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featurecricket2 hours ago

SL vs IND | 1st T20I: Today I Learnt - Samson fails to deliver, Chahal roars back and Chameera's X-factor

After India looked set to post 180 on the board, thanks to brilliant knocks by Shikhar Dhawan and Suryakumar Yadav, the hosts fought back valiantly to restrict the Men in Blue to 164. With Yuzvendra Chahal returning to his best, the Lankans failed to deliver, though Asalanka waged a lone battle.
Harshit Anand
featurecricket9 hours ago

Taking away opportunities from one avenue, The Hundred has provided the chance elsewhere to seize

The Hundred, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)’s brainchild, has certainly been the talk of the town, literally and figuratively and in the public relations world, the tournament has excelled. However, elsewhere, it has certainly taken away the playing opportunity for several counties.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricketa day ago

Spots up for grabs as India brace for last hurrah before WT20

Against the expectations, the ODI leg of the white-ball series between India and Sri Lanka turned out to be close, with two games delivering edge-of-the-seat thrillers. Now comes the much-awaited T20Is, and for India, it will have great significance as it will be their final series before the WT20.
Harshit Anand
featurecricketa day ago

SL vs IND | Winners and losers from the ODIs ft. Ravi Shastri, Prasidh Krishna and Manish Pandey

Sri Lanka were forced to dig deep to claim their first win over India in home soil in 9 years, so it’s only fair that SportsCafe, too, digs deep and brings back a long-gone article. It’s been almost a year, but today Winners and Losers makes a special comeback to lighten up your day.
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket2 days ago

SL vs IND | 3rd ODI Takeaways - India’s chaotic approach against spin and the Hardik problem

Phew, after Shikhar Dhawan’s first win at the toss, many expected the Indian team to whitewash the Sri Lankan side, away from home. But as it turned out, Sri Lanka wrapped India up for 225 before the partnership between Avishka Fernando and Bhanuka Rajapaksa helped the hosts to a 'famous' win.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket2 days ago

Takeaways for India from County XI game ft. The KL Rahul show, Pujara-Agarwal conundrum and Jadeja > Vihari

Playing a tour game ahead of any Test series was the norm before, with the world in the right order. But ever since the pandemic, most of the teams have been forced to prepare for any series with intra-squad games instead, something that India were also subject to, ahead of the WTC finale.
Harshit Anand
featurecricket4 days ago

The Hundred | Game one: How it differed from T20, what was new, what worked and what didn’t

The Oval Invincibles and the Manchester Originals played out a nail-biter that proved to be the perfect curtain-raiser for The Hundred, but discourse about the actual cricket can wait. Let’s talk about The Hundred, its intricacies and what actually unfolded on day one of the competition.
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket4 days ago

Takeaways from the ENG-PAK T20Is ft. Malan’s misery and the contrasting spin tales

Expectations were at an all-time-low heading into the T20Is, but England and Pakistan ended up producing a contender for the ‘Best bilateral T20I series of the year’, with all 3 matches proving to be prime-time blockbusters. But entertainment aside, there were plenty of learnings for both sides.
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket4 days ago

Deepak Chahar transforms himself into a fortified god, but not overnight

Deepak Chahar runs in to bowl, with the new cherry in his hand, the fans are absolutely delighted and assured that he will pick up wickets with the new ball. But what transpired in Colombo is and will not be a one-time affair.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket5 days ago

SL vs IND | 2nd ODI Takeaways - Minod Bhanuka’s marked improvement and Shaw’s spin struggles

Losing, like winning, can be a habit, and Sri Lanka paid the price for conservatism with the ball as Deepak Chahar and Bhunveshwar Kumar helped India snatch victory from the jaws of defeat to seal a series win. India looked down and out at 193/7, but Chahar and Bhuvneshwar had other ideas.
Anirudh Suresh