Patil faces old friends in Perth
Patil faces old friends in Perth

They could have ended up as team-mates but Swapnil Patil took a different route to international cricket than his Indian friends and they are set to meet on opposite sides

UAE determined to keep smiling
UAE determined to keep smiling

UAE are one happy side having the time of their lives, a bunch of amateurs playing a World Cup. A lot is spoken about team bonding and enjoying training but UAE were infectiously bubbly on Friday morning at the WACA.

India look to maintain top position
India look to maintain top position

India will start as overwhelming favourites when they take on United Arab Emirates in Perth on Saturday as they look to maintain their position at the top of Group B

India's bowlers find much-needed thrift
India's bowlers find much-needed thrift

In the two games of the World Cup, with a little help from the batsmen, India's bowlers have shown discipline and focus to break a trend of profligacy

Run, India, Run
Run, India, Run

There has been a marked improvement in India's fielding this World Cup, and on Wednesday, the players were put to their most intense training session yet

The 'magic wand' behind India's turnaround
The 'magic wand' behind India's turnaround

It has helped that India have a captain who has lasted as long as he has due to his approach of treating cricket for what it is: a game

Sharper fielders give India bite
Sharper fielders give India bite

Years after the juggling act of hiding multiple poor fielders and making do with the kind of attacks India have had, this current unit has given MS Dhoni some breathing space

Flexible Rahane switches to attack mode
Flexible Rahane switches to attack mode

He isn't a particularly big hitter, but as evidenced against South Africa, his impeccable timing makes him an extremely handy weapon to possess in ODIs

Dhawan sees off the short ball
Dhawan sees off the short ball

He likes to pull and hook, but also gets out to those shots. Today having spent time in the middle before attempting them, he made his highest ODI score

When the MCG was a sea of blue
When the MCG was a sea of blue

This was Eden Gardens and another half of an Eden Gardens on top of it. This was Wankhede Stadium with another Wankhede Stadium on top of it

Ashwin needs more chances overseas - Kumble
Ashwin needs more chances overseas - Kumble

Former India captain Anil Kumble has said that he is reminded of himself when he sees R Ashwin play, and has called for the offspinner to be given more chances to play away from home

Kohli advocates 'sustained momentum'
Kohli advocates 'sustained momentum'

A ground as large as the MCG calls for a batting line-up to not just rely on their power hitting, according to Virat Kohli

Familiar teams at MCG theatre
Familiar teams at MCG theatre

Both teams and players have seen a lot of each other in recent times, including in the IPL. As AB de Villiers said, they respect each other, but also know the relative strengths and weaknesses only too well

It's as if you're in Wellington
It's as if you're in Wellington

Picket fencing. Old wooden benches. Grass banks. It could easily be the Basin Reserve in Wellington... but it's not

India get cracking on attacking plan after Dhoni's command
India get cracking on attacking plan after Dhoni's command

Two days before their second group game against South Africa, India worked to a short length plan, with the quick bowlers trying mostly back of a length or full length and the batsmen trying to attack as often as they could

Dhawan's chance to break free
Dhawan's chance to break free

Against South Africa in a mutli-nation tournament in 2013, is how Shikhar Dhawan revived his ODI career. He will now face the same opposition while trying to revive some form this time

The sprinter who ran a marathon
The sprinter who ran a marathon

Brendon McCullum's epic innings in Wellington had far greater significance than just being New Zealand's first Test triple

Bangladesh evade the banana peel
Bangladesh evade the banana peel

Afghanistan were the bogey team and Bangladesh as the Full Member were expected to defeat them. Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan and Mashrafe Mortaza did just that

Afghanistan's DRS reluctance
Afghanistan's DRS reluctance

Plays of the day from the World Cup Group A match between Bangladesh and Afghanistan in Canberra

'Pressure is totally on Bangladesh' - Nabi
'Pressure is totally on Bangladesh' - Nabi

Bangladesh are expected to win over a side that, as Afghanistan coach Andy Moles pointed out, was not even in the ICC when Bangladesh played in their first World Cup in 1999