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Lahore Qalandars skipper Hafeez ruled out of PSL

Dubai: Lahore Qalandars has suffered a major blow as skipper Mohammad Hafeez has been ruled out of the entire Pakistan Super League due to his thumb injury. AB de Villiers will now lead the team from the Sharjah leg of the tournament. Sameen Rana, team manager and CEO of the team, said: “It’s a very disappointing news for us. AB...

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Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal set up crushing victory for India over New Zealand

NAPIER: A match billed as a runfest was turned upside-down by India´s spin twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal on Wednesday, as New Zealand were crushed by eight wickets in the first one-day international in Napier. Yadav and Chahal delivered a spin bowling masterclass, mesmerising New Zealand with six wickets between them, while Mohammed Shami claimed three as New Zealand...

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Ronaldo avoids jail but fined €3.57m for tax fraud in Spain

MADRID: Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo avoided jail on Tuesday but was ordered by a Spanish court to pay €3.57 million ($4.1 million) for committing tax fraud when at Real Madrid, part of a broader €18.8-million payout. Sporting sunglasses and a smile, accompanied by his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez, Ronaldo arrived at the court in northeastern Madrid for a brief hearing. He...

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Sarfaraz’s seemingly racist comments may trigger ICC action

DURBAN: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who is leading the national side against the South Africa in One Day Internationals (ODI) series,  could be in trouble after a seemingly racist comment he made to cricketer Andile Phehlukwayo was caught on the broadcast stump mics and discussed by the commentators. During the 37th over of South Africa's chase in the second ODI in...

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Second ODI: South Africa beat Pakistan by five wickets

DURBAN: A brilliant all-round display from Andile Phehlukwayo and an assured batting effort from Rassie van der Dussen has taken the Proteas to a five wicket victory over Pakistan in the second ODI at Kingsmead in Durban. Pakistan were bowled out for 203, a total which seemed unlikely when Hasan, batting at number ten, came in with his side in desperate trouble at 112 for eight. Hasan hit...

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Mohammad Abbas only Pakistani player in ICC’s Test Team of the year

Web Desk: Pace bowler Mohammad Abbas has been named in the International Cricket Council’s Test Team of the Year announced on Tuesday. Abbas, who turned the batting friendly surfaces of the UAE into landmines for batsmen, scalping 17 wickets in the two-Test series against Australia, finished 2018 with 38 wickets from seven Tests at 13.76, with three five-wicket hauls and...

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India’s Captain Virat Kohli sweeps all three top ICC awards

Indian Cricket Skipper Virat Kohli, on Tuesday was selected to captain the ICC's Test and ODI sides for a second year running. Furthermore, he became the first ever player to clinch all three top honours including cricketer of the year in the International Cricket Council awards. ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year ✅ICC Men's Test Cricketer of the Year ✅ICC...

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Pakistan eyeing to continue winning streak against S. Africa in 2nd ODI today

DURBAN: After slipping to a five-wicket loss in the first One-day International against Pakistan, South Africa will be desperate to draw level in Durban on Tuesday and prevent the deficit from becoming even steeper in the five-match series. South Africa lost just two wickets in the series opener at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth, but still couldn’t breach the...

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Christiano Ronaldo misses penalty but Juventus ease past Chievo

MILAN: Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty but Italian league leaders Juventus eased past bottom club Chievo 3-0 to pull nine points clear on top of Serie A on Monday as AC Milan returned to the Champions League berths with a 2-0 win in Genoa. Portuguese superstar Ronaldo had sealed Juventus´s first title of the season -- a record eighth Italian...

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Messi called off the bench to sink Leganes

BARCELONA: Lionel Messi came off the bench to inspire Barcelona to a 3-1 win over a dogged Leganes side on Sunday, creating one goal and scoring another to keep the Catalans five points clear at the top of La Liga. Messi, left out of the starting line-up for only the second time this season when fit, was called on in...

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First ODI: Imam, Hafeez guide Pakistan to win against South Africa

PORT ELIZABETH: Pakistan beat South Africa by five wickets in the first one-day international played at St George's Park on Saturday, taking a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. After opting to bat first, South Africa managed to post a competitive total of 267-2 in their allotted 50 overs. Match Summary! Pakistan win the first #SAvPAK ODI by 5 wickets. Scorecard: https://t.co/NtMhQpcCuu...

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India’s apex court to rule on cricketers suspended for remarks about women

NEW DELHI: India’s Supreme Court has been asked to decide the future of two international cricketers suspended for their comments about women in a TV show interview last week, stirring a debate over whether they were being treated too harshly. Indian cricket administrators recalled all-rounder Hardik Pandya and batsman KL Rahul from a tour of Australia and charged them with...

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‘Khel Deewano Ka’: Fawad Khan is the new voice of PSL 4 anthem

The highly-anticipated anthem of Pakistan Super League 2019 was released today (Friday). The anthem for the fourth edition of PSL is titled 'Khel Deewano Ka' and was released at 8:55pm. In a first, Ali Zafar is not the voice behind the PSL anthem. IT HAS ARRIVED! 🎺🎺🎺 The official anthem of the #HBLPSL 2019 by @_fawadakhan_ ft. Young Desi, #KhelDeewanoKahttps://t.co/P4nSglVOpU...

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MS Dhoni finishes off job to win ODI series for India against Australia

Master finisher Mahendra Singh Dhoni eased India to a seven-wicket victory to clinch their one-day international series against Australia in Melbourne on Friday. The unflappable veteran wicketkeeper hit his third half-century of the three-game series to again prove the difference after his match-winning knock in the second game in Adelaide. The 37-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman kept his usual cool during an unbeaten...

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American rapper Pitbull to perform at opening ceremony of PSL

American rapper Pitbull would be among the stars who will perform at the opening ceremony of Pakistan Super League (PSL) fourth edition. Other stars and groups expected to perform are Aima Baig, Shuja Haider, Fawad Khan and Junoon. The official account of PSL also retweeted a post which carried the list of singers scheduled to perform at the ceremony.

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Sharapova stuns Wozniacki as ice man Federer ploughs on

Maria Sharapova stunned defending champion Caroline Wozniacki to sweep into the Australian Open last 16 Friday and join ice man Roger Federer, who clinically disposed of his opponent. The Russian five-time Grand Slam winner, who has struggled since returning from a drugs ban in 2017, was as at full throttle in ending the Dane´s dream of a second major title....

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Pakistan seek change of fortune against South Africa

PORT ELIZABETH: Pakistan will seek a change of fortune when they play South Africa in the first of five one-day internationals at St George's Park on Saturday. The tourists were mauled in a recent Test series, with none of the three matches going beyond lunch on the fourth day, but have reason to be optimistic in the 50-overs game where...

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