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ICC World Twenty20 day eight as it happened


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By Mark Mitchener

2157: Well, there were two comprehensive wins today for Australia and Sri Lanka at the expense of India and West Indies - I'd expect a few sorrows to be drowned down at the St Lawrence Gap tonight. Tomorrow, we've got another two games for you from Barbados - it's England v South Africa at 1430 BST, followed by Pakistan v New Zealand at 1830 BST. TMS will be on air at 1415 BST, and in the live text chair for us tomorrow will be the esteemed figure of Oliver Brett - and I hope you'll join him at about 1400 BST for news of the toss from England's game. Thanks for your company today - it's been fun as ever, but it's good night from me.

2148: Brunt can only manage a single off the last ball - so England have lost by two runs, and I'm afraid, go out of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 as Australia and West Indies have both picked up two wins from their first two group games in Group A. England and South Africa, both with two defeats from two games, will meet in a dead rubber on Sunday.

2147: Brunt hits the penultimate ball for two. Four needed off the last ball, or England are out.

2146: Nicky Shaw, who was England's World Cup Final heroine last year, is stumped off the antepenultimate ball. Katherine Brunt is the new batter, six needed from two balls with two wickets remaining.

2145: The England women's match is drawing to an exciting close. Lydia Greenway has just hit a six - England need seven runs from four balls. Now it's six from three.


20th over - WI 138-8 (TARGET 196)
West Indies' players look very grim, sat in their dug-out as Benn steers Kulasekara for a four through point towards the inhabitants of the Party Stand. Taylor takes a wild swing at the last ball, but is dropped at mid-wicket. Not that it matters. And our second one-sided game of the day concludes - Sri Lanka have won by 57 runs, and already look favourites to progress to the semi-finals from this group along with Australia.

19th over - WI 126-8 (TARGET 196)
Big Benn lopes to the crease as Sri Lanka prepare to perform the last rites. ("This is the seventh match we've seen, and we've seen one good game in that time," notes Aggers on TMS). The fans are filing out, led by a band - apparently they're off to the Party Stand...

Wicket falls
18.2 overs - WICKET - Sammy lbw b Malinga 2 - WI 122-8 (TARGET 196)
Sammy is all over the place against Malinga's slower ball, which hits him on the full, that's plumb lbw...

18th over - WI 121-7 (TARGET 196)
Jerome Taylor may have a Test century to his name, but even hitting his first ball for four ain't gonna rescue the Windes.

Wicket falls
17.4 overs - WICKET - Hinds lbw b Mendis 5 - WI (TARGET 196)
With the required run rate an unlikely 26.66 per over for the last three overs, Mendis has a half-hearted lbw shout against Hinds (who has "WAVELL" on the back of his shirt) - then a more confident one sees Umpire Taufel raise his finger.

17th over - WI 116-6 (TARGET 196)
Left-hander Wavell Hinds, a specialist batsman at number eight, punches the Slinger for four over the covers before hanging his bat out to spear a single to third man.

Wicket falls
16.3 overs - WICKET - Fletcher b Malinga 16 - WI 110-6 (TARGET 196)
Malinga in for his third over, Aggers and Michael Vaughan on TMS can't believe how well he bowls those devastating yorkers - and as if to prove the point, Malinga ends Fletcher's painful innings by bowling him with a well-disguised slower ball, middle and off stump.

16th over - WI 105-5 (TARGET 196)
Fletcher adds a single, as does new batsman Darren Sammy. Fletcher rolls a four through mid-wicket - but it's too little, too late I fear.

Wicket falls
15.2 overs - WICKET - Pollard c Kapugedera b Mendis 9 - WI 99-5 (TARGET 196)
Pollard has a go at Mendis, lifting him over point for four. The fans may be resigned to defeat, but the pitchside dancers are still gyrating at every opportunity. Pollard aims another big heave but holes out at mid-wicket. You could even say "start the car"...

15th over - WI 95-4 (TARGET 196)
Pollard pushes Malinga for a quick single, Fletcher angles one to square leg. The tall Pollard has to reach down to dig out a yorker, squeezing a single to extra cover. Fletcher fences and misses at a slower bouncer, before digging out a single to mid-wicket. Malinga slings down a legside wide and Pollard rotates the strike, but with three or more boundaries needed per over, Sri Lanka are cruising to victory. Fletcher has seven from 13 balls, he's really not been on his game today.

14th over - WI 89-4 (TARGET 196)
Murali wheels away for his last over - just singles and twos, plus a legside wide. No wickets for Murali today, but West Indies need nearly 18 an over to win. Meanwhile, England's women have had a mini-collapse in St Kitts - slumping from 65-0 to 66-4 in the 11th over, chasing 123 to beat West Indies.

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan on TMS: "Pollard doesn't really look like he has the hands to play mystery spin - though if it's up, it's going to go"

13th over - WI 83-4 (TARGET 196)
Still no sign of Wavell Hinds, recalled today as a specialist batsman but not batting in the top six... the new batsman is Kieron Pollard, who angles a single to third man.

Wicket falls
12.1 overs - WICKET - Sarwan c & b Mendis 28 - WI 82-4 (TARGET 196)
Sarwan dances down the track to Mendis and pops an easy catch back to the bowler. That could well be that for this game, although Michael Vaughan on TMS points out the importance of keeping their net run rate up.

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From Amir Mir on 606: "I wonder how Imran Khan or Waqar Younis would have been at T20 cricket..."

12th over - WI 82-3 (TARGET 196)
The dawdling Fletcher is nearly run out as Sarwan surprises him by calling for a single, but the throw is wide. Murali spins a wide behind Fletcher's pads, he doesn't look too comfortable against the spinner, although "comfortable" is not how you'd describe Murali either today, he's moving a little gingerly because of his groin injury. A couple more singles are added.

11th over - WI 78-3 (TARGET 196)
New batsman Andre Fletcher probably has to redeem himself a little after a couple of lapses behind the stumps today, he's off the mark with a push past mid-on for a single. Sarwan keeps the strike with a single to the cover sweeper.

