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featurecricket8 hours ago

WTC Final | Rose Bowl Day 3 Talking Points: Kyle Jamieson’s five-tune and New Zealand openers counter-approach

India, starting the day at 146/3, quickly found their foot away from the peddle, with Kyle Jamieson’s brilliant spell reducing them to just 217 runs in the first innings. In reply, the Kiwi openers batted with tremendous patience against the Indian new-ball bowlers before ending day on 101/2.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket10 hours ago

Kyle Jamieson and the ‘masterful’ art of setting up Indian batsmen

In the last two years, New Zealand’s bowling attack hasn’t been just restricted to the three old-guards of Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner with the emergence of the lanky pacer, in the form of Kyle Jamieson. Against India in Southampton in the big WTC Final, he put on a masterclass.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricketa day ago

WTC Final | Rose Bowl Day 2 Talking Points: Indian opener’s perfection and New Zealand’s tireless-bowling spectacle

India, after losing the toss, were in the ascendancy in the Rose Bowl, with Shubman Gill-Rohit Sharma getting India off to a flyer. However, New Zealand bowlers chipped in with wickets just before lunch and after lunch to crawl their way back into the encounter, with India ending the day on 146/3.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricketa day ago

Vitality Blast watch | How overseas signings and England’s T20 stars have fared thus far

The Vitality T20 blast is not known as ‘IPL on cocaine’ for no reason: 10 days in, we’re already through 46 games. That’s right, FORTY SIX! Make no mistake, keeping up with this high-octane competition is no mean task, but at SportsCafe we like to push limits. So let’s begin the recap, shall we?
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket3 days ago

India squander advantage, but Shafali sizzles in whites to keep the Test cricket flag flying high

A very late collapse ensured that India batted themselves out of the one-off Test in Bristol, but a picture-perfect display of batting from Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana elevated Indian Women’s Test cricket to a level seldom seen before.
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket4 days ago

The Gameplan | How New Zealand can tangle India in the World Test Championship final

While New Zealand might easily start the World Test Championship final as the favourites, it wouldn’t take much time before the tables turn, especially considering India’s cards. However, the BlackCaps will have to implement or mimic the following to tangle India for a famous ICC win.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket4 days ago

The Gameplan | How India can target New Zealand's batting and win the World Test Championship final

After toiling for no less than 2 years, everything comes down to this for the Kohli-led Indian side: The World Test Championship final. Win it and they make history, lose it and the 24-month long toil will count for nothing. The two sides are evenly matched, but how exactly can India hurt the Kiwis?
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket5 days ago

Yes, India’s ‘dominance’ will count for little if they fail to win the World Test Championship

And so we go again. For the third time in the last seven years, the Indian team find themselves in the final of an ICC competition. And like each of the previous two occasions, they have reached the summit having absolutely dominated in lead-up, looking indomitable at times.
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket5 days ago

Drop Mohammed Shami at your peril, India

The familiar tale of the 2018 series against England, everything good and bad is associated with it, especially after India’s promise throughout the series with no real result. It wasn’t just India who fell into that category but also Mohammed Shami, the Renaissance man, in the same space.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket6 days ago

How Devon Conway’s absurd off-season drills gear him up for the ultimate challenge

Devon Conway is currently the man of the moment for New Zealand, but there is more to the southpaw than just talent. Conway puts in strenuous efforts during the off-season, and his coach Glenn Pocknall takes us through the drills his ward goes through in order to attain excellence.
Anirudh Suresh