Thursday, 22 August 2019

Agencies

Sri Lanka script record chase at Galle after Karunaratne’s ton

GALLE: Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne’s ninth Test hundred underpinned the highest successful chase ever at the Galle International Stadium, as Sri Lanka ushered into the World Test Championship era with a six-wicket win over New Zealand in the first Test. Never before had a team successfully chased a three-figure score at ...

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Lord’s Test ends in a draw despite Stokes’ century

LONDON: Ben Stokes recorded a fantastic century on day five at Lord’s, but his efforts were not enough to push England to victory in the second Test. The draw means Australia maintain their 1-0 lead, and the home side now require victory at Headingley in the third bout to maintain ...

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Ashes second Test set for thrilling end

LONDON: The second Ashes Test is poised for a thrilling conclusion after a memorable fourth day in which the fast bowlers of England and Australia illuminated Lord’s. In a ferocious spell in which he touched 96mph, England debutant Jofra Archer struck Steve Smith on the neck and forced the world’s ...

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Gibraltar decides to free seized Iranian oil tanker

LONDON/GIBRALTAR: Gibraltar decided to free the Iranian oil tanker Grace 1, detained off the British overseas territory six weeks ago by Royal Marines, paving the way for a possible swap for a British-flagged tanker seized by Iran in the Gulf. The Grace 1 was seized by commandos in darkness off ...

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UN Security Council to hold ‘closed door’ meeting on Kashmir

NEW YORK: The UN Security Council will on Friday hold a “closed door” meeting to discuss India’s move to revoke Article 370 of its Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, media reports said. UNSC President Joanna Wronecka told reporters said that they would discuss “the Jammu and ...

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Taylor keeps New Zealand in fight after Dananjaya’s five-for

GALLE: Ross Taylor’s counter-punching innings kept New Zealand alive at the end of a strange day for the visitors, who seemed in control for the most part, except the periods immediately preceding the breaks. Offspinner Akila Dananjaya was responsible for that, taking all five of New Zealand’s wickets to fall ...

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Maria Sharapova win sets up Barty battle in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI: Maria Sharapova overpowered Alison Riske 6-3, 7-6(4) at the Cincinnati Masters on Monday to set up a tantalising second-round battle with world number two Ash Barty, who defeated the Russian at this year’s Australian Open. Sharapova struggled at times with her accuracy but unleashed some massive serves and played stout ...

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Villages evacuated as fire burns Greek island nature reserve

ATHENS: Hundreds of fire-fighters battled wildfires in Greece, with the largest burning through a thickly forested nature reserve on the island of Evia north of Athens where three villages have been evacuated. More than 220 fire-fighters were deployed to tackle the fire that was burning out of control in Evia, ...

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Warne named as Lord’s-based coach for The Hundred

LONDON: Shane Warne has been named as the head coach of the Lord’s-based Hundred franchise, with Lisa Keightley taking the equivalent role for the women’s team, ahead of the first year of the ECB’s new 100-ball competition in 2020. Warne, 49, is the third men’s coach to be confirmed for ...

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Thousands protest in Kashmir over new status despite clampdown

SRINAGAR: Indian police used tear gas and pellets to fight back at least 10,000 people protesting Delhi’s withdrawal of special rights for Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir state in its main city of Srinagar, a police official and two witnesses said. The demonstration soon after Friday prayers was the largest since ...

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