Cricket

India focus on T20 World Cup final

Recent defeats in ICC finals will have no bearing on how India performs in the final of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup, according to head coach Rahul Dravid.

The path to T20 second round

As the countdown to another dose of T20 International action, here are the standings for the respective Groups:

Group A, India (4 points), United States (4), Canada (2), Pakistan (0) and Ireland (0).

Bowler to miss opener against West Indies

The Barramundis team management said that Gardner broke a finger during a practice catching session at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad over the weekend.

Team Doctor, Najeebullah Soomro, confirmed the fracture after x-rays were taken and advised that Gardner will be unable to play for the first match against West Indies on June 2nd in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup at Guyana National Stadium, Guyana.

Specialist coach boosts Barras outfit

Barramundis head coach Tatenda Taibu confirmed yesterday that additional practice matches are scheduled throughout the week against Canada and Namibia. 

Conditions in the Caribbean are extremely hot and humid with a rain squall causing a small delay in the first match.

Barramundis congratulated for World Cup outing

As the Barras departed on Monday, 13 May for the second appearance in the ICC T20 World Cup, PM Marape expressed his best wishes to the team's management, coaching staff, officials, and players.

Marape said: "You (Barras) are not only participants in a World Cup event; you are representatives of our great nation of Papua New Guinea. This significant achievement fills my government and the people of PNG with immense pride."

A busy weekend for sports in Port Moresby

The much-anticipated Seventh Edition of Niu Power Sports Tok Rugby Sevens Tournament will be a must watch event this weekend.

The event is already shaping to be a great rugby fest with 32 men's teams, 12 women and junior teams competing for K85000 cash prize money in total. The event commences tomorrow at Bava.

Lewas Set for Pacific Cup in New Zealand

The Lewas, led by newly appointed captain Brenda Tau, will embark on a pre-tournament training camp in Napier, commencing their journey on January 6th before the official matches in Auckland.

Brenda Tau takes the reins from Kaia Arua, who led the Lewas with dedication for the past seven years, achieving Cricket PNG's highest T20 ranking. Arua will continue to contribute on the field, supporting Brenda in her leadership role.

Australia Stun India in World Cup Final

India had been undefeated throughout the tournament but were bowled out for 240 on the final ball of their innings before Head starred for Australia on his way to a match-winning 137 — after Australia had been reduced to 3-47 in front of an increasingly frenzied home crowd.

Head, with able support from Marnus Labuschagne (58), steadied the ship to lead Australia to victory despite falling with just two runs required.

He became the third Australian to make a century in a men's world cup final, joining Ricky Ponting (2003) and Adam Gilchrist (2007) in doing so.

Rohit Sharma hails Australia as Complete Side

The Indian captain, who's overseen a magnificent unbeaten 10-match procession towards the Ahmedabad climax, was quick to counter a questioner at his eve-of-final news conference who'd suggested Australia were no longer seen as a "dominant" side.

"I don't agree with not being dominant. They've won eight out of eight, the last eight games that they've played — and they played it really well," said Sharma.

"So, it's going to be a good contest.

"They are a very complete side."

Barramundis win first qualifier match

Vanuatu had won the toss and elected to bowl first.

However, PNG bowlers made their presence known with home ground advantage, bowling out the visitors for a paltry 71 runs in their 20 overs with eight wickets down. Vanuatu batters regularly lost wickets and struggled to score runs.

The best of PNG bowlers, John Noel Kariko (3/6 in 4 overs), was supported by Charles Amini (2/10), Norman Vanua (2/13) and Alei Nao (1/23).

The PNG batsmen chased a modest total made easy, cruising past their target one wicket down (1/75) in 6 overs.