Monday, June 22, 2009


Fruity do-it-yourself tips

This summer, take good care of your skin. Stay stylish with these quick and easy-to-do beauty tips. Clue in.

Today, payday, one day

With these, you’ll have no excuse to look anything but sexy — money or no money! Read on for complete details.

'I've been crazy about makeup'

Bollywood and TV actor Prachi Desai talks about her beauty highs and lows. Click on for details.

Celina Jaitley's beauty secrets!

The Bollywood hottie spills the beans behind her flawless skin and beautiful hair. Clue in for some tips.

Your recession-proof beauty book

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I barely ever comb: Anusha

Anusha Dandekar, VJ, emcee and actor, shares the secret behind her flawless skin and hair. Clue in for useful tips.

'Let your skin breathe'

Singer and Emcee Shibani Kashyap lets us in on her beauty buys and routines. Check out the details here...

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The skin I am in!

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Ah, Asin!

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Queen of Nile

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Pinto is Cosmo cover girl

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Bring Boho Back

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Bring on the bling!

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Nidhi’s mother shared her diary with me. By this time, her daughter was in the US, in a counselling facility that specialises in providing intensive treatment to severely depressed/suicidal women. Nidhi was lucky; she got understanding and access to medical help in time. Each year, though, thousands of women in India (and across the world) aren’t as lucky. Depression is as dangerous as it is hard to diagnose; add all the layers of bias and misconceptions that exist and you have a bubble waiting to burst. And for those who came in late and haven’t paid attention to stats on the subject—women are congenitally way more prone to the disease.

Most important: Rarely are victims themselves able to diagnose the disease. Which means it may be up to you, as a friend, sibling or daughter, to watch out for the signs in those you love. Here’s a quick download of what you need to know.

According to a publication by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Maryland, USA, called Depression: What Every Woman Should Know, “Life is full of emotional ups and downs. But when the ‘down’ times are long lasting or interfere with your ability to function, you may be suffering from a common, serious illness— depression.” This is perhaps the simplest way to identify an illness so complex that it can even lead to suicidal thoughts and actions.

Every day, as soon as I wake up, I feel like going back to sleep. It’s as if I have nothing to live for. I jus t feel so tired. I don’t want to go on like this. What is happening to me?
- Extract from the diary of Nidhi Chauhan, 19, Student

Spotting the signs
Individually none of these are conclusive, but if you see a combination of these signs—or extended lengths of feeling any one of these, it’s a red fl ag. Watch out for: Feeling persistently sad or constantly ‘empty’; losing interest and pleasure in most activities including sex; being restless, irritable or just crying easily; getting bogged down by immense guilt, worthlessness or hopelessness; sleeping too much or too little; sudden change in appetite, whether it’s eating too much or too little; being tired 24/7; and of course frequent thoughts of ‘ending it all’, they’re danger signs to clue into, and fast!

The different faces of depression
Broadly speaking, depression can be divided into three categories: Major or clinical depression; dysthymia and manic-depression; or bi-polar disease.

Clinical depression: Someone who’s clinically depressed will exhibit all or some of the symptoms we’ve ID’ed for at least two weeks. These bouts could last as long as a few months or more, and could recur several times in a lifetime.

Dysthymia: You’ll see the same symptoms, but in a milder form, however they’ll last at least two years. Dysthymia is basically a condition in which you live a joyless existence, and feel constant exhaustion. You can also experience intense depressive phases.

Bi-polar Disease:It’s perhaps the rarest. It involves days of severe ‘lows’ interspersed with bursts of mania. During manic episodes, you become extra talkative, disproportionately happy, spend recklessly and may be reckless sexually as well.

Do we know what causes it?
Yes and no. Genetic reasons can play a role in whether or not someone is prone to depression but the patchy data available makes it clear that a whole bunch of other causes can trigger it. Research suggests that the brain biochemistry is a signifi cant factor in depressive disorders. Significant loss, a difficult relationship, upheavals in lifestyle, or an acute or chronic physical illness can make you succumb. The big deal here — women are twice as likely as guys to be clinically depressed or get dysthymia.

Research shows that in girls, there’s a direct connection between the onset of adolescence and depression. Puberty brings more tangible pressures for girls: Bodies change, identities need to be formed, decisions need to be taken for the first time, and sexuality needs to be dealt with.

