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Loss to Australia in T20 WC semi-final still hard to believe: Mohammed Hafeez

Pakistan all rounder Mohammed Hafeez and his other teammates are still shocked at their stunning defeat against Australia in the semi-final of the just concluded ICC T20 World Championship in Caribbean.

Hafeez told PakPassion.net that his fellow cricketers are still finding it hard to come to terms with having snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

“We played so well, we gave absolutely everything and it was hard to believe at the end of the day that we actually lost. We were upset with the defeat and I believe that we should have won the match against Australia,” he said.

Hafeez denied there being any complacency on part of the players during the all important match, and stressed that the whole team was absolutely focussed on its job even after posting a challenging total of 192 for Australia to chase.

“The captain and coach told us to give our all till the very last ball of the match. There was absolutely no chance of us taking things easy or thinking we had already won the match. Against Australia you can never let your guard slip and that’s what the captain and coach emphasised to all of us,” he said.

Hafeez, however, did not take away any credit from Michael Hussey for producing a breathtaking innings of 60 off 24 balls, which saw the Kangaroos seal their berth in the final of the tournament.

“Hussey did not make any mistakes. To come in that late in the batting order and play an innings like that was just simply brilliant. It was a magical innings by Hussey, he played really well and he planned his strokes to perfection,” he said.

Hafeez, who has played 15 T20 internationals for Pakistan, also expressed the hope that he would be recalled in the one-day team for the upcoming Asia Cup in Sri Lanka.

“The defeat to Australia is hard to take, but we all need to look ahead and to look forward to the Asia Cup. I hope I am given a chance in Sri Lanka and given the opportunity once again in the 50 over format of the game,” said Hafeez, who last played a 50-over match in October 2007 against South Africa in Lahore. (ANI)

Umar Akmal doubtful for semi-final clash against Oz in T20 WC

Young Pakistan middle-order batsman Umar Akmal is a doubtful starter for today’s World T20 Championship semi-final clash against Australia.

According to reports, Umar was taken to a local hospital here after he complained of back pain, and would be going through an MRI scan later.

Any final decision regarding Umar’s inclusion in the final eleven for the all important match against the Kangaroos would be taken after his MRI report comes, The News quoted sources in the Pakistani dressing room, as saying.

There are speculations that uncapped young batsman Hammad Azam may replace Umar, if he is declared unfit to play.

Umar’s absence could severely dent Pakistan’s hopes of playing in the final of the ICC World T20 Championship for the second consecutive time, as he has been in good form in the ongoing tournament.

He scored a brilliant 51 of 43 balls in the last Super Eight match against South Africa at the Beausejour Stadium here, which helped Pakistan register an easy 11 run win knocking the Proteas out from the tournament. (ANI)

Defending champions Pak raring to go against Oz in T20 WC semi-final

Ahead of their semi-final clash with Australia in the World T20 Championship, Pakistani cricketers are fancying their chances of making it into the final of the tournament for the second consecutive time in a row, and are eagerly waiting for the match to be played today (Friday, May 14).

Speaking over telephone from St.Lucia, Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed said the mood in the dressing room is upbeat and players have vowed not to repeat their past mistakes.

“They (players) needed a bit of confidence and they got that with their victory against South Africa. Now the team has attained a level where it would not be easy for any side to beat us,” The News quoted Saeed, as saying.

“How we have reached the semis and how Australia has made it to the pre-final is immaterial now. Australia faces same challenges that we face. The better team would come out victorious,” he added.

Saeed said the Pakistan team have been closely watching videos of the match played against the Kangaroos earlier in the tournament, and have noted their mistakes.

“Players have watched the TV footage of the earlier match against the Aussies and realised where they were wrong. Every player has vowed not to repeat the same mistakes and play the match to the best of their abilities,” he said.

Another team official, who chose not to be named, said the defending champions have been busy chalking out strategies for the game from the last two days, and apart from some small issues everything has been finalized.

“There is only one place where there is a chance of making adjustments. Misbah-ul-Haq has not been able to get his hundred percent so far. Should he be dropped or there is a need for his readjustment is questions that needed an answer,” the official said. (ANI)

England push New Zealand out of T20 WC with three wicket defeat

England cemented a berth in the semi-finals of the ICC World T20 Championship by defeating New Zealand by three wickets in their final game of the Super Eight stage of the tournament here.

