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Which match was the turning point for India winning the 2011 World Cup?

Which match was the turning point for India winning the 2011 World Cup?

June 17, 2019

1:45 AM ET Anantha Narayanan CloseAnantha spent the first half of his four-decade working career with corporates like IBM, Shaw Wallace, NCR, Sime Darby and the Spinneys group in IT-related positions. In the second half, he has worked on cricket simulation, ratings, data mining, analysis and writing, amongst other things. He was the creator of…

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West Indies grasping at elusive semi-final spot

West Indies grasping at elusive semi-final spot

June 17, 2019

The big three seem to have already pre ordered their semi-final births. And so many see the rest of the round robin as a chance for one more team to slip into fourth. Most believe New Zealand is the most obvious team for that. New Zealand have won three games, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka,…

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Mashrafe wants players, not outsiders, to assess pitches

Mashrafe wants players, not outsiders, to assess pitches

June 16, 2019

Mashrafe Mortaza has asked his teammates to rely on their instincts in assessing pitches – starting with the one in Taunton, where Bangladesh play West Indies on Monday – and not go by “outside” opinions. The playing surface in Taunton is quite green, but there’s also the knowledge that it is traditionally a batsman-friendly pitch.…

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Hamstring injury puts Bhuvneshwar out of Pakistan game

Hamstring injury puts Bhuvneshwar out of Pakistan game

June 16, 2019

In a big blow to India’s plans against Pakistan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar had to go off the field after bowling just 2.4 overs, and it has since been confirmed that he will play no further part in the game after reporting tightness in his left hamstring. Bowling the fifth over of the Pakistan innings after India…

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The Mehidy threat facing West Indies

The Mehidy threat facing West Indies

June 16, 2019

A twirl of Mehidy Hasan’s fingers has put Shimron Hetmyer in a pickle, roughly once every 20 balls. Mehidy has had the better of his buddy from the Under-19 days seven times in the last 12 months. He has troubled Hetmyer when he has stayed in the crease with full deliveries, and even when the…

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Bangladesh, West Indies seek to turn campaign around

Bangladesh, West Indies seek to turn campaign around

June 16, 2019

Big Picture Four matches, a tournament that starts with an uplifting win, one narrow defeat, one big loss to England and one match washed out by rain – when Bangladesh and West Indies meet at Taunton it’ll be a movie-like reunion of lost twins. Both teams began with impressive victories against South Africa and Pakistan…

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The meaning of India-Pakistan, for India and for Pakistan

The meaning of India-Pakistan, for India and for Pakistan

June 16, 2019

There were long evenings, even entire months, when some meagre salve could be found for deep wounds in the thought that if you took the batsmen of India and put them together with the bowlers of Pakistan, you would not only be holding a team-sheet that is 100% dynamite, but would also be solving some…

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Why a billion people will watch when India, Pakistan play

Why a billion people will watch when India, Pakistan play

June 16, 2019

MANCHESTER, England — The men sit in a pub on the eve of the Cricket World Cup coming to their new home. Their old home is between the modern nation states of Pakistan and India in the mountain region known as Kashmir. They live in Manchester now, their lives forever changed when an Englishman named…

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Pakistan captain, coach throw their weight behind ‘incredible’ Shoaib Malik

Pakistan captain, coach throw their weight behind ‘incredible’ Shoaib Malik

June 16, 2019

Shoaib Malik will be in Pakistan’s XI in their game against India at Old Trafford on Sunday. Malik’s participation in the game has been the subject of some speculation after a series of poor returns in the World Cup, but in a rare public show of faith, both Sarfaraz Ahmed and Mickey Arthur have confirmed…

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How Maradona mania can explain India-Pakistan madness

How Maradona mania can explain India-Pakistan madness

June 16, 2019

In 2011, I covered my first India v Pakistan World Cup match. I was ESPNcricinfo’s Correspondent No. 3 in Mohali, and did not have a seat in the press box. I did get a ticket, though. And that helped make it one of the best experiences of my life. Sitting amid the fans, the cacophony…

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