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Friday, May 14, 2010

Srilanka & India loses - WC T20 Semis Update

Contrary to (my) expectations, Lankan Lions did not roar. Lankans had entered Semis underlining their consistency in major tourneys, in the last few years. They are the finalists in last 50 over WC as also last T20 WC – hence thought, this finals also would figure them. England have a poor record of not appearing in the finals of major tournaments and expected them to choke. On their side, England have lost only match thus far, that too a rain marred one to WI.

Jayawardene  won the toss and elected to bat – with rain looming large and somewhat tricky surface – ideal conditions for bowlers; English men bowled professionally throttling the line up and wickets fell at regular intervals.

The 1996 WC saw the resurgence of Jayasuriya playing the first 15 overs of WC in a way none had dared earlier – turning the career of Defreitas and Manoj Prabhakar into spinning ways. Not any longer ……………. At 1.1 the ageing Jayasuriya, a pale shadow of himself departed; perhaps the last time in the international arena, though he had expressed to play in the next year WC – caught at second slip for 1; 2.6 – another yester star Dilshan went trying to hook, ending in sending the ball high, caught brilliantly by Wright of Bresnan. At 4.1 Jaywardene got out to Broad; the last ball of the 9th over of Swann – Sanga hit straight to the throat of Pietersen. Lankans struggling at 47/4 in 9. Angelo Mathews played another innings of character and scored 58 of 45; taking Lankans to a paltry 128 for 6.
For records the target never stretched the English men, who completed the victory in 16 overs losing 3 wickets with contributions from Kieswetter, Lumb & Pietersen.

For India, it was another blow as Indian women lost to Aussies in the semi finals. India scoring 119/5 could not halt the Aussies who scored the needed runs losing only 3 wickets. The Aussie captain
Alex Blackwell lead from the front scoring 61. For those who might have some interest, the inaugural edition of Women T20 was won by England last year beating New zeland at Lords on 21st June 2009.

With regards – Sampathkumar S

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