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New Zealand eye Bangladesh whitewash to cap off hectic home summer
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New Zealand eye Bangladesh whitewash to cap off hectic home summer

PreviewWith the series in the bag, the only dampener for the hosts in the third and final T20I in Auckland could be rainBig PictureNew Zealand are about to end their all-win home summer that has stretched seven series. They have hosted 21 international matches, the most by any country since the Covid-19 pandemic. It is regarded as an administrative success, particularly given their country's stringent quarantine protocols. The only dampener is likely to be the rain in the forecast in Auckland for the season finale, the third T20I against Bangladesh.A major strength for New Zealand has been their newcomers turning in superb contributions even after they have been put under pressure. In the second T20I in Napier, it was Glenn Phillips whose unbeaten half-century got them out of trouble and i...
Listless Bangladesh look easy prey for high-octane New Zealand
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Listless Bangladesh look easy prey for high-octane New Zealand

Big pictureA win remains elusive for Bangladesh while New Zealand have their eyes on claiming an unprecedented ninth consecutive home series. Going by their form and confidence in the three ODIs and the first T20I in Hamilton, Napier is appearing to be a repeat: Bangladesh being left behind by New Zealand's high-octane cricket.The charge is being led by Devon Conway, who made his international debut at the start of the 2020-21 season, and now has scores of 72, 126 and 92 not out in his last three innings. His innings included some beautiful shots, as well as periods when he let Will Young, on debut, go after the bowling. Glenn Phillips provided the flourish as they combined to blast 101 runs in the last seven overs in Hamilton. Later it was Ish Sodhi whose four wickets in eleven balls sunk...
Unpredictable Sri Lanka seek spark to seal first series win in the Caribbean
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Unpredictable Sri Lanka seek spark to seal first series win in the Caribbean

Big pictureAfter a first Test that had started with a patented Sri Lankan batting collapse that almost anyone who had been watching them play cricket over the past few years could have predicted, here we are somehow entertaining the very real possibility of them securing a first ever Test series win in the Caribbean.Now, of course, for this to actually transpire, it would require Sri Lanka to replicate, and most likely better, their performance from the previous week - certainly no little ask, but one considerably less farfetched than it might have been at the same point last week.Much of this optimism is down to, as is now almost their trademark, some previously unheralded player from their fractured domestic system beating the odds to spark the team into life.This time it was Pathum Niss...
With series on the line, deciding India-England ODI set up to be fitting tour finale
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With series on the line, deciding India-England ODI set up to be fitting tour finale

Big pictureMore than seven weeks after England played their first day of cricket in India, it's time for the finale of the tour. It's a Sunday afternoon fixture, the ODI series is tied 1-1, and there's everything to play for. What more do you want?Well, if you're Virat Kohli, you want more from your spinners. In 35 overs, they've conceded 283 runs at an economy of 8.09 for just one wicket. Be it IPL experience or pure skill (or a combination of both), England's batsmen have been supremely confident against the spinners. Some said dropping Kuldeep Yadav after one game would be too harsh on him, but now it seems like India have no choice. After spending a good period on the bench, it might be time for Yuzvendra Chahal to prove why he should be the first spinner on the Indian ODI teamsheet ev...
Bangladesh search for change of fortunes against new-look New Zealand
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Bangladesh search for change of fortunes against new-look New Zealand

Big Picture Bangladesh will hope a change of format can bring a change in their fortunes in New Zealand after they were swept 3-0 in the ODIs. The three-match T20I series begins in Hamilton on Sunday afternoon, with the home side likely to present a very new look.New Zealand will be without their regular captain Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner and Tim Seifert, who have all been rested to prepare for a grueling IPL schedule. But they will have the experienced Tim Southee, who is leading the side in Williamson's absence, as well as Martin Guptill and Ish Sodhi.Bangladesh too are in a similar situation now that they are without Tamim Iqbal, who is not available due to personal reasons. Already without Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh's squad has only Mu...
India and England play good cop bad cop as series hits fever pitch
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India and England play good cop bad cop as series hits fever pitch

Big pictureIt appears the narrative of this series is set. England have committed to being the marauders and India are, as they've always been, the pragmatists. It's like cricket's own version of a buddy cop show.In the absence of Eoin Morgan, who split the webbing on his right hand on Tuesday, Jos Buttler will lead the troublemakers. The ones that don't play by the rules but by their own. A set of fearless, gung-ho entertainers who truly believe in - and as a result, enhance the threat of - the firepower at their disposal. If ever there was a team that could touch 500 in an ODI, it is this lot. And no amount of collapses or defeats will sway them off this path. Better these wounds than those of 2015.Virat Kohli's men are a little more straight-laced. They go by the book. They dot the I's,...
New Zealand aim for series sweep as Bangladesh fight for ODI Super League
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New Zealand aim for series sweep as Bangladesh fight for ODI Super League

Big Picture At the crack of dawn on Bangladesh's 50th Independence Day, there is hope that the cricket team in New Zealand will deliver a performance that matches the grand occasion. Many fans back home will be hoping that when they wake up on Friday, Bangladesh will be going toe-to-toe with New Zealand in Wellington.After New Zealand's middle order led them to a series win in the second ODI in Christchurch, this game has got the status of a dead rubber. But in the age of the ODI Super League, every match counts and Bangladesh will be hoping to get the ten points out of New Zealand at any cost. The home side, however, will be boosted by the return of Ross Taylor, who passed a fitness test after missing the first two matches.Taylor will be a welcome addition to the middle order. In Christch...