Saturday, 17 March 2018


England’s Ben Stokes sold for record $2.16m at IPL auction

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BANGALORE: Ben Stokes fetched a staggering $2.17 million in the Indian Premier League´s (IPL) player auction on Monday, with the Rising Pune Supergiants splashing the cash in a frenzied bidding war to land the explosive English all-rounder. The Pune franchise fought off the attentions of Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and Hyderabad ...

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Pakistan women cricket team qualifies for World Cup


PAKISTAN Women cricket team qualified for the upcoming Women’s World Cup in England despite being demolished by India Women by seven wickets at Colombo’s P Sara Oval. Ekta Bisht’s career-best returns of 5 for 8 in 10 overs toppled Pakistan for 67. India required just 22.3 overs to chase down ...

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PSL: Quetta Gladiators, Islamabad United register crucial wins


Kevin Pietersen led from the front with a match-winning 42-ball 88 as Quetta Gladiators beat Lahore Qalandars by 5 wickets in the Pakistan Super League on Saturday. Batting first, Lahore Qalandars had put up 200 in the stipulated overs with Jason Roy top-scoring with 51 off 27 balls. Fakhar Zaman ...

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Tahir, Amla headline South Africa’s clinical win


CAPE TOWN: It won’t come close to making up for losing that World Cup semi-final but South Africa emerged the victors at Eden Park this time, and in convincing style. In turn it ended New Zealand’s unbeaten home season as they slumped to 107 in the chase, set back by ...

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Sharapova deserves second chance, says Becker


MONACO: Boris Becker believes Maria Sharapova has paid her dues and deserves a second chance when she returns to tennis in April at the end of her 15-month doping ban. Sharapova, a five-times grand slam champion, failed a dope test for the drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open and was ...

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I would love to play in the Champions Trophy: Nehra

MUMBAI: Ashish Nehra has expressed a strong desire to make a comeback to India’s ODI team. Though he last played in the format in the 2011 World Cup, Nehra has said he retains hopes of playing fifty-over cricket for India again when they land in England in June for the ...

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Sledging? Go for it, says Australia’s Smith


MUMBAI: Australian captain Steve Smith raised the temperature Tuesday ahead of the first Test against India, calling on his players to “go for it” with the verbal volleys and on-field aggression. India-Australia series are notoriously feisty affairs — the 2008 contest Down Under was almost called off following the infamous ...

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Root: My team will bring the joy back to English cricket

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LEEDS: It was not what Joe Root said that was so impressive when he was enthroned as England’s new Test captain on a grey afternoon at Headingley, but the clarity with which he said it. Clarity of diction stems from clarity of vision and thought. Alastair Cook was always diplomatic, ...

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Bowling will be crucial to beat India, says Warner


SYDNEY: Star opener David Warner asserted on Wednesday that the Australian bowlers will have to be at the top of their game if the visitors are to emerge triumphant during their upcoming Test series against India. With the wickets in the subcontinent known to favour spinners, Warner felt that the ...

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Manny Pacquiao urged to fight Amir Khan in UAE

MANNY PACQUIAO is yet to decide on his next opponent, though Amir Khan emerged as the frontrunner in a poll the Filipino recently ran on Twitter. Pacquiao asked his followers who they would like him to fight next, giving the options of Kell Brook, Amir Khan, Terence Crawford or Jeff ...

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