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Rawaplindi Rams won the Faysal Bank Super Eight T20 Cup 2011

Posted by FALCONZ on July 2, 2011 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Rawalpindi Rams became the new Pakistan Twenty20 Champions 2011 for the first time after clinching the Faysal Bank National Twenty20 Cup crown at Iqbal Stadium Faisalabad.

It was sensational win for Rawalpindi Rams at the end of a thrilling final. They ran around the field in a victory lap. Thoroughly deserving win, they held their nerve in the super over, both with bat and ball. Karachi will be left wondering, what if, but that's the way Twenty20 goes. It was a thrilling match final of the tournament which began with Karachi Dolphins putting in to bat first. Asad Shafiq gave a brisk start to Dolphins with his brilliant 36 runs laced with six fours. Soon after their wicket fell at 24 runs, Rameez Raja took the responsibility and scored impressive 64 runs with the help of four fours and five sixes and was ably assisted by Khalid Latif who remained unbeaten with 36 runs. Rawalpindi gifted 13 extras runs to their opponents. For Rams, Raza Hasan was the main wicket taker who grabbed three wickets for 24. Karachi Dolphins scored 164-5 in 20 Overs target for Rawalpindi rams is 165. Rawalpindi Rams’ start was not off the mark as they lost two of their wickets earlier on 11 runs But opener Awais Zia carried on his superb innings scoring 43 runs wrapped with seven fours and one six. Later, Umar Amin took the responsibility and remained unbeaten on 32 runs with the help of one six. Adnan Mufti (31) and Hammad Azam (23) batted well but Sohail Khan (five wickets for 23) and Azam Hussain (two wickets for 31) stopped Rams to chase target and result was match draw. In super over, Rawalpindi batted first and gave the target of 17 runs. In reply, Khalid Latif hit six on first ball but caught out on the next one. Raza Hasan bowled tightly and didn’t give any chance to Dolphins to score.

(Tournament’s best)

Batsman: Rameez Raja (Karachi Dolphins)

Bowler: Sohail Khan (Karachi Dolphins)

Fielders: Misbahul Haq (Faisalabad Wolves) and Rameez Raja (Karachi Dolphins)

Wicket-keepers: Kamran Akmal (Lahore Lions) and Sarfraz Ahmed (Karachi Dolphins)



Afridi Announced as Captain for One of Seven Teams in Srilanka's T20 Premier League 2011

Posted by FALCONZ on May 1, 2011 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Sri Lanka Plained own T20-Premier League (SL-T20-PL) Tournament., Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardane, Kumar Sangakkara and T. M. Dilshan, Chaminda Vaas will lead seven Provincial teams in Tournament.

The Sri Lanka T20 Premier League will feature almost 35 international cricketing stars and will be the first of its kind in Sri Lanka.The event organisrs, Somerert Entertainment Ventures (SEV) have found a window for the tournament which is sandwiched between Sri Lanka’s tour of England and Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka.The event will kick off on July 15th and will go on for 18 days. Twenty four hotly contested matches, including the two semi-finals and the final, will be played at the R. Premadasa Stadium. There will be two matches on certain days.Dashing opener T. M. Dilshan will lead Basnahira while Kumar Sangakkara (Kandurata), Mahela Jayawardane (Wayamba), Sanath Jayasuriya (Ruhuna) and Chaminda Vaas (Uva) will be the other captains.Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi (Nagenahira) and New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori (Uthura) have been chosen to lead two provinces that were isolated from the game for ages due to the civil war.Five overseas players could be registered to a provincial team but only four will be allowed to play in a match. Sri Lankan national selectors and cricket authorities have agreed to blood as many youngsters and almost 70 Sri Lankan cricketers will be registered in the seven team tournament.Almost all Pakistani national cricketers will be invited to play in the SLPL. Factually, Sri Lanka was Pakistan’s adopted home in the 2011 Cricket World Cup concluded last month as they played all their first round matches in Sri Lanka.In addition to that, Chris Gayle and the Bravo cousins (Dwayne and Darren) from West Indies, Pathan brothers (Irfan and Yousuf) from India, Herschelle Gibbs, David Warner and Shaun Tait will be seen in action on Sri Lankan soil.The availability of retired great Muttiah Muralitharan is not yet confirmed but some unconfirmed sources revealed that he is eager to play in the series.

