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Rohit Sharma and Kuldeep Yadav put India 7-0 ahead

On its biggest stage, cricket's most fraught rivalry once again failed to live up to its billing as a meek Pakistan were thoroughly outclassed

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Samiuddin: Rohit and the magic in his touch

There were some brutal boundaries in his 140, but the shot that defined his class was the one that he simply caressed to the straight boundary

Kohli's India, a scary machine

India out-muscled South Africa then Australia and now Pakistan in every department

Bangladesh v West Indies

World Cup 2019, Taunton

Isam: The Mehidy threat facing West Indies

The Bangladesh offspinner has good figures against most of their frontline batsmen and he's likely to be a key factor in the game tomorrow

Kimber: West Indies grasping at elusive semi-final spot

With or without Russell, they seem a batsman short - and they'll have to find a way to beat Bangladesh to keep their World Cup alive

Shahriar: Bangladesh well prepared to play the short ball

Shahriar Nafees previews Bangladesh's game against the West Indies in Taunton


Tamim recalls his famous knock against India

Playing only in his fifth ODI, the Bangladesh opener stepped up on the big occasion


What happened after Bangladesh were bowled out for 58?

In 2011, Bangladesh fans found an old idea to vent their ire, but it didn't turn out well


Ganga: WI need more specialist players in their side

That's the reason why the former West Indies batsman backs Darren Bravo against Bangladesh


Mashrafe believes Bangladesh can make the semis

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza remains upbeat that his side can get the results they need to reach the World Cup semifinals in their remaining five matches


India v Pakistan

World Cup 2019, Manchester

Samiuddin: What I think about when I watch Kohli and Rohit

One oozes effortless beauty, the other an intense genius honed to within an inch of its life

Waqar: Kohli has really taken off

Who picked Virat Kohli? Who picked Imran Khan? Find out here as former India and Pakistan cricketers choose their favourite players from the opposite side


Misbah: India v Pakistan is the biggest game in the cricketing world

Misbah-ul-Haq picks his Pakistan XI and looks ahead to the most anticipated meeting of the World Cup


Dhoni welcomes Pant with wicketkeeping tips

Rishabh Pant has joined India's World Cup squad as cover for Shikhar Dhawan


Street art, restaurant-hopping and more in Manchester

The venue of the World Cup 2019's 'most important' match, Manchester, stands for much more - football, wall art and even Bollywood


When Wahab yorked local lad Yuvraj

The Pakistan quick took five-wickets against India in the 2011 World Cup semi-final in Mohali


Old Trafford - the cricketing neighbour of a footballing giant

Old Trafford gears up for another India-Pakistan clash


Afghanistan v South Africa

World Cup 2019, Cardiff

South Africa finally have their 'peg in the ground'

Lungi Ngidi might return to the XI for the next fixture, against New Zealand on Wednesday

Fernando: Afghanistan's World Cup of self-inflicted chaos

The omission of Najibullah Zadran, their batsman of the tournament, summed up a team that is not giving the best account of themselves

Gardner: Du Plessis partially bluffs his way for SA's maiden win

There will be higher-stakes contests to come, when a little more bluff and nonsense may be required, but two points for the win has at least strengthened SA's hand

Australia v Sri Lanka

World Cup 2019, The Oval

Hussey: Australia picking up wins but they're not at 100%


Farrell: Finch's statement century gives sense of a corner turned

After his chronic form dip in the Australian summer, captain is back to form ... with the bat if not the coin

Monga: Dysfunction, hope, more dysfunction for SL

We used to associate the adjectives 'mercurial' and 'unpredictable' with another Asian team, but it's Sri Lanka who could do better justice to those tags

England v West Indies

World Cup 2019

Dobell: England show off their strength in depth

They missed a second frontline spinner, and lost two of their top four to injury, but they always had options to cover for those gaps

Roy, Morgan in doubt for Afghanistan after injuries

Opening batsman faces scan on a left hamstring injury, while the captain has back spasms

The Bangladesh camp

World Cup 2019

Bouncer-ready Bangladesh 'favourites' against West Indies - Tamim

Mushfiqur Rahim picks up a forearm injury in the nets courtesy a Mustafizur Rahman short delivery

'We have to do it all over again' - Walsh on facing West Indies

Bangladesh have a 7-2 record against WI over the last 12 months, but their bowling coach knows their next meeting will be the one that counts

England v West Indies

World Cup 2019, Southampton

Ganga: To adapt 'consistently' across formats a challenge for WI

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Kimber: The talent is there but West Indies need to rethink ODI batting

Twice in this tournament, not changing the way they have batted for the conditions, or state of the game, has cost them

England quicks, Root century brush WI aside

Fast bowlers Jofra Archer and Mark Wood took three wickets each to wrap-up West Indies for a below-par total

Australia's campaign

World Cup 2019

Warner's homecoming gathers pace

His hundred against Pakistan was recognition that his singular match-winning skills remain very much intact

'Explosive' Shaun Marsh, Khawaja suit middle order - Langer

The coach has admitted to challenges in balancing the side after the injury to Marcus Stoinis but is content with Australia's start of three wins from four matches

India v New Zealand

World Cup 2019, Trent Bridge

ESPNcricinfo weekly: Stunning spells, gallant gestures, and the sodding rain

Another week into the 2019 World Cup, ESPNcricinfo takes a look back at some of the outstanding moments so far

Why can't other boards take a cue from SLC to tackle rain?

