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W/Cup addict comments: Scoreboard pressure does buss pipe; South Africa’s chances down the drain? 

Sunday 9 June. India and Australia, their places almost reserved in the final four of the 2019 World Cup, are trying to settle the pecking order. The Indian innings is almost at an end. And already, with six balls still left, Australia are going to have to put together the …

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Dhawan drives India into early pole position for qualifying after win over Aussies

The setting was perfect: a fine summer’s day, a sell-out crowd, a sea of blue and a home game for India at the Oval in London. Capitalising, Virat Kohli’s side, who are pressing the home team hard as favourites to take the 2019 World Cup, produced a near-perfect exhibition of …

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Media Monitor: Requiem for the daily departed; Express, Guardian, TV6 flounder in cricket coverage

We have been asked to announce the death of cricket reportage. In this post-Tony-Cozier age of e-literacy when T20 has shifted the focus squarely onto entertainment, its final passing, long in coming, will probably go largely unremarked and certainly unlamented. The only ones crying will be those media owners who …

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England’s batsmen batter Bangladesh; New Zealand stay on top with third win 

Bangladesh captain Masrafe Mortaza should have spoken to Michael Holding before he won the toss and asked victorious England skipper Eoin Morgan to take first strike. “That greenish sheen on the top of the pitch,” the former-West-Indies-pacer-turned-international-television-commentator warned several times during subsequent commentary, “is a mirage.” England shattered all Mortaza’s …

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Proteas in elimination danger as Sharma takes India home; Kiwis move to top

Rohit Sharma hit a short ball from Kagiso Rabada high into the Southampton sky. Unlike the ones that came off the edge in the early exchanges, a South African, David Miller, was able to settle under this chance. It made no difference; the ball still hit the ground. Sharma added …

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