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2009 world twenty20 cricket The 2009 ICC World Twenty20 is scheduled to take place in England from June 5 through 21, 2009. It will be the second World Twenty20. The tournament will have 12 teams, just like the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa in September 2007, despite early reports that the tournament was planned to be a nine-day event, held at two venues, with eight teams taking part.

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Pakistan ICC World Twenty20 2009 Champions

Pakistan Cricket team Sri Lanka Cricket team Pakistan Sri Lanka T20 Finals Photos Shahid Afridi's sensible yet electrifying batting, with a couple of boom-booms thrown in for good measure, helped Pakistan overtake Sri Lanka's modest score with 8 balls to go, and bag the Championship. With his outstanding bowling throughout the tournament, and great batting towards the final stages, Shahid Afridi has risen to iconic status that was reserved for the likes of Imran Khan in a nation troubled by conflicts for so long.
Afridi's unbeaten 54 and a wicket of the very last ball, earned him the Man-of-the-Match award. He hit two sixes and two fours, and the winning runs, after which he stood and saluted the thousands of elated Pakistani supporters in his usual trademark style. It was the second global one-day title for Pakistan after Imran Khan's side rallied in similar fashion to win the 1992 50-over World Cup. Pakistan lost the inaugural Twenty20 final in 2007 to India.

Finals Pakistan Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka had effectively lost the match in the first six powerplay overs, after they were down 32 for 4. A captain's innings from Kumar Sangakkara and a late charge by Angelo Mathews (partnership of 68 runs in 43 deliveries) boosted Sri Lanka to 138 for 6. Abdul Razzaq claimed a wicket in each of his first three overs, removing Jehan Mubarak for a duck, Sanath Jayasuriya for 17 and Mahela Jaywardene for one.
Finals Pakistan Sri Lanka
ICC World Twenty20 final, Lord's, PAK v SRL: Pakistan 139/2 (Afridi 54*, Akmal 37) beat Sri Lanka 138/6 (Sangakkara 64*, Mathews 35*, Razzaq 3-20) by eight wickets

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14:00 GMT | 10:00 EDT | 19:30 IST :: The Finals - Sunday, June 21
Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Lord's

Pakistan Cricket team Sri Lanka Cricket team On Sunday, July 21st, the two best bowling sides in the second edition of the World Twenty20 - Pakistan, the mesmerizingly over-achieving underdogs and Sri Lanka, the remarkably professional and well oiled machine - meet in the finals at Lord's. While two Pakistanis - Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal - have picked up 12 wickets apiece in the tournament to top the bowling charts, Sri Lankan mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis (with an outstanding economy rate of less than 5 runs an over) and fast bowler Lasith Malingahas also have 12 wickets apiece. But their bowling strength is deeper, with Muralitharan and Angelo Mathews taking 13 wickets between them at less than a run a ball. For Pakistan, the surprise package has been Shahid Afridi, who picked up 10 wickets in the tournament so far, conceding just 5.37 runs per over.

Batting is one area that worries Sri Lanka. Other than Dilshan (with 317 runs at an average over 60), Jayasuriya (160 runs), Jayawardene (153 runs) and to an extent, Sangakkara (just 113 runs), no one else has contributed much with the bat. The one area where the Lankans do excel over Pakistan is their fielding.
The Pakistan batting averages just 138 as a team, with no one shining in particular, but everyone contributing in bits and pieces. Captain Younis Khan (172 runs) and Kamran Akmal (151 runs) are the leading batsmen.
With both sides preferring to bat first, the toss will be crucial. The last contest between the two finalists was in the Super Eights at Lord's when Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 19 runs. Sri Lanka made 150 for the loss of 7 wickets as Dilshan and Jayasuriya put on 81 for the first wicket in 9 overs, with the rest of the side adding just 69 more from the 11 overs that followed. Despite a 37 ball 50 from Younis Khan, Pakistan lost too many wickets to Malinga and Murali and ended up 19 runs short of the target.

Sri Lanka storms into World T20 final

Sri Lanka Cricket team West Indies Cricket team Tillakaratne Dilshan's 96 not out, and a three-wicket opening over spell for one run by Angelo Matthews took Sri Lanka into an all-Asia final at the ICC World Twenty20 to be played on Sunday. Man-of-the-match Tillakaratne's unbeaten 96, the highest score of the event, came as his team-mates struggled for momentum. He batted through out the innings in Sri Lanka's 158 for five, and was involved in the opening wicket partnership of 73 with Jayasuriya, who looked strangely subdued while making 24 in 46 balls.
Angelo Mathews then stunned West Indies with three wickets in the opening over before the spinners strangled the middle order, leaving Chris Gayle, who played a captain's role, unbeaten on 63 as he carried his bat while no one else reached double figures.
The Sri Lankan opening bowler finished with three for 16 from four overs. Muttiah Muralitharan took 3-29 and Ajantha Mendis 2-9 as West Indies was all out in less than 18 overs for 101.
2009 ICC World Twenty20, Second Semi-final at The Oval, SRL vs WIN, June 19 2009: Sri Lanka 158/5 (Dilshan 96*) beat West Indies 101 (Gayle 63*, Mathews 3-16, Muralitharan 3-29) by 57 runs

Boom Boom lifts Pakistan into World T20 final

Pakistan Cricket team South Africa Cricket team Pakistan South Africa Semi Final T20 Photos Shahid Afridi shone with bat and ball at Trent Bridge as Pakistan dumped South Africa by seven runs to storm into the World Twenty20 final. Boom Boom smashed 51 from 34 balls and then grabbed 2-16 with his leg-spin as Pakistan successfully defended 149-4 to restrict the favoured Proteas to 142-5 before a sell-out crowd.
Afridi, coming on to bowl in the seventh over, struck twice in four deliveries when he bowled Herschelle Gibbs and AB de Villiers to make South Africa 50-3 in 8.3 overs. Veteran Jacques Kallis made a brave attempt to take the South Africans home, striking seven fours and a six in 64 from 54 balls, but the other batsmen faltered against the spot-on attack.
2009 ICC World Twenty20, First Semi-final at Trent Bridge, PAK vs SAF, June 18 2009: Pakistan 149/4 (Afridi 51, Malik 34) beat South Africa 142/5 (Kallis 64, Duminy 44*, Afridi 2-16) by seven runs

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16:30 GMT | 12:30 EDT | 22:00 IST :: 1st Semi-Final - Thursday, June 18
South Africa v Pakistan at Trent Bridge, Nottingham

Pakistan Cricket team South Africa Cricket team South Africa is one of the only two teams in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 to reach the Semis without losing a single match (Sri Lanka is the other). The perennial favorites in any form of cricket, and big time chokers at crunch time, South Africa will have to overcome their nerves to go on to the semis when they meet a resurgent Pakistan team which is looking stronger and stronger with each match. AB de Villiers is currently South Africa's top scorer with 185 runs in five matches, and teammate Jacques Kallis is not far behind with 174 from four matches.
Seamer Roelof van der Merwe is the team's best bowler with 9-106 from 17 overs, while Wayne Parnell has 8-93 from the same number of overs.
Right-arm seamer Umar Gul is the main reason the Pakistanis have progressed so far in the tournament after a stuttering start. Gul, who was the highest wicket-taker in the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa when Pakistan ended runners-up to India, again tops the list with 12 scalps in this tournament. Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal is joint second with Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga in the wicket-taker's list with 11 wickets, while leg-spinning allrounder Shahid Afridi has eight. Pakistan were routed by South Africa in a practice match ahead of the tournament at Trent Bridge, losing by 59 runs after being bowled out for 127 in reply to South Africa's 186-7.
Tournament Results
South Africa
beat Scotland by 130 runs at The Oval
beat New Zealand by one run at Lord's
beat England by seven wickets at Trent Bridge
beat West Indies by 20 runs at The Oval
beat India by 12 runs at Trent Bridge Pakistan
lost to England by 48 runs at The Oval
beat Holland by 82 runs at Lord's
lost to Sri Lanka by 19 runs at Lord's
beat New Zealand by six wickets at The Oval
beat Ireland by 39 runs at The Oval

