Saturday, June 20, 2009

Batting may make the difference

Pakistan has to deal with the fearsome Foursome in the Sri Lankan line-up when they meet in the finals of the ICC T20 Championship on Sunday. If Pakistan has to win the Cup this time, they need to stop the onslaughts of Malinga, Mendis, Murali and Dilshan.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009


'Bowling will be the key differentiator'

Spinners and pacers will have an equal role when Pakistan and South Africa face each other in the first semi-final on Thursday. With the track helping the spinners in the recent matches, it will be a keen fight between the bowlers of the two sides.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Pakistan v/s South Africa

'Semi Final-1'

South Africa vs Pakistan on 18th June 2009, Thursday
Its going to be a tough match for both the team.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Pakistan v/s Ireland

'Pak bowling finally coming off good'

Pakistan bowling is finally coming off well in this Championship. The trio of Umer Gul, Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal have been exemplary against New Zealand. The trio will be again in the limelight when Pakistan faces Ireland today.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

West Indies v/s India

'Batting First could be advantageous in Lord’s'

Teams which bat second in a T20 match have lost most of the times at Lords. India, in recent times has proved that they are good chasers. Will they take the risk against the tricky nature of the wicket at Lords?

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Pakistan v/s Sri Lanka

'Focus on bowling, fielding'

Batting have powered Sri Lanka in the ICC T20 Championship in the group stages. However, a close look at their bowling shows gaping holes which can be easily exploited by Pakistan when they face each other today in the Super 8s.

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Australia knocked out of World T20

A well coordinated effort in bowling and batting saw Sri Lanka triumph over Australia, knocking them out of the T20 World Championship. The surprise package in this Championship continues.

Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakratne Dilshan were in their elements when they tore apart the Australian bowling who looked all but tired in this format of the game. The lack of top class match practise was evident when the Australian team came on to defend their total of 159. The pacers trio of Brett Lee, Mitchel Johnson and Nathan Bracken bowled 8 extra balls in wides and no-balls – a cardinal mistake in the T20 format. Sangakkara and Dilshan took advantage of this way ward bowling and piled up a 62 runs partnership in quick time to lay the foundation for the huge upset.....

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Ireland charges into Super 8s

In another upset, debutants Ireland beat Bangladesh by 6 wickets to clinch an important victory and advance to the Super 8s of ICC T20 Championship. A dismal performance with the bat saw the Bangladesh team biting the dust.

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Friday, June 5, 2009

Is team India in good form?

Team India is all set to defend their crown as the World Twenty20 kicks off this Friday. The players have seen plenty of cricket action over the last few weeks, which give us a fair sense of who’s in good form and who isn’t. How exactly do we measure this form? Simple, we look at the Castrol Index which quantifies each player’s performance.