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Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes produce battling masterclass as England win at Old Trafford
Sun, Aug 09, 2020

Jos Buttler-Chris Woakes' 139-run partnership took England from 117/5 to an unlikely win at Old Trafford in the first Test of the three-match series against Pakistan.

Yasir Shah helps Pakistan nudge ahead on Day 3 but England fight back
Sat, Aug 08, 2020

Pakistan's second innings lies in tatters at 137 for 8. But in the larger frame, the tourists are still ahead in the match, after they contained the hosts to 219 in the first innings, thanks largely to Yasir Shah’s four wickets with a cumulative lead of 244 runs at the end of Day 3.

Shan Masood: Monk in whites
Fri, Aug 07, 2020

Shan Masood (156 off 319) is epitome of grit as he blunts English attack before Pakistan bowlers strike.

ENGvPAK, Day 1: Babar Azam assumes control gliding to a half-century
Thu, Aug 06, 2020

On Day 1, Pakistan reinforced that they have come adequately prepared and that they would not be cowed down by England’s battery of bowlers. And for once, England’s four-pronged pace attack failed to take charge of the game.

Explained: As they play England at Old Trafford, what promise do Pakistan’s bowlers offer?
Wed, Aug 05, 2020

Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi and the wily leggie Yasir Shah could make this series Pakistan's. They present an unknown challenge to England, and there is plenty of reason to tune in to watch them bowl.

In England, Babar Azam resumes quest to enter pantheon of greats 
Wed, Aug 05, 2020

Babar Azam’s scores in England in the three-match Test series starting on Wednesday will determine if he is as good as the Kohlis, the Smiths, and the Willamsons.

Long-running Broadway hit: England regain Wisden Trophy in Manchester
Wed, Jul 29, 2020

Stuart Broad joins the elite 500-wicket club as his 10-wicket haul at Old Trafford leads England to series win over West Indies.

ENG vs WI Day 3: Rory Burns and Dom Sibley are strange bedfellows
Mon, Jul 27, 2020

England's Idiosyncratic opening pair put England in a commanding position against West Indies at stumps on Day 3

ENG vs WI: Stuart Broad puts a smile on English faces
Sun, Jul 26, 2020

Since returning to the team, Stuart Broad has enjoyed a terrific run of form. If his six wickets were crucial in setting up a series-levelling win, his all-round produce on Saturday has put England on course of reclaiming the Wisden Trophy.

ENG vs WI 3rd Test Day 1: 22-year-old Ollie Pope answers England’s prayers
Sat, Jul 25, 2020

22-year-old Ollie Pope steers the hosts out of trouble with an unbeaten 91 after Windies make early inroads on Day 1.

What is gegenpressing, Klopp’s ideology of football, and how it helped Liverpool win the Premier League title
Thu, Jul 23, 2020

To use Klopp’s words, “gegenpress them to death.” Once his men reclaim possession, they buzz away like sparkling red wasps.

What are ‘nip-backers’ and ‘heavy balls’ – and why Shami is Broad plus Gabriel
Fri, Jul 24, 2020

The two special deliveries have made Stuart Broad and Shannon Gabriel the game changers in the ongoing England-West Indies series. Both of these are also bowled by India's Mohammad Shami – but with a different twist.

Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad fashion England win to level series against West Indies
Tue, Jul 21, 2020

England bowled out West Indies for 198 in the final session on Day 5 to win the second Test by 113 runs and level the three-test series at 1-1 in Manchester on Monday.

England vs West Indies: Stuart Broad’s spell checks visitors response on Day 4 in Manchester
Mon, Jul 20, 2020

Stuart Broad took three in 14 deliveries with the second new ball as visitors conceded 182-run lead on the fourth day of the second Test. England ended the day on 37/2 in their second innings.

Squaring off with Root: England aim to bolster home batting in 2nd Test against WI’s pace quartet
Thu, Jul 16, 2020

Not too long ago, the raging debate in England cricket was whether Joe Root should be unburdened off captaincy. After middling efforts in Southampton, England are just happy to see Root back again.

Jason Holder playbook: Killing it softly with seam, swing and bounce
Wed, Jul 15, 2020

From a bit-part bowler in his early days, Jason Holder has transformed into a multi-skilled operator picking up 60 wickets at an average of 14 in the last two years with six five-wicket hauls.

England vs West Indies: The paradox of being Jermaine Blackwood
Tue, Jul 14, 2020

West Indies’ anchor in Southampton is essentially a Test batsman trapped in a T20 mould

Explained: What is behind Liverpool’s stunning Premier League triumph?
Sun, Jun 28, 2020

Liverpool crowned Premier League champions: There were times when Liverpool were stretched, pushed and shoved, but they hung on, drawing games that they could have lost, and winning games that they could have drawn.

Rajinder Goel, the best of the nearly men
Tue, Jun 23, 2020

Goel never played Test cricket, but the domestic giant will forever remain one of the greatest Indian spinners.

Seasoned autograph hunters face existential crises because of pandemic protocols
Sun, Jun 21, 2020

With live sport action, including the IPL, expected to take place without spectators, memorabilia-seekers are facing a crisis. Amidst the uncertainty, all the autograph seekers agree on one thing: “The next autograph will be the sweetest of their lives.”

New Zealand hails Covid-free days with record rugby crowd
Tue, Jun 23, 2020

Though competitive sport has resumed in different parts of the world without spectators and with stringent regulations — the English, German and Spanish football leagues, for instance — it was back to pre-Covid days in Auckland, and Dunedin the day before.

‘Grovel’: The racist slur that changed Windies in 1976
Wed, Jun 10, 2020

Darren Sammy’s Insta-story about racism isn't a stray instance. In 1976, when the West Indies toured England, the team’s collective pride was whipped up by a stray word that slipped out of Tony Greig.

Ghanian footballer’s 73 days outside Mumbai airport: ‘Thought I would die’
Mon, Jun 08, 2020

On reaching the Mumbai airport, Randy Juan Muller came to know about the ban on international flights, and found himself stranded outside with little more than Rs 1,000 in his pocket.

Islands get sinking feeling as Cricket West Indies announces pay cut
Tue, Jun 02, 2020

A 50% pay-cut could see more WI players turning freelancers and preferring cash-rich T20 leagues.

When the wait finally ended for Viswanathan Anand
Sun, May 31, 2020

Viswanathan Anand had had several near misses before he finally scaled the summit of world chess