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Hello, David Cooper and the Sport360 team are in place to provide you with the latest news, comment and analysis on all things cricket.

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9:00pm – Spotlight on Alastair Cook and Virat Kohli at Lord’s

England and India are set to resume their battle when the two sides meet in the second Test at Lord’s on August 9. There are plenty of players from both sides who will be under the spotlight at the ‘home of cricket’ for various reasons. Two of them are Alastair Cook and Virat Kohli.

Read more on why the spotlight at Lord’s will be on the duo among others here.

Alastair Cook's form is in focus ahead of the Lord's Test.

Alastair Cook’s form is in focus ahead of the Lord’s Test.

8:00pm – Australia’s Pat Cummins a big doubt for Test series with Pakistan

Australia pacer Pat Cummins appears to be losing his race against time to get fit for the upcoming two-Test series against Pakistan in the UAE. The Aussie fast-bowler has been out of action with an injury since his exertions in the tour of South Africa earlier this year and is reportedly in danger of missing the Pakistan series.

Read more on this breaking story here.

Cummins is reportedly lagging behind in his injury rehabilitation.

Cummins is reportedly lagging behind in his injury rehabilitation.

6:40pm – Dale Steyn says Kagiso Rabada is a much better bowler than him

South Africa’s joint all-time leading Test wicket-taker Dale Steyn has showered praise on young Kagiso Rabada. Steyn believes that the 23-year-old youngster is a much better bowler than him at the moment.

Read what the South African great had to say about Rabada’s potential here.

Steyn has lavished praise on young Rabada.

Steyn has lavished praise on young Rabada.

6:30pm – India’s Jasprit Bumrah ruled out of Lord’s Test against England

India have been dealt a huge blow ahead of the second Test against England at Lord’s which gets underway on August 9. Pacer Jasprit Bumrah has been unable to recover from his thumb injury in time and will miss the second Test. Bumrah is reportedly bowling fit but not ‘match’ fit according to India bowling coach Bharat Arun.

Read more on this breaking story here.

Bumrah has lost his race to get fit in time for the Lord's Test.

Bumrah has lost his race to get fit in time for the Lord’s Test.

6:00pm – England’s Ollie Pope hoping to follow in Sam Curran’s footsteps

20-year-old Ollie Pope is in line to make his England debut when the hosts take on India in the second Test at Lord’s on August 9. The Surrey youngster is hoping to emulate Sam Curran’s smooth transition into the Test arena.

Read what Pope had to say with regards to his potential debut here.

Ollie Pope is in line to make his England Test debut at Lord's.

Ollie Pope is in line to make his England Test debut at Lord’s.

5:00pm – Spin in focus ahead of Lord’s Test between England and India

England and India are set to resume their battle in the second Test of the five-match series which gets underway on August 9 at Lord’s. Spinners from both sides could be key at the ‘home of cricket’ with the ongoing heatwave in the UK showing no signs of relenting.

Read more about the build-up to the clash in our talking points.

India will be tempted to play two spinners at Lord's.

India will be tempted to play two spinners at Lord’s.

3:00pm – ICC sanction second edition of T10 League in the UAE

The International Cricket Council (ICC) officially sanctioned the second season of the T10 League which will be held in November. The 10-over event begins from November 23 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium that will see eight franchises compete in an expanded 10-day competition.

Read more on this story here.

Eoin Morgan was one of the players to feature in 2017.

Eoin Morgan was one of the players to feature in 2017.

11:30am – Comment: Batting taken a hit because of bowling focus

KL Rahul's stumps go flying at Edgbaston.

KL Rahul’s stumps go flying at Edgbaston.

Cricket writer Ajit Vijaykumar says India’s onus on playing attacking cricket and taking 20 wickets in a Test match has effected their batting in the game’s longest format.

Do you agree?

Read his article, here.

10am – India sweat over Bumrah’s fitness

Pace ace: Jasprit Bumrah.

As India fell to a narrow 31-run defeat in the first Test against England, they must have wondered what could have been had they had the services of pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah.

Bhuvneshwar is already ruled out of the first three Tests but India would have secretly hoped that Bumrah recovers from his thumb injury in time for the second Test at Lord’s.

The latter has been out of action ever since he fractured his thumb in the second T20 against Ireland in Dublin.

However, Bumrah was recently seen doing some throw-downs in the team’s net sessions raising hopes that he could be fit in time for the Lord’s Test which gets underway on August 9.

Read more, here.

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Hello, David Cooper and the Sport360 team are in place to provide you with the latest news, comment and analysis on all things cricket.

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7:00pm – PCB increases monthly remuneration and match fees for Pakistan players

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) raised match fees and monthly remuneration of all centrally contracted players across categories after unveiling a new list on Monday. A new category E has also been introduced to reward performers at the domestic level.

Read how the contracted players across different categories will be impacted by the latest changes here.