Wicket falls
10.4 overs - WICKET - Bravo c Mathews b Malinga 23 - WI 76-3 (TARGET 196)
Time to bring on The Slinger! Lasith Malinga into the attack with his fast right-arm slingers, Sarwan helps himself to two to bring up the fifty stand. Sarwan pokes a single just past the bowler to take his score to 25, Malinga slings down a bouncer which is deemed to be an aerial wide. But it's all over for Bravo as he gets a leading edge - the umpteenth simple catch in the covers we've seen today - The Slinger has struck and Bravo walks off shaking his head in disappointment.

10th over - WI 72-2 (TARGET 196)
Bravo energises the crowd again, punching a four back past the bowler, while the Windies pair help themselves to more singles. It's like the middle overs of an ODI out there at the moment, West Indies are leaving themselves an awful lot to do...

9th over - WI 64-2 (TARGET 196)
Perera takes a blow on the ankle from a powerful straight-drive by Bravo. Just a couple of singles from the over before Sarwan steers his second four off his legs, off the final delivery. Required rate up to 12. There's then a hold-up when Murali calls for the physio, drops his trousers and has an injury attended to. Meanwhile, England's women have started well against West Indies in St Kitts - chasing 123 to win, Sarah Taylor and Charlotte Edwards have helped them to 46-0 in the seventh over.

8th over - WI 58-2 (TARGET 196)
Mendis off, his spin compadre Muttiah Muralitharan into the attack from the Malcolm Marshall End. Still pretty pedestrian from Sarwan and Bravo, ones and twos ain't gonna win them this game... Sarwan has the crowd on their feet as a brutal lofted on-drive brings him a four, that's more like it.

Colin Croft
Colin Croft on TMS: "Looking at the Greenidge & Haynes Stand, I wonder how Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes would have been at Twenty20..."

7th over - WI 48-2 (TARGET 196)
A double change in the bowling as it's Thissara Perera on with his right-arm medium pace. (Sri Lanka still have Muralitharan, Malinga and Jayasuriya up their sleeves). I've never seen Perera bowl before... not unreasonable as this is the first time he's turned his arm over in T20 international cricket, while his ODI record is a modest six wickets at 34.33 from six games. Sarwan and Bravo plunder a single apiece, Sarwan blasts a four through the covers and nicks the strike with a single to mid-wicket. And the required run-rate's up to more than 11...

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From James in Lewisham, via text: "While we're talking unorthodox shots. I'd christen one of David Warner's agricultural heaves over any boundary fence he chooses to pick 'The Warnmower'. [As for the Ashraful shot], maybe the Ashrapull?"

6th over - WI 41-2 (TARGET 196)
Ajantha Mendis into the attack with his peculiar brand of off-spin, leg-spin and carrom-balls, delivered at close to medium pace. The singles keep flowing before Bravo rocks back and powers the twirler for four through extra cover.

5th over - WI 33-2 (TARGET 196)
Bravo drives Kulasekara for a single to long-off, the Windies fans are trying to crank up the party atmosphere despite losing their openers. Sarwan pushes a quick single to extra cover, but a packed off-side cordon is blocking off the boundaries - we haven't had a four since the second over.

4th over - WI 28-2 (TARGET 196)
Sanga shuffles his field as Sarwan and Bravo can only manage singles against Mathews. The required rate is already up to 10 and a half.

Tony Cozier
Tony Cozier on TMS: "Someone is going to have to play a wonderful innings from here if West Indies are to win"

3rd over - WI 24-2 (TARGET 196)
Dwayne Bravo is the new batsman, but Kulasekara keeps it tight against Sarwan - Sri Lanka will feel they can start again now they have two new batsmen in. Sarwan pushes a quick single to mid-off.

Wicket falls
2.2 overs - WICKET - Gayle c Mathews b Kulasekara 5 - WI 23-2 (TARGET 196)
Ramnaresh Sarwan cuts his first ball past backward point where Dilshan gets a fingertip to it. Tony Cozier on TMS thinks Sangakkara's helmet "looks like something from Star Wars". But it's disaster for West Indies as Cap'n Gayle falls in a similar manner to Chanderpaul, looping a high catch into the safe hands of Mathews at cover as he tries to force Kulasekara to leg.

Colin Croft
Colin Croft on TMS: "Sarwan at three is not a bad move - you need proper batsmanship from here, not just slogging, and Gayle can still accelerate if need be"

Wicket falls
2nd over - WICKET - Chanderpaul c Kapugedera b Mathews 11 - WI 22-1 (TARGET 196)
All-rounder Angelo Mathews to share the new ball, he has a slip in for Chanderpaul who gets inside the line and scoops a six over square leg! Anything loose from Mathews is punished as Chanderpaul tickles one off his legs for four leg byes, before advancing down the pitch to firmly cover-drive four more. But his little cameo is ended when he gets a leading edge and slices a catch to backward point. End-of-innings score from St Kitts - West Indies women made 122-8 against England - Jenny Gunn has had a good all-round match, picking up two wickets, two catches and a run-out.

1st over - WI 8-0 (TARGET 196)
The new ball is handed to seamer Nuwan Kulasekara, who's been one of the top-ranked ODI bowlers in recent years. He gets the Windies going with a wide, then floats one down the leg side and Gayle, who has a red "do-rag" flowing out from under the back of his helmet and covering his neck (as though he's a member of the French Foreign Legion's hip and groovy section), helps it on its way for four. A single brings Chanderpaul on strike but "The Crab" isn't out of his shell yet, so to speak. Another wide, and a gentle single for Chanderpaul means it's a profitable first over for the Windies.

2009: Two contrasting opening batsmen for West Indies - it's captain Chris Gayle partnered by Shivnarine Chanderpaul. They're both left-handed, I suppose...

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan on TMS: "We need Chris Gayle to get going for half-an-hour, along with Sarwan and Bravo, to get this crowd pumping"

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From Rory (you got my name wrong earlier!), now leaving Bath, via text: "The Dilscoop has it's own name but the Ashraful shot doesn't. Can I propose we find a new name for it? I'd like to suggest the Ashrashovel"

2002: Whew. Great innings from Jayawardene. Big ask for the Windies - but with Chris Gayle in the side, you can never be too sure...


