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Trivia Tuesday: Which team has chased down 300-plus most times in an ODI World Cup?

High-scoring one day internationals are so common place now that a target of 300 or more is no longer considered daunting. Hell, 434 was gunned down way back in 2006 and there’s no reason why teams cannot chase 300-plus totals considering the flat pitches, short boundaries and two new balls …

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Trivia: The mysterious spell of 0-0-8-0

Abdur Rehman, the Pakistan left-arm spinner, had the unique distinction of conceding eight runs wothout bowling a single legitimate delivery in the 2014 edition of the Asia Cup against Bangladesh. The left-arm spinner was barred from bowling before he had delivered a legal ball as he came on in the …

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Trivia: Who is the only batsman to hit a six off the first ball of a Test?

The 2012 Mirpur Test between West Indies and Bangladesh would have remained a rather forgettable match in the annals of Test cricket if you had taken out ball one of the Test. Having won the toss, West Indies opted to bat first on a placid surface against the hosts in …

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Mohammed Shami vs Bhuvneshwar Kumar in ODIs

It’s a long running debate as to who should partner the impeccable Jasprit Bumrah with the new ball. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been the incumbent for a while with several others including Umesh Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Siraj and Siddharth Kaul tested in recent times. But in late 2018, less than …

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