Year after year, SLC successfully hosts series in months afflicted by storms that unload lakefuls of water into their stadia

Around the World Cup

Pressure exists for every team, not just Pakistan - Mohammad Amir

Mohammad Amir opens up on his strategy against Australia that fetched him his maiden career ODI five-wicket haul

Sharda Ugra confesses to being the rainmaker of the World Cup

Keep her away from the cricket, please

World Cup 2019

India's batting shuffle

Gollapudi: Another door opens for Rahul

Batting coach Sanjay Bangar wants him to accept any challenge, like his namesake Rahul Dravid did

Pant to join Indian team as cover for Dhawan

India will fly the keeper-batsman to England as they monitor Shikhar Dhawan's injury over the next few weeks

Don't want to rule out a precious player like Dhawan - Bangar

India's assistant coach Sanjay Bangar discusses Shikhar Dhawan's injury, his importance to the team, and his replacements


The (Trent) Bridge to Run Feasts

Enjoy all the history behind the Nottingham ground, featuring the many records that have fallen here


Bumping into Robin Hood at Nottingham

We took Team India's 'biggest fan' in Nottingham to visit a famous tree, halt for an interesting cuppa and of course, check out the quaint venue of Trent Bridge stadium


Hussey: Dhawan injury destabilises India's top order

With Shikhar Dhawan reportedly out of India's next few games, Mike Hussey and Ajit Agarkar discuss the possible impact of his absence


Shikhar's injury - Rahul's ticket to open?

India's centurion against Australia is injured.. and it opens the batting order debate again!


Has the late start to India's World Cup worked in their favour?

Ajit Agarkar, Daren Ganga, Cyrus Broacha and the Runorder crew discuss India's scheduling in the World Cup


Australia v Pakistan

World Cup 2019, Taunton

Monga: Warner finds old mindset to flick 'on' switch

This was a difficult innings in testing conditions but there was a familiar assertiveness in David Warner's footwork

Samiuddin: Error-prone Pakistan squander their advantage

Inconsistent bowling among the quicks - Mohammad Amir excepted - fielding errors and mistakes with the bat all cost Pakistan

Hussey: Pakistan will be kicking themselves

Both Michael Hussey and Ajit Agarkar are of the mindset that Pakistan lost this game, rather than Australia winning it.


Australia v Pakistan

World Cup 2019, Taunton

Misbah slams 'undisciplined' Pakistan with bat and ball


Warner, Cummins star in nail-biting victory

Mohammad Amir five-for and heroics from the tail not enough as Australia hold on for 41-run win

Thought I might never score another Australia hundred - Warner

Batsman credits wife Candice for helping him 'get out of bed' on long road back from ball-tampering ban

Australia v Pakistan

World Cup 2019, Taunton

'We can't change Fakhar's role, and we don't want to' - Imam-ul-Haq

Opener Imam-ul-Haq discusses the dynamics of Pakistan's top three, and how they are in sync with each other


Imam, Babar and Fakhar - Pakistan's batting heartbeat

One opener goes harder than the other, and the number three is the anchor around whom everyone else bats

Bangladesh v Sri Lanka

World Cup 2019, Bristol

Steve Rhodes unhappy with ICC's reserve day policy

"We've sent men to the moon, why can't we have a reserve day for group stages," asks Bangladesh coach

World Cup weather watch: your guide to the soggy scenario

With three abandonments in less than a week, this has already been the most rain-affected World Cup

All-time World Cup XI

Graeme Swann

'Yeah, I'm captain of my own all-time World Cup XI'

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England news

World Cup 2019

England relish 'fear' factor provided by Archer and Wood

Mark Wood says 'friendly competition' between the two fastest men at the World Cup is a good thing for England

Archer's presence adds spice to England v West Indies

West Indies coach Floyd Reifer says Jofra Archer is a known quantity and his players will be ready

South Africa v West Indies

World Cup 2019, Southampton

Truncated game could have hurt SA - du Plessis

Floyd Reifer said a completed game would have helped West Indies, especially since their opponents were 'demoralised'

De Villiers revelations could bring squad closer, captain says

Du Plessis says furore over de Villiers' proposed return has not been a factor in their disjointed campaign

Bails fail (again)

World Cup 2019

Kohli and Finch express concern over continuing bails saga


The curious story of the bails that lost their zing

Jasprit Bumrah to David Warner was the fifth instance at this World Cup of a batsman surviving despite the ball hitting his stumps

Australia v India

World Cup 2019, The Oval

Hussey: India injected Pandya at the perfect time

Michael Hussey and Ajit Agarkar recap India's batting performance against Australia


Gollapudi: Relaxed Dhawan slips back into his batting groove

The talisman of India's 2013 Champions Trophy victory found form with another joyous innings in England

Samiuddin: The exact moment Hardik Pandya joined the freak show

Find ball 45.3 of India's innings and watch it over and again, because it shows why Hardik Pandya belongs to an elite club


World Cup 2019, The Oval

Tactics Board: How India can beat Australia

No two teams have met more often at World Cups, but the results have been one-sided in Australia's favour. Is there a way for Virat Kohli's men to change that?

