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In Case You Missed It: Decisive wins and a comeback for the ages

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Rahul Tewatia's rollercoaster innings guided Rajasthan Royals to a seemingly impossible win  •  BCCI

Rahul Tewatia's rollercoaster innings guided Rajasthan Royals to a seemingly impossible win  •  BCCI

An impossible turnaround, a 5-0 whitewash, a match-winning turn by a young player - it was a week that captured everything we love about cricket, lovely cricket. The IPL continued to throw up some remarkable contests, including that record chase by the Rajasthan Royals. Elsewhere, women's cricket was in full flow, with emphatic wins by England and Australia over West Indies and New Zealand. Here's your catch-up of all the action that went down.
Rahul Tewatia and the romance of the struggle
The innings of the IPL so far belonged to Rajasthan Royals' Rahul Tewatia, who plumbed the depths of despair and then rose to be the hero of an impossible chase, all in the space of a few overs. Sidharth Monga relives an innings that made you want to believe that the tide can turn, even in T20s. The match also had Shiva Jayaraman looking at the numbers and asking are big partnerships overrated in T20 cricket?
England win frenetic match to claim 5-0 series sweep against West Indies
England women overhauled the small target in a rain-shortened five-over match as West Indies' Shamila Connell's three wickets went in vain. The emergence of spinner Sarah Glenn as part of England's three-pronged pace attack, alongside Sophie Ecclestone and Mady Villiers, signals a bright future for the team, says Valkerie Baynes.
Amelia Kerr helps New Zealand end 13-match losing streak to Australia
She turned in a masterly display with the ball before arresting a batting collapse to deliver victory, while younger sibling Jess Kerr pitched in with a maiden over to Alyssa Healy in the powerplay - New Zealand women captain Sophie Devine said, "It must be something in the Kerr family, nerves of steel". New Zealand lost the T20I series, but they have a chance to prove themselves in the ODIs. However, Australia will be looking to protect their 20-year dominance, says Andrew McGlashan.
Does India have a plan for the mental health of its players?
Cricketers are more open about anxiety and depression than ever before, but are they provided systemic support? Varun Shetty explores the need of the hour in cricket.
What we've learned about the three IPL venues so far
Twelve games in, have the pitches and conditions been as teams and fans have expected them to be? Aakash Chopra breaks it down. Gaurav Sundararaman, meanwhile, has an eye on IPL trends that have emerged this year, including the dominance of pace over spin in the powerplay, the death-overs graveyard for bowlers, and the curious case of win toss, lose match.
Yuzvendra Chahal aims for glory in the UAE "heaven"
The legspinner talks to Shashank Kishore about the concerns of losing his rhythm, working on new tricks with Adam Zampa, mentoring younger players, and more.
Lingering snapshots of summer will carry cricket's family through an uncertain winter
As the Bob Willis Trophy winds up, Paul Edwards muses on how it has provided moments of normality in an unfamiliar world.
Come to think of it: Kumar Dharmasena made a mistake in the World Cup final, but just about every umpire would have done the same
He was pilloried for awarding England six runs instead of five for overthrows, and that proved crucial to the result, but was the impractical law to blame for the decision, asks Andrew Fidel Fernando.
Dean Jones will always be known for Madras
Ian Chappell recalls his most magnificent innings and what it said about his skills and endurance, while Daniel Brettig remembers the time he refused the money in a cake tin, and provided a warning that could have helped stamp out corruption in cricket early had it been heeded.
The balls of the century, No. 9: Andrew Flintoff to Ricky Ponting
Who's in at No. 9? An allrounder in his prime against a world-class batsman under pressure to protect his team's No. 1 status, that's who.