The preliminary stage complete, the serious business of the Super 10 stage is well underway in the 2014 World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
The Netherlands completed an epic chase to beat Ireland in the final match of the first round and joined Bangladesh as the two teams advanced to the Super 10s to join the likes of India, Sri Lanka, Australia and the West Indies.
Read on for full results, standings and a comprehensive recap of each day's play.
|March 21||1:30 pm||India vs Pakistan||India by 7 wickets|
|March22||9:30 am||Sri Lanka vs South Africa||Sri Lanka by 5 runs|
|1:30 pm||England vs New Zealand||New Zealand by 9 runs (D/L method)|
|March 23||9:30 am||Pakistan vs Australia||Pakistan by 16 runs|
|1:30 pm||West Indies vs India||India by 7 wickets|
|March 24||9:30 am||New Zealand vs South Africa||South Africa by 2 runs|
|1:30 pm||Sri Lanka vs Netherlands||Sri Lanka by 9 wickets|
|March 25||9:30 am||Bangladesh vs West Indies||West Indies by 73 runs|
|March 27||9:30 am||South Africa vs Netherlands||South Africa win by 6 runs|
|1:30 pm||England vs Sri Lanka||England win by 6 wickets|
|March 28||9:30 am||West Indies vs AUstralia||West Indies by 6 wickets|
|1:30 pm||Bangladesh vs India||India by 8 wickets|
|March 29||9:30 am||New Zealand vs Netherlands||New Zealand by 6 wickets|
|1:30 pm||England vs South Africa||South Africa by 3 runs|
|March 30||10:30 am||Pakistan vs Bangladesh||Pakistan by 50 runs|
|2:30 pm||India vs Australia||India by 73 runs|
|March 31||10:30 am||England vs Netherlands||Netherlands by 43 runs|
|2:30 pm||Sri Lanka vs New Zealand||Sri Lanka by 59 runs|
|April 1||10:30 am||Bangladesh vs Australia||TBD|
|2:30 pm||West Indies vs Pakistan||TBD|
Day 15 Recap
What an incredible day’s play it was at Chittagong.
First up on the day was England against the Netherlands with both teams already out of the tournament and playing only for pride. Stuart Broad’s men will head home with their tails between their legs if this performance was anything to go by. England were simply appalling.
Whilst Peter Borren’s Netherlands side have played some reasonable cricket at this tournament, it’s worth remembering that they were quite significant underdogs for this match.
Bowled out for 39 by Sri Lanka and also beaten by Zimbabwe, with the greatest of respect, their challenge shouldn’t have presented significant problems for Broad and his troops. However, the Dutch were much more composed than their English counterparts.
After Swart had been dismissed early by Broad, Stephan Myburgh and Wesley Barresi began playing an impressive variety of strokes and nudging the score along nicely.
Fielding mistakes that have peppered England’s tournament so far were in evidence once again, Barresi being dropped on just 8.
It wasn’t until Myburgh had made an impressive 39 and the Dutch total had risen to 84 that England got the breakthrough, Ravi Bopara tempting the batsmen who edged straight to Hales.
Big hitting Tom Cooper lasted 16 balls for a disappointing 8, which then brought captain Borren to the crease.
Barresi continued to dominate proceedings with the bat and took strike on the majority of occasions. However, the run rate dropped significantly in the second half of their innings, with only 27 added during the final five overs.
Borren himself added just seven, and a 133 total was not what the captain would have hoped for given the pace at which his upper order had come out of the blocks.
Such a low total gave England every chance, but perhaps in a sign of complacency, the favourites were never in it.
There was no momentum throughout the England side, and once Mudassar Bukhari had dismissed both of England’s openers (including the big-hitting Alex Hales for just 12, and Michael Lumb for a hugely disappointing six) the writing was on the wall.
The Dutch bowling was intelligent, and Logan van Beek’s three wickets in two overs in the middle order really put England up against it.
England’s top scorer, Ravi Bopara, offered minimal resistance. There were no boundaries in his top of 18, just the odd single here or there. In short, it was a hugely uninspiring innings.
With the tail mopped up by Bukhari, England had stumbled to 88, the lowest ever total by a Full Member nation against an Associate nation.
Stuart Broad himself didn’t pull any punches, per ESPNcricinfo:
The bowling and fielding was okay but we lacked application with the bat, no-one took responsibility. No excuses.
We should have won it was a relatively straightforward chase. There were some extremely soft dismissals. It's not this loss that's knocked us out but the players have let the fans down. It seemed a complacent batting performance.
If England were unhappy with their performance, New Zealand outdid them with a pathetic total of 60, chasing the lowest ever T20 total of 119, set by Sri Lanka.
There’s no doubt that Rangana Herath was the star performer. His astonishing figures of 5 wickets for 3 runs in 3.3 overs may possibly never be beaten in this form of cricket.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and decided to field, and two early wickets from Trent Boult (including the dangerous Dilshan for just eight) should have set the tone.
Jayawardene and Thirimanne offered some resistance with a couple of early boundaries each, but the majority of runs were coming for the sharp single and the odd two.
McCullum had his field placings set up well, and each time the Sri Lankans tried to drive through cover, there was always a man available to ensure the score was kept down.
Perera was very comfortable at the crease and three boundaries gave hope that the middle-order batsman might be set for a big score. That notion was soon dispelled when Kane Williamson took a wonderful catch from a Kyle Mills ball.
A towering six from Senanayake in a quick-fire 17 picked up the pace a little, but when Malinga was out next ball, Sri Lanka were all out for a disappointing 119.
New Zealanders can thank Williamson for his knock with the bat, or else their humiliation could have been unthinkable.
A 42 from 43 balls, including a smattering of boundaries, made up the majority of his side’s runs.
Martin Guptill was comically run out in the third over, and when McCullum was stumped for 0 from the bowling of Herath, things looked ominous for the Kiwis.
Ten balls later and Herath had three more, trapping both Ronchi and Taylor lbw and clean-bowling Neesham.
