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T20 World Cup 2024: What went wrong for Pakistan, Sri Lanka and New Zealand?

Former T20 World Cup champions Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and regular contenders New Zealand failed to advance to the Super Eight and crashed out of their respective groups, shockingly, at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in the USA and West Indies.Pakistan, along with India, was expected to make it out of Group A comfortably, but a shock Super Over loss to USA and a failed run chase against neighbours India, saw them fall one point short of qualification.Sri Lanka and New Zealand, on the other hand, were in groups with more than two favourites to qualify with the former in Group D along with Bangladesh and South Africa. At the same time, the Kiwis were pitted against two-time champion West Indies and Afghanistan. Both teams would have hoped to comfortably qualify, but subpar performances against ...
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T20 World Cup 2024 Super 8: Focus on South African batters in clash against USA

USA cricket team celebrates a wicket during the ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2024 match. USA will be up against the mighty South African side in the super 8 match to be played in Antigua. | Photo Credit: Getty Images South Africa will have no room for error as their world-class batters will be keen to flex their muscles against a spirited USA in their opening Super Eight match of the T20 World Cup in North Sound on June 19. The Proteas have remained unbeaten in the tournament so far with their bowlers doing the heavy lifting in all four games. Playing three games on the challenging New York tracks, and one in Kingstown, South Africa have not crossed the 120-run mark even once. Although their batting performance is not a reflection of the team which possesses some big hitters like Quinton de ...
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T20 World Cup 2024: Rishabh Pant — the breath of fresh air India needed at No. 3

Rishabh Pant’s simplistic approach to batting makes him the X-factor in the super 8s and is the most successful among his teammates. File | Photo Credit: AP Even at nets, there is a marked difference between how Rishabh Pant goes about his business when compared to other batters in the Indian team. The slow, low pitches in New York - both at the match and practice venues - makes timing difficult. Virat Kohli does all the right things with technique, backlift, and feet movement, but in following traditional methods, is unable to adapt to this new challenge. Pant, often batting next to Kohli in the adjacent net, is doing the opposite. There are only reactions to each delivery; there are no predetermined classical triggers. Pant uses the wrist to send a length ball to fine-leg. A short ba...
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T20 World Cup 2024: We have discussed our mistakes enough and time to rectify them, says Wanindu Hasaranga

Sri Lanka’s captain Wanindu Hasaranga. | Photo Credit: AFP Sri Lanka captain Wanindu Hasaranga believes they've extensively discussed their repeated mistakes in big tournaments and now it's time to shift their focus towards rectifying those faults, following the ignominy of another group league exit. Hasaranga termed his team's 83-run win against the Netherlands as something that came "too late" after losing their games against South Africa and Bangladesh in the group stage of the T20 World Cup. "After every tournament, we gather around and discuss that we committed several mistakes. As a team, we should decide if we have to rectify those mistakes. I think we have not rectified our mistakes yet. "As a captain, I feel very sorry about this," Hasaranga didn't beat around the bush after a...
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T20 World Cup 2024: India’s last group match against Canada abandoned

Players of the two teams greet each other after the ICC Twenty20 World Cup between India and Canada was called off due to wet outfield in Lauderhill on June 15, 2024. | Photo Credit: PTI An hour after scheduled start of play, umpires Richard Kettleborough and Sharfuddoula took a brisk walk across the Central Broward Park & Broward County Stadium outfield here and called off proceedings.India’s last Group ‘A’ match, against Canada here, was abandoned without a ball being bowled. The umpires had an easy decision, as the outfield was nowhere near ready for play. There was no rain on match day, but a heavy downpour on the previous night did the damage. India (7 points) finished on top of the group, and will face Afghanistan in its first Super 8 fixture at Barbados on June 20. Canada (3...
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T20 World Cup 2024: England eyes dominant show to stay in Super 8 contention