16:30 GMT | 12:30 EDT | 22:00 IST :: 2nd Semi-Final - Friday, June 19
Sri Lanka v West Indies at Kennington Oval, London

Sri Lanka Cricket team West Indies Cricket team Sri Lanka, the unbeaten, strongest, and best balanced team in the tournament, will face West Indies in the second semi-final at the Oval on Friday. Three of Lanka's big four batsmen have been in form, with the opening partnership of Sanath Jayasuriya and Tillekeratne Dilshan performing consistently well. Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene showed in the match against New Zealand that they have the class and composure to lead their side to victory on the big stage. Dilshan is the tournament's top runscorer.
While spinner Ajantha Mendis is an absolute terror, veteran spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has been successfully strangling sides in the middle overs. Mendis already has 10 victims in the tournament while sling-shot fast bowler Lasith Malinga lies joint second in the leading wicket-takers in the tournament with 11 and are expected to provide the main obstacle to West Indies' chances of progress. West Indies skipper Chris Gayle, after beating England in a do-or-die match went on to remark that some teams were now scared of his team. Dwayne Bravo, with 154 runs from 4 matches and eight wickets for 123 runs from 14 overs, has been the best all-rounder in the tournament so far. Lendl Simmons with 150 runs from 4 matches is also in terrific form.
Tournament Results
West Indes
beat Australia by 7 wickets at The Oval
lost to Sri Lanka by 15 runs at Trent Bridge
beat India by 7 wickets at Lord's
lost to South Africa by 20 runs at The Oval
beat England by five wickets at The Oval (D/L method)

Sri Lanka
beat Australia by 6 wickets at Trent Bridge
beat West Indies by 15 runs at Trent Bridge
beat Pakistan by 19 runs at Lord's
beat Ireland by 9 runs at Lord's
beat New Zealand by 48 runs at Trent Bridge

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South Africa Beat India To March Into Semi-Finals Unbeaten

South Africa Cricket team India Cricket team India South Africa T20 Photos AB de Villiers scored 63 in a low scoring match with seven fours in 51 balls, as South Africa made 130-5 and finished off India, which made 118-8 at Trent Bridge to complete the Super 8s unbeaten. South Africa, which had already qualified for the semifinals, returns to Trent Bridge on Thursday when it meets Pakistan in the first semifinal.
Dhoni blamed India's batting for the failure and said supporters had every right to be unhappy. India put on 48 for the first wicket, but collapsed once Gautam Gambhir fell in the seventh over for 21. Raina returned soon with three, and opener Rohit Sharma with a team-best 29 followed him. Dhoni was senselessly run out in the 13th for five, and Yusuf Pathan faced just two balls before he was caught by de Villiers off Roelof van der Merwe in the next over without scoring. Yuvraj and Harbhajan steadied India, and scored some quick runs, but Harbhajan fell in the 17th for 14 and Yuvraj was out six balls later for 25.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Match 24: IND vs SAF, Group E, June 16: South Africa 130/5 (AB de Villiers 63) beat India 118/8 by 12 runs

Sri Lanka keep clean slate, reach semis

Sri Lanka Cricket team New Zealand Cricket team Man of the Match Ajantha Mendis' three-wicket spell of 3-0-9-3 took the wind out of New Zealand’s run chase, as the Black Caps collapsed 48 runs behind the victory target of 159, earning Sri Lanka a place in the semi-final with their third straight victory in the Super Eights group stages. They topped Group F.
Kiwis, the pre-tournament favorites, only beat Scotland and Ireland and lost to semi-finalists South Africa and West Indies, to exit before the semis. Captian Vettori said a South Africa v Sri Lanka final at Lord's on Sunday looked to be on the cards.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Match 23: SRL vs NZL, Group F, June 16: Sri Lanka 158-5 (Dilshan 48, Jayawardene 41*) beat New Zealand 110 (Guptill 43, Mendis 3-9, Udana 2-17) by 48 runs

Windies boot hosts England out of the Tournament and head to the Semis

West Indies Cricket team England Cricket team In an innings shortened to 9 overs due to rain, West Indies were required to take 80 runs following the Duckworth-Lewis method. England, who batted first, scored 161/6 in 20 overs. Ravi Bopara's 55 runs and Kevin Pietersen's 31 off 19 balls were the highlights of the English innings. Dwayne Bravo took 2 wickets for West Indies giving away 30 runs in 4 overs.
The England innings was followed by a heavy downpour and rain delay. The West Indies team, chasing a target of 80 runs in 9 overs got off to a shaky start, losing Andre Fletcher in the first over for a duck. Chris Gayle, the backbone of the West Indian batting line-up took 15 runs from only 8 balls, but was bowled out by Sidebottom in the second over. Bravo steadied the innings with 18 runs, but the required run rate kept creeping up and West Indies were 45/5 in 5.2 overs. Needing 35 runs in 22 balls, with 5 wickets in hand, the West Indies innings were on shaky grounds and match which could easily go either way at this stage. Thankfully, for the Windies, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan came through for their team and both remained unbeaten with scores of 17 (off 10 balls) and 19 (off 9 balls) respectively. The Windies attained their target with 4 balls remaining.
Ramnaresh Sarwan was named Player of the Match.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Match 22: WI vs ENG, Group E, June 15: England 161/6 in 20 overs (Bopara 55, Pietersen 31, Bravo 2-30 ) lost to West Indies 82/5 in 8.2 overs (Target D/L Method - 80 in 9 overs) (Sarwan 19, Chanderpaul 17, Bravo 18, Gayle 15) by 5 wickets

Pakistan pull off comfortable victory over Ireland to reach the Semi Finals

Pakistan Cricket team Ireland Cricket team Pakistan beat Ireland by 39 runs to secure a berth in the Semi Finals of the ICC World twenty 20 Championship. The Pak team were dominant in all aspects of the game. Kamran Akmal, once again came through for Pakistan and was the top scorer with 57 runs. Shahzaib Hasan (23) and Shahid Afridi (24) also made notable contributions to Pakistan's total of 159/5. Kyle McCallan was the most successful bowler for Ireland taking 2 wickets at the cost of 26 runs.
In the batting line-up of the Irish, only three players were able to score double-digits. Opener William Porterfield (40 runs off 36 balls) tried to build a strong innings, but the Pakistan bowlers kept Ireland on their toes and took wickets at regular intervals. From 87/3 in 13 overs, Ireland only reached 111/9 in 18.3 overs. Saeed Ajmal was the one who wreaked most havoc on the Irish batsmen taking 4 wickets and conceding only 19 runs in 4 overs. Ireland were able to gather just 120/9 in the allotted 20 overs.
Kamran Akmal was named Player of the Match.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Match 21: PAK vs IRE, Group F, June 15: Pakistan 159-5 (Akmal 57, Hasan 23, Afridi 24, McCallan 2-26 ) beat Ireland 120-9 (Porterfield 40, K O'Brien 26, Ajmal 4-19, Gul 2-19) by 39 runs

Defending Champions India succumb to England and bow out of the tournament ‎

England Cricket team India Cricket team India, the defending champions lost to England by 3 runs in the crucial match at Lord's. After winning the toss, India elected to field, but were unable to take early wickets. England lost the wicket of Luke Wright in the second over and were 3/1, but Ravi Bopara (37) and Kevin Pietersen (46) stabilised their innings and England managed to take 153/7 in the allotted 20 overs. Harbhajan Singh was the most succesful bowler for India who bowled 4 overs and took 3 wickets giving away only 30 runs. India lost Rohit Sharma (9) in the 2nd over and Suresh Raina (2) in the 4th over and their scoring pace slowed down after that. From 12/1 after 2 overs, the Indians were only able to get to 62/3 in 11 overs. Yuvraj Singh was a glimmer of hope for India, when he took 17 runs off only 9 balls, but lost his wicket to Foster who stumped him off a ball by Swann. Towards the end of the Indian innings, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (30*) and Yousuf Pathan (33*) tried to take India to their target of 154, but they fell short by just 3 runs in the nail-biting finish of this match.
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni continued with his experimenting, even in the must win match, playing Ravindra Jadeja instead of the experienced Irfan Pathan, and promoting him to No 4 in the batting line-up instead of Yuvraj Singh when India needed quick runs.

