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Mar 22, 2014

Cricket-Sammy stonewalls Raina’s ‘can’t rotate’ jibe

MIRPUR, Bangladesh, March 22 (Reuters) – West Indies captain Darren Sammy laughed off Indian batsman Suresh Raina’s claim that the big-hitting Caribbean cricketers cannot rotate the strike and dared the Indians to stop his batsmen from hitting sixes in Sunday’s World Twenty20 match.

Having played against and with West Indies players in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 competition, Raina did not doubt the big-hitting prowess of Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo or Marlon Samuels.

Mar 22, 2014

Australia up for spin challenge, says Bailey

MIRPUR, Bangladesh (Reuters) – Visiting teams have often found themselves tied up in tangles by the local tweakers on the sub-continental dustbowls, but Australia captain George Bailey asserted his team is up to the spin challenge in the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

South Asian teams have traditionally built their attack around spin bowlers who often paralysed the leaden-footed visitors on the low, slow tracks of the region.

Mar 22, 2014

Cricket-Australia up for spin challenge, says Bailey

MIRPUR, Bangladesh, March 22 (Reuters) – Visiting teams have often found themselves tied up in tangles by the local tweakers on the sub-continental dustbowls, but Australia captain George Bailey asserted his team is up to the spin challenge in the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

South Asian teams have traditionally built their attack around spin bowlers who often paralysed the leaden-footed visitors on the low, slow tracks of the region.

Mar 22, 2014

England’s Wright ruled out of World T20 with injury

MIRPUR, Bangladesh (Reuters) – England all-rounder Luke Wright was ruled out of the World Twenty20 with a side strain on Saturday while recuperating Australian James Faulkner will miss Sunday’s super 10 match against Pakistan.

Barely hours before the already-depleted English side begin their Super 10 campaign against New Zealand in Chittagong, 29-year-old Wright joined Joe Root and Ben Stokes in being forced out of the former winners’ squad with injury.

Mar 22, 2014

Cricket-England’s Wright ruled out of World T20 with injury

MIRPUR, Bangladesh, March 22 (Reuters) – England all-rounder Luke Wright was ruled out of the World Twenty20 with a side strain on Saturday while recuperating Australian James Faulkner will miss Sunday’s super 10 match against Pakistan.

Barely hours before the already-depleted English side begin their Super 10 campaign against New Zealand in Chittagong, 29-year-old Wright joined Joe Root and Ben Stokes in being forced out of the former winners’ squad with injury.

Mar 21, 2014

Kohli helps India maintain World Cup record against Pakistan

MIRPUR, Bangladesh (Reuters) – India maintained their impeccable World Cup record against Pakistan after Virat Kohli’s fluent 36 not out powered them to a seven-wicket victory against the arch-rivals in a group two super 10 stage match of the World Twenty20 on Friday.

Put into bat, Pakistan did not get the flying start they were looking for and could not mount a late assault either against India’s disciplined bowlers who restricted them to 130-7 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Mar 21, 2014

Cricket-Kohli helps India maintain World Cup record against Pakistan

MIRPUR, Bangladesh, March 21 (Reuters) – India maintained their impeccable World Cup record against Pakistan after Virat Kohli’s fluent 36 not out powered them to a seven-wicket victory against the arch-rivals in a group two super 10 stage match of the World Twenty20 on Friday.

Put into bat, Pakistan did not get the flying start they were looking for and could not mount a late assault either against India’s disciplined bowlers who restricted them to 130-7 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Mar 20, 2014

Dhoni glad Indo-Pak tension has eased

MIRPUR, Bangladesh (Reuters) – The Indo-Pak cricket rivalry traditionally lived up to the Orwellian concept of serious sport – war minus shooting – but India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is glad the tension has finally eased.

The bitter South Asian rivals have fought three wars in their brief independent histories and remain deeply mistrustful of each other.

Mar 20, 2014

Hafeez relishes Pakistan’s all-round riches

MIRPUR, Bangladesh (Reuters) – Leading a side teeming with all-rounders, Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez enjoys an embarrassment of riches that he believes will give the 2009 champions a definite edge in the World Twenty20.

“We do believe we have good all-rounders in our side,” Hafeez told reporters on the eve of Friday’s Super 10 opener against arch-rivals India at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.

Mar 20, 2014

Cricket-Hafeez relishes Pakistan’s all-round riches

MIRPUR, Bangladesh, March 20 (Reuters) – Leading a side teeming with all-rounders, Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez enjoys an embarrassment of riches that he believes will give the 2009 champions a definite edge in the World Twenty20.

“We do believe we have good all-rounders in our side,” Hafeez told reporters on the eve of Friday’s Super 10 opener against arch-rivals India at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.