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Dreams come true: Truganina Cricket Club at the MCG for T-20 match

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MELBOURNE, 2 October: Cricket Victoria made the dream come true for the Truganina Cricket Club when its members were offered a special invitation to watch the T20 match between Australia and Sri Lanka from the MCG sitting on the Woolworth Bean Bags.

“Awesome experience of watching the match from the Melbourne Cricket Ground and close to the action. Stepping on the MCG turf is a privilege and being interviewed on the giant screen was the icing on the cake, ” says Jamal Mohammed, TCC coach.

TCC was represented at the match by President Hassan Ahmed and Coaches Qadeer Mohammed, Abdullah Mohammed and Jamal Mohammed, says a Facebook post by the TCC.

More than a million likely to attend 2 World Cups in 2020; Ticket prices for ICC men’s T20 World Cup 2020 announced

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MELBOURNE, 23 July: More than one million fans are expected to attend the global showpiece event for cricket’s fastest-growing format, to be played in Australia for the first time. In another first, ICC T20 World Cup 2020 will be played as two standalone events in the same country, in the same year.

The event is fast approaching, with ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 less than seven months away. The 10 best teams will compete from 21 February – 8 March 2020. Later in the year, 16 teams will contest the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 from 18 October – 15 November 2020.

Both the women’s and men’s finals will be played at the biggest cricket stadium in the world, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). This presents an opportunity to set a new world record for attendance at a women’s sporting fixture on Sunday 8 March 2020, International Women’s Day.

Tickets are now on sale for the women’s event and go on general sale for the men’s event on 18 October 2019. All fans who buy tickets to the women’s event will automatically qualify for a presale opportunity for the men’s event, as will fans who register for men’s event tickets at t20worldcup.com.

The Australian women’s team are the defending champions, and have won the event four out of the six times it has been contested, the last time being in the West Indies in 2018. The hosts will start ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 with a blockbuster clash with India at Sydney Showground Stadium on Friday 21 February.

In contrast, the Australian men’s team have never won the ICC T20 World Cup. They will play the opening match of the Super 12 stage of the men’s tournament on Saturday 24 October under lights at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), against the world’s top-ranked team, Pakistan. Later that evening, India will take on South Africa at the state-of-the-art Perth Stadium, rounding out a spectacular opening night for the men’s Super 12 stage.

The seventh edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will feature semi-finals at Adelaide Oval and the SCG, followed by the final at the MCG on Sunday 15 November. Brisbane (Gabba), Geelong (Kardinia Park) and Hobart (Bellerive Oval) will also host men’s matches as part of a suite of seven world-class venues for the men’s event.

ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Local Organising Committee CEO, Nick Hockley, said: “Passionate fans from around the world were a highlight of the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and it is such an exciting prospect that both the women’s and men’s T20 World Cups are coming to Australia next year.

“2020 is a year when fans across Australia and around the world can be part of not just one, but two World Cups, and now fans have the opportunity to plan their full year. We encourage everyone to get in early.

“We have made sure that tickets to all matches are accessibly priced, so that families, friends, and communities can come together to support their teams and celebrate these major world events.

“Fans can buy any combination of tickets and with hospitality and travel packages also launched today, fans across the world have the options and flexibility to build their own T20 World Cup experience.

“With its world-class venues, wonderful host cities, its passionate, knowledgeable and diverse fans, having two T20 World Cups in 2020 is an opportunity for Australia to give the warmest of welcomes to fans from around the world and inspire the next generation.”

The remaining places for both the women’s and men’s tournaments will be decided at the following upcoming qualifying events:

- ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier: 31 August – 7 September 2019, Scotland
- ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier: 11 October – 3 November 2019, UAE

A media release from the ICC says adult tickets will be from $ 20, two-thirds of total tickets $50 or less and 5 million tickets will be available across both the events. Women’s event tickets are on sale now at t20worldcup.com and Men’s event tickets will be on general sale from 18 October 2019.

T20 World Cup 2020 sets its sights on a record-breaking final

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 8 March: Victoria is aiming to set the world record for the biggest ever crowd at a women’s sporting match when the MCG hosts the Women’s Final of the ICC T20 World Cup one year from today.

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula was joined by the stars of Australian women’s cricket at the MCG today to mark one year until the women’s final. For the first time in its history, the ICC World T20 will feature two stand-alone events. The women’s competition will be held in February and March before the men play in October and November.

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A sell-out crowd for the Women’s Final on International Women’s Day would make history – breaking the world record attendance for any women’s sport fixture.

Melbourne is Australia’s sporting capital and with the eyes of the world focusing their attention on the MCG for the Women’s Final, our state is set to embrace women’s sport like no other location has before.
Group games for the women’s tournament will be played at Junction Oval in St Kilda thanks to a $40 million investment from the Labor Government, Cricket Australia and Cricket Victoria towards the redevelopment of the iconic ground.

The State Government’s $25 million contributions have given our top male and female cricketers the ground and facilities they deserve.