From puberty to personality problems

“Schoolgirls have many anxieties and confl icts due to their physical and emotional growth. Personality problems like shyness, inhibition, jealousy, sensitivity, and complaints show more strongly in girls. The internet and TV expose girls to liberal lifestyles but societally it’s not like we’ve gone too far from orthodox family values. This situation puts a lot of young girls in a state of fl ux that normally leads to depression,” says clinical psychologist, Pragna Mitra.

Take Naina, 12, a student: A cheerful, bright pre-teen, Naina was a born leader, a gifted athlete, with a strong academic record. You could have called her a rockstar preteen— and then came adolescence with all the angst that goes with it. In Naina, the leadership traits started to turn into rebellion; she hated going to school and, on account of her parents’ inability to deal with the sudden change in her personality, even tried to kill herself. The doctors who treated her confi rmed that she was suffering from severe depression.

Depression is more common in women than in men, at a ratio of approximately 2 to 1. While morbidity is higher in women, mortality in the form of suicide is greater in men. Suicidal attempts (parasuicide) on the other hand are more common among women.

Rocky relationships

Some researchers also insist that women are prone to depression thanks to the particular dynamics they tackle—juggling home and work, looking after kids, aging parents, in-laws and of course marital/relationship issues. In fact, rates of clinical depression are said to be highest among the separated and divorced. For Sanaa, 21, the world revolved around her boyfriend, Rajat. He was a few years older than her and seemed to think she was god—or at least, worthy of worship. For three months, things were fabulous. Then came a reality check—Rajat started objecting to the clothes she wore, the way she talked, the friends she hung out with. As is typical with control-freaks or emotional abusers, the criticism would come with veiled or direct threats of leaving her.

“He’d keep telling me he was going to walk out and because he seemed so into me, I actually began to believe the problems were actually my fault. Then one fi ne day, he just walked out on me claiming he couldn’t continue the relationship because his family didn’t think I was good enough. I was shattered. I went into extreme depression, had to change cities, couldn’t eat, couldn’t sleep. That nightmare lasted almost two years and still gives me shivers whenever I think of it. The worst part is I’m constantly afraid that I’ll slip back into that darkness,” confesses Sanaa.

Hormonal horrors

Reproductive events such as the menstruation cycle, pregnancy, and postpregnancy; or menopause in some women can also bring about fl uctuations in mood that could lead to depressive symptoms. Women with infertility problems have also exhibited signs of extreme anxiety and stress. Added to this, traumatic events such as child abuse, sexual harassment on the job, and fi nancial insecurity can all foster an acute sense of low self-esteem and a sense of helplessness, self-blame, and social isolation.


One of the most common signs that clinically depressed people show is a feeling that their situation is ‘incurable’. Luckily, this is totally not true: Like with most other ‘ailments’, the earlier depression is treated, the better the chances of preventing it from happening again. If you or someone you love has been through a period of severe trauma or strain, along with a constant feeling of extreme negativity for more than two weeks, you need to recognise that your anxiety and powerlessness goes beyond normal.

The next step? Slotting a visit to a qualifi ed professional for an evaluation instantly. This could be a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a clinical social worker or a mental health specialist. And don’t forget that treatment of depression is a collaborative effort between you and your doctor, so if you’re uncomfortable with the person in front of you, feel free to visit someone else. Your regular physician can guide you in fi nding a counsellor/doctor. Just remember that feeling better is a slow process and you shouldn’t expect miracles in a matter of a few days. The most common methods used to treat this condition include antidepressant medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two depending on the severity of the illness.

Having said all this, depression is still a tabboo even amongst the most informed. So if you realise your ‘crabby’ phase has lasted longer than a couple of weeks, or your friend, mother, sister—anyone you know, has been ‘feeling low’ for that long, speak up and ask for professional help. You could be averting serious disaster!

When your stress levels peak, you might decide that sleep is the new sex. But don't make choices yet. Just as a good night's sleep freshens you up, so does sex. Even if you don't reach the Big-O! Say experts, sexual activity releases sex hormones that have beneficial effects on our bodies. Here's five reasons, you don't need, in favour of more sack sessions.

It burns calories
Forget power yoga; a little sweaty sexercise is an easier way to get your cardio and strength training. Sex raises your heart rate and burns 150 to 200 calories an hour— that's equivalent to a brisk walk. Kissing uses 29 muscles and torches 20 calories per minute.

