Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Cricket

In-form Ross Taylor puts ‘big focus’ on World Cup

NELSON: Mammoth totals for the team, an excellent run of scores for himself – all of this is just helping New Zealand pick up speed as they head towards the World Cup, according to Ross Taylor. Batting first in both matches in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand set Sri Lanka targets ...

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Yadav, Jadeja, Shami ensure India’s dominance

SYDNEY: A Test-series win for India in Australia has never looked so close, nor been better deserved. Indeed, through large parts of this tour, they have dictated terms in much the way Steve Waugh or Ricky Ponting’s men had done, amassing big totals and suffocating opposition batsmen out. Cheteshwar Pujara ...

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Pakistan delay South Africa victory charge

CAPE TOWN: Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq shared a century partnership as Pakistan fought to avoid an innings defeat on the third day of the second Test against South Africa at Newlands on Saturday. Facing a first innings deficit of 254 runs, Pakistan were 177 for three in their second ...

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Arthur: South African pitches not good enough for Test cricket

CAPE TOWN: Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur criticized the pitches for the first two Tests against South Africa, saying they were not good enough for Test cricket. With his team facing a series defeat after two days of the second Test at Newlands, Arthur said the quality of pitches had deteriorated in ...

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Australia make wholesale changes in ODI squad

SYDNEY: Australia have dramatically reshaped their one-day squad for the three-match series against India with just six players retained from those that faced South Africa earlier in the season. This is partly due to the three main quicks – Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins – being rested with ...

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Du Plessis, Bavuma stretch South African lead

CAPE TOWN: Faf du Plessis and Temba Bavuma shared a century partnership as South Africa moved into a commanding position on the second day of the second Test against Pakistan at Newlands on Friday. South Africa were 281 for four wickets at tea, a lead of 104 runs. South African ...

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All-round Neesham, Guptill give New Zealand series lead

MOUNT MAUNGANUI: Martin Guptill’s brilliant 138 and Jimmy Neesham’s all-round show on comeback helped New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 45 runs in the first one-day international in Mount Maunganui. Sri Lanka could manage only 326 in reply to New Zealand’s 371/7, thereby conceding the game and a 1-0 lead ...

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Ton-up Pujara wears down Australia

SYDNEY: Cheteshwar Pujara stood firm with a century and Mayank Agarwal continued to impress on a day when the Indian batting wore down the Australian pace attack in Sydney. Pujara brought up his third hundred of the tour, to go with two other fifties, finishing unbeaten on a patient 130 ...

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Afridi blocked my return to Pakistan team, claims Salman Butt

LAHORE: Former captain Salman Butt has claimed that Shahid Afridi blocked his return to the Pakistan team for the 2016 World T20 despite him serving the five-year ban following the 2010 spot-fixing scandal. Butt said he was close to being selected for the World T20 in India after he had ...

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