Summary
  • Kohli, Axar steady Indian innings after early collapse against South Africa
  • Fans pray for India's elusive world cricket trophy
  • T20 World Cup final a hunger game for Proteas, says Markram
  • India and South Africa to clash in T20 World Cup final on Saturday
  • Rohit Sharma says struggling Virat Kohli 'saving it for the final'
  • Low-profile Rob Walter leads South Africa to promised land of World Cup final
  • South Africa defeat Afghanistan by nine wickets to reach T20 World Cup final
  • India 'always under pressure' to end World Cup drought, says Rohit
  • Polarising Warner bows out with Australia T20 World Cup exit
  • Afghanistan qualify for T20 World Cup semis, eliminate Australia
Rohit Sharma beats Babar Azam in leading run-scorer

June 24, 2024 08:56 PM

India captain Rohit Sharma surpassed Babar Azam to become the leading run-scorer in T20Is during the T20 World Cup 2024 Super 8 match against Australia at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Ground in St Lucia on Monday.

Sharma has scored 4,165 runs in 149 T20Is innings with an impressive  140.80  strike rate and 32.28 average, overtaking Azam who amassed 4,145 runs in 116 innings at an average of 41.03 and 129.08 strike rate. 

Most runs in T20Is

Rohit Sharma — 4,160* runs in 149 innings

Babr Azam -4145 runs in 116 innings 

Afghan fans aglow after historic T20 World Cup win Over Australia

June 24, 2024 04:27 PM

Beleaguered Afghans were riding high Monday after a historic weekend T20 World Cup victory over Australia spread a rare mood of euphoria across the country.

"With every ball, every run, every boundary, every wicket, I wasn't able to hold my emotions," said university student Zamir Afghan in the capital Kabul.

"It was very early morning, but I was jumping, screaming, I was not able to contain myself," the 20-year-old told AFP. "I couldn't stop my tears."

Afghanistan seized on a poor Australian field performance to post 148-6 in their innings before bowling the 2021 champions out for 127 -- their first ever win over Australia.

"Afghanistan as a nation has suffered a lot, such moments are rare for us," said Afghan.

Whilst cricket is hugely popular in Afghanistan, the match over 11,000 kilometres (7,000 miles) away in Arnos Vale on the Caribbean island of St Vincent, took place around dawn local time.

Though the last ball was bowled around 8:30 am (0400 GMT) on Sunday, many diehard fans had been awake to witness the win.

In eastern Khost city, around 1,000 raucous cricket fans gathered to bask in the glow of fireworks early on Sunday morning in half an hour of revelry swiftly broken up by Taliban security forces.

An uncowed smaller crowd came together again at night, clapping as they lit off more pyrotechnics.

Since the Taliban took over in August 2021 and introduced an austere vision of Islam, scenes of public jubilation have been rare.

"Such moments are special for everyone," said 18-year-old fruit shop worker Saddam Saleh. "Beating the mighty Australia is not something small."

Tabraiz Shamsi hits out at 'ridiculous' T20 World Cup critics

June 24, 2024 04:25 PM

South Africa leg-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi lambasted his team's "ridiculous" critics after the Proteas won another T20 World Cup nail-biter to reach the semi-finals.

Shamsi claimed 3-27 in Sunday's three-wicket win over two-time champions West Indies as South Africa chalked up a seventh win in seven games at the tournament.

The 34-year-old took the wickets of dangerous opener Kyle Mayers and top-scoring Roston Chase in his four overs.

Four days earlier, he had conceded 50 runs on the same ground as the United States threatened a shock victory and he was dropped for the victory over England.

"In the previous game I bowled later in the innings and I went for 50 and there were certain critics coming out from the woodwork, speaking about pressure and how I can't handle pressure," said Shamsi.

"I think in a quarter-final match I hope that was enough pressure for me to respond to."

Shamsi said he was dismayed by the criticism he and his team have faced in their campaign.

"It's just a little bit ridiculous when it's ex-players," said Shamsi.

"When they were on the field they did the same things. As cricketers we know sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't."

South Africa topped their first round group as well as their pool in the second stage Super Eights with defending champions England also going through to the last four.

However, it has been a roller-coaster ride for the Proteas who are still without a world title after a succession of painful near-misses.

At this tournament, they have had to dig deep to preserve their winning momentum.

They defeated the Netherlands by four wickets after being 12-4 at one stage chasing just 104 to win.

South Africa throw hosts West Indies out of T20 World Cup

June 24, 2024 01:23 PM

South Africa edged the West Indies by three wickets in a rain-affected Super Eights match on Sunday to reach the T20 World Cup semi-finals and eliminate the hosts.

Chasing a revised 123 off 17 overs, South Africa stuttered to 110-7 as Roston Chase took three wickets, but they reached their target when Marco Jansen hit the first ball of the final over for six.

Man of the match Tabraiz Shamsi took 3-27 after South Africa won the toss and restricted the West Indies to 135-8 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.

All-rounder Chase top scored with 52, featuring in an 81-run third-wicket partnership with Kyle Mayers (35 off 34 balls) before giving the West Indies hope by taking 3-12 with his off-spin.