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The Victorian Cricket and Community Centre feature the new headquarters for Cricket Victoria, female-friendly facilities for our elite women’s cricket team VicSpirit, and state-of-the-art medical and rehabilitation areas.

The Melbourne Cricket Ground, Junction Oval, and Kardinia will be hosting more matches than any other state during the tournament, confirming Victoria’s status as the sporting capital.

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula said, “Victoria is one of the world’s great sporting cities and the MCG is one of the world’s greatest venues – there’s nowhere better to set the record for the biggest ever crowd for a women’s sporting match.”

“It’s an ambitious task, but imagine the atmosphere of a sold-out MCG cheering on superstars like Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry in the final of the ICC T20 World Cup on International Women’s Day in 2020,” the Minister said.

Bleeding blue at the MCG as India take ODI series 2-1

By SAT sportsdesk

Melbourne: The MCG was bathing in a sea of blue on friday as India took their winning form into the 3rd and final one day international of the 2018/19 tour of Australia. At the innings break, Australia were 230 all out, with Yuzvendra Chahal starring for India to take 6 wickets for 42 runs in his 10 overs.

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Top scorer for Australia was  Peter Handscomb with 58 runs off 63 balls. Usman Khawaja 34 and Shawn Marsh 39 made valuable contributions but could not covert their innings into a big one. With 230 runs being a below par score, Australia were hoping for their new pace factory Richadson, Stanlake and Siddle to make early inroads into the strong India batting lineup.  Like the first ODI they were hoping to take out top order Dhawan, Rohit and Kohli cheaply to put pressure on the Indian middle order. Rohit and Kohli are in fine form after making centuries in the first and second ODIs.

Siddle did take Rohit Sharma’s wicket early on and Dhawan got out to Stonis in the 16th over. Dhoni was promoted to number 4 in the absence of regular #4 Raidu and gave a chance to Stoinis on his first ball but Maxwell could not hang on. Earlier, Kohli was also dropped on 10 by Peter Handscomb at slip. There were also two close run out chances that the Aussies missed. Without scoreboard pressure, Finch had no choice but to bring in the field. The experience of Kohli and Dhoni, with more than 20000 international runs between them, was expected to take India through to an easy win. However, with Dhoni playing slow and farming the strike, Kohli’s rhythm was disrupted and he nicked one to the keeper in frustration. Out came young Jhadhav and formed an important partnership with Dhoni to get the ask to 59 runs off 53 balls. Then something in Dhoni’s brain clicked to play a maiden off Zampa’s last over and the ask suddenly became 50 off 33 balls ,much to the pleasure of the fox sports commentators who called it game on for Australia. Dhoni (87 not out) had the last laugh by increasing the scoring rate with Jadhav (61 not out) to complete another successful chase and win the series. The old master showed how its done in style – keep wickets in hand and take the chase deep into the final overs of the game. India ended their most successful tour on Australian soil winning the test series 2-1 and now the ODI series 2-1

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Indian fans once again attended the MCG in big numbers giving a feeling of an India home game at the Eden Gardens. The Australia cricket fans seem to taken to the fast pace of the Big Bash and Cricket Australia will have to review the scheduling to keep the international games relevant in their minds. It would have been great to see the MCG full if the fans of both teams attended in force. Friday being a working day, the Australian Open along with the absence of run machines Stephen Smith & David Warner would have also played a part.

Bharat Army cheering India to victory at MCG

By Shobhit Nanda

Melbourne: The Bharat Army was out in force on Day 4 of boxing day test match between India vs Australia at the MCG. The entertainment was on with regular banter, drums and a lot of enthusiastic slogans. An interesting bantar in the form of a song was performed when Australia’s number 3 batsman, Usman Khawaja, resumed his innings after lunch.  As he walked out of the dugout, the Bharat army started singing in hindi – “Khawaja mere Khawaja, Jaldi Wapas Aaaja” which translates to “Khawaja my Khawaja, come back quickly (by getting out)”, twisting the words of a song in the famous Bollywood movie – Jodha Akabar. Khawaja who is of Pakistani decent would have been able to understand hindi as it is very similar to Urdu, the native language of Pakistan. Khawaja did not last long in the middle, as he was found himself out leg before wicket by a skidding delivery from Indian bowler Shami, plumb in front.

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Australia has a mountain to climb, chasing 399 in their 2nd innings to win  or play rest of Day 4 and Day 5 to draw the game.  Both days have rain predicted and the Aussies will be hoping for some rain to help their cause as there is so much time left in the game and the wicket will keep breaking up to make the lives of the batsman harder. It would require some batting for the Aussies to prevent an Indian victory.

bharat_army1India in the morning came out with intent to score some quick runs before declaring, after losing 5 wickets in the last session on Day 3. They had the choice of enforcing the followon on Day 3 but made a choice not to, to ensure Australia bats last on the deteriorating wicket. Rishab Pant (33) and Mayank Pandey (42) did the bulk of the scoring in the morning session to take the second innings score to 106/6 before the declaration about 1 hour into the first session.

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At drinks during the second session, Australia were 3/95, still requiring 304 additional runs for an improbable victory.