It beats blues
The next time you're feeling gloomy, skip chocolate - some X-rated action could be a better way to beat the blahs. Chalk it up to endorphins (happy hormones)— neurotransmitters that are released during sexual activity. Endorphins are produced in the brain and make you feel happy, causing that classic 'afterglow' phenomenon.

It helps heal
During intercourse, two chemicals are released in the body: Endorphins and oxytocin; together, they act as a powerful opiate. Studies have shown that sex increases your pain threshold for migraines and even menstrual cramps!

It de-stresses
Finally, a way to beat stress that makes us actually want some more! Sex can help lower your blood pressure when you're reacting to stressful situations, thanks once again to the wonder-chemical oxytocin!

It slows ageing
Sure, a trip to the dermat might help eliminate a wrinkle or few. But sheet sessions with your partner could give you even greater anti-ageing benefits. Research shows that people who had sex once or twice a week had higher levels of immunoglobulin A—an antibody that plays a critical role in the immune system—than those who had sex less often.

Bonus trick
There are physiological benefits of sex: Positive changes in parameters like pulse and heart rate, reduction in BP, dilation of blood vessels and capillaries of the skin, leading to a lovely 'glow'!

करीना के नाम से भड़की कैटरीना

22nd news

शांतिनिकेतन में माओवादियों ने दी दस्‍तक!

रवींद्र नाथ टैगोर की विरासत पर भी अब माओवादियों की निगाह पड़ गई है. माओवादियों की धमक विश्वभारती विश्वविद्यालय तक आ पहुंची है. पहली बार इस विश्वविद्यालय की दीवारों पर माओवादियों के पोस्टर नज़र आए. इन पोस्टरों में लालगढ़ ऑपरेशन की मुख़ालफ़त की गई है.

पंजाब: बाप ने बेटियों से ही किया बलात्‍कार

पंजाब के भटिंडा में एक घिनौनी करतूत का पर्दाफाश हुआ है. एक पिता पर अपनी चार बेटियों से बलात्कार का आरोप लगा है. बरसों से बेटियों को अपनी हवस का शिकार बनाने वाला ये बाप अब पुलिस की गिरफ्त में है.

भोपाल: बलात्कार के आरोपी संत लालसाईं का समर्पण

बलात्कार के भगोड़े आरोपी संत लालसाईं ने भोपाल के महिला थाने में सरेंडर कर दिया है. आरोप के मुताबिक संत लाल साईं पर एक नाबालिग लड़की से बलात्कार का आरोप है. वो पिछले 8 महीने से पुलिस को चकमा दे रहा था.

छात्रो पर हमले, कोर्ट का केंद्र से जवाब

ऑस्ट्रेलिया में भारतीय छात्रों पर हुए हमलों पर सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने केंद्र सरकार को नोटिस जारी किया है. सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने पूछा है कि भविष्य में ऐसे हमलों को रोकने के लिए सरकार ने क्या कदम उठाए हैं. कोर्ट ने सरकार ने 26 जून तक जवाब मांगा है.

ट्रेन के टॉयलेट में नवजात बच्‍ची मिली

कैसे होंगे वो माता-पिता, जिन्होंने अपने जिगर के टुकड़े को बेसहारा छोड़ दिया. मध्य प्रदेश के इंदौर में हुई है ये रोंगटे खड़े कर देने वाली घटना. माता-पिता ने मासूम बच्ची को ट्रेन के टॉयलेट में छोड़ दिया.

लालगढ़ में भारी सुरक्षाबल तैनात

लालगढ़ में पैरामिलीट्री के सुरक्षा जवानों ने अपना मोर्चा संभाल रखा है. सुरक्षा बलों का एकमात्र मकसद आम लोगों को बिना परेशान किए हुए लालगढ़ की चुनौती पर विजय हासिल करना हैं. लालगढ़ जाने वाले हर रास्‍ते पर आने जाने वालों को कड़ी जांच से गुजरना पड़ रहा है.

रत्‍नागिरी बंदरगाह पर सुरक्षा की लापरवाही

26/11 के मुंबई हमले में आतंकी समंदर के रास्ते आए थे. तब गृह मंत्री पी चिदंबरम ने भी समंदर की सुरक्षा में चूक मानी थी. इसके बाद भी सुरक्षा पर ध्यान नहीं दिया गया और आज हम जो खुलासा करने जा रहे हैं, उसे देखकर आप हैरान रह जाएंगे कि किस तरह एक बंदरगाह अनाथ हो गया है. ये बंदरगाह हैं रत्नागिरी के.

