If there ever was a notion that England have not progressed on from their struggles against spin, it has just been strengthened as they suffered their largest loss (by runs) in Twenty20 internationals – 90 runs – at the hands of India. England were bowled out for 80, largely due to 6 wickets between the spinners Piyush Chawla and Harbhajan Singh. The duo went for only 25 runs in their 8 overs, three of those were maidens.

It hints pure team-effort when it is hard to decide who would your Man of the Match be. Pakistan had that hint as they pounded, though not easily, New Zealand by 13 runs with efforts from their batters, bowlers and fielders.

8th Match, ICC World Twenty20, Group B, Colombo (RPS): Just when it was about to get into a contest to watch, rain had the final say in Australia’s innings when they were 100-1 after 9.1 overs in chase of 192 set earlier by West Indies. Australia prevailed by 17 runs as the D/L par after [...]

7th ICC World Twenty20, Group C, Hambantota: It was first match of the event between the two  competitive teams but rain, taking all the charm away, reduced it to 7-over-a-side enough for South Africa to beat the home team Sri Lanka by 32 Runs. Knowing it was just a 7-over game where losing wickets don’t [...]

The versatility of his shots is beyond measure so much so that he bats by the book, and for good measures, off the book; like he showed us the other day, in game against Bangladesh, with that tennis forearm hit over his head at long-off, a shot even Roger Federer would struggle to play.

So fleeting has been their stay in the event that just two days after they started off, Afghanistan has been crashed out as England put on a ruthless show with bat and bowl to defeat them by 116 runs. With it, England and India have qualified for the next round without confronting each other.

Brendon McCullum, fulfilling his reputation of Number one Batsman in Twenty20 Rankings, annihilated Bangladesh bowlers with record 123 off just 58 balls that took New Zealand total to a daunting 191, a far cry from Bangladesh’s 132 in reply.

Just with in 50 hours since it started, Zimbabwe were knocked out of the event as South Africa boasted a ruthless show of ten-wicket win after restricting Zimbabwe to a paltry total of 93. The result meant South Africa and Sri Lanka have qualified for Super Eight Round from the Group C.

Inexperienced Afghanistan surrendered against Indian spinners as the latter successfully defended the target of 160 on what was a good batting wicket. Yuvraj Singh grabbed three wickets in middle and crucial stage of the innings to bring hurdles in Afghan chase.

ICC World Twenty20 2nd Match, Colombo (RPS): In battle between Number 9 and 10 Ranked teams in ICC Twenty20 Rankings, Australia proved their prowess boasts much more than being at Number 9 as they crushed Ireland by seven Wickets with 29 balls to spare.