Defending champions England will be eager to brush aside Namibia ruthlessly in North Sound on June 15 and stay relevant in the race to the T20 World Cup Super Eight stage.England were living on the edge after a washout against Scotland and a loss against Australia, but the Jos Buttler-led side turned it around in style with an eight-wicket win over Oman.After bundling out Oman for 47, England raced past the target in just 3.1 overs, a record margin of 101 balls to spare.The result has also done wonders to England's net run rate (NRR), the crucial separating factor between them and Scotland in Group B. The Three Lions' NRR leapt from -1.8 to +3.08, going past Scotland's +2.16.However, Scotland have five points to England's three. Hence, the former two-time champions will need to defeat N...
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T20 World Cup 2024: Virat Kohli’s form a bothering point as India face Canada amid rain threat

Star batter Virat Kohli's string of low scores would be a concern for India when they square off against Canada in their final group match of the T20 World Cup on June 15, hoping that the sky remains clear in this city even as several parts of Florida are ravaged by torrential rain. With three consecutive wins, India are through to the Super Eight stage, which will be held entirely in the West Indies. Kohli came into the T20 World Cup after setting the IPL ablaze, scoring upwards of 700 runs at a strike-rate of over 150 for Royal Challengers Bengaluru. Therefore, it wasn't an entirely misplaced expectation that he will continue to fire in the ICC showpiece, which is perhaps his final chance to earn India an ICC World Cup after 13 years. But three matches have gone by, and Kohli has five...
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T20 World Cup 2024: Shakib finds form as Bangladesh posts competitive total against Netherlands

Shakib Al Hasan. | Photo Credit: AP The seasoned Shakib Al Hasan roared back to form with a sublime 46-ball 64 as Bangladesh posted a competitive 159 for five against Netherlands in their must-win group match of the T20 World Cup in Kingstown on June 13. Besides Shakib, Tanzid Hasan struck 35 off 26 balls and Mahmudullah chipped in with 25 off 21. Jaker Ali came in and blazed away to 14 in just 7 balls. With Bangladesh starting their innings with two left-handers, Netherlands skipper Scott Edwards tossed the new ball to off-spinner Aryan Dutt in the second over, and the move paid instant dividends as they got the big wicket of Bangladesh skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto (1). The Dutch would do well to thank the Bangladesh captain for his horrendous shot selection as he went for a needless...
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Nassau Stadium, home to tense T20 World Cup matches, set for demolition

A view of the Nassau county stadium. | Photo Credit: Getty Images The makeshift Nassau County cricket ground, which was built specifically for the T20 World Cup, is all set to be demolished after the New York leg of the event came to an end with India's seven-wicket victory over co-hosts USA in New York. Built in just over 100 days, the stadium became notorious for its challenging drop-in pitches, which were sourced from Adelaide. The massive structure sat on the edge of the 930-acre Eisenhower Park in Long Island here. The stadium had 10 drop-in pitches, four for the main ground and six for the adjacent training facility in Cantiague Park. "After the last match is held at East Meadow on June 12, the stadium will be dismantled, the parts shipped back to Las Vegas and another golf event...
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T20 World Cup 2024: Penalty didn’t affect result against India, we should’ve responded faster: US coach Stuart Law

Head Coach of USA cricket team Stuart Law. | Photo Credit: Getty Images USA head coach Stuart Law refused to blame his team's narrow loss to India in a T20 World Cup match in New York on the five-run penalty it copped for not getting through its overs fast enough, admitting that his players did not respond quickly to the on-field umpires' warnings. The Indians prevailed by seven wickets in yet another low-scoring game in which the Americans were restricted to 110 for 8 after being put in to bat. India chased the target in 18.2 overs. "We had a few warnings in earlier games, and it's something we do talk about to get through faster between the overs. It's just one thing that we can improve on. I think that we're only a fledgling team," Law said in the post-match press conference. "There...
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T20 World Cup 2024: Afghanistan eyes Super 8 entry with win against Papua New Guinea; Pak keen on USA-Ireland match result

