Bravo banishes Pakistan from ICC T20 World Cup

West Indies book ticket to Semi-finals of the T20 World Cup

The last stage of the super 10 group matches have now seen their fair share of low scoring encounters. Right after last night’s Sri Lanka knocking out the New Zealand team for just 60 odd runs, tonight the West Indian’s bundled out the Pakistan team for a mere 82 to register a comprehensive victory in their virtual quarterfinal and set a clash with the Lankan nation on Thursday evening .

Earlier in the day, the West Indies skipper Darren Sammy won the toss and elected to bat first. First up the West Indies faced a top order meltdown and were certainly looking down the barrel before skipper Sammy and Man of the Match Darren Bravo did a remarkable rescue act in timely fashion adding up a crucial 71 runs of just 32 deliveries after the West Indies side lay tottering up at 81 for the loss 5 wickets and finally setting up a challenging target of 167.

            a jubliant team west indies celebrate after beating Pakistan ,

  securing a semi final berth

Bravo smashed a blazing 46 runs of just 26 balls as he took the attack to the opposition with his relentless swinging of the willow and consequently dispatching the kookaburra all over the park. He struck 2 fours and 4 massive sixes in his decisive knock. He was ably supported by skipper Sammy whose fireworks filled 42 was equally as important as it helped them post the above par target.

The match began with the celebrated opener Chris Gayle failing to deliver as he got out of the first ball to opposite skipper Mohammad Hafeez as he chased a wide one and missed it completely. Wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal was quick to rip the balls off and bring about his downfall. His opening partner Dwayne Smith was a bit uneasy facing the awkwardly angled deliveries of Sohail Tanvir and finally perished nicking one to keeper Akmal.

Lendl Simmons did strike a few meaty blows but alongside out-of-form Marlon Samuels they could only add 39 runs in 6.2 overs. Simmons hit 2 towering sixes before being unfortunately run out .Reeling at 67 for four in the 11 the over, it soon became 81 for five as Denesh Ramdin after scoring just 5 tried to slog Babar and was caught at deep mid-wicket by Umar Akmal.

His downfall brought Bravo to the crease and he started his innings by lifting Umar Gul for a six straightaway and followed it over with a pull shot over mid-wicket.

Till the 17th over, Pakistan looked in complete control but then mayhem strike .The 18th and 19th over, bowled by Gul and Saeed Ajmal respectively, produced a game changing 45 runs and the final 3 overs an unbelievable 59 runs.

In reply, Pakistan never recovered after losing their last match hero against Bangladesh Ahmed Shahzad who was leg before to Krishmar Santokie off the first ball of the innings

Samuel Badree removed Kamran Akmal in the second over, Umar Akmal in the fourth and Shoaib Malik in the sixth to leave Pakistan stammering for breath at 13-4.

Skipper Mohammad Hafeez and Sohaib Maqsood fell in successive overs to make it 42-6, before Narine removed Shahid Afridi and Sohail Tanvir in four balls to hasten the end.

In the end the Pakistan team bundled out for just 82 runs inside17.5 overs and no player managed to reach even 20, with only captain Hafeez scoring a slow poke 19 off 32 deliveries.

This is the first time Pakistan, runners up of inaugural edition of the world cup in 2007 and winners of its 2009 edition failed to reach the knockout phrase of the tournament and now board an early flight home as Defending champions West Indies would square off against Sri Lanka in Dhaka on 3rd for a place in the final on Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

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Warnistic Mishra

The chitchat ahead of the T20 World Cup includes one which is hard to believe and even harder to digest after the match winning performance in back-to-back matches, that Amit Mishra had a better option than playing cricket as bringing gifts and pictures of mates, as travelling with the Indian team through different countries is all that he had been doing. But consecutive Man-of-the-Match performances in the tournament have given answers to his critics with a spinning smile on the other side.

Who dreamt of a leg spinner using flight and spin to take wickets in T20 other than the great leg spinner of the century Shane Warne? Mishra invites batman to go after him and that is the plan that is working out for him in the ongoing T20 World Cup. He follows his idol, Shane Warne when he talks about how to take wickets and not about keeping runs down in the shorter format of the game. In fact, this isn’t new to Mishra, he has been doing the equivalent substance in the IPL and has just about 100 wickets, with multiple hat-tricks, at an
economy of less than seven per over.

 

Amit Mishra celebrates after picking up a wicket in the ICC World T20 2014 held in Bangladesh
Amit Mishra’s performances in the tournament so far has earned him a comparison with the legendary Shane Warne.