20th over - SL 195-3
Out of form or not, Tillakaratne Dilshan carves his only delivery for four through mid-wicket. Jayawardene finishes with 98 not out from 56 balls, a masterful innings and he deserves his big ovation.

Wicket falls
19.5 overs - WICKET - Kapugedera b Roach 6 - SL 191-3
Sensible batting from Chamara Kapugedera, running a bye off the first ball to get Jayawardene on strike. He can't force the second ball away for more than a single. Kapugedera works a two through mid-wicket off the third ball, then launches one high into the sky over the cover boundary - the athletic Bravo can't quite get to it and it skids over his head for four. Kapugedera swings, misses and is bowled off the fifth ball - but it means Jayawardene can't get his hundred, barring a no-ball.

19th over - SL 183-2
Jayawardene really gets hold of Bravo, heaving him over square leg for a huge six before crashing another four through the covers - he's on 97 but has lost the strike going into the last over.

Wicket falls
18.3 overs - WICKET - Sangakkara c Pollard b Bravo 68 - SL 173-1
Sangakkara and Jayawardene are taking ones and twos at will, they're quick between the wickets - but Sanga's impressive knock of 68 from 49 balls is ended when he launches a big one to long-off and is finally caught, having been dropped three times earlier. The stand was 166, just four short of the T20 international record. But some better news for England from St Kitts - West Indies' Deandra Dottin, who smashed that rapid century the other day, was out first ball. The Windies women are 67-4 in the 14th over.

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From eirebilly on 606: "You kind of want Jayawardene to get his ton from here. Absolutely perfect batting display"

18th over - SL 169-1
Sangakkara steers a two to the lumbering Benn at long-off - Cap'n Gayle realises belatedly he ought to have a quicker fielder there, given that long-off and long-on are where the ball often goes at this stage of the game. The recalled Roach then spears a wide one down the leg side which evades batsman and keeper and disappears for five wides... Another wide one outside off stump is signalled as wide, some more singles are added and this stand is now worth a mammoth 162.

17th over - SL 157-1
Jayawardene steers Benn for a couple of twos, then effortlessly hoists the big slow left-armer over long-off for six. A reverse sweep doesn't bring him any joy, but a single allows Sangakkara to brush up his baseball skills by blasting Benn, cross-batted, over his head for four. That's the 150 stand. And Laura Marsh has picked up a couple more wickets in St Kitts - West Indies are 61-3 after 12 overs.

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From Sportsfan87 on 606: "This is schoolboy fielding from the Windies"

16th over - SL 142-1
Pollard to bowl his final over, finally there's some good fielding from a West Indies player as Bravo swoops in the outfield to deny Sangakkara a second run. The Lankan pair are taking singles at will, while Sangakkara takes aim at the media centre with a powerful straight six.

That's 50
Jayawardene swings and misses at Benn, Andre Fletcher looks slightly ungainly behind the stumps (isn't he a bit tall for a wicketkeeper?) but can't hold on and fluffs a stumping chance. Sanga reaches his sixth T20 international fifty with a single - then there's a big let-off for Jayawardene when he skies one into the air but Fletcher the keeper and Hinds at short third man both leave it to each other and neither of them take the catch. Absolutely incredible. Bit of a Chuckle Brothers moment there - "to me, to you, yours, no, yours... sorry". You just can't afford to be as careless as that in the field when Jayawardene's in full cry.

14th over - SL 124-1
Sanga and Jayawardene swipe Pollard for a few singles, and Kemar Roach does some tumbling on the boundary as Jayawardene cover-drives for two, before he flick-sweeps another four over his shoulder down to fine leg.

13th over - SL 115-1
Taylor returns as Gayle looks to stem the flow of runs from this partnership, which is already worth 99. Sanga slices a two to bring up the century partnership, while Jayawardene punishes a loose one from Taylor by helping it down the leg side for four and these two are certainly "in the zone". A rare ungainly shot from Jayawardene as he swings and misses. He has 58 (for a tournament total of 239, 100 more than any other batsman), Sangakkara has 45. And over in St Kitts, West Indies women are 30-1 against England in the seventh over - Cordel Jack was caught by Anya Shrubsole off the bowling of Laura Marsh for four.

12th over - SL 106-1
More careful accumulation from the Sri Lankan pair against Pollard, who Michael Vaughan is surprised doesn't bowl a bit faster - he's not much more than medium pace or medium-fast. Sri Lanka are past three figures, and Sangakkara brutally hammers a four past the bowler - this may be a home match for West Indies, but there are loads of Sri Lankan flags being energetically waved in the crowd.

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan on TMS: "Jayawardene is manoeuvring the ball beautifully with these little glides and flicks, he's hitting the ball in all directions around the wicket"

That's 50
11th over - SL 95-1
Jayawardene hoists Sammy over his head (and over the sightscreens) for six, before stepping across his stumps and swiping a four over his shoulder. (More an Ashraful than a Dilscoop, unorthodox shot fans). That's his fifty, from 29 balls.

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From CricketBuster on 606: "Mahela looks in super touch!"

10th over - SL 82-1
Kieron Pollard is West Indies' sixth bowler - but they offer Sangakkara another life as he straight-drives, Pollard gets a hand to it but can't hold on and they run one. Exquisite placement from Jayawardene as he chips one over the covers which falls safely, exactly between three fielders. He and Sanga are pushing the singles well against Pollard, while Sanga gets a top edge over the keeper for four - we're halfway through the SL innings.

9th over - SL 74-1
With Jayawardene and Sangakkara starting to find sixes as easy to hit as the Aystralians did earlier today, West Indies turn to the medium-fast Darren Sammy, who was a star turn against Ireland - top scoring before taking three wickets and four outfield catches! But Jayawardene caresses a two through the leg side before biffing a couple of fours - he's a joy to watch when he's on form, as he has been throughout this tournament so far, scoring 81 and 100 in the group games. He now has 37 from 24 balls.

8th over - SL 64-1
Jayawardene delicately dinks Big Benn for a single to third man, a well-run two from Sangakkara brings up the fifty stand. Meanwhile, a couple of Sri Lanka batsmen, padded up, are going through some exercises on the boundary! Sanga blasts a six into the Greenidge & Haynes Stand at cow corner, he has 27 from 20 balls while Jayawardene has 27 from 18.

