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Amid a sea of blue in Australia

Indian fans at the T20 World Cup cricket semifinal between England and India in Adelaide, Australia | Photo Credit: AP Indian cricket fandom is global in reach. During the 2019 World Cup, India and Australia were all set to clash at London’s Oval. Ahead of the encounter, Aussie skipper Aaron Finch grinned and said that this could feel like India’s home ground considering the support that the Men in Blue always garner.The next day, sportswriters reached the Oval, which could well have been Mumbai. The atmosphere was overwhelmingly desi, with the aroma of samosas wafting across the stadium. Fans in blue outnumbered their Aussie counterparts. Finch was absolutely right. Leaping across time and geography, from 2019 to 2022 and from the northern hemisphere to the southern half, where t...
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ICC Twenty20 World Cup final | Chasing 138, England loses two quick wickets

If the match starts but cannot be finished, it will resume on Monday from where it was halted. If the match starts but cannot be finished, it will resume on Monday from where it was halted. Sam Curran bagged three wickets for just 12 runs as England held Pakistan to 137-8 in the Twenty20 World Cup final at a heaving Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. With forecast rain staying away, England produced disciplined and economical bowling to stymie the 2009 champions who never really got going, with Shan Masood’s 38 the top score.Follow the live updates between England vs Pakistan in MelbourneAn exciting finale awaits at the MCG 🏟️ 👀Follow all the action from the #PAKvENG clash on our official #T20WorldCup app 📲Download now ➡️ https://t.co/0GfUU96a6qpic.twitter.com/nnFgtpyqOZ— T20 Wor...
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India vs England semifinal: Stokes says England must nullify threat of Suryakumar

India are up against an England side who were regarded as pre-tournament favourites by many. India are up against an England side who were regarded as pre-tournament favourites by many. Ben Stokes warned on November 8, 2022 that England must nullify the threat of Suryakumar Yadav in their Twenty20 World Cup semifinal against India, saying the batsman has “set the world alight”. India and England clash on November 10, 2022 at the Adelaide Oval for a place in the final at the MCG against Pakistan or New Zealand. The top-ranked Indians have been riding high on Suryakumar’s batting exploits, with the middle-order batsman in sparkling form with three half-centuries in Australia and 225 runs. “Suryakumar obviously came in and set the world alight. He is a fantastic player and pl...
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ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2022 | NZ vs Pak semifinal: Unpredictable Pakistan to test consistent New Zealand

Pakistan also have history backing them as New Zealand have lost all their previous World Cup semifinals to them in ODI (1992, 1999) and T20 (2007) formats Pakistan also have history backing them as New Zealand have lost all their previous World Cup semifinals to them in ODI (1992, 1999) and T20 (2007) formats Formidable New Zealand appear strong on paper, but they have to defy history when they clash with an unpredictable and upbeat Pakistan in the first T20 World Cup semifinal in Sydney on November 9, 2022. Unlike Pakistan's roller-coaster and miraculous journey into the last-four, the Kiwis had a straightforward passage into the knockout stage as they finished on top of Group 1 following wins over reigning champions Australia, Sri Lanka and Ireland in a group of 'death'. Babar Azam...
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ICC Twenty20 World Cup | Dugout can really be at ease when he is batting, says Rohit on Suryakumar

Suryakumar reaffirmed his status as the world's number one T20 batter with another magnificent effort Suryakumar reaffirmed his status as the world's number one T20 batter with another magnificent effort Indian captain Rohit Sharma on November 6, 2022 said his "dugout can really be at ease" when Suryakumar Kumar is in the middle playing astonishing shots. Suryakumar reaffirmed his status as the world's number one T20 batter with another magnificent effort as India crushed Zimbabwe by 71 runs to set up a T20 World Cup semifinal date with England. "The dugout can really be at ease when he bats, and he's shown a lot of composure when he's batted. We expected this from him, and he's gone from strength to strength," Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony. Suryakumar blasted an ...
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ICC Twenty20 World Cup | Stokes can play a lot of roles, he affects the game in all three facets, says Buttler

England, who finished second in the Group 1, will play their semifinal in Adelaide against winners of the second group. England, who finished second in the Group 1, will play their semifinal in Adelaide against winners of the second group. England skipper Jos Buttler is delighted that Ben Stokes has found his form as the T20 World Cup approaches the business end, saying that the all-rounder can play a lot of roles in the side thanks to his talent. After an underwhelming tournament so far, Stokes held his nerve through a middle-order collapse to lead England into the semifinals with a four-wicket win over Sri Lanka here on Saturday. After a solid start by Buttler and Alex Hales, England batters lost the plot with half the side back in the dugout, largely due to mystery spinner Wanindu ...
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ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2022 | Australia beats resilient Afghanistan by 4 runs, keep semis hope alive

