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In Case You Missed it: Pakistan's landmark win, de Kock's apology

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Time for a selfie to commemorate Pakistan's historic win, India vs Pakistan, Men's T20 World Cup 2021, Super 12s, Dubai, October 24, 2021

Pakistan mark their historic win over India with a victory selfie  •  ICC/Getty Images

It's been a series of unexpected events at the T20 World Cup already - Namibia stormed into the Super 12s and promptly beat Scotland, Pakistan's 29-year wait for a World Cup win against India ended, England skittled defending champions West Indies for 55. Drama ensued off field, with Quinton de Kock withdrawing from the South Africa team before their second game, and on field, when old rivals Bangladesh and Sri Lanka took a moment to get in each others' faces. Dive into all the action in our round-up.
Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan break Pakistan's World Cup jinx against India with ten-wicket romp
Shaheen Shah Afridi set the tone for the night with a fiery opening spell in which he claimed both India openers. Osman Samiuddin had warned of the Afridi threat to openers the day before that match, and after the carnage was done, all that was left to ask was, which was the better dismissal - Rohit Sharma's or KL Rahul's? Two ESPNcricinfo correspondents exulted from the sidelines: Matt Roller, who was treated to the spectacle of an India-Pakistan match on an off day, and Danyal Rasool, who couldn't quite believe a dream 29 years in the making had come true.
Why did Quinton de Kock refuse to take a knee?
South Africa beat West Indies in their second World Cup match, but the result was overshadowed by the absence of de Kock, who pulled out just hours before the game when CSA mandated the South Africa team to take the knee together as an antiracism gesture. Firdose Moonda looks beyond the outrage and at the nuances of what his position might have been, while de Kock himself came out and apologised in a statement where he made his stand on the issue clear.
IPL retention rules: old teams can keep four players ahead of 2022 auction, three early picks for new teams
Nagraj Gollapudi looks ahead to the 2022 IPL auction. After the list of retained players is finalised, the two new franchises will get first choice from the rest of the pool ahead of the auction.
Watch: Rashid Khan talks us through his bowling grips and variations
The Afghanistan leggie, still one of the most difficult bowlers to face in T20, demonstrates his grips for his various deliveries.
25 Questions: Whose celebrations are better - Shamsi's or Tahir's?
And who's cooler - Faf or Steyn? Tabraiz Shamsi answers these and other tough questions.
Remembering Haringey Cricket College, the charity behind a generation of Black cricketers
Andrew Miller on the unassuming community centre in Tottenham that was once home to the finest cricket academy of the 1980s and '90s.
The T20 World Cup is a lottery because the format favours upsets
Ian Chappell says while it's worthwhile encouraging the smaller countries through the T20 format, at the end of the day it's the most likely suspects - India, Pakistan, England and West Indies - that probably will end up semi-finalists.
Daryl Mitchell is ready to blast off
Deivarayan Muthu speaks to the allrounder, who has come off a breakout domestic summer to land himself a New Zealand central contract and now has his eye on the big prize - the T20 World Cup.
Naveen-ul-Haq: 'I'm backing myself to bowl against anybody and just do what worked for me'
After being the top wicket-taker in the Vitality T20 Blast, and stints in various leagues, the Afghanistan quick bowler is ready to make ripples in the World Cup.
Dwayne Bravo is reinventing himself in T20, age be damned
As batter, bowler, strategist, leader, the allrounder is constantly evolving to stay on top of the T20 format, and he's hoping to translate those learning to another world title.
Who are the youngest and oldest men to score a triple-century in Tests?
And how many teams have won a T20 despite four or more of their batters bagging ducks? Steven Lynch with the answers.
Which cricketer was suspended for punching Joe Root during the 2013 Champions Trophy?
And which England batter was dropped for scoring too slowly? Take our quiz on bans and suspensions.