Though India will not advance to the semi-finals, they still have one more match to play, on Tuesday, June 16th, against South Africa. Winning that match will not help India's chances in this champoinship in any way, but it will give the millions of Indian fans something to be proud of about their team's performance in this ICC Twenty 20 World Cup.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Match 20: IND vs ENG, Group E, June 14: England 153-7 (Pietersen 46, Harbhajan 3-30, Jadeja 2-26) beat India 150-5 (Pathan 33*, Sidebottom 2-31, Swann 2-28) by three runs

Ireland give Srilanka a good fight, but ultimately lose by 9 runs‎

Sri Lanka Cricket team Ireland Cricket teamThe Irish team who played against Sri Lanka today were a far cry from the team that lost by 83 runs to New Zealand earlier in the tournament. Dilshan, Sri Lanka's star batsman was out for a duck in the second ball of the match, caught by Niall O' Brien off a ball by Boyd Rankin. Sangakkara was out (c N O'Brien b Johnston) in the third over for only 3 runs. Alex Cusack took 4 wickets for Ireland in 3 overs, conceding only 18 runs. Jayasuriya (27) and Jayawardene (78) steadied the Sri Lankan innings and set the Ireland team a target of 145 runs in 20 overs. Porterfield and Niall O' Brien laid the foundation of the Irish innings taking 31 runs each. Sri Lanka failed to take any wickets till the 10th over when Porterfield was caught by Sangakkara off a ball by Muralitharan. Ireland's run rate declined steeply after Ajantha Mendis took down both the O'Brien brothers in the 14th over. Needing 18 runs from the last over, Ireland was able to get only 8 runs and their final score was 135/7.

With this defeat, Ireland are eliminated from progressing further in this World Twenty20 tournament. Sri Lanka will play against New Zealand on Tuesday, June 16th at trent Bridge and Ireland will face Pakistan tomorrow at Kennington Oval in their final match.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Match 19: SRI vs IRE, Group F, June 14: Sri Lanka 144 for 9 (Jayawardene 78, Cusack 4-18) beat Ireland 135 for 7 (Malinga 2-18) by nine runs

June 14 Preview: India vs England ‎

England Cricket team India Cricket team It is do or die for India and England who will take on each other in the ICC World Twenty20 match at Lord's on Sunday. Each team will have to win the match to have any chance of progressing to the semifinal, after losing their first matches of the super eight stage. India lost to West indies in the super eight stage, while England lost to South Africa
The last time India met England in a World Twenty20 was in South Africa in 2007, when India's master destroyer Yuvraj Singh had hit England's baby-faced fast bowler Broad for six sixes in one monumental over. Yuvraj finished that innings with 58 off 16 deliveries, as India made 219, chasing which, England lost by 18 runs.

Umar Gul stuns New Zealand with first ever Twenty20 5-wicket haul‎

Pakistan Cricket team New Zealand Cricket team A sensational five-wicket haul for just 6 runs in 3 overs by Umar Gul helped Pakistan defeat New Zealand by six wickets to keep their semi-finals hopes alive in the World Twenty20.
The Kiwis were all out for a paltry 99 in 18.3 overs, after they won the toss and decided to bat first at Oval. After being introduced in the 13th over, Gul wreaked havoc in his three-over spell and emerged the first bowler ever to claim five wickets in a T20 international.
Pakistan coasted home to finish on 100-4 with Shahzaib Hasan making 35 and Shahid Afridi 29 not out.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Match 18: PAK vs NZL, Group F, June 13: New Zealand 99 in 18.3 overs (Gul 5-6, Razzaq 2-17) lost to Pakistan 100/4 in 13.1 overs (Shahzaib Hasan 35, Shahid Afridi * 29) by 6 wickets (with 41 balls remaining)

South Africa maintains unbeaten record as Windies go down

South Africa Cricket team West Indies Cricket team South Africa, batting first, were on course for a huge total as all-rounder Jacques Kallis (45) put on an opening 54-run partnership with Smith (31) and a second wicket 51-run partnership with Herschelle Gibbs (55). But they lost 5 quick wickets for just 34 runs in 25 balls on a typically good batting pitch, accompanied by a fast outfield, to finish 183/7.
West Indies, looking for the second consecutive win in consecutive matches, were given hope as Lendl Simmons hit 77 off just 50 balls with a six and 12 fours. But the South African teenager and left-arm fast bowler, Wayne Parnell, took 4-13, including the wickets of openers Andre Fletcher and Chris Gayle in four balls, to put his side firmly on the front foot. In the end, West Indies could manage only 163, falling short by 20 runs.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Match 17: SAF vs WIN, Group E, June 13: South Africa 183/7 (Gibbs 55, Kallis 45) beat West Indies 163/9 (Simmons 77, Parnell 4-13) by 20 runs

Bravo magic sinks defending champions

West Indies Cricket team India Cricket team West Indies beat India by seven wickets in a thrilling run chase at the Twenty20 World Cup at Lord's on Friday. After winning the toss and electing to bat first, India lost quick wickets at the top with Rohit Sharma the first to go for 5, caught by Simmons off Edwards in the second over. Suresh Raina was next for 5, giving a catch behind to Denesh Ramdin off Edwards. Simmons then brilliantly caught opener Gautam Gambhir, taking a superb catch running back as Gambhir miscued a Bravo delivery. Dhoni made a painful 11 before he was out caught on the boundary by Andre Fletcher off Bravo as he tried to force a sixer.
Yuvraj Singh (67) and Yusuf Pathan (31) gave something to the packed Indian crowd to cheer on, and they looked they were taking the match away from the West Indians, but an ill-timed shot by Yuvraj again gave the momentum back to the Caribbeans. Harbhajan hit three fours off the last three balls to give India a defendable target of 153-7.
India celebrated with early wicket of Fletcher for nought, and later when dangerman Gayle was out on 22, but Simmons and Bravo put on 50 from 35 balls, and shifted the momentum decisively in West Indies' favour. Dwayne Bravo who had taken four wickets to keep India down earlier, went on to score a 66 not out and ended up with the Man of the Match award.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Match 16: IND vs WIN, Group E, June 12: West Indies 156 for 3 (Bravo 66*, Simmons 44) beat India 153 for 7 (Yuvraj 67, Yusuf 31, Bravo 4-38, Edwards 3-24) by seven wickets