The easy-going sibling of Lord's

Get to know the history behind The Oval, which has hosted cricket, football and rugby over the years


When Kapil 'Gifted' Two Runs

What happened after Kapil Dev agreed to turn a 'four' into a 'six' versus Australia in the 1987 World Cup?


'Won't forget the lashing Border gave Hughes when I hit him for six'

In a tense encounter in the 1992 World Cup, one Manjrekar shot led Allan Border to lose his cool with Merv Hughes


Afghanistan v New Zealand

World Cup 2019, Taunton

Fernando: New Zealand and the gym selfie

With three wins in three World Cup games, they're basically showing off right now. But the toughest test is yet to come

Neesham's five propels New Zealand to the top

Afghanistan were unsettled by the short ball - with Rashid Khan suffering a concussion - as they slipped to another defeat at the World Cup

Kimber: Whole-hearted Afghanistan continue to self-sabotage

There is talent aplenty but mistakes in selection and on the field continue to hamper Afghanistan's chances at this World Cup

Team selection

South Africa news

'If AB wanted to be here, he would be here' - Gibson

South Africa coach wants the focus to turn from AB de Villiers back to the cricket, as his team prepares to take on West Indies

Runorder - Could AB de Villiers have changed South Africa's fortunes?

Ajit Agarkar, Daren Ganga and the runorder crew discuss what the road ahead looks like for South Africa



ICC says no to dagger emblem on MS Dhoni's gloves

Latest update comes after BCCI called it a "non-issue"; Dhoni likely to use the same gloves going forward, with the insignia covered by a tape

Quiz - How closely did you follow the first week?

Looking back at all the big talking points, records and achievements from the first week of the World Cup

Australia v West Indies

World Cup 2019, Trent Bridge

Kimber: Australia revive fear factor in scrappy win

From the brink of certain defeat Australia have sent a World Cup warning

Starc excited that Australia can get 'a lot better'

Five-wicket haul secures second win in a row but fast bowler thanks Coulter-Nile for saving the team with the bat

Smart Stats: The missed chance that hurt West Indies

West Indies could have limited the damage had they held on to a catch off Coulter-Nile in the 44th over

Australia v West Indies

World Cup 2019, Trent Bridge

Holder 'couldn't believe' poor umpiring decisions

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Coulter-Nile, Starc provide star turns in see-saw game

Torrid beginning against new ball gives way to smart batting and savvy bowling as Australia beat West Indies in Trent Bridge

West Indies' fury at 'dodgy' decisions as Australia get rub of green

Frustration after series of poor umpiring calls mar tightly fought contest

India v South Africa

World Cup 2019, Southampton

Rohit's best ODI innings, 'by far' - Kohli

'He played the perfect innings for that situation, on that wicket, against a bowling attack that was threatening to pick up wickets at any stage'

Fernando: The spectre of wristspin, the spectre of the past

With Chahal and Kuldeep getting the ball to drift, dip and turn around corners, a self-fulfilling prophecy played out in Southampton

'The guys are very disappointed and a bit angry' - Morris

His captain du Plessis, meanwhile, blamed the batsmen for their third straight defeat

Bangladesh v England

World Cup 2019, Cardiff

Wood backs England to bounce back against Bangladesh

With first-match nerves out of the way, fast bowler is ready to help his side overcome loss to Pakistan

India v South Africa

World Cup 2019, Southampton

Kohli on Rabada's jibe: 'He can discuss with me man-to-man'

India captain responds Kagiso Rabada calling him 'immature'


Dilshan slams SL middle order for batting like 'small kids'

Says that no one is batting responsibly in the middle order after Sri Lanka collapsed from 144 for 1 to 180 for 8

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Ugra: Malinga grabs the limelight but Pradeep turns the game

Pradeep hailed by his team for keeping them in the contest against Afghanistan

Kimber: Madness beats joy as Afghanistan miss their chance

Afghanistan are one of the greatest things to happen to the game, yes, but they are also professional cricketers who want to win matches

World Cup 2019

Mark Nicholas' World Cup diary: Warnie's Chinese diet, and Mickey's love for Pakistan

Plenty of action (and wining and dining) for one commentator as the World Cup kicks off

Afghanistan v Sri Lanka

World Cup 2019, Cardiff

Gulbadin Naib: 'If you had told me I would be Afghanistan captain, I'd never have believed it'

Gulbadin Naib is the joker of a team that laughs plenty - despite their circumstances. He talks about how cricket offered him hope, like it did a lot of his team-mates

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