England's wait for an ICC ODI title continued as they lost a rain affected 20 over game by 5 runs. Rana Malook saw events unfold.
For England the wait goes on: a five-run defeat by an energetic – and energetically supported – India in a rain-ravaged Champions Trophy final deprived Alastair Cook of the chance to become the first England captain to lift an ICC 50-over trophy.
When asked how England would get on in the ICC Champions trophy final against India, most people start climbing fences. Not HITC sports writer Rana Malook.
It is one of the beauties of cricket that within the overall narrative of a game lie so many smaller stories, the plays within the play.
Shikhar Dhawan's measured 68 helped India to a thumping 8 wicket victory over Sri Lanka. Rana Malook reviews another anti-climatic semi final.
South African batsmen didn't even bother bringing knives to a gunfight. England walked leisurely to the final of the ICC champions trophy 2013
Stage is set. ICC Champions Trophy Semi Final. England vs South Africa. Who will Choke? Rana Malook studies the ropes.
Australia are heading towards next month's Ashes series with "not a great deal of confidence" according to their stand-in ODI captain, George Bailey.
For the most part it was a frustrating day in Cardiff but finally England beat the weather that had threatened to derail their Champions Trophy hopes and overcame New Zealand in a shortened match by 10 runs.
It's honours even so far in the First Test in Cardiff
Glancing at the cover of the match programme during Australia’s recent tour game at Essex, one could see the increasing absurdity of Michael Clarke being nicknamed Pup.
Here we go again. From the frequency with which Ashes series come around you might think that this entertainment has been commissioned by the same people who bring us Strictly, MasterChef or Downton Abbey. Find a winning formula and squeeze it dry.