Pakistan all out for 262 in second Test

Dubai: Pakistan were bowled out for 262 in their first innings on the third day of the second day-night Test in Dubai on Sunday, a deficit of 220 runs to Sri Lanka´s 482. Azhar Ali (59) and Haris Sohail (56) were the leading scorers as Pakistan fell 21 runs short of the follow-on mark, although Sri Lanka decided not to enforce it. Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath and off-spinner Dilruwan Perera both claimed three wickets for Sri Lanka, who lead the two-match series 1-0.

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South Africa close in on big victory over Bangladesh

BLOEMFONTEIN: South African paceman Kagiso Rabada continued to make inroads into the Bangladesh batting order with two wickets before lunch on the third day as the visitors battled to stave off defeat in the second test. Bangladesh were 92 for four at lunch at the Mangaung Oval in their follow-on, still trailing South Africa by 334 runs, with captain Mushfiqur Rahim out the last ball before the interval for 26 as he was trapped leg before wicket by Wayne Parnell. Rabada had snagged Soumya Sarkar and Mominul Haque in the…

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PSL 2017: Karachi Kings qualify for playoffs, Qalandars eliminated

DUBAI: Karachi Kings defeated Islamabad United by six wickets in rain-reduced Twenty20 match and qualified for playoffs of the Pakistan Super League 2017. Although, Islamabad United had already qualified for the playoffs but their encounter with Karachi Kings on Sunday was important for Lahore Qalandars too. With the defeat of Islamabad United, Lahore Qalandars are now eliminated from the tournament. Earlier, Islamabad United set a target of 124 runs for Karachi Kings after the match was reduced to 15 overs a side due to rain here at the Dubai International…

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Indian minister demands inquiry into team’s defeat against Pakistan

Indian Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale has sought an inquiry into India’s defeat against Pakistan in ICC Champions Trophy final last month. “India had defeated Pakistan in the earlier match. How can such a strong team lose to its arch-rivals Pakistan in the final by 180 runs?”  Athawale was quoted by Indian media as saying on Friday. Indian team which had earlier defeated Pakistan by 124 run in their opening match was thrashed in the final of the Champions Trophy. . Pakistan crushed defending champions India by…

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Sarfraz, Amir take Pakistan into Champions Trophy semi finals

CARDIFF: Captain Sarfraz Ahmed, following a top-order collapse, led his side from the front to see Pakistan into the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy with a three-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the last group match here at the Sophia Gardens on Monday. Chasing a seemingly modest 237 to win, collapsed to 162 for seven. But an unbroken stand of 75 between Sarfraz, dropped twice on his way to 61 not out, and Mohammad Amir (28 not out) saw Pakistan complete a thrilling win. Pakistan completed their three-wicket victory…

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Pakistan restrict Proteas to 220-8 despite Miller’s 75

BIRMINGHAM: Pakistani bowlers performed well to restrict South Africa to 220 runs for eight wickets in Group B day/night One-day International of the ICC Champions Trophy here at Edgbaston on Wednesday. Right-arm pacer Hasan Ali was the most successful bowler for Pakistan, who captured three wickets for 24 while left-arm spinner Imad Wasim and left-arm fast bowler Junaid Khan grabbed two wickets each for 20 and 53, respectively. The main architect of South Africa’s innings was David Miller who scored an unbeaten 75 with one four and three sixes. The…

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Andy Murray leads Kei Nishikori 2-1 in sets, Thiem beats Djokovic at French Open – live!

Fourth set: Murray* 2-6, 6-1, 7-6, 2-1 Nishikori (*denotes server):With an almost Gallic wave, Murray drop shots to perfection – and to the point of extravagance – to lead 15-0. Another drop shot’s far too predictable, however, and Nishikori makes it 15-all with a smash. The next two points are shared as well. Nishikori’s remembering New York. He’s remembering that he’s done this before. Murray makes it 40-30, volleying proficiently, but drop shotting is a decent ploy from Nishikori, who forces deuce. However Murray hammers an ace down the middle…

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PSL 2017: Travel ban on cricketers involved in spot-fixing

ISLAMABAD: The Interior Ministry on Monday barred cricketers under investigation for their involvement in spot-fixing scandal from leaving the country. The decision to place names on the Exit Control List (ECL) was taken during a meeting chaired by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar and attended by the officials of PTA, FIA, and Nadra. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has suspended five players after investigations revealed that they were in contact with bookies during the second edition of Pakistan Super League. The minister said those who have defamed Pakistan would be brought…

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Shakib and Mosaddek put Bangladesh on top in final Test

COLOMBO: Shakib Al Hasan struck his fifth Test century and Mosaddek Hossain scored a fifty on his debut to put Bangladesh in control of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo Friday. The visitors were all out for 467 runs to establish a 129-run lead in the first innings over their Sri Lankan hosts, who were bowled out for 338 on the previous day at the P. Sara Oval. Sri Lanka reached 54-0 at stumps on the third day with both openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Upul Tharanga unbeaten on…

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Granit Xhaka will not be cut any slack until he refines scissor-style tackle

It is rare to hear Arsène Wenger criticise one of his players in public but, on this occasion, the Arsenal manager could not help himself. Granit Xhaka had contrived to get himself sent off against Burnley in January for a two-footed tackle on Steven Defour and a comfortable-looking afternoon for his team would be overtaken by angst. In the end, there was relief when Alexis Sánchez snatched a 2-1 victory with a 98th-minute penalty but it did not spare Xhaka. According to Wenger, the midfielder had “to control his game…

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