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Hit for six, Pakistan homes in on revival

HAJI Bashir has been preparing the pitches at Gaddafi Stadium since November 1959 when the ground hosted its first Test. He has had many proud moments, but the excitement he is feeling at the start of the short five-match series against Zimbabwe — that brings international cricket to Pakistan after ...

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Nadal still the man Federer ‘fears’

ISTANBUL: Switzerland’s 17-times Grand Slam winner Roger Federer on Monday said he still believed Rafael Nadal was the favourite to win the French Open next month despite the Spanish star’s troubled start to the clay court season. Federer, who took his sole French Open title in 2009, this week is ...

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Consummate pro Mayweather no people’s champion

LAS VEGAS: For all that Floyd Mayweather says it’s not in his make-up to lose, there’s one fight he just can’t seem to win. Mayweather burnished his perfect ring record and reputation as a consummate craftsman with a 12-round unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao on Saturday only to depart the ...

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Analysis: Messi finally breaks down Neuer wall

It took Lionel Messi two years and 77 minutes before he finally found a way past Manuel Neuer. And it was some strike. Neuer has been Messi’s tormentor for quite some time and it seemed it would stay like that until the Argentine hitman unleashed a left-footed shot so quickly ...

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Shaharyar optimistic about Pakistan-India Test series in December

NEW DELHI: Pakistan wants to host the first bilateral Test tour by India in eight years in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in December, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan said on Sunday after meeting Indian board chief Jagmohan Dalmiya in Kolkata. The tour, comprising three Tests, five one-dayers ...

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DHAKA: Leg-spinner Yasir Shah picked up four wickets on the fourth morning to take Pakistan a step closer to a series-clinching victory in the second and final Test in Dhaka on Saturday. Bangladesh, who resumed their second innings at 63/1 chasing an improbable target of 550, tottered to 177/8 at ...

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