Indo-Pak clash stirs Lankan passion

At noon when the media bus started its trip from the Singhalese Sports Club, the headquarters of Sri Lanka Cricket, towards R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, the city streets were almost deserted as Sunday is the weekly holiday in the country. And that was why it took only ten minutes to reach the destination, which is not the case on regular office

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Indo-Pak battle today

The fixity of purpose is often not good enough when India and Pakistan lock horns in any format of the game because it requires more than that. There will likely be no exception to that general rule when the two perennial rivals meet in a crucial Super Eights match of the ICC World Twenty20 at the R Premadasa Cricket Stadium today. The relative skills and strengths at times takes

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Take a long view

Bangladesh cricket is in a strange place now. The Tigers’ winless exit from the ICC World Twenty20 should not be cause for outrage, neither can it be said that it was expected. If the emotions of a cricket-crazed nation can be pushed aside for a moment, the impression that emerges is that Bangladesh’s World Twenty20 campaign has not really revealed anything new about the country’s

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Super-Eights begin today

Bangladesh may have bowed out with a heart-breaking loss to Pakistan on Tuesday, but the World Twenty 20 shifts into a higher gear today as the Super Eights round kicks-off an intense battle for the semifinal berths.
The preliminary league, which ended on Tuesday, separated the men from the boys as Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Ireland all exited the competition. Interestingly, all eight seeded

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Shakib show in vain

It was an outstanding knock from an outstanding player. But Shakib Al Hasan’s masterful 84-run innings was still not good enough for Bangladesh as they crashed out of the ICC World Twenty20 after defeat to Pakistan at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium last night.
In the end, Pakistan chased down the Tigers’ challenging total of 175, Bangladesh’s highest

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‘We failed to back up Shakib’

Praising Shakib Al Hasan’s innings highly, Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim held the conditions responsible for their failure in the ICC World Twenty20 yesterday. The wicketkeeper-batsman in the post-match briefing said that his team lost the game, against Pakistan by eight wickets, despite putting up a challenging total on the board mainly because of their

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Backfiring bouncers

There has been much talk of executing plans in the lead-up to Bangladesh’s ICC World Twenty20 encounter with Pakistan and if those plans were being executed when the Tigers took the field to defend an admirable total of 175 after a Shakib Al Hasan special, then there is cause for concern.
The first three overs went well with 23 runs coming off them and might have even netted the

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Disappointed, but hopeful

Over the past few weeks in Bangladesh, a lot of hype has surrounded the Tigers’ participation in the ongoing ICC World Twenty20. Expectations were really high this time as the team management and players had talked up their chances of reaching the Super Eights stage as well as putting in a good show in the T20 mega event well before other participating teams. Bangladesh had

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‘Nothing to lose’

Bangladesh have to play their best T20 match if they want to turn the tables against mighty Pakistan in their second and final group match and qualify for the Super Eights of the ICC World Twenty20. A win will not be good enough for the Tigers; they have to win the match by a margin that apparently seems beyond their reach but Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim looked as confident as he

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NZ through despite defeat

Pakistan provided strong evidence on Sunday during their first group match against New Zealand why they were considered top favourites in the ICC World Twenty20. First, Pakistan’s top order dominated New Zealand’s bowling under sunny skies in Pallekele and then their variety of bowling led by leading T20I wicket-taker Saeed Ajmal, who claimed four wickets yesterday, ensured

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Question of strength

The Tigers are dejected but not completely shattered by the 59-run defeat against New Zealand on Friday. True, Bangladesh had focussed all their energy on this particular match before the start of the tournament but the team now realises that there is a huge difference in strength between them and the other top teams in the newest format of the game. Richard Pybus’s charges

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Tigers intent on team effort

The focus will be on champion all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan when Bangladesh play their first match in the ICC World Twenty20 against New Zealand at the Pallekele International Stadium today.
While it is true that the team effort will be key for Bangladesh to realise their ambition of qualifying for the Super Eight stage, Shakib can be the crucial difference between the

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A better unit if not best

In a career blighted by series of injuries, Mashrafee bin Murtaza has had many regrets as he missed the 2011 World Cup at home, lost the glory of becoming the first Test captain to win a Test series overseas.
If Mashrafee makes a shortlist of his injury-toll, he will probably find the Bangladesh-New Zealand one-day series in 2010 also in it. He began the series as the skipper but could bowl just

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Pace & pitch cause concern for Tigers

To both Mushfiqur Rahim and Ross Taylor there was a common question – if they see any similarity between Pallekele International Stadium and Queenstown Events Park in New Zealand?
The questioner was so obsessed with the so called beauty of Pallekele that he was looking for a certificate from the captains that it is indeed comparable with the picturesque

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