6:30pm – Sourav Ganguly advises Virat Kohli to persist with batting line-up at Lord’s

While Virat Kohli has changed his Test line-up every single match since he took over the India captaincy, former skipper Sourav Ganguly has urged the current captain to resist that temptation in the second Test against England at Lord’s.

Read Ganguly’s advise to Kohli in full here.

Ganguly has warned Kohli against chopping and changing too much.

Ganguly has warned Kohli against chopping and changing too much.

6:15pm – India pacer Mohammed Siraj continues red-hot form

Mohammed Siraj continues to be on fire with the India ‘A’ pacer picking up four more wickets on Monday in the ongoing unofficial Test against South Africa ‘A’. This means that Siraj has now picked up 24 wickets and counting in three first-class matches following his excellent showing in England last month.

Read more on Siraj’s wicket-taking streak here.

Mohammed Siraj.

Mohammed Siraj.

6:00pm – Mitchell Starc nearing full fitness ahead of Pakistan Test series

Australia have been handed a boost ahead of their two-Test series against Pakistan in the UAE with pacer Mitchell Starc nearing full fitness. Starc has been sidelined with injury since April this year when Australia toured South Africa. The left-arm pacer has revealed that his recuperation is on track and he expects to be fully fit for the series in the UAE.

Read what Starc had to say about his rehabilitation progress here.

Starc expects to be fully fit for the two-Test series against Pakistan.

Starc expects to be fully fit for the two-Test series against Pakistan.

5:30pm – Prosecution argues that Ben Stokes ‘lost control’ in affray case

England all-rounder Ben Stokes’ affray-charge hearing continues in Bristol with the prosecution presenting their case. The prosecution has argued that the England star ‘lost control’ and knocked two men unconscious in the Bristol night club incident.

Read more on this breaking story here.

Ben Stokes' hearing is underway in Bristol.

Ben Stokes’ hearing is underway in Bristol.

4:00pm – James Anderson injures himself in freak golfing ‘accident’

England were given a major scare ahead of the second Test against India at Lord’s with pacer James Anderson suffering a freaking golfing accident over the weekend. The 36-year-old veteran took an almighty whack to the face while taking a swing with his England team-mate Stuart Broad on hand to record the video of the incident.

Watch Anderson’s freak injury which had Broad in splits here.

Stuart Broad was on hand to record Anderson's freak golf accident.

Stuart Broad was on hand to record Anderson’s freak golf accident.

12pm – England all-rounder arrives in court

England cricketer Ben Stokes arrives for the start of his trial at Bristol Crown Court in Bristol, south-west England on August 6, 2018. - Ben Stokes's international career will be placed in suspended animation when the England cricketer appears in a Bristol court on Monday charged with affray. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Ben Stokes makes his way into Bristol Crown Court.

10am – Bangladesh clinch T20 International Series against West Indies

Bangladesh's players pose with the trophy after winning the 3rd and final T20i match against West Indies at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on August 5, 2018. (Photo by Randy Brooks / AFP) (Photo credit should read RANDY BROOKS/AFP/Getty Images)

Victorious: Bangladesh triumphed at Fort Lauderdale in Florida.

Bangladesh secured a hard-fought 19-run (Duckworth-Lewis) victory over West Indies on Sunday in the third and final clash of their T20 International Series.

The win meant the subcontinent side tasted a 2-1 success overall.

Bangladesh posted a more than competitive first innings 184-5, with opener Liton Das hitting 61 off 32 balls, and in their chase, the Windies reached 135-7. But, in a match shortened by rain, that wasn’t enough as D-L came into play.

9am – Stokes due in court

Ben Stokes will be missing for the Lord's Test.

Ben Stokes could miss the Lord’s Test.

England cricketer Ben Stokes will go on trial on Monday, accused of affray.

The 27-year-old all-rounder and two other men, Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 27, all deny the charge.

Read more, here.

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A look back at the first ODI wins for India, Pakistan, Australia, England and other cricket nations

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Nepal beat Netherlands for their first ODI win on Friday

Nepal recorded their first ODI win when they beat the Netherlands by one run off the last ball in a thrilling finish at Amstelveen on Friday. It came on only their second attempt after securing ODI status earlier this year in the World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe.

Following their triumph, we look back at the first ODI wins of the other 15 nations in the current ICC ODI Championship.

AFGHANISTAN

BEAT SCOTLAND BY 89 RUNS, APRIL 2009

Afghanistan already played a number a 50-over games but it was towards the end of the 2009 World Cup Qualifier where they made their ODI debut. It came against Scotland in the fifth place-off with Mohammad Nabi’s half-century giving them victory in Benoni, South Africa.

Mohammad Nabi starred for Afghanistan

Mohammad Nabi starred for Afghanistan

AUSTRALIA

BEAT ENGLAND BY FIVE WICKETS, JANUARY 1971

The day when one-day international cricket was born and quite ironic considering it was two arch rivals to clash in the 50-over format. In Melbourne, John Edrich top-scored with 82 as England posted 190 but Ian Chappell’s 60 saw the Australians home in 34 overs.

