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Monday, 24 September 2012

ICC T20 World Cup Super 8 Tickets Online

ICC T20 World Cup Tickets Online

T20 World Cup 2012 Tickets Online Booking began on August 1. The World T20 2012 begins on September 18, with the warm-ups to be played about a week leading up to the tournament. Online booking started from August 1 and you can still buy World T20 2012 tickets for the games at Colombo, Kandy and Hambantota, which, we must say are selling like hot cakes.

The reason for that is that the t20 world cup 2012 tickets cost very less this year. For some of the games, you can buy the World T20 2012 for a low a $0.25 while the highest range ticket will cost you only around $7!

In the first round, Hambantota will take the peach of attention as it plays host to Sri Lanka’s matches. T20 World Cup expected to bring 25,000 visitors to Sri Lanka.

T20 World Cup 2012 Tickets Prices in Sri Lanka: Prices for foreigners have been kept as cheap as $0.25 during group matches. The rates will enhance during Super 8 stage, reaching its zenith at $45 when the finals come through. There may be cut-throat competition for tickets if India or Pakistan reaches the finals with the host. T20 World Cup 2012 Tickets buy online via ICC’s Ticketing Partner Eticketing.

Unfortunately, the T20 world cup 2012 final match tickets have been SOLD OUT but fret not, you can still buy the tickets for the all the remaining games!

How to buy T20 Super 8 Cricket tickets Online?

You can log on to the official ICC Cricket site at www.icc-cricket.com and buy tickets online and buyers must produce a receipt confirming their purchase to redeem their match ticket at the box office.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Will Indians get their confidence back?

Courtesy: Times of India

COLOMBO: India's worries at the World Twenty20 don't just end with their bowling attack being the weakest. They also have an opening pair that can do so much, but is doing very little.

Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir are amongst the greatest openers India have produced and combine into one of the most dangerous opening partnerships in the last few years in world cricket, across all formats. Amongst the top six opening pairs in terms of runs in international cricket, this pair is the only one to have managed a 50-plus average (52.69 in Tests and 51.74 in ODIs).

However, in the 18-month period since the 2011 World Cup, the duo seems to have lost their mojo. The Delhi pair's opening average of 54.90 has dropped to 50.32. And that seems to be hurting Indian cricket big time. Sample this: In 17 partnerships for the first wicket this year, Gambhir and Sehwag have aggregated 379 at an average of 22.29, including two fifties.

In this period, Gambhir has aggregated just 1044 runs in 26 games @ 37.28, while Sehwag has been worse, with 500 runs in 17 games @ 23.80. Gambhir at least has a couple of fifties and seven hundreds against his name in this phase, while Sehwag just has a couple of fifties to talk about. They have been 'consistently inconsistent.' To make matters worse, there were rumours that both were embroiled in a rift with skipper MS Dhoni.

On Monday, in the warm-up game against Pakistan, Gambhir managed 10, while Sehwag, despite looking good for a big score, managed just 26.

On Wednesday, Gambhir scored 10 before playing on, while Sehwag, after getting beaten numerous times by left-arm pacer Shapoor Zadran, was caught behind off a beauty for eight. It might seem unfair to criticise such great players after just one game into the tournament, but, the fact is, it is high time they got back to their best individually and as a pair.

Since the World Cup triumph last year, Sehwag, 33, has hit just one hundred, which was the record 219 against West Indies in an ODI at Indore. His average in this period is a lowly 31.25, while Gambhir's is slightly better at 33.68.

India need more from them, since their failures are putting too much pressure on the hugely consistent Virat Kohli, who could succumb to the law of averages and fail. Both can rest easy since the only other in-form opener in India at the moment, Ajinkya Rahane, who sizzled in the IPL, isn't even in the squad.

When quizzed on how long the team will cope with these non-performing assets, Kohli said: "I believe that in T20, if you play with a settled composition, the team benefits . If you change it and it doesn't work, it leaves a negative impact on the side, especially in the batting department.

"In the bowling department, you can experiment. A batting order is set. If the top three score well, then you can change the lower order, but changing the combo otherwise is not good.

"Besides, in T20 you don't need an 80-90 run opening stand. You need a start of 40-45 . Only one match has been played so far and the kind of openers we have, they are capable of giving us a good start at a brisk pace when they click."

