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Deepti Unni
A sticky wicket for England, but a pitch-perfect win for India?  •  BCCI

A sticky wicket for England, but a pitch-perfect win for India?  •  BCCI

This weekend should have been the denouement of the third Test between India and England in the newly inaugurated colossal Motera stadium, but it wrapped up in under two days on a dusty pitch that saw England's batting collapse twice. More runs were scored, in fact, in the second T20I between New Zealand and Australia in Dunedin, that the hosts won by four runs. It's been a manic week of cricket and we have your cheat sheet to all the drama.
Axar Patel 11-for sees India surge to 2-1 series lead in two-day Test
It was a two-day Test the likes of which hadn't been seen since 1935, as England slumped to their lowest score in India on the way to a ten-wicket defeat on a challenging pitch. Axar Patel starred with the ball once more, taking five-fors in both innings, the secret of which Karthik Krishnaswamy has decoded - go straight and undercut. This Test loss also means that England are now out of the WTC final; India will make it, but only if they avoid losing in the next Test. George Dobell says England's meltdown in the pink-ball Test shows that the longest format is not their priority currently, and that they may have squandered the win for want of a plan, and a solid defence, against spin. The Motera pitch has copped a fair bit of criticism as well, coming as it did in the wake of much fanfare as the newly refurbished and renamed stadium was inaugurated - Varun Shetty has the story of how cricket's largest stadium came about - but Krishnaswamy says the pitch could have been a backhanded compliment to England.
The third India-England Test also marked personal milestones for two India players - Ishant Sharma hit 100 Tests, and R Ashwin took his 400th wicket. Karthik Krishnaswamy looks at Sharma's journey, from unlucky workhorse to master quick, while Nagraj Gollapudi chats to the fast bowlers about the innings that announced his arrival - Perth 2008. Ashwin, meanwhile, has come by his 400th wicket seemingly at the peak of his bowling career, a ride he calls a "fairy tale", but, after the last Test, can we just take a moment to talk about the beauty of his bowling?
New Zealand survive Marcus Stoinis-Daniel Sams onslaught to earn 2-0 series lead
New Zealand followed up the win in the first T20I win against Australia with a manic, thrilling second game that the hosts won despite a late attack by Marcus "the Hulk" Stoinis and Daniel Sams. Martin Guptill returned to form with 97, surpassing Rohit Sharma for most sixes in T20Is, while Jimmy Neesham had a key impact with bat and ball.
Nat Sciver and Tammy Beaumont lead the way as England make it 2-0
New Zealand women haven't had the same luck as the men's team though, as they fell to their second straight defeat against England women in the ODI series. Brooke Halliday again impressed but New Zealand were well short after an early batting collapse.
Six takeaways from the Hundred draft 2021
The Hundred will officially launch on July 21 with a women's fixture - here's a look at the squads, players and coaches - at The Oval, which the ECB is hoping to sell out. Matt Roller looks at what we learned from the draft, from overseas players' availability to the absence of Kolpaks.
Russell Domingo: 'Bangladesh need players who are hungry for Tests, can guts it out for five days'
Mohammad Isam talks to the Bangladesh head coach ahead of their tour of New Zealand. Domingo believes "Test cricket is the No. 1 format, but trying to get the players to understand that is the biggest thing".
Chris Morris on South Africa future: 'That's a difficult question'
The allrounder talk to Firdose Moonda about his IPL windfall, pressure of expectation, role-model father and more.
Who did we pick in our current world XI to beat India at home?
Are Joe Root and Nathan Lyon unanimous picks? Would you really mull over James Anderson as much as our Dream Team panel did?
Which men's team has had the most tied ODIs?
And which team lost a match by one run in both the 1987 and 1992 World Cups? Pit your wits against our quiz.
Robin Peterson: 'In my next life, I'd like to be born as Saqlain Mushtaq'
The former South Africa spinner talks about a performance from history he'd like to have against his name - Saqlain Mushtaq's golden run in Chennai, 1999.
When Singh was king
Twenty years on: the improbable story of how Harbhajan Singh bounced out the mighty Aussies. Karthik Krishnaswamy throws back.

Deepti Unni is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo