Batting average: 16.65 Strike rate: 112.12; Highest score: 49 Runs scored: 333; 4s: 30; 6s: 10 Economy rate: 6.80  Best bowling: 2/19; Wkts: 14           BRENDON McCULLUM, New Zealand Matches played: 67 Batting average: 36.50 Strike rate: 136.26 Highest score: 123 Runs scored: 2044; 4s: 192; 6s: 85           MAHELA JAYAWARDENE, Sri Lanka Matches played: 52 Batting average: 32.81 Strike rate: 135.58 Highest score: 100 Runs scored: 1444; 4s: 167; 6s: 33

Published Date: March 31, 2014
Hero&villain

Hero&villain

AHMED SHEHZAD Hero Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad hit the second century of this ICC T20 World Cup at Mirpur yesterday. The right-hander toyed with the toothless Bangladesh bowlers on way to his majestic 111 off 62 balls. His innings that contained 10 fours and five sixes set up an easy win for the former champions against a hapless home side.         TAMIM IQBAL VILLAIN   Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal continued his poor run of form in the ICC World T20. The dashing left-hander was expected to fire for the hosts after Pakistan posted a massive 190 on the board. But he looked totally out of sort and scored a shaky 16 before being clean bowled by...

Published Date: March 31, 2014
Stakes high in dead rubber

The World Twenty20 may be over for both England and the Netherlands, but make no mistake, the afternoon game at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS) today will hold a lot of importance, for both the sides. The main reason behind that dates back to 2009 when the Dutch, in a last-ball thriller remarkably beat the English in their own den. The video of the game was reportedly used by the Dutch coach as a visual aid of sorts to...

Published Date: March 30, 2014
Winning is the only tonic

Winning is the only tonic

A verse from a poem of poet Sunil Ganguly --“this Bangladesh, in its depressing glow” -- can be relevant to describe the present state of the Bangladesh cricket team. The sufferings of daily life -- the agonising political instability and a host of other problems -- were believed to have taken a back...

Published Date: March 30, 2014
Brendan defuses Dutch dynamite

Brendan defuses Dutch dynamite

When Netherlands drove South Africa down to the wire in their last game, it clearly distanced themselves from their horrendous defeat to Sri Lanka and proved that the men in Orange were here not just to fill in the numbers. With pressure mounting on the big four, a mere slip is all that...

Published Date: March 30, 2014
AB whirlwind takes SA thru'

AB whirlwind takes SA thru'

England's three-run defeat to South Africa in Chittagong yesterday meant that they were out of the ICC World Twenty20, while the Proteas with six points confirmed a berth in Dhaka for the semifinals. While the early exit reflects the reason why England are ranked eight in T20Is, they however had given it their all in this tournament.   From riding on Alex Hales' record century to beat favourites Sri Lanka to attending two training sessions -- an extra one under lights -- ahead of the South Africa game, what more could a team have done? Unfortunately for them, South Africa preserved their batting performance for the end and posted the tournament's...

Published Date: March 30, 2014
Aussies support Tigers today

Before the tournament began, today's night match between India and Australia may have been seen as a dress rehearsal for the final as India are always strong in subcontinental conditions and Australia were the form team heading into the ICC World Twenty20. The forecast turned out to be only half true so far, as India have won all of their three matches while Australia have lost both their games, against Pakistan and West Indies. If Pakistan beat Bangladesh in the afternoon...

Published Date: March 30, 2014
'Have to win every game'

It has been seen in the past that a defeat against archrivals India -- an all too common reality in ICC's global events -- had the effect of derailing Pakistan's campaign. But it speaks to the strength and discipline of this Pakistan team that the defeat in the opening match of the ICC World Twenty20 Super 10s against India only strengthened their resolve, as they felled the mighty Australians in their next match. Today, in the afternoon match at the Sher-e-Bangla...

Published Date: March 30, 2014
BD women face India today

Having gone down in their first two matches, the Bangladesh women's team will be looking to get some confidence back by pouncing on an out-of-sorts India side when the two sides meet in their Group B encounter of the Women's World Twenty20 at the Sylhet Cricket Stadium today. Salma Khatun's team languish at the bottom of the pile with no points and a big negative net run-rate while India sit just above them, thanks to a superior net run-rate, despite...

Published Date: March 30, 2014
The mask Waldron wears

The mask Waldron wears

Cricket equipment has seen a lot of evolution since the game became a worldwide marketable product. From the time of no helmets, the game has seen more and more use of protective gear. Helmets have changed shape as well to make things comfortable for the batsmen and wicketkeepers who wear it. But Mary...

Published Date: March 30, 2014
SA, Australia notch big wins

South Africa stomped to a record-breaking 86-run victory over Ireland in their Group A encounter of the Women's World Twenty20 at the Sylhet Cricket Stadium yesterday. On winning the toss, South Africa chose to bat first and put up 165 runs for the loss of five wickets, thanks to rapid-fire 63 runs scored in the last three overs. Middle-order batsman Chloe Tryon slammed an unbeaten 35 off just 12 balls, with the help of three sixes, while Sune Luus scored 29...

Published Date: March 30, 2014
Power woes go on

Power woes go on

Power failures continue to pose problems in the ICC World T20 as yesterday's match between South Africa and England in Chittagong came to a grinding halt twice. At 7:35 pm, the floodlight pole behind the media end blacked-out. Players were forced to leave the ground and the game resumed after ten minutes. At 8:10...

Published Date: March 30, 2014
KP plans WI commute

For most cricketers the fact the Caribbean Premier League and its English county Twenty20 equivalent are taking place at the same time would mean playing in both was impossible. However, England exile Kevin Pietersen is planning to do just that, turning himself into a jet-set player like no other by flying in and out of the West Indies, a commute of thousands of miles, from his London base. "I will be fulfilling ALL my @surreycricket commitments and just flying into the...

Published Date: March 30, 2014
Hero & Villain

Hero & Villain

 

Published Date: March 30, 2014
MR. EFFICIENT

MR. EFFICIENT

TOM COOPER With 223 runs Tom Cooper has had a fantastic ICC World T20 so far. He proved his worth yet again when he hammered a 23-ball 40 at number five to lead a late launch for the Netherlands, which helped them post a fighting 151.

