Jan 262014
 

Sunday 26 January 2014 

by John Pennington

Jhulan Goswami runs in to bowl

Jhulan Goswami helped India score a nine-run win over Sri Lanka

International Cricket Council

India Women 127-8 (Prabodhani 3-16) beatSri Lanka Women 118-8 by 9 runsSecond Twenty20 International, Visakhapatnam

India Women levelled their Twenty20 International series with Sri Lanka Women by winning the second game in Visakhapatnam by nine runs.

Their victory in a low-scoring match was confirmed when they restricted Sri Lanka to 118 for eight having earlier made 127 for eight.

It sets up a decisive third match in two days time.

Just as they had in the first match, Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to field first and quickly had India in trouble by reducing them to 29 for four inside six overs.

Udeshika Prabodhani struck twice as Mithali Raj (12), VR Vanitha (6), Anagha Deshpande (6) and Harmanpreet Kaur (2) fell cheaply.

India’s fightback was instigated by Veda Krishnamurthy, who made 16 before Jhulan Goswami, Amita Sharma and Sonia Dabir all made 23 with the latter unbeaten.

Prabodhani removed Sharma to finish with three for 16 while Shashikala Siriwardene returned two for 24.

Sri Lanka also made a poor start and lost their openers cheaply to slip to 15 for two. Eshani Kaushalya was bowled by Goswami for four and Lasanthi Madushani failed to score before she was run out by Kaur.

Chamari Atapattu then made 40 in as many balls and while she was batting with Siriwardene (21) and then Yasoda Mendis (14), Sri Lanka looked as if they were on course to go 2-0 up.

However, from 83 for three, they lost their way as India, just as they had with the bat, fought back.

Atapattu was run out, Siriwardene was trapped in front by Sharma and Mendis caught by Vanitha off Rajeshwari Gaekwad.

96 for five soon turned into 97 for six when Sripali Weerakkody was run out by substitute Poonam Raut as Sri Lanka’s lower order was unable to finish off the run chase.

Four runs later Oshadi Runasinghe was caught by Goswami off Dabir for five and the fourth and final run out of the innings saw Anushka Sanjeewani out for four.

Chamari Polgompola (8 not out) and Prabodhani, who hit the only ball she faced for a six, tried gamely to get Sri Lanka over the line but losing a clutch of wickets – four for 18 in 3.2 overs in one spell – had by then ended their chances.

Goswami, Sharma, Dabir and Gaekwad took a wicket apiece.

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Nov 232013
 
Italy Shock UAE With 67-Run Win
Saturday 23 November 2013 

by John Pennington

Gareth Berg

Gareth Berg took a couple of wickets as Italy beat UAE by 67 runs

International Cricket Council

Italy

Italy’s win puts them back in contention for qualification

International Cricket Council

Italy have delivered the latest upset at the ICC World Twenty20 2014 Qualifier by beating hosts United Arab Emirates while there were also wins for Nepal, Namibia and the Netherlands.

Group A

The upset of the day came as Italy beat United Arab Emirates by 67 runs to revive their chances of making the play-offs.

Damian Crowley hammered 59 in 48 balls while Peter Petricola hit 38 and Carl Sandri 30 not out to help India post 158 for five.

In reply, UAE slipped to 14 for four and never recovered, bowled out for 91 in 16.2 overs. Shan Munasinghe took three for 19, Crowley two for 10 and Gareth Berg two for 21.

Namibia‘s seven-wicket win over Canada ends the Canadians chances of reaching the ICC World Twenty20 next year.

Canada started well enough, Ruvindu Gunasekera hitting 25 and Jimmy Hansra 23 but they were bowled out for 117, unable to build their innings. Nicholaas Scholtz took five for 13 and Bernard Scholtz two for 19.

Raymond van Schoor then hit 58 in 55 balls and Craig Williams 37 not out in 33 deliveries as Namibia reached their target with three balls to spare.

