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KKR v Kings XI

IPL 2018, Kolkata

Dinesh Karthik questions Kings XI's revised target

Also suggests considering VJD method for revising targets in IPL, instead of current DLS system

DLS explainer: Why Kings XI had to chase just 125

How does the DLS system work? And would the VJD method have made a difference to KKR's chances?

Surprised asking rate dropped after rain - Karthik.

The KKR captain also said his team didn't bowl well, even if the total it was defending was just par


RCB v Daredevils

IPL 2018, Bengaluru

Kalro: De Villiers goes back to having fun

Of late, he has often been forced to score tough runs, through injury or circumstance. On Saturday, he shed all that weight off his shoulders

Talking points: Will the real Chris Morris please stand up?

Also, a deathly slow start from Daredevils, and de Villiers feasts on his former team once again

Royals v Mumbai


Rajasthan Royals in need of batting revival

Rohit's return to form mirrors Mumbai Indians' rise. Can they sustain the surge?

Faulkner: Royals' batting not clicking at all.

James Faulkner and Shaun Tait believe it's time Rajasthan Royals played Jofra Archer and promoted Rahul Tripathi to the top order


Top headlines

Pakistan tour of UK

Captain backs squad

Pak squad for Eng tour 'best of the best' - Sarfraz

The Pakistan captain believes extensive preparation in the lead up to Ireland's inaugural Test and two Tests in England will help team cope up with difficult challenges

USA Cricket

New Governing Body

Inaugural USA Cricket election slated for May 18

All eligible candidates will be announced to voters on May 13, with the winners to be declared on June 11

The 100-ball proposal

Future of cricket

Nicholas: Why only a hundred balls?

The ECB's new idea is not a bad thing. Here's how it could be better

Hopps: Commercial gamble over sporting integrity

Many fans of short-form cricket have been shocked by the ECB's 100-ball proposal and the response of the players over the coming weeks and months could be critical

RCB v Daredevils

IPL 2018

De Villiers 90* off 39 brings back RCB smiles

Daredevils took 71 off the last five overs, with Pant and Iyer scoring half-centuries. But it wasn't enough against a star-studded RCB batting line-up

Faulkner: Once de Villiers goes aerial, he can't be stopped.

The Matchday Runorder team wonder if there is anything a bowler can do to escape the wrath of AB de Villiers


Australia news

Warne criticises CA

Warne slams Cricket Australia's 'greed'

The former Australia spinner has criticised the board's decision to expand the Big Bash League next summer

CSK v Royals

IPL 2018, Pune

Shane Watson, the quiet marauder

The allrounder doesn't have the spectacle or cult-hero status of a Gayle or Dhoni. But he can more than match their exploits with bat in hand

Talking Points - When will Tripathi bat in the Powerplay?

Meanwhile, cometh the hour, cometh yet another Chennai Super Kings batsman

Coach's Diary: Feeling at home on a true track in Pune.

A peek into the (imaginary) coach's diary following CSK's mauling of Royals


IPL 2018

Coach's Diary: Kings XI's happy problems at the top.


Gloves Off: Are coaches redundant in T20s?


The Chatter: Happy Birthday, IPL!


The IPL's broken XI.


Surprised asking rate dropped after rain - Karthik.


Could this be Manish Pandey's year?


'Been dreaming of days like this' - Watson.


'Watson more classical than Gayle' - Laughlin.


Kings XI v Sunrisers

IPL 2018, Mohali

'Sehwag saved IPL by picking me' - Gayle

With all the big T20 batting records in his hands, Chris Gayle has nothing more to prove but wants people to "just put some respect on the name"

Monga: Gayle, T20's biggest visionary

The man from Jamaica, who first turned chaotic T20 hitting into a science, continues to mould his batting to suit the circumstances

Ashwin's calculated punts pay off

Could batting first become the next big trend? And where did it all go downhill for Rashid Khan?

Future of cricket

England news

A gimmick or a worthwhile experiment?

County cricket fans share their thoughts on the ECB's decision to introduce a new '100-ball' format


Dobell: Fast-food cricket is coming, whether we like it or not

The ECB's proposals may seem radical, but change is inevitable for a sport that is too deep in crisis to stand still

Faulkner: There's a danger in getting too funky.

Gaurav Kalra with Ajit Agarkar and James Faulkner discuss the ECB's proposal of a 100-ball competition


World XI v West Indies

Team news

Afridi named in World XI for West Indies charity match

Shoaib Malik and Thisara Perera were also among the first group of World XI players confirmed for the side that will be captained by Eoin Morgan

Tour preparation

India v England

County cricket would improve my game - Kohli

The India captain has been strongly linked with Surrey in recent months with the BCCI keen that key players have the chance to get used to conditions in England

New selection structure

England news

What's in Ed Smith's inbox?

