New Zealand, Pakistan & Zimbabwe started their twenty20 world cup campaign on winning notes by beating Kenya, Scotland & Australia respectively. New Zealand Vs Kenya – New Zealand beat Kenya by 9 Wickets
New Zealand wrapped up their opening games in just 7.4 over to beat Kenya by 9 wickets. Their bowler did exceptionally well and bowled out Kenyans for just 73 runs in 16.5 Overs. Mark Gillespie took 4 wickets by conceding just 7 runs in 2.5 overs and for his best bowling performance in Twenty20 International he was declared Man of the Match.
Earlier Newzealand new Captain Danniel Vettori won the toss and put Kenyans into bat. His decision proves right by his bowler by reducing the Kenya scores to 1/4 in just 1.5 Over.
Collins Obuya (18 runs of 25 balls) & Thomas Odoyo (18 runs of 26 balls) tried to establish the partnership but that also doesn’t last too longer. Chris Martin broke the partnership by dismissing Thomas Obuya, and reduce Kenyan score to 37/5 in 9th over. Finally they bowled out for 73 runs in 16.5 overs,
New Zealand needing 74 runs for victory chase down the score with ease in 7.4 Over.
Kenya – 73/10 in 16.5 Overs
Collins Obuya – 18Thomas Odoyo – 18
Mark Gillespie –2.5-0-7-4Shane Bond –4-1-12-2
New Zealand – 74/1 in 7.4 Overs
Lou Vincent – 27Peter Fulton– 21*
Thomas Odoyo –3-0-22-1Peter Ongondo –3-0-22-0
Pakistan Vs Scotland – Pakistan set 172 runs target for Scotland
Scotland Captain Ryan Watson won the toss and put Pakistan into bat but Pakistan gave a patchy performance as they were bowled out for 171 by Scotland in a group D match of the ICC Twenty20 World Championship at the Kingsmead ground in Durban on Wednesday.
Younis Khan top-scored with 41 even as other batsmen struggled to dominate a disciplined bowling. Wickets kept falling at regular intervals and it took useful knocks from Shahid Afridi and Misbah-ul Haq down the order to ensure they still managed to score at 8.6 an over.
Younis, coming in at number four, struck three fours and two sixes off just 29 balls to boost the mid innings which had looked a testing time for the Pakistan batting.
Afridi produced a seven-ball cameo in which he hit two sixes and a four for 22 useful runs while Misbah, a controversial selection ahead of Mohammad Yousuf, produced a quick 23 off 16 balls with four fours.
For Scotland, Craig White was the most successful bowler with 3-29, which comprised the important scalps of Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi and Misbah. Majid Haq, John Blain and Dewald Nel bagged two wickets each.
Chasing target of 172 Scotland bowled out for 120 in 19.5 over. Shahid Afridi was declared Man of the Match.
Pakistan – 171/9 in 20 Overs
Younis Khan – 41Shahid Afridi – 22
John Blain –4-0-23-2Dewald Nel–4-1-25-2
Scotland – 120/10 in 19.5 Overs
Fraser Watts – 46Majid Haq– 14
Shahid Afridi –4-0-19-4Umar Gul –4-0-25-4
Australia Vs Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe produce shocker moment for the world
The number one team in the world has been beaten by the team who has no star player. Zimbabwe came to twenty20 with no hopes but they have suddenly produce an outstanding performance to outclassed World Champion Australia. They have beaten Aussies by 5 wickets to make a major upset in the ongoing tournament.
Earlier Australian Captain Ricky Ponting won the toss and decided to bat first but their batsman looks patchy on pitch and they have lost their batsman one after another at regular interval. Australia put up a below par performance as their batsmen only managed 138 runs after electing to bat, and were unable to defend their modest total as Zimbabwe got there with one ball to spare.
Only two of the Australian Batsman manage to score in thirty’s, with A.Simonds scoring 33 of 25 balls and Brad Hodge scoring 35 not out of 22 balls rest of the batsman only manage walking practice to the middle.
Chasing a target of 139 in 20 over, Zimbabwe opener started well and put 31 runs in 4 over before Vusimusi Sibanda (25 runs of 15 balls) got out in 4th over. However in the middle over they lost their momentum but after rain interruption the again came out with all gun blessing especially Brendon Taylor who played big part in beating Australia with two run outs and one stumping in the field, he made huge contribution with the bat also (60 not out of 45 balls) and steer Zimbabwe to home after needing 12 runs in last over. He was finally declared Man of The Match for his brilliant performance.
Australia – 138/9 in 20 Overs
A.Symonds – 33Brad Hodge – 35
Gary Brent –4-0-19-2Elton Chigumburahane –3-0-20-3
Zimbabwe – 139/5 in 19.5 Overs
Brendon Taylor – 60*Hamilton Masakadza – 27
Stuart Clark –4-0-22-2Nathan Bracken –3.5-0-25-1
Twenty20 World Cup 2007 - Australia Vs Zimbabwe Highlights
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