articles by David Oram

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Pakistan vs West Indies: Sharjah success more than just a win for Jason Holder and Co

Jason Holder-led West Indies's win in the third and final Test in UAE versus Pakistan is, at the very least, a demonstration of what they are capable of.

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India vs West Indies: Weather the biggest obstacle between Virat Kohli’s men and number one spot

India is only one win away from consolidating their number one spot in the ICC’s Test rankings, but the Caribbean weather may not be such an easy enemy.

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India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli and co dominate ‘gutless’ Windies with ruthless bowling

Team India won the third Test in St Lucia against the West Indies, a game reduced by rain to only four days, and secured the series with a match to go.

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India vs West Indies: Hosts undone by masterful display of seam bowling by Bhuvaneshwar Kumar

The cricket between India and West Indies was sedate, and unassuming — and the pitch especially so. But that did not mean India's seamers, led by Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, were not going to give it their all.

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India vs West Indies: Poor pitches, sluggish outfield and slow over-rate make Tests a dull viewing

For the majority of viewers (especially the neutrals), the India vs West Indies Test series has been incredibly boring to watch.

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India vs West Indies: Alzarri Joseph's brave selection pays off as pacers corner Virat Kohli & co

West Indies' Alzarri Joseph, making his Test debut, seemed nerveless and found his range and pace straight away against India in the third Test on Tuesday.

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India vs West Indies: With Roston Chase's classy innings, Windies draw felt like a triumph

Roston Chase, a Bajan all-rounder in only his second Test Match, produced an innings of class and maturity to turn a certain loss in the second game of this four-match series into a highly commendable and respectable draw.

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Reality check: Things look bleak for West Indies but do they have any alternatives?

The West Indies selectors have little choice but to stick with the youngsters, and pick sides with a view to building for the future - while hoping that some breakthrough can be made in the present.

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India vs West Indies: Few positives for Windies and their 'negative' attitude on Day 1

India have prepared well, and entered this first Test with confidence and self-belief – and the intention to win. The West Indies by contrast seem to have little more than hope that they might save the game.

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India vs West Indies: Relatively unknown Windies team have the talent to achieve 'relative' success

This West Indies team is full of unfamiliar faces to a non-Caribbean audience. It is also full of talent and potential.

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From Miguel Cummins to Roston Chase: Lesser-known West Indies players who can surprise India

West Indies are entering into a new area – and for the first time in more than decade they are beginning to find some self-belief. Now they anxiously wait to see if they will bloom – and whether this young team can first survive, then thrive.

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Delhi hurt by its own Daredevilry: Constant tinkering with team, tactics proved to be DD's downfall

Delhi Daredevils promised so much, and ultimately delivered too little. They have so many areas for improvement that if they get them right one can actually see them winning the IPL next year.

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IPL 2016: On a day Virat Kohli failed, de Villiers proved you can never keep RCB down

AB de Villiers' knock was a matchless innings, and an intoxicating match, a game that showed T20 cricket is as capable of remarkable ebbs and flows as the longer formats. And it provides heroes too.

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Delhi's fielding keeps their IPL campaign alive, Sunrisers' drops may cost them big

Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner, following this side's last-ball defeat to Delhi Daredevils, was quick to put his finger on the difference between the two sides: The fielding

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IPL 2016: Gujarat’s lion-hearted win over KKR shows why they are still favourites

The business end of the IPL is not a time for the faint-hearted, and Gujarat Lions' emphatic 6-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders proved that they are indeed Lion-hearted

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IPL 2016: Failure to fix best combination dooms Delhi Daredevils’ play-off hopes

Delhi Daredevils' loss to bottom-ranked Rising Pune Supergiants shows that their biggest problem is that they have never known what their best team is.

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Krunal Pandya's performance reinforces IPL's purpose: To unearth uncut diamonds

The most pleasure I get is in seeing local players step into the spotlight, and however briefly, enjoy the limelight. Occasionally, they hog it, and bask in the beams as though they were made to always be in focus. Such a man on Sunday was Krunal Pandya.

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IPL 2016: Kohli, ABD feasted on Lions' carcass, made carnage look beautiful

RCB came into the game knowing that they needed to win each of their remaining games to have a chance of qualifying for the competition's latter stages. But if they bat like this throughout the rest of the tournament though, they will be near unbeatable

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IPL 2016: DD's ‘horses for courses’ gallop as race for knock-out places hots up

So, it's all to play for, and the top five sides need to find their winning formations and formulas right now. The Delhi Daredevils demonstrated here that, just in time, they may have hit upon theirs.