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Jan 062018
Fakhar resistance in vain as NZ win by 61 runs D/L

Photo credit: photosport.nzWELLINGTON: Kane Williamson scored a century and Tim Southee captured three wickets in a devastating spell to guide New Zealand to victory over Pakistan in a rain-shortened One Day International on Saturday.New Zealand won the match by 61 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis system to take a 1-0 lead in the five-game series while ending Pakistan´s nine-match winning streak in ODIs. [embed_video1 url= style=center] With Williamson top scoring with 115 off 117 balls, New Zealand posted a daunting total of 315 for seven on a wet and windy day at the Basin Reserve.Pakistan were struggling at 161-6 in the 31st over when rain forced the players from the field, before play was eventually called off.Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman finished unbeaten on 82 but received little support from his teammates, who had arrived in New Zealand on a roll after winning last year´s Champions Trophy tournament.Southee rocked the tourists from the outset of their innings when he dismissed Azhar Ali and Babar Azam, both leg before wicket, in successive deliveries in the first over.Southee missed out a hat-trick but dismissed Shoaib Malik, caught behind for 13, after Mohammad Hafeez fell to a Trent Boult bouncer for one, leaving Pakistan in deep trouble at 37-4 long before the rain set in.Pakistan had won the toss and opted to field first. For more than 20 overs the umpires kept the bails off after they tired of repeatedly replacing them after they were blown away.But the wind did not appear to bother Williamson, who struck [Read More…]

Jan 052018
Steyn returns to help South Africa rally against India

South Africa’s Faf du Plessis makes a run during the first Test cricket match between India and South Africa in Newlands Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa, January 5, 2017. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham South Africa seamer Dale Steyn grabbed his first test wicket after an injury absence of 14 months as the hosts fought back against a fired-up India on an enthralling first day of cut-and-thrust cricket in the opening test at Newlands on Friday.Steyn took his career tally to 418 wickets, three behind South African record-holder Shaun Pollock, as India were reduced to 28 for three at the close having bowled out the hosts for 286 on a spicy wicket offering bounce and some sideways movement.Cheteshwar Pujara (five) and Rohit Sharma (zero) will resume on the second day as the tourists, who trail by 258, seek an answer to the venom in the pitch and the home seam attack.Steyn, who had missed the last 15 tests with a career-threatening shoulder injury, caught and bowled dangerous opener Shikhar Dhawan for 16 with a quick delivery that proved he has lost none of his paces.“Having him back after such a long time is special to a lot of us. He has been the spearhead of this attack for such a long time,” Steyn’s fellow opening bowler Vernon Philander said.“We wanted to get as close to 300 as possible, which I think is a lot of runs on this wicket.” India’s captain Virat Kohli gestures after the wall of South Africa’s last wicket during the [Read More…]

Jan 052018
PSL3: West Indian Andre Russell expresses hope for Islamabad United victory

[embed_video1 url= style=center] KARACHI: With the third edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) around the corner, all the players – foreigners and locals – are gearing up for the action-packed T20 encounters in UAE, Lahore and Karachi.The hype ahead of the competition is already being observed as the participating teams have launched activities in the buildup to the tournament.Islamabad United, the winners of the inaugural edition of the PSL in 2016, is looking to regain the title once again in 2018. Return of West Indian cricketer Andre Russel to their ranks has boosted the morale of the former champions.In a video message to the fans of PSL and Islamabad United, the 29-year-old cricketer from Jamaica said that he can’t wait to make Islamabad win the title once again.“See you guys soon in the upcoming PSL, and I can’t wait for us to regain our title,” he said in the video message sent to by the franchise.Russel was the leading wicket-taker in the inaugural edition of PSL in 2016 and took 16 wickets at an average of 17.25. He missed the second edition in 2017 due to a doping ban.He’s now looking forward to a better and successful 2018.“I hope that 2018 can be way better than 2017,” he said.The third edition of PSL starts on February 22 with defending champions Peshawar Zalmi taking on the new entrants Multan Sultans in the opening game. Click for detailed story

