Akshay Gopalakrishnan

Sub-editor, ESPNcricinfo


Aliss Islam's hat-trick helps Dhaka sneak two-run win
Aliss Islam's hat-trick helps Dhaka sneak two-run win

The offspinner struck thrice in the 18th over of a tense chase to decisively tilt the scales in the favour of his team

Taskin's four-for helps Sylhet defend 168
Taskin's four-for helps Sylhet defend 168

After Warner, Afif Hossain and Pooran lifted Sixers from a poor start, Vikings stumbled after starting strongly in the chase to lose by five runs

Maxwell, Stoinis and Larkin lift Stars to second
Maxwell, Stoinis and Larkin lift Stars to second

After their bowlers limited Thunder to 135, Stars' top-order polished the chase off in 17.2 overs

Thunder survive Turner's 36-ball 60* for nailbiting win
Thunder survive Turner's 36-ball 60* for nailbiting win

After Jos Buttler and Callum Ferguson gave them 142 on a slow surface, Thunder had Scorchers on the mat, before Turner nearly snatched victory

Jasprit Bumrah's 6 for 33 puts India in command
Jasprit Bumrah's 6 for 33 puts India in command

Pat Cummins took four late wickets to keep Australia's fight going after India claimed a 292-run first-innings lead

Morkel's 57* turns tables on Spartans in breathtaking chase
Morkel's 57* turns tables on Spartans in breathtaking chase

The left-hander's boundary-laden assault gave Heat an improbable victory from 21 for 4, after AB de Villiers' unbeaten 93 had lifted the Spartans to 188

Thomson, du Plessis keep Rocks alive with close win
Thomson, du Plessis keep Rocks alive with close win

Thomson struck a courageous 71 not out, and in the company of du Plessis, whose purple patch extended into a third fifty in four games, steered a tricky chase with three balls to spare

Durban rains consign Heat to early elimination
Durban rains consign Heat to early elimination

Only 13.3 overs were bowled, after the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants had elected to bat, before a second rain interruption forced the players off for good

Reeza Hendricks' 49-ball ton wipes out Heat
Reeza Hendricks' 49-ball ton wipes out Heat

The opener led a boundary-laden assault by Stars' batsmen as they racked up 230 before Heat crumbled under the magnitude of the chase

Janneman Malan, bowlers maintain Blitz's unbeaten run
Janneman Malan, bowlers maintain Blitz's unbeaten run

Malan's rapid fire 57 set the tone for a competitive 175, before the bowlers, led by Steyn, rallied to defend a revised target of 145 after floodlight failure reduced the chase to 16 overs

Asif Ali's 33-ball 80 stuns Durban Heat
Asif Ali's 33-ball 80 stuns Durban Heat

The Pakistan batsman launched a savage assault to revive a sinking Cape Town chase, after Durban had recovered to 157 despite a four-wicket burst from Anrich Nortje

Mandhana, spinners demolish Australia as India top Group B
Mandhana, spinners demolish Australia as India top Group B

Australia were hit by a concussion to Alyssa Healy, their Player of the Match in the last three games, that ruled out her participation in the chase

Pakistan need quick fix for batting woes
Pakistan need quick fix for batting woes

Pakistan have never beaten New Zealand in a bilateral ODI series in UAE, and they've got their backs to the wall again

Mujeeb Ur Rahman leads the way as Afghanistan snuff out Ireland again
Mujeeb Ur Rahman leads the way as Afghanistan snuff out Ireland again

Despite having just 227 to defend, Afghanistan's bowlers used a slow surface to their advantage brilliantly to send the home team packing for 198

Navdeep Saini's road to the India Test squad
Navdeep Saini's road to the India Test squad

A short explainer on who Navdeep Saini is, what his attributes are, and his performances leading to his call-up to India's Test squad against Afghanistan

How Lungi Ngidi maximised a spicy Pune surface
How Lungi Ngidi maximised a spicy Pune surface

Pace, bounce, swing and carry: over four overs, the 22-year old fast bowler from South Africa showed all that and more to shut out Kings XI Punjab's hopes of making the playoffs

Kings XI's hopes hinge on Mumbai defeat
Kings XI's hopes hinge on Mumbai defeat

Kings XI Punjab need to beat Chennai Super Kings to have a shot at making the playoffs, but that result matters only if Mumbai Indians have lost to Delhi Daredevils

Canny Shreyas rips through RCB
Canny Shreyas rips through RCB

Brought in with his team facing a must-win, Shreyas Gopal produced the best performance of his T20 career to knock out his hometown franchise

Royals, RCB scramble as playoffs race gets tighter
Royals, RCB scramble as playoffs race gets tighter

Defeat for either team will knock them out, but a win can't guarantee progression as they'll require favours from other teams over the weekend

RCB bank on home advantage in bid to stay alive
RCB bank on home advantage in bid to stay alive

RCB have relied heavily on Kohli, de Villiers and Umesh. They'll need others to punch above their weight against the best attack of the season