The Telegraph: Bangladesh put stunned South Africa to sword

Sport means many different things to many different people. In the West, what is meant to be an entertaining pursuit tends to veer between two extremes: a serious, methodical affair, analysed in severe and sombre tones, and a raucous booze-up. Watch a South Asian nation, however, and the celebratory, festival-like atmosphere is a spectacle unlike any other.

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The Telegraph: New Zealand begin World Cup campaign with ruthless 10-wicket victory over Sri Lanka

New Zealand (137/0) beat Sri Lanka (136) by 10 wickets

There is a moment, before any sporting contest, where hope and opportunity triumph over all else. As Sri Lanka’s Lahiru Thirimanne deftly guided the first New Zealand delivery to the fine-leg boundary, those thoughts blossomed.

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The Telegraph: Aussies hit ominous form with Sri Lanka thrashing

Sport means many different things to many different people. In the West, what is meant to be an entertaining pursuit tends to veer between two extremes: a serious, methodical affair, analysed in severe and sombre tones, and a raucous booze-up. Watch a South Asian nation, however, and the celebratory, festival-like atmosphere is a spectacle unlike any other.

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The Telegraph: Eoin Morgan hails Jos Buttler – ‘He seems to have a gear that not many of us have’

How do you bowl to Jos Buttler? That was the question put to Mickey Arthur, Pakistan’s head coach, after his team found themselves on the wrong end of a Buttler onslaught. Buttler showed no mercy as he belted 110 runs from 55 balls, and still ended up unbeaten.

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The Telegraph: Northeast century continues domination over former parish

Sam Northeast’s match-winning century started and ended to mild, but universal, applause. The least you might expect on reaching three figures but, for the former Kent captain (105 not out from 95 balls), not necessarily a given; in last year’s final at Lord’s Northeast walked out to a sea of boos from the Kent travelling support.

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The Telegraph: Lancashire’s Haseeb Hameed ends wait for first-class century in style against Middlesex

Lancashire (267-4) lead Middlesex (265) by 2 runs

If Keaton Jennings was the question at the start of play, Haseeb Hameed, by its close, was the answer. Once a vulnerable target for the shorter ball, now it was his forte, as the Lancashire opener reached his century with a neatly pulled six off the back foot.

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The Telegraph: Pink ball mania! 47,000 pack into Adelaide Oval for first night-time Test

Opening day of the first day-night cricket Test between Australia and New Zealand an exciting affair with bumper crowd

By Isabelle Westbury, Adelaide

“The ball has behaved like, well, a cricket ball.” Despite the hype, the controversy and the debate about its future, the first day of the first day-night Test was summed up by Australian commentator Jim Maxwell. Pink, it would seem, is just another colour.

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