Saturday, July 20, 2024

T20 World Cup 2024: Cummins’ hat-trick, Zampa’s guile fashion Australia’s victory over Bangladesh

T20 World Cup 2024
Australia's Matthew Wade and Pat Cummins, right, congratulate teammate Glenn Maxwell, centre, after taking the wicket of Bangladesh's Rishad Hossain during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup cricket match between Australia and Bangladesh at North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, on June 20, 2024. AP/PTI

North Sound (Antigua), June 21: Premier pacer Pat Cummins grabbed the tournament’s first hat-trick and spinner Adam Zampa showcased his artistry to fashion Australia’s 28-run win over Bangladesh via the Duckworth Lewis (DLS) method in their Super Eights fixture of the T20 World Cup here.
If Zampa (2/24) operated with precision in the middle overs, Cummins (3/29) claimed three wickets off successive balls at the back end, as Australia restricted Bangladesh to 140 for eight after Mitchell Marsh opted to bowl first in the rain-interrupted game.
Veteran opener David Warner (53 not out off 35 balls) then hit a scintillating half-century, a knock that was studded with five fours and three sixes.
Australia were in a hurry to finish the game with openers Warner and Travis Head (31) going hammer and tongs from the very first ball.
The pair raced to 60/0 before rain interrupted play. Once play resumed, the Aussies lost a bit of momentum as Rishad Hossain (2/23 in 3 overs) got into the act.
The young leg-spinner removed Head and Mitchell Marsh (1) in quick succession.
Despite the twin blows however, Australia never looked in trouble as Warner went about his business.
Playing his last T20 World Cup, he brought up his fifty with a majestic six.
When rain stopped play for the second time, Australia were 100 for two in 11.2 overs, 28 runs ahead of the DLS par score of 72.
Earlier, left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc expectedly gave Australia the early breakthrough as he got Tanzid Hasan in the first over to become the leading wicket-taker in World Cups (95), moving past Sri Lankan legend Lasith Malinga.
Liton Das (16) and skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto (41) repaired the innings by stitching a 58-run stand.
Shanto smacked Josh Hazlewood for a six over long on in the fourth over. He then took on Starc, hitting a couple of fours in the fifth over.
But when Zampa had the ball he immediately put an end to the partnership, trapping Das leg before wicket in the ninth over.
Australian spinners Zampa and Glenn Maxwell tightened the noose around Bangladesh who could only muster 26 runs from the ninth to the 13th over while losing Rishad Hossain (2), and the key wicket of Shanto, who was dismissed by Zampa.
Hridoy (40 off 28) took Bangladesh past the 100-run mark and tried hard to inflate his side’s total. He smashed back-to-back sixes off Marcus Stoinis.
But any chance of a strong finish by Bangladesh was dashed by Cummins who made a significant impact at the fag end of the innings.
The pacer took wickets off consecutive balls in the end of the 18th over. Mahmudullah attempted a pull shot but ended up playing the ball back on to his stumps. Cummins then had Mahedi Hasan caught by Zampa.
The pacer returned in the last over to send Hridoy packing with his first ball to complete the hat-trick.
Suryakumar and Bumrah propel India to a clinical 47-run win over Afghanistan
Suryakumar Yadav played fearlessly on a testing surface before India tightened the noose around Afghanistan with a clinical bowling performance to script a commanding 47-run win in their opening Super 8 fixture of the T20 World Cup here on Thursday.
Rashid Khan (3/26) improved his ordinary record against India before Suryakumar (53 off 28) played like he only can to take his team to 181 for 8 after India decided to bat on a surface where it was difficult to hit through the line.
Afghanistan were never in the run chase and folded up for 134 in exactly 20 overs.
The questionable shot selection from the Afghan batters contributed to their downfall, extending their winless run against India.
Jasprit Bumrah (3/7 in four overs) was too good for the opposition again while Kuldeep Yadav (2/32), playing his first game of the tournament, also made an impact.
India’s next Super 8 fixture against Bangladesh will take place in in Antigua on Saturday. Rahmanullah Gurbaz (11 off 8), who announced his intent with a six and four off Arshdeep Singh, went for a rash shot against Bumrah in the second over of the innings to be caught behind.
Hazratullah Zazai, brought into the squad in place of the injured Mujeeb Zadran, was Bumrah’s next victim as his attempted flick off a cutter from the Indian pace spearhead went straight into the safe hands of Ravindra Jadeja at backward point.
Kuldeep, who replaced Mohammed Siraj in the playing eleven, operated in the middle overs and sent back Gulbadin Naib (17) with a wrong one in the 11th over.
Azmatullah Omarzai (26 off 20) was the top-scored for Afghanistan. The fall of wickets through the innings did not allow Afghanistan to get back in the game.
Earlier, Suryakumar was back to his nonchalant best and picked the boundaries at will on a track where the other batters struggled to get going.
The other notable contributions came from Rishabh Pant (20 off 11), who too found the boundaries from the word go and Hardik Pandya (32 off 24).
Virat Kohli (24 off 24) got into the double digits for the first time in this tournament but was dismissed just when he was getting set.
Rashid (3/26), who had not picked up a wicket against India prior to this game, struck in his first three overs to put pressure on the opposition. India expectedly opt to bat at the Kensington Oval and the way the ball held up on the pitch early one, it seemed playing through the line will be tough.
Skipper Rohit Sharma (8) tried to push the scoring rate in third over from Fazalhaq Farooqi (3/33) but was caught at mid-on after finding the toe end of his bat.
Rashid brought himself on right after the Powerplay with India reaching 47 for one. The star spinner sent back the dangerous Pant in the seventh over.
The southpaw once again was not afraid to employ the sweep and audacious reverse sweep against the spinners before eventually falling to Rashid.
After Kohli was caught at long-off in Rashid’s second over, India felt the heat.
Suryarkumar eased the tension with a flurry of sweeps against Rashid before the spinner got his third scalp in the form of Shivam Dube (10), who was trapped in front after the ball turned back in sharply and crashed into his back leg.
Surya kept finding the big hits from the other end. He outrageously whipped a wide full toss from Azmatullah Omarzai to deep square-leg before a six and four off Farooqi took him to a well made half-century.
After Surya’s departure, Hardik then got into the act and hammered the ball into the stands on couple of occasions.
His straight six off left-arm spinner Noor Ahmed was all brute power, almost shattering the window of the press box.
In the end, India did well to post their highest total at the historic venue which in the end proved to be unassailable. (PTI)