Sri Lanka reaches World T20 finals after 'rain-washed' semi-final win over Windies

Sri Lanka reaches World T20 finalsJohannesburg, Apr 4 - West Indies saw their hopes of defending the World Twenty20 title dashed by rain in the first semi-final on Thursday following a 27-run defeat by Sri Lanka, who has reached the finals of the tournament.

Set a challenging 161-run target, the West Indies were well short on the Duckworth-Lewis method when a thunderstorm stopped play after 13.5 overs at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka.

Afridi blames top-order collapse for World Cup defeat

Afridi blames top-order collapse for World Cup defeatIslamabad, April 3 - Explosive allrounder Shahid Afridi has blamed the negative approach of Pakistan's top order batsmen for the team's heavy defeat by the West Indies and early exit from the World Twenty20.

Talking to the media on the team's return home from Dhaka Wednesday after an 84-run defeat against the defending champions, Afridi was quoted by The Times as saying that the target was not a difficult one.

West Indies motivated by history, says skipper Sammy

West Indies motivated by history, says skipper SammyMirpur (Bangladesh), April 3 - Captain Darren Sammy says defending champions West Indies have been motivated by the lure of history as they prepare to battle with Sri Lanka in the first semi-finals of the ICC World T20 here Thursday.

Sammy has revealed that his men left the Caribbean passionately charged to defend their title, a feat no team has yet accomplished, reports CMC, reports CMC.

Thursday's first semi-final pits the teams that played the World T20 final two years ago.

Windies knock out Pak in World T20 Super-10 clash to reach semi-finals

Windies knock out Pak in World T20 Super-10 clash to reach semi-finalsSydney, Apr 2 - Defending champions West Indies have charged ahead into the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 on Tuesday with an impressive 84-run win over Pakistan in their 'must-win' Super-10 match in Dhaka.

The West Indies, who finished second behind unbeaten India in Group 2, will clash with Group 1 champions Sri Lanka in the first semi-final in Dhaka on Thursday, while India will meet South Africa at the same venue on Friday.

Kiwis sent out of World T20 following 59-run thrashing by Sri Lanka

Rangana HerathJohannesburg, Apr 1 - Sri Lanka has sent New Zealand out of the World Twenty20 tournament on Monday by beating them by 59 runs in the race for the semi-finals in Chittagong.

Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath rocked New Zealand, chasing a modest 120-run total, by conjuring up figures of 3-5 to bowl them for 60 in 15.3 overs, which is New Zealand's lowest total in T20s.

According to Sport24, the win gave Sri Lanka their fourth successive semi-final place and they will play the winners of Tuesday's game in Group 2 between defending champions West Indies and Pakistan ahead of the first semi-final in Dhaka on Thursday.

Pietersen set for CPL appearance

kevin-pietersenKingston (Jamaica), March 31 : Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen is set to showcase his talent in this year's Caribbean Premier League, after signing up for next month's draft.

Pietersen was discarded by England following the disastrous Ashes tour earlier this year and will now ply his trade in the Caribbean following his Indian Premier League
(IPL) campaign for Delhi Daredevils and English county appearances for Surrey, reports CMC.

India thrash Oz by 73-runs to make clean sweep in World T20 Super-10

India thrash OzSydney, Mar. 31 - India thrashed Australia with a 73 runs win in their World Twenty20 clash in Dhaka on Sunday, as they topped the group two of the Super-10s with four successive wins.

India scored 159-7 as they were sent in to bat first by Australia captain George Bailey and Australia were bowled out for a trifling 86 in 16.2 overs as Ravichandran Ashwin grabbed 4-11 helping India to a 73 run win.

Gayle savouring sweet win over Australia

Gayle savouring sweet win over AustraliaDhaka, March 30 - There was absolutely no doubt that Chris Gayle thoroughly enjoyed the West Indies’ thrilling victory over Australia in their ICC World Twenty20 Group 2 clash.

When captain Darren Sammy belted the fourth ball of the final over from James Faulkner back overhead for a six to seal the win Friday, Gayle sprinted from the dugout, took a tumble, regained his feet and charged onto the field to celebrate.

He bared his fists and screamed before breaking into his signature Gangnam style dance, much to the delight of delirious teammates and spectators.

India sails into World T20 semis following eight-wicket win over Bangladesh

India sails into World T20 semis following eight-wicket win over BangladeshSydney, Mar 29 - India has sailed into the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 tournament following an eight-wicket victory over hosts Bangladesh in Dhaka on Friday.

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra, who was the Man of the Match in both the previous wins against Pakistan and the West Indies, continued his impressive form with 3-26 as Bangladesh was restricted to 7-138 in the Group Two match of the Super-10s.

Supreme Court names Gavaskar head of BCCI

Supreme Court names Gavaskar head of BCCINew Delhi, March 28 - The Supreme Court Friday appointed cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar as interim president of the Indian cricket board in place of the tainted incumbent, N. Srinivasan.

An apex court bench headed by Justice A. K. Patnaik said Gavaskar would only be concerned with matters related to the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The rest of the functions of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would be discharged by its senior most vice president, Shiv Raj Yadav (IANS)

Bengal minister wants Sourav Ganguly to head BCCI

Sourav-GangulyKolkata, March 27 : West Bengal Sports Minister Madan Mitra Thursday batted for former India captain Sourav Ganguly to take over as the country's cricket board chief, hours after the Supreme Court proposed cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar as its interim president replacing incumbent N. Srinivasan.

