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Bishoo spins Windies to T20 win over Pakistan

Posted: 21 Apr 2011 05:34 PM PDT

GROS ISLET (St Lucia), April 22 — Leg spinner Devendra Bishoo claimed four wickets as the new-look West Indies beat Pakistan by seven runs in their Twenty20 international yesterday.

The Guyanese spinner ran through the Pakistan middle order as they fell short in their chase of West Indies' total of 150 for seven.

West Indies picked a youthful team for the one-off game and the upcoming ODI series, having dropped experienced batsmen Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

"I want to be a great cricketer for the West Indies," said Bishoo.

"I don't want to be just a regular cricketer in the West Indies team. I dream of great things and being great."

Another of the young faces, opening batsman Lendl Simmons, got West Indies off to a great start with a lively 65 off 44 balls and left-hander Darren Bravo struck 42 off 33 as the Caribbean side brought up their 100 in the 13th over.

But, as so often, Darren Sammy's side failed to build on their good foundation and ended up falling short of a really strong total, with just two other players making double figures.

Pakistan lost both their openers, Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez, early but Umar Akmal's 41 from 60 balls put them in with a chance.

Bishoo, who caught the eye of West Indies selectors with his performances in regional Twenty20 cricket, then showed his value in the shortest form of the game with some astute bowling.

"When I came on to bowl I knew the team needed a good performance," Bishoo said.

"I just tried to use my variations and changes of pace. It worked out well today."

The vital breakthrough came when Sammy made a fine catch at extra-cover off Bishoo to dismiss skipper Shahid Afridi (12) and break up what was a potentially match winning partnership.

Sammy then ran out Mohammand Salman and when Marlon Samuels caught Umar at deep midwicket off Ravi Rampaul, Pakistan were in trouble at 109-7.

But some loose bowling and some spirited resistance from Saeed Ajmal (21 not out) at the end gave the tourists a glimmer of hope and the last pair needed 14 from the final over.

Jamaican all-rounder Andre Russell kept his composure, after a no-ball with his first delivery of the over, and the West Indies had cause for celebration at the start of their home campaigns which also includes two tests with Pakistan in May and three against India in June. — Reuters

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Copenhagen romp to third successive Danish league title

Posted: 21 Apr 2011 04:36 PM PDT

STOCKHOLM, April 22 — FC Copenhagen were crowned Danish champions for the third successive season with eight games to spare yesterday after second-placed Odense suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat by FC Nordsjaelland.

The FC Copenhagen players had just taken the field to face Lyngby when news came through of Odense's defeat.

Former Odense player Matti Lund Nielsen scored twice for relegation-threatened Nordsjaelland in a victory that sealed a ninth title for Copenhagen since the club's foundation in 1991.

Copenhagen started the season strongly and led by 19 points by the winter break in early December.

Their good form continued in the Champions League, where they held Barcelona to a 1-1 draw at home and defeated Panathanaikos to become the first Danish team to qualify for the knockout stages where they lost to Chelsea in the last 16.

In the league, the capital club have lost just once in 25 games and hold an unassailable 23-point lead over Odense. — Reuters

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