India wins the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

Posted by FALCONZ on April 3, 2011 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Mahendra Singh Dhoni impressive (91 not out) and Gautam Gambhir  smashing 97 innings  lead India to their second Cricket World Cup triumph after thrashing Sri Lanka by 6 wickets to win the ICC World Cup 2011 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

India had lost the toss. With the toss it also lost the opportunity to bat first, which was supposed to be more favorable in these circumstances at Mumbai.India, which was branded as the team of experienced batsmen and weaker bowling attack did a good start with bowling, with Zaheer Khan bowling 3 maiden overs (without giving any run) and one wicket in his first spell.Sri Lankan team looked in pressure and wasn't playing their best. While the run rate was hovering  between 3 to 4 runs per over, chasing the runs was looking an easy task for Indians.It was in the last 7 overs with the help of Jayewerdene's smart 109 runs knock, Sri Lankan almost scored around 70 runs, thus taking the total to a challenging score of 274.

It was India's turn. Crowd was happy, India had made runs like 330, and 300 before. With the strong batting line up it seemed a very easy task but only before India's most aggressive batsman Virender Sehwag got out for 0 in the very second ball of the second inning. He became the victim of Sri Lanka's aggresive bowler Malinga.Things were trying to come to normal,  but before that could happen India got another blow in the form of the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar, who is the hero of this world cup and there was a time when the whole Indian team was dependent on him.

When Sachin Tendulkar used to get out, all other Indian wickets used to fall like a pack of card.But young talented batsmen of India who took over the command didn't let Sri Lanka watch falling pack of cards. Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli who came next, stabilized the conditions with their 83 runs partnership with frequent boundaries .Virat Kohli was later catch and bowled by Dilshan. Kohli drove and tried to get it back past the bowler, towards long-on, but Dilshan just sticked his right hand up in the air, almost in front of the non-striker's face, and plucked a magnificent catch!

It was the Indian captain who came next, the captain was criticized by many because of his poor form in the tournament. But it was his day and he came to prove his capabilities, Dhoni with 109 runs partnership with Gautam Gambhir had shown India that victory is not far away. Gautam Gambhir was bowled by Perera, he missed his century by 3 runs but added a brilliant contribution for the team.And then came Yuvraj Singh, the man who is known as mister dependable. They say that Yuvraj Singh plays his best knock when India really needs him, he has been the match winner for India a numerous times. Either with his part time bowling or aggressive smart bowling. In quarterfinals the way he played to knock out three time consecutive world champions, Australia.At the exit of Gautam Gambhir, people were sad, but those who had lost hope after the exit of Sachin Tendulkar were now convinced that now victory is possible.Dhoni and yuvraj with frequent boundaries established a small required partnership and when only 6 runs were needed to win in some 11 balls, Dhoni hit the full toss delivery and sent the white ball flying over long-on. Indian contingent went mad. The dressing room erupted with joy.

Dhoni proved to be a match winner. He definitely played the captain's knock. Dhoni had a poor batting record in World cups. 34 was his highest till now, but with 94* in this inning he concluded the match with a victory and with shutting the mouth of his criticizers.India won the match after 28 years, No game which India played in this inning were easy one sided, the struggle and the mindset of Indian players showed that they might not be the strongest but they are determined. This determination took them to this wonderful victory. Dream of the players to win the cup for Sachin Tendulkar is completed. The "little master" or "master blaster" now has another record in his inventory.

ICC Crickwt World Cup 2011, Four weeks, 42 matches, eight teams left standing

Posted by FALCONZ on March 22, 2011 at 2:45 AM Comments comments (0)

After four gruelling weeks, thousands of air miles clocked up and 42 matches played, the World Cup quarter-finals will still feature the world's eight top-ranked teams.

The first round, as expected, saw Bangladesh, Ireland, Netherlands, Zimbabwe,Canada and Kenya fall by the wayside with some hitting the ground more painfully than others.

But, in general, it was business as usual for the sport's elite sides and fuel for the International Cricket Council who will slash the 2015 World Cup to 10 teams from the 14 who started out on the sub-continent.