If England beats Sri Lanka tomorrow, the defending champions will be knocked out of the tournament If England beats Sri Lanka tomorrow, the defending champions will be knocked out of the tournament Defending champions Australia survived a late Rashid Khan onslaught to eke out a narrow four-run win over Afghanistan and keep their slim semifinal hopes alive in the T20 World Cup here on Friday.By virtue of the win, Australia moved to the second spot in Group 1 with seven points from five games, same as New Zealand, who became the first team to qualify for the semifinals on account of a better net run rate.Australia, however, failed to get past England’s net run rate as the hosts needed to restrict Afghanistan below 106 after posting 168 for eight.That means if England beat Sri Lanka in S...
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ICC Twenty20 World Cup | Approachable ‘Virat Kohli’ is making everyone smile

The relationship seems far more organic where the adulation from fans and the reciprocation from their hero has become a two-way street. The relationship seems far more organic where the adulation from fans and the reciprocation from their hero has become a two-way street. Everything looks the same but something seems to have changed. Virat Kohli, who will turn 34 on October 5, 2022, is back in his element and has again become the tormentor of the bowlers that he used to be three summers ago. He is still the 'King Kohli' surrounded by people and his distinct swagger remains very much part of his personality but at the same time, he looks a completely different human being and very approachable. Even if you are not a manic cricket fan, you would still like to break a barricade to go ne...
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ICC Twenty20 World Cup | Weather may force Australia’s Finch to alter ‘bowl first’ tactics

Australia's remaining games are against the two lowest-ranked teams, Ireland on October 31 and Afghanistan on November 4. Australia's remaining games are against the two lowest-ranked teams, Ireland on October 31 and Afghanistan on November 4. Australia won the T20 World Cup a year ago with a "bat second" strategy, but captain Aaron Finch said on October 30, 2022 they could change their tactics for their crucial game against a confident Ireland in Brisbane. Ireland have proved to be no pushover, stunning England in a rain-affected match, and Finch said that with weather playing a big part so far in this year's T20 World Cup he was open to rethinking his strategy. "Teams generally prefer to chase," Finch told reporters after training under blue skies ahead of Monday's Group 1 c...
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ICC Twenty20 World Cup | Bangladesh edges Zimbabwe in last-ball thriller 

Table-toppers India faces South Africa later while Pakistan meet the Netherlands in a must-win game, both clashes in Perth. Table-toppers India faces South Africa later while Pakistan meet the Netherlands in a must-win game, both clashes in Perth. Bangladesh got their Twenty20 World Cup back on track on October 30, 2022 with a thrilling last-ball win over Zimbabwe, aided by opener Najmul Shanto's maiden half-century and Taskin Ahmed's three wickets.Shanto (71) helped steer Bangladesh to 150-7 at Brisbane's Gabba ground in a match that went to the wire with Zimbabwe needing 16 off an incredible last over. It saw two wickets fall, a big six and the teams walking off thinking the match was over, only to be recalled. Bangladesh believed they had won when Blessing Muzarabani, needi...
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ICC Twenty20 World Cup | Stern Proteas test awaits India’s top-order in Perth

The match in all likelihood will decide the Group 2 topper and India's probable semifinal venue. The match in all likelihood will decide the Group 2 topper and India's probable semifinal venue. Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje are expected to spit fire on a track that will offer steep bounce as India's top-order gears up for its toughest test in adverse conditions against a top-notch South African side in T20 World Cup on October 30, 2022. The match in all likelihood will decide the Group 2 topper and India's probable semifinal venue. The WACA has been the traditional venue for many decades but now the newly-built concrete jungle called Optus Stadium hosts the international games. While it looks like any other modern cricket stadium devoid of WACA's old world charm, what is similar to ...
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ICC Twenty20 World Cup | Philips’ century takes New Zealand to competitive total

It was the second century of the tournament, after South African Rilee Rossouw’s 109 against Bangladesh It was the second century of the tournament, after South African Rilee Rossouw’s 109 against Bangladesh Glenn Phillips smashed a top-class 104 to rescue New Zealand after they slumped to 15-3 against Sri Lanka in their T20 World Cup group game at the Sydney Cricket Ground on October 29, 2022, helping his team reach 167-7.The Black Caps had a horror start after opting to bat with their top order blown away, losing Finn Allen, Doug Conway and Kane Williamson for 15 runs. They crawled to 54-3 after 10 overs before Phillips let loose, hitting 10 fours and four sixes in his 64-ball knock. It was the second century of the tournament, after South African Rilee Rossouw's 109 against...
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ICC Twenty20 World Cup | Rain washes out Australia-England tie

Persistent rain washed out the first game of a double-header, between Afghanistan and Ireland Persistent rain washed out the first game of a double-header, between Afghanistan and Ireland A hotly anticipated clash between Australia and England at the Twenty20 World Cup in Melbourne was abandoned without a ball being bowled because of rain on October 28, 2022.It was the second match of the day after Ireland v Afghanistan to be washed out at the MCG.Earlier, rain in Melbourne delayed the start of a crucial Super 12 match between defending champions Australia and England.Persistent rain washed out the first game of a double-header, between Afghanistan and Ireland, and things remained gloomy at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The toss between England and Australia has been delayed due t...
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ICC Twenty20 World Cup | Demoralised Pakistan must believe in World Cup miracle, says Masood