Afghanistan will eye another all-round effort to crush an inexperienced Papua New Guinea in Tarouba and enter the Super Eights of the T20 World Cup, and the result will have another underlying effect — knock out New Zealand.The win will carry Rashid Khan's side to Super Eight from Group 'C' alongside the West Indies, who have qualified on June 13 with a win over New Zealand.It will also mean curtains for the 2021 finalists New Zealand who have lost two out of two.That Rahamanullah Gurbaz (156 runs) and Fazalhaq Farooqi (9 wickets) are currently leading the chart of run-makers and wicket-takers respectively is a just reflection of their fine run in this ICC showpiece.Apart from Gurbaz, the experienced Ibrahim Zadran too has contributed well to Afghanistan's totals, making 114 runs with a...
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Team India eye better batting show against ‘Mini India‘ USA

India's batting prima donnas would want to unchain themselves from the vagaries of a much-maligned drop-in track and chance their arms freely against an impressive-but-inexperienced USA in their group league game of the T20 World Cup in New York on June 12. India, who are classified as A1 (irrespective of points), need just one more win to ensure their Super Eight berth and despite the two-paced nature of the Nassau County track, they wouldn't like a repeat of the match against Pakistan where they lost their last seven wickets for 28 runs. Against USA, the approach could be a high-risk one like Pakistan but perhaps with higher dividends. Their dreams of wearing the India blues remained unfulfilled but when a sprightly bunch of Indian Americans take the field against their country of bir...
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T20 World Cup 2024: Australia faces Namibia with an eye on Super Eight; Sri Lanka in must-win situation against Nepal

Living up to the favourites tag with two consecutive wins, a confident Australia will aim to secure a Super Eight berth when they face lower-ranked Namibia in their Group B T20 World Cup clash in North Sound on June 12. Australia fired in unison to become the first team in this edition of the tournament to score 200-plus runs in a one-sided 36-run win over arch-rivals England in their last group league match. It was their second win from as many matches, having started off with a 39-run triumph over Oman. Beating Nambia will be enough for them to make the cut before they take on Scotland in their concluding Group B league fixture. Scotland lead the table with five points and along with Australia, are firmly ahead in the race to make the Super Eight at the expense of defending champions ...
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T20 World Cup 2024: Demoralised Pakistan eyes big win against Canada to keep hopes alive

Shocked by the USA and scarred by India, Pakistan have little to play for and everything to lose when they meet Canada in their penultimate group league encounter of the T20 World Cup in New York on June 11.    | Photo Credit: K.R. Deepak Shocked by the USA and scarred by India, Pakistan have little to play for and everything to lose when they meet Canada in their penultimate group league encounter of the T20 World Cup in New York on June 11. If the Super Over loss against the co-hosts in their opening Group A match was not enough, Pakistan slumped to six-run loss at the hands of arch-rivals India in a low-scoring match in New York on June 9. Pakistan's Super Eight qualification chance now hinges on winning big against Canada and Ireland, besides hoping that the Americans lose big to I...
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T20 World Cup: NZ faces AFG test; SL takes on BAN

New Zealand will have no room for complacency when they begin the T20 World Cup campaign against a gutsy Afghanistan side full of IPL stars in a Group C fixture in Guyana on June 8. New Zealand find themselves in the a difficult group with two-time champions West Indies and Afghanistan also vying for the the top two spots. With rain restricting their training sessions, New Zealand's preparation for the marquee event have been less than ideal. Additionally, they take on Afghanistan and West Indies in their opening two games. Come Saturday, Kane Williamson and Co. will have to get the better of a side that is not only warmed up but has also registered a morale-boosting win and know the conditions here well. However, New Zealand's strength in ICC events has been their adaptability, they al...
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T20 World Cup 2024: England eyes improved bowling effort to halt formidable Australia

Defending champions England will look to restitch their T20 World Cup campaign through an improved bowling effort when they face ‘old’ rival Australia in a Group B match in Bridgetown on June 8. England’s opening game against Scotland was rained off after the latter made 90 for no loss in 10 overs, forcing the teams to take home a point each. But even those 60 balls showed the need for England to buckle up in the bowling department, to begin with. Scottish openers George Munsey and Michael Jones scored freely against all England bowlers, and Australia carry far more lethal guns in their line-up. David Warner and Marcus Stoinis showed the extent of damage they can do while outclassing Oman in their tournament opener. Once again, there will be a lot of focus on Jofra Archer, who gave away...
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T20 World Cup 2024: Rohit Sharma doing fine but New York’s drop-in pitch faces criticism