Ireland were the only associate nation to defy the odds when they pulled off a huge upset against England in Bangalore on the back of Kevin O'Brien's fastest ever World Cup century.

It didn't matter that England went on to lose to lowly Bangladesh or India were beaten by South Africa who in turn lost to England, the big beasts of cricket still made the quarter-finals their own.

Most of the action centred around Group B thanks mainly to England who unwittingly did the organisers a favour by infusing life into the tournament through their see-saw performances.

England were staring down the barrel after India whipped up a formidable 338 batting first but skipper Andrew Strauss struck a fine 158 as his team tied the game.

Ashes winners England then did the unthinkable by going down to Ireland despite making a huge 328.

Irish marauder O'Brien, with his hair dyed a shocking blend of pink and purple for a cancer charity, cracked the World Cup's fastest century off just 50 balls to achieve a memorable win. "That's a long way the best innings I've ever played," said O'Brien, who smashed six sixes and 13 fours in his whirlwind 113 off 63 balls.

England regrouped from the Ireland disaster in time to stun South Africa in a low-scoring thriller before beig dumped by Bangladesh in front of screaming home fans.

Faced with a must-win situation against the West Indies, England were heading for another defeat only for replacements James Tredwell and Luke Wright to save the day.

"None of us wanted to go home in the morning, and we were very motivated to not let that happen," said Strauss.

"To bring Wright and Tredwell in for a massive game was a bit of a gamble. They stood up and delivered when it really counted." India were plagued by inconsistent form and their dislike of the umpire review system.

"The adulteration of technology with human thinking," was skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's less than flattering appraisal of the system.

Injuries added to the woes of weary teams with many key players forced to cut back their participation.

West Indies lost Dwayne Bravo, Adrian Barath and Carlton Baugh while England packed Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad and Ajmal Shahzad off to the airport.

Champions Australia cruised quietly through the group stages before they lost their 34-match unbeaten World Cup run to Pakistan who played true to their unpredictable tag.

Maverick paceman Shoaib Akhtar hung up his boots, muddied by years of injury and controversies.

Fans turned out in huge numbers to cheer their home teams, but other venues were eerily empty as many first round matches failed to capture the imagination.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 schedule.

Posted by FALCONZ on January 20, 2011 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

As the countdown to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 touches down to a month, 30 days, here is a look at how the teams will face off in the forty-three days of tussle for the ICC Cricket Cup Trophy 2011!!!!

19 February, 2011 2.30 pm D/N Match-1 Group B -India v Bangladesh (Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur)

20th February, 2011 9.30 am Match-2,Group A -Kenya v New Zealand (MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai)

20th February, 2011 2.30 pm D/N Match-3, Group A -Sri Lanka v Canada (Mahinda Rajapaksha International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota)

21st February, 2011 2.30pm D/N Match-4, Group A -Australia v Zimbabwe (Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad)

22nd February, 2011 2.30 pm D/N Match-5,Group B -England v Netherlands (Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur)

23rd February, 2011 2.30 pm D/N Match-6 Group A -Kenya v Pakistan (Mahinda Rajapaksha International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota)

24th February, 2011 2.30pm D/N Match-7,Group B -South Africa v West Indies (Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi)

25th February, 2011 9.30 am Match-8,Group A -Australia v New Zealand (Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur)

25th February, 2011 2.30 pm D/N Match-9,Group B -Bangladesh v Ireland (Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur)

26th February, 2011 2.30 pm Match-10,Group A -Sri Lanka v Pakistan (R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo)

27th February, 20112.30 pm Match-11,Group B -India v England (Eden Gardens, Kolkata)

28th February, 2011 9.30 am Match-12, Group A -Canada v Zimbabwe (Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur)

28th February, 2011 2.30 pm Match-13, Group B - Netherlands v West Indies (Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi)

1st March, 2011 2.30 pm D/N Match-14, Group A -Sri Lanka v Kenya (R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo)

2nd March, 2011 2.30 pm D/N Match-15, Group B -England v Ireland (M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore)

3rd March, 2011 9.30 am Match-16, Group B -Netherlands v South Africa (Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh)

3rd March, 2011 2.30 pm D/N Match-17,Group A -Canada v Pakistan (R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo)

4rd March, 2011 9.30 am Match-18, Group A-New Zealand v Zimbabwe (Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad)

