World Twenty20 Cup Finals
India - Pakistan Dream Final at the T20 World Cup
WORLD TWENTY20 final, Johannesburg: India v PakistanThe inaugural Twenty20 World cup final, on Monday, is a marketing man's dream - with Pakistan taking on India.
India held its nerve against a brave charge by Australia to win the spectacle by a handsome margin of 15 runs after setting a target of 189 while earlier in the day, Umar Gul's sensational seam bowling and Imran Nazir's half-century ensured Pakistan the first spot in the ICC World Twenty20 final at New Zealand's expense. Chasing a target of 144 runs, after a combination of poor batting and excellent bowling restricted New Zealand to 143-8 from their 20 overs, Pakistan won the semi-final encounter at the Newlands cricket ground in Cape Town by six wickets after knocking off 147 runs in 18.5 overs. A middle order collapse had cost New Zealand vital runs after a promising start, Ross Taylor top-scoring with 37. At Durban, brilliant left-hander Yuvraj Singh hit 70 off just 30 balls as India won the toss and recovered spectacularly from a sluggish start to total 188-5. Australia crumbled when 30 were needed from the last three to end on 173-7.
WORLD TWENTY20 semi-final, Durban: India 188-5 (20 overs) beat Australia 173-7 (20 overs) by 15 runs
WORLD TWENTY20 semi-final, Cape Town: Pakistan 147-4 (18.5 overs) beat New Zealand 143-8 (20 overs) by six wickets
ICC Twenty20 World Championship 2007The inaugural Twenty20 World Championship is being held in South Africa from September 11 to September 24, 2007. Twelve teams take part in the ten-day tournament, comprising the ten Test playing nations as well as Kenya and Scotland.
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Twenty20 Cricket Match News
Australia vs England Twenty20 at Sydney
Australia thrashes England
Jan 09, 2007Australia thrashed England by 77 runs on Tuesday after setting a record target for a Twenty20 international in the shortest version of cricket, just four days after completing a 5-0 Ashes series sweep in the traditional game.
Adam Gilchrist clubbed five sixes in his 48 and shared a 69-run second-wicket stand with skipper Ricky Ponting that propelled Australia to a record 221 in a Twenty20 international. It was only the second Twenty20 international played in Australia, following the 95-run win by the Australians over South Africa in Brisbane last year.
AUS vs ENG, Twenty20 International at Sydney : Australia 221-5 (20 Overs) beat England 144-9 (20 Overs) by 77 runs
India vs South Africa Cricket Series 2006 - 07
Twenty20 @ Johannesburg: India beat South Africa in a thrilling finishIndia beat South Africa by six wickets with a ball to spare in a thrilling finish to the day/night Twenty20 clash in Johannesburg. India lost Tendulkar for 10 and Dhoni for 0, but Suresh Raina (3) and Dinesh Karthik (31) guided India to 127-4 and victory. India XI: S R Tendulkar, V Sehwag, M S Dhoni, D Mongia, K D Karthik, S K Raina, I K Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, A B Agarkar, S Sreesanth, Z Khan
South Africa XI: G C Smith, L L Bosman, H H Gibbs, A B de Villiers, T Henderson, J M Kemp, C K Langeveldt, J J van der Wath, J A Morkel, R Telemachus, R J Peterson
Twenty20, Johannesburg: India (127-4) bt South Africa (126-9) by six wickets
India's first Twenty20
Dec 1, 2006History will be made at the Wanderers on Friday evening when India takes part in its first Twenty20 international contest.
BCCI accepts Twenty20 Cricket
Jul 16, 2006BCCI on Sunday dropped its opposition to the game's Twenty-20 version, deciding to participate in the inaugural World Cup in South Africa in 2007. "The Indian cricket board was not in favour of the Twenty-20 version, but it was isolated as most other nations supported the idea," said N Srinivasan, BCCI treasurer.
"We've accepted the International Cricket Council's decision in good grace, and agreed to participate in the World Cup," Srinivasan told reporters after a meeting of the high-powered working panel. Niranjan Shah, secretary of the board, said India was the only nation that did not support the Twenty-20 World Cup's proposal in a recent meeting of ICC officials. "We were outvoted 10-1 at the ICC meeting, but won't stay away from the Twenty-20 World Cup," Shah said. India had earlier opposed the ICC's plans to expand the Twenty-20 version's international fixtures, even refusing to entertain the plans to include this shorter game in the 2010 Commonwealth Games - to be staged in the Indian capital of New Delhi. Srinivasan said Indian cricketers would be provided a chance to prepare for shorter version of the game ahead of the Twenty-20 World Cup. A tournament among five regional teams will be played in April-May next year, after the Indian team returns from the limited-overs World Cup in the West Indies, Srinivasan said. "We couldn't introduce any new competition to this year's packed domestic schedule, but the next season's calendar will feature more Twenty-20 matches," he said. Shah said the Indian team would be introduced to the Twenty-20 version when it plays one match against South Africa in November during the coming tour of South Africa.
India urged to embrace Twenty20
July 11, 2006Rahul Dravid says India should join the rest of the world in playing Twenty20 domestic cricket but has warned against playing too much internationally.
India is the only one of the 10 Test nations that does not have a domestic 20-over competition following is successful launch in England in 2003. The Board of Control for Cricket in India has also opposed the expansion of the game at international level. However it has reluctantly agreed to take part in the inaugural Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa next year. Dravid captained an International XI at the Brit Oval on Monday in a match that raised 250,000 for survivors of last Octobers Pakistan earthquake. The game, which was supposed to be played in the Twenty20 format, was reduced to 10 overs per side by rain, Dravids side suffering a six-wicket defeat.
Pakistan vs World XI
Sachin Tendulkar fails to stop Pakistan
July 10, 2006Shahid Afridi turned in another astonishing display of hitting with 41 from 12 balls as Pakistan won their charity Twenty20 match against an International XI by six wickets at the Brit Oval.
All-rounder Afridi hit his first four balls, faced in near darkness, from Zaheer Khan for three sixes and a four as Pakistan chased the International XIs 123 for one off 10 overs. They got home off the last ball thanks to a rapid 36 not out from captain Inzamam-ul-Haq. Rain shortened the match but not the excitement as Afridi greeted Scott Styris by hitting his first two deliveries into the crowd before he eventually holed out to Brian Lara at short fine-leg. In all, he hit five sixes and two fours to give the Pakistan innings a real shot in the arm.
Sachin Tendulkar made 50 not out, from 26 balls with eight fours and a six, out of the International XI total as he continued his recovery from the shoulder injury that kept him out of India's recent series win over West Indies. Tendulkar and Brian Lara (32) put on 72 for the first wicket before Lara walked after inside-edging Abdul Razzaq to the wicket-keeper.
Even in the gloom Lara managed to hit Waqar Younis for three fours in an over and put Razzaq over the fence. Partner Tendulkar received a standing ovation from the 20,000-plus crowd when he reached his half-century but even his batting was overshadowed by the explosive Mahendra Dhoni, who smashed the ball to all parts, making 35 from 13 balls with three fours and three sixes, out of a stand of 51 for the second wicket. Mohammad Sami, who was thought to be struggling to be fit for the first Test against England starting on Thursday, tested out his knee injury by bowling two overs, although nowhere near full pace.