Much rested on just how many runs Williamson could rack up before he ran out of partners. When Williamson himself was also run out, the writing was on the wall, and in another mini-collapse, the entire lower order succumbed to some magnificent work by the Sri Lankan bowlers.
The game was quickly concluded by Herath, having Boult caught behind. And with just 60 runs on the board, the Kiwis couldn’t get off of the pitch quick enough.
Day 14 Recap
India completed its sweep of Group 2 with a comfortable 73-run win over Australia after Pakistan had given itself a chance at progressing to the knockout stages, beating hosts Bangladesh by 50 runs.
Ahmed Shehzad scored Pakistan's first ever T20 century and lead his team to an easy win, setting up a showdown with West Indies on the final match day with the winner advancing to the WT20 semi-finals. Bangladesh never looked particularly threatening in this match, allowing Pakistan to come away with some sloppy play in the middle of the innings.
Shehzad would score 111, and aided by Shahid Afridi's 22 of 9 late, Pakistan would end with 190/5, a target well out of reach for Bangladesh who would stumble to 140/7.
As shared by Score Cric Info, the final result was hardly surprising:
Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque started Bangladesh's chase with a 34/2 and Shakib Al Hasan would add 38 more, but the rest of the squad would disintegrate, and the final result was never in doubt.
The Australians were forced to watch as every over brought the Pakistani team closer to victory, effectively eliminating the Aussies from the tournament. Unsurprisingly, the team looked uninspired in their loss against India.
Umar Gul took three wickets for Pakistan, ending with an economy of 7.5, and Mohammad Hafeez would keep the hosts' batting lineup well in check on the way to a Pakistan victory.
India got a chance to tinker with its lineup as the team was already sure of qualification for the knockout stages, getting the chance to bat first for the first time in this tournament. And while the target of 159/7 was far from what the team would have liked, it was still enough for the spin bowlers to preserve a comfortable 73-run win.
The Australians were clearly rattled by their exit from the tournament, courtesy of the win by Pakistan, and seemed to lack any genuine interest in playing this match. Fairly quick dismissals of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma would normally have energised this squad, but a 60 by Yuvraj Singh gave the Men in Blue some breathing room as they set a target of 159.
But very sharp bowling from Bhuvneswhar Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja and MotM Ravichandran Ashwin kept Australia's batsmen in check, with the latter only managing a paltry 86 runs.
India's bowling really made the difference in this one, and as noted by ARY News' Najeeb Ul Hasnain, that seems to be a recurring theme this tournament:
Against India's bowling in this World T20: Bangladesh 138/7, Pakistan 130/7, West Indies 129/7, Australia 86/10. #WT20— Najeeb Ul Hasnain (@Sports_Room4) March 30, 2014
Glenn Maxwell managed 23 for Australia, as the 25-year-old was the only Aussie to manage more than 20 runs. No Australian batsman managed more than David Warner's 21 balls, further illustrating India's dominance in this one.
Australia will play hosts Bangladesh on Tuesday with nothing but pride at stake, as both team are winless going into the match. Pakistan will take on West Indies in a winner-takes-all contest in the final match of the 2014 Super 10 stage.
Day 13 Recap
New Zealand won the toss and elected to put the pressure straight onto the Netherlands by sending them into bat.
On a Chittagong pitch that wasn’t offering much, early runs were at a premium.
Balls were coming at shin height which made it almost impossible for the batsman to attack.
With three overs gone, the Kiwis had managed to restrict the Dutch to just 14 runs, barely giving Myburgh the chance for the big-hitting for which he is renowned.
Some sharp fielding saw Cory Anderson almost deliver a maiden over, but a wide and then a huge six from Myburgh on the last ball of the over took the Netherlands to 29-0.
It was also the 200th six of the tournament.
Boult accounted for the big hitter towards the end of the power play next over, as Myburgh went for the big one just once too often, Guptil taking a smart catch on the boundary.
His replacement,Wesley Barresi lasted just eight balls before McLenaghan accounted for him with a slight outside edge, bringing skipper Peter Borren to the crease.
At 42-2 after the eighth, Borren knew he would have to up the run rate to have any chance in the match.
Tom Cooper then provided able support to the swashbuckling Borren, whose sweeping shots were peppering all sides of the ground.
As Cooper joined in the act, New Zealand were in danger of allowing the game to run away from them, McLenaghan’s bowling particularly expensive.
However, Borren sliced straight to Williamson when going for his half-century .
One run from the penultimate over halted the Netherlands charge, but Tom Cooper’s seven runs saw a 151-4 finish which looked highly unlikely in the early stages.
Some great early bowling from the Dutch was undone by some poor fielding as Guptil probed for a couple here and a single there.
It wasn’t long before he was removed, but some fine batting from Williamson and captain McCullum saw the total move along nicely to 30-1 from the first five overs.
Williamson looked set for a big score until he inexplicably guided the ball from van Beek straight into the hands of Barresi at wicket.
The run rate had crept up to 8.5 an over with McCullum and Taylor keeping pace initially, but Borren pegged them back again allowing just six of the 10th over. At the halfway point New Zealand were just 65-2.
The middle overs belonged to McCullum as he dug in and passed his 50 in the 16th over.
At 123-3 (16 form the over), the kiwis were looking at a very achievable 29 from 24 balls and it certainly wasn’t the best time for van Beek to be so expensive for the Dutch.
The final ball of the over took out McCullum as he tried the sliced big hit once too often. Would his 65 was deserving of a match-winning innings?
Indeed it was, as Neesham and Anderson saw them home with an over to spare. It was their highest successful run chase in T20 history and much of the credit has to go to their captain.
In the second game of the day, Hashim Amla really took the game to England from the outset. His fellow opener De Kock was labored in comparison, tending to keep Amla on strike.
Amla had contributed 39 to the South African’s 54 for 0 after the six power play overs.
Stuart Broad won’t have been happy at the misfielding that was allowing Amla to keep the scoreboard ticking over, and took matters into his own hands in the seventh over.
In a farcical twist, the players were then forced off before Broad could complete the over, the main floodlight failed for the second time in this tournament.
When the sides came back there was little change in proceedings as Broad brought in Ravi Bopara but to little effect. Even wicket keeper Butler let one slide through his legs for four after a missed stumping. A very poor early showing from England.
80-0 with nine overs left looked very ominous with Amla in particular looking well set for a big score.
Finally the breakthrough came at 90 runs when Amla’s swat just didn’t have the distance. It was the wicket England needed, but with AB de Villiers at the crease, Broad had to make the next few balls count.
Butler atoned for his earlier error when stumping De Kock from the bowling of Tredwell, as England began to put the squeeze on their opponents.
JP Duminy was the victim of a fantastic run out from Bopara but De Villiers took the game away from England again. Finding the gaps at every opportunity, it was a ridiculously easy knock, which won’t be acceptable to the English selectors.
A final over six and then a simple drop from Ali on the boundary that went for four saw a last over cake walk and a huge 196 total.
Whether Hales, the hero in the previous game could provide similar excellence we would have to wait and see.
At nearly 10 runs an over, it was certainly going to be a slog for Broad and his men.
Michael Lumb looked very comfortable at 18 but a stunning catch in the field saw him depart, 46-1.
Hales brought the 50 up with a trademark four in the 6th over and followed it immediately with a monstrous boundary. Were we going to see another masterclass from the youngster?
Ali pushed along the score nicely with some quick singles, providing adequate cover for the big-hitting Hales. Perhaps a little overconfident, he went for the crowd-pleaser again and Parnell’s slower ball did for him as he was expertly caught near the boundary.
Step forward Eoin Morgan.
Parnell took out Ali next ball and was on a hat-trick as Buttler came to the crease, but a decent slider took him straight off of the mark.
Sadly that’s just about as good as it got as both he and Morgan labored through the next couple of overs.
14 from 14 balls was a poor return from Morgan before he was dispatched and England were struggling on 108-4.
Bopara initially offered nothing with the bat but Buttler was finding the boundary with cover drives off of the middle of the bat.
Hendricks was expensive, going for 17 in the 13th over leaving England an achievable target of 69 from the final six but Imran Tahir took Buttler’s crucial wicket as the youngster tried a ill-advised reverse sweep.
Jordan and Bopara settled as the South African attack eased off and although it wasn’t particularly exciting cricket, it kept the total kept ticking along nicely.
Two fours in succession from Bopara had England dreaming but a fine catch from de Villiers from Hendricks’ bowling accounted for partner Johnson on 16. England were 167-6 and with Bresnan in, advantage was still with the South Africans.
England required 22 off of the final over to complete their second remarkable run chase in a row.
With the big shots required, Bopara went for the boundary, but he could only find David Miller.
Broad and Bresnan just had too much to do in the final few balls, a six from the latter with three balls left followed by a four and another six was too little too late. 193-7 their final total.
Only 3 runs separated England from the next round, but Broad’s men just didn’t have enough, perhaps the middle overs letting them down.
Day 12 Recap
West Indies completed a chase of Australia in remarkable fashion to win by six wickets before India booked its place in the knockout stages with an easy eight-wicket win over Bangladesh.
Two Darren Sammy sixes in the final over give West Indies a six-wicket victory over Australia …— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) March 28, 2014
The Windies started their chase with a bang with Chris Gayle hitting 59 to give the team a good chance of completing the target of 179, set by a solid batting display and 45 from Glenn Maxwell. The team had never completed a chase of more than 170, but Gayle's terrific start set the table for a much-improved West Indies batting lineup.
Some lackluster play through the middle of the order seemed to turn the tide for the Australians, but with two overs left to play and 31 runs needed, Darren Sammy stepped up and delivered a performance for the ages to give his squad the win and a chance at the final stages of the 2014 WT20.
With an incredible 19 in the first, only 12 runs remained and consecutive sixes sealed the deal, making Sammy the hero of the day.
Tino95 liked what he saw:
As explained by Freddie Wilde, the result has huge implications on the race for the second spot in the group:
India are in firm control of the top spot, and an easy win over Bangladesh has the Men In Blue gearing up for the semifinals the WT20, as reported by Makbool Veeray:
Bangladesh 138/7 (20.0 Ovrs) India 141/2 (18.3 Ovrs) Batting* MS Dhoni (C) (W)* 16(11) Virat Kohli 57(50) INDIA won by 8 wickets.— makboolveeray (@makboolveeray) March 28, 2014
Hosts Bangladesh were the latest to fall to the team's excellent spin bowling, with Amit Mishra taking three wickets and Ravichandran Ashwin only allowing 15 runs in four overs for an economy rate of 3.75.
The excellent bowling display opened the door for the team's vaunted group of batsmen to finish the job, with a very realistic target of 138. Rohit Sharma hit 56 and Virat Kohli added 57 not out to give the team a very quick win.
Anamul Haque was the sole player who seemed to do any damage to the Indians, finishing with a solid 44 runs, but the Men In Blue simply overpowered the rest of the batsmen sent out by Bangladesh.
India have been in incredible form this tournament, rebounding from a disappointing showing at the 2014 Asia Cup last month. Powered by Kohli, the team looks virtually unstoppable. Aakash Chopra was impressed by what he saw today:
India will play winless Australia on Sunday, while Bangladesh will try to change their luck against Pakistan.
Day 11 Recap
In a day of nail-biting drama at the World Twenty20 World Cup, England and South Africa recorded vital wins in their respective quests for a semi-final place.
The batsmen enjoyed the best of the action in at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong, with remarkable individual totals forging a few World Cup heroes.
In the first game of the day, the Netherlands almost caused the shock of the tournament as they came within seven runs of claiming two points against South Africa.
After being dismissed for 39 against Sri Lanka on Monday, the Dutch returned to action with a point to prove, and limited South Africa to 145 runs with some impressive bowling.
