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Pakistan look to Yasir, Abbas to tame ‘tough’ New Zealand

(AFP) – Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed is confident leg-spinner Yasir Shah and medium pacer Mohammad Abbas can combine to tame “tough” New Zealand in the first Test starting in Abu Dhabi Friday. The fast-rising Abbas took 17 wickets in a two-match Test series, including a ten-wicket haul at Sheikh Zayed ...

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Taylor fights but Bangladesh surges ahead

DHAKA (AFP) – Bangladesh bowlers struck twice before lunch on the fifth and final day Thursday as Zimbabwe struggled to avoid defeat in the second Test in Dhaka. The visitors reached 161 for 4 at the break at Sher-e-Bangla stadium with first innings century-maker Brendon Taylor and Peter Moor batting ...

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Karachi Kings release Shahid Afridi ahead of PSL draft

(Web Desk) – All six PSL teams were asked to retain up to ten players from their previous roster. The category restrictions for retentions are the same as they were for a 16-member squad i.e. a maximum of three Platinum, three Diamond, three Gold, five Silver and two emerging could ...

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Taijul puts Bangladesh on top despite Taylor ton

DHAKA (AFP) – Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam claimed his third consecutive five-wicket haul on Tuesday to put Bangladesh in command in the second Test against Zimbabwe despite a defiant century by Brendon Taylor in Dhaka. The home side bowled out Zimbabwe for 304 runs in the first innings to take ...

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Federer downs Thiem to keep ATP Finals bid alive

LONDON (AFP) – Roger Federer staved off elimination from the ATP Finals as the six-time champion eased to a 6-2, 6-3 win over Dominic Thiem on Tuesday. After losing his opening match at London s O2 Arena against Kei Nishikori, Federer would have crashed out if he had been beaten ...

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Sublime Anderson thrashes Nishikori at ATP Finals

LONDON (Reuters) – An inspired Kevin Anderson came within a whisker of a rare “double bagel” at the ATP Finals when he trounced Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-0 6-1 at the 02 Arena on Tuesday. The 32-year-old debutant at the ATP’s blue riband event won the first 11 games of the ...

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Mushfiqur’s record innings puts Bangladesh on top

DHAKA (AFP) – Mushfiqur Rahim became the first wicketkeeper-batsman in history to score two double hundreds in Tests as Bangladesh built a strong total in the second Test against Zimbabwe in Dhaka on Monday. Mushfiqur hit an unbeaten 219 to help Bangladesh declare their first innings at 522-7 an hour ...

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Finch warns faltering batsmen of shake-up for India ODIs

HOBART (AFP) – Australia s one-day batsmen are under mounting pressure to keep their places after a lacklustre series defeat to South Africa, captain Aaron Finch warned Monday, with a potential shake-up looming. While the hosts won in Adelaide to snap a seven-game losing streak, they crashed heavily in Perth ...

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Djokovic crushes Isner in ATP Finals opener

LONDON (AFP) – Novak Djokovic sent out a warning to his rivals at the ATP Finals on Monday, brushing aside big-serving John Isner 6-4, 6-3 to launch his bid for a record-equalling sixth ATP Finals title in style. Earlier, in the same Guga Kuerten group, Alexander Zverev made it six ...

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