लालगढ़ की घटना को देखते हुए झारखंड में हाई अलर्ट

लालगढ़ की घटना से झारखंड पुलिस परेशान है. खतरा इस बात का है कि वहां से भागे माओवादी कहीं यहां ना आ जाएं. राज्य में पहले से ही नक्सलियों का उत्पात है. ऐसे में माओवादियों का साथ मिलने से ये हिंसा और भी बढ़ जाएगी इसीलिए राज्य पुलिस को हाई अलर्ट कर दिया गया है.

Monday, June 8, 2009

What's changed on Cricinfo

The features section includes a panel for our columnists; there's also a Photos area, and one for statistics© Cricinfo Ltd

So what should I say? Welcome to the new Cricinfo? But that will be a misrepresentation. In most ways it is still the site we have all known, and as many of you have pointed out in response to my earlier piece, why do we need a new Cricinfo? Let me repeat a word that I used in the other piece: this is Cricinfo renewed. It's a step, a significant one, forward.

Change is often unsettling. We trust the old ways because there is evidence that they work, and there is no evidence yet that the new ones will. We are already feeling wistful about the old site, so we know how some of you feel. As Nietzsche said, love is more afraid of change than destruction. But to that, let's add this one from the Buddha: Everything changes; without change, nothing remains.

Change for the sake of change is indulgence, but mostly, it is the only thing inevitable in life. Finally, success and failure, happiness and misery, come down to how we manage change. We derive our confidence about this redesign from one central truth: our singular focus throughout this process has been to enhance your experience of the site.

Take a look the . The most important thing about it is that it is a celebration of content. There is more of it, and it is organised better. Earlier, we had all our editorial content stacked up in a single central panel. The structure gave us no other options. As we kept adding new features and sections, they kept piling up, the page grew longer, and there came a point when we could add no more.

The starting point of this redesign was the navigation. In some ways, the left-hand navigation bar was easy for us to manage: we could do pretty much anything with it. All we had to do was to add a new item to the menu whenever we needed to. But it was sub-optimal from the usability point of view; you needed to scroll to see it in its entirety. And, equally importantly, it ate up vital homepage space. By moving it to the top, we have achieved two of our prime objectives. We have given you a cleaner, more logical and intuitive navigation. And we have freed up space to showcase content.

On the face of it, the navigation is smaller. But it packs in much more. The hierarchical design contains a second, and sometimes a third, level that takes you deeper into the site with a single click. For regular users who have their preferred sections, it's a great tool. For example, if you like the , point your mouse at Features, go down to The Short Stuff, and then click on My Favourite Cricket story.

To help further, we have added a Quick Links strip, just below the navigation, to highlight the major current events in cricket.

Below it, the content is organised in a richer yet simpler fashion. The big stories of the day take centre stage, in a distinctive panel that also houses the video player. Concerns that the video player might slow the site down are unfounded, because the video starts playing only when you click on the relevant tab. The space vacated by the navigation is taken up by a wider lead photograph, which enhances the visual appeal of the page.

The other news headlines are directly below the main stories, and there are now more of those: nine as opposed to four. At the bottom of the news panel, we have links to In Focus, a section that aggregates content on a topical big issue. On the menu today is the row over the hosting of the.

All our features content - and - are now showcased together in the Specials panel, with little icons next to the headlines marking out the sections. The panel is split in the middle by three of the daily favourites: and .

Our writers give Cricinfo a distinct voice and there a small panel below Specials to give you direct access to them. The blogs bring up the base in this column.

The new homepage is also an opportunity to give prominent positions to some of our most visited sections: statistics and photographs. We now have a where you will find all the records, columns and blogs (The Numbers Game, Ask Steven, The List, It Figures) and features relating to statistics, in addition to graphs and helpful links from Statsguru, a cult in its own. You can to be featured here as well.

But the most important, and for me the most exciting feature, of the homepage is the scorecard module. Live match coverage is the soul of Cricinfo and the small scores module in the top right corner had never quite felt right. Now it has been given its rightful place in the wider format. But more than the size, it's the way the scores module works that hooks me.

To start with, you can now see the live scores, and match situations, upfront. Scorecards are neatly organised by category: you will always find live matches involving international teams on top. The domestic tournaments are grouped together by country, and a collapse-expand option allows you to access as much or as little information as you like. Results and Fixtures are now part of this panel and thus accessible directly from the homepage.