Jonathan Agnew
BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew on TMS: "I heard the sound the coin made at the toss - it sounded like it was landing on glass"

7th over - SL 55-1
Colin Croft on TMS fears that the Windies look "a bit flat" - and they shouldn't be in front of a packed crowd on their home turf. Sangakkara confidently steps down the track to hammer Bravo over cover for six - a superbly-judged shot.

6th over - SL 47-1
It's 1855 BST but the bell's tolling for Big Benn - towering left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn. Jayawardene pokes him for four through the covers, aided by some slightly ropey fielding by Pollard who dived too early, and the Sri Lanka pair plunder some singles - they've already put on 40.

5th over - SL 38-1
Dwayne Bravo is the new bowler, Sangakkara smacks him over his head for a single and Jayawardene shows his class by bisecting backward point and short third man with a well-steered four. Jayawardene rotates the strike, Sangakkara steps forward and gets a slightly lucky edge for four over backward point before swatting the last ball back over Bravo's head for four more.

4th over - DROPPED CATCH - SL 24-1
Taylor won't like this - he finds Sanga's outside edge, Cap'n Gayle gets both hands to it diving to his left at slip but the self-styled "coolest man in cricket" can't hold on to the chance. Jayawardene responds as he hoists a slower ball over the mid-wicket fence for six. With the field up, he chips a four over mid-wicket to the same, unguarded, boundary. Somewhat rattled, Taylor strays with a wide, two more singles mean it's 14 off Taylor's over - and no wickets.

From Ravi, TMS inbox: "Tilak Raj, I believe was the bloke Ravi Shastri hit six sixes off"

3rd over - SL 10-1
Two slips in for new batsman Kumar Sangakkara, who's on the defensive. His batting helmet is very strange, more like a cycling helmet with a grille attached - while he has some kind of a blue headband on underneath. Sanga works a leg bye off his legs, Jayawardene steers a comfortable two to the point boundary.

Wicket falls
2.1 overs - WICKET - Jayasuriya c Taylor b Roach 6 - SL 7-1
Jayasuriya tries to hook a lifter from Roach and is caught at short fine leg!

2nd over - SL 7-0
Jerome Taylor is back from injury to share the new ball, Jayasuriya finds the boundary with a lofted straight drive over the bowler's head before unleashing his favoured cut shot - but it doesn't quite carry to Kieron Pollard at backward point. Taylor bangs in a bouncer, Jayasuriya tries to hook and captain Chris Gayle appeals for a catch at slip as he takes it behind the keeper... umpire Simon Taufel is unmoved. Did it hit his armguard?

Colin Croft
Colin Croft on TMS: "The West Indian fast bowlers have got to bowl straight. They can't get carried away with the bounce in the pitch"

1st over - SL 2-0
With the West Indies in action, the atmosphere at the Kensington Oval is really cranked up to 11. Jayawardene dabs Roach for a single past point, Jayasuriya is also off the mark with a single to third man, a quiet opening over.

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From RKW on 606: "I'm rather looking forward to this game - and I think Sri Lanka will just edge it"

1828: Change of tactic from Sri Lanka - veteran Sanath Jayasuriya, who's been languishing in the middle order lately, is restored to his familiar opening berth in place of the out-of-form Tillakaratne Dilshan. He's opening with fellow former skipper Mahela Jayawardene, and local lad Kemar Roach is going to charge in and let it rip from the Joel Garner End.

Colin Croft
Former West Indies pace bowler Colin Croft on TMS: "I was really turned on by the first game - it was pace, pace and more pace!"

1821: News from the women's tournament - Australia have beaten South Africa by 24 runs. England and West Indies get under way at 1900 BST.

1816: Here are the full teams:

Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (capt & wk), Angelo Mathews, Chamara Kapugedera, Sanath Jayasuriya, Thissara Perera, Muttiah Muralitharan, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis, Nuwan Kulasekara.

West Indies: Chris Gayle (capt), Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Andre Fletcher (wk), Ramnaresh Sarwan, Wavell Hinds, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy, Sulieman Benn, Kemar Roach, Jerome Taylor.

1811: Despite the fact he was supposedly ruled out of the tournament with a groin injury the other day, Muttiah Muralitharan is fit to play for Sri Lanka. He and seamer Nuwan Kulasekara replace Dinesh Chandimal and Suraj Randiv. Meanwhile, the West Indies have left out Narsingh Deonarine, who is injured, Ravi Rampaul and Nikita Miller. They're replaced by Wavell Hinds, Kemar Roach and Jerome Taylor.

1803: Sri Lanka win the toss and will bat first. Team news when we get it.

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1737: David Warner is the man of the match - Aggers on TMS reckons such awards nearly always go to batsmen, he'd have given it to Nannes. (I might have made a case for Sharma - without him, Australia would have won by nearly 150...) Right - while the Australian fans head off to party and the Indian fans reflect on the mauling they've just suffered, we'll shortly be turning the spotlight onto Sri Lanka and West Indies. We're going to take a quick break - and we'll be back for the SL-WI toss...

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From soulcurry on 606: "All over but take a bow Rohit Sharma. Best innings of the match by far! He gives India an outside chance to go through Super Eights if India go on to win the next two matches by a good margin"


Out for a duck
17.4 overs - WICKET - Nehra b Tait 0 - Ind 135 all out
Tait sends down a wide to Sharma, who's joined by last man Ashish Nehra - and after Sharma adds a single, Nehra is clean bowled for a golden duck (like an old-fashioned number 11) to leave Sharma unbeaten on 79 - and India lose by 49 runs. Bluntly, that's as comprehensive a victory as you're likely to see between two major nations in a major tournament like this.

Wicket falls
17.2 overs - WICKET - Zaheer c Clarke b Tait 9 - Ind 133-9 (TARGET 185)
Tait back for his final over, Sharma scampers a quick single but Zaheer becomes the latest of many Indian batsmen to sky the ball into the air and give the Aussies catching practice. It's Clarke at cover to snaffle the catch.

17th over - Ind 132-8 (TARGET 185)
Nannes to apply the coup de grace? Sharma is going to go down fighting, lifting the flying Dutchman for a four and a couple of twos through the covers before marmalising him over long-on for six. A single takes Sharma to 77, and he's rather dented Nannes's figures.

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From Anonymous, via text: "Its not just Malcolm Nash and Daan van Bunge. I think you need to add Stuart Broad to that list also. Very conveniently forgotten - more English bias?"

Mea culpa - I'd genuinely forgotten Broad. Apologies. And I can't remember the name of the guy Ravi Shastri hit six sixes off in Indian domestic cricket I'm afraid.

16th over - Ind 117-8 (TARGET 185)
Zaheer attempts to show he's no mug with the bat by clubbing Smith over long-on for six before opening the face of the bat and delicately dabbing a two to third man. A couple of singles are added.

15th over - Ind 107-8 (TARGET 185)
Zaheer Khan joins Sharma, who's rapidly running out of partners but brings up three figures for his country with a top-edged four over the keeper, before smashing Watson for the fifth six of his superb last-man-on-the-burning-deck innings.

Wicket falls
14.3 overs - WICKET - Harbhajan c D Hussey b Watson 14 - Ind 97-8 (TARGET 185)
After a single from Sharma, Bhajji hoists a six over mid-wicket into the Greenidge & Haynes Stand - he's still a capable hitter. But he skies the next one, David Hussey's under it at mid-off and Aussies don't drop those sorts of catches...

That's 50
14th over - Ind 90-7 (TARGET 185)
Sharma, who's caught the eye of Ian Chappell amongst other commentators and pundits, lets fly against young leggie Smith with a couple of heaves which both sail over long-off for six. A single brings up his fifty from 33 balls. India, where would you be without him today?

13th over - Ind 73-7 (TARGET 185)
The game has gone for India, they're playing for pride now as Johnson charges in. A pull for four by Harbhajan, one of the few Indian players who can hold his head up high today after an excellent spell of bowling, takes them past the 68 mark.

12th over - Ind 65-7 (TARGET 185)
Tait returns as the Aussies look to turn the screw even further. Harbhajan is off the mark with a single, the scoreboard ticks over thanks to singles, twos and wides and India are sneaking towards that lowest ever T20I total of 67.

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From Michael W, via text: "One word to sum up India's performance... pathetic. That's coming from an India supporter too!"

11th over - Ind 60-7 (TARGET 185)
While Harbhajan Singh strides to the crease, my colleagues are starting to look up the lowest ever T20 international scores... the lowest is 67 by Kenya against Ireland in Belfast in 2008. Sharma is ploughing a lone furrow here, scooping Watson for six over long leg and smacking him for four through cow corner.

Wicket falls
10.4 overs - WICKET - Jadeja run out (D Hussey direct hit) 4 - Ind 50-7 (TARGET 185)
Jadeja and Sharma plunder a few runs from Watson, then Jadeja is made to pay for dawdling between the wickets as David Hussey's lightning-quick throw demolishes the stumps at the bowler's end.

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan on TMS: "There's something not right with India's team dynamic. Yuvraj Singh is sat on his own on the balcony, the others are all in the dug-out. And he didn't celebrate his wickets"

10th over - Ind 47-6 (TARGET 185)
Sharma's fifth batting partner is Ravindra Jadeja, who was struck for six successive sixes earlier today - thankfully, he won't take his place alongside Malcolm Nash and Daan van Bunge in the record books as they were spread over two overs. Jadeja and Sharma manage a few singles against Smith as they look to steer their score away from total humiliation.

Wicket falls
9th over - WICKET - Pathan c Warner b Johnson 1 - Ind 42-6 (TARGET 185)
Rohit Sharma, going through partners quicker than (insert name of your least favourite "celebrity" from the gossip columns), steers a single to third man. Johnson sends down a couple of wides to Pathan, who's off the mark with a gentle dab to the point boundary. But after a single from Sharma, it's Pathan's turn to depart when he slices one high into the air and the tumbling Warner slides in from the cover boundary to take the catch. India's net run-rate will be taking an absolute pounding here.

8th over - Ind 37-5 (TARGET 185)
Yusuf Pathan is the new man - he hit a remarkable rapid century in the recent Indian Premier League, but he'd need to top that if India are to get anything from this game. Their body language suggests they may have already given this one up.

Wicket falls
7.5 overs - WICKET - Dhoni c D Hussey b Smith 2 - Ind 37-5 (TARGET 185)
Despite their pace-dominated attack, Australia turn to spin - this will be my first look at young fair-haired leggie Steve Smith. He's all arms and legs as he skips in to the crease, rather like Abdul Qadir - and picks up a wicket when Dhoni goes for a big heave and is well held at long-on.

7th over - Ind 35-4 (TARGET 185)
Nannes is replaced by fellow left-arm quick Mitchell Johnson, a useful fourth seamer if ever there was one. Sharma forces a two off his legs before dabbing a single to third man. Johnson sends down a wide to Dhoni, who's off the mark with a single, before Sharma launches a huge six over mid-wicket. That's more like it from India.

The sun is out
6th over - Ind 24-4 (TARGET 185)
It will take a Herculean effort from captain Mahendra Dhoni to get India out of this hole they've dug themselves into. Sharma tickles new bowler Shane Watson for a single, that's it for the fielding restrictions. It's a gloriously sunny day in Bridgetown, not even Duckworth-Lewis will save India here.

Wicket falls
5th over - WICKET - Yuvraj b Nannes 1 - Ind 23-4 (TARGET 185)
Yuvraj off the mark with a single, finally one of the Indian batsmen times a pull shot correctly as Sharma thumps Nannes for four. A single brings Yuvraj on strike, Nannes fires in an unplayable yorker at Yuvi and he can't prevent it from hitting his off stump... India in trouble. Deep Trouble.

Ian Chappell
Ian Chappell on TMS: "If India don't start playing the short-pitched bowling better, it won't just be a problem for them in this game, but in others too as bowlers will just bang it in short"

4th over - Ind 17-3 (TARGET 185)
New batsman is Yuvraj Singh, but the ball was in the air for so long that they crossed on that catch, so it's Sharma on strike who sees off the rest of Tait's over.

