June 14, 2013
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The first two rounds of games in the ICC Champions Trophy are now complete. Following two comprehensive victories, India are the first team through to the semi-finals. West Indies and South Africa stage a shoot out for a last four berth on Friday. Pakistan, with two defeats, are eliminated. Australia’s hopes hang by a thread – they meet Sri Lanka on Monday – while England and New Zealand resume hostilities on Sunday, with a semi-final place the prize for the winners.
Ravindra Jadeja and Shikhar Dhawan were India’s heroes as they easily saw off West Indies at The Oval. Johnson Charles set the Caribbean side off to a good start, but the middle order fell away badly once Jadeja entered the fray. Darren Sammy’s powerful hitting at the end of the innings ensured the total was taken to respectability; he managed all 51 runs of the last wicket stand. In the run chase, there were no alarms for India as they sauntered to victory, with Dhawan recording his second century in successive innings and Rohit and Karthik both scoring fifties.
Match 6 result: India 236 for 2 (Dhawan 102*, Karthik 51*, Rohit 52) beat West Indies 233 for 9 (Charles 60, Sammy 56*, Jadeja 5-36) by 8 wickets.
Rain put paid to proceedings at Edgbaston, leaving Australia and New Zealand to pick up one point apiece. Australia, rocked by another scandal, this time involving a misdemeanor at a Birmingham nightclub, have suspended David Warner following the outcome of a disciplinary hearing. Without Warner, they reached 243, with useful contributions coming from stand-in skipper George Bailey and Adam Voges. Mitchell McGlenaghan was once again amongst the wickets. Only 15 overs were possible in New Zealand’s innings, 5 fewer than would have allowed a match to be constituted. Cynics might say that the rain provided Australia with their first bit of good fortune for months.
Match 7 abandoned: Australia 243 for 8 (Voges 71, Bailey 55, McClenaghan 4-65) v New Zealand 51 for 2.
Sri Lanka upset the formbook by chasing down 293 against fancied England at The Oval. Man of the match Kumar Sangakkara scored a memorable hundred. England, taking advantage of four dropped catches, made steady progress throughout their innings, with useful contributions coming from Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott and Joe Root. They were cheered by Ravi Bopara’s explosive hitting in the last over. The experienced trio of Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene seemed in little trouble against England’s formidable attack and Nuwan Kulasekara provided the impetus in the closing stages of the chase.
Match 8 result: England 293 for 7 (Trott 76, Root 68, Cook 59, Bopara 33*) lost to Sri Lanka 297 for 3 (Sangakkara 134*, Kulasekara 58*, Dilshan 44, Jayawardene 42) by 7 wickets.
The Scoop 14/06/13