Drama in Durban, Calamity in Cape Town

India beat Pakistan in the most exciting game of the Twenty20 World Cup so far. India had to win to qualify for the next round, given their match with Scotlan was rained off. Mohammad Asif recorded 4/18 as India reached 141/9. Pakistan, despite a good start, were checked by a mini-collapse and reached 141/7 with one run required off the last ball. Misbah, who had hit a superb 53, was run out leaving the match tied. Where football has penalty shoot-outs, cricket has the bowl-off. Indian bowlers hit the stumps three stumps; with Pakistani bowlers failing to hit the stumps at all, India assured a place in the Super Eights.

Another match between two deadly rivals, England and Australia, ended in more normal fashion. Australia ended their losing streak of one by thumping England (nothing new there then) in Cape Town. England did have the chance to send the Australians home early, but struggled to post a decent total. Like Aggers, I was surprised by England’s decision to bat first as well some poor English bowling. Both teams progress to the Super Eights, as England had already defeated Zimbabwe on Thursday.

Bangladesh sent the Windies home earlier this week, with a 20-ball 50 from Ashraful.

Elsewhere, defending champions England were destroyed by South Africa 36-0 in the Rugby World Cup, taking place in France.


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