Jansen's unbeaten 21 saw the Proteas to victory at 124-7 when he smashed the final six off Obed McCoy.

"The last time I played here I went for 50 runs and there was a lot of chatter going around," said Shamsi.

"I was happy to come back and perform my role, but credit as well to the guys who bowled before me because they set it up beautifully."

Brought in for seamer Ottneil Baartman, the left-arm wrist-spinner got excellent support from fellow slow bowlers Keshav Maharaj (1-24) and captain Aiden Markram (1-28).

Chase was dropped on 11 by Anrich Nortje and made the most of his luck, clearing the ropes twice and hitting three fours.

His partnership with Mayers helped rescue the hosts after they fell to 5-2 in the second over.

Once Shamsi removed Mayers to a sliced catch at deep cover, a steady stream of wickets enabled South Africa to restrict the West Indies.

With the score on 117-6, Nortje made amends for his earlier error with a direct hit to run out the dangerous Andre Russell who had hit two sixes in his 15 off nine balls.

England crush USA to reach T20 World Cup semi-finals

June 23, 2024 10:19 PM

Reigning champions England qualified for the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup after hammering the United States by 10 wickets in their concluding Super Eights match in Barbados on Sunday.

Chris Jordan took four wickets in five balls as England dismissed the USA for 115.

England captain Jos Buttler then made 83 not out as his side raced to 117-0 in 9.4 overs to guarantee a place in the last four.

Upset: Afghanistan stun Australia in Group 8 match

June 23, 2024 09:32 AM

Afghanistan stunned Australia with a 21-run victory to keep their T20 World Cup semi-final hopes alive.
Afghanistan made 148-6 and then bowled out their opponents for 127 in 19.2 overs for their first ever victory over the Australians.
Earlier, Pat Cummins claimed his second hat-trick in as many matches as Afghanistan lost momentum after another century opening stand from and had to settle for a total of 148-6 against Australia in their T20 World Cup Super Eight match.
A top score of 60 off 49 balls (four fours, four sixes) by Rahmanullah Gurbaz and 51 off 48 balls (six fours) from Ibrahim Zadran gave the Afghans an excellent platform of 118.

India crush Bangaldesh by 50 runs

June 22, 2024 10:59 PM

Leg-spinner Kuldeep Yadav took three key wickets while Hardik Pandya blasted an undefeated half-century as India moved to the brink of the T20 World Cup semi-finals with a 50-run rout of Bangladesh on Saturday.

Chasing 197 for victory, Bangladesh managed just 146-8 off their 20 overs in reply.

India now have two wins from two Super Eight games and will be guaranteed a semi-final spot if Australia defeat Afghanistan later Saturday and also make the last four from Group 1.

Bangaldesh elect to bowl first against India

June 22, 2024 07:26 PM

Bangladesh won the toss and opted to field first against India in the T20 World Cup 2024 match, which is being played at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound on Saturday.

Earlier, India have won their first game of this round against Afghanistan while Bangladesh lost to Australia.

Playing XIs

Bangladesh: Tanzid Hasan, Litton Das (wk), Najmul Hossain Shanto (c), Towhid Hridoy, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Jaker Ali, Rishad Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Mustafizur Rahman

India: Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Shivam Dube, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah

Shai Hope blasts West Indies to crucial win over USA

June 22, 2024 09:29 AM

Shai Hope struck a magnificent unbeaten 82 from 39 balls as West Indies crushed the USA on Friday, winning their T20 World Cup Super Eights encounter by nine wickets and with 9.1 overs to spare.

The Caribbean side bowled out the USA for 128 in the clash of the tournament co-hosts at Kensington Oval and then rattled off the target in 10.5 overs with local boy Hope smashing eight sixes as West Indies finished on 130-1.

The win keeps West Indies in the hunt for a place in the semi-finals and leaves the USA, with defeats in both their Super Eights games so far, on the brink of elimination.

Spinner Roston Chase did the main damage with the ball for West Indies with 3-19 in his four overs while Andre Russell also chipped in with three wickets.

But, aware of the need for a strong run-rate in the qualification scenarios, Hope went on the attack from the outset, reaching his half century in just 26 balls.

West Indies, beaten by England in their opening Super Eights game, now have their destiny in their own hands -- if they beat South Africa in their final Group 1 game on Sunday they will make it to the last four.

West Indies have a better net run rate than South Africa meaning they would advance with a win over the Proteas regardless of the outcome of England's final game against the USA.

Hope's aggressive strokeplay helped the home side reach 58-0 in the six over powerplay with the opener, who was not in the side in the early group stage games, scoring 42 of them.

 

Hope blasts West Indies to crucial win over USA
South Africa defeat England by 7 runs

June 21, 2024 11:14 PM

South Africa remained unbeaten at the T20 World Cup after they defeated reigning champions England by seven runs in a thrilling second-round Super Eights clash in St. Lucia on Friday.

The Proteas were restricted to a modest 163-6 after losing the toss but England, having recovered from a top-order collapse, could not manage the 14 runs they needed off the last over before finishing on 156-6.

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