India got off their T20 World Cup campaign off to a stunning start by beating Pakistan by four wickets in front of a full-house MCG. The match which can be easily termed as a classic as the world witnessed Virat Kohli play an innings for the ages to take India to a last-ball victory.
England and Australia, two of the tournament favorites, suffered humbling defeats. Defending champions Australia were floored by New Zealand in their tournament opener while England lost a narrow margin of five runs against neighbours Ireland.
Soon after the heart-breaking loss against India, Pakistan were in for a double blow when they fell short by a single run against Zimbabwe. Chasing 130 at Perth, Pakistan failed to score 11 off the final over by Ryan Burl. Sikander Raza's dream run in the tournament continued as his 3-25 broke Pakistan's middle order.
The rain gods have not been kind to 2022 World Cup. A total of five matches were washed out due to heavy rain. It started with the Super 12s Group 2 game between South Africa and Zimbabwe where play was possible for 12.1 overs across both innings before dangerous wet conditions forced abandonment of the match.
Afghanistan suffered the most due to wash-outs as their matches against New Zealand and Ireland were washed out while the anticipated clash between Australia and England also met with the same fate.
Sydney Sixers maintained their top spot in the Women's Big Bash League with four wins from five matches followed by Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat.
Brisbane Heat's Georgia Redmayne remained top of the run-scorer chart in the WBBL with 229 runs from seven innings, while Australian legspinner Amanda Jade-Wellington overtook Sophie Ecclestone to go join-top of the wicket-takers' list with Darcie Brown, who also claimed 11 wickets from six innings.
India's star batter Jemimah Rodrigues joined Melbourne Stars for her second season in the WBBL and scored eight runs in the match against Melbourne Renegades.
The schedule for knock-out phase of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (SMAT) 2022 edition has been confirmed by the BCCI. There will be three pre-quarterfinal matches on October 30, while quarterfinals will take place on November 1. Semifinals will take place on November 3 followed by the final on November 5. All the matches will be played in Kolkata.
Here's the SMAT knock-out matches:
Pre-Quarterfinals - Punjab vs Haryana, Kerala vs Saurashtra, Vidarbha vs Chhattisgarh.
Quarterfinals - Karnataka vs Winner of Pre-QF 1, Mumbai vs Winner of Pre-QF 2, Delhi vs Winner of Pre-QF 3, Himachal Pradesh vs Bengal.
Pakistan are currently talk of the World Cup after losing two matches off the last ball. Mohammad Nawaz was at the receiving end on both occasions and social media has not been kind to the team as a whole.
Here's are the nail-biting moments of their two losses against India and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe, on the other hand, were on Cloud 9 after the win.
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