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
ICC T20 World Cup teams, fixtures confirmed for Super 8 stage

June 18, 2024 03:59 PM

The groups and fixtures for the Super 8 stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 have been confirmed with both co-hosts West Indies and USA making it through to the second stage that will see the eight teams battle for a place in the semi-finals at the biggest cricket carnival spectacle ever.

Super 8 qualifiers are- Group A: India and USA, Group B: Australia and England, Group C: West Indies and Afghanistan, Group D: South Africa and Bangladesh, said a press release.

The eight teams would be divided into two groups.

Group A

India, Australia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh

Group B

USA, England, West Indies, South Africa.

Four of the Super 8 qualifiers have won the World Cup previously, India, England, West Indies and Australia. Super 8 matches would be played across four West Indies venues: Antigua and Barbuda (four matches), Barbados (three matches), Saint Lucia (three matches) and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (two matches).

Each team would play every other team in its group once, with the top two sides in each group qualifying for the semi-finals, to be played in Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana on June 26 and 27, respectively.

The Super Eight stage commences in Antigua on Wednesday June 19 with a clash between USA and South Africa. That same evening West Indies take on old rivals, England in Saint Lucia. The two sides have a prolific cricketing history, with the co-hosts ensuring a dominant display at home against England in recent years.

Full Fixtures- June 19: USA v South Africa, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua; England v West Indies, Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, St Lucia.

June 20: Afghanistan v India, Kensington Oval, Barbados; Australia v Bangladesh, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua.

June 21: England v South Africa, Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, St Lucia; USA v West Indies, Kensington Oval, Barbados.

June 22: India v Bangladesh, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua; Afghanistan v Australia, Arnos Vale, St Vincent.

June 23: USA v England, Kensington Oval, Barbados; West Indies v South Africa, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua.

June 24: Australia v India, Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, St Lucia; Afghanistan v Bangladesh, Arnos Vale, St Vincent.

Emotional Trent Boult calls T20 World Cup exit his 'last day' for New Zealand

June 18, 2024 12:41 PM

Left-arm paceman Trent Boult said he had played his "last day" of international cricket after New Zealand's disappointing T20 World Cup campaign ended with a seven-wicket win over Papua New Guinea in Trinidad on Monday.

His 13-year stint in international cricket appeared to have ended in the downbeat setting of a 'dead' T20 World Cup game.

"It feels a little bit weird, a few emotions obviously the last couple of days," said Boult.

Pressed on whether the game represented his final New Zealand appearance, Boult added an element of doubt: "I haven't thought much further than this, I'm in no position to comment right now. I enjoyed being out there one last time."

Defeats by Afghanistan and tournament co-hosts the West Indies earlier in Group C had helped end the Black Caps' hopes of qualifying for the second-round Super Eights.

Papua New Guinea had also been eliminated before the match in front of a sparse crowd at the Brian Lara Stadium.

Boult took two wickets for 14 runs as PNG were skittled out for 78 in an innings where fellow quick Lockie Ferguson finished with a remarkable 3-0 from his maximum four overs but

"Gutted to not go any further, but I'm very proud of what I've done with the Black Caps and sad it's my last day with New Zealand," said Boult.

The 34-year-old has been infrequently selected for international duty since being released from his New Zealand central contract in August 2022, allowing him to play in more domestic T20 leagues abroad.

The swing bowler did feature in New Zealand's 50-over World Cup campaign last year, where they reached the semi-finals only to suffer a 70-run defeat by tournament hosts India at a packed Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

West Indies thrash Afghanistan by 104 runs in final T20 World Cup group game

June 18, 2024 12:40 PM

Nicholas Pooran was run out agonisingly short of a maiden T20 World Cup hundred as a rampant West Indies humbled Afghanistan by 104 runs in a clash of unbeaten teams on Monday.

With both sides already into the Super Eights, Pooran smashed 98 off 53 balls in the final group match at the Daren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia to propel the hosts to 218-5 after being put in to bat.

A rattled Afghanistan never recovered from the loss of Rahmanullah Gurbaz in the first over of the reply and were bundled out for 114 off 16.2 overs, seamer Obed McCoy marking his first match of the tournament with best figures of 3-14.

The next phase of the competition, the Super Eights, starts on Wednesday.

"When you get the good wickets you have to capitalise as batters. When it's your day you have to take it and make the most of it," said Pooran, who thumped six fours and eight sixes in a spectacular innings took him past 2,000 T20I runs.

Coming to the middle in the second over after the demise of Brandon King, Pooran and hometown hero Johnson Charles (43 off 27 balls) accelerated at supersonic speed in lifting the total to 92-1 by the sixth over.

It was the highest total ever in the Powerplay overs of a T20 World Cup since the first of the eight editions was played in South Africa in 2007.

That period of relentless carnage included 36 off an over from seamer Azmatullah Omarzai, whose wayward bowling in that fourth over of the innings reflected the confused state of the Afghan attack.

But it was Omarzai who ended Pooran's pursuit of the century in the final over of the innings, his direct hit to the striker's end from deep cover leaving the left-hander just short of his ground as he dived to the crease.

Bangladesh qualifies for Super Eights after 21-run victory over Nepal

June 17, 2024 12:33 PM

Bangladesh qualified for the Super Eights of the T20 World Cup after a 21-run victory over Nepal on Sunday secured their place in the next round.

Bangladesh struggled with the bat on a tricky surface at Arnos Vale, making 106 all out in 19.3 overs, but then a devastating spell of 4-7 from pace bowler Tanzim Hasan Sakib had Nepal's reply in big trouble at 26-5.

Nepal recovered but 3-7 from wily left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman, including a wicket maiden in the penultimate over, secured victory with Nepal bowled out for 85 in 19.2 overs.

