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Chanderpaul takes centrestage

Jun 22, 2007: Shivnarine Chanderpaul has taken over the mantle from Brian Lara as West Indies' mainstay in the batting line-up

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Monty magic

Jun 15, 2007: Monty Panesar's ten-wicket haul at Old Trafford brought his Test average down to less than 30 for the first time

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Dravid's record, and Asif's slog-over blues

Jun 8, 2007: Rahul Dravid has put together 66 century stands in Tests, a record

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A batting giant called Pietersen

Jun 1, 2007: Kevin Pietersen is on a roll. In 25 Tests he has scored a staggering 2448 runs, next only to the Don

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A tale of the tail, and Pakistan dominate Sri Lanka again

May 25, 2007: Which are the teams that manage the maximum contribution from their last four batsmen, and which sides suffer at the hands of the opposition tailenders? The Numbers Game investigates

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West Indies' woeful slide in Test cricket

May 18, 2007: West Indies have lost three times the number of Tests they have won in the last decade, which means the difference in the overall win-loss record is only 11

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Does the 30-over rule hold in one-day cricket?

May 11, 2007: How true is the theory that, with wickets in hand, teams often double their 30-over score in ODIs? The Numbers Game investigates

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The best opening acts in ODIs, and Gilchrist in finals

May 4, 2007: Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist have all the numbers to suggest they're one of the best opening pairs ever in ODIs

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One-way traffic, and Tait and Hogg turn it on

Apr 27, 2007: Despite so many well-matched teams, the World Cup has witnessed far too many one-sided contests

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Hayden's power play

Apr 20, 2007: While most of the other teams are struggling to score runs in the early overs, Australia are doing just fine, thanks to Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist

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Vaughan's ODI travails, and peerless Vettori

Apr 13, 2007: With an average in the mid-20s and a strike rate of 66, Michael Vaughan clearly doesn't cut it as a one-day batsman

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World Cup 2007

Masters of the middle overs

Apr 6, 2007: A look at the batsmen and bowlers who have done the job during the crucial period between the 20th and 40th overs during this World Cup

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World Cup 2007

Fair for all, and decoding D/L

Mar 30, 2007: The conditions in the World Cup have offered something to everybody, while wickets in hand will be key in matches involving D/L

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Inzamam retires from one-day cricket

Cool, calm, classy

Mar 23, 2007: Inzamam-ul-Haq finished with 11,739 ODI runs, while his batting record as captain is the best of all time

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The bowlers to fear with the new ball

Mar 2, 2007: A look at the fast bowlers who have been the most effective with the new ball in ODIs since 2006

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The best ODI bowler at the death

Feb 23, 2007: Toothless bowling during the slog overs has been one of Australia's big weakness in the last month. The Numbers Game looks at the bowlers who have been at their most potent during the slog

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Pollock's resurgence, and Dhoni the matchwinner

Feb 16, 2007: Shaun Pollock's stunning season as an ODI bowler, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni's ability to play innings which win the game for India

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Naved loses his ODI nous

Feb 9, 2007: The last one year has been a torrid one for Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, who is fast climbing up the chart of the most expensive ODI bowlers ever

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When the lower order comes up tops

Feb 2, 2007: A look at teams where the lower order get the runs, and the patnerships that make it happen

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Clark and Asif lead fast-bowling revival

Jan 26, 2007: The success that Stuart Clark and Mohammad Asif have had in their short Test careers so far suggests they could be the leading fast bowlers in world cricket over the next few years

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Loose West Indies succumb to Ashwin's wiles

One after another, the hosts' batsmen attempted questionable flicks and drives in their second innings, disregarding the drift and dip the offspinner was generating

Ashwin emulates Botham with ton and seven-for

Stats highlights from the fourth day's play in Antigua where Ashwin's maiden five-wicket haul outside Asia bowled India to an innings victory

Kohli's banner day in Antigua

Stats highlights from the first day of the Antigua Test, where Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan stole the show from the hosts

Manjrekar: 'Kohli reminds me of Tendulkar'

Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar analyses the various aspects of the first day's play in Antigua

Four double-tons in a day, and a Eddie Redmayne lookalike

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