Published Date: March 30, 2014
Partners In Crime

At 88 for 3, New Zealand needed a calm partnership to guide them home and ensure no further hiccups. That call was answered by Brendan McCullum and Corey Anderson, who shared a 46-run stand in 4.3 overs. It was the partnership that dashed the slim hopes of the Dutch.

Published Date: March 30, 2014
The Star Cast

The Star Cast

 

Published Date: March 30, 2014
Whack-ometer

Whack-ometer

 

Published Date: March 30, 2014
Broad sings de Villiers song

England captain Stuart Broad, following his side's three-run defeat to South Africa, credited AB de Villiers, who hammered a fierce 28-ball 69, for his game-changing innings. “The knock from AB de Villiers is as good as you will ever see. He hit the ball 360 degrees, targeted the shorter boundaries with fantastic success." "The whole game was pretty much reliant on AB's knock. To go and hit at that strike rate, he took it away from us in the last few...

Published Date: March 30, 2014
Reverse Swing

Reverse Swing

It's nice to see South Africa in the semifinals and hard luck to a very talented England side. South Africa have under achieved in major ICC events. The talent they have at their disposal is huge but their talent never mirror their achievement. In fact every time they lose their way the C word, CHOKERS, is thrown at them. I wish this time they prove that they are worth a major Trophy. I think AB de Villiers's innings made life difficult for England. To me AB is world's best batsman in all the formats of the game. If I was to bowl at him, I would have thought a lot. The...

Published Date: March 29, 2014
Calypso tune rocks Mirpur

Calypso tune rocks Mirpur

The Caribbean flavour bubbled over as skipper Darren Sammy hit two towering sixes off the third and fourth balls of the last over to steal the 12 runs needed for a six-wicket victory over Australia in their ICC World Twenty20 Super 10s match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. The West Indies...

Published Date: March 29, 2014
Escape artists face off

Escape artists face off

From almost being knocked out of the tournament, South Africa now have the opportunity to become the first team from Chittagong to progress to the semi finals of the ICC World Twenty20 when they take on a confident England, fresh from their thrilling win against Sri Lanka, at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium...

Published Date: March 29, 2014
Reverse Swing

Reverse Swing

Disappointed with a capital D. I am sure it will feel like an understatement. It was a packed Sher-e-Bangla stadium, passionate, expecting a brave show from the Tigers. But it turned out to be another cakewalk for India who have now cruised into the semifinals and Bangladesh are left to ponder a lot of things. It's all about Bangladesh cricket. Whoever you meet before the match, whoever you speak to, they were expecting the hosts will put up a fight. But instead it was a tired show. Bangladesh lacked method, planning, sense, passion, willingness, respect and what else. I am lost for words. I feel for the Bangladeshi fans. Mind...

Published Date: March 29, 2014
There is a light that never goes out

There is a light that never goes out

On May 12, 1989, a girl was born to a schoolteacher father and a housewife mother in Goa, India. The father -- a Brahmin originally from Uttar Pradesh -- decided that the child be called Shikha which translates to 'Holy Flame'. Deep in his heart he had a dream that his daughter would...

Published Date: March 29, 2014
'None wants to quit'

There is not much left for Mushfiqur Rahim to say at this point. On the face of it, scoring 138 for seven and taking India into the 19th over may be an improvement from being all out for 98 and losing by 73 runs against West Indies, but the long and short of it is that Bangladesh were once again distant second in a two-horse race. After a string of poor results in 2014, Mushfiqur has faced much criticism about...

Published Date: March 29, 2014
'It is the action that matters'

There is a reason why, as captain Darren Sammy pointed out a day before yesterday's match, West Indies are often the second favourite team of cricket lovers around the world. Part of their identity is providing entertainment and joy through their actions, and that is perhaps why Australian all-rounder James Faulkner's comment a day before their match that he did not much like West Indies irked the Caribbean skipper. Faulkner paid a dear price for his words -- he...

Published Date: March 29, 2014
Kiwis looking to hit their stride

Both New Zealand and the Netherlands will go into this game feeling gutted courtesy of two close defeats in their last games. The Kiwis should have backed themselves to get those seven runs against Dale Steyn last week and it would have completely altered the situation had they won that match. The disappointment for Peter Borren and co is perhaps a touch more, considering the golden opportunity that they let go against South Africa on Thursday. It was a game...

Published Date: March 29, 2014
Longing for the SBNS

Dane van Niekerk just can't get enough of the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium (SBNS). The South Africa women's team's dashing right-handed opener was in Dhaka in September 2012 touring with her side. Although she did not have a great time with either bat or ball, her team clinched the exciting three-match Twenty20 series 2-1, with thousands of people watching it from the stands. And that memory makes the stadium her favourite venue of all. "I'll never forget that day to...

Published Date: March 29, 2014
England fined

England have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during their World Twenty20 Group One match against Sri Lanka in Chittagong, the International Cricket Council said Friday. England beat world number one T20 side Sri Lanka by six wickets courtesy of a whirlwind 64-ball 116 not out by opener Alex Hales at Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Thursday.

Published Date: March 29, 2014
Slow going earns Dinesh, Faf ban

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal and South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis were suspended for one Twenty20 match after their sides were charged for slow over-rates for the second time within 12 months, the ICC said Friday. It was both captains' second offence in the same format, as South Africa were fined for being two overs short against New Zealand on Monday while Sri Lanka were short by one over against New Zealand in Pallekele in November last year, the...

Published Date: March 29, 2014
BD women lose big, WI thru'

Bangladesh women's team slumped to a 79-run defeat at the hands of former champions England in their second match of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 at the Sylhet Cricket Stadium yesterday. The defeat, which is a record margin in a World Twenty20 match, eclipsed Ireland's 78-run defeat against Australia on Thursday. Chasing a mammoth victory target of 138, Bangladesh lost wickets at regular intervals, eventually managing 58 for nine in their allotted 20 overs. Vice-captain Jahanara Alam in the post-match press conference...

Published Date: March 29, 2014
Partners In Crime

Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo produced some scintillating batting against Australia to turn the game on its head. The pair clobbered 49 runs off 19 balls for the unbroken fifth wicket with Sammy hammering a 13-ball 34 and Bravo striking 27 off 12 balls with couple of fours and as many sixes.