Standings: Ireland 11 points, Hong Kong 10 points, United Arab Emirates 8 points, Namibia 6 points, Italy 5 points, Uganda, USA 3 points, Canada 2 points

Group B

The Netherlands bounced back from their defeat to Scotland by beating Kenya by 29 runs.

Michael Swart (44) and Wesley Barresi (28) top scored as the Dutch posted 130 for seven and they then restricted Kenya to 101 for seven.

In the seventh over, Kenya were 10 for six, from which point there was no way back.

Mudassar Bukhari took three for 14 and Swart two for eight and some respectability was restored to Kenya by Shem Ngoche’s 38 in 28 balls.

Gyanendra Malla hit 39 in 22 balls and Subash Khakurel 35 in as many balls as Nepal beat Bermuda by 21 runs.

A late collapse saw Nepal close on 148 for eight as Malachi Jones, Allan Douglas II and Dion Stovell took two wickets.

However, Bermuda could not capitalise on their strong finish in the field when they were bowled out for 127.

They lost wickets early and were 15 for four although Janeiro Tucker’s 48 in 31 balls gave them some hope before Nepal came back, Jitendra Mukhiya finishing with three for 25, Avinash Karn two for 14 and Paras Khadka two for 23.

Standings: Afghanistan, Netherlands 10 points, Nepal 8 points, Kenya, Scotland 6 points, Papua New Guinea 5 points, Bermuda 4 points, Denmark 1 point

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Oct 312013
 
Bangladesh Seal Series With 40-Run Win
Thursday 31 October 2013 

by John Pennington

Bangladesh Seal Series With 40-Run Win

Bangladesh players celebrate the wicket of Grant Elliott on their way to a 40-run win in the second ODI

Bangladesh 247 (Tamim Iqbal 58) beat
New Zealand 207 (Taylor 45) by 40 runs
Second One-Day International, Dhaka

Bangladesh clinched victory in their One-Day International series against New Zealand with a game to spare after a 40-run win in the second match in Dhaka.

They applied the same formula that served them well in the opening match, again dismissed inside 50 overs but fighting back to bowl their opponents out to go 2-0 up in the series.

Tamim Iqbal’s 58 was the highest score of both Bangladesh’s innings of 247 and the game, which ended when New Zealand were all out for 207 in the 47th over of their run chase.

Iqbal struck five fours and a six during his 86-ball innings that included a 63-run opening partnership with debutant Shamsur Rahman (25).

Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim both hit 31 to keep Bangladesh on course for a good score but they were pegged back through Jimmy Neesham and Corey Anderson, who both took four wickets.

Nevertheless, the battling home side are beginning to make a habit of getting out of potentially tricky situations and from 173 for six they were able to counter attack thanks to Mahmudullah (21), Sohag Gazi (26) and Mashrafe Mortaza (14).

While not the sort of contributions that would raise much of an eyebrow in Nagpur or Jaipur in recent weeks, in tight contests on slow wickets such as these, they were invaluable in giving Bangladesh enough runs to work with.

Neesham finished with four for 53 and Anderson four for 40 – the latter a career-best for the all-rounder.

With the exception of Anderson, who struck 37 in 40 balls, New Zealand collectively struggled to keep up with the required run-rate.

Hamish Rutherford was first to go having faced just three balls for one run before he was bowled by Mortaza but opening partner Anton Devcich used up 44 in making 19.

One of Grant Elliott’s 14 runs was his 1,000th in ODI cricket and Ross Taylor made 45 but having got that far, his side were left to rue his inability to go on and make the half-century that might have kept them in the game.

Nevertheless, with Anderson, Brendon McCullum (14) and Tom Latham (0) already out, Taylor was swiftly running out of partners and he was next to go, caught by Mahmudullah off Gazi (3-34) in the 40th over.

At that point, they needed 91 to win, and although Nathan McCullum hit 25 in 23 balls and Kyle Mills 27 not out in 25, their efforts proved in vain, Mortaza (3-43) continuing to enjoy his comeback to international cricket by bowling Tim Southee for a golden duck to hand Bangladesh a convincing win.

The final match will be played in Fatullah on Sunday 3rd November.

© Cricket World 2013

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