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

CSK vs Mumbai - LIVE IPL 5 MATCH

Courtesy - CricketNext.in

Doug Bollinger v Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar's decision to relieve himself of the Mumbai captaincy could be bad news for other teams. Having recently got the monkey of 100 international centuries off his back, Tendulkar will not have the pressure of captaincy on his shoulders in IPL 5, and there is enough reason to believe that this will allow him to bat in a more dominating manner.

Doug Bollinger, Chennai's left-arm quick, has proven an accurate and hostile prospect with the new ball and has often provided strikes at the top. How he bowls to Tendulkar could be captivating, considering neither bowler nor batsman is prone to going onto the defensive. Bollinger has found lift from the MA Chidambaram Stadium pitch before, and is likely to test out a 38-year-old Tendulkar.

Versus Bollinger, Tendulkar has scored 14 runs in 20 deliveries across three matches in two seasons of the IPL, with the Australian bowler claiming his wicket once during IPL 4 in a match Mumbai won by eight runs. In that match, the 37th of the tournament, Tendulkar faced only eight deliveries and all were bowled by Bollinger. Tendulkar was dismissed by Bollinger too, undone by a sharp bouncer that gained on him and drew the edge to the slips. A repeat would send the Chennai crowd, known to support Tendulkar at full tilt when he plays for India, into raptures. Equally, should Tendulkar come out aggressively against Bollinger, you can expect the fans to have plenty to clap about.

Lasith Malinga v Suresh Raina

Suresh Raina's stock as an international player has fallen – he has scored just three half-centuries in 18 ODI innings going back to October 2011 – and his troubles against quality short-pitched bowling has been a feature throughout. Malinga is one of the toughest bowlers to get away in Twenty20 cricket, and remains Mumbai's best chance at taking wickets. Raina remains a pivotal player for Chennai, if not their biggest match-winner, and Mumbai will need Malinga to rattle him early. How Malinga varies his devilish yorkers and speedy bouncers against Raina is another battle to watch out for. The Sri Lankan speedster could be itching to dismiss Raina, having failing to do so in the IPL's history (he has conceded 32 runs off 30 balls bowled to Raina in five matches across two seasons).

Rohit Sharma v Ravindra Jadeja

On the one side is Rohit Sharma, an outrageously talented batsman yet to cash his cheque at the international level. On the other is Ravindra Jadeja, an spin-bowling allrounder who many feel – and with good reason – is overrated as an international player. Rohit joined the Mumbai set-up ahead of IPL 3, while Jadeja is now with Chennai having been purchased for a jaw-dropping $20 million in this year's auction. How one player, widely believed to be more talented than the batsmen who have leapfrogged him in the Indian team, pits himself against the other, who will have to justify his exorbitant price tag, could be exciting to watch too. They are undoubtedly major players for their respective teams, and considering the quagmire that Indian cricket finds itself in, the two could seriously benefit from a strong IPL season.

R Ashwin v Kieron Pollard

Aggressive batsman? Check. Aggressive spinner? Check. Kieron Pollard against R Ashwin is another appetizing prospect. Pollard has often treated spinners with disdain in the IPL, but up against a master of the Twenty20 format he could be in for a duel. Ashwin has proven himself with the new ball in the IPL, and has dismissed some big names; perhaps most famously he snared Chris Gayle for 0 in the final of the 2011 IPL, having got Gayle's wicket cheaply in the first Qualifier a few days earlier.
Incredibly, Pollard has only faced Ashwin once in the IPL, during a league match in 2010 in Chennai. In that match, he scored just two runs off four balls faced from the Chennai offspinner before skying a catch to the deep. If Ashwin has overs left by the time Pollard walks out – MS Dhoni does not normally keep him for the latter half of an innings – it will be fascinating to watch how the West Indian treats him.

Harbhajan Singh v MS Dhoni

Bitter from being dropped from the national team last year, Harbhajan Singh – now in the role of Mumbai captain – has plenty to prove in the IPL. He has tasted success as leader of the franchise in last year's Champions League Twenty20 which Mumbai won, but his bowling of late on the domestic circuit for Punjab has been disappointing. For Harbhajan, IPL 5 is a big platform to launch a comeback. He needs wickets, and lots of them, and perhaps the captaincy will further inspire him to excel. Leading arguably the second best team on paper, with the title of Champions League winner on his chest – Mumbai beat Chennai in the tournament last year – Harbhajan has some serious pressure riding on him.

