Shafali Verma starred as India crawled past New Zealand to
make it to the semi-finals of T20 World Cup. Elsewhere, Australia overpowered
Bangladesh with a brute force of power and depth, while David Warner was
reinstated as Sunrisers Hyderabad captain.
India qualify for semi-finals of T20 World Cup
India became the first team to qualify for the semi-finals
of the women’s T20 World Cup 2020 when they beat New Zealand in Melbourne on
In a close-run thriller, Shafali Verma’s 34-ball 46 helped
India post 133/8 after being asked to bat first by Sophie Devine. India’s
attack restricted the runs and kept New Zealand in check in the chase, till
late in the game when Amelia Kerr took the attack to Poonam Yadav and smashed a
However, with five runs needed off the last ball to win, Kerr
failed to connect with Shikha Pandey, and India secured a three-run victory.
Australia hammer Bangladesh to win two of three
Alyssa Healy starred as Australia secured a massive 86-run
win over Bangladesh in their Group A clash in Canberra.
After opting to bat, Healy blazed away from the first ball,
scoring a 53-ball 83 to help Australia post 189/1, with Beth Mooney also
contributing a 56-ball 81.
Bangladesh were then kept to 103/9 in their chase, with
Megan Schutt taking 3/21 to trouble them considerably.
David Warner reinstated as Sunrisers Hyderabad captain
David Warner will once again take over captaincy duties at
IPL side Sunrisers Hyderabad, having been removed from the post two years ago following
the ball-tampering scandal.
Warner will take over from Williamson, who was named captain
in 2018, a season in which he led them to the final.
“I’m thrilled to be given the captaincy for this coming IPL
in 2020,” Warner said. “I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity once again
to lead the team. I’d obviously thank Kane [Williamson] and Bhuvi [Bhuvneshwar
Kumar] for the way you guys led throughout the last couple of years.”
Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep named in Sri Lanka T20I
Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep and Shehan Jayasuriya returned
to the T20I scheme of things for Sri Lanka for the upcoming series against West
All three had missed the series against India in January, with Thisara last playing a T20I in March last year due to dwindling returns. However, there was no place in the side for Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Oshada Fernando, while Danushka Gunathilaka continued to miss out with an injury.