Ahsan Malik’s haul of 5 for 19 was as inspirational as it was superb, but the Netherlands’ story wasn’t over there. If you expected the Netherlands to be a little shaky with the bat following Monday’s embarrassment, well, you were wrong.
Opening batsman Stephan Myburgh started the chase for 146 in emphatic style, chalking up a 28-ball 51 with a strike rate of 182.14. But it’s not the first time that Myburgh has batted so impressively, as Broken Cricket revealed via Twitter:
Stephan Myburgh: 17 balls half century vs Ireland 25 balls half century vs SA #SAvsNed— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) March 27, 2014
As the runs and overs continued to tick along, South Africa were becoming increasingly frustrated; and though Imran Tahir’s 4 for 21 gave them cause for optimism, they were still petering on the edge of failure.
But when Beuran Hendricks bowled short at Tim van der Gugten with the Netherland sitting on 139, a thin edge fell into Quinton de Kock’s gloves to spare South African blushes.
It was a valiant effort from the Dutch, though, and Daan van Bunge took to Twitter to laud the effort of his teammates:
Well played boys @KNCBcricket after the SL game! I'm sure we can have one or two upsets this tournament!!— Daan van Bunge (@dlsvb) March 27, 2014
Following the match, Proteas skipper Faf Du Plessis said he was thrilled to see his team see off the Dutch challenge, as reported by BBC Sport:
"I think we are making it hard for ourselves. It's a great sign when your side is not playing 100 percent and still gets over the line."
Next up at Chittagong was England, who romped to an Alex Hales-inspired victory over the highly rated Sri Lankans.
After some catastrophic fielding from England that saw three catches dropped and a missed run-out, Sri Lanka batted their way to 189 with Mahela Jayawardene the pick of the order chalking up 89 from 51 balls.
It was a sizeable task for England, who grew frustrated with their individual mistakes in the field—likewise with the fans at home, as Piers Morgan reflected on Twitter:
We couldn't catch nasopharyngitis. #EngvSL— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 27, 2014
As England took to the crease, it looked like being another one of those days for captain Stuart Broad and his men as Nuwan Kulasekara claimed a double-wicket maiden of Michael Lumb and Moeen Ali.
But when Hales and Eoin Morgan began their partnership, fireworks ensued.
The pair romped to a partnership century after just 70 balls, as England Cricket lauded via Twitter:
Though when Morgan was caught by Angelo Mathews after failing to make clean contact for the first time, England’s required 38 from 22 balls was looking like a real task.
Hales was having none of it, though, and superbly batted his way to a 116 from 64 balls and closed the victory with his sixth six of the day—and a monstrous one at that!
It was the highest ever chase in England’s T20 history, as BBC TMS revealed via Twitter:
Soon after, the players took to Twitter to congratulate Hales on a magnificent innings, including Matt Prior, who posted:
Following his miraculous innings, Hales spoke of the joy that his performance brought him, per Chris Cutmore of MailOnline:
“It was a beautiful pitch. The way Morgy played was outstanding, made my job easier. I'm absolutely buzzing. We felt hard done by the other night. There's a win on the board, hopefully more to come. The best I've ever played without a shadow of a doubt.”
So, England remain in the hunt for a semi-final place despite their unfortunate loss to New Zealand last Saturday, and face South Africa in their next match, who will understandably be a little shakey after the Netherlands took them all the way.
If Ashley Giles’ players can produce the same batting with the same heart then to Proteas will be in trouble. They just need to be little more assured in the field and who knows, they could reproduce their 2010 heroics.
Day 10 Recap
It was far from the thrilling encounter that was expected at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur, but it was job done for the West Indies as they disposed of Bangladesh by 73 runs.
The World Twenty20 champions spoiled the Bangladesh party on the eve of the country's Independence Day in a match where the cricket was never of the highest order.
Bangladesh won the toss and chose to field, but struggled against the formidable partnership of Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith from ball one—the latter of which chalked up 72 runs with an impressive 167.44 strike rate.
The tournament hosts looked edgy after their shock defeat to Hong Kong on Day 5 and never threatened to catch the West Indies' total as they whimpered out for 98 in the 19th over.
Mushfiqur Rahim was the team's highest run maker with 22, but fell to an expert Samuel Badree delivery, who made a 4 for 15 haul—figures that are the best by any West Indian in World Twenty20 cricket according to journalist Mazher Arshad:
STAT: Samuel Badree's figures 15-4 against Bangladesh today are best by any West Indian in ICC World T20s. #wt20— Mazher Arshad (@cricket_U) March 25, 2014
In a match full of mistakes and nervy action, it was no surprise to see the stadium emptying as the final Bangladesh wickets fell.
Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque and Mominul Haque all lost their wickets cheaply in the opening exchanges and it set the tone for the rest of the innings, leaving the hosts in a spot of bother in Super 10 Group 2.
Sabbir Rahman rather summed up Bangladesh's afternoon with a poor all-round performance. When bowling, he gave away 12 runs in one over pushing the West Indies towards a strong finish, and when he was handed the chance to redeem himself with the bat his innings lasted just three deliveries—as Jamaica Observer's official Twitter feed reported:
So, the Windies put themselves in a good position as Group 2 starts to take shape, but they'll need a better all-round performance if they're to trouble Pakistan and Australia and advance to the semi-final stage.
Bangladesh, meanwhile, need a drastic improvement all over the field in their remaining three Group 2 matches, or their World Twenty20 ambitions and their crowd attendances will continue to tumble.
Day 9 Recap
A classic encounter kicked off Monday's action in the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh as South Africa beat New Zealand by just two runs in Chittagong, 170-168.
Favourites to win going into the last over as they chased the 170 set by South Africa, the Kiwis were outdone by some phenomenal death bowling from Dale Steyn.
New Zealand won the toss and chose to field first and took the wickets of Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers cheaply.
However, Hashim Amla's 41 and a 43-ball 86 not out from JP Duminy propelled South Africa to a solid total of 170-6 off their 20 overs.
