Verdict


Tale of intrigue as Karachi serves up another thriller
Tale of intrigue as Karachi serves up another thriller

Karachi serves up yet another thriller as Pakistan reach home

The man who kept beating the bat
The man who kept beating the bat

Javagal Srinath has retired from international cricket, after 67 Test matches and 229 one-dayers

A dream gone sour
A dream gone sour

The ovation that greeted him when he walked out to bat was almost seismic in its nature, but Steve Waugh might have been reminded of the James Kelman novel, How Late it Was, How Late, where the main character wakes up one morning to find himself bl

A dream gone sour
A dream gone sour

The ovation that greeted him when he walked out to bat was almost seismic in its nature, but Steve Waugh might have been reminded of the James Kelman novel, How Late it Was, How Late

A marvellous symphony
A marvellous symphony

The innuendo of the past few months must have sat heavily even on Sachin Tendulkar's those broad shoulders, and today's riposte - though lacking the amazing grace of Laxman's knock - will give him immense satisfaction

A team, after all
A team, after all

Vaneisa Baksh assesses the impact of West Indies' victory

Menacing, miserly and masterly
Menacing, miserly and masterly

Peter English looks at the decimation of India by Australia's fast-bowling trio

A timely revival of the jet-lagged
A timely revival of the jet-lagged

Tale of the Indian revival from a point of sleepwalking on the field to grabbing nine Australian wickets on the first day of the first Test at the MCG

Pleasing everyone at once
Pleasing everyone at once

Peter English considers the effects of Australia being challenged on the first day at the MCG

Cook seeks redemption
Cook seeks redemption

A weather-ruined day has given England a hope of saving the third and final Test, but it's going to take more than that to wash away the memory of Thursday's abject performance

Let there be life after featherbed bore
Let there be life after featherbed bore

In the end, the rain was a mercy. In theory a miracle was still possible, with England's lead only slender, but no-one truly believed it was possible, not even Muttiah Muralitharan

Harmison shows his hunger
Harmison shows his hunger

Steve Harmison's efforts during the Colombo Test have been one of the major positives for England as they aim to save the match

England handed reality check
England handed reality check

On a day where they took two wickets, England were given a harsh lesson in playing cricket on the subcontinent

Lifeless pitches killing Murali
Lifeless pitches killing Murali

As a general rule, Muttiah Muralitharan does not succumb to grumpiness, least of all when he is so heavily in the wickets as he has been in this series

Cook's patience keeps England on track
Cook's patience keeps England on track

Cook was never comfortable during his five-hour stay at the crease, but it was his dismissal, not Pietersen's, that turned England's day

The modest masterblaster calls time
The modest masterblaster calls time

It was an exit that brought to mind Mike Atherton's sheepish departure at The Oval in 2001. No-one knew for sure that this was his final innings in Test cricket, but the way Sanath Jayasuriya shyly saluted his standing ovation was telling in the extreme

Relaxed Hoggard leads England's early charge
Relaxed Hoggard leads England's early charge

Until his four wickets today, Matthew Hoggard had little reason to recall Kandy with any fondness. It was on this ground, on England's corresponding tour back in December 2003, that he was last dropped from the Test side

Tenacious Misbah overcomes the odds
Tenacious Misbah overcomes the odds

In nearly every one of the 23 international innings Misbah-ul-Haq has played since his surprise return into Pakistan's scheme of things, a situation has presented itself, a problem to be resolved

More fizzle, less fizz from two old rivals
More fizzle, less fizz from two old rivals

For large parts of the first ODI at Guwahati, the battle was one between two middling sides, says Siddhartha Vaidyanathan

Australia fail to adapt
Australia fail to adapt

As a sentence it sounds incongruous - Australia looked out of their depth, like they hadn't come to terms with what was required in the solitary Tweny20 international at the Brabourne Stadium