Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sports News (02.05.2010)


Sami’s 16th over proved turning point in BD clash

KARACHI: After eight long years of struggle and a consistent trend of getting in and out of the team, Mohammad Sami seems to have learned his lesson as he has started producing match-winning efforts with the ball.

Cricket fans would still remember heroics of this fast bowler in the Sydney Test earlier in the year, where he broke the strong top order of the Aussies at their backyard. Since then, he has been in the limelight for winning back his position in the team.

The hard work, put in by the fast bowler over the years, paid him dividends in the game against Bangladesh Saturday when he produced the magical spell of bowling in the death overs, thus giving Pakistan just the right kind of start in the ICC World Twenty20.

Sami grabbed three crucial wickets in the match at a juncture of time when two of Bangladesh’s most prolific batsmen were cruising along and threatening to defeat Pakistan at Saint Lucia.

The sparkling performance by the fast bowler, who is gradually making his mark at the international level in a bid to cement his place in the national side, clearly indicates how much the talent Pakistan has in the fast bowling department.

Moreover, it also shows the amount of confidence that skipper Shahid Khan Afridi has on Sami as according to sources, Afridi wanted Sami in the initially announced squad by the selection committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board, led by Mohsin Hasan Khan.

Sources said Saturday that Shahid Khan Afridi preferred Mohammad Sami on the Mr Reliable fast bowler Mohammad Asif in the first game of the T20 title defence campaign. And how professionally this bullock has responded, it was witnessed by the whole world.
Clarke wary of Pakistan pitfalls
GROS ISLET, St Lucia: Australia captain Michael Clarke is expecting a stern challenge from defending champions Pakistan in his side’s World Twenty20 opener here on Sunday (today).

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India overpower bold Afghanistan
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Pakistan eye India scalp
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Slow wicket raises Pak hopes
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan are fancying their chances against title favourite Australia in their World Twenty20 clash on Sunday (today) considering the fact that the St Lucia wicket is too slow to ... more
New Zealand edge Sri Lanka in thriller
PROVIDENCE, Guyana: Nathan McCullum proved he can hit big sixes just as well as brother Brendon as New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by two wickets with a ball to spare in a thrilling World Twenty2... more
Hosts call up Pienaar, Mokoena and McCarthy
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Sammy stars as Windies rout Ireland
GEORGETOWN, Guyana: West Indies thrashed Ireland by 70 runs as the hosts got their World Twenty20 campaign off to a winning start under the floodlights here on Friday.

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Nowhere to hide for us: Smith
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Sri Lanka pay for small mistakes
GEORGETOWN, Guyana: Sri Lanka were the most consistent team in last year’s World Twenty20, moving into the final unbeaten before falling to an inspired Pakistan outfit at Lord’s.

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Bits and Pieces
Shattered Lee vows to come back against Pakistan

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The fast bowler’s World Twenty20 ended before it could start wi... more
Bravo happy with home advantage
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Schumacher fired up in spite of sluggish start
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Fergie focused on Sunderland
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Benitez coy on future
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Balotelli set for Inter exit, says agent
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The 19-year-old has had a tempestuous ... more
Ronaldo hints at Real exit
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Ronaldo, who moved to Madrid from Manchester United for a world-record tr... more
Ahn in line for World Cup return
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Zarkava favourite at KRC today
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Ferrer wins Spanish battle to reach final
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Nathan savours his six appeal

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Pakistan come through Bangladesh resistance
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Pakistan outplay Bangladesh by 21 runs
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