In response, New Zealand looked to be in the driver's seat as half-centuries from Kane Williamson (51) and Ross Taylor (62) saw them needing only seven to win off the last over.
But Steyn took two wickets and ran out Taylor off the last ball to claim a dramatic win for South Africa, their first of the tournament, having lost narrowly to Sri Lanka on Saturday.
Steyn had seven runs to defend. He took three wickets and conceded just one scoring shot. Two dot balls. Is that even possible?— Neil Manthorp (@NeilManthorp) March 24, 2014
From the sublime to the ridiculous, the day's second game was all over inside only 15.3 overs as Sri Lanka crushed the Netherlands.
Bowling first, Sri Lanka had the Netherlands all out for just 39 runs off 10.3 overs in an innings that included five ducks and saw three wickets each for Angelo Mathews and Ajantha Mendis.
It set a record that the Netherlands will not be proud of holding, per Opta:
39 - Netherlands' 39 all out is the lowest T20I total and second lowest in all Twenty20 matches. Slump. #wt20— OptaJim (@OptaJim) March 24, 2014
Sri Lanka reached the target in five overs losing only the wicket of Kusal Perera as they won their second game of the tournament and put themselves in control to win Group 1 in the Super 10 stage.
Day 8 Recap
Sunday's first match in Mirpur saw Australia make their first appearance of the tournament in Group 2 against a Pakistan side looking to bounce back from an opening defeat to India.
And they managed to do just that, producing some fantastic death bowling as Australia were all out off the last ball of the innings, 16 runs short of the target.
Congratulations Team Pakistan 4 a great win over Australia. Good luck 4 remaining matches. Play to win with no fear of defeat.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) March 23, 2014
Australia won the toss and chose to field. Pakistan posted a fine score of 191-5 from their 20 overs thanks mainly to Umar Akmal's swashbuckling 94 from 54 balls which included nine fours and four sixes.
Australia looked to be cruising in response. They reached 100 from just 49 balls with Glenn Maxwell contributing 74 from 33 balls and Aaron Finch posting 65.
However, after the loss of those two, the runs dried up, with no other batsman reaching double figures.
The wickets were shared around the Pakistan bowlers, Umar Gul impressing with 2-29 from his four overs as Australia were all out for 175.
The West Indies also played their opening game of the tournament, coming up against India in Sunday's second game in Mirpur.
And the group leaders easily overcame big-hitting West Indies, winning by seven wickets thanks to some miserly bowling.
Having won the toss and put the West Indies into bat, India conceded only 24 runs in the first six overs.
Chris Gayle and opening partner Dwayne Smith struggled to get the Indian bowlers away, a trend that was consistent throughout the innings.
They could only manage a total of 129 from their 20 overs with Amit Mishra taking 2-18 off his four overs and Bhuvneshwar Kumar giving up only three runs in three overs.
What a fantastic spell from Bhuvneshwar Kumar , just gave away 3 runs in 3 overs that too while Gayle was playing. Take a bow! #IndvsWI— Tanay Nagarsekar (@TANAY_N12) March 23, 2014
India were well measured in response, knowing that the target was very much within reach.
Rohit Sharma's 62 from 55 balls and Virat Kohli's 54 from 41 took them most of the way there and they won with two balls to spare while never looking in any danger.
It was a second win from two games for India who have laid down a marker in this competition.
Day 7 Recap
The Super 10 group stage opened in full on Saturday, with four teams from Group 1 battling it out.
The first match of the day saw the world's best test nation South Africa take on one-day specialists and number one Twenty20 team on the planet Sri Lanka.
In what ended up being a pulsating and exciting opening match for the group, it was Sri Lanka who prevailed, winning by just five runs.
Sri Lanka batted first and hit 165-7 from their 20 overs.
Opener Kusal Perera top-scored for Sri Lanka, hitting an excellent 61 runs from 40 balls. Angelo Mathews also made a telling contribution with the bat, During his 50 minutes at the crease, Mathews provided a useful 43 runs.
South Africa shared the runs out evenly through their innings, with no one excelling with the bat.
Jean-Paul Duminy hit their top score, managing just 39 runs. South Africa battled hard toward the end of the match, but could only post 160-7 at the close of their 20 overs, giving the Sri Lankans the slimmest of victories.
The second game of the day saw New Zealand face England as both sides looked to get off to a good start in the tournament.
The match was shortened because of rain and New Zealand came away victorious, winning by nine runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method.
The match has officially been called off at the World T20 which means England lose to New Zealand by nine runs on D/L method.— Telegraph Sport (@TelegraphSport) March 22, 2014
The Kiwis won the toss and opted to field first and were rewarded in the first over with the wicket of Alex Hales for a duck.
However, England managed to hold it together and opener Michael Lumb and Moeen Ali put on 72 runs for the second wicket.
Jos Buttler and Ravi Bopara were the other key contributors to the England score with 32 and 24 respectively.
England finished on a respectable score of 172-6 with Corey Anderson taking two wickets and Mitchell McClenaghan keeping the scoring down.
New Zealand's response was cut short due to heavy rain and the game was eventually abandoned.
Teams going off with New Zealand ahead on Duckworth Lewis— BBC TMS (@bbctms) March 22, 2014
However, off the 5.2 overs bowled New Zealand had reached 52-1 which saw them ahead on Duckworth/Lewis and thus handed them the victory.
Day 6 Recap
With three teams still able to qualify from Group B and the start of the Super 10 on the schedule, everyone was looking forward to Friday's slate of matches.
Zimbabwe did what was needed in beating UAE, but a remarkable chase by the Netherlands gave the team the win over Ireland and the qualification for the Super 10.
Zimbabwe needed to defeat winless UAE and dug itself an early hole as two of the team's best batsmen were easily dismissed, but an excellent performance from Elton Chigumbura gave the team hope ahead of the clash between Ireland and the Netherlands.
The experienced right-hander scored 53 runs and capped of his performance with a beautiful six that took his team past UAE and brought their net run-rate over both their rivals for the top spot in Group B.