England registered their third consecutive win in as many matches in the super eight stage as they chased down a modest target of 150 set by New Zealand with three wickets and five balls to spare.

English openers started with a bang racing to 57 for one at the end of the powerplay overs. Both Craig Kieswetter (15 runs of 12 balls) and Michael Lumb (32 runs of 21 balls) provided a solid base for the middle order.

Lumb took a liking for the extra pace of Shane Bond, hitting 19 runs off his first two overs.

However, there was a little hiccup in the middle when Scott Styris cleaned up both Ravi Bopara, who replaced in-form Kevin Pietersen, and skipper Paul Collingwood cheaply.

But Eion Morgan (40) and Luke Wright (24) added 52 in 38 balls to push the Kiwis out of the tournament.

For New Zealand, Bond and Styris grabbed two wickets each, while Neil McCullum, Kyle Mills and skipper Daniel Vettori took a wicket each.

Earlier, the England bowlers restricted the Black Caps to 149 for 6. Tim Bresnan was the most economical bowler with figures of one for 29 in four overs. Bresnan’s 23 not out of 11 balls was probably the icing on the cake for him and his side.

Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad were also among the wicket takers, as both grabbed two each.

Ross Taylor top scored for the Kiwis with 44 of 33 balls, while Brendon McCullum and Styris made 33 and 31 respectively. (ANI)

Pietersen, Kieswetter shine as England crush South Africa by 39 runs in T20 WC

Kevin Pietersen’s classy innings of 53 runs of just 33 balls along with young Craig Kieswetter’s 41 helped England register a comprehensive 39-run victory over South Africa in an important Super Eight stage match of the ICC World T20 Championship at the Kensington Oval here.

The duo helped England post a challenging total of 168 runs for the loss of seven wickets after Paul Collingwood won the toss and elected to bat.

Pietersen and Kieswetter shared a 94 run partnership in just under 12 overs, with both punishing South African pacers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, whose combined eight overs cost a hugely expensive 90 runs.

Pietersen”s knock featured a six and eight fours before he top-edged a delivery from off-spinner Johan Botha, who was the pick of the bowlers for the Proteas taking two for 15 in his quota of four overs.

In reply, South Africa never looked like achieving the target thanks to a dramatic top-order collapse at the hands of English spinners Graeme Swann (three wickets for 24 runs) and Michael Yardy (two for 26).

JP Duminy tried his best to inject some momentum in the team’s chase with his calculated 39, but failed to avoid the inevitable.

The win has given England a strong chance of cementing a berth in the semi-finals of the coveted tournament.

England will take on New Zealand in their last Super Eight fixture on Monday.

Brief Scorecard:

England 168 for 7 (Pietersen 53, Botha 2-15), South Africa 129 (Duminy 39, Sidebottom 3-23, Swann 3-24). (ANI)

‘Hammered’ Pakistan must regain confidence to progress in T20 WC: Tanvir

Pakistan left-arm speedster Sohail Tanveer believes that the hammering that the team has received in the last two games in the ICC T20 World Champions is due to the low confidence level of players.

Tanvir, who was part of Pakistan’s winning T20 squad last year but was overlooked this time around, said there is no dearth of talent in the team, its just that the confidence level of the team is a bit low at the moment.

“The ability is there, it’s just a case of the confidence returning and then everything will fall into place. Last year in England we were the same, our confidence was low at the start of the competition and our victory against New Zealand at the Oval really boosted our confidence,” Tanvir told PakPassion.net.

Describing today’s (Saturday, May 8) encounter against New Zealand as a “do or die” match for Pakistan, he said the defending champions can still make it to the semi-finals of the coveted tournament.

“If Pakistan beat New Zealand, then I firmly believe that they can go and beat South Africa and reach the semi finals. Obviously the semi final becomes a one off game and in that situation I fancy Pakistan’s chances against anyone,” Tanvir said.

He also pointed out that Pakistan is sorely missing players like all rounder Shoaib Malik and fast bowler Umar Gul in the West Indies.

