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Sri Lanka stunned Pakistan by 35 runs in the second Twenty20 international in Lahore on Monday.

The visitors had set a target of 183 runs for Pakistan to save the series, but the hosts were bowled out for 147 with one over to spare.

Rajitha sent Fakhar Zaman (6 runs) back to the pavilion while Pradeep took the wicket of Babar Azam (3 runs) in the third and fourth overs, respectively. The eighth over of the innings was the most disastrous for the host team as Hasaranga dismissed Ahmed Shehzad (13), Umar Akmal (0) and skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed (26) on the third, fourth and sixth ball of the over.

Udana took the wicket of Imad Wasim (47) in the 16th over, while Pradeep sent Wahab Riaz (7) back on the last ball of the 17th over. Udana also dismissed Shadab Khan (0) on the first ball of the 18th over while Pradeep sent Asif Ali (29) and Mohammad Hasnain (1) away in the 19th over.

Earlier, Bhanuka Rajapaksa smacked an aggressive maiden half-century as the visitors made 182-6 against Pakistan.

The 27-year-old left-hander, playing only his second T20I, blasted 77 off 48 balls in an innings featuring six sixes and four boundaries after Sri Lanka won the toss and batted.

Soldiers escort coaster buses carrying Pakistan and Sri Lanka's cricket teams as they arrive at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore. — AFP
Soldiers escort coaster buses carrying Pakistan and Sri Lanka's cricket teams as they arrive at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore. — AFP

 

Rajapaksa added 94 for the third wicket with Shehan Jayasuriya, who made a 28-ball 34 with four boundaries.

Sri Lanka kept the same team which upset Pakistan, the world's number one T20 team, in the first match by 67 runs on Saturday.

 

The Green Shirts, who had never lost a T20 series in six attempts to Sri Lanka before today, brought in paceman Wahab Riaz and opener Fakhar Zaman in place of Iftikhar Ahmed and Faheem Ashraf.

The third and final match will be played at the same venue on Wednesday.

Teams

Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Umar Akmal, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan

Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (captain), Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Minod Bhanuka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha

Umpire: Aleem Dar (PAK) and Ahsan Raza (PAK); Tv umpire: Shozab Raza (PAK); Match referee: David Boon (AUS)

Pakistan batsman Babar Azam hits boundary in Karachi, Pakistan on Sept 30, 2019. (AP)

KARACHI, Pakistan, Sept 30, (AP): Pakistan marked the return of ODI cricket in Karachi after 10 years with a 67-run victory over Sri Lanka in the second one-day international on Monday.

Babar Azam formed the backbone of Pakistan’s strong total of 305-7 as he smashed 115 off 105 balls. Babar also became the fastest Pakistani batsman to complete 1,000 ODI runs in a calendar year in 19 matches.

In the absence of some key players who pulled out of the tour due to security concerns, Sri Lanka was bowled out for 238 in 46.5 overs.

Shehan Jayasuriya (96) missed out on a maiden ODI hundred and Dasun Shanaka made a career-best 68 before both fell in successive overs after sharing a century partnership.

Left-arm fast bowler Usman Shinwari rattled Sri Lanka’s inexperienced top order and reduced the visitors to 28-5 before Jayasuriya and Shanaka shared a 177-run sixth-wicket stand.

Shinwari returned and broke the partnership by having Jayasuriya caught behind and finished with 5-51. Shanaka was brilliantly snapped at midwicket by the diving Fakhar Zaman off leg-spinner Shadab Khan (2-76) in the next over.

A power failure at the National Stadium disrupted play for 26 minutes during Sri Lanka’s run-chase when one of the six floodlight towers malfunctioned twice. It was not a packed house at the 32,000-capacity National Stadium, where Sri Lanka was the last team to play an ODI in 2009. But still around 12,000 cricket enthusiasts braved the strict security checkpoints under hot and humid conditions and were enthralled by Babar’s imperious 11th ODI hundred that featured eight fours and four sixes.

Pakistan, which won the toss and opted to bat, got off to a good start with Fakhar (54) and Imam-ul-Haq (31) adding 73 runs for the opening stand.

Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga (2-63) got two wickets by removing both openers before Babar took charge. He shared a 111-run stand with Haris Sohail (40) before holing out at wide long on in the 46th over as Pakistan looked for quick runs in the final overs.