Wicket falls
3.4 overs - WICKET - Raina c Clarke b Tait 5 - Ind 17-3 (TARGET 185)
The new man in is Rohit Sharma, the "extra" batsman" included in India's side today. Tait slings down an aerial wide, then Raina fences and top-edges a four over the keeper's head. Anotehr miscued pull sails into the air over the stumps, about three fielders converge and Cap'n Clarke takes the catch while knocking team-mate David Warner over! Could be a short game if India keep miscuing shots like this...

Wicket falls
3rd over - WICKET - Gambhir c M Hussey b Nannes 9 - Ind 12-2 (TARGET 185)
Suresh Raina, who scored a marvellous century against South Africa in the group stage, is the new batsman so India have two left-handers in together. They add a single apiece, but then Nannes has his second wicket from a miscue as Gambhir gifts a catch to mid-wicket.

From Jeremy, BVI, TMS inbox: "Aussies came up about 20 runs short of what they should have got after that storming start. India may still have a chance with their array of batting talent if they get off to a flyer. As an Anglo neutral, I'm enjoying the banter between the Indian and Aussie I work with! I'm glad neither team is in our group"

Wicket falls
2.1 overs - WICKET - Vijay c White b Nannes 2 - Ind 10-1 (TARGET 185)
Vijay plays a slower delivery from Nannes too early and spoons an easy catch to cover. One down...

2nd over - Ind 10-0 (TARGET 185)
Shaun Tait takes the second over with his slingy action, Gambhir square-drives his first ball for four and then forces one off his legs for another boundary. Tait gets a bit of bounce against the left-hander, he's one of an increasing number of bowlers who have eschewed the rigours of Test cricket (and the attendant injury risks) in favour of T20, where he can charge in and bowl as fast as possible, and only have to bowl four overs at a time. Considering the financial rewards of the IPL, can you blame him?

1st over - Ind 2-0 (TARGET 185)
Left-arm seamer Nannes, very much a T20 specialist, keeps a tidy line and length against Vijay until he pulls the fourth ball over square leg for two. Vijay is then beaten as he plays a back-foot push against a lifter from the flying Dutchman.

1608: It could be an Aussie double today as over in St Kitts, Australia's women are 145-6 in the 18th over of their Women's World T20 game against South Africa. Shelley Nitschke (44) and Leah Poulton (39) were their top scorers. Anyway, back in Barbados, Murali Vijay and Gautam Gambhir are opening up against Australia's former Netherlands pace bowler Dirk Nannes.

From Bruce Mitchell, TMS inbox: "Clarke hasn't come in because there's a pattern here... All Aussie batsmen so far start with a W or an H. Are they getting superstitious?"

And fans of well-known British newsagents will be interested to see they followed all those Ws and Hs with... a Smith! Meanwhile, if you want proof of what a crazy game cricket is, guess who scored 46 not out from 104 balls for Sussex today? Step forward Monty Panesar...

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From Kalika, Rickmansworth, via text: "India definitely pulled this game back in the last five overs! Australia may be a little disappointed and with India's batting line-up they will make a real good go for this game! Exciting!"

1558: An interesting innings, when you think that India opened with a maiden over and managed to turn the screw on Australia in the last five overs, otherwise they really would have been out of sight. You'd fancy India's chances more if they had the injured Virender Sehwag to tee off at the top of the order, but don't forget they're playing an extra batsman today, so in Twenty20, who knows?

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From Rory in Bath (presumably not a Duckworth-Lewis fan), via text: "So Australia set one of the most formidable totals of the tournament. All India need is a smattering of rain and they'll be left with a run a ball for five or six overs"

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From HMG on 606: "Good final two overs for India... still game on"


20th over - Aus 184-5
Michael Clarke stays in the dug-out as he sends young Steve Smith out to face the last ball. He can't make clean contact but White was backing up virtually halfway down the pitch and is easily through for a single. Astonishingly, they only scored 23 in the last five overs.

Wicket falls
19.5 overs - WICKET - M Hussey b Nehra 8 - Aus 183-5
So, last over, to be bowled by Nehra - can Australia conjure that 17th six of the innings? Hussey opens with a two off his legs, then steers two more to long-off. He swings and misses at the third ball and can only carve the fourth back to the bowler. The fifth bowls him! Dreadful innings from Hussey, I don't think he timed a single delivery there. But Australia were off to such a flier, they may not mind...

19th over - Aus 179-1
White steers Zaheer for a single, captain Dhoni (now bare-headed) shuffles his field for the left-handed Hussey who steers a full toss wide of long-on and they run two. Hussey dabs a single, White gets a leading edge which falls safely between two men in the mid-wicket region as they run another. Zaheer fires one in wide of off stump, is that a wide? No. Hussey can't time the ball as he tries to give Zaheer some long handle and they scamper a single.

Ian Chappell
From Sam Barnett, TMS inbox: "Is it just me, or does Ian Chappell's picture on the live text commentary look eerily like Bruce Forsyth?"

We've had people before suggest before that he looks like Brucie, but with a touch of Leslie Phillips thrown in. Ding dong...

18th over - Aus 173-4
Still no sign of Cap'n Clarke as one Hussey replaces another - Mike replaces younger brother David. They crossed on the catch, so it's White on strike to smack Nehra for a single.

Wicket falls
17.4 overs - WICKET - D Hussey c Vijay b Nehra 35 - Aus 172-4
A nervous-looking Nehra is swung to deep mid-wicket by White for a single. Hussey gives himself room to power a four through long-on and when he tries to go for the six to level that aforementioned record, he miscues and holes out to Murali Vijay on the long-on fence.

17th over - Aus 167-3
New batsman is Cameron White, who honed his T20 six-hitting skills at the batsman's paradise at Taunton when he played for Somerset. He's off the mark with a single, but if I were a betting man I'd say you can expect that South African six-hitting record to go during the last three overs.

Wicket falls
16.3 overs - WICKET - Haddin st Dhoni b Yuvraj 8 - Aus 166-3
Hussey unleashes a cross-batted pull through long-off for four as Yuvraj returns to the attack - India's two most economical bowlers, Harbhajan and Pathan, have already bowled out. But Yuvi picks up his second wicket when Haddin advances down the track and is smartly stumped by the skipper.