Bangladesh finished second in Group D behind South Africa and will join Afghanistan, India and Australia in Group 1 of the Super Eights.

Sri Lanka beat Netherlands by 83 runs at T20 World Cup

June 17, 2024 12:30 PM

An eliminated Sri Lankan team overwhelmed the Netherlands by 83 runs in the final Group D match of the T20 World Cup at the Daren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia on Sunday.

Opener Kusal Mendis and middle-order batsman Charith Asalanka posted identical scores of 46 to set the pace for the 2014 champions in a total of 201 for six, the first 200-plus total ever posted at this ground in a T20 International.

With their hopes of Super Eight qualification rapidly disappearing as Bangladesh closed in on victory in a low-scoring encounter unfolding at the same time in St Vincent, the Dutch faded after a bright start in being dismissed for 118 off 16.4 overs in reply.

England Keeps T20 World Cup Hopes Alive with Rain-Hit Victory Over Namibia

June 16, 2024 11:47 AM

 Reigning champions England maintained their bid to reach the second round of the T20 World Cup with a 41-run victory in a must-win group game against Namibia in Antigua on Saturday.

Anything other than an England win would have seen Jos Buttler's men knocked out and they were left fearing an early exit when rain delayed the scheduled start by three hours.

England, in a match eventually reduced from 11 to 10 overs per side by a fresh shower, collapsed to 13-2 after losing the toss.

 

Victory took England level on points with Scotland in Group B but with a superior net run-rate.

 

 

Australia beat Scotland in T20WC Group B match

June 16, 2024 11:39 AM

Australia saw off a determined challenge from Scotland to claim a five-wicket victory in a decisive final Group B match of the T20 World Cup for both teams at the Daren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia on Saturday.

Replying to the Scots' 180 for five, their highest total in a T20 World Cup match, half-centuries from Travis Head (68 off 49 balls, five fours, four sixes) and Marcus Stoinis (59 off 29 balls, nine fours, two sixes) paced them to the target and a 100 percent winning record in the group with two balls to spare.

Tim David's unbeaten 24 off 14 balls finished the job to lift Australia to 186 for five.

Shahid Afridi wonders at retaining Babar Azam as captain despite poor performance

June 15, 2024 12:13 PM

Reacting to an early exit of team Pakistan from the T-20 Cricket World Cup (WC) currently being played in the USA and West Indies, former Pakistani skipper and master blaster Shahid Afridi has said that it is so unfortunate that Babar Azam was allowed to lead the side despite successive losses the national team suffered under his captaincy, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Saturday.   

“The selection committee should be held accountable for that,” he has said, adding, “If the captain is good, he can make a team losing the match win it.”  

Afridi, who earned the title of ‘Boom Boom’ for his mighty sixers, has said that so far Babar has captained the side in five to six tournaments. “He has performed well as a batsman. But he needs to realize that he has to become a match-winner just like Indian great Virat Kohli.”

The former skipper has said that in his opinion, Muhammad Rizwan was a far better choice. “During one of the presentations, Babar said that the bowlers’ performance was not up to the mark,” Afridi has said, adding, “He should not blame either bowlers or batsmen for the team’s defeat. The team ought to play like a unit.”

South Africa outclass Nepal by one run in T20 World Cup thriller

June 15, 2024 11:25 AM

South Africa survived a major scare from Nepal in scrambling a nerve-jangling one-run victory in their final Group D match of the T20 World Cup at the Arnos Vale Stadium in St Vincent on Friday.

Needing eight runs off the final over in pursuit of a modest target of 116 for a stunning upset win, the Nepalese fell agonisingly short at 114 for seven with Gulshan Jha run out off the final ball as he attempted a single off Ottneil Baartman to force a super over.

"Very grateful to have got the win, we were not near our best tonight," relieved South Africa captain Aiden Markram said afterwards.

"Reflecting back on the game over the next few days, there will be a lot of learnings for us.

"First and foremost, the way Nepal bowled it made it really tough for us. They put us under a lot of pressure."

After leg-break bowler Kushal Bhurtel (4 for 19) and off-spinner Dipendra Singh Airee (3 for 21) limited the Proteas to 115 for seven batting first, Aasif Sheikh (42) and Anil Sah (27) featured in a 50-run third-wicket partnership which pulled the Nepalese within touching distance of a result which would have kept their hopes alive of getting to the Super Eight phase of the tournament.

Dropped on one to a caught-and-bowled chance by pacer Kagiso Rabada in just the second over of the innings, opening batsman Sheikh saw off the first threat of Tabraiz Shamsi only for the left-arm wrist-spinner to return for a final over in the 18th over of the innings to claim both Sah and Sheikh in finishing with the excellent figures of four for 19.

Anrich Nortje then bowled Kushal Malla in the 19th over to tilt the balance South Africa's way and they just managed to hang on for the win amid unbearable tension.

Eliminated New Zealand thrash Uganda in T20 World Cup match

June 15, 2024 11:24 AM

New Zealand thrashed Uganda by nine wickets in a T20 World Cup Group C clash of already-eliminated teams in Trinidad on Friday.

New Zealand, whose exit from the tournament was confirmed by Afghanistan's win over Papua New Guinea on Thursday, cruised to an easy win after restricting Uganda to a paltry 40 all out off 18.4 overs, with Tim Southee taking three wickets for four runs and Trent Boult 2-7.

The Black Caps then raced to their victory target in just 5.2 overs for the loss of only one wicket.

Devon Conway top-scored for the New Zealanders with an unbeaten 22 while Finn Allen went for nine runs.

New Zealand's run chase was assisted by a wayward bowling performance from Uganda, who sent down six wides and a no-ball.

Player of the match Southee admitted the emphatic win was little consolation for New Zealand's early exit from the tournament.

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