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In Case You Missed it: New Zealand savage South Africa, the IPL makes new millionaires

Our best content from the week gone by

Broadcaster Charu Sharma (right) had to step in to take over the IPL auction after auctioneer Hugh Edmeads took ill midway through the first day  •  BCCI

Broadcaster Charu Sharma (right) had to step in to take over the IPL auction after auctioneer Hugh Edmeads took ill midway through the first day  •  BCCI

A fresh batch of millionaires graduated at the IPL mega auction last week as players went for record numbers and new teams took shape. New Zealand kneecapped South Africa in the first Test and look to be on the cusp of a famous victory in Christchurch, while Australia have a 3-0 lead on Sri Lanka in their home T20I series. India women have lost the ODI series against New Zealand but they could yet salvage some pride in the remaining two matches. Get the lowdown on all the action from a full week of cricket in our round-up.
South Africa in the doldrums after top-order collapse and Nicholls century
New Zealand cut the visitors down for 95 in the first innings and secured a lead of 387 - Matt Henry took 7 for 23 before really rubbing it in with a fifty from No. 11 - with several of their players coming to the party. New Zealand have only ever won four Tests against South Africa and have never won a Test series. Could this be their chance?
Lauren Down throws the finishing blows as New Zealand pull off 280 chase, clinch series
An all-star batting effort from the New Zealand middle order helped them pull off the second-highest successful chase in women's ODIs, and a 3-0 lead in the series against India.
IPL 2022 auction trends: Core strength, fast-bowling muscle, and unexpected bargains
A blockbuster IPL auction saw two new teams in Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans take shape, with Mumbai Indians breaking the bank for Ishan Kishan and a "non-playing" Jofra Archer. Indian players dominated the auction, with Harshal Patel going back to RCB for Rs 10.75 crore, a 5275% raise. Nagraj Gollapudi and Gaurav Sundararaman look at how every mega IPL auction reveals a bit more about how franchises plan when building a team and it was no different this time. Dustin Silgardo addresses some key questions from the auction, including why David Warner went for such a low price and why Mumbai splurged on a player sidelined by injury. Sampath Bandarupalli looks at which teams bid the most and least successfully, and which player attracted the most attention. How do the ten teams stack up after the auction? Here's a cheat sheet.
'Just get into a suit and come' - two unusual days in the life of Charu Sharma
The broadcaster suddenly found himself hosting the auction after auctioneer Hugh Edmeades fell ill. He described the sequence of events of stepping in to wield the hammer at the IPL auction to Saurabh Somani.
England cricket is the blood-soaked saga you've been craving
Filled with gore, intrigue and major plot twists, no way is it going to underwhelm like a certain other epic fantasy show. Alan Gardner busts out the popcorn for this month's Light Roller.
Fast times with Shabnim Ismail
From playing in the streets with boys to becoming a speed demon feared by batters across the world: Firdose Moonda has the South Africa bowler's story
Which players have had the worst batting and bowling slumps in Tests?
Anantha Narayanan looks at batters who scored the fewest runs per Test and bowlers who took two wickets or fewer per Test, over ten Tests or more.
What's the lowest ODI total that didn't include a duck?
And what's the biggest partnership between a player on debut and another playing his last Test? Steven Lynch has all the answers.
Umar Gul: 'As a coach, your job starts when a player is going through a rough patch'
The former Pakistan fast bowler, now Quetta Gladiators coach in the PSL, talks to Umar Farooq about coaching in T20 and the importance of long-format cricket for all players.
Agar, the opener, wants to 'thrive than survive' as Australia seek right balance
Tristan Lavalette has the inside story on the allrounder-turned-opener ahead of Australia's tour of Pakistan. Also included: the story of how the allrounder found inspiration for his bowling in the middle of a hip-hop concert.
Why all the fuss about coaches? It is captains and players who win or lose matches
Ian Chappell says when players have a technical problem, fellow players are best placed to sort them out.
Who does it best?
A new series looks at current women's players who have stamped their signature on certain strokes and deliveries. No one does cutters quite like Jhulan Goswami, with good height, extra bounce and a challenging line and length turning them into lethal deliveries. Amelia Kerr has made the googly entirely her own, while Alyssa Healy's trademark pull leaves bowlers sweating.