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$2.55 billion

The figure Star India paid for a five-year deal, securing television and digital rights for the IPL from 2018 to 2022. A total of 14 different companies including Facebook and Sony Pictures bid on seven different categories but Star India won the lot with a blanket bid for worldwide rights.


Ben Stokes’ career-best innings figures. The Durham allrounder had it swerving around corners, sending down sidewinders that left the West Indies batsmen in disarray and postponed Jimmy’s 500th wicket for another innings. His previous best – 6 for 36 – came in a similarly impressive spell against Australia at Trent Bridge in 2015.

Stokes’ name is now on both honours boards at Lord’s, the sixth England player to have his name etched onto both. Gubby Allen, Ray Illingworth, Ian Botham, Andrew Flintoff and Stuart Broad complete the company. 


Nathan Lyon took 13 wickets at Chittagong to register his second 10-wicket haul in Test cricket and move his series tally to 22 - the most by an Australian in a two-Test series. JJ Ferris had held the record since 1887, taking 18 in an Ashes series. Rangana Herath holds the overall record taking 23 in a two-Test series against Pakistan in 2014.

It has been a fruitful series for the spinner who has passed Richie Benaud and Jason Gillespie on Australia’s leading wicket-takers list. Lyon has also claimed more five-wicket hauls in Asia this year (4), than Herath, Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.


Virat Kohli hit back-back ODI hundreds against Sri Lanka at Colombo to take his tally of one-day hundreds to 30 as India completed a 5-0 sweep. The India skipper is now level with Ricky Ponting on 30, with only Sachin Tendulkar out in front with 49 career hundreds. Kohli reached the 30 mark in his 186th ODI knock, far swifter than Ponting (349) and Tendulkar (267).


The Kia Super League Finals Day at Hove saw an attendance of 3,413 – a record for a domestic women’s game in England. That numbers is aboves a 150 per cent increase on 2016.

Sussex Cricket Chief Executive, Rob Andrew said: “We have a strong record of promoting girls’ and women’s cricket in Sussex and I am delighted that we had such a good attendance at the Finals day.

“The potential for growth in the women’s game is huge and we look forward to hosting more women’s events in the coming years.”


County Championship defeats for Notts this year.

Second-placed Worcestershire’s victory at Trent Bridge moved them within 15 points of the leaders. Opener Daryl Mitchell scored an unbeaten 139 as the Pears chased their target of 226 with eight wickets to spare.