Of course, the redesign doesn't stop at the homepage.

A wicket description next to the batsman's name is among the new features in the scorecard © Cricinfo Ltd

The scorecard page remains light, but it is significantly enhanced. It's cleaner, aesthetically more pleasant, and most of all, it incorporates everything else you might want to read about the match: reports, comments, news, quotes, all organised by the day. You can even see the match photographs on this page the moment they are uploaded. And for the coolest feature, click on the next to the batsman's name.

The fixtures and result pages are more user-friendly. You can now filter them by country, competition, and game format. And don't miss the weather forecasts that are now part of the page (and the scorecards). All sections now have a local search and the story pages now have contextual links with the text area. I could go on and on, but it is perhaps best that you explored the site yourself.

Of course, a lot more is still to be done. The blogs are still in the old template. A more powerful search is being built. And your comments will find a more prominent place on the site. And though we have tried our best to eliminate all the major bugs, it is likely that you will encounter a few glitches, and we hope you will .

Some of you who happen to be rugby fans may have noticed a similarity to, and that's because our sister site, which was relaunched in 2008, adopted some of the early design ideas. Cricinfo is a much larger site, and we have refined and sharpened those ideas further.

It's a huge day in the life of Cricinfo. We have seen this taking shape over the months, page by page, section by section. There is joy and relief that it has now sprung to life. There is a sense of fulfillment too, and it's a privilege to share it with you.

In the end it's about you. Your passion and faith runs Cricinfo. What we have tried to do through this exercise is to be worthy of it. Cricinfo has evolved, but the soul of the site remain intact. Some things must never change.

Mostly a triumph

The redesigned Cricinfo has attracted masses feedback: much of it positive, some disapproving, and a few outright angry. We asked some of our peers what they thought

June 4, 2009

Cricinfo re-design screenshot, May 29, 2009
The new-look Cricinfo has evoked plenty of comments and feedback © Cricinfo Ltd

Tim de Lisle, former editor of and editor of The Intelligent Life
I thought the redesign was largely excellent - not just fresh but more open, more inviting, more navigable and less claustrophobic. It feels more like a major sports site and less like a nerds' convention, and yet the nerdy bits - the scores on the doors, the stats homepage - are very well done so you've pulled off the trick of keeping both camps happy.

For me there are two jarring notes, both easily fixed. The Cricinfo logo doesn't stand out as strongly as it did - the red of ESPN argues with it, and there's clutter round about - sometimes the ad swamps the logo altogether. I'd give it a nice bit of white space and let it sing out. The other thing is the black box on the homepage. The black is forceful, but the yellow out of black feels wrong - like a different site. Blue is such a signature colour for you, I would change those yellow slugs to pale blue. But mostly it's a triumph. You've clearly thought the thing through and executed it very well. Congratulations to the whole team.

Mukul Kesavan, novelist, essayist and historian
The redesign is a huge improvement. Transformation would be a better word. This is a very good-looking site, where it is easy to find your way around. I feel no nostalgia for the old Cricinfo homepage, which was cramped and which, especially on the right-hand side, looked like an anthology of bad Indian signage.

The row of links on top of the new page with its dropdown menus works very well. The older site was a bit like maze that you had to learn your way around: here the tabs signal the different sorts of content clearly. (I'm not sure why there are separate tabs for "Fixtures" and "Series"; in the interest of consistency the latter should be part of the former's dropdown menu.)

The large box for for current scorecards is a delight. The commentary is much clearer in two colours, and the revamped scorecards with their clickable descriptions of how wickets fell tell me nearly everything I need to know about a match at a glance.

I'm not sure that the static photograph in the black news box is the best use of prime space. If the homepage can't open by default on the video tab because of loading times, then the still photograph ought to be, I think, part of a slideshow, where the image keeps changing. For the past hour or so, the photograph has been one of the New Zealanders celebrating at the fall of an Indian wicket. This seems a bit newspaper-like: perhaps it could change every five minutes or so, so that the site feels refreshed, and to use a bad word, kinetic.

I speak as someone on the wrong side of 50 who finds small print a strain: the default font size on the site makes me squint a bit. I can magnify it, but that messes up the formatting, especially with the scorecards.

The blog formats were dull and unadventurous to begin with; now, with the redesign, they look like sludge. If bandwidth isn't a crippling restraint, it would be a huge improvement to have embedded youtube videos and bigger photographs in the blogs.

