From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.25 :: Jun. 20, 2009
A combination of factors led to India’s downfall in the ICC World Twenty20 Championship, and not in the least was its top-order batsmen’s weakness against short-pitched deliveries. W. V. Raman analyses what went wrong with India’s campaign.
The chase goes awry
The Indian batsmen were done in by the bounce at Lord’s as the England pacemen put in a lot of effort to extract that extra bit from the surface. It was a disappointing performance by the defending champion. S. Dinakar reports.
SUPER EIGHT: SRI LANKA V IRELAND
Lanka survives a scare
Requiring 18 off the last over, Ireland, chasing 145, fell short by nine runs. It was a match where Ireland tested the Lankan resolve, writes S. Dinakar.
SUPER EIGHT: NEW ZELAND V PAKISTAN
Umar Gul's dream spell
The Pakistan quickie, who was twice on a hat-trick, became the first bowler to take five wickets in a Twenty20 international. Paul Weaver reports.
SUPER EIGHT: SOUTH AFRICA V WEST INDIES
Young blood flourish
For South Africa, Wayne Parnell took four for 13 from his four overs and displayed all the ingredients necessary for a long international career in any form of the game. For West Indies, Lendl Simmons excelled, cracking a dashing 77 from 50 balls and ensuring that the South Africans had to work hard for their win. By Vic Marks.
SUPER EIGHT: PAKISTAN V SRI LANKA
Malinga’s deadly strikes
The Sri Lankan fast bowler flummoxed Pakistan with his swing, speed and changes in pace as the islanders defended their modest total with verve. S. Dinakar reports.
SUPER EIGHT: SOUTH AFRICA V ENGLAND
Programmed to win
South Africa dismantled England by seven wickets in a great show of detached and ruthless efficiency.
SUPER EIGHT: WEST INDIES V INDIA
Bravo, the match-winner
The West Indian all-rounder paced his innings well, rotating the strike after his team lost both its openers and then launching into the bigger strokes with a calm mind and sure footwork when the asking rate climbed. He innovated and created without appearing to slog at any point, writes S. Dinakar.
SUPER EIGHT: NEW ZEALAND V IRELAND
Redmond on song
Aaron Redmond, called up from Farnworth in the Bolton League only 24 hours earlier as a replacement for Jesse Ryder, struck 63 from 30 balls to clinch an easy victory for New Zealand against surprise qualifier Ireland. By David Hopps.
Test cricket is still revered
The ICC World Twenty20 is a big draw, but there still is considerable focus on the upcoming Ashes Series. All the tickets have been sold out, notes S. Dinakar.
Cause and effect!
Australia’s early elimination from World Twenty20 has made us all laugh, but it will not decide the fate of the Ashes series, writes David Hopps.
The Scot became the first Briton to win at Queen's since Bunny Austin in 1938, the same year that Austin became the last British man to reach the Wimbledon final, Fred Perry having won the championship from 1934 to 1936, writes Steve Bierley.
All eyes on Federer
Everything is in place for another edition of everybody’s favourite tournament, The Championships. Just don’t expect a reprise of last year’s final. That would be asking too much, writes Kunal Diwan.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who is poised to complete a record £80m move to Real Madrid, deserves to be bracketed with Manchester United’s Best. The club and English football will surely miss him and his palette of tricks, writes Richard Williams.
World Cup picture
The talent available to Brazil, most of it playing in Europe, quite a lot of it even in Russia, is super abundant.
Mediocre, nothing more
Though the deadline for qualification for the World Championship in Berlin stretches right up to August 3, it is almost immaterial how many would eventually qualify. Global meets have remained beyond the reach of Indians through the years bar the odd sparkle and thus qualification itself becomes meaningless, writes K. P. Mohan.
While Western Railway won the A. P. Paulraj Trophy, defeating ONGC 68-56 in the final, Southern Railway lifted the Marcella Memorial Trophy for women.
‘Winning is a lot more sweet now’
Until last season, Jenson Button was just another also-ran — the perennial underachiever. But this year, he is destroying the opposition. He has won six of the seven races so far — a record equalled by only a handful of drivers. Formula One’s Nearly Man, who became the Nowhere Man, is now simply The Man. The F1 front-runner in a chat with Simon Hattenstone.
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