• India is on top of Group B; it is knocking a few cottages down but it is huffing and puffing to do it. They say at Wimbledon that a few tough early rounds are good for you and if that is the case it must augur well for India. But to go the distance it must get a decent new ball attack going (and that need not necessarily mean two fast bowlers as we now know!) and fielders in the deep must be convinced that a run can be saved when the ball is hit in their direction.


    But it is not all darkness and gloom. Indeed, in spite of centuries from Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag earlier in the tournament, the biggest plus has been the form of Yuvraj Singh. As you enter the knockouts, you need match-winners to be in good touch and Yuvraj is coming along quite well now, rising to the second spot behind Sehwag in the Indian team on the Castrol Index.


    To be honest, I am more enthused by his batting than his bowling because that is his stronger arm – as is reflected by the Castrol Index where

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  • Bangladesh won the toss and inserted the opposition in this game providing the 182nd occasion of a team doing so in the world cup. It also provides the sixth occasion of Bangladesh doing so in the world cup.

    Bangladesh won the game by two wickets after inserting the opposition providing the 78th occasion of a team winning the game after it had inserted the opposition in the world cup. This win is Bangladesh's second win in the world cup under the captioned circumstances. The first win was against Bermuda at Trinidad on 25.03.07. Bangladesh had won this game by seven wickets.

    Bangladesh won the toss and inserted the opposition in this game providing the 1501st occasion of a team doing so in the annals of one day games. It also provides the 50th occasion of Ireland doing so in one day games.

    Bangladesh's win by two wickets in this game represents its 19th win in one day games after it had inserted the opposition. This win provides the 748th win by a team after it had inserted the

    Read More »from Match No 28: Bangladesh vs England
  • India vs SA: Battle of the bowlers

    As you enter the VCA stadium in Nagpur, you can sense that this is the real thing. India and South Africa, both touted as tournament favourites take on each other here tomorrow. The obvious battle is for two extra points and to inch up towards the top spot in Group B. But that is just on paper. In reality, whoever wins Saturday's clash will go ahead with a huge psychological advantage and captains of both sides seemed to have very different reactions to the pressure cooker situation on hand.


    MS Dhoni's pre match press conference saw him face a verbal volley fiercer than Styen and Morkel put together. The Indian captain normally has a few laughs or at least lets out a chuckle during his interaction with the media, but this time it was all business. When quizzed over the absence of his smile, Dhoni said, "If you stop asking questions I'll smile."


    On the other hand, when Graeme Smith was thrown the big match question by an over-enthusiastic reporter he responded with a "I think

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