On the whole, though, this is a wonderfully successful revamping of the site, one that I had long hoped for but more or less given up on. Congratulations.

"I was a bit unsettled by the new look at first. However, having had the opportunity to navigate the site properly, I have almost forgotten what the old one looked like!"Simon Borchardt, editor, SA Cricket Magazine

Mike Coward, Australian cricket writer
It does arrest attention. It's easy and accessible and quite seductive when it comes up. I love the scoreboard presentation too.

Simon Borchardt, Editor, SA Cricket Monthly
As you say, change can be unsettling, and I was a bit unsettled by the new look at first. However, having had the opportunity to navigate the site properly, I have almost forgotten what the old one looked like!

I like the way the live scores of all matches are on the right-hand side (so you can see what's happening at a glance without having to open any links). I also like the way you now have a headshot of the columnists (I've always wondered what they look like) and how you use a quote from the article to draw readers in.

The scorecards do look better than they did before, and I like the "+" next to the batsman's name that lets you see how he got out. I also like that there are far more news stories visible in the news section (often in the past, still relevant stories would drop off the list because there was just so much news on that day).

At first I didn't like the black news block, but now I barely notice it and I think it's one of those things that grows on you.

Imran Khan, cricket communications manager
The black patch is, to my mind, wholly unwise and frankly disastrous. It is unattractive, ghastly, and deadens the site - as opposed to adding drama. I understand the desire for drama, but I perceive it to be a failing of many a news-oriented website. The drama ought not be in the site design and layout, but in the content as offered by the sport in question. Perhaps "it just ain't cricket" applies best here. Particularly at this juncture in world cricket, Cricinfo need not feel the need to sex up the sport through website design - cricket is doing a pretty good job of that all by itself.

Cricinfo, for me, is loved because it gives me what I need in a simple relatively easy-to-use manner. I log on and the business of cricket reportage, stats etc. is what is available and what is the focus, not the sexing up of the news through design and sensationalism. Now Cricinfo has removed itself from that by feeling the need to sex up. Cricinfo is departing from its position of the cricket website of record.

Scyld Berry, editor Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
I can accept any changes as long as the writing is dark on a light background, not light on a dark background. Maybe I'm alone, but I find that really putting-off on the main page, as it is much harder to read. That's far and away my initial reaction. The rest of the changes I'm sure will be fine.

Peter Lalor, cricket correspondent for the Australian
It's very bright. It was a bit of a shock at first, but then I got comfortable with it. I always found the old site easy to navigate.

ICC World Twenty20, 8th Match, Group C: Australia v Sri Lanka at Nottingham, Jun 8, 2009

Australia 159/9 (20/20 ov)
Sri Lanka 160/4 (19.0/20 ov)
Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
Sri Lanka RR 8.42
Last 5 ovs 54/1 RR 10.80
Australia RR 7.95

Current time: 21:09 local, 20:09 GMT T20I career
Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR This bowler Last 5 ovs Mat Runs HS Ave
*Jehan Mubarak (lhb) 21 12 1 2 175.00 0 (0b) 21 (12b) 10 203 46* 33.83
Kumar Sangakkara (lhb) 55 42 4 2 130.95 2 (3b) 23 (11b) 9 193 55* 27.57

