Cricket News sort by Sunil Philip Narine

The opening game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season six proved to be a disappointingly one-sided affair. A lot of credit for the same must go to a wonderful bowling performance from the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on their home ground, the Eden Gardens.

In the build up to the sixth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), we look back at one incredible performance from each of the earlier seasons.

Things are not what they used to be. Twenty20 cricket, and the IPL in particular, has ushered in an era in which players can get rich and famous even before they are able to nail down regular places in their country’s team. Nowadays, we see quite a few instances of players coming to international notice through their exploits in the IPL or in other T20 tournaments.

As the year draws to a close, we look at the top five bowlers in cricket in 2012 in all three formats of the game.

Marlon Samuels’ century today at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur helped West Indies stay alive in the 5-match ODI Series. The visitors defeated Bangladesh by 4 wickets in today’s day/night affair to stop the hosts from taking an unassailable lead of 3-0.

Unlike what was expected, the World T20 in Sri Lanka did not spring up any surprise packages, i.e. talented but inexperienced players making their mark. On the contrary, it were the old hands who delivered for their respective sides, which reiterated that experience is invaluable irrespective of the game’s format.

West Indies clinched the ICC World T20 2012 after outplaying hosts Sri Lanka in a one-sided contest at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Sri Lanka needing only 138 to chase made a complete mess because of the soft approach from its top order.

In recent years, Australia have always been favourites whenever they have clashed with West Indies, irrespective of the format of the game.

West Indies prevailed over New Zealand through the Super Over in the Super Eights Match at Pallekele on Monday.