David Coltart, the country's Minister of Sport, rightfully praised his performance:
For UAE, this final loss brought an end to a disappointing tournament in which the team was thoroughly outplayed in every single match. Kamran Shazad did some damage to the Zimbabwe line up, and he is one of the few players on the squad that can look back on a good tournament.
With the win, Zimbabwe put the pressure back on Ireland and the Netherlands, and it were the men in orange who ultimately answered the call in epic fashion, completing a marvelous chase that had fans sitting at the tip of their chairs.
Ireland knocked out of World T20 after losing to Netherlands by 6 wickets #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) March 21, 2014
Ireland set a target of 190 runs thanks to some inspired batting from William Porterfield and Andrew Poynter, who combined for 104, and the Netherlands would have to clear that score in 14.2 overs in order to qualify.
Thanks to a 63 from Stephan Myburgh, a 45 from Tom Cooper and a 40 and the winning shot from Wesley Barresi, the Dutch cleared that score in 13.5 to secure the top spot and qualification to the Super 10.
Fans were understandably impressed:
Woah, the Netherlands doing the impossible to beat Ireland at T20 cricket today. What a performance!— K A Shah (@kyyalid) March 21, 2014
In the day's final match, India took on rivals Pakistan and came away with a comfortable seven-wicket win, thanks to an impressive batting display.
Pakistan had never beaten India in World T20 play before, and that trend wasn't broken as the team could never get its bowling working properly and the Indians took full advantage, scoring a quick 131 to take the win.
Umar Akmal was the only batsman to go over 30 for Pakistan, finishing with 33.
Even the official Pakistan Cricket account was impressed:
India, you just outclassed Pakistan today. Congrats!! No Panic buttons to be pushed yet, we have a long series. Get ready for Aussies— Pakistan Cricket (@CricketofPK) March 21, 2014
Abrar Ul Haq was gracious in defeat:
India won the match. Pakistan fought well & made it a good game.. In games you win some, you lose some. Keep spirits high.— Abrar Ul Haq (@AbrarUlHaqPK) March 21, 2014
While the Pakistan squad fought bravely, the Indian team was simply strong, with special praise reserved for Virat Kohli (36 runs) and Saeed Ajmal (one wicket and 18 runs allowed in four overs). The win is an excellent start for the Indian team, who have to be feeling good about their chances going into the next match.
The remaining 10 squads have been divided into two groups, with the top two finishers in every group advancing to the knockout stages.
Day 5 Recap
Although it will ultimately be in vain, Nepal’s performance in their last game against Afghanistan will rank as one of their best ever achievements.
Their 141-5 looked to be a reasonable total without be unachievable for the more experienced Afghans, however some inspirational fielding from Nepal captain Para Khadka helped restrict Afghanistan to 132-8.
As with their first two matches in the tournament, Nepal batted first.
Opener Subash Khakurel took a while to get going, with dot balls peppering the early part of his innings.
Sensing a little more urgency, he began to pick up the pace and tick the innings along nicely, with his half century coming from 48 balls.
Sagar Pun at the opposite end of the crease was dispatched with ease by the ferocious pace of Dawlat Zadran.
Pun had amassed just eight from his 18 balls including one boundary, before Zadran had him edge to Mohammad Narbi.
Nabi himself got in on the act shortly afterwards.
Gyanendra Malla was beginning to settle, smashing three fours and a six in quick succession, but Nabi’s beautiful delivery saw Malla go for the big hit once too often and a top-edge accounted for him for 22.
Khadka redeemed himself in the field later in the day, his showing with the bat incredibly poor with Mirwais Ashraf accounting for him for just one from five deliveries.
His removal brought Sharad Vesawkar to the crease and the partnership between him and Khakural would win them the match.
A quick fire 37 helped pile on the runs for the Nepalese and when he was accounted for in the penultimate over of the innings, the partnership was worth 76.
Despite their run chase being in vain, the embarrassment for the Afghans could’ve been a whole lot worse if it were not for Asghar Stanikzai and Shafiqullah.
The two batsmen accounted for 85 out of a total of 132, the top order suffering a monumental collapse.
Afghanistan were quickly in trouble with Jitendra Mukhiya taking wickets with consecutive balls to leave them 20 for 3
Today has been great. Afghanistan and Bangladesh beaten by rookie underdogs! What a day! Kudos to Nepal and Hong Kong. #WT20— ASY (@chaandbeti) March 20, 2014
Karim Sadiq was particularly poor, with just two fours from his 12 deliviries before being clean bowled by Sompal Kami.
Some big hitting was required towards the end of the innings.
Samiullah Shenwari provided some hope with a rapid 15 until Khadka went full-length to dismiss him.
Even though Stanikzai kept the game alive with three boundaries in the final over, it was never going to be enough and the Nepalese held on for a famous victory.
Even more startling was the scoreline in the second game of the day.
Complacency must surely have played a part in Bangladesh’s shocking loss to bottom of the table Hong Kong. There is simply no other explanation.
Skittled in 16.4 overs for a ridiculously low 108, the only positive to be drawn for their loss is that the Bangladeshi’s still live to fight another day, and will have been given a monumental kick up the backside.
Opener Tamim Iqbal went for a second ball duck and with his replacement Sabbir Rahman also accounted for by the end of the first over, at 2 for 3, Bangladesh knew they were in trouble.
Anamul Haque and Shakib Al Hasan steadied the ship with some beautiful strokes, Haque’s cover drive for four off of the bowling of Nadeem Ahmad a joy to behold.
The bowler would take his revenge however, clean bowling Haque for 26 in the final ball of the fifth over.
Mushfiqur Rahim’s 23 was peppered with boundaries but once he and Al Hasan had fallen by the end of the 11th over, the writing really was on the wall.
Just 29 balls later the Bangladeshi’s were all out, the tail contributing a paltry 3 runs between the five batsmen.