Bowlers O M R W Econ Current spell Mat Wkts BBI Ave
*Mitchell Johnson (lf) 2.0 0 17 0 8.50 (0nb, 2w) 0-0-1-0 11 13 3/22 21.15
Brett Lee (rf) 4.0 0 39 2 9.75 (2nb, 3w) 2-0-22-1 16 16 3/27 28.18
Recent overs W . . . 1wd 2 6 | 1 1 1wd 1 1 4 1 | 1 . 6 1wd . 4 1 | 1wd
Current partnership 33 runs, 2.5 overs, RR: 11.64 (Mubarak 21, Sangakkara 8)
Last Bat LPC Silva c Ponting b Lee 11 (11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00
Fall of wicket: 127/4 (16.1 ov); Partnership: 29 runs, 3.2 overs, RR: 8.70 (Silva 11, Sangakkara 18)
Great win by Sri Lanka - top knock from Sangakkara, and Australia will now spend the next few weeks preparing for the Ashes in the delightful hamlet of Leicester. "Is there a plate competition for the smaller teams to get experience?" ponders Travis Basevi, formerly an Australian. "Scotland, Bangladesh, Australia and maybe the Dutch?" It's a good call. Well, what a day we've had - Ireland beating Bangladesh, and now Australia are out of the competition. We'll be back tomorrow with live coverage of all the matches, so do join us then. From me, Will Luke, it's goodnight - and don't forget to read the bulletin. It'll be epic. Toodle pip for now.
Johnson to Mubarak, 1 wide, and Australia are out of the ICC World Twenty20 with a wide down the leg side
End of over 19 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 159/4 (1 run required from 6 balls, RR: 8.36, RRR: 1.00)
J Mubarak 21* (12b 1x4 2x6) B Lee 4-0-39-2
KC Sangakkara 55* (42b 4x4 2x6) NW Bracken 4-0-33-0
Lee to Mubarak, 1 run, pulled for two - is it? No! Just a single, but Australia can't win. They're out of the tournament
Ponting's face is a picture of disappointment. I'm afraid Australia are heading out of this tournament...
Lee to Mubarak, FOUR, carves this just over mid-off who parries it for four!
6 from 8
Lee to Mubarak, no run, plays and misses outside off
Punter's fuming. Seriously fed up
Lee to Mubarak, 1 wide, wide - and rightly wided. Lee knows they're going to try and whack him over the leg-side, but he can't bowl that wide and get away with it
Lee to Mubarak, SIX, he's nailed it! It's gone! Huge shout sails over long-on
Lee to Mubarak, no run, very wide of the off stump. But not wided! How? Odd decision
Lee to Sangakkara, 1 run, wide of the off stump, Sangakkara reaches out and squeezes a run to cover
14 from the last two overs. Here comes Lee
End of over 18 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 146/4 (14 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 8.11, RRR: 7.00)
KC Sangakkara 54* (41b 4x4 2x6) NW Bracken 4-0-33-0
J Mubarak 10* (7b 1x6) B Lee 3-0-26-2
Bracken to Sangakkara, 1 run, very full and Sangakkara steals the strike with a drilled bosh to long-on, again
40 balls for the classiest of fifties
Bracken to Sangakkara, FOUR, paddle swept for four - brilliant! He made it into a full toss, just dabbing it past short third man. What guts
19 from 14. Murali looks seriously tense
Bracken to Mubarak, 1 run, flung over midwicket but not timed
Bracken to Sangakkara, 1 run, drilled to long-on
Bracken to Sangakkara, 1 wide, charges down the pitch to a slower ball, tries to paddle this wide outside off. Poor bowlers. They really can't win. He saw him coming and tossed it wider, and is penalised for it!
Bracken to Mubarak, 1 run, yorker, dug out to leg
Bracken to Sangakkara, 1 run, full toss banged to mid-on
End of over 17 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 136/4 (24 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.00, RRR: 8.00)
J Mubarak 8* (5b 1x6) B Lee 3-0-26-2
KC Sangakkara 47* (37b 3x4 2x6) NW Bracken 3-0-23-0
Now then! This match is still in the balance
Lee to Mubarak, SIX, where's this gone? Mubarak's pummelled him for six over a leaping Johnson at long-off! Tremendous stroke
30 from 19...
Lee to Mubarak, 2 runs, driven hard down the ground and long-on jogs round to save four
Lee to Mubarak, 1 wide, a bouncer, Mubarak leaves it alone expecting it to be wided on height - and it is
Lee to Mubarak, no run, well timed but straight to cover
Lee to Mubarak, no run, tries to uppercut but pulls out at the last moment
Lee to Mubarak, no run, a very fast and full delivery just outside leg
This ain't over yet
Lee to Silva, OUT, got him! A slower-ball bouncer which he pulls meekly, and Ponting jogs in to take an easy catch
c Ponting b Lee 11 (11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00
33 from 24
End of over 16 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 127/3 (33 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.93, RRR: 8.25)
LPC Silva 11* (10b 1x4) NW Bracken 3-0-23-0
KC Sangakkara 47* (37b 3x4 2x6) NM Hauritz 4-0-27-1
Bracken to Silva, 1 run, pushed out to the off side
Bracken to Silva, no run, goes for a slog sweep and Haddin appeals - as does Watson. They're convinced he's got a thin edge on that but Bowden's arm remains planted by his side. Australia are convinced - I have to say I didn't hear anything and Bowden looks perplexed by their insistence

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