Buoyed by the vociferous crowd, Gayle played a typically belligerent Twenty20 innings to provide an electrifying start to his team in the tournament. Sanjeev K Samyal
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The ICC will need to have a re-look at their World Twenty20 Cup format after the current one has left most of the final league games redundant. Sanjeev K Samyal
reports. India vs England
Mohammed Hafeez led by example and Saeed Ajmal bamboozled the batsmen as 2009 champions Pakistan beat New Zealand by 13 runs in their Group D opener of the Twenty20 World Cup on Sunday. Scorecard
At the end of it, the Men in Blue came out with all guns blazing, with the bat and ball, while England will have to spend the next few days recalibrating their arsenal before the defending champions enter the Super Eights. Sanjjeev K Samyal
Having lost to Australia in their World Twenty20 opener, West Indies would not have the luxury of experimenting against Ireland in Colombo today, as they need a win at any cost to book a berth in the Super Eight stage. Match Reckoner
With Harbhajan Singh making a memorable comeback and Piyush Chawla coming good in the spin department, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday said that his side would face the problem of plenty but the best eleven will play in the remaining games of the World Twenty20 in Colombo.
Is it a reflection of the overall fielding standards of those playing here or is it about adjusting to the conditions? One of the striking points of the first week's action in the World Twenty20 at the R Premadasa Stadium has been a number of catches that have been put down, some of them dollies. Sanjjeev Karan Samyal
writes. In a nutshell
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was all praise for comeback-man Harbhajan Singh, terming the spin veteran's four-wicket haul in the World Twenty20 match against England as a "brilliant one under current circumstances".
West Indies entered the Super Eights of the ICC World Twenty20 by virtue of superior net run-rate after their final group league encounter against Ireland was called off due to heavy downpour at the R Premadasa Stadium, in Colombo today.
There's something about English county cricket that brings the best out of Indian players, especially those struggling for motivation and form. Sanjjeev K Samyal
writes. Back with a bang: Harbhajan Singh
You need to have lot of stamina and strength to carry out the groundsman's duties at the R Premadasa Stadium. Thanks to the hide and seek played by rain in Colombo, most of the running during Monday's World Twenty20 game was done by the ground staff. Sanjjeev Karan Samyal
Senior opener Virender Sehwag's finger injury along with a suitable bowling combination are two major concerns for India ahead of their opening Super Eight Game against Australia in the ongoing ICC World Twenty20 in Colombo today.
Pakistan defeated Bangladesh comprehensively by eight wickets in the final Group D match of the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka today.
Imran Nazir blasted 72 off 36 balls to book Pakistan's place in the World Twenty20 Super Eights with an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh in the final group match at Pallekele, Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
Dope testing, as a norm, is strictly conducted in privacy. But on Tuesday, there was huge drama around the random testing of India players, which was carried out in public glare. R Ashwin, Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh faced the embarrassing situation of having to undergo their tests in full view of the media and public.