Sambit Bal

Sambit Bal is editor-in-chief of ESPNcricinfo. @sambitbal

Tim Southee, Daniel Vettori, Trent Boult and Corey Anderson before the start of the game

Australia v New Zealand, World Cup 2015, final, Melbourne

Why I'm hoping for a fairy-tale finish

A New Zealand win will be good for the country, the game, and for one man

AB de Villiers wears a despondent look during the press conference

Triumph and disaster in an unforgiving minute

The difference between New Zealand and South Africa in Auckland was a matter of moments: fleeting minutes that laid bare the fickle beauty and cruelty of sport

Tempers flared as wickets fell

New Zealand v South Africa, World Cup 2015, 1st semi-final, Auckland

Crunch time in clash of equals

The make-up and history of these New Zealand and South Africa units are not dissimilar, and on Tuesday one of them will break new ground at Eden Park

The entire New Zealand team converges to congratulate Daniel Vettori on his catch

New Zealand v West Indies, World Cup 2015, 4th quarter-final, Wellington

More boxes ticked as New Zealand eye summit

From the first match of this World Cup, from the very first over, they have sought to impose themselves, to set and control the pace of play

Mahela Jayawardene shapes to pull the ball during training

SA v SL, World Cup 2015, 1st quarter-final, Sydney

The sadness of Mahela's unscripted farewell

Cricket does not seem ready to give up Mahela Jayawardene - but the game rarely does perfect endings

India handed South Africa their biggest defeat in World Cups

How to make a ten-team World Cup work

There are ways of making the Associates an integral part of the tournament while still keeping the event competitive and lucrative

India handed South Africa their biggest defeat in World Cups

India get their groove back

The long winless Australian summer might just have given those watching the wrong impression

Virat Kohli exults after bringing up his ton

India v Pakistan, World Cup 2015, Group B, Adelaide

India win battle of nerves, their World Cup starts now

In a World Cup contest where nerves are the X-factor between the two teams, India prevailed over Pakistan with a superior batting performance and a couple of cool heads