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The bat-first advantage in IPL 2015

May 22, 2015: Teams batting first have a 31-23 win-loss record in IPL 2015; last year, they won only 22 games and lost 37

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May 15, 2015: The D/L method has undergone another modification and has a new name as well, but there remain areas where its results are iffy

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England's gem at No. 3

May 8, 2015: Jonathan Trott struggled in his last couple of series', but through large parts of his career he was superb for England at one-down

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Bangladesh's coming of age?

Apr 24, 2015: Bangladesh won each of their three games against Pakistan by comfortable margins, and their batsmen had a huge role to play in that

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The McCullum mystery in the IPL

Apr 17, 2015: Brendon McCullum has started the 2015 IPL in fine style, but his numbers in the previous seven seasons aren't consistent with his obvious attacking skills and talent

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Morkel's time to step up

Apr 10, 2015: The South African quick has been superb in limited overs, but he now needs to show he can take up the leadership role in Tests as well

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One-sided contests and the batting deluge in the last 15 overs

Apr 3, 2015: The 2015 World Cup saw plenty of one-sided contests, and one of the reasons was the way teams batting first exploited the last 15 overs

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Left-arm fast bowlers on a roll

Mar 20, 2015: Mitchell Starc and Trent Boult have led the way, but several other left-arm fast bowlers have also shone, making this a tournament to cherish for them

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The run gluttony of Sangakkara and de Villiers

Mar 13, 2015: Kumar Sangakkara and AB de Villiers have been the two best batsmen in this World Cup, and over the last couple of years

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A struggle for spin in World Cup 2015

Mar 6, 2015: Spinners have averaged 43.68 runs per wicket so far, the worst in any World Cup since 1979

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Shami's ODI success, and England's No. 3 problem

Feb 27, 2015: Mohammed Shami has been in excellent ODI form over the last year, but the same can't be said for England's No. 3 batsmen

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The slog-over deluge

Feb 20, 2015: Early numbers indicate this could be the best World Cup of all for batsmen, especially in the last ten overs

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The most unfavoured opponent

Feb 13, 2015: Before the first India-Pakistan World Cup game in 1992, Pakistan had won 18 of their last 21 ODIs against India. But they lost in Sydney, and are still searching for their first World Cup win against India

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The James Anderson factor

Feb 6, 2015: In the last couple of years Anderson has been the most-feared new-ball bowler in ODIs, but over the course of an entire innings South Africa have been the best bowling unit

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Centuries galore for South Africa

Jan 30, 2015: Other teams have matched South Africa's top order in terms of averages and run rates in ODIs in the last two years, but none has scored hundreds at the rate that South African batsmen have

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Australian challenge for spinners

Jan 23, 2015: Spinners have found it more difficult to take ODI wickets in Australia than in any other country, especially in the middle overs

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Not a country for openers

Jan 16, 2015: Over the last six years, India has been the best country for opening batsmen in ODIs; Australia has been one of the worst

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A bounty of runs

Jan 9, 2015: The ongoing Australia-India Test series has been an uninterrupted run-fest, and especially so for the captains

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Two fortresses called Brisbane and Centurion

Dec 19, 2014: Australia haven't lost at the Gabba since 1988, while South Africa have a 14-2 record in Centurion. These are easily the two most dominant home venues going around

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One win, 45 defeats

Dec 12, 2014: West Indies have been woeful in overseas Tests against the top teams in the last 14 years. Their only win has come in South Africa, where they return for a three-Test series

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