Published Date: March 29, 2014
Hero & Villain

Hero & Villain

 

Published Date: March 29, 2014
MR. EFFICIENT

MR. EFFICIENT

CHRIS GAYLE Chris Gayle was surprisingly subdued  in the first two games against India and Bangladesh. The gangling left-hander however returned to his destructive self against Australia at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium  in Mirpur yesterday. He struck a 35-ball 53 and treated the packed to the rafter audience with some magnificent power-hitting that he is famous for. He struck two sixes and six fours, three in one over against Glenn Maxwell.

Published Date: March 29, 2014
Whack-ometer

Whack-ometer

 

Published Date: March 29, 2014
Today's Matches

Today's Matches

 

Published Date: March 28, 2014
Myburgh almost did it for Dutch again

Myburgh almost did it for Dutch again

If there was an award for the team most responsible for riveting the nerves and toying with the pundits' predictions in this World Twenty20, then Netherlands would have won it by now. From a record-breaking win, followed by a record-breaking defeat, to almost sending South Africa home -- there's a pulsating graph which...

Published Date: March 28, 2014
Hales breaks loose

Hales breaks loose

  An Alex Hales special helped England override a disappointing performance on the field and bring an end to Sri Lanka's 12-match winning streak in Bangladesh, as they beat the group favourites by six wickets at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday. Although Sri Lanka remain on top, England's win has now opened up the...

Published Date: March 28, 2014
Time to turn words into deeds

Time to turn words into deeds

What else is there for Mushfiqur Rahim to say? It is rather the time for the Bangladesh skipper to prove something on the field when his side take on India in their second encounter of the ICC World Twenty20 Super 10s at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur this evening. So the little...

Published Date: March 28, 2014
'Have to be at our best'

India seem to be the team in form in the ICC World Twenty20, having comprehensively won both their Group 2 matches, against archrivals Pakistan and defending champions West Indies. Somewhat surprisingly, their success has been built on their bowling, a department that has often been singled out as a weakness. Today they face the team who are arguably the most beleaguered of the ten remaining. Hosts Bangladesh have not had an easy time of it, failing to last 20 overs...

Published Date: March 28, 2014
Lessons for Tigers

After a day's break the Super 10s of the ICC World T20 returned to action in most spectacular fashion in Chittagong yesterday. There were two games and if the Tigers, who will lock horns against their mighty neighbours India under lights at Mirpur today, are to learn anything from those contests there are two salient points they should religiously follow if they are to upset the Indian apple-cart. Firstly, don't spill catches like England did against Sri Lanka where the...

Published Date: March 28, 2014
'Trying to sink it in'

As soon as Sri Lanka posted what at that point was the second highest total of this year's ICC World Twenty20, everyone at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, including the players themselves, knew that England had to do something extraordinary to stay alive; and going by their below-par performance on the field in the first innings and the two-wicket cushion that they so willingly provided to the Lankans; such an immense turn around seemed next to impossible. And that's exactly...

Published Date: March 28, 2014
Reverse Swing

Reverse Swing

England have lit up the World Twenty20 with a professional and well-planned victory over much fancied Sri Lanka. You need a victory, an upset like this to lift the interest in a tournament like World Twenty20 and England have provided that tonic to the fans of the game. Now don't rule out England. I hope they pick up from here and become the dark horse of the tournament. A lot of English players had told me about Alex Hales that he is very talented and can put the best attack in the world to sword. Mind you, he has proved that with a solid maiden hundred. He lifted England through a...

Published Date: March 28, 2014
Mahela steers SL to 189

Mahela steers SL to 189

Mahela Jayawardene took full advantage of some sloppy fielding from England to go on to post his first big score of the tournament. Jayawardene scored a 51-ball 89 to take Sri Lanka to a formidable 189. He, however, might have felt a touch lucky having been dropped twice and with a close catch appeal going for him. It started right from his first ball, when Jayawardene edged one towards point with Michael Lumb diving and claiming the catch. Replays proved inconclusive and the third umpire ruled against Lumb. That was enough for Jayawardene to get going as he began playing a wide array of shots. He started with a chip over...

Published Date: March 28, 2014
BD women up against Eng today

BD women up against Eng today

  Bangladesh's women's team will look to take inspiration from their bowling and fielding efforts against West Indies on Wednesday when they take on former champions England in the ICC Women's World Twenty20 at the Sylhet Cricket Stadium today. The match begins at 3:30pm. Bangladesh lost their opening match by 36 runs but showed a lot of intensity and purpose in their effort, especially in bowling and fielding where they restricted the West Indies to 115. But they will also be looking to put up a bit of a fight in batting, which so often has been their thorn in the side. In 19 T20Is so far, Bangladesh's highest score has...

Published Date: March 28, 2014
Some needle in crucial clash

With Australia losing their first match against Pakistan, West Indies losing against India and beating Bangladesh, today's afternoon game at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium at Mirpur may prove to be pivotal to their advancement hopes. As if the stakes were not high enough, a bit of animosity seems to have built up over some verbal exchanges on the day before the match. Australian all-rounder James Faulkner, who was fined part of his match fee for giving Chris Gayle a verbal...

Published Date: March 28, 2014
Gavaskar ready for BCCI

Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar said he was willing to take the helm of India's embattled cricket board Thursday, following a request by the Supreme Court designed to stem the damage from a betting scandal. At a dramatic hearing in New Delhi, a panel of judges also called for the banning of two teams from this year's Indian Premier League (IPL), in a potentially devastating blow to a tournament which begins next month. After warning the incumbent N Srinivasan that they could...

Published Date: March 28, 2014
We should've cruised past SA: Borren

Netherlands captain Peter Borren has said that he was disappointed with his side's middle order and believed they should have 'cruised' past South Africa in Chittagong yesterday. "We should have won the game completely. 145 was always a manageable chase and we should have cruised to it. Maybe the pressure got to us a bit. The dismissals of myself, [Wesley] Baressi, and Tom [Cooper] … we played across the line to [Imran] Tahir, which was pretty criminal," said Borren after...

Published Date: March 28, 2014
Lanning hits Irish hard

Meg Lanning has a penchant for breaking records. At the age of 18, she became Australia's youngest ever centurion -- male or female -- beating Ricky Ponting's previous record of 21 years and 21 days. The recently-made captain of the Australian women's side never looked back since, scoring tons of runs in all formats of the game. Yesterday at the Sylhet Cricket Stadium Lanning set a new record -- the highest T20I score in women's cricket as she plundered 126...

