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ICC T20 2012: News

T20 a simple game, know demand for each delivery

Sport sometimes has a strange way of administering lessons. One example was the T20 match in Chennai on Tuesday. With seven overs remaining, it appeared India would win comfortably. Right then, we all thought we knew who would win and that the players and their coaching groups would return to their hotel to reflect and analyse.

Hunger will define India's quest

This T20 World Cup looks wide open with India slight favourites in terms of odds and sentiment. But you could throw a blanket of even terms over the next seven teams with New Zealand and Bangladesh being the outsiders. John Wright writes.

Pak's lack of self-belief has helped India's cause

It's just not another warm-up match. That's what an India-Pakistan game does to everyone. Since these two countries don't play each other often, the interest is huge. The players also know this. Sourav Ganguly writes.

Pakistan lack players of Kohli's calibre

The T20 World Cup actually gets underway on Monday itself, and I am confident there will be no bigger match than the India-Pakistan tie in the preliminary phase. Inzamam-ul Haq writes.

Reduce loose deliveries

Competing in tournament play is very different from your usual, often humdrum nation-vs-nation limited-over series. Tournaments usually consist of two stages. The first job is to drag yourself out of the group stage. John Wright says.

Team combination will test Dhoni's skills

In the last five years, skipper Dhoni has passed quite a few stern tests. He faces one such examination at the World T20. Here are a few questions that will be asked of him in the next three weeks. Aakash Chopra writes.

ICC needs to do a rethink on marquee events

The bane of recent ICC-run world events is that we end up watching endless cricket hoping in vain for an upset or even a close game before the real cricket commences at the quarterfinal stage. John Wright says.

Mystery bowlers like Narine and Mendis a key aspect of T20 cricket

After a few one-sided matches for the big guns, the nerve-tickling matches start off now. Hosts Sri Lanka take on South Africa in Hambantota and Australia will cross swords with one of the most sort after sides, the West Indies, at Colombo. Sourav Ganguly writes.

Five bowlers an option for India

It's the first big match for India in the preliminary group phase and the contest against England should be a good one. Both the teams have played and won against Afghanistan in their opening tie and one shouldn't try to draw any conclusion by looking at the margin of victory of both sides. Sourav Ganguly writes.

Inconsistency will be Pakistan's biggest worry

After their victory against India in the warm-up game, Pakistan should have the mental edge over any team. They should feel confident after that victory because it tested Pakistan in every possible manner and the boys finally came out on top. Inzamam-ul Haq writes. New Zealand vs Pakistan

It's the week of the weak

The first week of the ICC World T20 tournament has resembled a couple of young lovers on a getting-to-know-you date; a lot of foreplay but not much action. Ian Chappell writes. No knockout punch

Imperative to have talent in critical positions

One of my coaching heroes and mentor was Brian Clough, the well known English football manager. Back in the late 70s, Clough took his teams, Derby County and Nottingham Forest, from the second and third divisions to win the first division (now called the Premiership).

Need to carry forward newfound passion

India's match against England was an example of a well-balanced side dominating the opponent in every department. This win should also convince the team management about playing five bowlers for the rest of the tournament. Inzamam-ul Haq writes.

For cricket's sake, let's have a strong Calypso flavour

The next six days of the World T20 should be about scintillating cricket. Surely, the ICC is keeping an eye on the TV ratings at events like this to guide them in the future. John Wright writes.

Against Pakistan, India should play five bowlers

India-Pakistan clashes always get a lot of attention but considering India’s  future in this world cup depends on this game, the importance of this match attains new heights. Sourav Ganguly writes.
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t20 fixtures

Match Date Time Teams
1st 19/09/2012 10:00 GMT | 15:30 IST AUS vs IRE
2nd 19/09/2012 14:00 GMT | 19:30 IST AFG vs IND
3rd 20/09/2012 14:00 GMT | 19:30 IST SA vs ZIM
4th 21/09/2012 10:00 GMT | 15:30 IST NZ vs BAN
5th 21/09/2012 14:00 GMT | 19:30 IST AFG vs ENG

t20 standings

Team MP MW ML MT NR NRR Pts
Chennai Super Kings 4 2 2 0 0 -0.049 8
Sri Lanka 3 3 0 0 0 +0.998 6
Kolkata Knight Riders 4 1 2 0 1 +0.488 6
Perth Scorchers 4 1 2 0 1 -0.474 6
Auckland Aces 4 1 2 0 1 -0.963 6
Australia 3 2 1 0 0 +0.464 4
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