108 was a very achievable target but against a test side, few would still have given Hong Kong too much hope.
Irfan Ahmed took the game to the opposition with a delightful 34, whilst his fellow opener Waqas Barkat allowed the occasion to get the better of him and went for a duck at the beginning of the second over.
Al Hasan, trapped Jamie Atkinson lbw for 7, just five balls after he had dismissed Ahmed in the same manner, earlier in the seventh over.
Babar Hayat and Mark Chapman were soon taken care of, but Hong Kong still had five wickets in hand and more than 10 overs to get another 58 runs.
Step forward Munir Dar to play the innings of his life.
His 15 runs off the 17th over when they needed 26 runs off 24 balls was just what was required and his dismissal at the end of the over hardly mattered.
Just eight runs were left to claim victory and even though Tanwir Azfal returned to the pavilion without scoring, the total was reached with balls to spare.
Day 4 Recap
Zimbabwe kept their hopes of reaching the group stages alive with a thrilling last ball win over the Netherlands.
For the second game in succession, the Zimbabwean’s fate was to be decided on the final ball, and this time fortune favoured them as they won by six wickets in Sylhet.
The match certainly began poorly for the Netherlands who lost Stephan Myburgh to Prosper Utseya’s third ball of the opening over.
Wesley Barresi and Michael Swart couldn’t trouble the scoreboard and at 19 for 3 at the beginning of the fourth over, the Netherlands were on the ropes.
Stats fans: Of the 23 T20 matches Netherlands have played, they’ve won 13 (56.5%) while Zimbabwe have only won four out of 29 (13.8%).— ZimCricketNews (@zimcricket) March 19, 2014
Peter Borren followed in the fifth over for a paltry 8, so thank goodness for Tom Cooper, who along with brother Ben, steadied the innings.
An unbeaten 72 for Tom was over half the Dutch innings, brother Ben contributing 20. A quick fire 14 from 16 balls by Mudassar Bakhari took the total to 140-5, but on a 180-run pitch, it was always going to be well short.
Hamilton Masakadza's and Sikandar Raza began the Zimbabwean innings cautiously.
A little too cautiously in fact. Far too many deliveries were being left, and the run-rate began to creep up as a result.
Raza was then tempted far too easily going for the big hit, an easy catch from Seelaar sending the batsman back to the pavilion after a disappointing 13.
Replaced at the crease by captain Brendan Taylor, he too was not going to rush proceedings.
However, Masakadza’s removal for by Seelaar for 43 and Elton Chigumbura’s dismissal just two balls later, then left Taylor looking at an uphill struggle—54 runs in 6.1 overs the challenge.
His 49 from 39 balls put the Zimbabwean’s in sight of the victory, due in part to the expensive 17th over from Logan van Beek. It cost the Dutch 15 runs.
A couple of late wickets were no more than consolation as Sean Sibanda hit the winning six from the final ball.
Having already lost to the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates needed a big score to be in with a shout of toppling early Group B leaders Ireland.
A pretty pathetic 123-6 was never going to be anywhere near enough.
Both Faizan Asif and Amjad Ali started reasonably well, if a little slowly and had begun to settle into a rhythm.
At 35 for no wicket towards the end of the fourth over, there was no need for Asif to attempt a single that was never on and the run-out was inevitable.
Ali moved onto 20 with Khurram Khan contributing a quick five in his first over.
The first ball of over seven took care of Ali, a short ball from Paul Stirling tempting the batsmen to edge to third man. Just three balls later and he had his second victim of the day.
SP Patil faced two balls without making any attempt to play either, and then completely misjudged the next ball giving Porterfield and easy catch.
Shaiman Anwar along with Khan seemed content to rattle off the singles, slowly but surely driving up the UAE total, and the Irish attack were performing poorly at this stage.
It took until the final ball of the 13th over before Anwar was removed. Going for the pull shot, he only succeeded in sending it straight into O’Brien’s grateful grasp.
With six overs left, 88 for 4 and a run rate of 6.28 desperately needed to be improved upon.
Khan’s sloppy top-edge dismissal for 16 put the Irish in control.
Amjad Javed with a quick fire 14 from 16, and 13 in 13 from Rohan Mustafa saw a late flurry of runs, but in truth the total was a real struggle with far too many dot balls in the innings.
Ireland appeared to be in no mood to mess about with Stirling hitting two boundaries in the first over.
His innings would quickly be over however, retiring hurt in the second over with Ed Joyce replacing.
Another two boundaries from the bowling of Kamran Shazad, saw the Irish reach 24 without loss by the end of the second over, with Porterfield particularly to the fore.
A dramatic slowing saw just four runs scored in the following two overs but 16 including 11 from Joyce in over six kept things interesting.
A monstrous six and a nicely placed four saw the replacement batsmen chalk his total up nicely, ably supported by Porterfield, as the UAE were given the runaround.
At 92 for no wicket, Ireland were cruising and Sharif Abdullah was particularly expensive, but redemption came in the 13th over.
Joyce gifted his wicket from the short ball, followed by O’Brien’s dismissal just two balls later, the latter pulling to deep square leg.
Poynter survived just the five balls before Amjad Javed neatly took his leg stump before two floodlight failures in a quarter of an hour brought a halt to proceedings.
After a downpour to add to the mix, the match was called off and the Irish via Duckworth Lewis, took the match and a giant step to the next stage, by 21 runs.
Day 3 Recap
Afghanistan beat Hong Kong by seven wickets to record their first ever World T20 in Chittagong, per the Guardian.
Mohammaed Shahzed's score of 68 helped his side to their first win of the tournament and with an outside chance of making the Super 10 group stage.
Hong Kong opened the batting in the match, but it didn't go to plan as Ifran Ahmed was dismissed for a duck, per ESPN Cricinfo.
However, scores of 32, 31 and 38 for Waqas Barkat, Jamie Atkinson and Mark Chapman helped the score over the 100 mark.
Mohammad Nabi proved effective with his bowling soon after, though, adding his second wicket following Babar Hayat's low score of just five, caught by Asghar Stanikzai.