16th over - Aus 161-2
Yuvraj off, Zaheer returns but Hussey chips a first-bounce four through mid-wicket, before he brings up the 150 with a quick single. Haddin rotates the strike, Hussey dabs a well-run two before straight-driving a single. Zaheer also strays with a wide, while Australia move to within one six of the T20 international record as Haddin powers the 16th maximum of the innings over cow corner.

15th over - Aus 145-2
New batsman Brad Haddin will "look to keep the momentum going," notes Aggers on TMS. "Do you mean momentum, or carnage?" asks Michael Vaughan, and I'm inclined to agree with the ex-England skipper. Australia have hit 15 sixes and only three fours so far. Harbhajan back into the attack, he'll be happy to restrict Hussey and Haddin to three singles from the over - but that's Bhajji's fourth over and he takes his sunhat by finishing with figures of 0-15 from four overs.

Wicket falls
14th over - WICKET - Warner c Dhoni b Yuvraj 72 - Aus 142-2
Yuvraj Singh, once dubbed a "pie-thrower" by Kevin Pietersen, comes on with his part-time left-arm spin... and Warner hoists his first ball for a straight six into the 3 W's stand again! After a swing-and-a-miss, this time Warner takes aim at the Party Stand at wide long-on, and that's six more. But after the Aussies plunder a couple more singles, Warner gets a nick to Dhoni behind the timbers and departs, having scored 72 from 43 balls.

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From Stefan from Southampton, via text: "I know Australia are dominating the proceedings here but India's bowling has been very disciplined with no extras yet"

13th over - Aus 128-1
Make that 12 sixes so far... Warner blasts Pathan for six, that's another one disappearing over the Greenidge & Haynes Stand and out of the ground. (Having sat in the upper tier of that stand, I can assure you that's a huge hit). Hussey responds by lifting one over the long-off fence, India are taking an absolute mauling here. Hussey and Warner push a couple more singles, that's Pathan's spell finished and Dhoni must be struggling to know who to bowl.

12th over - Aus 113-1
Hussey and Warner exchange singles against Nehra, then Hussey joins in the six-hitting fun by powering one from shoulder height over mid-wicket. Chappelli on TMS is marvelling at how he can see all the way down to the other end of the ground after having laser eye surgery. "The only regret I have in my cricket career is that I didn't start a little bit later - as I could have faced you then," he mischievously tells Aggers on TMS. Apparently the most sixes in a T20 international innings is 17, by South Africa against England last year - we've had 11 so far.

Ian Chappell
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell on TMS: "I was in the same hotel as the Afghanistan team in St Lucia, and I was really impressed by them - they weren't here for a Caribbean holiday, they were here to compete and did really well considering they've come up from the fifth division of world cricket. The bulk of those guys learnt their cricket in refugee camps, and apparently some of them were beaten by their fathers because they played too much cricket rather than trying to go out and earn a buck"

11th over - Aus 105-1
New batsman David Hussey steers his first ball for a single to long-on.

Wicket falls
That's 50
10.5 overs - WICKET - Watson b Pathan 54 - Aus 104-1
Warner and Watson smear Pathan for a couple of singles, but the Rajasthan Royals man then finds a bit of turn as Warner is deceived in the flight but manages to squeeze a single to bring up his fifty. Watson brings up his own fifty with another huge six over mid-wicket, but then he departs as he slogs and misses and is bowled, having smashed 54 from 32 balls.

10th over - Aus 95-0
Jadeja is recalled to the attack, which will have the Aussies licking their lips. Warner smashes a straight six, hoists another maximum over long-on and then lifts an even bigger six over the sightscreen and into the Worrell, Weekes and Walcott Stand. (Jadeja's last six balls have all been hit for six - an unwanted record). Incredible scenes. The left-armer somehow manages a couple of dot balls before Warrner flashes at one outside off stump and picks up a single past the keeper. Jadeja's two overs have cost 38, including those six sixes.

9th over - Aus 76-0
Pathan again, Watson scampers a quick single to take him to 28 from 23 balls. Watson, on 44 from 27, pulls to deep mid-wicket for a single. A single and a two are added and by the Aussie pair's high standards, that's a quiet over from them - only five from it.

8th over - Aus 71-0
Warner cleanly strikes Zaheer just past long-on for four, and not to be outdone his partner Watson lifts his fifth six of the innings into the Garfield Sobers Pavilion at wide long-on. Watson is then impeded when Warner straight-drives and non-striker Watson can't get out of the way. Ouch. That's gotta hurt. But how can India stem the flow of runs?

From Ben, New Cross, TMS inbox: "Afternoon Mark, looking forward to this game, should be a good one all round I think. With regards to the bar-room brawl, that's a tricky one. Symonds has the height and reach advantage but Jesse has the edge in bulk. I'll go for Symonds to take it with a late stoppage"

7th over - Aus 58-0
New bowler, same action as Yusuf Pathan replaces fellow off-spinner Harbhajan. Business as usual from the Aussie openers , who continue to play positively by pushing the singles, although Watson swings and misses at the last ball of the over.

Michael Vaughan
Former England captain Michael Vaughan on TMS: "I think we're going to see a big total here - Australia have wickets in hand and plenty of batting to come"

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From noops01 on 606: "India have zero chance of winning this game, but I'm guessing it will be blamed on the Indian team and the Aussies will get no respect for playing well"

6th over - Aus 53-0
With Jadeja having been literally hit out of the attack, India turn to the left-arm seam of Zaheer Khan - while if you were following Michael Vaughan's plans to head out on a jet-ski yesterday evening, the former England skipper (now a TMS summariser) was let down as his friend Dr Cool failed to show. Single from Watson, then Warner pushes a quick single and picks up a second on the overthrow. The young left-hander hoists his first six of the innings before clipping the last ball off his legs for a single. Now India can put the field back... and a press release from the ICC reveals that off-spinner Javeria Wadood from the Pakistan women's team has been reported for having a suspected illegal bowling action.

5th over - Aus 43-0
T20 specialist Warner is suddenly the support act here as he pushes Harbhajan for a single and Watson fiercely clubs another four. Three well-judged singles and the Aussies are off to a flier. (And apologies if the updates are seemingly a bit slower than usual - we're experiencing huge amounts of traffic to the BBC site because of the election).

