T20 World Cup warm up matches

Akmal powers Pakistan


Kamran Akmal whacked 92 runs off 50 balls as Pakistan chased down 186 to beat India by five wickets in their T-20 Warm-up match played at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo yesterday.

Chasing the target Pakistan lost five wickets for 91 runs in 11.3 overs as Ravichandran Ashwin struck early but an unbeaten 95-run partnership between Shoaib Malik and Akmal helped Pakistan to recover and chase down the target with five balls to spare.

Akmal scored six sixes and five fours in his knock, while Malik scored 37 off 18 deliveries with two fours and two sixes.

Earlier, Virath Kohli’s unbeaten 75 runs off 47 balls (seven fours and two sixes) and Rohit Sharma’s half century helped India post what looked like a formidable score.

Brief Scores:

India 185 for 3 in 20 overs (Virath Kohli 75 n.o., Rohit Sharma 56, Virender Shewag 26; Saeed Ajmal 2/22, Umar Gul 1/31)

Pakistan 186 for 5 wkts in 19.1 overs (Kamran Akmal 92 n.o., Shoaib Malik 37 n.o., Mohammad Hafeez 38; R. Ashwin 4/23)

South Africa in thrilling nine runs win

Ross Taylor’s 75 runs off 42 balls which included seven sixes and two fours was not enough for New Zealand as Dale Steyn struck decisive blows towards the end for South Africa to pull of an exciting nine runs win in their T-20 Warm-up match played at Colts Grounds in Colombo yesterday.

After South African skipper A.B. de Villers’ half century and some useful contributions made by their top order batsmen helped South Africa post a competitive total before Dale Styen came picked up four wickets for 25 runs to put his team on top.

Brief Scores:

South Africa 186 for 6 wkts in 20 overs (A.B. de Villers 54, J.P. Duminy 30, R.E. Levi 24, F. du Plessis 24, F. Behardien 24; A.F. Milne 2/26, J.Franklin 2/31)

New Zealand 177 for 8 wkts in 20 overs (R. Taylor 75, R. Nicol 37; D. Steyn 4/25) (RS)


England in nine runs win over Australia

Chasing 173 for victory, Australia suffered a nine-run loss at the hands of England in their T-20 Warm-up match played at NCC Grounds in Colombo yesterday.

Put into bat, England scored 172 for the loss of six wickets with A.D. Hales scoring a half-century and in-reply Australia got off to flying start with Shane Watson and Mike Hussey adding 75 runs for the second wicket but the Aussies lost their way thereafter and fell nine runs short of the target.

Hussey scored 71 runs off 51 balls with five sixes and three fours while Watson scored 37 off 26 balls.

Brief Scores:

England 172 for 6 wkts in 20 overs (A.D. Hales 52, L.J. Wright 35, E. Morgan 30, B. Hogg 2/39, M.A. Starc 2/32)

Australia 163 in 6 wkts in 20 overs (M. Hussey 71, S. Watson 37; S. Finn 2/26, G. Swann 21/1)

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