Saturday, June 13, 2009

T20 World cup 2009....match updates !!!!

The second day of the Super Eight contests provided with the first major upset. While Sri Lanka eased into a victory over Pakistan in the first match, West Indies stunned defending Champion India with a 7 wicket victory.

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan :
Sangakarra won the toss & elected to bat, wanting to put pressure of a huge score. The start by Jayasuriya & Dilshan would have made every Lankan fan delighted, as they rattled up more than 60 runs in the first 6 overs. It was looking like another Lankan batting carnage, when Jayasuriya departed at the beginning of the 9th over & suddenly the Lankans found run making getting very difficult. Dilshan too left in the 11th over with 89 runs on board, & the Pak spinners in Afridi & Saeed Ajmal, their mystery spinner, choked the run scoring. The final total was only 150 runs, propped by 20 extras & Pakistan looked in control. The Lankans seemed to have lost the early advantage.
The Pakistani innings however could not make the start they needed at the top. Salman Butt left for no score & Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal followed suit shortly. The score of 35 for 3 at the end of 6 overs looked very poor. Misbah & skipper Younis did put up some resistance for the fourth wicket & took score beyond 100, but then wickets tumbled in a heap & the team could manage only 131 for 9 wickets at the end of 20 overs. Lankans had snatched back the initiative & the match by 19 runs. Malinga with his slinging action was superb with figues of 3 for 17 off 4 overs. All the bowlers had been disciplined in their attack & the Pakistan batsman could not get on top.
Man of the match : Dilshan.

India vs West Indies :
Dhoni won the toss & elected to bat & one expected that such a strong batting line up would do serious damage to the Caribbean bowling. But the Windies pacers had other ideas, & before the dreaded Indian batting line could get some bearing, they had already lost in form Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina & Gambhir, with the total reading a dismal 29 for 3 in the 5th over. Dhoni & Yuvi tried to put things in order, but runs were just not coming & when Dhoni got out at the beginning of the 13th over, the score read only 66 for 4. Yuvi & Yusuf Pathan after that, pushed the scoring with some lusty hitting & then Bhajji did use the long handle to good effect. The total read an uninspiring 153 for 7 off 20 overs. Certainly not the kind of score, Dhoni & his boys would be proud of. Barring Yuvi (66 runs of 43 deliveries), & Yusuf ( 31 of 23 deliveries), the famed batting had failed to deliver in the first serious challenge thus far.
When Gayle along with Fletcher came to open for the Windies, Dhoni as expected started the bowling with the spin of Yusuf Pathan. This did bring in dividends, as bothe openers could not score rapidly, & were back in the dug out with total reading 42 for 2 in the 8th over. Match on, is what every Indian fan thought, with the dangerous Gayle out of the firing line. But at the crease were two Carribean mavericks in Dwaye Bravo & Simmons, who believed in thier capabilities. Runs started to come at a fast clip, as the Indians were unable to dislodge the pair & when Simmons finally left in the 15th over, the score was 100. In walked veteran Chanderpaul & he too hit out, with Bravo & the Windies had outscored the defending Champions. Bravo had scored a brilliant 66 off just 36 deliveries. he had also taken 4 wickets for 38 while bowling. Truly a man of the match performance. West Indies had met India in England after 26 years, when they had lost to Kapil's devils in the '83 World Cup finals. Sweet revenge for them.
India are now staring into the barrel, with matches against England & South Africa ahead. they have to win both the matches to stay in the semfinal contention. Not impossible, but certainly a very tall order. As for the Windies, they just need one more win & at this stage look good to hit the last four stage.

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