ICC T20 World Cup schedule 2021: Complete dates, times, TV channels, live streams to watch every cricket match in the USA
The wait is over. After successive changes and postponements because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Twenty20 Cricket World Cup is here. Due to be played in Australia last year, and then moved to India before it was again relocated, the seventh edition of the T20 World Cup will take place in the United Arab Emirates and Oman over the next four weeks, marking the first time the Middle East has hosted the event. An event that never fails to deliver big and exciting moments, this year's T20 World Cup will see 16 nations represented by the world's best men's short-format cricketers.
England thrashed defending champions West Indies by six wickets in their opening match of the Twenty20 World Cup on Saturday, while Australia beat South Africa in a tense, low-scoring match. © Aamir QURESHI Ravi Rampaul (L) was the fourth victim of Adil Rashid's leg-spin
Leg-spinner Adil Rashid took career-best T20 figures of 4-2 as favourites England began the Super 12 stage by skittling West Indies for just 55 in a rematch of the 2016 final.
Chris Gayle (13) was the only West Indies batter to reach double digits as Moeen Ali and Tymal Mills both struck twice before Rashid wrapped up the innings by picking up the last four wickets.
Campher's four-in-four helps Ireland thrash Netherlands in T20 World Cup
Fast bowler Curtis Campher took four wickets in four balls to help Ireland thrash Netherlands by seven wickets in a first round match of the Twenty20 World Cup on Monday. Campher took a hat-trick and then struck again to return figures of 4-26 as Netherlands were dismissed for 106 in the Group A opener in Abu Dhabi. In reply, Ireland lost two early wickets but veteran opener Paul Stirling, who made an unbeaten 30, and Gareth Delany, who scored 44, put on 59 runs for the third wicket to ease into their chase.Ireland achieved their target with 4.5 overs to spare as Campher hit the winning runs for his team's first win over the Netherlands in a World Cup.
© INDRANIL MUKHERJEE Marcus Stoinis helped guide Australia to a five-wicket win over South Africa
England made hard work of chasing a meagre target but Jos Buttler (24) and skipper Eoin Morgan (7) led the team across the line in 8.2 overs in Dubai.
"We know we have got five, six bowlers there, match winners," Rashid said when asked about the pitches in the United Arab Emirates helping spinners.
"So on any given day anyone can come and get wickets. For us it's a bowling unit thing not just spinners or whatever."
West Indies avoided their worst T20 total of 45 against the same opposition in 2019.
"It was unacceptable, we accept that. These sorts of games sometimes, we just need to bin it," said West Indies captain Kieron Pollard.
"For us, it's just a matter of finding our straps. Obviously, we play a lot of cricket around the world, and this is not the first time something like this has happened."
ICC T20 World Cup 2021: Updated cricket schedule, scores, results & standings
Sporting News is tracking the results from all the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 matches. Follow along below for updated scores, results and standings. ICC T20 World Cup 2021 scores and results Round 1 Match Date Time (ET) Location Oman 0/131 def. Papua New Guinea 9/129 Sunday, Oct. 17 6 a.m. Oman Scotland 9/140 def. Bangladesh 7/134 Sunday, Oct. 17 10 a.m. Oman Ireland 3/107 def. Netherlands 106 Monday, Oct. 18 6 a.m. Abu Dhabi Sri Lanka 3/100 def. Namibia 96 Monday, Oct. 18 10 a.m. Abu Dhabi Scotland 9/165 def. Papua New Guinea 148 Tuesday, Oct. 19 6 a.m. Oman Bangladesh 153 def.
The two sides met five years after their clash in the 2016 final in Kolkata when Carlos Brathwaite hit Ben Stokes for four straight sixes in the last over.
But with Saturday's crushing performance, England have fired a warning to their rivals in the seventh edition of T20's showpiece event.
- Stoinis steadies Australia -
They top Group 1 alongside Australia, who defeated South Africa by five wickets thanks to an unbeaten 40-run stand from Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade.
Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood took 2-19 to help limit South Africa to 118-9 after the Aussies elected to bowl first in Abu Dhabi.
Number four Aiden Markram played a lone hand with his 40 off 36 deliveries before falling to Mitchell Starc.
Australia found themselves in trouble at 81-5 after Steve Smith, who scored 35, and Glenn Maxwell, who made 18, departed.
But Stoinis hit 24 off 16 balls, ably supported by the left-handed Wade, who made 15. Stoinis hit the winning boundary to secure victory for Australia with two balls to spare.
Morgan says England are over West Indies woe ahead of T20 World Cup opener
Eoin Morgan is confident England are a better team for their agonising defeat by the West Indies in the 2016 Twenty20 World Cup final as they prepare to face the Caribbean side in their opening match of this year's tournament. "West Indies are a strong team with a lot of experience," said Morgan.England were on the brink of victory only for Carlos Brathwaite to hit four sixes in a row off Ben Stokes in the last over of the final in Kolkata to give West Indies the title.
"The main thing for me there was trying to stay as calm as I can and for a Greek Australian that's pretty hard," Stoinis said.
"You saw a bit of emotion come out towards the end, but the main thing is Wadey and I were just communicating, trying to sort out who was going to bowl each over and making a plan and then staying calm from there."
South Africa captain Temba Bavuma said his team should have been looking at at least 150 to defend.
"It was definitely not a par score -- we really didn't bat well barring Aiden," he said.
"From a batting point of view, we know that there was a lot we could have done differently and we will be looking to correct our wrongs in the next game."
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka face off in Sharjah on Sunday, while India begin their campaign against old rivals Pakistan in Dubai.
India, who clinched T20's biggest prize in 2007 but have not won a world title since the 2013 Champions Trophy, have beaten Pakistan in all of their 12 matches at the T20 and 50-over World Cups.
England lose paceman Mills for rest of T20 World Cup .
England fast bowler Tymal Mills' T20 World Cup is over after a scan revealed the extent of a thigh injury picked up in Monday's win over Sri Lanka. "England bowler Tymal Mills has been ruled out of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup with a right thigh strain," the England and Wales Cricket Board said in a statement. Mills had battled back from a stress fracture that left him in a back brace for three months last year to make it to the World Cup thanks to a starring role in winning the inagural version of The Hundred for the Southern Brave.