His opposite number, Dhoni, is coming off a poor tour of Australia and the Asia Cup, in which India failed to reach the final. With an excellent track record with Chennai and a well-knit unit that he can rely on, Dhoni can take plenty of confidence. He has admitted previously that captaining Chennai – whose owner is also the BCCI president – is often tougher than leading India and those words could ring loudly in Dhoni's head this season. Chennai are defending champions, and getting off to a strong start is crucial.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Record T20 Cricket

Cricket Australia said it was forced to consider if it should host more Twenty20 games than ODIs after an 84-year-old record was shattered in terms of crowd presence during the first T20 International against India here on Wednesday.

A record 59,659 fans turned up to witness the first T20 game between India and Australia at the Stadium Australia, also known as ANZ Stadium. "It beat the 58,446 SCG crowd that watched England in 1928," a report in the 'Herald Sun' read. CA chief executive James Sutherland said demand for T20 cricket warranted a review of Australia's international calendar. The eight-team Big Bash League has also attracted more than 550,000 fans and doubled pay-TV ratings. "Twenty20 cricket has never been more popular in Australia. I'm a little bit troubled by the fact we play a two-match Twenty 20 series. It doesn't quite make sense," Sutherland said.

"I'd like to think that down the track we could change that. It's something that we'll certainly look at. We're not looking to play more international cricket so there will be a reduction in other forms and that won't be Tests." Sutherland was enthusiastic about ANZ Stadium's debut as an international cricket venue and also its potential for the 2015 World Cup. "It's a good sign. The opportunity is there for 2015 where we're going to have a lot of cricket matches here in Australia and we want the biggest and the best venues," he said. "The reality is that outside of the MCG there is no other ground that holds this many people. The opportunity for access to fans is second only to the MCG and Sydney is the biggest city in Australia."

ICC T20 World Cup Schedule

The Twenty20 World Cup 2012 is the 4th edition of the T20 World Cup. This international T20 cricketing event will be hosted by the island country of Sri Lanka. In fact, this is the first time that this grand tournament will be hosted by an Asian country. The official dates have been announced by the ICC, the championship will start from September 18, 2012 and continue up to the first week of the November. Just like all other cricket tournaments and series, the ICC World T20 Championship is a part of the innovative Future Tour Programs (FTP).

The ICC has released the official cricket fixture of the World T20 to the public and the media, as assured by the officials at ICC last year. This time, the number of qualifying teams has been raised from 12 to 16. This implies, the minnows and the associate countries stand a chance to compete against the big teams and gain experience. For that, a qualifying round will be held in the first quarter of 2012. The first game of the ICC T20 World Championship 2012 will be underway from Tuesday, September 18, 2012. The matches will be held in Galle, Kandy and Colombo. The finals, though, will be held at the legendary R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. It is one of the magnificent cricketing venues of the modern age.

