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Friday, September 14, 2007

Twenty20 Cricket World Cup 2007 – India Vs Pakistan (Most Exciting Encounter of 20-20)

India Vs Pakistan – India beat Pakistan by Bowl out after match was Tied

Indian good show in World cup against Pakistan continues as they beat Pakistan in bowl out encounter after the match was tied at Kingsmead, Durban. The match was one of the most thrilling encounters of twenty20 World Cup so far.

The match to decide the fate of group D went to the wire as Pakistan failed to cross the final hurdle in chasing a modest 142 and their bowlers could not compete well in the 'bowl out' like they did earlier in the match.

Pakistan were restricted to 141-7 in reply to 141-9 and then India prevailed 3-0 in the 'bowl out', something like the penalty shoot in football and hockey, in which five bowlers from each side have a go at the three stumps without any batsman taking strike.

The Pakistan seamers shone early in the day but failed to be on the spot in the contest to decide the match. Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik probably got it wrong in nominating the seamers to bowl in conditions where the ball was wobbling a lot.

India on the other hand went with the spinners early on. Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Robin Uthappa broke the stumps while Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul and Shahid Afridi missed for Pakistan, rendering the remaining strikes useless as a decisive lead had been taken.

India Vs Pakistan Twenty20 Highlights

India Vs Pakistan Bowl Out

Sri Lanka Vs Kenya – Sri Lanka thrashed Kenya to enter Super eight

Kenya team received another thrashing defeat from Sri Lankan lions to knocked out of the twenty20 World cup. Sri Lanka defeat Kenya by huge margin of 172 runs.

Earlier Kenyan Captain Steve Tikolo won the toss and elected to field first. But it was a day which belongs to only Sri Lanka who have piles world record runs (260/6) in their allotted 20 overs at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. Sanath Jayasuriya led the Lankan onslaught as the southpaw plundered a brilliant 88 runs of just 44 deliveries.

But the man of the moment at the end of the Lankan innings was young turk Jehan Mubarak who smashed an unbeaten 46 of just 13 deliveries hitting five towering sixes along with three boundaries. Sri Lankan Captain Mahela Jayawardne also hit fine and quickest half century, scoring 65 runs in just 37 balls with 2 sixes and 9 fours.

Kenyan bowlers, Nehemiah Odhiambo and Lameck Ngoche suffered the most at the hands of the Lankan batsmen, giving 57 and 61 runs respectively, of their four overs.

Chasing 261 runs of their allotted 20 overs, Kenya never looked even threatening to pose any challenge to the Lankan's mammoth total. Kenya could just manage 88 runs in their 19.3 overs before Thomas Odoyo declared himself retired hurt, to put an end to Kenya's misery. Only three of the Kenyan Batsmen could get into double figures with Alex Obanda top scoring with 21 runs to his name.

Sanath Jayasurya was declared Man of the Match.

Match Summary

Sri Lanka – 260/6 in 20 Overs

Sanath Jayasuriya – 88 Mahela Jayawardena – 65

Jimmy Kamande 3-0-14-1 Jimmy Kamande 4-0-48-3

Kenya – 88/9 in 19.3 Overs

Alex Obanda – 21 David Obuya – 18

Chaminda Vaas 4-1-15-2 Sanath Jayasuriya – 3-0-9-1

England Vs AustraliaAustralia beat England to enter super eight

England set a mere 136 run target for the mighty Aussies and now its all up to England bowlers to save this match and throw out number one contestant Australia from this twenty20 world cup.

Earlier England Captain Paul Collingwood won the toss and decided to bat first but his batsman fails to capitalize on his decision and bowled out for 135 runs in 20 overs. Only Andrew Flintoff (31 runs of 24 balls) & Kevin Pietersen (21 runs of 30 balls) gave some resistance to England total.

This match was must win for the Australians to remain a live in the twenty20 World Cup and they did exactly what situation is demanding by beating England by 8 wickets to enter super eight stage of the Twenty20 World Cup.

Australian openers started really well by hammering England bowlers for more than 10 runs an over.That was an easy win for the Australians after their big loss to Zimbabwe.

Match Summary

England – 136/10 in 20 Overs

Andrew Flintoff – 31 K. Pietersen – 21

N.Bracken – 4-0-16-3 M.Johnson – 4-0-22-3

Australia – 136/2 in 14.5 Overs

Matthew Hayden – 67* Adam Gilchrist – 45

Andrew Flintoff 4-0-25-1 Chris Schofield – 3.5-0-31-1

Super Eight Team Qualified for wenty20 World Cup

Here are the two group’s scenarios for Super Eight Stage:

Group E - South Africa, England, New Zealand & India

Group F – Bangladesh, Australia, Sri Lanka & Pakistan

For more details of twenty20 Super Eight Fixtures Click Here


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