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, 16:01 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, 13:04 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, 11:12 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, 10:48 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, 10:20 GMT)


Posted by   on (September 16, 2012, 10:19 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, 7:59 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, 7:04 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, 5:04 GMT)

Congratulation! Afghanistan won the match from Srilanka by 51 runs Here you can see the score card.

Posted by Perdes on (September 16, 2012, 3:26 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!

Posted by nipun027 on (September 16, 2012, 3:13 GMT)

Afghanistan is really seeming to b the next powerhouse............ From my opinion I think it will be really helpful 4 them if ACC can incorporate them from next season of Asia Cup. This will provide them a good chance of playing cricket with the upper classes...............

Posted by Htc-Android on (September 16, 2012, 3:02 GMT)

i saw the Afghans batting highlights against australila, some of the shots they played against quality Aus bowling was very impressive. yup they can play big shots in this format and put the opposition under pressure.they seem like they are quick learners. if they play Odi against top teams regularly they can improve alot. same goes with ireland. shame on ICC they already wasted kenya and now they are doing the same with these two teams. atleast give them more ODIs.

Posted by prabhudevas on (September 16, 2012, 2:49 GMT)

Indian Team has to be more careful while facing Afghans.Afghans Big score of 209 against SL with 3 half centuries,13 sixes - what a perf by Af team.Indians can't take Afghans for granted bcos it looks like they're a stronger team than England.If Indians have to reach the Super 8 Stage they've to play hard against Afg . Refer to the shocking scorecard of Srilanka vs Afghanistan warm up match.If Dhoni & boys dont restrict them , they'll suffer a insulting defeat in the hands of Afghans.Come on INDIA.

Posted by Marcio on (September 16, 2012, 1:41 GMT)

Judging by the low totals these pitches are going to be far from the quicker tracks some journos have been saying will be dished up. Looking at the AUS/NZ game, there were lost of dot balls and singles being scored, even towards the end of the innings when there were lost of wickets in hand. That tells you the batsmen were having trouble getting the ball off the square, and that probably means a very slow, low, spinning wicket. Afghanistan did well. But T20 is the great equaliser, so there will be upsets for sure.

Posted by RobTay14 on (September 15, 2012, 23:58 GMT)

Afghanistan are the next cricketing powerhouse!

Posted by mahafuz1983 on (September 15, 2012, 22:46 GMT)

Great show Afgans.....keep up the good work.........we support from BD

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (September 15, 2012, 22:13 GMT)

@Zubair Khan Ghamai: I agree with you sir. Afghanistan should play some matches every year against top teams. How can they improve otherwise ? The ICC should show some leadership here and have a 2 or 3 match series arranged for teams like Afghanistan who are so talented. It's NOT a big deal if the stronger teams win a world cup. But if a team like Afghanistan can even win ONE match then it's special because they have NO infrastructure or money like the others. They play with ONLY talent and God's blessing. I pray to God to give Afghanistan the blessings so that they can succeed in this tournament. Good luck Afghanistan !!!

Posted by BeReal87 on (September 15, 2012, 21:52 GMT)

Good luck Afghanistan, you guys have achieved a lot with no resources, no cricketing infrastructure, no or very little domestic cricket, only 2 very small grounds for practice and there is a war going on in the country. It all your hard work, dedication and spirit that you guys have made it to this stage and we ar all proude of you.

Posted by   on (September 15, 2012, 21:14 GMT)

AFGHANS should upset england... :D coz they choke against weak teams in big competitions :D

Posted by   on (September 15, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

Outstanding Performance By Afghanistan: Guys, keep up the good work in all aspects of the game. I am getting the feeling that this Torphy belongs to Afghanistan this year, Inshallah. Dawlat U R awesome bro , and so is Nabi. We also have Afghan Lance Clusener, who is our Gulbadin Naib. The way U smack the ball of the boudaries U R outstanding. Thank U all Afghan team, you R our reall joy,Heroes, and Champions.

Posted by   on (September 15, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

If ICC has the guts, let Afghanistan play 5 to 8 consecutive one day matches against the big boys, once they do , for sure they R gonna shake,Rock, and surpise the Cricket Arena. Cause they have that Zealness,spirit,fight,and skills for this game. Go Afghan Go, U R now unstopable vanish any team that comes in front of U.

Posted by   on (September 15, 2012, 17:53 GMT)


Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (September 15, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

CONGRATS to Afghanistan !!! I will be supporting them other than team India. I want Afghanistan to do well in this tournament. They have a bright future. If they do well here, it could go a long way to bring some hope and happiness to people back home at a time of war and instability. I also wish Ireland the very best of luck. You guys need to BELIEVE in yourselves. I want to see a couple of upsets. An Afghan victory over England or India and an Irish victory over the Aussies etc will be a top story indeed. Exciting times ahead !!

Posted by   on (September 15, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

Dampalage Shehan Naveendra Fonseka Gunawardene Jayasuriya! Is he (yes, he; not they) related to our good old Sanat Jayasuriya?