Sri Lanka defend modest total to beat Pakistan‎

Pakistan Cricket team Sri Lanka Cricket team Sri Lanka survived a mid-innings slump and a threatening 66-run partnership between Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq to ease to a 19-run win in their first game of the Super Eights at Lord's. Sanath Jayasuriya (26) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (46) put on 81 for the first wicket but then lost 6 wickets for 69 runs to Shahid Afridi (2 for 23) and Saeed Ajmal (2 for 26) as they slumped to 150-7.
Lasith Malinga (3 for 17) and Muttiah Muralitharan (2 for 28) were able to restrict Pakistan to 131-9 with Younus Khan positng 50.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Match 15: PAK vs SRL, Group F, June 12: Sri Lanka 150 for 7 (Dilshan 46) beat Pakistan 131 (Younis 50, Malinga 3-17) by 19 runs

June 12 Preview: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, India vs West Indies at the Lord's

India Cricket team Pakistan Cricket team West Indies Cricket team Sri Lanka Cricket team Pakistan take on Sri Lanka in a Group F match at Lord's on Friday at 18:00 IST which is an important match for both teams. Pakistan has so far shown they can play like winners or losers, depending on the mood of the team. Shahid Afridi's bowling (with his 4-11 against the Dutch ) has picked up, but his batting style has been ridiculed by everyone since the tournament started. Sri Lanka on the other hand are fresh from two morale boosting victories over Australia and West Indies. Batsman Dilshan and veteran all-rounder Sanath Jayasuriya have both already recorded big scores with the bat. India meet Windies in the second match, scheduled to start at 22:00 IST in a Group E match. Belonging to the toughest group, a win or loss can mean moving to the semis or going home. T20 World Champions India barely had to break sweat progressing from their group with comfortable wins over Bangladesh and Ireland. West Indies on the other hand are inconsistent, depending too much on Captain Chris Gayle's batting. His 88 from 50 balls led the team to a crushing win over Australia, while they lost pathetically to Sri Lanka while Gayle rested, due to an injury.

All-round effort by Kallis in South African win

South Africa Cricket team England Cricket team England South Africa T20 Photos Man of the Match Jacques Kallis took 2 wickets in 3 overs, and followed it up with an unbeaten (49-ball) 57 which included 5 fours and a six.
Owais Shah was the lone Englishman to withstand the Proteas' onslaught with 38 off 33 balls in a game where four of the top seven batsmen managed only four runs between them.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Match 14: SAF vs ENG, Group E, June 11: South Africa 114/3 (Kallis 57*, Gibbs 30) beat England 111 (Shah 38, Parnell 3-14) by 7 wickets

After beating Ireland effortlessly, New Zealand marches on

New Zealand Cricket team Ireland Cricket team Ireland New Zealand T20 Photos Aaron Redmond, who was called up into the New Zealand side quite unexpectedly following non-availability of Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor and Daniel Vettori, played an astonishing innings, to blast 63 off 30 balls.
Chasing 198, Ireland were soon 15 for 2, but Wilson and Andre Botha steadied their innings, but couldn't match the asking run-rate.
In a match that featured a set of brothers from each side, the McCullum brothers shined, with Nathan picking up 3 for 15, while his brother Brendon was outstanding in the infield, effecting run outs of John Mooney and Johnston, and then took a sharp catch to dismiss Cusack. O'Brien brothers had a forgettable match, scoring just 5 runs between them.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Match 13: NZL vs IRE, Group F, June 11: New Zealand 198 for 5 (Redmond 63, Guptill 45*, Styris 42) beat Ireland 115 (Nathan McCullum 3-15) by 83 runs

World Twenty20 Group Stage Matches

Zaheer and Rohit set up another easy victory for India to top Group A

India Cricket team Ireland Cricket team India cruised away to an eight-wicket victory against Ireland with another strong first wicket partnership in their last Group A match at Nottingham. Gambhir, 37 and Rohit Sharma, 52 took India off to a solid start scoring 77 runs in 65 balls.
Ireland could only put 112 runs on board as Zaheer khan took 4 wickets for just 19 runs in his rain-shortened quota of 3 overs. He was named the Man of the Match.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Match 12: IND vs IRE, Group A, June 10: India 113/8 (Rohit 52*, Gambhir 37) beat Ireland 112/8 (Zaheer 4-19, Ojha 2-18) by eight wickets

Jayasuriya demolishes Windies attack, helps Lanka top Group C

Sri Lanka Cricket team West Indies Cricket team Jayasuriya entertained the Trent Bridge crowd with explosive hits, and put 81 runs in his name off only 47 balls, in an innings that overshadowed Dilshan's second half-century of the tournament in as many matches.
West Indian batsman, in Chris Gayle's absence, couldn't put up a useful fight, eventhough they raced to 65 for 1 after just six overs. Sarwan played 26 balls, scoring 28, without a single hit to the boundary. He and Pollard started the final over needing 28 but managed only 12.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Match 11: SRI vs WIN, Group C, June 10: Sri Lanka 192/5 (Jayasuriya 81, Dilshan 74, Simmons 4-19) beat West Indies 177/5 (Bravo 51, Mendis 2-25) by 15 runs

South Africa clinch victory over New Zealand in a nail-biting finish

South Africa Cricket team New Zealand Cricket team Electing to field first, the New Zealand bowlers were successful in limiting South Africa to a low score of only 128/7. Ian Butler (4-0-13-2) and Nathan McCullum (4-0-18-1) deserve notable mention in this performance by New Zealand. Graeme Smith(33) and Jean-Paul Duminy(29) were the high-scorers for South Africa. However, the New Zealand batsmen were unable to convert the good performance by their bowlers into a victory. Brendan McCullum gave his team a solid start by scoring 57 runs off 53 balls. But the New Zealand innings lacked momentum and from 2-26in 3 overs, they reached only 3-82 in 14 overs. They needed 2 runs from the last ball to win, but instead lost the wicket of Oram in a run out. New Zealnd were able to take only 127/5 in 20 overs. Van der Merwe was the most successsful bowler for South Africa, taking 2 wickets , giving away only 14 runs and earned the title of Player of the match.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Match 10: NZL vs SAF, Group D, June 9: South Africa 128/7 in 20 overs (Graeme Smith 33, JP Duminy 29, Butler 4-0-13-2) beat New Zealand 127/5 (McCullum 59, van der Merwe 4-0-14-2) by 1 run

Sehwag flying back, Karthik named replacement

India Cricket team Indian opener Virender Sehwag has been ruled out of the World Twenty20 cricket due to a shoulder injury and will return home after consulting medical experts in England. Sehwag sustained the injury while playing in the second edition of IPL held in South Africa.
Dinesh Karthik, a batsman-wicketkeeper, has been called into the squad as Sehwag's replacement. India, which plays Ireland at Trent Bridge on Wednesday, has already qualified for the Super 8 stage after beating Bangladesh in its opening game.

