TODAY AT THE T20 CRICKET WORLD CUP (16 March)
Pakistan bt Bangladesh
Kolkata (Group 2)
IN the most impressive batting performance of the tournament so far, Pakistan racked up an impressive 201, the first time they’ve ever passed 200 in the T20 format. There’s been much talk of Bangladesh’s improvement following a run to the Asia Cup final, but that total always looked beyond them, and they fell 55 short after a relatiively controlled bowling performance from the Pakistanis.
The highlight of the game perhaps came in the field, with an astonishing two-part catch from Bangladesh’s Soumya Sarkar. Sarkar caught a huge hit on the run, and realising his momentum would carry him over the rope, threw the ball in the air before it did, and brought himself back on-field to take the catch off his own throw. A truly remarkable piece of fielding, but it wasn’t enough to stem the Pakistani onslaught, for whom Mohammad Hafeez top-scored with 64.
West Indies bt England
Mumbai (Group 1)
IF Pakistan had provided the tournament’s best team batting performance earlier, Chris Gayle produced the best individual one this afternoon with a 47-ball century to inspire his West Indies side to victory over England. Gayle’s batting masterclass of huge hitting included 11 sixes and five fours, and provided exactly 100 of the 183 runs his side needed. Gayle’s innings was the third fastest ton in T20 history.
Earlier, England has posted what looked like a creditable total of 182, with all batsmen called upon scoring more than a run a ball. It didn’t prove so, however as Gayle and co. chased down their target with 11 balls to spare. This group may not look quite as competitive as the other, but with defending champions Sri Lanka, South Africa and the last remaining associate side, Afghanistan, Eoin Morgan’s England need to bounce back quickly if he’s to avoid the fate his native Ireland suffered earlier in the week.