Captain Rohit Sharma plays a shot during the ICC Twenty20 world cup 2024 against Ireland in New York. | Photo Credit: ANI Rohit Sharma's bruised bicep is expected to heal before the game against Pakistan on June 9 but the Nassau County ground's track, which is "bordering on dangerous with huge open cracks", has become a concern for stakeholders of the game trying to sell cricket in America through the ongoing T20 World Cup. India opened their campaign with an eight-wicket win in a low-scoring match against Ireland, who were bowled out of 96 in just 16 overs. Rohit, who scored a half century in the successful chase, was hit on his right bicep by pacer Josh Little and was forced to retire hurt. The ball that struck him suddenly took off from length on a pitch that offered a great degree ...
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T20 World Cup: Ireland bank on stalwarts to fire against newcomers Canada

Ireland will bank on their experienced batters Andy Balbirnie, Paul Stirling and Harry Tector to recover from the pummeling given by India and get their T20 World Cup campaign back on track when they face a dangerous Canada in New York on June 6.Ireland went down by eight wickets against India on June 5, while Canada will be eager to recover after a seven-wicket loss to co-hosts USA.Playing in their eighth T20 World Cup, Ireland have often struggled to make an impression in the event despite several of their key players playing in English county. In fact, they have made it to the 'Super 8' only once in 2009. Balbirnie and captain Stirling, who have a combined experience of more than 250 T20Is, were unable to give the side a decent start on a difficult pitch at the Nassau Country Stadium...
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T20 World Cup 2024: Holders England hopes to set tone against Scotland; Afghans start favourites against Uganda

Deprived of ideal preparation by rain, defending champions England will hope to get their act right straightaway when they face Scotland in their T20 World Cup opener in Bridgetown on June 4. Phil Salt will look to continue his red-hot form of the Indian Premier League in the T20 showpiece, even as pacer Jofra Archer's return adds firepower to the English bowling attack. Rain played spoilsport in the preceding four-match T20I series at home against Pakistan, but England will still enter the tournament as one of the strong contenders to lift the title for an unprecedented third time. In what will be their first ever meeting against the Scots in the shortest format, the Jos Buttler-led England will be the overwhelming favourites to emerge winners at the Kensington Oval, which offered a tw...
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Twenty20 World Cup: Sri Lanka looks to muffle big guns in South Africa batting; Namibia faces Oman

Sri Lanka will rely on their exceptionally varied bowling attack to tame the unrestrained batting power of South Africa in their Group D T20 World Cup opener in New York on June 3. They will be eager to get onto the points table at the earliest too as some tricky teams like Netherlands, Bangladesh and Nepal are clubbed with them in the group. South Africa have spread all their cards on the table as the team selection indicated the most likely route they would take in this ICC showpiece. A batting line-up consisting of captain Aiden Markram, wicketkeeper batter Heinrich Klaasen, Quinton de Kock, David Miller and Tristan Stubbs could be a nightmare for any bowling attack. Klaasen and Stubbs have been in roaring form of late. In this World Cup cycle, the right-hander has averaged 41 and st...
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ICC Twenty20 World Cup | We have not really nailed down our batting unit: Rohit Sharma

Indian cricket team captian Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant and Yuzvendra Chahal during the India - Bangladesh T20 World Cup 2024, Warm-up match at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York, Saturday, June 1, 2024. India won by 60 runs. | Photo Credit: PTI The Indian team is yet to "nail" its batting line-up for the T20 World Cup and much shouldn't be read into the think tank's decision to send Rishabh Pant at number three in the warm-match against Bangladesh, said skipper Rohit Sharma.India emerged winners by 60 runs at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, restricting Bangladesh to 122 for nine after posting 182 for five in the allotted 20 overs on June 1.On Pant batting at No.3, Rohit said, "Just to give him an opportunity. We have not really nailed down what...
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ICC Twenty20 World Cup: Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya lead India’s 60-run win over Bangladesh in warm-up match