Pakistan suffered a shock one-run loss to Zimbabwe in Perth on October 27, 2022, four days after they went down to arch-rivals India Pakistan suffered a shock one-run loss to Zimbabwe in Perth on October 27, 2022, four days after they went down to arch-rivals India Pakistan batsman Shan Masood warned that his "demoralised" side must pick themselves up quickly and keep believing if they are to salvage their fading Twenty20 World Cup dreams. Pakistan suffered a shock one-run loss to Zimbabwe in Perth on October 27, 2022, four days after they went down to arch-rivals India in their tournament opener in similarly agonising fashion.One of the pre-tournament favourites, they now must win all their remaining games — starting with the Netherlands on Sunday — and hope other results go thei...
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ICC Twenty20 World Cup | Rain washes out clash between Afghanistan and Ireland

Both teams receive one point so Ireland, who upset England by five runs at the same ground on Wednesday, moving to second in the Group 1 table. Both teams receive one point so Ireland, who upset England by five runs at the same ground on Wednesday, moving to second in the Group 1 table. Afghanistan suffered their second washout of the Twenty20 World Cup on October 28, 2022 when their clash with Ireland was abandoned without a ball being bowled at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Both teams receive one point so Ireland, who upset England by five runs at the same ground on Wednesday, moving to second in the Group 1 table. They sit alongside table-toppers New Zealand, who face Sri Lanka in Sydney on Saturday, on three points. Afghanistan's clash with New Zealand this week was al...
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ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2022 | Wade tests positive for COVID, but likely to play against England

The International Cricket Council (ICC) rules don't bar a player from taking part in a match if he is COVID positive. The International Cricket Council (ICC) rules don't bar a player from taking part in a match if he is COVID positive. Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade on October 27, 2022 became the second Australian player to test positive for COVID-19, a day ahead of the defending champions' crucial T20 World Cup match against England. The 34-year-old, who is the only wicketkeeper in the 15-member squad, is showing mild symptoms but is expected to feature in the match against England at the MCG. The International Cricket Council (ICC) rules don't bar a player from taking part in a match if he is COVID positive. Wade opted out of Australia's optional indoor session on Thursday afternoon. If ...
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ICC T20 World Cup 2022 | Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma take India to competitive total

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav all slammed half-centuries as India stormed to 179-2 against the Netherlands at a packed Sydney Cricket Ground in the Twenty20 World Cup on October 27, 2022. The Indians headed into the clash on the back of their thrilling last-ball win over Pakistan in Melbourne at the weekend, where Kohli starred with the bat and Arshdeep Singh the ball. They brought some of that energy to a boisterous and near-full stadium, with Kohli (62 off 44 balls) and skipper Sharma (53 off 39) both in fine touch, sharing in a 73-run stand. Yadav, arguably the world's best T20 batsman on current form, was also in the runs, lashing 51 from 25 with India crunching 112 from the last 10 overs.It's Match-Day! 👌 👌#TeamIndia all set to take on Netherlands in th...
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ICC Twenty20 World Cup | ‘Doesn’t get bigger than this’, Finch relishes England MCG showdown

The match will be poignant as it is Australia's first at Shane Warne's home MCG since the spinner's death in March this year. The match will be poignant as it is Australia's first at Shane Warne's home MCG since the spinner's death in March this year. Australia captain Aaron Finch said on October 27, 2022 he couldn't wait to face England in a Twenty20 World Cup clash that is shaping up as a must-win showdown for the Ashes rivals.The cavernous Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is set for another carnival atmosphere on Friday night after hosting more than 90,000 raucous fans when India edged out Pakistan in a thriller on October 23, 2022."It doesn't get bigger than MCG with a full house with a lot on the line," Finch told reporters, with the only dampener being the threat of rain, which af...
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ICC Twenty20 World Cup | Australia’s Zampa tests positive for COVID, says report

The leg-spinner could still play because tournament rules allow infected players to do so The leg-spinner could still play because tournament rules allow infected players to do so Leading Australian spinner Adam Zampa has tested positive for COVID ahead of their Twenty20 World Cup match against Sri Lanka later on Tuesday, a report said. Zampa is displaying only minor symptoms, cricket.com.au said, citing a team spokesperson. Team officials did not immediately reply to an AFP request for comment.The leg-spinner could still play because tournament rules allow infected players to do so, but he will have to travel separately from the rest of the team.If Zampa misses out, Ashton Agar could replace him in the XI. Defending champions Australia are looking to bounce back against Sri ...
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ICC Twenty20 World Cup | Zimbabwe-South Africa game reduced to 9-over-a-side contest after rain delay

The T20 World Cup match between South Africa and Zimbabwe will be a nine-over-a-side affair after a rain delay of more than two hours here on October 24. After a pitch inspection at 9:10pm local time (3:40pm IST), the umpires decided to have nine-over-a-side match starting 9:35pm local time (4:05pm IST). Powerplay will be of three overs each. Zimbabwe skipper Craig Irvine won the toss and opted to bat in their Super 12 game. Rain had also delayed the toss for the game between the African neighbours and returned after the conclusion of the national anthems, forcing the groundsmen to bring the covers on at Bellerive Oval. Zimbabwe are playing an unchanged XI from their last match against Scotland. South African captain Temba Bavuma said he would have bowled first anyway, probably keeping ...