It was to be expected that MS Dhoni would be asked mostly about Yuvraj Singh after India’s defeat in the World T20 final. Yuvraj made 11 off 21 as India never built any momentum in the middle overs to manage a below-par 130 for 4, which Sri Lanka chased down with 2.1 overs and six wickets to spare.
Did Dhoni send out any instruction to Yuvraj seeing him scratch around in the middle? “The thing is he was trying. That is the most you can do,” Dhoni replied. Did Yuvraj’s knock rob India of the impetus they so desperately needed at that stage? “It’s a team thing, let’s not talk about individuals.”
Kumar Sangakkara paid tribute to his team-mates after he steered Sri Lanka to the World Twenty20 title in his final T20 international.
The left-hander made 52 not out off 35 balls as Sri Lanka chased down India’s 131 to win by six wickets in Mirpur.
Sangakkara, 36, had scored only 19 runs in five previous innings in the tournament.
“The side carried me to the final and I was pleased I finally did something for the team,” he said. Read more
Two-time defending champions Australia powered to a six-wicket win over old foes England to win their third consecutive title in the women’s World Twenty20 in Dhaka on Sunday.
Sarah Coyte grabbed 3-16 in her four overs and Ellyse Perry and Rene Farrell claimed two wickets each to restrict England to a modest 105-8 after Australia won the toss and elected to field.
Heather Knight’s 29 off 24 balls and Sarah Taylor’s 18 lifted England to 55-1 before seven wickets crashed for 46 runs against the steady Australian attack that was backed by smart fielding.
Australian captain Meg Lanning then smashed a 30-ball 44 studded with two sixes and four boundaries as the champions raced home with 29 deliveries to spare in a one-sided final.Read more
There is one thing about Mahendra Singh Dhoni that even his staunch critics will applaud.
Whether he is on or off the field, he loves to walk the talk. So, when he declared that the hostility associated with an India-Pakistan encounter is long over, Dhoni meant it and his latest act has proved it.
The Indian captain on Saturday arranged a complimentary pass for a die-hard Pakistani cricket fan Mohammed Bashir, who came all the way from Chicago to support his team. (Will history favour Men in Blue?)
Although Pakistan were knocked out in the group stage, Bashir has stayed back to watch India play the finals and now has become a “die-hard Dhoni fan” having interacted with the Indian captain. (Controversies are part of cricket: Dhoni)Read more
Australia thrashed England by six wickets to win a third successive Women’s World Twenty20 title.
England collapsed from 55-1 to post a modest 105-8 after losing the toss in Mirpur, with Heather Knight’s 29 the highest score as Sarah Coyte took 3-16 and Ellyse Perry 2-13.
Captain Meg Lanning’s 44 off 30 balls hurried Australia to a comprehensive victory with 4.5 overs to spare.
“We were completely outplayed,” said England captain Charlotte Edwards. Read more
India will be chasing a historic treble when they face Sri Lanka in Sunday’s World Twenty20 final in Dhaka.
Victory would make them the first team to hold all three world one-day titles.
MS Dhoni’s side lifted the 50-over World Cup in 2011 and won the Champions Trophy last year.
“It’s not just the self-belief but the belief in each other that is crucial,” said India captain Dhoni, whose team are the only unbeaten side in the tournament. Read more
England thrashed South Africa by nine wickets to reach a second successive Women’s World Twenty20 final.
After Anya Shrubsole took two early wickets, England were aided by five run-outs to dismiss South Africa for 101, with only Chloe Tryon (40) and Mignon du Preez (23) in double figures.
Sarah Taylor’s unbeaten 44 took England to their target inside 17 overs.
England, champions in 2009, meet their 2012 conquerors Australia in Sunday’s final in Mirpur. Read more
West Indian captain Darren Sammy was confident Wednesday that his side can achieve what no other team has done in the history of the World Twenty20 — defend the title.
Famous for playing a cavalier brand of cricket, the West Indies won the fourth edition of the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka two years ago, and are now just two matches away from defending it.
They meet Sri Lanka in the first of two semifinals in Dhaka on Thursday. (West Indies face Sri Lanka in semis)
Sammy said his side was ready to make history. “We left the Caribbean with that motivating factor for us,” he said. (West Indies crush Pakistan to enter semis)Read more
Wary of India’s “exceptional” spinners, South Africa are paying a lot of attention in devising a good gameplan against the spin duo of Amit Mishra and R Ashwin ahead of the semifinal clash of the ICC World Twenty20.
South African batsman JP Duminy said performing well against the Indian spinners will be a “big challenge”. (India take on South Africa in semis)
“Their spinners have bowled exceptionally well. We want to put up a big performance against their spinners. It is a big game. It’s the semifinal of a World Cup and it doesn’t get bigger than this,” Duminy said after a team net session at the BCB Academy nets. (Mishra’s spin breathes life into India’s bowling)Read more
Defending champions West Indies destroy Pakistan in a comprehensive performance. Here are the highlights of the match: (Scorecard | Text Commentary | Points Table)
2218 hrs (IST): So it is West Indies vs Sri Lanka in the 1st semi on Thursday. India will take on South Africa in the second semi on Friday.
2212 hrs (IST): Darren Sammy comes out gleaming in the post-match ceremony. “West Indies were very determined today. It feels great to enter semis,” he says. “There is some room for improvement but we are going to enjoy this for now.”
2210 hrs (IST): Mohammad Hafeez is clearly disappointed wit how his team batted. “We wanted to bat first but I thought we bowled well initially,” he says. “I think we panicked and lost momentum when wickets felt early.” Hafeez is also apologetic to Pakistan fans. “The support we have got has been wonderful but I would like to say sorry to our fans. This is part of the game and we hope to come out stronger. All the best to the semifinalists. They deserve to be there,” he says. Read more