Luke Wright starred again with the bat, scoring 76 off just 43 balls to power England to a 6 wicket win against New Zealand. Batting first, New Zealand suffered a top order collapse but managed to post 148/6 thanks to James Franklin’s 50 off 33. Steven Finn bowled well for England, finishing with 3/16. Apart from Wright, who steered the chase, England received good contributions from Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales as they managed to win by 6 wickets with 7 deliveries to spare.
India had a decent start but lost 4 quick wickets in the middle slowing them down, eventually reaching 140 for the loss of 7 wickets. Shane Watson and David Warner scored quickly to scored off the runs in 14.5 overs.
South Africa won the toss and chose to bat, but the pakistan spinners restricted them to 133. Pak started briskly scoring 24 in no time, before the spinners came in and reduced them to 76/7. Umar Gul slammed a brilliant 32 off just 17 balls while Umar Akmal played a vital knock of 40 to help Pakistan comeback from 76/7 to clinch a morale-boosting win by 2 wickets.
West Indies after choosing to bat Posted 179 for the loss of 5 wickets riding on half centuries by both their openers Chris Gayle 58(35) and J Charles 84(56). Chris Gayle started aggressively scoring boundaries and sixes regularly but fell soon after he scored 50 trying for another lofted shot. J Charles batted wonderfully after that to score 84 and push West Indies to a score of 179/5. In reply, England has disastrous start losing 2 wickets in first over without any runs on the board. Bairstow and Hales rebuild the innings and Morgan gave a strong finish but England fell short of the total by 15 runs.
Result : Srilanka won the match in superover. After the scores were tied at 174, Sri Lanka scored 13 in the Super Over and managed to restrict New Zealand to 7, to emerge victors in a thrilling match.
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Ireland scored 129/6 in their alloted 19 overs before rain started pouring down forcing the match to be called off. West Indies went through to the super 8’s based on superior runrate, without winning a game as England did in 2010 world cup before eventually winning the world cup.
Watch India v England T20 World Cup 2012 Highlights.Harbhajan Singh picked up 4/12, the best ever figures by an Indian bowler in T20Is, while Piyush Chawla and Irfan Pathan picked up two wickets. England were bowled out for 80, chasing 171.
Pakistan survived a late scare from Ross Taylor to secure a 13 run victory against New Zealand in their opening match of this edition of the World T20. The win for Pakistan though has ensured a qualification for New Zealand to the Super 8s stage as the Kiwis still hold a superior run-rate amongst the three teams in their group. Pakistan too have a foot into the next round. Only a huge loss against Bangladesh would deny them an entry to the next stage.
West Indies decision to bat first was justified by fifties from Chris Gayle and Samuels. West Indies ended with a score of 191 runs in 20 overs for the loss of 8 wickets. Australia in reply started well getting 100 for the loss of 1 wicket in 9.1 when it rained and no more play was possible. Australia were declared winners by D/L method.