Published Date: March 28, 2014
Afghans win 'Spirit of Sport'

Afghanistan have won the Laureus "Spirit of Sport" award in recognition of their swift rise in world cricket and their maiden qualification to the one-day World Cup. Afghanistan have also qualified for two successive World T20s, and are now established as one of the strongest teams outside the Test nations. "Afghanistan's success on the pitch has, indeed, captured the imagination of the whole cricketing world," a Laureus release said, after the awards ceremony in Kuala Lumpur. "The enthusiasm for the...

Published Date: March 28, 2014
The Star Cast

The Star Cast

 

Published Date: March 28, 2014
Hero & Villain

Hero & Villain

 

Published Date: March 28, 2014
PARTNERS in crime

The two consecutive overs bowled by Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir, twelfth and thirteenth respectively, were the ones that ultimately brought the Dutch down. The overs saw three wickets with only four runs given away.

Published Date: March 28, 2014
MR. EFFICIENT

MR. EFFICIENT

STEPHAN MYBURGH With 146 runs required, the Netherlands needed a good start to achieve that target and Stephan Myburgh did exactly that. Hammering 51 off 28 balls, Myburgh stunned the South Africans and almost handed the Dutch a shock win at Chittagong yesterday.

Published Date: March 28, 2014
Whack-ometer

Whack-ometer

 

Published Date: March 28, 2014
Today's Matches

Today's Matches

 

Published Date: March 28, 2014
The Star Cast

The Star Cast

 

Published Date: March 27, 2014
Women impress on their debut

Women impress on their debut

When Bangladesh skipper Salma Khatun took the ball in the first over and trapped West Indies' dashing left-handed opener Kycia Knight in front on the second ball, it curiously brought to mind an oft-repeated scene -- that of off-spinner Shohag Gazi getting the better of Chris Gayle. Although not too long ago, that...

Published Date: March 27, 2014
Players winning, not the game

Their bank accounts swell day by day. The corporate houses are chasing them for new deals as they are the most popular celebrities at this moment in the country. Their smiling faces -- in contrast to the recent grim scenes on the cricket field -- can be seen endorsing one brand after another. Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Nasir Hossain are all very much in the endorsement market. Just look around you, the big billboards...

Published Date: March 27, 2014
Thank you Chittagong!

Zenobia Faisal has been living in Chittagong for the last three years. Ever since she shifted to the port city after her marriage in 2011, she has been leading a hectic schedule divided mostly between taking care of her boutique and attending to her children's calls. Her everyday rota though has been made a tinge more complicated ever since the start of the ICC World T20 in Chittagong.   With the GEC Circle -- the heart of the city --...

Published Date: March 27, 2014
Papon mulls wholesale changes

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan Papon has hinted at significant changes in the team after the ICC World Twenty20. "If you ask for something after the tournament, then I think it will be huge changes to the team. We will do whatever is needed. We must bring in new players. We don't want to upset anybody by saying this. The tournament is now going on and we hope all play as per their potential. They can play good...

Published Date: March 27, 2014
'Need to win everything'

'Need to win everything'

While the South Africa versus Holland fixture may not occupy centre-stage today, with a more exciting England-Sri Lanka contest scheduled for later this evening, there are two factors in this match that are likely to compel viewers to watch this game this afternoon. The first would be Dale Steyn's magic. The pacer, by defending...

Published Date: March 27, 2014
Chandimal would like to have a Dutch-like rout

Chandimal would like to have a Dutch-like rout

That Sri Lanka are oozing with confidence, after winning their last twelve games in Bangladesh, was an aspect that was reflected by Dinesh Chandimal -- generally one of the more sober captains at press conferences -- who, although jokingly, reckoned that they could repeat the 'Dutch-rout' against England today. "It happens sometimes, it won't...

Published Date: March 27, 2014
Finch promises aggression

Despite Glenn Maxwell's dazzling 74 off 33 balls, Australia went down to Pakistan by 16 runs in their opening game of the World T20 and find themselves having to play catch up in the remainder of their group matches. Aaron Finch, who was involved in a century partnership with Maxwell against Pakistan, feels that Australia have no choice but to play in uninhibited fashion now, something that might just end up suiting their aggressive game. "In such a short tournament...

Published Date: March 27, 2014
England hit back

England bounced back from their opening match defeat in style when they beat an out-of-sorts India by five wickets in their Group B match of the Women's World Twenty20 here yesterday.   The 2009 champions, who had lost against West Indies in their opening match, defeated India to a paltry score of 95 as right-arm medium pacers Anya Shrubsole and Jenny Gunn shared six wickets between themselves conceding only 22 runs. That India got to the score of 95 owed...

Published Date: March 27, 2014
SA releases Parnell for court case

South Africa paceman Wayne Parnell has been released from World Twenty20 duties in Chittagong to appear in court in India on drug charges, team management said Wednesday. He is due to appear in court in Mumbai on Thursday on charges linked to a late-night party after an Indian Premier League (IPL) game in 2012, during his stint at the Pune Warriors.

Published Date: March 27, 2014
The Star Cast

The Star Cast

 

Published Date: March 27, 2014
Whack-ometer

Whack-ometer

 

Published Date: March 26, 2014
Few undoing the good of many

Few undoing the good of many

The fanfare around Mirpur yesterday for the Bangladesh-West Indies match almost made one forget that Bangladesh were in the midst of their worst phase in recent times. But change was afoot, not least in the personnel. The most significant was the popular Nasir Hossain being dropped, which must have told the team --...

Published Date: March 26, 2014
Craig relishes Eng call-up

Craig Kieswetter is ready to do whatever he can to help England's World Twenty20 campaign after swapping chilly Taunton for Chittagong. Kieswetter was batting for Somerset in a pre-season warm-up match against Worcestershire when he was informed he had been summoned to Bangladesh as a replacement for the injured Luke Wright. He landed on Monday morning and is in contention to give the side another six-hitting option should coach Ashley Giles choose to change an XI that was controversially beaten by...