Comprehensive victory for Pakistan at Lord's

Netherland Cricket team Pakistan Cricket team Pakistan needed to beat the dark horses Netherlands by a 25 run margin if they wanted to stay alive in the World Twenty20. And they demolished the men in orange by 82 runs.
Pakistan, who were low in their confidence after losing their game against England by 48 runs, looked lost till the middle overs, when Afridi started picking up wickets in quick succession. His 4 wickets in 4 overs giving away just 11 runs made sure they move into the Super 8s with England from the same group. Man of the match Kamran Akmal effected 4 stumpings, 1 run out and scored 41 off 30 balls in a Pakistan score of 175/5.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Match 9: PAK vs NET, Group B, June 9: Pakistan 175/5 in 20 overs (Kamran Akmal 41, Younis Khan 36) beat Netherlands 93 (Afridi 4-11) by 82 runs

Australia knocked out of World Twenty20‎

Sri Lanka Cricket team Australia Cricket team Sri Lanka's six-wicket victory at Trent Bridge over Australia meant the Aussies are out of the ICC World Twenty20 and will have more time to practice for the upcoming Ashes. Kumar Sangakkara played a captain's innings, steadying the innings whenever the Australians tried to crawl back into the game. His 55 not out in 42 balls had six shots to the boundary including 2 sixes at crucial moments. Sri Lanka booked a berth in the Super Eights with five balls to spare. Tillakaratne Dilshan hit 53 off 32 balls, making sure Sri Lanka were always comfortably paced, chasing Australia's 159/9.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Match 8: SRI vs AUS, Group C, June 8: Sri Lanka 160-4 (Sangakkara 55*, Dilshan 53) beat Australia 159-9 (Johnson 28*, Mendis 3-20, Malinga 3-36) by six wickets

Bangladesh crashes out of the World Twenty20

Ireland Cricket team Bangladesh Cricket team Ireland beat Bangladesh just like they did in the 2007 World Cup in West Indies, and moved into the second stage of the World Twenty20 at the expense of Bangladesh. Bangladesh started with a bang, hitting 30 of their first 39 runs in boundaries, but lost wickets at regular intervals to end their innings with a modest 137/8.
In reply, Ireland reached 138 for four with 10 balls remaining following an aggressive exhibition of hitting from Kevin O'Brien. His unbeaten 39 from 17 deliveries included four fours and two sixes.
Ireland will now join India in the Super 8's from Group A.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Match 7: BAN vs IRE, Group A, June 8: Ireland 138 for 4 (Niall O'Brien 40, Kevin O'Brien 39*) beat Bangladesh 137 for 8 (Mortaza 33*, Johnston 3-20) by six wickets

Pietersen's innings sink Pakistan at Oval

Pakistan Cricket team England Cricket team England crushed Pakistan by 48 runs in a group B death match after messing up their tournament opener with minnows Dutch. Kevin Pietersen, returning to the side after losing the match against the Dutch, hit 58 off 38 balls to help his team reach 185 for 5.
In reply, Pakistan's batting was lackluster, and no one seemed interested in putting up a fight. Younis Khan top scored with 46, while Broad picked up 3 wickets for 17 in 3 overs.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Match 6: PAK vs ENG, Group B, June 7: England 185-5 (Pietersen 58, Ajmal 2-23) beat Pakistan 137-7 (Younis Khan 46, Broad 3-17) by 48 runs

South Africa crush Scotland at Oval

Scotland Cricket team South Africa Cricket team South Africa asserted their superiority in every area of the game and gave the inexperienced Scottish side a massive thrashing when they defeated them by 130 runs . Batting first, South Africa were off to a good start with Graeme Smith (38) and Jacque Kallis (48) laying the ground work for their innings. AB de Villiers remained not out after scoring a dynamic 79 off only 35 balls . South Africa amassed 211/5, the highest total by any team in this tournament so far. The Scotland innings crumbled from the very beginning and they were 13/4 after 3 overs. Coetzer (42) and Haq(15) were the only two players whose scores were in double-digits. Scotland were bowled out for 81, in 15.4 overs. For South Africa, Botha and van der Merwe both took 2 wickets each giving away 17 runs in 4 overs.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Match 5: SAF vs SCO, Group D, June 7: South Africa 211-5 (de Villiers 79*, Kallis 48) beat Scotland 85 (Coetzer 42) by 130 runs about 4 hours ago

Bangladesh falters despite hardwork at Trent Bridge

India Cricket team Bangladesh Cricket team India overcame a hardworking Bangladesh line-up in a Group A encounter at Nottingham, riding on Yuvraj's quickfire 41 off 18 balls, and Man-of-the-match Ojah's 4 wickets in 4 overs.
India were dawdling along in the middle overs as Dhoni and Gambhir struggled to find boundaries. Yuvraj hit 4 sixes and 3 fours to take India from 112 to 157 in under 4 overs.
This was the first Twenty20 meeting between India and Bangladesh.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Match 4: IND vs BAN, Group A, June 6: India 180 for 5 (Gambhir 50, Yuvraj 41) beat Bangladesh 155 for 8 (Siddique 41, Ojha 4-21) by 25 runs

Gayle20 blows away Australia in Group C match

Australia Cricket team West Indies Cricket team Gayle20 Just a month ago, West Indies skipper Chris Gayle caused a storm when he said said he preferred limited overs games to Test cricket as his side slipped to a series defeat in England. Today he caused another storm, this time with his bat, as he led from the front to thrash Australia by seven wickets in the World Twenty20 Group C opener at the Oval.
Chasing 170 for victory, Gayle hit six sixes and six boundaries, while scoring 88, as he and Andre Fletcher put on 133 in just 69 balls to all but seal victory.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Match 3: WIN vs AUS, Group C, June 6: West Indies 172-3 (Gayle 88, Fletcher 53) beat Australia 169-7 (Warner 63, David Hussey 27, Bravo 2-31) by seven wickets

Blackcaps breeze past Scotland in 7 overs-a-side Group D match

New Zealand Cricket team Scotland Cricket team In a rain shortened match, Scotland looked as though they were aiming for the second big upset of the tournament in as many matches, but Jesse Ryder 31 (12 balls, 3 4s, 2 6s) and Ross Taylor 21* (10 balls, 1 4s, 2 6s) spoiled their day.
The 90 runs New Zealand needed to overcome Scotland looked massive before they started batting, but the heavy hitters made sure they reached the target in style with an over to spare.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Match2: NZL vs SCO, Group B, June 6: New Zealand 90 for 3 (Ryder 31, Taylor 21*) beat Scotland 89 for 4 (Coetzer 33, Poonia 27, Watson 27) by seven wickets

Thrilling upset by Netherlands in the first match of Twenty20 World Cup

Netherland Cricket team England Cricket team Netherlands beat England by four wickets in the opening match of the ICC World Twenty20 at Lord's in a Group B match. Needing seven off the last over Ryan ten Doeschate and Edgar Schiferli took 5 singles, and then on an overthrow by bowler Stuart Board, ran the two needed for a famous victory.
Man of the match Tom de Grooth hit 49 off 30 balls and got plenty of support from Borren, 30 off 25, and ten Doeschate, 22 off 17.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Match 1: ENG vs NET, Group B, June 5: Netherlands 163 for 6 (de Grooth 49, Borren 30, Anderson 3-23) beat England 162 for 5 (Wright 71, Bopara 46) by four wickets

Boozed Andrew Symonds sent home from Twenty20 World Cup

Australia Cricket team Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds is being sent home from the Twenty20 World Cup in England for another off-field incident relating to alcohol. Cricket's bad boy broke team rules by having late night drinking sessions and failing to inform teammates of his whereabouts during Australia's Twenty20 World Cup preparations.
Symonds will arrive back in Brisbane with his international career effectively over and no guarantee he will return to the cricket field.
Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said "In the last 24-48 hours he has broken a number of team rules. In the context of commitments Andrew has made to his teammates and to Cricket Australia in the last six months, it's the last straw. Unfortunately, it's a constant balancing act and it's just tipped too far today."Victoria allrounder Cameron White is believed to be on standby to replace Symonds, subject to ICC approval.