4th March, 2011 2.30 pm D/N Match-19, Group B -Bangladesh v West Indies (Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur)

5th March, 20112.30 pm Match 20, Group A -Sri Lanka v Australia (R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo)

6th March, 2011 9.30 am Match 21,Group B -England v South Africa (MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai)

6th March, 2011 2.30 pm D/N Match 22, Group B -India v Ireland (M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore)

7th March, 2011 2.30 pm D/N Match 23,Group A -Canada v Kenya (Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi)

8th March, 2011 2.30 pm D/N Match 24,Group A -New Zealand v Pakistan (Pallekele International Cricket Stadium)

9th March, 2011 2.30 pm D/N Match 25,Group B -India v Netherlands (Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi)

10th March, 20112.30 pm D/N Match 26,Group A -Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe (Pallekele International Cricket Stadium)

11th March, 20119.30 am Match 27,Group B -Ireland v West Indies (Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh)

11th March, 2011 2.30 pm D/N Match 28,Group B -Bangladesh v England (Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong)

12th March, 2011 2.30 pm D/N Match 29,Group B -India v South Africa (Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur)

13th March, 20119.30 am Match 30,Group A -Canada v New Zealand (Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai)

13th March, 2011 2.30 pm D/N Match 31,Group A -Australia v Kenya (M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore)

14th March, 2011 9.30 am Match 32,Group B -Bangladesh v Netherlands (Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong)

14th March, 2011 2.30 pm D/N Match 33,Group A -Pakistan v Zimbabwe (Pallekele International Cricket Stadium)

15th March, 2011 2.30pm D/N Match 34,Group B -Ireland v South Africa (Eden Gardens, Kolkata)

16th March, 20112.30 pm D/N Match 35,Group A -Australia v Canada (M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore)

17th March, 2011 2.30 pm D/NMatch 36,Group B -England v West Indies (MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai)

18th March, 2011 9.30 am Match 37,Group B -Ireland v Netherlands (Eden Gardens, Kolkata)

18th March, 20112.30 pm D/N Match 38,Group A -New Zealand v Sri Lanka (Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai)

19th March, 20119.30 am Match 39,Group B -Bangladesh v South Africa (Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur)

19th March, 2011 2.30 pm D/N Match 40,Group A -Australia v Pakistan (R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo)

20th March, 2011 9.30 am Match 41,Group A -Kenya v Zimbabwe (Eden Gardens, Kolkata)

20th March, 2011 2.30 pm D/N Match 42,Group B -India v West Indies (MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai)

23rd March, 2011 2.30 pm D/N Match 43 Quarter Final -A1 v B4 (Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur)

24th March, 2011 2.30 pm D/N Match 44 Quarter Final -A2 v B3 (Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad)

25th March, 2011 2.30 pm D/N Match 45 Quarter Final -A3 v B2 (Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur)

26th March, 20112.30 pm D/N Match 46 Quarter Final -A4 v B1 (R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo)

29th March, 20112.30 pm D/N Match 47 Semi Final 1 (Premadasa Stadium, Colombo)

30th March, 20112.30 pm D/N Match 48 Semi Final 2 (Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh)

2nd April, 2011 2.30pm Match 49 Final (Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai)

Faysal Bank T20 Cup 2010 (LAHORE LIONS Crowned new champions)

Posted by FALCONZ on October 17, 2010 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Lahore Lions defeated Karachi Dolphins by 37 runs in the final to lift the National Twenty20 Championship at Gaddafi Stadium.

Lions decided to bat first after winning the toss and piled up a huge total of 221 runs for the loss of three wickets in allotted 20 overs. Abdul Razzaq 71, Nasir Jamshed 68 and Ahmed Shehzad 47 were main run-getters for the Lions. In reply, Dolphins were all out for 184 runs in 19.4 overs. Shahid Afridi 48 and Shahzaib Hasan 33 shone with the bat for the losers. Wahab Riaz was star bowler for Lions who took three wickets for 14 runs in 3.4 overs.

Man oh the Match: Abdur Razzaq (Lahore Lions)

Best Batsman of the Tournament: Shahzaib Hassan (Karchi Dolphins)

Best Bowler of the Tournament: Wahab Riaz (Lahore Lions)


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