Oct 212016

KUANTAN, Malaysia: The world’s 13th ranked Pakistan defeated the 11th ranked South Korea 1-0 in the 4th Asian Champions Trophy Hockey Tournament here in the Malaysian city of Kuantan on Friday.

The only goal of the exciting contest came in the last minute. The goal was scored by Haseem Khan on Pakistan’s fourth penalty corner of the match.

Instead of going direct, Aleem Bilal pushed the ball towards the left side of the goal and Haseem Khan dived to flick the ball in, to give Pakistan a well-deserved victory.

Unlike Thursday when they lost opener 2-4 to hosts Malaysia, Pakistan appeared a well composed outfit right from the outset. In a high-octane encounter they matched the Koreans in fitness throughout.

Although the 60-minute play saw just one goal, but there were plenty of thrills in the game which saw attacking play.

There were a lot of goal mouth action and both the net minders shone.

Korea could not make of their seven penalty corners though four of them came in succession.

Pakistani rushers Ejaz and Rizwan Senior through their fast sprints halted the opponents’ penalty corner strikes on the top of the circle taking them on stick or foot.

On a couple of occasions when the Koreans opted for indirect drill Pakistani defence was up to the task.

The Pakistan side displayed good team work and understanding.

They had more possession and made seven attempts on the goal of the 17-circle penetrations as compared to Korea’s five out of 13.

Sunday will see the most eagerly awaited encounter of the event as Pakistan will take on traditional rivals India.

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Oct 212016
PCB Youth XI beat Australian Army team

LAHORE: Magnificent bowling by Ghulam Murtaza and Ahmed Shafiq helped PCB Youth XI defeat Australian Army team by a convincing margin of 107 runs in a T20 match played at the Gaddafi Stadium here on Friday. The visitors, who were set a target of 196, were bundled out for 88 in 19.4 overs. Murtaza finished with four for 15, while Ahmed Shafiq took three for 8. Only T Davit showed some aggression, scoring 35 off 22 balls. He hit four fours and two sixes. The PCB Youth XI won the toss and elected to bat first. They scored 195 for three. Waqas Ali struck 57 off 38 balls, hitting nine fours. Fahad Usman faced 21 deliveries to score 53 runs, smashing nine fours and two sixes. Waleed Anjum contributed 39 off 28 balls. He hit a six and five fours. In the death overs Ali Zeryab delighted the crowd with his two towering sixes and two fours in his unbeaten innings of 34 off 18 balls. Gilmour, Davey and Marama took one wicket each. Chief Guest Commander Lahore Corps Lt-General Sadiq Ali said on the occasion that the visit of the Australian army team would tell the world that Pakistan was a safe country for international sports. The visitors will play their third match against Punjab Police at the Bagh-i-Jinnah Ground on Saturday (today).  Click for detailed story

Oct 212016
Waseem frustrated by lack of help from Pakistan

KARACHI: World Boxing Council’s (WBC) silver flyweight world champion Mohammad Waseem on Friday showed disappointment over the lack of sponsorship at a time when he needs financial support for preparing for the world title. “I am really frustrated that I am unable to get any sponsorship from Pakistan for which I played for more than a decade,” the Quetta-born boxer told ‘The News’ from Las Vegas, United States. “I am still waiting for the prize money announced by some people when I returned to Pakistan after winning the world silver crown in July,” Waseem said. He has been training at the world’s top boxer Floyd Mayweather Junior’s club in the US to prepare for his bout against Giemel Magramo of the Philippines on November 27 at Seoul. Waseem beat Jether Oliva of the Philippines on July 17 in Seoul to become the first Pakistani professional boxer to lift the flyweight world silver title. Magramo won the vacant WBC International Flyweight Championship by beating Jeny Boy Boca, also of the Philippines. Waseem is the only boxer in the world who has clinched the coveted title in only four pro bouts. Waseem has secured ninth spot in the WBC rankings. Magramo occupies the 15th spot in the rankings. Waseem will defend his title on November 27 in Seoul. He is in great form and doing hard training in America under the supervision of Jeff Mayweather, the uncle of Floyd Mayweather Junior. “I am in top shape and training hard. Insha Allah I [Read More…]

Oct 212016
India to use DRS for England Tests

NEW DELHI: India have agreed to use Umpire Decision Review System (DRS) for the upcoming Test series against England on a “trial basis” to “evaluate the improvements made” in the system. India had played in the first series with umpire reviews, against Sri Lanka in 2008, but this will be their first bilateral contest since then with all the components of the DRS — including ball-tracking technology — in place. “We are happy to note that Hawk-Eye has institutionalised all the recommendations made by BCCI, and we confirm that this improved version of DRS will be used on a trial basis during the forthcoming series against England,” the The Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur said. “Based on the performance of the system and the feedback that we will receive, further continuation in forthcoming series will be decided.” One of India’s biggest concerns with the DRS, the predicted path of the ball after it hits the pad in the case of lbw decisions, will be addressed by the use of ultra-motion cameras. The manual intervention in determining the point of impact will be minimised by the introduction of Ultra Edge, which according to a BCCI release had been approved by Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT]. It will also eliminate the possibility of another touch after the first impact affecting the predicted path or point of impact. “Earlier, there was a possibility that the operator would have missed a delivery and hence an lbw appeal could [Read More…]

Oct 212016
Usman, Zia propel Ebrahim Ali Bhai School to huge win

KARACHI: Centuries from Mohammad Usman and Zia-ur-Rahman powered Ebrahim Ali Bhai School to a record 310-run victory over Al Hameed Secondary School in Omar Trophy Inter-School Cricket Tournament, being organised by the Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association (PVCA). In the other match of the day, New Standard Secondary School registered an astonishing victory while defending a modest total of 84 against Falcon House Grammar School. Ebrahim Ali Bhai School whipped Al Hameed Secondary School after posting an awesome total of 361 for in 40 overs in the Group F encounter at the Naya Nazimabad Lawai Stadium. New Standard Secondary School managed to defeat Falcon House Grammar School by 47 runs, having scored only 84 in their Group H clash at the KCCA Stadium. The 277-run partnership between opener Zia-ur-Rahman and Mohammad Usman for the second wicket allowed Ebrahim Ali Bhai School to post a monumental total. Opener Zia retired after scoring 120 off 89 balls with the help of five sixes and six fours. Usman, adjudged Man of the Match, struck eight sixes and 21 fours in his staggering knock of 184, coming off only 100 balls. Medium-pacers Haseebuddin (2-56) and Muneeruddin (2-63) were the successful bowlers for Al Hameed Secondary School. Al Hameed Secondary School lost their way from the outset and were bowled out for 81 in 19.1 overs. The innings was wrapped up by Ebrahim Ali Bhai School’s leg-spinner Abdul Rahman (6-22) after medium-pacers Zeeshan-ur-Rahman (2-14) and Saeed-ur-Rahman (2-26) had routed the top-order. In the other match, batting [Read More…]

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