Wednesday, April 28, 2010

T20 WC Warm-up Matches

Afghanistan get off to a winning start :

Afghanistan put on a good display to defeat Ireland by five wickets on Wednesday as Dawlat Ahmadzai, Asghar Stanikzai and Mohammad Nabi starred in an ICC World Twenty20 warm-up game.

This was a particularly promising performance given the team had arrived into the Caribbean the previous evening after a two-day journey from Sharjah where the team had been holding a training camp.

Ireland made 133-9 off 20 overs, with John Mooney's 42 rescuing the innings after it had been 32-5 at one stage, as Dawlat Ahmadzai bowled a brilliant opening spell of 4-15.

Afghanistan in reply got off to a slow start and was struggling at 66-4, before Asghar Stanikzai (39 not out) and Mohammad Nabi (28 not out) transformed the match with a dynamic batting display. 

George Dockrell showed his promise with an excellent spell of 2-23, although fellow spinner Gary Kidd was less successful as he conceded 17 runs off his solitary over. 

Yardy and Bopara star in England victory :

Michael Yardy and Ravi Bopara helped their claims to win a starting place in England's line-up as it comfortably defeated Bangladesh by seven wickets in a warm-up match for the ICC World Twenty20. 

Bangladesh was reduced to 126-7 off 20 overs, with Mahmudullah (38) the only player to cause England any major worries.

Yardy was in excellent form as he took 3-20, while James Anderson also impressed with two wickets in his spell.

Ravi Bopara then played an excellent innings of 62 off 49 balls, including eight boundaries, and although he fell just before victory was achieved, Paul Collingwood was able to seal the win with 32 not out.

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