Jan 052018
Smith, Khawaja frustrate England in Sydney

Usman Khawaja raises his bat on reaching fifty, Australia v England, 5th Ashes Test, Sydney, 2nd day, January 5, 2018/Getty Images Australia captain Steve Smith continued to be England´s Ashes nemesis on Friday as he passed 6,000 test runs in an unbeaten knock of 44 to help his team to 193 for two at close of play on the second day of the fifth test.The world´s top ranked batsman and Usman Khawaja batted through the final session in a 107-run partnership after openers Cameron Bancroft and David Warner had departed earlier in Australia´s reply to England´s 346.Khawaja notched a stylish 91 not out on the ground where he made his test debut in the corresponding fixture at the Sydney Cricket Ground seven years ago but it was the wicket of Smith that England most desperately wanted.They were to be disappointed with only a couple of half chances presenting themselves as Smith sent a couple of early edges fizzing through the slips.The 28-year-old was soon looking comfortable and unfussily swatted a single to backward square to pass the 6,000 career runs mark in his 111th test innings.Only the great Donald Bradman reached the milestone in fewer knocks.Having started the day with a brilliant diving catch in the slips to dismiss Dawid Malan, Smith walked off his home ground in the brilliant afternoon sunshine with 648 runs to his name in the series so far.The tourists, 3-0 down in the series with the urn already relinquished, earlier posted a competitive tally in the [Read More…]

Jan 052018
Kohli earns record $2.7m salary for 2018 IPL campaign

Kohli will stay with Royal Challengers Bangalore alongside South Africa´s AB de Villiers, who will earn $1.7 millionNEW DELHI: Batting star Virat Kohli will pick up the Indian Premier League´s largest-ever salary — $2.7 million — in this year´s tournament, with a host of big foreign names including Australian captain Steve Smith also cashing in.Kohli will stay with Royal Challengers Bangalore alongside South Africa´s AB de Villiers, who will earn $1.7 million in the cash-rich event started by the Indian cricket board in 2008.The Indian captain´s salary for the eight-team, 20-over tournament spread over two months beats the $2.5 million earned by allrounder Yuvraj Singh with Delhi in 2015.Delhi Daredevils announced Ricky Ponting as head coach for the 2018 season. The batting legend coached Mumbai Indians to the 2015 title during a two-year stint. Ponting to coach Delhi Daredevils in IPL Ponting replaces South African coach Paddy Upton Australian batsmen Smith and David Warner were also retained by their teams for $1.9 million each, making them the highest-paid foreign stars.Smith will play for the Rajasthan Royals, returning from a two-year ban over match-fixing, and Warner with Sunrisers Hyderabad.Chennai Super Kings, also returning to IPL after a two-year suspension, have former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni back on board.But Kohli — who recently married Indian Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma — remains the top draw for the extravaganza in April and May.Nicknamed King Kohli, the 29-year-old batsman is already listed among the world´s highest-paid athletes after smashing numerous records in his career.He [Read More…]

Jan 052018
Sarfraz looks to keep winning momentum in New Zealand

Sarfraz Ahmed pictured during Champions Trophy 2017/ICCKARACHI: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has his eyes set on continuing the team’s winning run in the five-match ODI series against New Zealand starting Saturday. The winners of Champions Trophy 2017 are heading into the series with a winning streak of nine consecutive games, and Sarfraz is hopeful his team will continue the momentum. “After Champions Trophy our players were boosted [a lot]. We have a lot of faith in our players and we have continued the same team with just one or two changes to give them a proper chance and make a good lineup,” Sarfraz said in a press conference in Wellington ahead of the first one-day international against New Zealand. The skipper pointed out that Pakistan’s batting and bowling both have been performing well and the series will be a good contest against New Zealand as the Black Caps are equally good. New Zealand expecting tougher examination from Pakistan Pakistan are on a nine-match winning streak before they take on NZ on Saturday “Fakhar Zaman is playing well, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan and Amir are bowling well. So, we are confident to see some good cricket here,” he added. Kiwis have a good record against Pakistan in New Zealand during recent years, but Sarfraz is hoping to change that pattern.“We have played here before, some are playing for the first time some played here before so we know how the conditions would be. We will try to sustain our position.” Click [Read More…]

Jan 052018
New Zealand expecting tougher examination from Pakistan

Pakistan are on a nine-match winning streak before they take on NZ on Saturday WELLINGTON: Having walloped the West Indies without raising a sweat, New Zealand are expecting a more rigorous workout when the one-day series against Pakistan begins in Wellington on Saturday.Pakistan are on a nine-match winning streak, which includes winning the ICC Champions Trophy and in their one warm-up game they scored an impressive 341-9 against a New Zealand XI with unbeaten centuries to openers Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali. They then rolled the New Zealand side for 221 with Shadab Khan taking four wickets.New Zealand dominated the West Indies in every game of their tour, but coach Mike Hesson was wary of the Pakistan threat.“They´re as good a bowling attack as there is going around in world cricket at the moment. Certainly very varied. They´ve got wrist spinners, finger spinners, and left and right arm quicks,” Hesson said.“They´ve got some very good performers and from a batting point of view they´re experienced.” But they will have to adjust to New Zealand conditions with overnight rain forecast and strong southerly winds during the day, which could pose problems for top-order batsmen Fakhar Zaman, Azhar Ali and Babar Azam. Fakhar, who averages 44.44 from nine ODIs, “has had a great start to his international career but has never toured New Zealand, so there will be challenges adapting to different conditions,” said New Zealand quick Tim Southee. On the Basin Reserve wicket and with the prospect of inclement weather, New Zealand [Read More…]