Nabi then caught from Nizakat Khan after Hamza Hotak's ball found the Hong Kong batsman out for nine.
Thing went from bad to worse as Munir Dar was run out after just three runs from 11 balls, while Tanwir Afzal managed 11 before he was dismissed.
It was up to Haseeb Amjad and Aizaz Khan to build the runs before the end of their innings, but could muster just eight runs between them off of seven balls.
This led Hong Kong to an opening score of just 153, with Afghanistan rared up and knowing that their first World T20 victory was in sight.
Najeeb Tarakai was dismissed for just seven as he opened the batting with Shazad, however Stanikzai managed 13 before he was caught by Hayat from Khan's delivery.
Sitting on 69-2, Shazad and Shafiqullah managed to notch 47 runs between them before Shahzad was caught by Ahmed, reaching 68 with three sixes.
Shafiqullah managed to reach 51, with Nabi notching six, as Afghanistan surpassed Hong Kong's score—making 154-8 with 12 balls left unbowled.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh recorded an eight-wicket win over Nepal to go top of Group A, with a score of 132-2.
A poor innings from Nepal's top order, with Khakurel opening with just eight, was matched with 12 and 13 from Sagar Pun and Gyanendra Malla respectively.
However, the side were boosted by Paras Khadka's 41 before he was bowled out by Mashrafe Mortaza with the side sitting on 124-4.
Sharad Vesawkar added a further 40 alongside Binod Bhandari, who failed to notch, as Nepal set a chase of 126.
Bangladesh sailed into a 63-run haul before Tamim Iqbal was caught by Pun, hitting two fours and a six, before Anamul Haque was dismissed after five fours and two sixes—reaching 79 from just two wickets.
Sabbir Rahman and Shakib Al Hassan then made 21 and 37 respectively to remain not out.
This led to the side reaching 132 wickets, thanks to Al Hasan's six, making it two wins in the tournament.
Victory for Afghanistan moves them level with top-placed Bangladesh and Nepal, who go to battle in the day's second match.
It will then be Nepal against Afghanistan and Bangladesh taking on Hong Kong on March 20, with the final round of Group A fixtures set to see who gains top spot for a place in the Super 10 group stage.
Day 2 Recap
Ireland needed plenty of St. Patrick's Day spirit to record 164/7, beating Zimbabwe by three wickets in Sylhet.
The final-ball victory puts the Irish on top spot in Group B as Alex Cusack gleaned the match-winning run, thanks to a missed stump from Brendan Taylor.
Speaking after at a press conference after the event, Taylor admitted his disappointment not to make his under-arm bowl count, per ESPN CricInfo's Firdose Moonda:
"I backed myself to hit the stumps. But anyway, these things happen. I think we were still 20 runs short," Taylor said.
Zimbabwe recorded 163/5 across the 20 overs, with Taylor's 59 proving the top score for his side as Sikandar Razar managed just 10 runs.
Sean Williams, Vusi Sibanda and Tmycen Maruma all failed to reach 20 runs on a difficult afternoon, but the side's bowlers looked to fire towards a comeback.
Ireland started brightly through William Porterfield and Paul Stirling—reaching 80 runs before Porterfield was caught by Marumba, with Stirling reaching 60 with Ed Joyce.
The Sussex right-arm batsman had an excellent afternoon as he managed to hold out against the Zimbabwean bowlers, but saw Andrew Poynter dismissed for 23 off 14.4 overs.
Then, the rot really began to set in for Ireland, as Gary Wilson was removed for a duck, before Kevin O'Brien hit two fours and a six on his way to a final score of 17.
Then, Stuart Thompson entered onto the crease to score three not out alongside Joyce.
Joyce's afternoon was cut short when he was bowled out by Tinashe Panyangara with a final haul of 23.
Panyangara could have had two wickets in as many balls if it wasn't for Max Sorenson's hit, but he didn't manage to defy Sean Williams at mid-off to be run out.
With Ireland needing just two runs, Thompson managed to glean the side's way to just one away from victory.
Then came the moment of madness as Cusack missed his ball but ran anyway, with Taylor missing stumps and saw Ireland awarded the bye to notch their first win.
Australian outfit Brisbane Roar tweeted of their enjoyment of the match:
Ireland beat Zimbabwe in final ball thriller! Hope the remainder of the World Twenty20 is this exciting! #WT20— Brisbane Heat (@HeatBBL) March 17, 2014
Meanwhile, Netherlands eased to a six-wicket win over United Arab Emirates, thanks to 55 from Stephan Myburgh as UAE set a chase of just 151.
UAE elected to bat first in the match—a decision which looked to their downfall—as Amjad Ali and Faizan Asif hit just five and six runs respectively before both were dismissed.
Khurram Kham helped the side along, though, with 31 as Swapnil Patil hit a further 23 to improve the side's total.
Shaiman Anwar and Rohan Mustafa hit 32 and 20 respectively as the side looked to have recovered from their abysmal start.
However, just 16 runs passed as Amjad Javed, Vikrant Shetty and Shadeep Silva were all dismissed, with with Manjula Guruge bagging one run before Kamran Shazad was caught out on a duck.
Then came Myburgh's turn to open the game up for the Netherlands, and made a formidable partnership with Michael Swart.
The pair raced into a 69-run lead before Swart was caught by Amjad Javed, however Myburgh continued to notch the runs—run out by Patil after reaching 55.
Wesley Barresi stepped into the fold to replace Myburgh and brougth in 24—with one four and one six—before falling under Silva's bowl.
Afghanistan's top 2 run getters in T20Is - Shahzad (589), Mangal (283) - could face only one ball each in the #Wt20 opener!— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) March 16, 2014
Netherlands cruise to a six-wicket win against UAE with 7 balls spare. Sparkling 34 from Tom Cooper at the end there. #wt20— The Cricketer (@TheCricketerMag) March 17, 2014
An excellent innings from TomCooper saw him no