BANGLADESH

BEAT KENYA BY SIX WICKETS, MAY 1998

The Tigers had to wait more than a decade (played their first ODI in 1985) to finally seal their maiden ODI victory after failing in all their previous attempts.

Kenya, who had beaten them so many times before, were the unfortunate victims as Mohammad Rafique’s 77 saw Bangladesh reach their 236-run target in the 48th over.

Bangladeshi bowler Mohammad Rafique impressed with the bat

Bangladeshi bowler Mohammad Rafique impressed with the bat.

ENGLAND

BEAT AUSTRALIA BY SIX WICKETS, AUGUST 1972

After clashing 18 months earlier, the famous rivalry was renewed the following summer, this time on English soil. England had never played an ODI in front of their home crowd but they gave them plenty to cheer about as Dennis Amiss’ century registered their first win in only their second match.

INDIA

BEAT EAST AFRICA BY 10 WICKETS, JUNE 1975

After losing both their games on tour against England a year earlier, the Indians made it count on the biggest stage of them all – the World Cup.

Against an East Africa side in Leeds, half-centuries from Farokh Engineer and Sunil Gavaskar meant they got their ODI record up and running.

Sunil Gavaskar played a vital role for India

Sunil Gavaskar played a vital role for India.

IRELAND

BEAT SCOTLAND BY 85 RUNS, AUGUST 2006

The Irish made their ODI debut against England earlier in the summer but fell to a loss. There was no repeat on their second attempt as Eoin Morgan’s 99 sealed victory in a European Championship Division One encounter.

Eoin Morgan was a star player for Ireland before switching to England

Eoin Morgan was a star player for Ireland before switching to England.

NETHERLANDS

BEAT NAMIBIA BY 64 RUNS, MARCH 2003

Having played ODIs in 1996 and 2002, it was in 2003 when the Dutch ended their losing streak with a 64-run triumph against Namibia at the World Cup. Klass-Jan van Noortwijk was one of two centurions as the Netherlands were too strong for their opponents.

NEW ZEALAND

BEAT PAKISTAN BY 22 RUNS, FEBRUARY 1973

Christchurch made history by hosting New Zealand’s first ODI and the hosts marked the occasion in style. Dayle Hadlee took four wickets as the Black Caps defended their 188 target.

PAKISTAN

BEAT ENGLAND BY SEVEN WICKETS, AUGUST 1974

Pakistan’s ODI debut didn’t go according to plan after a 22-run defeat to New Zealand but on their tour of England, the Men in Green soon got the hang of playing 50-over cricket.

Set a competitive total of 245, Majid Khan struck his maiden ODI ton to see Pakistan seal an easy win.

SCOTLAND

BEAT THE NETHERLANDS BY FOUR WICKETS, AUGUST 2006

After going through the 1999 World Cup winless, the Scots had to wait seven years to get their first win in the ODI arena, beating the Netherlands by four wickets.

SOUTH AFRICA

BEAT INDIA BY EIGHT WICKETS, NOVEMBER 1991

Surprisingly, it was almost two decades before South Africa first got to grips with ODI cricket. It was on their tour of India but despite having lost the series, the Proteas stunned the Indians as Kepler Wessels (90), Peter Kirsten (86no) and Adrian Kuiper (63) combined to reach their 288-run target.

Kepler Wessels top-scored for South Africa

Kepler Wessels top-scored for South Africa.

SRI LANKA

BEAT ENGLAND BY THREE RUNS, FEBRUARY 1982

After losing all six games in the 1975 and 1979 World Cup editions, finally there was something to celebrate as they defeated a much-fancied England side by three runs in Colombo to level the two-match series.

WEST INDIES

BEAT ENGLAND BY EIGHT WICKETS, SEPTEMBER 1973

The Caribbean side suffered a one-wicket loss in their first ODI but the West Indians ensured there was no mistake this time as Roy Fredericks ran riot with the bat, his 105-run knock setting the platform for victory.

ZIMBABWE

BEAT AUSTRALIA BY 13 RUNS, JUNE 1983

The Zimbabweans could not have asked for a better start to ODI cricket after stunning Australia in Nottingham. The target for the Aussies was 240 thanks to Duncan Fletcher’s 69.

That wasn’t the end of the former England and India coach with the all-rounder taking four wickets to complete a historic win.

UAE

BEAT THE NETHERLANDS BY SEVEN WICKETS, MARCH 1996

After losing to India and Pakistan in Sharjah, the UAE had to wait two more years before they played another ODI. That came in the 1996 World Cup, rubbing shoulders with the elite.

It was not until their final game of the tournament they managed to secure their maiden ODI triumph when Saleem Raza’s 84 did the job in Lahore against the Dutch.

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