World T20 Warm-up matches Schedule and News

See below for latest news and results from the warm-up matches in England. Winners in BOLD.
May 2009
Tue 26
14:00 GMT
Bangladesh v New Zealand
Sir Paul Getty's Ground, Wormsley
Wed 27
13:00 GMT
Ireland v New Zealand
County Ground, Derby
Thu 28
11:00 GMT
Ireland v PCA Masters XI
Sir Paul Getty's Ground, Wormsley
Thu 28
11:00 GMT
Scotland v West Indies
Sir Paul Getty's Ground, Wormsley
Thu 28
12:30 GMT
Bangladesh v Netherlands
St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury
Fri 29
15:00 GMT
Bangladesh v Scotland
Sir Paul Getty's Ground, Wormsley
Sat 30
11:00 GMT
Ireland v West Indies
Sir Paul Getty's Ground, Wormsley
Sat 30
13:00 GMT
Netherlands v New Zealand
Sir Paul Getty's Ground, Wormsley
Sat 30
15:00 GMT
PCA Masters XI v Scotland
Sir Paul Getty's Ground, Wormsley
June 2009
Mon 1
12:30 GMT
Australia v Bangladesh
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Mon 1
12:30 GMT
Ireland v Netherlands
Lord's, London
Mon 1
16:30 GMT
India v New Zealand
Lord's, London
Mon 1
16:30 GMT
Pakistan v South Africa
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Tue 2
12:30 GMT
Ireland v West Indies
Kennington Oval, London
Tue 2
12:30 GMT
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Tue 2
16:30 GMT
Australia v New Zealand
Kennington Oval, London
Tue 2
16:30 GMT
England v Scotland
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Wed 3
12:30 GMT
South Africa v Sri Lanka
Lord's, London
Wed 3
12:30 GMT
Netherlands v Scotland
Kennington Oval, London
Wed 3
16:30 GMT
England v West Indies
Lord's, London
Wed 3
16:30 GMT
India v Pakistan ‘Catch the Spirit’ match Kennington Oval, London


T20 World Cup Warm-Up Matches

India beat Pakistan by 9 wickets in T20 World Cup warm-up match

India Cricket team Pakistan Cricket team In the final warm-up game, India beat Pakistan in an emphatic fashion in front of a packed house at the Oval. Pakistan started strongly, with the young Ahmed Shehzad scoring 25 off 19 balls with 5 fours, but Ishant Sharma's first over, a 2 wicket maiden, changed the course of the game.
India, riding on the first wicket partnership of 140 between Rohit Sharma and Gautam Gambhir in 16 overs, took the match away from a wayward Pakistan attack.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Warm-up Match: IND vs PAK, June 3: India 159 for 1 (Rohit 80, Gambhir 52*) beat Pakistan 158 for 6 (Misbah 37*, Younis 32, Ishant 1-11) by nine wickets

Netherlands beat Scotland by 7 wkts in T20 World Cup warm-up match

Netherland Cricket team Scotland Cricket team Alexei Kervezee (62) led a calm chase for the Netherlands, never letting the asking-rate get out of hand, and his century stand with Bas Zuiderent (46) shut out Scotland who had made 128 for 9 in their alloted 20 overs.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Warm-up Match: NET vs SCO, June 3: Netherlands 130 for 3 (Kervezee 62, Zuiderent 46) beat Scotland 128 for 9 (Coetzer 39, Seelaar 3-25, Schiferli 3-33) by seven wickets

South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 6 wkts in T20 World Cup warm-up match

South Africa Cricket team Sri Lanka Cricket team Sri Lanka batted as if they were in a drunken stupor and were 44 for 7 at the halfway mark of their innings, after being sent in to bat first. They managed to reach a disappointing total of 109 for 9, which the South Africans could overtake only in the last over. A third-wicket stand of 70 between Herschelle Gibbs and AB de Villiers was the highlight of the game.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Warm-up Match: SAF vs SRI, June 3: South Africa 113 for 4 (Gibbs 48) beat Sri Lanka 109 for 9 (Botha 2-9, Kallis 2-12) by 6 wickets

England beat West Indies by 9 wkts in T20 World Cup warm-up match

England Cricket team West Indies Cricket team England raced to a nine-wicket win with 32 balls remaining, riding on the opening stand of 119 between Luke Wright and Ravi Bopara. Ravi Bopara hit a 35-ball 60 before falling in the 12th over when the score was 119.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Warm-up Match: ENG vs WIN, June 3: England 145 for 1 (Wright 75*, Bopara 60) beat West Indies 144 for 6 (Sarwan 46*) by nine wickets

Australia beat New Zealand by 7 wkts in T20 World Cup warm-up match

Australia Cricket team Newzealand Cricket team Mitchell Johnson rocked New Zealand's top order with 4 for 20 and a run out, but Styris and McGlashan helped New Zealand reach a healthy 147. Ricky Ponting cracked a 40-ball 56 as Australia reached their target of 148 with four balls to spare. Clarke was not out on 49 from 38 balls.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Warm-up Match: NZL vs AUS, June 2: Australia 151-3 (Ponting 56, Clarke 49*) beat New Zealand 147 (Styris 42, Johnson 4-20) by seven wickets

Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 4 wickets in T20 World Cup warm-up match

Sri Lanka Cricket team Bangladesh Cricket team Sri Lanka overcame the charged-up Tigers and nerves to register a four wicket victory with 2 balls remaining at Nottingham.
Chasing a target of 151 set by Bangladesh, Sri Lanka were cruising at one stage with 100 for the loss of two wickets in the 11 over.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Warm-up Match: SL vs BAN, June 2: Sri Lanka 152-6 (Jayawardene 43, Shakib 2-18) beat Bangladesh 151-6 (Raqibul 38*, Mushfiqur 34) by four wickets

West Indies beat Ireland by 9 wickets in T20 World Cup warm-up match

West Indies Cricket team Ireland Cricket team Chasing 130 set by Ireland, West Indies' Gayle took the game away with an explosive 88, to win with four overs to spare and nine wickets in hand.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Warm-up Match: WIN vs IRE, June 2: West Indies 134-1 (Gayle 88*) beat Ireland 130-7 (Bray 30, Benn 2-24) by 9 wickets

New Zealand beat India by 9 runs in T20 World Cup warm-up match

Newzealand Cricket team India Cricket team New Zealand's unbeaten record against India in Twenty20s continued as they beat the world champions by nine runs. India took the field without Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan. Yuvraj Singh also did not play although he was on the team sheet. Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja batted well to challenge New Zealand's total of 170, but Dhoni, Gambhir, Yousuf disappointed the passionate Indian crowd at Lord's.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Warm-up Match: NZL vs IND, June 2: New Zealand 170 for 7 (Taylor 41, McCullum 31, Franklin 27*, Ishant 4-25) beat India 161 for 6 (Raina 45, Jadeja 41*, Vettori 3-24) by nine runs

Pakistan brushed aside by South Africa in T20 World Cup warm-up match

South Africa Cricket team Pakistan Cricket team South Africa played better in every department of the game to beat last year's runner-up Pakistan comprehensively at Trent Bridge.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Warm-up Match: SAF vs PAK, June 1: South Africa 186 for 7 (Smith 70, Gibbs 42, Ajmal 2-20) beat Pakistan 127 (Botha 2-20, Steyn 2-19) by 59 runs

Ireland beat Netherlands in T20 World Cup warm-up match

Ireland Cricket team Netherland Cricket team Ireland beat Netherlands in the super over after both teams tied the scores during regular overs. Netherlands needed only seven in the eliminator to win the game, but Trent Johnston had Bas Zuiderent stumped off the third ball and ran out Darron Reekers off the next to end the Netherlands innings.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Warm-up Match: IRE vs NET, June 1: Ireland 135 for 7 (Botha 35, Seelar 3-28) tied with Netherlands 135 for 9 (ten Doeschate 29, McCallan 3-32, Rankin 2-24). Ireland won in the Super Over

