World T20 semi final Aus v Pak

Michael Hussey left Pakistan shell-shocked with a stupendous display of hitting to complete a miraculous chase which, at one stage, seemed to be well beyond Australia’s reach. After a partnership with Cameron White, he took charge in a thrilling counter-attack, combining power with placement to bring down the required rate with each passing over, and with 17 needed off the 20th, launched Saeed Ajmal for three sixes and a four off consecutive deliveries to set up a final with England. Read more of this post

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Hong Kong and Pakistan win Asian Squash Teams

Pakistan and Hong Kong China emerged winners of the men’s and women’s team events at the Asian squash championships on Saturday. Pakistan snuffed out Malaysia’s hopes of a title defence in two matches while Hong Kong China brushed aside India’s feeble opposition with a similar scoreline.

In the women’s event, India was outplayed by a resurgent Hong Kong China, a team the host had beaten in the league stage. Anaka Alankamony fought gallantly against Joey Chan, splitting the first two games and racing to 7-3 in the third. From then, Chan won six successive points to reach 9-7 and closed the game 11-9. A 9-3 lead in the fourth game was too much for her opponent to surmount as Chan sealed it 11-7. Joshna Chinappa (WISPA rank 31) experienced a 25-minute pasting at the hands of World. No. 18 Rebecca Chiu in the second match. Read more of this post

India beat Pakistan by 5 runs to win ICC World Twenty20

India 157/5 (20/20 ov) Gambhir 75, Rohit Sharma 30*; Pakistan 152 (19.3/20 ov) RP Singh 3/26, Irfan 3/16
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Cricket coaches

Most of the teams will have a new coach shortly. I have listed the existing World Cup coaches and their future plans
Australia – John Buchanan, announced retirement
Bangladesh – Dav Whatmore, wont renew contract
India – Greg Chappell, resigned
England – Duncan Fletcher, resigned
Ireland – Adrian Birrell, wont renew contract
West Indies – Bennett King, resigned
Sri Lanka – Tom Moody, ???
Pakistan – Bob Woolmer, RIP
New Zealand – John Bracewell, undicided on renewing contract
Netherlands – Peter Cantrell, resigned
Canada – Andy Pick, resigned

Cricket World Cup week 2

Mar 24 England won by 7 wickets (with 60 balls remaining). Kenya 177 (43/43 ov); England 178/3 (33/43 ov)

Mar 24 Australia won by 83 runs. Australia 377/6 (50 ov); South Africa 294 (48 ov)

Mar 23 West Indies won by 8 wickets (with 59 balls remaining) (D/L method). Ireland 183/8 (48/48 ov); West Indies 190/2 (38.1/48 ov)

Mar 23 Sri Lanka won by 69 runs. Sri Lanka 254/6 (50 ov); India 185 (43.3 ov)

Mar 22 Netherlands won by 8 wickets (with 157 balls remaining). Scotland 136 (34.1 ov); Netherlands 140/2 (23.5 ov)

Mar 22 New Zealand won by 114 runs. New Zealand 363/5 (50 ov); Canada 249 (49.2 ov)

Mar 21 Pakistan won by 93 runs (D/L method). Pakistan 349 (49.5 ov); Zimbabwe 99 (19.1/20 ov)

Mar 21 Sri Lanka won by 198 runs (D/L method). Sri Lanka 318/4 (50 ov); Bangladesh 112 (37/46 ov)

Mar 20 South Africa won by 7 wickets (with 160 balls remaining). Scotland 186/8 (50 ov); South Africa 188/3 (23.2 ov)

Mar 20 New Zealand won by 148 runs. New Zealand 331/7 (50 ov); Kenya 183 (49.2 ov)

Mar 19 West Indies won by 6 wickets (with 13 balls remaining). Zimbabwe 202/5 (50 ov); West Indies 204/4 (47.5 ov)

Mar 19 India won by 257 runs. India 413/5 (50 ov); Bermuda 156 (43.1 ov)

Mar 18 England won by 51 runs. England 279/6 (50 ov); Canada 228/7 (50 ov)

Mar 18 Australia won by 229 runs. Australia 358/5 (50 ov); Netherlands 129 (26.5 ov)

Bob Woolmer R.I.P

Bob Woolmer was one of world cricket’s most recognisable characters and authority. Following a successful England playing career of nineteen tests and six one-day internationals, Bob turned to coaching and arguably became the most successful international player-turned-coach. After success at county cricket, Woolmer’s international coaching career started in South Africa where he moulded a group of young players – all of whom were new to international cricket – into one of the best teams in world cricket at the time.