4th over - Aus 35-0
Spin from both ends as slow left-armer Jadeja enters the attack, Warner stabs a single before Watson launches a six over the Greenidge & Haynes Stand at mid-wicket and out of the ground! An absolutely enormous hit! He aims another six, bit flatter this time, and that's six more. Watson's down on one knee to the last ball of the over and hooks it over long leg for his third successive six! 19 from Jadeja's over. (And if your page is showing "play due to start at 1430 BST" at the top, please manually refresh and it'll vanish).

3rd over - Aus 16-0
Watson sweeps Harbhajan just over the head and out of the grasp of Ravindra Jadeja at short fine leg and they run two. A single brings Warner on strike against the spinner for the first time, he rotates the strike with a single of his own.

From Andy in Tooting, TMS inbox: "Mark, any idea who would win in a fight between Jack Bauer and Chuck Norris?"

Never mind that, from a cricketing point of view, who would win a bar brawl between Andrew Symonds and Jesse Ryder?

2nd over - Aus 12-0
Left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra to share the new ball against leftie T20 specialist Warner, who crashes his first ball through point for four in characteristic fashion before pushing a quick single. Watson swishes and misses, then Nehra drops one short and Watson firmly jabs him for six over long-on ("like a man felling a tree", notes Jonathan Agnew on TMS). A good way to get off the mark - he then steers a single to third man.

1st over - Aus 0-0
With his two permitted boundary fielders at deep mid-wicket and long-on, Harbhajan slips the first ball past right-hander Watson's outside edge. But he can't get the wily spinner away, and "The Turbanator" completes an excellent maiden over to begin proceedings.

1428: While Australia have a pace-dominated attack, India have handed the new ball to off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, he will try to stifle the attacking threat posed by David Warner and Shane Watson. Here we go.

1423: Vangelis's marvellous "1492: Conquest of Paradise" entrance music precedes the two anthems, played by a Caribbean steel band. The Kensington Oval is still filling up, but you can expect it to be packed by the time West Indies face off against Sri Lanka later this afternoon.

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From Chuck Norris Beard on 606: "I'd fancy the Indians to be very good chasers with the experience and quality in their line up. Aussies will have to bat and bowl well to overcome them"

1415: The Test Match Special crew are up and running - while we also want to hear your views on the cricket today. You can email (with "For Mark Mitchener" in the subject line), use 606 or text 81111 (in the UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide). Really important today - if you're texting, you really must put "CRICKET" as the first word of your message as we share the inbox with the Formula 1 live text pit crew, and you don't want your words of wisdom about Duckworth-Lewis to be swamped in lots of chat about double diffusers...

1408: Here are the full teams:

Australia: David Warner, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (capt), David Hussey, Cameron White, Mike Hussey, Brad Haddin (wk), Steve Smith, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Tait, Dirk Nannes.

India: Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Dhoni (capt & wk), Yusuf Pathan, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra.

1402: Toss news: India have won the toss and elected to field. They make three changes with the fit-again Gautam Gambhir replacing Dinesh Karthik at the top of the order, batsman Rohit Sharma preferred to spinner Piyush Chawla and seamer Zaheer Khan in for Praveen Kumar. Meanwhile, Australia make one change, with Mitchell Johnson replacing Ryan Harris in the seam bowling department.

1357: We're also going to try to keep half an eye on the women's tournament - today's games are Australia v South Africa, followed by holders England taking on hosts West Indies. If you're a fan of the women's game, you'll be pleased to hear that former England captain Rachael Heyhoe-Flint has been named as one of the first two female directors of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), whose board has expanded from 12 to 14 members.

1350: Afternoon, everyone. While the UK election looks like it may need to be settled by Duckworth-Lewis, I'm aware that most of you who've found your way here to our live text coverage have probably done so as a form of escapism from the world of politics. So I can assure you we're going to be concentrating firmly on the ICC World Twenty20 here, as we've got two cracking games in prospect - the only Member of Parliament likely to sneak under our radar is veteran all-rounder Sanath Jayasuriya, who recently won a seat in Sri Lanka's parliament.

First up for us today is Australia v India (1430 BST), always a pretty feisty contest, before hosts West Indies meet Sri Lanka (1830 BST) in what is sure to be a brilliant atmosphere at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados.

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  • Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 57 runs
  • West Indies: 138-8 (20.0 overs)
  • Sri Lanka: 195-3 (20.0 overs)

West Indies Innings

Player outReason Bowledby Runs
Total for 8 138
Gayle c Mathews b Kulasekara 5
Chanderpaul c Kapugedera b Mathews 11
Sarwan c and b Mendis 28
Bravo c Mathews b Malinga 23
Fletcher b Malinga 16
Pollard c Kapugedera b Mendis 9
Sammy lbw b Malinga 2
Hinds lbw b Mendis 5
Taylor not out 16
Benn not out 6
Extras 10w 7lb 17

see also
West Indies hammered by Sri Lanka
07 May 10 |  Cricket
Australia crush India in Barbados
07 May 10 |  Cricket
World Twenty20 day eight photos
07 May 10 |  Cricket
Dynamic England beat South Africa
08 May 10 |  England
Australia advance to Super Eights
05 May 10 |  Cricket
England lose rain-affected clash
03 May 10 |  England
Jayawardene sparks Sri Lanka win
03 May 10 |  Cricket
Fluent Aussies overpower Pakistan
02 May 10 |  Cricket
Raina century sends India through
02 May 10 |  Cricket
India outclass brave Afghanistan
01 May 10 |  Cricket
West Indies too strong for Irish
01 May 10 |  Cricket
NZ beat Sri Lanka in T20 thriller
30 Apr 10 |  Cricket
Live cricket on the BBC
26 Oct 11 |  Cricket
ICC World Twenty20 teams guide
28 Apr 10 |  Cricket
ICC World Twenty20 2010 squads
26 Mar 10 |  Cricket
ICC World Twenty20 2010
17 May 10 |  Cricket
Women's World Twenty20 2010
17 May 10 |  Women's cricket

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