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Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Pak vs Ind 1st T20: Pakistan beat India by 5 wickets

Shoaib Malik and skipper Mohammad Hafeez made useful half-centuries as Pakistan registered their first Twenty20 victory over India, beating their arch-rivals by five wickets to take 1-0 lead in the two match Twenty20 series.
Needing ten runs in the last over, Malik smacked Ravindra Jadeja for straight six to finish the match in style. He remained unbeaten on 57 off 50 while Hafeez made 61 off 44 deliveries. After being restricted for a paltry total, India were given a rousing start when Bhuvneshwar provided the hosts three initial wickets. He castled Nasir Jamshed (2 off 6) before getting Ahmed Shehzad (5 off 7) caught by MS Dhoni. He uprooted Umar Akmal’s stumps before the batsman could get his eye in. 
Earlier, Indian batting suffered a sensational collapse as they were restricted for a paltry 133 for 9. Indian openers Gautam Gambhir (43 off 41) and Ajinkya Rahane (42 off 31) gave India a solid platform, putting up 77 for the first wicket. But everything changed drastically once Rahane got out trying to clear the extra cover boundary off Shahid Afridi. India lost nine wickets for an addition of just 47 runs.

Pakistan-India tour hit by coverage dispute

Pakistan's first cricket tour to India in five years faced a media blackout on Monday after international news agencies, including AFP, suspended coverage over a decision to bar their photo counterparts.

News outlets said they would not be filing any text or pictures after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) refused to accredit the international picture agencies Getty Images and Action Images as well as two Indian agencies.
The five-match series is due to start on Tuesday with a Twenty20 international in Bangalore.

Sachin Tendulkar thanks his fans on Twitter

Sachin Tendulkar, in an emotional message on Tuesday, has thanked his fans for being supportive during his 23-year ODI career.
The 39-year-old, who announced his retirement from ODIs on Sunday, tweeted: “Words are not enough to express my thanks to each of you for all the love & support I have received over the years...& especially now in the last couple of days. Your expressions have brought joy to my heart...& at times a tear to my eye!... 
"Those magical moments of our ODI journey will stay with me for the rest of my life. Thank you so much.”

Big Bash League's popularity dips in second year

Despite the presence of several international stars, interest in the Australian Big Bash T20 League appears to be waning with television ratings and crowd attendance down from last year. The glitzy competition, the country's answer to India's mega-rich Indian Premier League, is in its second year after a successful debut in 2011.
It has managed to lure the likes of big-hitting West Indies opener Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Marlon Samuels, along with stars from other cricketing nations. However, local daily the Age has reported that television ratings have dipped by 30 per cent and crowd support by 40 per cent compared with the same stage of the competition last year
Mike McKenna, Cricket Australia's executive general manager, defended these numbers, pointing to extenuating factors. "Out of the 11 matches now, five of them have been rain-affected. Three of them have been impacted during the match and the others prior to the game starting," said McKenna who has responsibility for the Big Bash. "It has quite a profound effect on crowds and audiences when you have interruptions to games."

Pakistani players taking lessons from Inzamamul Haq to 'haunt' India

As India renews its bilateral cricketing ties with Pakistan after five long years, the Pakistan team is taking a few lessons from former skipper Inzamamul Haq on how to beat India.
Inzamam, who was appointed as a batting consultant ahead of the series, worked with the team during a week-long camp in Lahore, reports The Nation.
Inzamam, who has four one day centuries and over 2000 one day runs against India to his credit, has given many a sleepless nights to Indian bowlers over the years.
He said he has been teaching the players how to chase, how to set the target and what is required from the batsmen.

Mahela Jayawardene says Sri Lanka looking to create history by winning Boxing Day Test match

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has said they are looking to create history by winning the second Test match against Australia in Melbourne on the Boxing Day, which would be their first win on the Aussie soil.

Sri Lanka's best Test results in Australia have been two draws and nine defeats, including last week's 137-run loss in the first Test in Hobart, the Age reports.

Jayawardene said the Hobart pitch was difficult for batting on day five but with spinner Rangana Herath expected to find more suitable conditions in the next two matches.

Saeed Ajmal looking to break national record of 'most wickets in a year'

Pakistan off spinner Saeed Ajmal will be targeting to break the national record of 'most wickets in a year'- which is currently held by Saqlain Mushtaq who scored 101 wickets 15 years ago - in the three games left.

The 35-year-old, ranked number one in the world in the official ICC ratings for ODI cricket, has bagged 93 wickets for his country so far, reports The Nation.

Sachin Tendulkar should have retired after India-Pakistan series: Inzamamul Haq

Former Pakistan captain and current team coach Inzamamul Haq has said that Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar should have announced his retirement after the Pak-India series that begins on Tuesday in Bangalore.

Inzamam said Sachin's early retirement has marked the end of a golden period of the game, reports The Nation.

Du Plessis says Proteas anticipated Kiwis fight back

South Africa Twenty20 captain Faf du Plessis has said they had expected a strong backlash from the New Zealand team after the Kiwis lost the first T20 match but won the second match by eight wickets.

The Black Caps overcame a poor first outing on Friday in Durban, to put themselves back into the series with an eight-wicket win (D/L method) in the second match, Sport24 reports.

Du Plessis said that New Zealand has always been a great fighting team, and they never took them lightly.

Brendan McCullum says Black Caps carrying momentum ahead of Boxing Day T20

New Zealand captain Brendan McCullum has claimed that they are carrying the momentum with them ahead of the final Twenty20 match against South Africa on Tuesday after their thrilling eight-wicket win in the second match.

New Zealand chased down 169 in 19 overs in the second game of the series at East London yesterday, thanks mainly to opener Martin Guptill, who struck 101 not out, bringing up his century and hitting the winning runs with a four off the final ball of the game, Stuff.co.nz reports.

It was a much needed win after the side failed to deliver in the first game where they were dismissed for just 86 runs, a total chased down in the 13th over, the paper said.