Bangladesh eye opener as confidence-booster
Bangladesh eye opener as confidence-booster

Mashrafe Mortaza was optimistic of receiving backing from the stands during their World Cup opening match against Afghanistan, but Bangladesh's form in the warm-ups has not generated the same confidence

Bangladesh put in the effort before Afghanistan clash
Bangladesh put in the effort before Afghanistan clash

Even as Ireland were hunting down West Indies in Nelson, in a quiet corner of quiet Manuka Oval in quiet Canberra, Bangladesh were going through a three-hour intense training session

Dhoni not carried away by 6-0
Dhoni not carried away by 6-0

While Misbah-ul-Haq could offer no explanation for yet another World Cup loss to India, MS Dhoni said that it was obviously something for India to be proud of, but he refused to read too much into the trend

Kohli proves his weight in gold again
Kohli proves his weight in gold again

If you had to pick one batsman who could remain unfazed by the fans' expectations and bat as close to his normal self as possible in a World Cup match against Pakistan, it's hard to look beyond Virat Kohli

Sohail Khan's comeback to remember
Sohail Khan's comeback to remember

Plays of the Day from the Group B match between India and Pakistan in Adelaide

Need to mitigate pressure of the big game - Dhoni
Need to mitigate pressure of the big game - Dhoni

The logical thing to do would be to pay respect to the heightened importance of the occasion, but attempt to not get so overawed by the expectations. Which is what MS Dhoni and India have been trying to do

India seek fortune revival against old foes
India seek fortune revival against old foes

Misbah-ul-Haq must have lost count of the number of times he has been asked to comment on Pakistan's 0-5 record against India in World Cup matches, as they gear up for the big match on Sunday

Local clubs, communities cash in on flavour
Local clubs, communities cash in on flavour

Thousands of people from both sides of the border have descended, and are continuing to arrive, in Adelaide for the World Cup match that was sold out "in 20 minutes"

Bhuvneshwar bowls in India nets
Bhuvneshwar bowls in India nets

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, a fitness worry ahead of India's World Cup opener against Pakistan, bowled off a short run-up at the nets on Friday

A familiar turf, a vital quest
A familiar turf, a vital quest

India's search for a win in Australia began in Adelaide last year. As they return to the city after a long, difficult tour, for a World Cup opener against Pakistan, can they find the focus to fire?

Rahane has steel - Dravid
Rahane has steel - Dravid

Rahul Dravid has said that beneath his understated demeanour, Ajinkya Rahane has developed "real belief" in his ability and is forcing his way to be counted among the leading batsmen in the current India middle order

Ajinkya who?
Ajinkya who?

No flamboyance, no big endorsements, no theatrics. Meet the quiet man of Indian cricket

The name's Bond, substitute Bond
The name's Bond, substitute Bond

Plays of the day from the fifth ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand in Abu Dhabi

Henry five-for gives NZ series win
Henry five-for gives NZ series win

New Zealand capped a hard-fought tour of the UAE with a commanding win in the final match to take the ODI series against Pakistan 3-2

The trip of a chase
The trip of a chase

Plays of the day from the fourth ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand in Abu Dhabi

NZ withstand Pakistan comeback for narrow win
NZ withstand Pakistan comeback for narrow win

New Zealand withstood Younis Khan's first ODI hundred since November 2008 and another thunderous blitz from Shahid Afridi to beat Pakistan by seven runs and tie the series 2-2 going into the final ODI

Kohli century leads India's reply
Kohli century leads India's reply

On Test captaincy debut, on the ground where he had scored his maiden Test century, Virat Kohli made his seventh hundred to lead India's reply to Australia's 7 for 517 declared

Smith, Clarke flatten India on rainy day
Smith, Clarke flatten India on rainy day

Michael Clarke battled through severe back pain to make his 28th Test hundred, Steven Smith scored his fifth and the pair punished India's inconsistent bowlers on a second day badly hit by rain

India strike after swift Warner century
India strike after swift Warner century

With the focus firmly on how the Australians would front up to Test cricket following Phillip Hughes' demise, David Warner scattered whatever nerves or doubts there may have been with a blazing start to the first Test

What it takes to go pro at the Ranji Trophy
What it takes to go pro at the Ranji Trophy