A pioneer in modern coaching methods, including the use of computer technology to analyse his opponents as well as hone his own player’s skills. Coaching was based on a simple premise: the more enjoyable he could make the game, the better his players would respond. Creative and adventurous and no two practice sessions were alike when Woolmer was in charge. Read more of this post

Cricket World Cup week 1

9th Match, Grp D: Ireland v Pakistan at Kingston – Mar 17
Ireland won by 3 wickets (with 32 balls remaining) (D/L method). Pakistan 132 (45.4 ov); Ireland 133/7 (41.4/47 ov)

8th Match, Grp B: Bangladesh v India at Port of Spain – Mar 17
Bangladesh won by 5 wickets (with 9 balls remaining). India 191 (49.3 ov); Bangladesh 192/5 (48.3 ov)

7th Match, Grp A: Netherlands v South Africa at Basseterre – Mar 16
South Africa won by 221 runs. South Africa 353/3 (40/40 ov); Netherlands 132/9 (40/40 ov)

6th Match, Grp C: England v New Zealand at Gros Islet – Mar 16
New Zealand won by 6 wickets (with 54 balls remaining). England 209/7 (50 ov); New Zealand 210/4 (41 ov)

5th Match, Grp D: Ireland v Zimbabwe at Kingston – Mar 15
Match tied. Ireland 221/9 (50 ov); Zimbabwe 221 (50 ov)

4th Match, Grp B: Bermuda v Sri Lanka at Port of Spain – Mar 15
Sri Lanka won by 243 runs. Sri Lanka 321/6 (50 ov); Bermuda 78 (24.4 ov)

3rd Match, Grp C: Canada v Kenya at Gros Islet – Mar 14
Kenya won by 7 wickets (with 40 balls remaining). Canada 199 (50 ov); Kenya 203/3 (43.2 ov)

2nd Match, Grp A: Australia v Scotland at Basseterre – Mar 14
Australia won by 203 runs. Australia 334/6 (50 ov); Scotland 131 (40.1 ov)

1st Match, Grp D: West Indies v Pakistan at Kingston – Mar 13
West Indies won by 54 runs. West Indies 241/9 (50 ov); Pakistan 187 (47.2 ov)

Topsy turvey cricket

2nd Ashes Test Australia v England, Adelaide, Australia won by 6 wickets
England 1st Innings 551 for 6 decl (168.0 overs) 2nd Innings 129 all out (73.0 overs)
Australia 1st Innings 513 all out (165.3 overs) 2nd Innings 168 for 4 (32.5 overs)
England’s 551/6  is the higest declared first innings total for a team losing a match

Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif have been acquitted by the tribunal appointed to review their appeals against the drugs ban imposed on them by an earlier committee.

Warid Pakistan Open, Islamabad Finals

[2] Thierry Lincou (Fra) bt [5] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) 11/8, 6/11, 11/5, 11/5 (53m)

Warid Pakistan Open, Qtrs and Semis

Semi-finals:
[5] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [8] Ramy Ashour (EGY) 11/9, 11/3, 5/11, 5/11, 11/8
[2] Thierry Lincou (FRA) bt [6] Karim Darwish (EGY) 4/11, 11/6, 11/7, 4/1 (retired)

Quarter-finals:
[5] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [1] Amr Shabana (EGY) 11-7, 7-4 ret
[8] Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt [3] Anthony Ricketts (AUS) 11-3, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8 (53m)
[6] Karim Darwish (EGY) bt [4] James Willstrop (ENG) 10-11 (0-2), 11-10 (2-0), 10-11 (0-2), 11-6, 11-10 (2-0) (73m)
[2] Thierry Lincou (FRA) bt [7] Stewart Boswell (AUS) 5-11, 11-10 (3-1), 11-9, 11-9 (58m)