Posted by   on (September 15, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

BRAVO AFGHANS... 13 sixes and 18 fours... I hope you do your best against England & India too.... All the best...

Posted by   on (September 15, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

Those who take Team Afghanistan for granted may do so at their own peril. Don't say that they had beaten only a second string SL XI. Every one notices their spirit and efforts; but don't give enough credit for their latent talents.Team India, be on the guard; complacency can derail you.

Posted by   on (September 15, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

I am really amazed by the way the Afghans played and the comments the Afghan supporters made ! though there is huge difference between warm up matches and main tournament matches !

Posted by Mad_for_Shakib on (September 15, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

Tigar has 2 much btr den diz aganist NZ & PAK

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (September 15, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

Bravo Afghans! What a great show by them against 2nd XI of hosts! Also a dashing per4mance by Aussies! Poor Kiwis might give hope for Bangladeshis as well. A decent per4mance by Bangla but there was still a HICCUP as usual. It shows their Middle-order is 'Ordinary' in this format (thanx to Tamim & Vitori! This fact increases confidence of NZ too. Best of luck for all 5 sides.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (September 15, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

At least for the matches in the early group stages, Bangladesh really consider using all-rounder Reza for Sunny considering it does a lot for fast bowlers as compared to spinners. Mind you Reza can also bat something Bangladesh needs.

Posted by fozameer456 on (September 15, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

Spinners friendly pitches!! Watch out for Ajmal, narine,hafeez, vettori.

Posted by   on (September 15, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

Azooz wrong (thrash), Hagi right (put a good fight). Pl remember Ireland coach's comment challenging Australia and West Indies. Those teams will be ready for Ireland.

Posted by British_North_America on (September 15, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

Please do not include Shafiul Islam in Bangladesh squad.He is an ordinary bowler.

Posted by   on (September 15, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

All minnows progressing would be splendid!

Posted by yorkslanka on (September 15, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

@Numan Mirza, that's a nice way to talk about the country that are HOSTING you?Let's be realistic, there is a reason why there is an associate championship..I am a big fan of Afghanistan cricket given everything that is going on in the country but i think your comments are way off the mark...

Posted by   on (September 15, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

Congratulation to AFGHANISTAN for easy win Against Srilanka A but i dont know why they ICC give Srilinka A team for the warm up Match for Afghanistan why not their International team played with AFGHANISTAN but Anyhow well done AFGHANISTAN to defeat them hard.. InshahALLAH AFGHANISTAN will win this Trophy .

Posted by Solace1 on (September 15, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

BD fans, wait u haven't won the world cup, and hey lankan fans, u haven't won even the warm up, u guys together can watch the top teams fight in the super 8's

Posted by   on (September 15, 2012, 11:23 GMT)

Some interesting rseults there. Zimbabwe seem to be way off the pace, unfortunately. Afghanistan hitting 13 sixes, wow! I know it's against SL's A team, but they had some pretty good bowlers. Australia's bowling attack looking very good, I think if they bought Starc into that team in place of White, it would be as good a team as they can field with the squad they have. Has White got past ten yet?

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (September 15, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

Afghanistani players are really impressive. Tall, Strongly Built, Positive on Ground, talented and performing. Nabi is a serious Talent. Good Luck ! - Indian Fan. And Welcome back, Ashraful. I remember you used to be one of my favourite and exciting Cricketers :D ! And what happened to NZ :O !

Posted by joynal693 on (September 15, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

Indeed a good match though it should have been own by BD by at least 8 wickets. Once the situation was like that. So, u need to understand the situation what demands when how to play. Do not be hurry which cause throwing wickets.

Posted by CrICkeeet on (September 15, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

ENGLAND nd INDIA should aware about AFGHANISTAN...and bangladesh could send ZIAUR up d order....

Posted by   on (September 15, 2012, 10:42 GMT)

Splendid! Australia! too too easy, but why is your jersey black instead of the usual yellow which it should be?

Posted by   on (September 15, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

Congratulations Bangladesh on an easy win!, the squad you selected shows me that that's the best line-up you have but the only change I would make is have Ziaur Rahman bat one place higher so we don't run out of deliveries. This is because he's clearly a rare natural 6 hitter so it will allow him a bit more time to settle in and protect himself from the difficult deliveries and then, put away the bad ones for the maximums. For the last warm-up match against Ireland, you need to give all of the other players a chance like Zunaid, Abul, Farhad etc so we can have all our options available and think critically for the best possible line-up against New Zealand at Pallekele good luck!

Posted by Hagi on (September 15, 2012, 10:23 GMT)

It was a great performance by Afghanistan cricket team. I hope they put a good fight against India and England. I request ICC to provide more matches against full members or else there will be another kenya. Well done Afghanistan...

Posted by   on (September 15, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

Why SRI A team come to play, this is warm up matches the National who will be playing should play with against team, Anyway but it is good to hear Srilanka A and SRI National team lost, because they thought weak teams are Poor People

Posted by Azooz-Afgfan on (September 15, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

Afghanistan team is in a great touch hope the carry on their form and thrash either India or England for da super 8.

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