Published Date: March 26, 2014
'Tigers not doing justice to fans'

Forrmer India captain Anil Kumble believes that Bangladesh have not done justice to the level of support they receive at home. The World Twenty20 hosts lost to two Associate nations this month, first to Afghanistan in the Asia Cup and then to Hong Kong in the first round of the World T20 last weekend. On Tuesday, they begin their Super 10s campaign with a game against defending champions West Indies. "They've played at the highest level for a good number...

Published Date: March 26, 2014
Reverse Swing

Reverse Swing

The atmosphere was exhilarating. The stands were packed with Bangladeshi fans. Some of them had painted their faces with their country's flag and some had full body paints like a tiger. But sadly the result was not as acceptable as they would have liked. It cruelly became a one-sided contest and the basic difference was the body language and fielding. The West Indies had the will to win as they had lost the first match, so tamely against India. They knew that if they put up their best Bangladesh will be an easy picking for them. It turned out to be like that. I am surprised to see Tamim Iqbal not...

Published Date: March 26, 2014
Sailing the port city

Sailing the port city

For the hosts, the Chittagong-leg of the ICC World Twenty20 was ideally supposed to play second fiddle to that of Dhaka, with all of Bangladesh's Super 10s matches taking place at Mirpur. In addition to the Tigers, the general public's most common fallback teams -- India and Pakistan -- also feature in the...

Published Date: March 26, 2014
Hiding the elephant!

What do the Hong Kong cricket team and the West Indies cricket team have in common? Apparently both can get Bangladesh all out in less than 20 overs. Also in common after these two very embarrassing defeats is Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim's words, which may make observers feel like they are stuck in the twilight zone, doomed to live out the same eventuality over and over again. Bangladesh were all out for 98 in 19.1 overs, yet the skipper chose...

Published Date: March 26, 2014
A team with a difference

Short boundaries, less use of the bottom hand and too many shots played along the ground. That's about the norm in women's cricket. But when the West Indies women take to bat these norms go out of the window, because the West Indies are a team with a difference. While most female cricketers around the world struggle to clear the shortish boundaries, the West Indies top-order batters clear them with ease. In fact most of the sixes hit by openers...

Published Date: March 26, 2014
Sanath reconciles with seniors

Sri Lanka's selectors have reconciled with Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, after their displeasure at not being informed of the senior players' Twenty20 retirement plans had played out in public. Chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya said he had spoken to both players at length and sorted out the issue. "I had a very good chat with Sanga and Mahela. There was a small miscommunication from their part also, but nothing like that will happen again," Jayasuriya said. "They have never had...

Published Date: March 26, 2014
BD women debut today

BD women debut today

Bangladesh women's cricket team will make their debut in the ICC Women's World Twenty20 today when they take on heavyweights West Indies women's team at the Sylhet Cricket Stadium today. The match begins at 3:30pm (BST). Bangladesh, the lowest-ranked side in Group B which also includes one-time champions England, India and Sri Lanka, come...

Published Date: March 26, 2014
Athleticism is what we need

It's painful for someone who has been following the now popular Tigers for 18-odd years. There was a time exposure for the Tigers to the big league was few and far between. During that era those who followed the Tigers mostly focused on the heroics of their stubborn resilience in every defeat. Then there were times when they pulled off unlikely victories. Praise showered like anything with the writers trying to focus every conceivable angle to glorify that victory. Because it...

Published Date: March 26, 2014
Hero & Villain

Hero & Villain

SAMUEL BADREE Leg-spinner Samuel Badree inflicted four death blows to Bangladesh's batting. He started with the wicket of Tamim Iqbal in the third over, before adding the important scalps of skipper Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman and Mahmudullah Riyad to finish with excellent figures of four for 15 in four overs.         MAHMUDULLAH RIYAD Mahmudullah Riyad's sloppy fielding set the tone for disappointment. He dropped two catches in consecutive balls in the 19th over, both off the bat of Darren Sammy and both of which went for four. To top it off, he was dismissed for 1 off three balls.

Published Date: March 26, 2014
Proteas fined

South Africa were fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during their hard fought win over New Zealand in Chittagong, the International Cricket Council said Tuesday. The Proteas edged out New Zealand by two runs in a last-ball finish to their Super-10 World Twenty20 match but the ICC found they took more time than the stipulated period to bowl their 20 overs. "The ICC match referee Javagal Srinath of India imposed the fines after Faf du Plessis' side was ruled to be...

Published Date: March 26, 2014
Mr. Efficient

Mr. Efficient

KRISHMAR SANTOKIE   Darren Sammy said that Krishmar Santokie may be the surprise package, and his words proved prophetic as the left-arm medium pacer broke Bangladesh's back off successive deliveries in the fourth over. He drew Anamul Haque out and wicketkeeper Dinesh Ramdin whipped the bails off in a flash. Then an-incutter went through Shakib Al Hasan's defence to leave Bangladesh at 16 for three, from where there was no recovery. 

Published Date: March 26, 2014
Partners in crime

On a dry wicket Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith still managed an important 97-run opening partnership in 11.5 overs. They together hit 13 fours and five sixes. Although Gayle scored a sedate run-a-ball 48, Smith was truer to form with a 43-ball 72.

Published Date: March 26, 2014
NZ amble past the Irish

Favourites New Zealand took a giant step towards confirming a semifinal berth when they handed debutantes Ireland a 42-run defeat in their Group A fixture of the Women's World Twenty20 at the Sylhet Cricket Stadium yesterday. New Zealand's inspirational skipper Suzie Bates had little hesitation when she won the toss and made most use of a placid wicket, which although a bit on the slower side, held little threat to the batsmen. Bates (68) and Frances Mackay (51) started cautiously,...

Published Date: March 26, 2014
Aus bounce back, NZ crush Irish

Australia bounced back from opening-match defeat by beating South Africa by six wickets while favourites New Zealand edged closer to semifinals by handing debutantes Ireland a 42-run defeat in the Group A fixtures of the Women's World Twenty20 at the Sylhet Cricket Stadium yesterday. Australia, who lost against West Indies on Monday, rode on an unbeaten 60-run stand for the fifth wicket between Ellyse Perry (41 not out) and Jess Cameron (27 not out) to knock off South Africa's total...

Published Date: March 25, 2014
NZ Dale-t with in last over

NZ Dale-t with in last over

When a team requires seven runs off the last over -- with a handful of wickets -- in a T20 game, you would have to be an insane optimist to think that there was still a way to get home. And the odds of that coming true would have taken a further beating...

