Despite suffering a five-wicket loss to Pakistan in the World T20 warm-up match today, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was not complaining, and said that his side got the chance to test which combination would be the right one for the tournament proper, starting tomorrow.
England had to withstand the threat of Michael Hussey to earn a nine-run victory over Australia in their World T20 warm-up tie on Monday.
India will have to quickly decide on their team combination as they launch their ICC World Twenty20 campaign against minnows Afghanistan in Colombo on Wednesday, hoping to get into the groove for the tougher battles ahead.
In a throwback to the Gary Kirsten days when the then India coach would always help Sachin Tendulkar with throwdowns, the Nondescripts Cricket Club ground in Colombo today witnessed Yuvraj Singh going through the same routine with fielding coach Trevor Penney.
Ajantha Mendis produced extraordinary bowling figures of six for eight to lead Sri Lanka to a crushing 82-run win over Zimbabwe in the opening Twenty20 World Cup match on Tuesday. Scorecard
The last time he played against India, Karim Sadiq was so overwhelmed he couldn't sleep for two nights leading up to the game. Sanjjeev Karan Samyal reports.
Languishing at the bottom half of the ranking table, Australia would like to start their World Twenty20 campaign on a positive note when they take on 'giant-killers' Ireland in their tournament opener here on Wednesday.
Before the Indian team settled down in their dressing room ahead of Monday's warm-up tie against Pakistan, coach Duncan Fletcher took R Ashwin aside for a long chat. Sanjjeev K Samyal
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After the demoralising defeat against Pakistan, it will be interesting to see how the Indian players shake off the seeds of doubts sowed in their minds. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports.
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene praised Ajantha Mendis after the spin magician's record-breaking effort helped beat Zimbabwe in the World Twenty20 opener yesterday.
Reigning World Twenty20 champions England overcame a batting failure to bounce back and defeat Pakistan by 15 runs in a warm-up match in Colombo today.
Shane Watson produced a solid all-round performance as Australia launched their campaign in the ICC World Twenty20 with a seven-wicket thrashing of Ireland here on Wednesday. Scorecard
In the end, it turned out to be too close and tense. With a better fielding display and calm catching, an upset win for Afghanistan would have very much been possible in their opening Group A match of the ICC World T20. Sanjjeev K Samyal
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Sri Lankan cricket’s enduring charm lies in its ability to discover these mystery bowlers who bamboozle and entertain the cricket world with their unique approach, Sanjjeev Karan Samyal
South Africa will be hoping to end Zimbabwe’s World Twenty20 campaign on Thursday when the African teams meet in a Group D match.