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Friday, May 7, 2010

One more century recorded in T20 - WC 2010

Even those who closely followed IPL may not remember Umesh Yadav – lanky pacer from Vidarbha who played for Delhi Daredevils. Praveeen kumar has been injured and though this lad was not even in the panel of 30 probables, he reportedly is to fly to Windies as a replacement. His ability to hit 145 kmph and bowling Yorkers reportedly has clinched him this.
                                                      (courtesy : times of India)

I had written earlier of the fact that there were only two hundreds in 150 T20s and this WC has already seen the no. doubling. First Raina and then Mahela helped themselves to pleasing centuries and yesterday another one added up.

WC has moved to the next level – round prior to Semis played by 8 teams – In the first match England chasing 147/9 made by Pak, scored runs easily losing only 4 wickets. Pietersen displayed power hitting making 73 off 52. England were helped by some floppy fielding by Pakis. The match started with a six off Sidebottom who has been leaking runs, Pak off to a good start but fall of quick wickets put them on the backfoot. Afrid was run out in the first ball he faced. The fielding of England was also below standard.

In the other match, Albie Morkel slog raised the bar and New Zealand were beaten. He hit five sixes – 3 coming in a single over from Southee.

Not many would be following the Womens T20 happening at the same venues involving 8 countries: WI, SA, Aussie, Srilanka, Pak, England, Newzealand and India. India is in the half with NZ, SL & Pak. At St Kitts, India lead by Jhulan Goswami lost to NZ by 10 runs. Chasing 140, India ended up at 129 for 8. Mithali scored a lonely 44.
Photo courtesy : cricinfo

If you are wondering about the title still, Deandra Dottin of the West Indies became the first woman to score a Twenty20 century, making a whirlwind unbeaten 112 off 45 balls. Her century had come off 38 balls. Having come in the tenth over, she recorded the fastest century with her second fifty coming off 13 balls. Gayle & Brendon have achieved the men’s fastest 100 with 50 balls. She smashed nine sixes and seven fours. The target was a stiff 176, which the Proteas were not able to make, folding at 158.

Indian women have two more matches – against Pak (8th) and Lankans on 10th.

Regards – Sampathkumar S

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