Published Date: March 25, 2014
Lifesaving win for Proteas

The manner in which Dale Steyn let out a roar after he ran-out Ross Taylor, almost breaking the LED lights on the bails with what seemed like an enthusiastic punch at non-striker's wickets, perhaps best summed-up what the win meant for South Africa. Having gone down to Sri Lanka in the previous last game, it was a must-win encounter for the Proteas and it was a line that they only just crossed. With seven runs required off the last over, South...

Published Date: March 25, 2014
Dutch hammered back to earth

Dutch hammered back to earth

As heroic as the Netherlands' entry into the Super 10s was, their start in the elite club turned out to be a huge anticlimax. Records tumbled at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday as the Dutch were bundled out for the lowest ever score in the history of T20I. They were bowled out for 39 runs in 10.3 overs -- also the lowest number of balls that a team has faced in a T20I. In reply, Sri Lanka, who lived up to their expectations of thumping minnows, raced to victory with nine wickets and 15 overs remaining. After being asked bat, the Dutch, who stormed into the super 10s with a...

Published Date: March 25, 2014
Pollock hails Steyn

That the South Africans were more than just elated after their thrilling win over New Zealand yesterday was quite obvious from their demeanour. They were huddled by the media and the celebrations even led to a slightly delayed start to the post-match briefings. Off the field the emotions were equally shared by legendary South African pacer Shaun Pollock, who walked halfway across the field alongside captain Faf du Plessis and almost accompanied him to the media room. A champion pacer himself,...

Published Date: March 25, 2014
Reverse Swing

Reverse Swing

South Africa kept their nerves, unlike their style. The "C" (chokers) word is always thrown at them but at Chittagong they were superb at the end. It was Dale Steyn who kept his cool and delivered two great overs, the 7th cost eight and then he defended the last in which New Zealand needed seven. This is called true grit. Steyn has been the top bowler in all three formats of the game and on Monday he lived up to his billing. Not many bowlers have this tendency to keep nerves when it matters. I have been a great admirer of his pace and guile. On the other end Morne...

Published Date: March 25, 2014
Windies prepared for trial by spin

Windies prepared for trial by spin

West Indies played a peculiar game against India on Sunday as their vaunted hitters were tied down and for a while -- after 10 overs they had reached 46 for the loss of Dwayne Smith who took 29 balls to score 11 -- it was doubtful whether they would cross 120. True to...

Published Date: March 25, 2014
'We must give our 200%'

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim said that they had nothing to lose in the Super 10 Stage of the ICC World Twenty20 and that the pressure would on their opponents. But the home team captain demanded two hundred per cent effort from his boys ahead of today's clash against a wounded West Indies to bounce back from the bad times, which have rooted deep after the defeat against Hong Kong in their last qualifying game. And the little man was...

Published Date: March 25, 2014
Mirpur dark?

A sub-plot of Bangladesh's troubles so far in 2014 has been their fielders' butterfingers in all formats, with the Tigers being repeatedly guilty of spilling crucial chances. But as some of the best teams in the world have been lining up for the World Twenty20 in Mirpur, the odd sight of relatively simple chances being spilled in the outfield has forced people to take a closer look. In the opening Super 10s match, a fielder of the calibre of Yuvraj...

Published Date: March 25, 2014
A thriller in the offing?

Going by the happenings in the last seven Super 10 games we can expect a cracker of a contest between hosts Bangladesh and holders West Indies at Mirpur today. The pattern so far is that the games with odd numbers were flops while the matches with even numbers were humdingers. The opening game between India and Pakistan was a one-sided affair. The second game involving South Africa and Sri Lanka was a thriller. The pattern also persisted yesterday when...

Published Date: March 25, 2014
WI stifle Eng, SL tame India

Deandra Dottin came into the Women's World Twenty20 with the reputation of a big hitter. She failed with the bat yesterday, but she more than made up for it with the ball as West Indies successfully defended a decent total of 133 against pre-tournament favourites England in the first Group B match of the tournament at the Sylhet Cricket Stadium yesterday. Dottin took four wickets for 12 including the precious scalp of England skipper Charlotte Edwards (44) and ran out...

Published Date: March 25, 2014
MS backs Yuvraj

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni expressed confidence that out-of-form Yuvraj Singh will come good in the remaining matches of the World Twenty20 but admitted that he is "under pressure and not in great touch". "Yuvraj is one of the best players of T20 but yes you can say that he is not in great touch at the moment. It becomes tough when you are dropped from ODIs and then you make a comeback in the T20 squad. So there's bit...

Published Date: March 25, 2014
WOMEN'S WORLD T20 SCORES

WEST INDIES: 133 for 7 (Kycia 43, Taylor 56, Dottin 9, Aguilleira 11; Shrubsole 2-25, Sciver 3-18, Grundy 1-20) ENGLAND: 124 for 9 (Edwards 44, Taylor 17; Greenway 14, Hazell 11 not out, Shrubsole 10; Dottin 4-12) Result: West Indies won by 9 runs. Player-of-the-match: Deandra Dottin. SRI LANKA: 128 for 8 (Jayangini 43, Kaushalya 34; Poonam 3-20) INDIA: 106 for 9 (Pandey 22; Maduri 2-20, Ranaweera 2-18) Result: Sri Lanka won by 22 runs. Player-of-the-match: K Prabodhani

Published Date: March 25, 2014
Hero & Villain

Hero & Villain

 

Published Date: March 25, 2014
MR. EFFICIENT

MR. EFFICIENT

JP DUMINY JP Duminy hardly hits the ball hard. More often than not he uses his feet and caresses the ball through the gaps. His 86 off 43 balls against New Zealand at Chittagong was that kind of an innings that won South Africa the crucial game. The left-hander struck 10 sweetly-timed fours and...

Published Date: March 25, 2014
Partners in crime

Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor led the New Zealand chase against South Africa's 170. They were almost successful until Steyn changed the complexion in the final over. Williamson struck a 35-ball 51 that contained five fours and two sixes. Taylor was there till the end for a 37-ball 62 with four fours and three sixes.

