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In Case You Missed It: Records for Rajasthan Royals, retirement for Katherine Sciver-Brunt, runs galore at the IPL

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Yashasvi Jaiswal took 26 off the first over, against Nitish Rana, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2023, Kolkata, May 11, 2023

The beginning of the end: What the first over looked like after Jaiswal took apart Nitish Rana  •  BCCI

Rajasthan Royals came back from a spiralling IPL campaign to land a devastating blow against Kolkata Knight Riders this week, in a game where Yashasvi Jaiswal broke the record for the fastest IPL fifty. It's a decisive couple of weeks for the tournament as teams scramble to make the playoffs, separated as they are currently by slim margins. And after Shabnim Ismail called curtains on her international career last week, she was joined by England stalwart Katherine Sciver-Brunt, who opted not to stay on for the women's Ashes next month. Here are all the stories you may have missed.
Katherine Sciver-Brunt retires from international cricket after 19-year career
Last week, England's veteran fast bowler announced she was stepping away from the international game ahead of this summer's Ashes. Andrew Miller looks back at six of her stand-out performances in a decorated career.
Jaiswal and Chahal smash records and KKR
After losing five of their previous six games, Royals scored a thumping win at Eden Gardens to keep their campaign alive, and sent many records tumbling in the process. Karthik Krishnaswamy looks at how Yuzvendra Chahal overtook Dwayne Bravo as the IPL's top wicket-taker, and Sreshth Shah analyses Yashasvi Jaiswal's incredible fifty on the way to his match-winning 98 not out off 47 balls. Trent Boult, who set the ball rolling for Royals in that match, earlier sat down with Matt Roller for a comprehensive interview on his hopes for a spot in the New Zealand squad even after giving up his national contract, his first-over heroics this IPL, and the club vs country debate. Shashank Kishore spoke to another player who has shone for RR this season - Sandeep Sharma, who came in as a replacement player for Prasidh Krishna, but grabbed the opportunity to make an impact.
IPL 2023: A relentless run-fest with no signs of slowdown
S Rajesh looks at this season's prominent trend that is likely to continue - unprecedented numbers and huge scores, with the batters dominating through and through.
Rahul Tewatia: 'In 2018, I decided I have to play like I'm the team's main player'
The Gujarat Titans allrounder spoke to Nagraj Gollapudi about his journey from domestic cricket to the IPL, his self-belief, and his most memorable IPL innings.
Rob Key: 'I thought, what's the worst that could happen? We'll keep losing, but it'll be one hell of a story'
England's managing director of cricket sat down with Vithushan Ehantharajah to talk about his management philosophy, why Bazball has succeeded, and how to combat franchise cricket's allure. Though, as Matt Roller says, the ECB's resistance to the IPL has vanished in the last few years with England players now occupying key roles in almost every franchise.
Which visiting batter has the most runs in Pakistan in men's ODIs since 2000?
And who has the best bowling figures in a men's ODI in Pakistan? Take our quiz on Pakistan's ODI history and test your knowledge.
Is it already too late to sort out the balance of cricket's formats?
Ian Chappell worries that T20, more specifically the IPL, is expanding at a rate where the shape of the game might be distorted beyond recognition.
Does Ireland's Ben White hold the record for the most sixes conceded in a Test innings?
And who has the highest Test batting average without ever scoring a century? Steven Lynch answers your stats and trivia questions in this week's Ask Steven.