England's new national selector has the challenge of trying to solve long-standing issues with the Test side

Ed Smith appointed as ECB National Selector

Ed Smith, the former Kent captain turned journalist, has been named as the new National Selector

Netherlands news

Captain's retirement

'Leaving Dutch cricket in a better state than when I turned up' - Borren

The outgoing Netherlands captain said he is retiring to give the younger players the best chance to gain experience under Pieter Seelar

Borren calls time on Netherlands career

Pieter Seelaar takes over the captaincy, while Jeroen Smits, the former Netherlands wicketkeeper, has been appointed the new team manager

Australia's rebuilding

New captain

Paine promises to cut Australia's sledging

Australia's new Test captain said that talk of changing the team's on-field approach had started when Steven Smith was still in charge

'It was sad to see what Australia went through' - Elgar.

Dean Elgar reflects on being a part of the infamous South Africa v Australia series


Ten years of the IPL

Fun and games

From 2008 to 2018: How IPL has changed

On April 18, 2008, the IPL began with a Brendon McCullum blaze. How does T20 look today, exactly ten years later?

How well do you remember the first IPL game?

We've just crossed the ten-year mark in IPL history. How well do you remember the first game? Take our quiz to find out

Runorder: How do cricketers deal with trolls?

James Faulkner, Deep Dasgupta, Cyrus Broacha and the team at ESPNcricinfo discuss the recent events surrounding Vinay Kumar


IPL 2018

Tait: Rajasthan Royals lacked intensity.


Faulkner: Chawla's control in his lines was exceptional.


Moment of the week: A fit and firing Chris Gayle.


Should T20s do away with the toss?


South Africa news

Player contracts

Key elements of MoU yet to be discussed, says SACA

SACA's fear is that if the MoU is not signed by the time the current deal expires, SA players may consider their options outside the country

Australia News

Coach Hunt

Tait: Langer the right coach for Australia's tough times.

Justin Langer has a reputation for establishing discipline in a team, which Australia need right now, says former fast bowler Shaun Tait


Cricket Australia to begin hunt for new coach on Friday

Reports in the Australia media suggest Justin Langer could be the one to take over from Darren Lehmann

New season

County news

Surrey open to Warner, Smith county deals

Surrey coach Michael Di Venuto said it would be "mad" not to consider either of the pair if the ECB allowed such a move

How will Burns lead Surrey?

Alec Stewart, Mark Stoneman and Rory Burns himself talk about his new role as Surrey captain.


Mumbai v Royal Challengers

IPL 2018, Mumbai

Wrong replay puts broadcasters in focus again

It has emerged that the TV umpire may have looked at the wrong replay when checking on a no-ball during the Mumbai-RCB game

Rohit uses 'perfect platform' to change fortunes

The Mumbai Indians captain said he would continue batting at No. 4 to help bring stability to the middle order

Was Kohli playing for the not-out?

The RCB captain slowed down despite a rising asking rate, but he was doing it to keep his team's net run-rate up

Mumbai v Royal Challengers

IPL 2018, Mumbai

Faulkner: A big Rohit innings was always coming.

Rohit Sharma scored 94 match-winnings runs at a strike-rate of over 180 against RCB at Wankhede stadium


Rohit's 94 muscles Mumbai to massive first win

The win helped them stall a three-game losing streak, while Royal Challengers succumbed to their third loss in four games

West Indies news

Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge

Russell returns to WI squad for hurricane fundraiser

The allrounder has been named in a 13-man squad that will take on an ICC Rest of the World XI to raise funds for cricket centres in the Caribbean

IPL 2018

ESPNcricinfo's smart stats

Smart stats round-up: Dhawan's rise, and Lynn's fall

The leaders and laggards after the first ten days of IPL 2018

T20 leagues v country

FICA news

Player survey: T20 leagues more appealing than national contracts

A FICA survey of 300 cricketers indicate a growing willingness to forego international cricket and national contracts to play T20 leagues

Curran loss leads Stewart to call for IPL cut-off date

Surrey director of cricket believes counties need better protection against last-minute IPL signings and asks: "Who controls the players?"

Pakistan news

Squad announcement

The mysterious snubbing of Fawad Alam

A look at the prolific domestic run-scorer's record since his last Test match for Pakistan in November 2009

Seen 'better players than Fawad' - Inzamam

The chief selector says the decision to omit Fawad Alam from the England tour was based purely on merit

Not getting selected is upsetting - Fawad Alam.

The Pakistan batsman says his job is to keep scoring runs in the domestic circuit and remain fit


Knight Riders v Daredevils

IPL 2018, Kolkata

KKR got 200 off 18 overs - Maxwell

Delhi Daredevils have conceded the most sixes and fours and have the worst economy rate in the Powerplay this IPL season

'I enjoy batting under pressure' - Rana.

Nitish Rana talks about the difference in his and Andre Russell's role after Kolkata Knight Riders' victory over Delhi Daredevils


Andre Russell - going bang from ball one.

Ajit Agarkar and James Faulkner too were blown away by the Kolkata Knight Riders allrounder


IPL 2018

Trends in the first week

IPL trends: Why teams batting first are struggling to win

Takeaways from the first week: attacking the first over and going big in the Powerplay, but middle overs are a muddle

Colin Bland


Legendary fielder Colin Bland dies aged 80

The allrounder, who played 21 Tests for South Africa between 1961 and 1966, had been suffering from colon cancer for several years

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