It came at the very end of a long tour of India, which felt all the more demanding and tiring because of the way England played their cricket - losing all of the first 6 games by some landslide results - but England finally have a win on the board in their Tour of India!

Kevin Pietersen hit 53 off just 59 balls to help guide England to victory in their Twenty20 match against the Indians in Kolkotta, to end the Tour on at least a bit of a high, and beat the cricket betting odds! The England boys didn't get too carried away..

"It was a tricky wicket," he said. "It was one of those wickets where you had to take a risk in the first six overs. Luckily I was dropped, and allowed to carry on builing runs."


The Indian cricket board has approved the controversial DRS system. The development comes after the ICC chief executives' committee unanimously recommended "universal standards" over what technology to use.

Elsewhere, the committee supported plans to abolish runners in international cricket.

And two new balls per innings - one from each end - would be used in one-day internationals from 1 October.

On 10 June, India had said it would veto any plans to use the DRS in the four-match Test series starting at Lord's on 21 July.


West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has said that he has been asked to retire by the selectors. Chanderpaul made the allegations in a letter to the West Indies Cricket Board's chief executive, Ernest Hilaire. It was the second such communication the 36-year-old has made over the past week after Hilaire questioned the discipline and application in the team.

"The WICB selectors asked me to retire and were upset when I refused to do so," Chanderpaul wrote, according to ESPN cricinfo.


Ravi Shastri has described that the World Cup is not very exciting at the moment and is hoping for better matches in the future.Maybe another way to say this would be that India's ONLY strength is batting... and that makes us the favourites!!!!


Cricket World Cup games are going to start in couple of days. Warm-up matches are already started but the only thing is how the foreign players manage the India's condition.
The champions Australia have defeated in two warm-up matches against India and South Africa. Runners of last World Cup is going to play with seven batsmans. pakistan have to be change their bad name and eventhough it has some all-rounders for the battle.Indian team will play with youngsters.


Kevin Pietersen has said that injuries will help England perform better. Bowlers Graeme Swann (back), Stuart Broad (stomach), and Tim Bresnan (calf) have all had time out with problems.

Broad is back with England in Australia while Swann and Bresnan, who should be fit to join the 15-man squad for next month's World Cup, are at home.

"The niggles have allowed a few of the bigger players to go home and recharge batteries," Pietersen told BBC Sport.


Australian paceman Shaun Tait has agreed to join Surrey on a new deal. The 27-year-old will join up with Surrey shortly before their first group match against Gloucestershire on Thursday, 2 June.

Tait is widely regarded as the fastest bowler in the world and is currently featuring for Australia in the Twenty20 and one-day series against England.

He has also been included in their provisional ICC World Cup squad.


England coach Andy Flower says that he is seeking a winning finale. The Ashes were retained with an innings victory at the MCG but an Australia win in the final Test, which starts on Sunday, would square the series at 2-2.

Flower said: "Everyone involved in this tour will feel a lot of pride about how the guys have played but it's much too early to be feeling satisfied.

"We came here to win the series and will do everything we can to do that."

Flower added: "The Melbourne performance was an outstanding one but we also realise that there's a lot of cricket ahead on this tour."


A superb display from Tamim Iqbal helped wraps up series win for Bangladesh. The left-handed opener also hit five fours in his 96-ball stay as Bangladesh passed Zimbabwe's total of 188-6 with seven overs to spare.

Tamim put on 136 with Junaid Siddique (56 not out) for the second wicket.

The fourth match had been abandoned without a ball being bowled because of a wet outfield in Chittagong on Friday.

Tatenda Taibu (64) and Craig Ervine (46) had restored some respectability to the Zimbabwe innings with a stand of 95, but both fell to spinner Shakib Al Hasan (3-58).


Virat Kohli scored an impressive century to help India win. Kohli struck a 104-ball 105, his second successive and fourth overall ODI century, to guide India to 276 before an abrupt collapse in 49 overs.

Part-timer Yuvraj Singh (three for 43), his lanky spin colleague Ravichandran Ashwin (three for 50) and paceman Shanthakumaran Sreesanth (three for 30) then shared nine wickets as New Zealand folded for 236 in 45.2 overs.