“Gul and Malik are very good T20 players and of course they are difficult to replace. You can bring in squad several players, but when players that are in your first eleven are missing, that makes things very difficult,” said Tanvir. (ANI)

Pak needs imagination, proper game plan to progress in T20 WC: Sohail

Former Pakistan skipper Aamir Sohail is disappointed at his team’s crushing defeat against England in the Super Eight game of the ongoing ICC World T20 Championship, and has blamed lack of proper planning for the six wicket loss.

Sohail said Pakistan failed to implement a proper game plan during the match, adding that captain Shahid Afridi lacked vision besides struggling with his own form.

“What we have witnessed so far is a lack of comprehensive planning as per the conditions. Pakistan team badly lacks imagination,” he said.

Sohail also questioned the team’s selection procedure, saying he was baffled as to why pacer Mohammed Sami was dropped from the squad for match against England.

“When the track was useful for a fast bowler like Mohammad Sami, he was dropped. When the wicket was turning we didn’t use spinners properly,” The Dawn quoted Sohail, as saying.

He stressed that the team management along with the captain should work out comprehensive strategies for the remaining matches of the tournament.

“While the Kiwis’ batting is very formidable, their bowling is not that tough. On the other hand South Africa’s bowling is very strong but they are slightly behind in batting department. So we have to make tactics for that,” Sohail said.

He, however, said that Pakistan could still reach the semi-final provided that it plays according to a plan and players apply themselves in the upcoming matches against New Zealand and South Africa.

“We must use our resources properly and have a solid game plan in coming matches to reach the semi-finals. Right combination by Pakistan as per the territory is very vital to reach the semis in this brand of cricket,” he said. (ANI)

‘Relaxed’ Clarke insists he is focused on Australian T20 WC campaign

Australian Twenty20 skipper Michael Clarke insists that despite the pressure of being on his first major tour as captain, he is relaxed and focused on the Twenty20 World Cup, which starts tomorrow.

“It’s a great feeling. I’m in a really good position now, I feel really comfortable and I’m happy to be on this tour,” Fox News quoted Clarke, as saying.

“I’m so focused leading up to our first game against Pakistan (on Sunday) that I probably haven’t let me being captain hit me,” he said.

Talking about the constant media scrutiny since his decision to leave last month’s New Zealand tour to sort out his personal issues, Clarke said he has been learning from captain Ricky Ponting about the grind of media commitments a leader must handle.

“We’re not silly. We know the media plays a huge part in what we do on and off the field. It is definitely about give and take. We know you guys have got a job to do and we do respect that,” Clarke said.

“There’s plenty of times you don’t want to talk to the media, but it’s part of what we do,” he added. (ANI)

Styris stars in Black Caps amazing win against Windies in T20 WC warm-up tie

A four-wicket haul by New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris led the Black Caps to a remarkable seven-run win against the West Indies in a Twenty20 World Cup warm-up cricket game at Providence Stadium in Guyana.

Styris’ haul of four for 18 sparked a West Indies collapse, which saw them lose nine wickets for 31, as they slumped to 117 in their 20 overs while chasing a paltry target of 125.

At once stage the Windies looked to be marching home with openers Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Chris Gayle scoring 68 for the first wicket in nine overs.

Chanderpaul scored 53 off 47, including four fours and two sixes, while Gayle smashed 35 from 27 balls, including a four and four sixes.

Gayle’s dismissal triggered the batting collapse, as Styris dismissed Dwayne Bravo in his first over and then sent Ramnaresh Sarwan and Narsingh Deonarine packing in his next before returning later to dismiss D Sammy, Stuff.co.nz reports.

Other significant contributions from New Zealand bowlers came from fast bowler Shane Bond, who finished with two for 15 off 3.4 overs, and skipper Daniel Vettori, with two for 46.

Earlier, New Zealand chose to bat first, but suffered a spectacular collapse to be 37 for six in the 10th over.

However, they staggered to 124 with Ross Taylor top-scoring with 50 off 35 balls, including two fours and four sixes, and a late surge by Jacob Oram scoring 46 not out off 40 balls, including three fours and two sixes.

The pair cracked 60 off 7.3 overs before Taylor was bowled by paceman Ravi Rampaul.

Brief Scorecard:

New Zealand: 124-8 (Ross Taylor 50, Jacob Oram 36 not out; Sulieman Benn 2-12)
West Indies: 117 all out (Shivnarine Chanderpaul 53, Chris Gayle 35; Scott Styris 4-18)