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Lord’s Test: Bess, Butler partnership saves England from inning defeat at 3rd day of play

LONDON: Resilient Dom Bess and Jos Buttler fought hard to save imminent defeat to English side by the hands of green shirts, as both duo scored 125 runs of partnership, leading  with 56 runs at the end of third day of play. Earlier,  England collapsed in bright sunshine at a hushed Lord’s on Saturday as Pakistan closed in on a...

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Goal machine Mohamed Salah splutters after amazing scoring run

Liverpool goal machine Mohamed Salah was shackled by Chelsea as the Champions League finalists lost 1-0 at the weekend -- the third consecutive match in which the Egyptian failed to score. Salah has struck 31 English Premier League goals this season, four more than lone challenger Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur in the race for the Golden Boot. But after...

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Asad Shafiq extends hundred before Northamptonshire keep Pakistan in field

London: Asad Shafiq increased his overnight hundred before Pakistan were given a solid workout in the field by Northamptonshire on Sunday's third day of their final warm-up match ahead of next week's Test against Ireland. Shafiq, who resumed on 135 not out, went on to compile an unbeaten 186 in a total of 428 at Northampton. Having passed 150 and...

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Messi strike helps 10-man Barca earn draw as Ronaldo goes off injured

Lionel Messi weaved his magic to keep 10-man Barcelona's unbeaten season alive as a 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou on Sunday left Real Madrid sweating over an injury to Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo was forced off at half-time after appearing to hurt his ankle and Real will be hoping their star striker can now recover in time for the Champions...

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Misbah-ul-Haq reveals ‘toughest’ bowlers he ever faced

Web Desk: Former Pakistani skipper and legend Misbah-ul-Haq has revealed the names of the toughest bowlers he had come through during his entire career. Talking about the highs and lows of his cricket career at the event of Islamic Relief United Kingdom (UK) the veteran cricket said that James Anderson, Dale Steyn and Shane Warne were the touches bowlers he...

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Family the focus for banned Warner after tampering scandal

SYDNEY: Disgraced Australian cricketer David Warner said Saturday he was humbled by the support received following the cheating scandal that rocked the sport, with the feisty opener refocused on his family. Warner was considered the mastermind behind the plan to use sandpaper to tamper with the ball during the third Test in South Africa in March. Speaking for the first...

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Foreign players to participate in Pak Squash Circuit-I Championship

LAHORE: Pakistan squash federation will organize Pakistan Squash Circuit-I Championship for Men and Women from May 8 Islamabad at Mushaf Squash Complex. The tournaments carries a prize money of US$ 10,000 for men event and US$ 5,000 for women competition. "All the leading players of the country will be featuring in the event in which foreign players are likely to...

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Ireland names 14-member squad for historic Test against Pakistan

Web Desk: Ireland have announced their 14-member squad for historic Test against Pakistan starting in Dublin on 11 May. The team includes Ed Joyce, Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien, Gary Wilson, Stuart Thompson, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin, Andre Balbirnie, Andy McBrine, Tyrone Kane, Nathan Smith and James Shannon. Nine of the players in the party were in action in...

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Steve Smith vows to earn back fans trust

SYDNEY: Deposed Australia captain Steve Smith has returned home from time out overseas, saying he is prepared to win back trust after his role in a high-profile ball-tampering scandal. Smith, who was sacked and sent home in disgrace after the third Test against South Africa, had been lying low in New York but made his first appearance on social media...

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Rolando extra-time strike edges Marseille into Europa League final

Marseille booked a Europa League final meeting with Atletico Madrid after Portuguese defender Rolando struck in extra time to grab a 3-2 aggregate victory over a spirited Salzburg on Thursday. Salzburg produced a rousing second-half performance to wipe out a 2-0 first-leg deficit, but Marseille became the first French side to reach a European final since 2004 despite a 2-1...

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BCCI allows Kohli to play for Surrey in June

India captain Virat Kohli will play for English County Championship side Surrey in June with an eye to adapting to English conditions ahead of leading his country on tour later in the summer. Kohli should be available for three County Championship games against Hampshire, Somerset and Yorkshire. The right-handed batsman could also feature in three one-day Cup matches against Kent,...

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India denies to play pink ball day-night Test against Australia

India have refused to play a day-night Test during the tour of Australia later this year because of doubts over the quality of the pink ball, their cricket board said Thursday. "Yes, it s pretty clear that we are not playing a day-night Test in Australia, no doubt about it," BCCI administrator Vinod Rai told AFP. Cricket Australia (CA) had...

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Justin Langer named new Australia cricket coach

Justin Langer vowed to fix the scandal-hit Australian cricket team's behaviour and win back respect after being named head coach in all three formats of the game Thursday. The former Test opener, 47, starts his new role on May 22 for a four-year term which takes in two Ashes series, a World Cup and a World Twenty20 tournament. He takes...

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Liverpool hold off Roma to reach Champions League final

ROME: Liverpool reached the Champions League final after riding their luck to contain a fired-up AS Roma in a 4-2 defeat at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday that sent them through 7-6 on aggregate. The five-times European champions, who will face holders Real Madrid in the May 26 final, suffered a nerve-shredding second half as the Italians pinned them back...

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Pakistan maintain top position in T20I rankings

Web desk: Pakistan cricket team retained no 1 spot in Twenty20 rankings as ICC released international rankings on Wednesday. Pakistan tops the table with 130 points, followed by Australia and India at no 2 and 3 respectively. Afghanistan shocked everyone with their latest entry at no 8, leaving behind Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. BREAKING: We have a new #1 ODI...

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New Zealand mulling to play cricket series in Pakistan

Web Desk: New Zealand is weighing up playing cricket series in Pakistan for the first time in 15 years after an invitation from the Pakistan cricket board (PCB). “NZC has received a request from the PCB chairman for New Zealand to play in Pakistan,” an NZC spokesman said. According to details, the NZC has asked PCB for time to do...

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Australia chief sees way back for disgraced Warner

Disgraced David Warner still has a future in Australian cricket, the sport's chief executive James Sutherland says, handing the explosive opener a lifeline after a cheating scandal. Warner was identified as the mastermind behind the plan to use sandpaper to tamper with the ball during the third Test in South Africa this year that shocked the sport. While former skipper...

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