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Pakistan face Australia with Twenty20 top ranking at stake

ABU DHABI: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed is confident his team can defend their world number one ranking in a stern challenge from Australia in a three-match Twenty20 series starting in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Sarfraz led Pakistan to a tri-series triumph by beating Australia in the final at Harare in July this year and needs to win at least one...

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Modric threatens to end Ronaldo-Messi era as world’s best

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's decade-long domination of football's individual awards is under threat from Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric and Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah when FIFA's player of the year is announced on Monday. For the first time in 12 years Messi is not even nominated among the three finalists for the award after early exits...

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Tiger Woods seals first win in five years with Tour Championship

Tiger Woods scored his first victory in more than five years on Sunday, completing a two-shot win at the Tour Championship to crown a fairy tale comeback after a near two-year absence. The 42-year-old, 14-time major winner carded a one-over-par 71 at Atlanta's East Lake Golf Course to claim the 80th title of his glittering career. Woods, who finished with...

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Warzone: India thrashes Pakistan by 9 wickets in Super 4 Asia Cup clash

Web Desk: In the all important clash, once again India thrashed Pakistan in the super four stage and made into finals of Asia cup. The arch rival India defeated green shirts by 9 wickets. Shikher Dhawan scored century for India. Pakistan, earlier batting today after  winning the toss  was restricted to 237 for 8--- courtesy to 76 crucial runs made by...

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Asia Cup: Maliks heroics get Pakistan over the line over a game Afghanistan

DUBAI: Afghanistan won the toss and decided to bat against Pakistan in the group four match of the Asia Cup 2018 at Abu-Dhabi Cricket Stadium here on Friday. Pakistan did three changes in team. Shaheen Shah Afridi, Muhammad Nawaz and Haris Sohail are replacing Shadab Khan, Amir and Faheem Ashraf. After defeating Bangladesh in the final match of the group...

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Burgess, Rabbitohs players cleared in lewd video scandal

England star Sam Burgess was cleared of any wrongdoing Friday after being caught up in a lewd video chat scandal, with a probe by his club South Sydney Rabbitohs deciding no player had broken any rules. It followed a report this month that claimed his social media account was used by two unidentified players who allegedly indecently exposed themselves to...

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Birthday boy Rashid stars as Afghanistan upset Bangladesh

Talented spinner Rashid Khan celebrated his 20th birthday by scoring a half century and taking two wickets as Afghanistan upset Bangladesh by 136 runs in the Asia Cup on Thursday. Rashid scored a rapid unbeaten 32-ball 57 with eight fours and a six to lift Afghanistan to an imposing 255-7 after their captain Asghar Afghan won the toss and decided...

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Scandal-hit Australia vow ‘hard but fair’ series against Pakistan

Skipper Tim Paine vowed Australia will play "hard but fair" against Pakistan they embark on their first Test tour since a ball-tampering scandal and with fresh controversy raging following allegations by England's Moeen Ali. The squad jetted out late Wednesday for their first Test series since the ill-fated tour of South Africa early this year, which led to 12-month suspensions...

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Pogba propels Man United to victory against Young Boys

Paul Pogba's brilliant opening goal was the catalyst as Manchester United overcame a difficult start to beat Young Boys 3-0 in Bern in their opening Champions League game on Wednesday. Skipper Pogba struck to cut down the Swiss champions in their prime before he then doubled United's lead from a penalty just before the break. The France star also set...

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Asia Cup 2018: India thrash Pakistan by 8 wickets

DUBAI: India humiliated Green shirts by eight wickets in the 5th match of Asia Cup 2018 played at Dubai Cricket Stadium here on Wednesday. Batting first Pakistan set 163 run target for Men in blue as Green Shirts were all out by scoring 162 runs in 43.1 overs. In response, India chased down the target easily in the 29th over by...

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PFF donates Rs 1.2 million to SC’s Dam fund

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) has handed over a cheque of 1.2 million rupees as donation to Supreme Court of Pakistan Diamer Basha and Mohmand Dam Fund. A delegation of PFF headed by its Vice-President Sardar Naveed Haider along with football team called on the honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Saqib Nisar here Wednesday and presented the...

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Sunil Gavaskar picks Pakistan to beat India

NEW DELHI: Indian cricket great Sunil Gavaskar picked Pakistan as favourites in Virat Kohli's absence on Wednesday ahead of their Asia Cup group stage clash in Dubai. The last time the two arch-rivals played what is always an emotionally charged fixture -- the final of the Champions Trophy last year -- Pakistan thrashed India by 180 runs. On Tuesday, India...

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Tears, a sword and a mishit: A look at five great India-Pakistan cricket encounters

Sparks generally fly when India take on Pakistan at cricket and Wednesday's Asia Cup clash in Dubai will be an emotionally charged fixture as always. AFP Sport looks at five of the most memorable previous encounters, the first since Pakistan thrashed India by 180 runs in the Champions Trophy final in June 2017. - Dark day - On the same...

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Sarfraz Ahmed, Rohit Sharma promise blockbuster India-Pakistan clash

Rival captains Sarfraz Ahmed and Rohit Sharma played down the hype surrounding the much-awaited India-Pakistan clash in Dubai on Wednesday, insisting that the Asia Cup is much more than a contest between the arch-rivals. But despite their claims, millions of fans across the border and elsewhere in the world will be watching the Group A clash, with a sold-out 25,000-crowd...

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PM Imran to watch India-Pakistan clash in Asia cup: Diplomatic sources

DUBAI: According to diplomatic sources, prime minister Imran Khan will watch the Pakistan-India Asia Cup clash in Dubai on Wednesday.  The former cricketer who led the Pakistan team to the 1992 World Cup victory, will be in the stands to watch the game. Earlier today, PM Imran left for his first foreign visit to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab...

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Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal out of Asia Cup after injury heroics

DHAKA: Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has been ruled out of the rest of the Asia Cup with a broken hand after batting despite his injury in the opening match, an official said Monday. “He got two fractures in his hand. He would not be able to continue here and also for the next three to four weeks,” team manager Khaled...

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Sri Lanka detains five Indians over match-fixing fears

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka cricket's anti-corruption unit detained five Indian spectators on suspicion of match-fixing during Sunday's third and final women's ODI between the hosts and India, an official said. The five were initially asked to leave the ground at Katunayake, just north of the capital Colombo, and later detained by police for investigations, the official said. "We felt their behaviour...

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