Jan 052018
Ponting to coach Delhi Daredevils in IPL

Ricky Ponting/File photoIndian Premier League (IPL) side Delhi Daredevils have appointed former Australian captain Ricky Ponting as their new head coach for the 2018 season, the franchise said.Ponting replaces South African coach Paddy Upton, with whom the franchise parted ways last year at the end of his two-year contract.Delhi failed to qualify for the playoffs last season after finishing sixth in the eight-team event, with six wins from 14 matches.They have yet to win the title in 10 attempts.Ponting, who announced his retirement from international cricket in 2012, guided Mumbai Indians to their second IPL title in 2015 during his two-year coaching stint with the franchise.The 43-year-old was also named the assistant coach of Australia for the Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka last year.The IPL announced on Thursday the list of players who have been retained by their teams ahead of the auction later this month for the April 4-May 27 tournament.Australia skipper Steve Smith and his vice captain David Warner were each retained for 120 million INR ($1.89 million) each by Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively.Indian captain Virat Kohli was retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore for 170 million INR, while South Africa´s AB de Villiers will be paid 110 million INR. Click for detailed story

Jan 032018
Kamran Akmal smashes Pakistan?s second fastest List A double century

KARACHI: Pakistan’s wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal on Wednesday became country’s third batsman to score a double hundred in a List A match with a blistering 200 for WAPDA against HBL at Niaz Stadium of Hyderabad.Kamran smashed four sixes and stroked 27 fours to score 200 off 148 deliveries to help his team chase a target of 315 in the 46th over with 7 wickets remaining.The out-of-favour wicket-keeper batsman reached the magical figure of 200 in 147 deliveries before being stumped on the next delivery by wicketkeeper Jamal Anwar off Zohaib’s delivery.He is the third Pakistani after Mohammad Ali and Khalid Latif to score a double century in a List A match. Ali scored 207 for Pakistan Customs in Sialkot against DHA while Khalid scored an unbeaten 204 for Karachi against Quetta in 2009.Kamran is also the second quickest Pakistani to complete a double century in a List A match. With completing a double ton off 147, he’s jointly the 11th quickest to do so along with India’s legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar.The 35-year-old batsman stroked 27 boundaries in his innings on Wednesday which is the most by a Pakistani batsman in a List A match and the sixth most overall. (Of matches with complete records of boundary available)Kamran looks to be in the best form of his career at the moment and has been scoring big runs in each format of domestic cricket, knocking doors of the selectors for another chance.He was the top scorer in the National T20 tournament, scoring 432 [Read More…]

Jan 032018
Pakistan changes Blind Cricket World Cup schedule after India?s refusal

Indian government has refused to grant permission to its team to travel to Pakistan for the matchesKARACHI: The Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) has been forced to change the schedule of this month’s Blind Cricket World Cup after the Indian government refused to grant permission to its team to travel to Pakistan for the matches.According to an official of PBCC, the fixtures of the Indian team will now be played in UAE instead of Pakistan. “Despite numerous earnest efforts of Cricket Association of the Blind in India (CABI) and Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) of getting clearance of Indian Blind Cricket team to tour Pakistan to play forthcoming World Cup matches .. is still held in abeyance by the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” said Sultan Shah, chairman PBCC.“The Indian Foreign Ministry has not in written denied the Indian Team’s participation in Blind Cricket World but Cricket Association of the Blind in India (CABI) told us that Foreign Office has denied verbally,” he added.The unprecedented delay and reportedly the verbal denial from the Indian Foreign Office has compelled PBCC to change the schedule of the World Cup at the last minute. Indian team was originally scheduled to arrive in Lahore on January 6, 2018 and the first match was scheduled vs Pakistan at Gaddafi Stadium on January 8. Now, India will arrive in UAE on January 6 and will play its first match vs Australia on January 8 in Ajman. The inaugural match of the tournament will be played between [Read More…]

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