Mishra’s maiden wicket over was the turning point which changed the course of the game against Pakistan. The over proved the difference as it bring shackles onto the two batsmen and developed pressure which
resulted in mistimed shots and wickets for India. Fist he got rid of Ahmed Shehzad, who has just started opening hands by the classic leg break and then Shoaib Malik with a flighted delivery outside off. It should be noted that in the final three overs, Indian pacers went on to give 28 runs but thanks to the spin trio to keep the Pakistani
batsmen quite throughout the innings which helped them make an easily achievable target in the end.

Mishra’s dream run and pleasing sight for leg spinners to bring batsman out of the crease and getting him stumped continued in the match against West Indies. He did the same magic to Marlon Samuels
this time as he did in the previous game to Ahmed Shehzad. His confidence was high and on the very next ball caught Dwayne Bravo in front of the wickets by his googly. As to the likings of Indian Team and particularly Amit Mishra, this over became the one which allowed them to restrict West Indies to a low total. Mishra finished with the figures of 4-0-18-2 and this time was well complemented by Bhuvneshwar Kumar who conceded just three runs of the three overs he bowled.

 

Mishra in previous times has rarely got the opportunity to play such a crucial role in the team. More often than not, he plays simply when some of the favourite bowlers don’t. Team Management and Captain Dhoni prefers R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, who have shown their skills with both bat and bowl. Unless the conditions suits spinners, Mishra keeps the benches warm. And when he is given a chance, he is expected to deliver at the very moment.

The performance against Pakistan in the Asia Cup with figures of 10 overs and 28 runs with two wickets earned him a spot in playing eleven against the same team in the T20 World Cup. With such performances, Mishra has proven the faith shown in him by the slectors and answered his venerable critics.
Wishing Mishra and team India some pleasant sights to deliver to the fans all round the globe, it is right to say well bowled Mishi.

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Toothless Bangladesh disappoint fans again

Originating from sun-kissed islands, some with that spirit and with passion, others with neither spirit not passion, together; They played, they lost.

That has been the story of West Indies cricket recently. Though their cricket is special and brings a unique flavour to the English game, the always passionate fans are experiencing what Indian fans had to go through before the nineties. The team is rarely delivering. However the worst thing is that the team is failing to put a fight. While the lethargic behaviour was very evident in their opening game against India, West Indies displayed their best ruthlessly crushing the host yesterday.

Bangladesh cricketers have just not lived up to their expectations

 

After owning the unwanted record of being the slowest opener ever in T20I history in the match against India, Dwayne Smith was quicker and sharper to start proceedings with a pull to midwicket. When it seemed Gayle is being calm before the storm-front foot block, lazy push to mid-on, getting beaten more often than not- the storm mellowed down to weak drizzles. Being uncannily troubled by the rookie off spinner Sohag Gazi, Gayle finally got rid of his rustiness slaughtering him over long on and while the world was waiting Gayle to explode, Smith stole the show to shock the ever enthusiastic crowd. Though the bowling was near terrible with everyone spraying down the leg, the good deliveries were swept and short ones were deposited over the boundary for flatter sixes. The tenth over was the pick of Smith’s innings- reminiscent of Ab de Villiers, Sohag Gazi was smashed all around the park for four consecutive boundaries and  by the time Bangladesh managed to get him out he had done enough damage. The next batsman Simmons was quick enough to get back running himself out without facing a single ball.

Samuels, the next batsman, never seemed to threaten and apart from Smith that was the case with all the West Indies batsmen. However the final score was a good 171 - thanks to below par fielding efforts, contributing as much as the third best batsman in the game. It seemed like the whole of Bangladesh was there to witness the results: Men and Women cheering loud within the fence; desi flags all around, loaded with pride and constant roar from within. On the stadium, torn up by the ‘Smith Storm’, the local players did little justice ending up disappointing the crowd yet again. The chase never really took off, their best batsmen falling like a pack of cards in clusters.

The domination was right from the beginning with the top order collapse in just four overs. Highly rated Santokie delivered two absolutely brilliant cutters dismissing Anamul Haque and Shakib al Hassan in the same over. Getting Tamim initially, Badree showed no issues with dew, kicking another collapse in the eleventh over claiming three wickets. The tail was exposed and by the time West Indies completed the formalities the utterly dominated contest, the passionate crowd returned home empty handed. When you look at the faces of fans coming to stadium even after all these years of failures, you would wonder if the Bangladesh team has done enough to repay their faith and passion in the sport. However, the answer to the question is no - obviously though. When it was expected the team would do far better in home with it just being a T20 world cup, with all unpredictability in this format, the result of Bangladesh match is often predictable. The fans deserve a better showing and the team should ensure they put everything to have a much better fight in the next few games.

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