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Monday, September 17, 2007

Twenty20 Cricket World Cup 2007 – New Zealand, Australia & South Africa win their first Super Eight Match on Sunday

Pakistan Vs Sri Lanka will Play their first Super Eight Match Today (Match will start from 21:30 PM India Time)

Now on second day of Super Eight encounter Pakistan and Sri Lanka will play to take advantage to one another in their groups. Pakistan after loosing their last match at group stage against India in the bowl out will feeling the heat against Sri Lanka in super eight encounter.

In twenty20 World Championships, Pakistan now take on the in-form Sri Lanka at Johannesburg today. Sri Lanka have easily looked like the best team in the entire Twenty20 campaign so far.

The Sri Lankan batting, especially would be a major concern for the Pakistan team management as Sanath Jayasuriya and company have made mockery of the bowling attacks they have faced so far in the Twenty championships. Jayasuriya, has looked in ominous form so far. The southpaw has scored two match winning half centuries in both the games, bludgeoning bowlers all around the park. Skipper Mahela Jayawardhane, Kumara Sangakkara and Jehan Mubarak can also be devastating in this form of the game and they have shown glimpses of their lethal abilities in the first round.

Pakistan, on the other hand, are still finding their feet in the Twenty20 World Championships, under a new coach and skipper. Their batting was a tad off colour against India and would quickly need to find its rhythm if they are to pose any kind of a challenge to the firepower in the Lankan bowling, which has been able to dominate in the batsmen friendly version of the game.

Likely team for Both Teams (Match will begin from 21:30 India time)

Sri Lanka Squad: Mahela Jayawardene (Captain), Kumara Sangakkara (Vice-Captain), Sanath Jayasuriya, Upul Tharnga, Thilakaratne Dilshan, Chamara Silva, Dilhara Fernando, Lasith Malinga, Chaminda Vaas, Jehan Mubarak, Hasantha Fernando

Pakistan Squad: Shoaib Malik (C), Kamran Akmal (WK), Imran Nazir, Salman Butt, Younis Khan, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Asif, Umar Gul, Iftikhar Anjum, Yasir Arafat, Misbah-ul-Haq.

India Vs New ZealandNew Zealand beat India by10 runs

Chasing a target of 191 to win India fall 10 run short to loose their first super eight match against New Zealand. Indian opener gave Indians a dream start by smacking 76 runs in first five overs. But New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori stood for the big occasion and took 4/20 in his quota of four overs to restrict the Indians 10 runs short.

Vettori had a cheap dismissal of Robin Uthappa, an important one of a well-set Gautam Gambhir apart from those of Dinesh Karthik and Irfan Pathan, which put paid to India's hopes of starting the quarterfinal league with a win and leaving them with a formidable task in the remaining two outings against England and South Africa.

Left-handed Gambhir struck 51, once taking 20 off fiery pace bowler Shane Bond, which comprised a six over mid-wicket, a streaky four to third-man and two well-timed ones through the cover region.

Earlier M.S. Dhoni won the toss and decided to bowl first. Put into bat New Zealand were off to a steady start but lost their way in the middle of the innings and were reduced from 69-1 to 91-5. But some spirited batting and extreme hard hitting from Jacob Oram and Craig McMillan ensured New Zealand put up a commanding total on the board.

The two plundered 73 runs in 32 balls and were severe on Yuvraj, Agarkar and Sreesanth. 4 Wickets in the last over which included 3 Run-Outs ensured that the Kiwis didn't cross the 200 mark.

Daniel Vettori was declared Man of the Match.

Highlights of India Vs New Zealand twenty20 Super eight match

Match Summary

New Zealand – 190/10 in 20 Overs

Craig McMillan – 44 Brendon McCullum – 45

Harbhajan Singh 4-0-24-2 R.P. Singh – 4-0-29-2

India – 180/9 in 20 Overs

Gautam Gambhir –51 Virendra Sehwag – 40

Daniel Vettori 4-0-20-4 Shane Bond – 4-0-39-1

Australia Vs Bangladesh – Australia beat Bangladesh by 9 Wickets

Australia cantered home without breaking much sweat in their Twenty20 World Championship Group F Super Eights match against Bangladesh at the Newlands in Cape Town on Sunday reaching the target of 124 runs in 13.5 overs with nine wickets in hand.

Bangladesh's score of 123 was not a challenge for the mighty Australian batting line-up and the opening pair of Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist showed why the Baggy Greens are considered the top favourties to win the tournament.

However, the win was set up by the Aussie pacers led by Man of the Match Brett Lee who became the first player to claim a hat-trick in a Twenty20 match.

Australia’s accurate bowling never let the Bangladeshi batsmen off the hook and the Asian team ended with only 123/8 in their full quota of 20 overs.

Brett Lee was declared Man of the Match for his brilliant Hat-trick.

Highlights of Australia Vs Bangladesh twenty20 Super eight match

Match Summary

Bangaldesh – 123/8 in 20 Overs

Tamim Iqbal – 32 Aftab Ahmed– 31

Brett Lee 4-0-27-3 Nathan Bracken – 3-0-14-2

Australia – 124/1 in 13.5 Overs

Matthew Hayden –73 Adam Gilchrist – 43

Mashrafe Mortaza 3.5-0-27-0 Abdur Razzak – 4-0-34-0

South Africa Vs EnglandSouth Africa beat England by 19 runs

South Africa became the only side to remain unbeaten in the ICC World Twenty20 Championship after beating England by 19 runs in their first Super Eights game at Newlands in Cape Town on Sunday.

South Africa's bowlers returned the favour to their English counterparts as they deprived the England batsmen of much needed boundaries to finish their challenge at 135-7 in their 20 overs.

The hosts looked in dire straits after being put in to bat but Albie Morkel rose up to the occasion to slam 43 from 20 balls which included three consecutive sixes off Chris Schofield in the 18th over as the hosts ended on 154-8.

Albie Morkel was declared Man of the Match for his brilliant 43 runs and 2 wickets.

Match Summary

South Africa – 154/8 in 20 Overs

Albie Morkel – 43 Mark Boucher– 29

Stuart Broad 4-0-37-3 Andrew Flintoff – 4-0-23-2

England – 135/7 in 13.5 Overs

Owais Shah –36 Matt Prior – 32

Shaun Pollock 4-1-17-2 Albie Morkel – 2-0-12-2

Highlights of South Africa Vs England twenty20 Super eight match


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