Abdul Razzaq put in a superb all-round show as doping-hit Pakistan turned the formbook upside down with a four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in a Champions Trophy match on Tuesday. Pakistan did a commendable job when they restricted Sri Lanka to 253 despite missing key pacemen Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif, who returned home on Monday after failing dope tests.
Chris Gayle smashed an attractive century as the West Indies stormed into the Champions Trophy main draw with a 10-wicket win over hapless Bangladesh in a qualifying match on Wednesday. The left-hander hit an unbeaten 104 for his 13th century and Shivnarine Chanderpaul made 52 not out as Brian Lara's team made a mockery of Bangladesh's total of 161, winning with 13.2 overs to spare.
Andrew Flintoff and Shaun Udal made a mockery of India's famed batting line-up as a depleted England squared the series with a crushing 212-run victory in the third and final Test in Mumbai on Wednesday. It was England's first Test win in India since 1985. India were shot out for a pathetic 100 off just 48.2 overs in their second innings.
James Anderson celebrated his comeback with four wickets as England seized the initiative in the must-win third and final Test against India here on Monday. The 23-year-old fast bowler, playing his first Test in more than a year, also brought off a crucial run-out to strengthen his team's chances of squaring the series.
Munaf Patel bagged seven wickets in his debut game and Virender Sehwag regained his form with a blazing 76 not out as India shattered England's dreams with an emphatic nine-wicket win in the second Test on Monday. England go into the third and final Test at Mumbai on Saturday hoping to square the series.
India opener Wasim Jaffer marked his comeback with a half-century after Paul Collingwood hit his maiden hundred to revive England in the evenly-balanced opening Test in India on Thursday. Jaffer, returning to the team after three years, scored an unbeaten 73.
England captain Michael Vaughan has been ruled out of Wednesday's first Test against India after failing to recover from a knee injury, dealing a big blow to the tourists already battling form and fitness problems. ''He [Vaughan] is ruled out of this Test, but is not out of the series at this stage,'' England media manager Andrew Walpole told reporters on Monday.
A powerful blast during play and Pakistan's sharp pace attack combined to make Monday a scary day for England in the second cricket Test. The tourists -- one down in the three-Test series -- were 113-3 when bad light stopped play for the day, still 349 behind Pakistan's challenging first-innings total of 462.
Australian leg-spin genius Shane Warne is hoping for double success in the upcoming Test series in India by setting a world bowling record and mastering the hosts' formidable batting line-up. The first objective is a mere formality as he is just six victims short of surpassing Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan's world mark of 532 Test wickets.