“Who better that Sourav? Sourav means clean cricket, Sourav means youth and energy. If the SC wants to know about Sourav’s credentials for the post, the people of Bengal will vouch for that by hitting the streets,” Mitra told media persons.

Windies thrash Bangladesh by 73 runs in 'key' World T20 match

Windies thrash Bangladesh by 73 runs in 'key' World T20 matchJohannesburg, Mar 26 - West Indies has thrashed hosts Bangladesh by 73 runs in a key World Twenty20 match in Dhaka on Tuesday, saving their bid to stay in contention for the semi-finals after losing to India on Sunday.

Dwayne Smith smashed 72 off 43 balls before spinner Samuel Badree claimed 4-15 for the defending champions, which piled up 171-7 and then bowled out Bangladesh for a paltry 98 in the Super-10 Group 2 match at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.

Pressure mounts on BCCI chief Srinivasan to quit

Pressure mounts on BCCI chief Srinivasan to quitNew Delhi, March 25 : Pressure is mounting on Narayanaswami Srinivasan to quit as BCCI president after the Supreme Court Tuesday made it clear that he has to step down to enable a fair investigation in the Indian Premier League (IPL) betting scandal.

When contacted by IANS, Srinivasan's terse reply was: "I cannot comment on the matter.  The case is subjudice."

Spinners wreck havoc on West Indies in India's easy victory in World T20 tournament

Spinners wreck havoc on West Indies in India's easy victory in World T20 tournamentJohannesburg, Mar. 24 - India's spinners helped in bagging the team's victory over defending champions West Indies in the World Twenty20 Super-10 group two match in Dhaka.

West Indies managed to score only 129-7 as leg-spinner Amit Mishra claimed two for 18 in four overs, while Ravindra Jadeja bagged three wickets and Ravichandran Ashwin picked up one.

India demolishes Pak by seven wickets in World T20 opener

team indiaSydney, Mar 22 - Pakistan has failed to break their World Cup jinx against arch-rivals India, which defeated them by seven wickets in their opening World Twenty20 clash on Friday in the Super-10 round at Dhaka.

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra grabbed two wickets for 22 runs in four overs while Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma gave India a flying start with a 54-run opening stand in eight overs as Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men surpassed the modest total of 7-130 with nine deliveries to spare at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.

CPL team Tallawahs appoints Arthur as coach

CPL team Tallawahs appoints Arthur as coachKingston (Jamaica), March 21 - Former Australia cricket coach Mickey Arthur will take charge of defending champions Jamaica Tallawahs for the upcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

The organisers confirmed that the South African, who also coached the Proteas for several years, will replace Englishman Paul Nixon. The Tallawahs beat Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final of the inaugural event last August with Nixon at the helm of the management team.

Conditions key to Windies' success: Rampaul

Conditions key to Windies' success: RampaulDhaka, March 21 - West Indies pacer Ravi Rampaul believes smart usage of the conditions here will be key to their success in defending the ICC World Twenty20 title.

“The key is knowing the conditions, the kind of wickets you’re going to bowl on and the right variations you’re going to execute on the wicket. That will be the main thing," the experienced seamer said.

"The conditions here are basically the same. The dew factor at night maybe a little different to what we are accustomed to but variation of the ball and execution will be key.”

Jayawardene refutes allegations of divulging T20 retirement plans to Indian media for 'financial gain'

mahela JayawardeneColombo, Mar 20 - Star Sri Lankan batsman and former captain Mahela Jayawardene has dismissed allegations against made him made by a Sri Lankan publication that he chose to announce his Twenty20 international retirement plans to an Indian newspaper as it would be more 'financially rewarding'.

An article, which appeared in Sri Lanka's Daily Mirror newspaper under the headline 'Sanga, Mahela betrayal shocks SLC', suggested that Jayawardene did not announce his retirement plans to their publication, when they had interviewed him just days prior to the eventual announcement.

Will quit the day I stop enjoying cricket: Gambhir

Gautam-GambhirNew Delhi, March 19 : India discard Gautam Gambhir doesn't see the Indian Premier League as a platform to make his case for a national comeback. The opening batsman has set no deadline for himself but says he will quit the day he is not enjoying the game.

For the present, Gambhir's priority is the upcoming IPL seventh edition and the southpaw says his focus is to do well for Kolkata Knight Riders which he has ably led the last three seasons.

Gambhir has not set himself a deadline even as his seniors Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh maintain they remain good enough to play at the highest level for another three to four years.

Clarke scored ton with 'broken shoulder' in decisive third Test against Proteas

Michael-ClarkeJohannesburg, Mar 18 : Australian captain Michael Clarke had reportedly played with a fractured shoulder while scoring a century in the decisive third Test against South Africa, which Australia won to score a 2-1 series victory.

Clarke weathered a barrage of bouncers on the first day of the Cape Town Test, being hit on his body and helmet in a fiery spell of short-pitched bowling by Morne Morkel and went on to make a pivotal 161 not out, hailed by many as the best knock of his career.

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