New Zealand beat Netherlands by 90 runs in T20 World Cup warm-up match

Newzealand Cricket team Netherland Cricket team New Zealand easily beat Netherlands by 90 runs in their last training match at Wormsley. The Netherlands were dismissed for 104 in the final over of the match in reply to New Zealand's 194 for 8.
Brendon McCullum top scored with 62 to set up the strong total.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Warm-up Match: NZL vs NET, May 30: New Zealand 194-8 (McCullum 62) beat Netherlands 104 (Franklin 3-10, Vettori 3-24) by 90 runs

Bangladesh beat Scotland by six wickets in T20 World Cup warm-up match

Bangladesh Cricket team Scotland Cricket team Rubel Hossain, with the remarkable figures of 5 for 16 in 4 overs helped Bangladesh keep the spirited Scotland in check. Scotland batted through their 20 overs to post a respectable 141 for 7, but Bangladesh were victors with six wickets and eight balls to spare.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Warm-up Match: BAN vs SCO, May 30: Bangladesh 142-4 (Mahmudullah 46 no) beat Scotland 141-7 (McCallum 50, Hamilton 45, Hossain 5-16) by six wickets

West Indies beat Ireland by five wickets in T20 World Cup warm-up match

West Indies Cricket team Ireland Cricket team Lionel Baker 3-22 and Darren Sammy 2-8 restricted Ireland to a modest 119, which was chased down easily by the West Indies with two overs to spare. After Ramnaresh Sarwan opened for West Indies and failed, scoring only 6 runs, West Indies were at 60 for 4 at one stage.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Warm-up Match: WIN vs IRE, May 30: West Indies 120-5 (Ramdin 24*, Rankin 2-18) beat Ireland 119 (McCallan 25*, Baker 3-22, Sammy 2-8) by five wickets

Bangladesh beat Netherlands by 64 runs in T20 World Cup warm-up match

Bangladesh Cricket team Netherland Cricket team Mohammad Ashraful (69 off 40) and Mohammad Mahmudullah (56 off 34) both scored half-centuries to set up a convincing 64-run for Bangladesh over the Netherlands in an ICC World Twenty20 wam-up game in Canterbury. Tigers reached 206 for six scoring over 10 runs per over.
The Netherlands lost wickets at regular intervals, and were bowled out for 142. Borren top scored with 40 off 22 balls. Pace bowler Rubel Hossain picked up four wickets for the Tigers.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Warm-up Match: BAN vs NET, May 29: Bangladesh 206-6 (Mohammad Ashraful 69) beat Netherlands (Borren 40) 142 (17 overs) by 64 runs

West Indies beat Scotland by 14 runs in T20 World Cup warm-up match

West Indies Cricket team Scotland Cricket team Bravo (51 not out off 30) and Fletcher (42 off 34) top scored for West Indies and helped them reach the moderate score of 143 for 6 wickets in 20 overs after being sent in to bat by Scotland. Wicket keeper Colin Smith hit 40 in as many balls, but Scotland failed to reach the target, ending their chase at 129 for 9 wickets. Fraser Watts and Neil McCallum both made 22.
For West Indies, Sammy took 3 wickets in 3 overs giving away 25 runs.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Warm-up Match: WIN vs SCO, May 28: West Indies 143-6 (Bravo 51no, Fletcher 42, Rogers 2-27) beat Scotland 129-9 (Smith 40, Sammy 3-25) by 14 runs

New Zealand defeat Ireland by 7 wickets in T20 World Cup warm-up match

Newzealand Cricket team Ireland Cricket team Ross Taylor was instrumental in taking New Zealand to a seven-wicket win over Ireland in an unofficial warm-up match for the ICC World Twenty20 2009.
Jeremy Bray was the top scorer for Ireland with 48 off 47 balls, and Ireland, who batted first, made a total of 152-5. For Newzealand, Jesse Ryder took three wickets.
Ross Taylor's amazing 74 off just 36 balls was the highlight of the Newzealand innings, and New Zealand reached their target with three overs remaining. Connell closed with figures of two for 19 but New Zealand were still able to get home with three overs to spare.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Warm-up Match: NZL vs IRE, May 27: New Zealand (Taylor 74, Guptill 45no) beat Ireland 152-5 (Bray 48, Ryder 3-4) by 7 wickets

New Zealand defeat Bangladesh by 4 wickets in T20 World Cup warm-up match

Newzealand Cricket team Bangladesh Cricket team After winning the toss and electing to bat, Mahmudullah top scored for the Tigers with 43 and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan chipped in with 35 as they posted a useful 146 for six in twenty overs.
New Zealand started brightly with Guptill (61 off 42) and McGlashan (35 off 35) batting carefully, before they began losing wickets. Nathan McCullum with an unbeaten 15 delivered the winning blow on the last ball.
2009 ICC World Twenty20 Warm-up Match: NZL vs IRE, May 27: New Zealand 147-6 (Guptill 61) beat Bangladesh 146-6 (Mahmudullah 43, Butler 2-32)

World Twenty20 Team Selection News & Miscellaneous

Andrew Flintoff will not be part of the England squad for World Twenty20 due to injury

England Cricket team All-rounder Andrew Flintoff, who is recovering from knee surgery will not be playing for England in the World Twenty20 2009 tournament.
Flintoff suffered a meniscus tear to his right knee while playing in the Indian Premier League, where he was the most expensive player in the player auction, at a whopping $1.55 million.
He will be replaced by Adil Rashid for the ICC World Twenty20. However, Andrew Flintoff hopes to be fully recovered by July for the Ashes series against Australia.

ICC World Twenty20 to be broadcast in 218 countries

It was announced today that the ICC global broadcast partner ESPN Star Sports (ESS) will telecast the games of the ICC World Twenty20 to 218 countries around the world.
All men's matches will be broadcast live, and the semifinals and finals of the women's world cup will also be featured. A few of the intersting warm-up games, like India vs Pakistan (June 3rd) will also be telecast as it happens. The channels covering the ICC World Twenty20 are as follows: ESPN Star Sports - India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan.
ART Prime Sports - Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia and Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.
Eurosport - Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Sweden, Austria, Belgium, France, Monaco, Russia.
DirecTV (Willow TV) - USA
ATN - Canada
BSKYB - UK, Ireland
Caribbean Media Corporation - West Indies
BTV - Bangladesh
Hum Tum TV - Japan

Symonds, Lee, Shane Watson in Australia World Twenty20 squad

Australia Cricket team Australia on Tuesday named injured pacer Brett Lee, temperamental all-rounder Andrew Symonds and Shane Watson in its 15-member squad for next month's ICC World Twenty20.
Symonds' inclusion is seen as a sign of his acceptance into the team after disciplinary incidents involving drinking and refusing to attend a team meeting led to his suspension last summer. Lee was a particularly difficult proposition for the selectors because they have not seen him bowl a ball since breaking down with a broken foot during the Boxing Day Test.
Ricky Ponting will lead the side with Michael Clarke named vice-captain.
Australia Twenty20 Squad (Final 15): Ricky Ponting (Captain), Michael Clarke (vice-captain), Nathan Bracken, Brad Haddin, Nathan Hauritz, Ben Hilfenhaus, James Hopes, David Hussey, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Peter Siddle, Andrew Symonds, David Warner, Shane Watson.