Date Local GMT Match Details Venue
18-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Group C : Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe, 1st T20 Hambantota
19-Sep-2012 15:30 10:00 Group B : Australia vs TBC, 2nd T20 Colombo
19-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Group A : India vs TBC, 3rd T20 Colombo
20-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Group C : South Africa vs Zimbabwe, 4th T20 Hambantota
21-Sep-2012 15:30 10:00 Group D : New Zealand vs Bangladesh, 5th T20 Kandy
21-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Group A : England vs TBC, 6th T20 Colombo
22-Sep-2012 15:30 10:00 Group C : Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 7th T20 Hambantota
22-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Group B : Australia vs West Indies, 8th T20 Colombo
23-Sep-2012 15:30 10:00 Group D : New Zealand vs Pakistan, 9th T20 Kandy
23-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Group A : England vs India, 10th T20 Colombo
24-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Group B : West Indies vs TBC, 11th T20 Colombo
25-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Group D : Bangladesh vs Pakistan, 12th T20 Kandy
27-Sep-2012 15:30 10:00 Super Eights, Group 1 : TBC vs TBC, 13th T20 Kandy
27-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Super Eights, Group 1 : TBC vs TBC, 14th T20 Kandy
28-Sep-2012 15:30 10:00 Super Eights, Group 2 : TBC vs TBC, 15th T20 Colombo
28-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Super Eights, Group 2 : TBC vs TBC, 16th T20 Colombo
29-Sep-2012 15:30 10:00 Super Eights, Group 1 : TBC vs TBC, 17th T20 Kandy
29-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Super Eights, Group 1 : TBC vs TBC, 18th T20 Kandy
30-Sep-2012 15:30 10:00 Super Eights, Group 2 : TBC vs TBC, 19th T20 Colombo
30-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Super Eights, Group 2 : TBC vs TBC, 20th T20 Colombo
1-Oct-2012 15:30 10:00 Super Eights, Group 1 : TBC vs TBC, 21st T20 Kandy
1-Oct-2012 19:30 14:00 Super Eights, Group 1 : TBC vs TBC, 22nd T20 Kandy
2-Oct-2012 15:30 10:00 Super Eights, Group 2 : TBC vs TBC, 23rd T20 Colombo
2-Oct-2012 19:30 14:00 Super Eights, Group 2 : TBC vs TBC, 24th T20 Colombo
4-Oct-2012 19:00 13:30 TBC vs TBC, 1st Semi Final T20 Colombo
5-Oct-2012 19:00 13:30 TBC vs TBC, 2nd Semi Final T20 Colombo
7-Oct-2012 19:00 13:30 TBC vs TBC, Final T20 Colombo

Monday, 23 January 2012

CT20 Finals - Trinidad & Tobago meets Jamaica


BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - Defending champions Trinidad & Tobago surged into the final of the Caribbean Twenty20 cricket competition here Saturday with a five-wicket win over Barbados in a low-scoring semifinal at Kensington Oval.

Trinidad & Tobago will meet Jamaica in the final, after it earlier eased past the Windward Islands by five wickets.

The Trinidadian bowlers limited Barbados to 90 all out off 19.5 overs with spinners Sunil Narine (2-10) and Samuel Badree (2-11) stifling the hosts with two wickets apiece. West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo took 3-23. Kieron Pollard hit an unbeaten 31 and shared an unbroken sixth wicket stand of 48 with Jason Mohammed (11 not out) to see Trinidad & Tobago progress to Sunday's final.

Narine collected the key scalp of Dwayne Smith, who chipped to midwicket and Badree removed captain Kirk Edwards and Kevin Stoute to reduce Barbados to 27-3. The innings never recovered despite Shane Dowrich’s topscore of 22. Barbados’ bowlers hit back strongly and reduced the visitors to 45-5, with Ryan Hinds and Fidel Edwards claiming two wickets apiece to fire up a huge crowd of 10,000.

Hinds (2-32) removed West Indies stars Adrian Barath and Dwayne Bravo and Edwards (2-21) claimed fellow internationals Lendl Simmons and Darren Bravo. Pollard, lucky to survive a return chance to Sulieman Benn when he was two, steadied the Trinidad & Tobago innings with Mohammed. Earlier, leg-spinner Odean Brown and left-arm seamers Sheldon Cotterell and Krishmar Santokie each claimed two wickets to restrict the previously unbeaten Windward Islands to 98-8 off 20 overs.

Wicketkeeper Lindon James topscored with 37 not out and opener Johnson Charles compiled 29. Jamaica’s chase was not particularly fluent but captain David Bernard (22), Nkrumah Bonner (19) and Marlon Samuels (16) ensured their side’s advance.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

I want to play for India, tweets Chris Gayle

West Indies batsmen and former captain, Chris Gayle cracked a joke on Twitter saying that he wants to play for India in the fourth Test against Australia at Adelaide.

Gayle tweeted, “I’m waiting on clearance from BCCI to play in the 4th test against Australia! Fingers cross, I will get a crack at swing swung 4 prank! LOL.”

Last year, Gayle the southpaw had accused the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) of playing “mind games” with him, and constantly ignoring him from the national selection.

Gayle was left out of the West Indies team after the World Cup for making inflammatory remarks against the board.

The West Indies Players Association (WIPA) has filed a $20 million lawsuit against the WICB for refusing to issue No Objection Certificate (NOC) to Gayle, Dwayne Smith and Kieron Pollard for taking part in lucrative Twenty20 leagues.

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