George Binoy

Deputy editor, ESPNcricinfo


Johnson's butterfingers
Johnson's butterfingers

Plays of the day from the match between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab in Chennai

McCullum, spinners take CSK to No. 1
McCullum, spinners take CSK to No. 1

Brendon McCullum was at the forefront of a cavalier batting approach as Chennai Super Kings posted a total substantial enough to take them to No. 1 in the league

'We've never been consistent' - Holder
'We've never been consistent' - Holder

Holder put the immediate cause of West Indies' exit - Martin Guptil making 237, New Zealand racking up 393 - down to missed opportunities in the field and poor lengths from the bowlers

Sloppy West Indies lacked intent, hunger
Sloppy West Indies lacked intent, hunger

West Indies should have been fired up for a winner-takes-all match against one of the two hottest sides in the World Cup. New Zealand had everything to lose, and yet West Indies were flat long before Martin Guptill flattened them

Will West Indies risk a less-than-100% Gayle?
Will West Indies risk a less-than-100% Gayle?

Whether Chris Gayle would play New Zealand in the quarter-final on account of his problematic back was the piece of information anyone was after, but there was no clear answer

New Zealand aim to continue as overwhelming favourites
New Zealand aim to continue as overwhelming favourites

New Zealand's unfavourable record in World Cup knockouts will not impact Brendon McCullum's side being billed as overwhelming favourites to beat West Indies at the Regional Stadium on Saturday

Familiar shortcomings stunt Ireland progress
Familiar shortcomings stunt Ireland progress

When the pitch is flat and the opponent is well-drilled and playing their A game, this Ireland team does not yet have the depth of skill to challenge them

The unlikely leader
The unlikely leader

Plays of the Day from the India-Ireland World Cup Group B match in Hamilton

Porterfield wants 'professional' Ireland to start afresh
Porterfield wants 'professional' Ireland to start afresh

William Porterfield said that Ireland's next match, crucial to their knockout-qualification chances, just "happens to be against India"

Ireland's chance to make big statement
Ireland's chance to make big statement

India need one win to ensure they finish top of Group B, while victory will see Ireland through to the knockouts

Brendon braves the bump
Brendon braves the bump

Plays of the day from the Group A match between New Zealand and Australia in Auckland

Ice-cool Williamson wins New Zealand a thriller
Ice-cool Williamson wins New Zealand a thriller

This was the match the 2015 World Cup was crying out for, a competitive contest between two major sides, and the co-hosts played out a thriller in front of a packed and partisan Auckland crowd

'Almost the perfect performance' - Southee
'Almost the perfect performance' - Southee

Tim Southee, who set up New Zealand's thumping, eight-wicket win over England in Wellington with a record 7 for 33, said it was "almost the perfect performance"

The electrifying Brendon McCullum
The electrifying Brendon McCullum

The New Zealand captain ensured the Wellington crowd were entertained by swing bowling and fielding of a rare standard, and then he sated their desire for aggressive shots too

Boult on fire keeps New Zealand in swing of things
Boult on fire keeps New Zealand in swing of things

A "humble young man" and "a pleasure to be around" are not the words that must be going around in the England players' heads, considering Trent Boult's recent form and craftsmanship with the new ball

McCullum has sympathy but no slack for mate Morgan
McCullum has sympathy but no slack for mate Morgan

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum was genial when asked about the struggles of one of his "better mates," England counterpart Eoin Morgan, who has scored two runs in his last five innings leading up to Friday's clash in Wellington

Milne out of Dunedin double; Malinga still missing for SL
Milne out of Dunedin double; Malinga still missing for SL

Sri Lanka are playing a double-header in Dunedin and need victory in both games to have a chance of winning the series against New Zealand

Lyon scripts incredible Australian win
Lyon scripts incredible Australian win
Lyon and Warner leave India struggling
Lyon and Warner leave India struggling

Australia had a near-perfect day in their endeavor to be in a position to push hard for victory on Saturday in Adelaide

Pakistan seal 248-run victory
Pakistan seal 248-run victory

Pakistan took a little more than an hour on the fifth morning to claim the last two New Zealand wickets to win the Abu Dhabi Test by 248 runs