Indian batter Rishabh Pant plays a shot against Bangladeshduring T20 World Cup 2024 warm-up match at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York, Saturday, June 1, 2024. | Photo Credit: PTI India ticked multiple boxes during their 60-run victory over Bangladesh in the T20 World Cup warm-up match here on Saturday, but none bolder than a fifty by Rishabh Pant which has all but sealed his place as the first-choice wicketkeeper batter in the ICC showpiece.Pant’s 53 (32b, 4x4, 4x6), who was making his India comeback after that horrific car accident in December 2022, and Hardik Pandya’s equally pleasing (40 not out, 23b, 2x4, 4x6) led India to a competitive 182 for five after opting to bat first.India faced little trouble in defending the total as left-arm pacer Arshdeep Sing...
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ICC Twenty20 World Cup: West Indies aim for solid start against Papua New Guinea; USA to face Canada

More than eight years after Carlos Brathwaite's four sixes at Eden Gardens gave them their second T20 world title, a wounded West Indies will look to redeem themselves at home when they begin their campaign in the event's ninth edition by taking on Papua New Guinea, in Georgetown on June 2. Brathwaite had slammed Ben Stokes for four successive sixes in the final over to pull off one of the most astonishing chases that made the West Indies the first team to win the T20 World Cup twice. Their maiden triumph was in 2012. But what followed was years of agony as the team found itself lost in transition. In 2021, they endured four defeats in five games to make a Super 12 exit. Worse was in store in the 2022 edition in Australia when they failed to qualify for the main round after shock defeat...
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I don’t try to over-teach: Jasprit Bumrah on mentoring India’s young pacers

Considered a mentor for the new crop of Indian fast bowlers, pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah says he never tries to “over-teach” the younger lot and steps in to help only when asked, to avoid burdening them with information. | Photo Credit: ANI Considered a mentor for the new crop of Indian fast bowlers, pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah says he never tries to "over-teach" the younger lot and steps in to help only when asked, to avoid burdening them with information. The 30-year-old Bumrah would be a key player for India in the T20 World Cup, starting in New York on June 1 and he would also be expected to be a guiding force for India's pace battery, featuring the relatively younger and less experienced Mohammed Siraj and Arshdeep Singh. "You don't try to over-teach. That is something that I ...
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WI vs Aus T20 World Cup warm-up: Pooran, Powell make fifties as WEst Indies hammer nine-man Australia

West Indian players celebrate after winning the warm-up match against Australia in Port of Spain. | Photo Credit: Getty Images Fifties by Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell helped West Indies outpunch a nine-man Australia by 35 runs in their warm-up match ahead of the T20 World Cup in Port of Spain. As it happened in their first training match against Namibia, the Aussies fielded only nine players against the Windies. Selector George Bailey and head coach Andrew McDonald filled the remaining two spots while fielding. Batting first, West Indies rode on fifties by Pooran (75, 25b, 5x4, 8x6), skipper Powell (52, 25b, 4x4, 4x6) and an unbeaten 47 off 18 balls by Sherfane Rutherford (4x4, 4x6) to raise 257 for 4 in 20 overs. In reply, Josh Inglis (55, 30b, 3x4, 4x6) led Australia's reply and...
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Legends of T20 World Cup: Leading Wicket-takers, six-hitters and keepers with most dismissals

Known for his lightning-fast glovework and sharp cricketing mind, M.S. Dhoni holds the record for the most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in T20 World Cups. The legendary former India skipper effected 32 dismissals, which included 21 catches and 11 stumpings in 33 appearances. | Photo Credit: Reuters With the T20 World Cup entering its ninth edition, PTI gives a rundown on the top wicket-takers, batsmen with the most sixes and wicket-keepers with the most dismissals. Batters with most sixes1. Chris Gayle: 63 The 'Universe Boss' is known for his raw power, which allows him to hit massive sixes effortlessly. With the help of his immense strength, the flamboyant Jamaican sent the ball sailing deep into the stands 63 times in the T20 World Cups. He also holds the record for hitting the most...