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New Zealand upsets hosts India in Super10 Opener

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New Zealand upsets hosts India in Super10 Opener

International Cricket Council World Twenty20 Super10s, Group 2, Nagpur
New Zealand126-7 (20 overs): Anderson 34 (42)
India79 (18.1 overs): Dhoni 30(30), Santner 4-11, Sodhi 3-18
New Zealand wins by 47 runs

New Zealand was the unlikely victor in Nagpur as they earned a shock win over tournament hosts India in their opening Twenty20 Super10 match, winning by 47 runs.

India went into the game as tournament favourites on a slow, low surface in Nagpur and chased for 127 to win. Instead, they only managed to bowl out for a meager 79 in 18.1.

It was all the more surprising a win as New Zealand had chosen to go for it at spin bowling, something that India is particularly famous for. Kiwis captain Kane Williamson gambled, choosing to compromise on speed by picking three specialist spinners.

Nine of India’s wickets fell to spin as Mitchell Santner took 4-11, Indian-born Ish Sodhi 3-18 and Nathan McCullum 2-1. Meanwhile, New Zealand took 126-7, with 34 coming from Corey Anderson who played a calm game.

His innings and its impact on the game would gradually to the dismay Indian team and to the passionate home crowd, as the team tasted defeat for a second time in their past 12 Twenty20 matches.

Home captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni waged a one-man army war with a run-a-ball 30 but this time, the man celebrated as the ‘finisher’ could not bail his team out.

“It was our batting that let us donw,” he said after the match.

“There were quite a few soft dismissals. It was not like the deliveries got a lot of batsmen out. Maybe it was our shot selection… there was no partnership also.”

Afghanistan shatters Hong Kong dreams for Zimbabwe meet

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Afghanistan shatters Hong Kong dreams for Zimbabwe meet

ICC World T20 Group B
Hong Kong 116-6 (20 overs): Rath 28*, Campbell 27, Nabi 4-20
Afghanistan 119-4 (20 overs): Shahzad 41, Noor Ali 35
Afghanistan wins by six wickets

Afghanistan effectively shatters Hong Kong’s dreams of progress, beating the East Asia team by 6 wickets in Group B of the ICC World Twenty20.

With entering the Super 10 group at stake, Hong Kong wins the toss but their score of 116-6 never looked enough as spinner Mohammad Nabi took 4-20 all by himself.

He was simply a class above Hong Kong on a Nagput surface that appeared to have help, even sprinting to the edge of the fielding circle at mid-wicket to take a skied catch off his own bowling.

It was the best figures by an Afghani bowler at a World T20 as his orthodox style drew praise from former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar.

But it is hard not to discount the contribution of openers Mohammad Shahzad (41) and Noor Ali Zadran (35) added 70 as Afghanistan won with two overs to spare.

Shahzad, though portly is ranked No.12 in the world and scored a match-winning 61 against Scotland in the first match, struck two sixes and four fours in posting 41 from 40 balls against Hong Kong with his powerful right.

The victory means that Afghanistan will face Zimbabwe in an all-stakes game, to decide who plays alongside England, defending champions Sri Lanka, the West Indies and South Africa in Group 1 of the Super10 .

In the meantime, Hong Kong would face Scotland in a dead rubber game. The Scots themselves have yet to win a major ICC global tournament game and were defeated by Zimbabwe earlier.

Mervyn Westfield to play for Suffolk after ban

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Mervyn Westfield to play for Suffolk after ban

Mervyn Westfield, previously jailed for four months after being convicted for spot-fixing, has been cleared to play for county second XI and minor counties.

Westfield will be playing for minor counties side Suffolk as he tries to rebuild his career.

The fast bowler was banned from professional cricket circuits in 2012, but the England and Wales Cricket Board has given him special dispensation to play for 12 months. He is expected to start training with Suffolk next Monday.

Westfield’s expected debut for Suffolk would be against his former club Essex, but he is restricted from first-class cricket until his ban expires in 2017.

The ban was for accepting a £6,000 bribe to deliberately bowl badly for Essex against Durham in 2009. It was reduced to two years after he agreed to an anti-corruption program run by the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA).

“I’m probably a little bit rusty,” said Westfield. “My body didn’t used to ache as much as it does now, but I’m training hard and trying to get back my fitness.”

“This summer I’ll probably get the odd bit of banter, but I’ll just have to distance it and get on, just focus on what I’m trying to do, score runs and take wickets.”

“I’ve done wrong. I’m just trying to fix it now and obviously I’m happy I’m back playing cricket.”

West Indies under-19 wins with unsporting Mankad move

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West Indies under-19 wins with unsporting Mankad move

West Indies under-19 were widely condemned for their disgraceful behavior, having used a ‘Mankad’ to secure victory with a run-out over Zimbabwe and book their place in the under-19 World Cup quarter finals.

With Zimbabwe needing just three runs in the 50th to win, West Indies seamer Keemo Paul removed the bails at the bowler’s end with Richard Ngarava’s just on the ground. As such, they took a two-run defeat that denied them entry into the quarter finals.

This form of dismissal was dubbed ‘Mankad’ when eponymous India bowler Vinoo Mankad ran out Australia batsman Bill Brown in the Sydney Cricket Ground. Although the move was first made in 1947, the move remains within the legal confines of cricket.

The practice is rare and widely seen as unsporting, and traditionally a bowler warns a batsman if he is leaving his crease too early, but Paul gave Ngarava no warning even though the batsman did not appear to be seeking an advantage.

Onfield umpires conferred before asking West Indies players whether they wanted to uphold the appeal against a decision which was within the rules of the game.

Once West Indies players confirmed they wanted to go ahead with the appeal, the television umpire was consulted and Ngarava’s bat was found to be just on the line.

Though clearly let down by the outcome, Zimbabwe coach Stephen Mangongo conveyed his pride with his team, praising the way the players fought in the match.

“I am disappointed with the way the game ended. I have debriefed the boys in the dressing room and they were all crying,” he said.

“We have explained that technically the run-out is legal. We left it to the last man and we should not have done that. It was a hard lesson and they have learnt it the hard way.”