29 April 2010

World T20: Racing Through The Warm-Ups!

Trinidad&Tobago v Ireland, 2 matches, at Port of Spain
The first match was won by T&T by 9 wickets with 77 balls to spare, whoa.
The second one was won by the Irish, by 9 wickets as well, with 29 balls left.
Whatever this means.

Pakistan v Windward Islands at Gros Islet
Pakistan won by 68 runs but managed to get all out during their innings.
Highscore: Hafeez (57)
Windward Islands must have played utterly defensively, they only made 92 runs and gave Pak just 4 of their wickets.

Australia v Zimbabwe at Gros Islet
Feast upon my horror here:
My stomach is turning: * Aus v Zim *

Barbados v Bangladesh at Bridgetown
Ban won by 36 runs, both sides lost only a few wickets.
Highscore: Imrul Kayes (57), Rubel took a wicket :D

Ireland v New Zealand at Providence
New Zealand won by 40 runs, Ireland did not manage to survive 20 overs (one absent hurt and one did not bat).
Jesse Ryder is back, top-scored with 64, Guptill on the second rank gathered 50, this is how I like it.
Cpt. Porterfield top-scored for Ireland (34)
Wickets: McNullum (brother of McBullum) took 3; Millsy, Tum, Styris, Butler and Oram 1 each.
Vettori was the most expensive bowler (11.00).
This is all good so far.

South Africa v Sri Lanka at Bridgetown
Saffas won by 5 wickets with 3 balls to spare. Yippiehhhhhhhhhhhh
SL = FAIL, only Jayasuriya (33) and Kapugedera (61) scored well.
The wickets were evenly spread among all of the SA bowlers, Copper Roof was a bit expensive though (12.00)
Saffa innings: Herr Schmidt failed, the others shared the runs evenly among them again. Must have taken the term 'team work' a bit too literally? The SL bowlers got infected by that spirit, except for Matthews each of them took exactly 1 wicket. WTH is going on.

Afghanistan v Ireland at Providence
Afgh won by 5 wickets with 3 balls left.
Irish top-scorer: Mooney (42)
Dawlat Ahmadzai shone with 4 wickets for Afghanistan.

Bangladesh v England at Bridgetown
England won by 7 wickets with 17 balls left.
Batting: Mahmudullah (38), Bopara (62), Colly (32*)
Ban lost just 7 wickets but 126 was all they could accumulate. No problem for England.
Wickets: Yardy (3) Anderson (2) Colly (1)
England lost just 3 wickets (Shakib, Syed Rasel, run out)

West Indies v New Zealand at Providence
New Zealand won by 7 runs, Windies all out at 19.4
NZ Batting complete fail, except for LRPL (50) and Oram (46)
This is the second positive mention of the allrounder in this post. He also took a wicket.
But the man with the ball is Scotty 'he who is his own grandmother' Styris with 4 scalps.
Bond and Vettori 2 each, The Man was again the most expensive bowler (11.50)
Chanderpaul (53, death by Bond) top-scored for the Windies , wickets were evenly spread, also Sulie took 2 (McBullum and Vettori).

Windward Islands v Australia at Gros Islet
Hauritz, Christian and T-Paine got sentenced to play for WI. Not that it helped.
Aus won by 101 runs.
Ritz was the most expensive bowler of all the WI guys (11.33), couldn't take any wickets either.
Christian (20) shared the top scorer's crown with one of the WI batters, he also took the scalp of Dussey.
The actual Aussies bowled at max 5.25, will not have been a hard job though. Legsmith and skipper Clarke took 2 each!
Taito was the only quick with 2 scalps; Nannes, Watto, Mitch and Dussey got 1 each. Remarkably WI survived the full 20 overs.

England v South Africa at Bridgetown
England won by 5 wickets.
Both teams lost only 5 wickets but England reached the target with 3 balls left.
Yardy is the man again for England with 2 wickets.
Saffa batting is meh, only the lower order scored (JPDum, Albie)
England = Eoin (63), eventually taken out by Rabid Rusty. Kleinveldt took 2.
Pietersen: duck.

Pakistan v Zimbabwe at Gros Islet 
Zimbabwe won by 12 runs!!!!
That Chigumbura again! He had already batted the Aussies to death, now he top-scores again (49*) and takes 3 wickets!!!! Utseya, who had killed twice against Oz, takes 4! Mpofu grabbed 2, IIRC he had also succeeded against Aus.
Pak: Kakmal (37), Funky Fawad (32). Ukmal only 7. Nom Nom 4 wickets, Sami 1.
Razzaq failed with both bat and ball, and I can't believe that this Latif guy is still jumping about in the national side.

I would like to apologise if there are errors in this summary, the blogging pace is murderous at the moment and will get worse ^^

Click here for the list of the scorecards.

Cheers, Wes


Mudassar @ CricketVibe said...

Well done Wesi.

Keep up the hard work :)

Mock Wah Steal Wah said...

Windard losing just 4 wickets,considering the pakistani bowling is itself a MORAL victory for them. :)

half-tracker said...

Hi Wes, thanks for the comment, you're right, Hampshire and Middlesex are running scarily (and painfully) parallel seasons so far...

Chiggy seems to have got some form for the world 20/20, never know Zimb might win again! I see greyblazer has written an Afghan preview - I daren't read it through my own failure at trying to cover that team!

Rishabh said...

The major upsets are already out of the way for Oz and Pakistan! They are all ready to rip the big teams apart. I think. :P

greyblazer said...

Zimb have the attack to do well in those conditions and Chigumbura coming in at 7 with Bilignaut at 8. No team can take them lightly.

Maz said...

Poor stuff from Pakistan :(