Published Date: March 25, 2014
The Star Cast

The Star Cast

 

Published Date: March 25, 2014
Whack-ometer

Whack-ometer

 

Published Date: March 24, 2014
Anticlimax under lights at Mirpur

Anticlimax under lights at Mirpur

A lot was expected and one match lived up to the hype, but the second of the ICC World Twenty20 Super 10s clashes at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur last night proved to be an anti-climax as India put on yet another clinical display to post a seven-wicket victory against defending champions...

Published Date: March 24, 2014
Pakistan tame Aussies

Pakistan tame Aussies

Mirpur was set alight with power hitting yesterday as Australia, after Glenn Maxwell astonished all present with a flurry of sixes, finished 16 runs short of Pakistan's 191 in their Group 2 match of the World Twenty20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. In the second match of the day at the same venue, India...

Published Date: March 24, 2014
The best innings of my life: Umar

The best innings of my life: Umar

For much of the match there was little to separate AustralIa from Pakistan, only near the end of Australia's innings did it seem that Australia were second best. Apart from Pakistan's strong death overs bowling, the difference was that Pakistan's Umar Akmal stayed almost till the end of the innings and made sure that his side had enough runs on the board. “It is really the best innings of my life, mainly because of the kind of pressure the team was under, after losing the first game," said Akmal at the post-match press conference. "The team management and the seniors told me to express myself, and I thank them for...

Published Date: March 24, 2014
Reverse Swing

Reverse Swing

A fearless and determined Pakistan team turned on Sunday. Changed attitude with a never-say-die approach and that's a true reflection of the fact that Pakistan's result depends on which team turned up on that particular day. They wore their hearts on their sleeves, unlike the way they were against India. Even when the Hurricane Maxwell was blowing the match away, Pakistan didn't lose hope. It paid off and true to the reputation of a Twenty20 game, one wicket, one good over changed the whole complexion of the match. Once Pakistan got rid of Maxwell, with 66 needed off 50 deliveries, they sniffed a chance and how well fortunes changed for...

Published Date: March 24, 2014
Shakib awaits tough game

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan came up with a philosophical view over the hosts' challenge in the ICC World Twenty20 Super 10 stage that kicks off with the match against defending champions West Indies tomorrow at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. "Tough. I think we have to play our best cricket because we are going to play against four world champions. We are going to face a stiff challenge. On the other hand, you can take it in a...

Published Date: March 24, 2014
Mashrafe set to play against WI

Mashrafe set to play against WI

While Rubel Hossain, who injured a finger, was officially replaced by Ziaur Rahman yesterday, pacer Mashrafe Bin Mortaza is likely to play the game against the West Indies tomorrow despite having torn a soft tissue on the right side of his body. According to the team's physio, Mashrafe's availability in the game will depend...

Published Date: March 24, 2014
Dutch dream of legacy

The emphatic manner in which Netherlands entered the Super 10s has so far been the story of this ICC World Twenty20. The men in orange's unpredictable outburst in their last game, where they chased down 190-odd in 13.5 overs, to a certain extent even overshadowed the most sought-after cricketing rivalry in this part of the world -- an India-Pakistan contest -- later that evening. It also spoilt the party for a group of Irish supporters, who had pre-booked hotel rooms...

Published Date: March 24, 2014
Lucky against the unlucky

Two teams with contrasting fortunes in the ICC World Twenty20 will take the centre stage at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium today. For South Africa, who went down by a whisker to Sri Lanka on Saturday, it will be a must-win encounter. The Proteas will be hoping that their captain Faf du Plessis -- nursing a hamstring injury -- will return after missing the last game. Despite a good start in the last game, none of their batsmen managed to...

Published Date: March 24, 2014
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...

Published Date: March 24, 2014
The place to be

The place to be

If you are a casual cricket fan, willing to spend a day with family or friends watching live cricket from the venue, Sylhet Cricket Stadium is the place for you to be. Set inside the serene settings of the Lukkatura Tea Estate, this 13,500-capacity stadium in undoubtedly the most picturesque venue in Bangladesh...

Women's World T20

Published Date: March 24, 2014
NZ upend Aus, SA thrash Pak

The people of Sylhet love cricket. Be it a men's game or a women's, they don't seem to bother; they just pour in numbers at the newly-renovated Sylhet Cricket Stadium. They came in their thousands yesterday to watch the opening day's matches of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 and were richly-entertained; firstly by the humdinger of an opening match between New Zealand beat two-time defending champions Australia, which New Zealand won by seven-runs. Later, they were treated to a...

Published Date: March 24, 2014
Broad fined

England captain Stuart Broad has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for comments following his team's rain-affected defeat against New Zealand. England lost on the Duckworth-Lewis method and Broad questioned the timing of the umpires' decision to take the teams off the field. He pleaded guilty to a Level One charge of publicly criticising match officials. Lightning was seen above the ground in Chittagong before five overs of the New Zealand innings had been completed - the amount...

Published Date: March 24, 2014
The Star Cast

The Star Cast

 

Published Date: March 24, 2014
Partners in Crime

The Pakistan-Australia match at Mirpur was a high-scoring humdinger. And Australia more then matched Pakistan's 191 for a good part in their chase with Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch virtually toying with the Pakistan bowlers including Saeed Ajmal. Maxwell was at his belligerent best, hammering 74 off 48 balls while Finch struck a 54-ball 65. The pair muscled 108 runs off 63 balls for the third wicket.

Published Date: March 24, 2014
Hero & Villain

Hero & Villain

 

Published Date: March 24, 2014
MR. EFFICIENT

MR. EFFICIENT

SHAHID AFRIDI Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi can be best described as three-in-one. Coming into bat deep down the order, the hard-hitting batsman struck a typically aggressive 20 off 11 balls against Australia. He was equally impressive with his leg-spin that accounted for the biggest scalp – a marauding Glenn Maxwell. A very good fielder...

Published Date: March 24, 2014
Whack-ometer

Whack-ometer

 

Published Date: March 23, 2014
Kiwis smile in rain

Kiwis smile in rain

Unexpected showers played spoilsport at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong yesterday as New Zealand beat England by nine runs in a shortened game that was determined by the Duckworth-Lewis method. The Kiwis were 52 for 1 in 5.2 overs -- while chasing a target of 173 -- when it started pouring. Their...

