From four wickets in four balls to Quinton de Gock’s knee-jerk reaction to India’s exit, there were a lot of talking points in the first round of the T20 World Cup.
AFP looks at seven notable moments from the seventh match so far:
The Big Four
– Fast bowler Curtis Kamfer took four wickets off four balls to help Ireland beat the Netherlands by seven wickets in the first qualifying round of the week.
Kamfar won the hat-trick, then brought the numbers back to 4-26 as the Netherlands were sent off for 106 runs.
In 2019, he became the third bowler to take four wickets off four balls in T20 international history after Rashid Khan of Afghanistan and Lasith Malinga of Sri Lanka.
Pakistan puts an end to India’s antics
– Babur Assam and Mohammad Rizwan scored half-centuries unbeaten as Pakistan beat India by ten wickets to win their first match of the T20 World Cup against arch-rivals.
After scoring 152 to win, Babur (68) and Raswan (79) kept Dubai at bay and took their team home in 13 balls.
A quick left-hander Shaheen Shah Afridi won the toss – against Pakistan’s first neighbors in six attempts of the match – shortening India to 151-7 with a brave 57 off captain Virat Kohli.
De Cook takes a stand
Quinton de Gock withdrew after refusing to kneel in South Africa’s game against the West Indies.
The 28-year-old’s surprising result came just hours after the South African cricket team (CSA) ordered all players to take part in an anti-racist gesture.
Two days later De Gock apologized and said he wanted to get up with the other team.
“If my knee helps educate others and improve the lives of others, I would be happy to do that,” he said.
Kohli angry at ‘weak and pathetic’ trolls
India captain Virat Kohli has launched a scathing attack on “weak” and “pathetic” fans, retaining sharp criticism of trolls blaming Mohammad Shami, the team’s only Muslim player for the defeat to Pakistan.
“We have a good reason to play on the pitch, and there are no vulnerable people on social media who don’t have the courage to talk to someone in person,” Kohli said.
“Attacking someone because of religion is the most pathetic thing a person can do.”
Pre-match favorite India lost to New Zealand and failed to advance to the quarterfinals.
Butler offers advanced classes
England won four of the four matches after Gus Butler defeated Sri Lanka 26 times in the first century to win the World Cup.
Butler’s unbeaten 101 – 86 T20I century – his first century – led England to 163 for four.
Butler blasted sixes, fours and sixes in his 67 balls, setting a record for designing horns in all three formats.
Hasaranga – Was the star born?
Sri Lanka may have been knocked out in the 12th round in the Super 12, but the young team has attracted attention and there is already talk of a potential champion at the 2022 World Cup in Australia.
Vanindu Hasaranga, their multi-level player on legs, emerged with an average of 16 wickets in less than 10 years. The 24-year-old collected his total wickets from 2021 to 36, which was his best year at the time of his dismissal.
According to coach Mickey Arthur, Hasaranga is a great cricketer.
“End of the Windies Generation”
When Dwayne Bravo closed the screen for his international career, West Indies captain Kieran Pollard lamented that ‘the end of a generation’, with Chris Gale announcing his resignation.
The current West Indies team lost to Australia by eight wickets in its final set, losing for the fourth time in five matches.
Bravo, 38, and Gayle, 42, who played for two T20 title winning teams in 2012 and 2016, received honorary honors from Australian players in Abu Dhabi.
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