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Pakistan, West Indies launch World Cup fight

SHARJAH: Former champions Pakistan and the West Indies start a narrow two-way fight for an automatic place in the 2019 Cricket World Cup in a three-match one-day series starting in Sharjah Friday. Pakistan, the 1992 champions, need to win the series 3-0 to rise one place from ninth while their ...

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Spain’s big three renew title battle

MADRID: After another stellar week for Spanish clubs in the Champions League, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid resume their three-way battle for La Liga supremacy on Sunday. Real were the only Spanish side not to win in midweek, but got a creditable 2-2 draw at Borussia Dortmund to remain ...

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Afghanistan defeat Bangladesh to level ODI series 1-1

DHAKA: Afghanistan skipper Asghar Stanikzai top-scored 57 runs as his side shocked Bangladesh by claiming a two-wicket victory in the second one-day international to level the three-match series 1-1 in Dhaka on Wednesday. Bowlers set up the win for Afghanistan as leg-spinner Rashid Khan took 3-35 and Mohammad Nabi claimed ...

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We would have dropped Sachin from 2012 ODI team: Sandeep Patil

MUMBAI: Sachin Tendulkar would have been dropped from India’s ODI team in 2012 had he not announced his retirement, former chief selector Sandeep Patil revealed in an interview to a Marathi channel on Wednesday. It was heavily speculated in the media at the time of Tendulkar’s retirement that the former ...

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Pakistan eye first T20 series whitewash over West Indies today

ABU DHABI: Coach Mickey Arthur urged Pakistan to be ruthless and achieve a rare clean sweep against world champions West Indies in the third and final Twenty20 International in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. Pakistan hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series after the nine wicket and 16-run victories ...

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Pujara’s Kanpur transformation augurs well for India

KANPUR: Of all the things that went right in the Test series opener against New Zealand, Cheteshwar Pujara’s transformation from an obdurate accumulator of runs to a free-scoring batsman when needed must be the most pleasing for India captain Virat Kohli. In a team teeming with flamboyant strokemakers, Pujara’s batting, ...

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India thump New Zealand to celebrate 500th Test in style

KANPUR: India celebrated their 500th Test in style on Monday when they overcame New Zealand’s final dogged resistance to win the series opener by 197 runs and go 1-0 up in the three-match series. New Zealand were always going to do well to manage anything more than delaying the Indian ...

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Ashwin second quickest to 200 Test wickets

KANPUR: Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Sunday became the second fastest bowler to claim 200 Test wickets, achieving the milestone in his 37th match. Ashwin is just behind Australia’s Clarrie Grimmett who took 36 Tests to achieve the feat, and ahead of greats Waqar Younis of Pakistan and Australia’s Dennis ...

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