Mohammad Hafeez concluded with the highest run aggregate
Umar Akmal had the highest batting average, only dismissed twice in 6 matches, averaging in excess of 60
Saeed Ajmal unsurprisingly had taken the most number of wickets
Raza Hasan was the most economical bowler on show, going at under 5 after bowling 15 overs
Imran Nazir and Shoaib Malik both held on to 3 catches each which was the most in the field
Nasir Jamshed scored half century more than once and was the only one to do so
Imran Nazir made the highest individual score
Saeed Ajmal claimed the best figures in a single game
Sri Lanka made it to the finals of the World T20 on a night that saw Pakistan imploding while chasing 140 on a tricky surface. Pakistan leaked 16 runs off their last over, which in the hindsight proved fatal as they went down by 15 runs at Colombo. While Sri Lanka battled for everything persistently, Pakistan had only themselves to blame for a horrendous shot selection at the worst of times.
Things only got worse for Pakistan, as Shoaib Malik was squared up by a delivery from Herath that turned from off and middle. Hafeez, running out of partners went over Mathews only to be dropped at long on, as Malinga missed a sitter. Hafeez made them pay with 10 runs of Herath's next over which included the match's only six. Though, Herath got Hafeez stumped in the next over as the ball kept low.
The Pakistani Spinner Abdur Rehman has been banned for 12 weeks by the ECB after testing positive for cannabis while playing county cricket for Somerset. The ban has been given in relevance to ECB’s anti-doping rules which applies to all the countries bound to the World Anti-Doping code.
Abdur Rehman provided the sample that was tested positive during Somerset’s match against Nottinghamshire on August 8. The ban will be lifted on December 22, which means he will not be available to play for Sialkot Stallions in the upcoming Champions’ League which starts next Tuesday in South Africa.
Somerset’s Chief Executive Guy Lavender supported ECB’s decision saying “The club does not condone the use of illegal drugs in any circumstances and all Somerset players are made fully aware of this policy on a regular basis."
Pakistan in ICC men’s tournaments since 2007 WT20
2012 World T20 = At least semi-finalists
India beat South Africa by one run in the final super-eight game of the 2012 World T20 but saw themselves being eliminated by arch rivals Pakistan in the process. They needed to restrict South Africa to a score below 122 but that was always a tough task.
On the deciding day for all the teams in the second group of the super-8s, the stuttering Pakistan were up against the unbeaten Aussies needing a win to stay in this tournament.
Hafeez won the toss yet again and chose to bat bringing in Abdul Razzaq for Yasir Arafat. It looked like Pakistan were heading for another collapse as both the openers were dismissed within the power-play. But Nasir Jamshed and Kamran Akmal made sure that that wasn’t the case with a valuable 79-run partnership. Pakistan lost the plot again in the last 5 overs but managed to reach 149-6 by the end of the innings. Nasir Jamshed top-scored with 55 off 46 balls and Mitchell Starc was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-20.
The defending champions England came in to this game having won only one of their two games in this phase, they needed to win this match to qualify for the semi-finals. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, already had 4 points so they would qualify either way.
Stuart Broad won the toss and chose to bowl with Bopara, Patel and Dernbach replacing Kieswetter, Bresnan and Briggs. Meanwhile Sangakarra replaced Jayawardena as the Sri Lankan captain in this match to avoid slow over-rate ban, and Dananjaya was brought in for Herath.
It was a do-or-die game for both teams as New Zealand had lost both their previous fixtures in the super 8 and West Indies had won only one game. The loser would be out of the tournament.
Ross Taylor won the toss and chose to bowl against the West Indies, who again, failed to score big and kept losing wickets regularly. They ended up getting bowled out with three balls to spare in the innings after scoring 139 runs. Chris Gayle top-scored with 30 off 13 balls with Tim Southee and the young Doug Bracewell both picking up 3 wickets.
It looked an easy chase for the kiwis with their power-packed batting line-up. But they went down the same road as the windies and kept losing wicket regularly. Sunil Narine kept West Indies in the game till the last over with the excellent figures of 3-20. Despite scoring 62 off 30 balls, the skipper Ross Taylor couldn’t take the kiwis across the line and the game ended up in a tie which meant New Zealand would appear in their second super-over eliminator in the Super-8s and in the tournament.
He was the leading wicket taker in the Faysal Bank Super 8s at Rawalpindi in March of this year with 12 wickets in 5 matches
He was the man-of-the-match in the Faysal Bank Twenty20 Cup final in October 2011 against his former team Rawalpindi Rams
He was one of the top 3 leading wicket takers in the inaugural Faysal Bank Twenty20 Super 8s edition, best remembered for bowling a magical super over in a tied final between Rawalpindi Rams and Karachi Dolphins
A superb all-round show from Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh saw India steamroll to a comfortable 8 wicket win over arch rivals Pakistan. Kohli followed up his wicket of Pakistani skipper Mohammad Hafeez with a splendid knock of 78 not out from a mere 61 balls.
Yuvraj Singh was not too far behind as he sealed India's win with a calm 19 to go along with his 2 wickets for a mere 16 runs. Pakistan, in the field looked devoid of ideas as they looked for wickets but the calmness of the Indian batters was always shining through despite Raza Hasan getting Gambhir out in the first over of the chase.
Earlier in the day, Pakistan won the toss and batted first which in hindsight gave the game advantage to India with their brutal batting order. Pakistan got off to a flier but that was short lived as Irfan Pathan trapped Imran Nazir LBW in the second over. It was all downhill after that and constant wickets falling never let Pakistan get back into the game. Pakistan were bowled out for 128 in the last over, a target that was never going to test the might of Kohli and co.