Published Date: March 23, 2014
Broad slates umpires

Broad slates umpires

England captain Stuart Broad criticised the umpires for not suspending their game against New Zealand before the fifth over yesterday. ICC rules state that the result of a game cannot be decided via Duckworth-Lewis, until five overs are played. Yesterday, the match was called off after 5.2 overs, when it started raining. Broad however,...

Published Date: March 23, 2014
Battle of the two 'biggest'

Battle of the two 'biggest'

Today's World Twenty20 match between India and defending champions West Indies will feature two schools of T20 batting locking horns to further each team's claims for progression from Group 2 of the Super 10 stage. While India's strength lies in all-round batting class -- their line-up boasts the likes of the versatile Virat Kohli,...

Published Date: March 23, 2014
Disappointed is what AB says

Disappointed is what AB says

South Africa's stand-in captain AB de Villiers expressed his disappointment following the five-run defeat to Sri Lanka here yesterday and believed that his side had not given their hundred per cent on the field. "Very disappointing, they certainly got 15 runs too many. We were very poor on the field. They ran two to us on too many occasions. We lost wickets at bad times. I got out at a bad time. When you lose wickets at the wrong time you lose the game, as simple as that," said de Villiers in the post-match press conference. "Unfortunately, we were nowhere near a hundred per cent. I don't mind losing games where...

Published Date: March 23, 2014
Women come to the party today

Women come to the party today

Meg Lanning, Charlotte Edwards, Suzie Bates, Mithali Raj, Mignon du Preez, Merissa Aguilleira, Shashikala Siriwerdene, Isobel Joyce, Sana Mir and Salma Khatun. We'll hear a lot of these names over the course of the next fifteen days. They will be leading their respective teams in the battle for the most coveted prize in...

Published Date: March 23, 2014
Proteas true to form

In the end Sri Lanka were easy winners. The victory margin of five runs may suggest otherwise. But not many people have noticed Imran Tahir hitting the last ball for a six. Had he connected the previous two deliveries against Lasith Malinga, who conceded four runs in his first five deliveries of the final over, it could have been an interesting story. But given Malinga's abilities in the death overs, South Africa perhaps needed a Lance Klusener to turn...

Published Date: March 23, 2014
Riverse Swing

Riverse Swing

Panic is not the state you want to be in a Twenty20 match. If you are in a hara-kiri mood, you can't go places in this rapid-fire version of the game. True to their reputation as world number one Sri Lanka avoided that state and pulled off a narrow five-run win over South Africa. I have highest of regard for the professional manner in which the Sri Lankans play their cricket. They always have a plan, they stick to it and that is why I see them as one of the favourites to win this World Twenty20. Their new coach Paul Farbrace is an unassuming chap who works behind the scenes very...

Published Date: March 23, 2014
Chance to seize momentum

Chance to seize momentum

While not spoken aloud, it is implicitly understood that Australia are the team who can break their title drought in the fifth edition of the ICC World Twenty20. Therefore momentum will be important for the Aussies to maximise their chances of adding another jewel on their crown, a jewel which has eluded them...

Published Date: March 23, 2014
Ziaur likely to replace Rubel

All-rounder Ziaur Rahman is most likely to be included in the Bangladesh side as pacer Rubel Hossain has been ruled out of the ICC World Twenty20 due to injury. The Bangladesh team management has already requested the event's technical committee for a replacement for the bowler. The decision regarding pace spearhead Mashrafe Bin Mortaza will be taken today after a fitness test, but it was learnt that the team management was in favour of keeping the inspirational paceman in the...

Published Date: March 23, 2014
Partners in Crime

After Kusal Perere set the foundation with a rollicking 60, it was left on Angelo Mathews to carry it till the end. The muscular right-hander did his job with aplomb. He scored a 32-ball 43 that contained three fours and a massive six.

Published Date: March 23, 2014
Hero & Villain

Hero & Villain

 

Published Date: March 23, 2014
The Star Cast

The Star Cast

 

Published Date: March 23, 2014
MR. EFFICIENT

MR. EFFICIENT

LASITH MALINGA Fast bowler with a singling action Lasith Malinga is a crisis man for Sri Lanka. He was at his team's service against South Africa. He removed a dangerous de Kock with an off-stump yorker. He then bowled an almost perfect last over and conceded just ten runs with South Africa needing 15.

Published Date: March 23, 2014
Whack-ometer

Whack-ometer

 

Published Date: March 23, 2014
Lankans thwart Proteas

Lankans thwart Proteas

A calm Dinesh Chandimal approached the toss on a ground that seemed like Sri Lanka's home away from home. Having won their last nine games in Bangladesh, there was little that Chandimal and co were not aware of and it helped them hold on to a five-run win over South Africa in their...

Published Date: March 22, 2014
Dutch do a magic

Dutch do a magic

When Elton Chigumbura fired a half-century to ensure Zimbabwe's leap to the top of Group B with a comfortable five-wicket victory over UAE early in the afternoon, the following game between Ireland and the Netherlands turned into a knockout bout for both sides at the Sylhet Cricket Stadium. But there were not many who...

Published Date: March 22, 2014
'We didn't have much to lose'

There could not have been a better illustration of the merit of having Associate member nations as participants in cricket's global trophy than what the Netherland achieved yesterday against Ireland. The Qualifying Group B was supposedly to be a two-horse race between Ireland -- the best team among the Associates -- and Zimbabwe, the only Test team in the group. But Stephan Myburgh and Tom Cooper pulled off the mother of all Houdini acts as the Dutch exploded the...

Published Date: March 22, 2014
Pace pair runs against time

With Bangladesh's next game is scheduled against the West Indies on March 25, many would have ideally thought that the mini-break of sorts would have given the team management and the players the time to start afresh and recover from their unexpected defeat to Hong Kong in the first round. However, as it so happens, the hosts now have to worry about getting two of their pacers fit in time for their Super Tens opener. The fates of both Mashrafe...

Published Date: March 22, 2014
Flying Dutchmen

Whew! Who would have thought the India-Pakistan match would be the dullest of the day? We have gone from the luck of the Irish to Dutch daring in the blink of an eye. It was supposed to be a contest between Zimbabwe and Ireland -- in fact, Zimbabwe were deemed to have one foot out the door because going by form the Irish were expected to beat Netherlands who were looking a little out of sorts, until yesterday evening that...