World Twenty20 warm-up games

Australia, Afghanistan and Bangladesh post wins

ESPNcricinfo staff

September 15, 2012

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Australia bowled New Zealand out for 83 to win their first World Twenty20 warm-up in Colombo by 56 runs. New Zealand's chase was constantly punctured by wickets and only three batsmen managed to score in double figures. The rot started at the beginning of the innings, when three wickets had fallen for eight runs by the third over. The only resistance came during a 31-run stand for the fourth wicket between captain Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson. At 59 for 7, when the last specialist batsman Williamson was dismissed by Brad Hogg, the contest was over. Hogg took the wickets of Williamson, Taylor and James Franklin, and Shane Watson also bowled economically, taking 2 for 7 in three overs.

Unlike the bowlers, Australia's batsman had not put in a convincing performance. Their openers, David Warner and Shane Watson were dismissed in the 20s and the middle order slumped, leaving Australia on 71 for 5. Glenn Maxwell, who had performed well against Pakistan in the UAE, added 46 runs with wicketkeeper Matthew Wade to lead the recovery. Wade and Daniel Christian scored 21 off the last nine deliveries of the innings to set New Zealand 139, which proved far too many.

Bangladesh registered a comfortable five-wicket victory against Zimbabwe, achieving the target of 135 with ten balls to spare. Led by opener Mohammad Ashraful's 38, the chase was structured around two big partnerships of 52 and 50. There was a hiccup when Bangladesh lost three wickets for five runs to slip to 85 for 5, but Mahmudullah and Ziaur Rahman saw them through. Three Zimbabwe bowlers - seamer Brian Vitori, offspinner Prosper Utseya and left-arm spinner Ray Price - proved expensive, going for 10, 13.50 and 9.25 runs per over.

Zimbabwe were slow after they got sent in. Vusi Sibanda was their top scorer, with 40 off 47 balls, and they didn't lose too many wickets in a heap due to steady partnerships for the first four wickets. However, their innings lacked acceleration until at the death, when they were struggling at 106 for 5 with less than two overs to go. Elton Chigumbura and Craig Ervine scored 27 runs in nine deliveries before Ervine was dismissed off the penultimate delivery. Their 134 proved to be too little.

A solid batting performance by Afghanistan helped them defeat Sri Lanka A by 51 runs in Colombo. Their innings was built around a 109-run partnership off 58 balls between opener Mohammad Shahzad and Asghar Stanikzai, which nullified the advantage Sri Lanka A had gained by taking two wickets in the first over without a run on the board. Both Shahzad and Stanikzai, however, were dismissed in the 11th over for 48 and 50 respectively. Mohammad Nabi then scored 51 off 24 balls with five sixes, as he had stands of 30 and 56 with Shafiqullah and Gulbodin Naib to help his team cross the 200-run mark.

Seamer Nuwan Pradeep, who gave Sri Lanka A a positive start with two wickets in the first over, proved expensive, going for 10.75 runs per over. Their best bowler was legspinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi, who took 3 for 16 in his four overs.


Sri Lanka A began the chase of 209 well, their openers put on 30 off 22 balls before Shehan Jayasuriya fell to Mohammad Nabi. From 50 for 1, they lost three wickets for seven runs, which included two batsmen stumped off legspinner Samiullah Shenwari. Sri Lanka A lost wickets regularly thereafter and only Kosala Kulasekara stuck around to give them some hope, scored 63 off 38 balls. Kulasekara's wicket in the 17th over signaled the end of the contest. Daulat Zadran took 3 for 22 while all four other bowlers also took wickets.

For a report of India's 26-run victory against Sri Lanka, click here.

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Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

Any team which gets beaten by Afghanistan is in trouble, if their second game gets washed out and have to share points! And, rains are around the corner.

Posted by AK_25 on (September 16, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

afgans are the fastest growing country i hav ever seen.....the way they r learning and improving is amazing....i m sure they ll be better thn bangladesh in som years...

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

I want to expect Musfiq good batting against New Zealand. I didn't see his good performance West Indies tours. We BD are expecting more constant good batting from him. We want to see more match winner in BD XI. You do not depend too much Tamim & Sakib. Everybody take some responsibility so that we will capable to go second round. Good luck.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

I know they have not respect for our heroes but In Shah Allah Afghan lions will show them like they did to Sri lanka A. Electricity can be dangerous and should always be treated with respect.

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (September 16, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

WELL DONE AFGHAN BUT IT'S REALLY TOUGH FOR THEM TO QUALIFY FOR SUPER 8'S.I EXPECT ENG AND IND TO MOVE ON TO THE NEXT ROUND.ICC SHOULD HELP AFGHAN CRICKET IF THEY PLAY AGAINST TOP TEAMS REGULARLY THEN THEY WILL BE A FORCE TO RECKON WITH......

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

grt job riad ! he is becoming a proper finisher day by day, gud luck 4 him,bangladesh needs a cool finisher like him badly to win da crucial matches ,all da best tigers :)

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 8:59 GMT)

All the best AFG team, ICC should give me chances to AFG team to get more stronger, I recommend to play 3 Country Nation cup with Bangladesh, Zim and AFG would be great in Dubai

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

Well done team Afghanistan, keep the consistency on. we have to go along way to Perform like this in the Int. arena, ICC should respect their talent and position, because Afghanistan government is not in a position to provide better training facilities and what can ICC do is provide matches with full members regularly so that Afghans talent is not wasted. and thus they will get experience of playing with full members. Also I would like to bring this to Indian fans as We have very good relations with India, so India in this respect has done nothing so far and we would like India to step forward and have matches with Afghanistan as they have teams i.e. Rest of India and India A and India National Team. thanks.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

Congratulation! Afghanistan won the match from Srilanka by 51 runs Here you can see the score card. http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc-world-twenty20-2012/engine/current/match/578134.html

Posted by Perdes on (September 16, 2012, 4:26 GMT)

Well done tigers! We are proud of you and the whole nation is praying for your success. Playing against India would be a great test of nerves and skills, but don't be afraid of them as most of you are made for T20. I was impressed by your fielding performance against Australia. If you can win at least one of the two games with a considerable margin, you will have a very good chance in the super eight. Good Luck!

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