Shoaib back in Pakistan Team for World Twenty20

Pakistan Cricket team Pakistan on Monday included controversial paceman Shoaib Akhtar in their 15-man squad for next month's Twenty20 World Cup in England. The 33-year-old injury-prone Shoaib took part in four of the five one-day internationals which ended on Sunday in Abu Dhabi with Pakistan's 3-2 defeat against Australia, with the fast bowler taking six wickets.
Aamer, a tall left-armer, is one of the two rookies included in the England-bound squad. The selectors have sprung a major surprise by including Shahzaib Hasan, a 19-year-old Karachi opener in the touring party.
Lahore youngster Ahmed Shahzad is also in after a string of useful contributions in the series against Australia.
Pakistan Twenty20 Squad (Final 15): Younis Khan (Captain), Salman Butt, Ahmed Shahzad, Misbah-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Fawad Alam, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Yasir Arafat, Shoaib Akhter, Umar Gul, Mohammad Aamir, Saeed Ajmal, Shazaib Hassan.

RP in, Munaf and Uthappa out of Indian Team for T20 World Cup

India Cricket team Left-arm medium pace bowler RP Singh has made his way into the 15-member Indian team for the next month's ICC World Twenty20 to be played in England. Rudra Pratap Singh, who was the highest Indian wicket-taker in the victorious squad of the 2007 World Twenty20 Championship, was out of the India team for nearly seven months.
Ravindra Jadeja, will join fellow Gujarat players, Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan.
Orissa born Deccan Chargers left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, also found place in the 15 member squad. He captured 10 wickets from six matches and has made tremendous impact with his leftarm spin in the ongoing IPL matches. Chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth & Co. made six changes in the 2007 squad. The ones who have missed out are Ajit Agarkar, Sreesanth, Joginder Sharma, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa and Dinesh Karthik.
India, who won the inaugural World T20 in South Africa in 2007, will be led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni with Virender Sehwag as his deputy.
India Twenty20 Squad (Final 15): Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Virender Sehwag (vice-captain), Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, R P Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Pragyan Ojha and Irfan Pathan.

Oram named in New Zealand cricket team for Twenty20 World Cup

New Zealand Cricket team New Zealand's cricket selectors took a gamble Tuesday by including injury-plagued all-rounder Jacob Oram in a 15-man squad for the Twenty20 World Cup.
Oram took no part in New Zealand's three-Test series against India because of a variety of injuries but had been chosen in the hope he would be fit, selector Glenn Turner said. Turner said New Zealand had to choose a versatile squad for the June tournament because of uncertainty about weather conditions in England in June.
All-rounder Scott Styris, who last played for New Zealand in December against the West Indies, has been recalled while all-rounder Grant Elliott and medium paceman Tim Southee have been omitted.
New Zealand will travel to England in mid-May and will play warmup matches against India on June 1 and Australia on June 2. The tournament begins June 5, with New Zealand in a group with Scotland and South Africa.
New Zealand Twenty20 Squad: Daniel Vettori (capt.), Neil Broom, Ian Butler, Brendon Diamanti, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Peter McGlashan, Kyle Mills, Iain O'Brien, Jacob Oram, Jesse Ryder, Scott Styris, Ross Taylor.

Pakistan Cricket Board revises World Twenty20 probables

Pakistan Cricket team The Pakistan Cricket Board revised the list of 30 probables for World Twenty20 on Tuesday only a day after naming three suspended players from the unauthorized Indian Cricket League.
All-rounder Abdul Razzaq, batsman Imran Nazir and fast bowler Rana Naveed - suspended from international duty by the PCB because of their participation in the ICL - were initially named in the list of 30 probables.
However, the Pakistan board has now replaced them with wicketkeeper Zulfiqar Jan, off-spinner Saeed Ajmal and batsman Mohammad Hafeez in the list sent to the International Cricket Council on Tuesday.
All players competing in the ICL have been suspended by their respective cricket boards and are therefore unable to represent their countries in international matches. The future of ICL players will come up for discussion when the ICC's executive board meets in Dubai later this month. The provisional 30-man squad will be cut to 15 when the final squad is named next month.
Pakistan Twenty20 Squad: Younis Khan (capt.), Salman Butt, Nasir Jamshed, Khalid Latif, Shahzaib Hassan, Ahmed Shahzad, Umar Amin, Misbah-ul-Haq, Faisal Iqbal, Fawad Alam, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Yasir Arafat, Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Younis, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Rao Iftikhar, Aizaz Cheema, Mohammad Aamir, Wahab Riaz, Imran Ali, Danish Kaneria, Abdul Rehman, Yasir Shah, Kamran Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed, Zulfiqar Jan, Saeed Ajmal.

Three suspended players included in Pakistan's World Twenty20 squad

Pakistan Cricket team Pakistan cricket selectors have included three suspended players in a squad of 30 for cricket's World Twenty20 on Monday.
All-rounder Abdul Razzaq, batsman Imran Nazir and fast bowler Rana Naveed were all suspended from international duty by the Pakistan Cricket Board because of their participation in the unauthorized Indian Cricket League (ICL).
All players competing in the ICL have been suspended by their respective cricket boards and are therefore unable to represent their countries in international matches. The future of ICL players will come up for discussion when the ICC's executive board meets in Dubai later this month. The provisional 30-man squad will be reduced to 15 when the final squad is named next month.
Pakistan Twenty20 Squad: Younis Khan (capt.), Msibah-ul-Haq, Salman Butt, Nasir Jamshed, Shoaib Malik, Khalid Latif, Shahzeb Hasan, Umar Amin, Ahmed Shahzad, Faisal Iqbal, Fawad Alam, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Yasir Arafat, Kamran Younis, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Rao Iftikhar, Aizaz Cheema, Mohammad Aamir, Wahab Riaz, Imran Ali, Abdul Rehman, Danish Kaneria, Yasir Shah, Kamran Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed, Abdul Razzaq, Rana Naveed, Imran Nazir.

Strauss out of World T20 squad

England Cricket team England Test and one-day international captain Andrew Strauss has been left out of the 30-man squad for the World Twenty20 to be held on these shores later this year.
Strauss has been omitted by the selectors after talks between himself and England and Wales Cricket Board chief Geoff Miller, where it was decided that his slower style would not suit the shorter form of the game. Several uncapped county stars - including highly-rated Twenty20 players Graham Napier of Essex and Joe Denly of Kent and former Irish one-day player Eoin Morgan of Middlesex - have been picked.
Young Yorkshire spinner Adil Rashid is also included, despite a lack of senior international experience in what is a squad with a more adventurous look than previous Twenty20 announcements.
England World T20 squad: Kabir Ali, James Anderson, Gareth Batty, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Steve Davies, Joe Denly, James Foster, Andrew Flintoff, Steve Harmison, Robert Key, Sajid Mahmood, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Eoin Morgan, Graham Napier, Samit Patel, Kevin Pietersen, Liam Plunkett, Matt Prior, Adil Rashid, Owais Shah, Ryan Sidebottom, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett, Shaun Udal, Chris Woakes, Luke Wright

India name 30 probables for World Twenty20

India Cricket team The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has finalised a 30-man squad for the ICC World Cup Twenty20 event which will be held in England later this year. S Sreesanth, Joginder Sharma, Piyush Chawla and Ajit Agarkar were the prominent names which did not figure in the list, although they were part of the team that won the Cup in 2007. The final squad of 15-16 players will be announced just before the tournament.
Sharma, Agarkar and Chawla were left out because they failed to impress the selectors during the domestic season; Sreesanth is nursing an ankle injury. Meanwhile, batsman Robin Uthappa has secured a place in the probable squad on the basis of his performance on the domestic front. He has been struggling to get back on the national squad since the last eight months.
World Twenty20 Squad: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Pragyan Ojha, Harbhajan Singh, Praveen Kumar, Dinesh Karthik, M Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, S Badrinath, Robin Uthappa, Virat Kohli, Manoj Tiwary, Wriddhiman Saha, Abhishek Nayar, Amit Mishra, R Ashwin, RP Singh, L Balaji, Dhawal Kulkarni, Naman Ojha.
Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.