Scoreboard

PAKISTAN

F. Zaman c Udana b Hasaranga                 54

Imam ul-Haq lbw Hasaranga                     31

B. Azam c Hasaranga b Kumara                115

H. Sohail run out (Samarawickrama)       40

S. Ahmed run out (Thirimanne)               8

I. Ahmed not out                 32

I. Wasim c O. Fernando b Udana             12

W. Riaz run out (Hasaranga)                     2

Extras: (8lb, 1nb, 2w)         11

Total: (7 wkts, 50 overs)    305

Fall of Wickets: 1-73 (ul-Haq), 2-104 (Zaman), 3-215 (Sohail), 4-242 (Ahmed), 5-261(Azam), 6-278 (Wasim), 7-305 (Riaz)

Did Not Bat: Khan, Amir, Shinwari

Bowling: Jayasuriya 10-1-48-0, Pradeep 9-0-59-0, Udana 9-0-60-1-6, Kumara 10-0-59-1, Gunathilaka 2-0-8-0, Hasaranga 10-0-63-2

SRI LANKA

D. Gunathilaka c Wasim b M. Amir          14

S. Samarawickrama b Shinwari                  6

A. Fernando c Zaman b Shinwari              0

O. Fernando lbw Wasim    1

L. Thirimanne c S. Ahmed b Shinwari      0

S. Jayasuriya c S. Ahmed b Shinwari        96

D. Shanaka c Zaman b S. Khan                  68

W. Hasaranga c I. Ahmed b S. Khan         30

I. Udana c S. Ahmed b Shinwari                1

L. Kumara lbw Riaz              1

N. Pradeep not out            0

Extras: (1b, 15lb, 5w)         21

Total: (all out, 46.5 overs)                         238

Fall of Wickets: 1-18 (Samarawickrama), 2-22 (Gunathilaka), 3-22 (A. Fernando), 4-22 (Thirimanne), 5-28 (O. Fernando), 6-205 (Jayasuriya), 7-205 (Shanaka), 8-211 (Tillakaratna), 9-232 (Kumara), 10-238 (De Silva)

Bowling: M. Amir 7-1-21-1, Shinwari 10-1-51-5, Wasim 7-1-38-1, Riaz 9-0-27, S. Khan 9.5-0-76-2, I. Ahmed 4-1-9-0

Match Result: Pakistan win by 67 runs

Umpires: Michael Gough, Shozab Raza

TV Umpire: Joel Wilson

Match Referee: David Boon

"I have to admit it is everyone’s dream to coach Pakistan cricket team, which has tremendous potential," says Misbahul Haq. — AFP/File

Former cricket team captain Misbahul Haq has stepped down from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Cricket Committee after deciding to apply for the position of head coach, a press release issued by the cricketing body on Monday revealed.

Haq informed PCB Director (International) Zakir Khan of his decision to step down in a meeting earlier today and then formally applied for the position of head coach, which has been vacant since Mickey Arthur's contract expired earlier this month.

“I am applying for the head coach’s role fully aware that the competition will be tough, as I envisage there will be a few more very competent and highly qualified people applying for one of the most challenging jobs in the game," Haq was quoted as saying by the PCB.

"In saying so, I have to admit it is everyone’s dream to coach the Pakistan cricket team, which has tremendous potential to be a force to be reckoned with across all formats."

Referring to rumours about him being interested in the role, the former captain said: "It has been interesting to see my name being mentioned as a future head coach of the Pakistan cricket team, but the fact is I only made the decision today."

Earlier this month, PCB had held a round of meetings during which Arthur's performance as head coach was reviewed, following which the board had decided not to renew his contract. It is now looking for candidates to fill the role. It had put out advertisements for the position on August 9 to invite applications from potential candidates. The last date to submit applications was August 26.

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Photo taken during the closing ceremony of the Asian Boxing Championship.

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 8: Head of Kuwait Boxing Association Mohammad Mansi revealed Kuwait’s intention to host two Asian competitions following the great success of the recent junior championship held in Kuwait in which 150 Asian boxers representing 21 countries participated.

He said the Public Authority for Sports, during a meeting held between President of Asian Boxing Confederation Anas Al-Otaiba and Deputy Head of Public Authority for Sports Dr Saqer Al-Mullah, approved to host the competitions. Mansi said Kuwait Boxing Association, after Eid Al-Adha, will receive a letter from the Asian Boxing Confederation about holding the Asian boxing competitions in Kuwait including an Asian junior boxing competition.

He affirmed that discussions are ongoing about holding a competition among Asian boxing teams in February 2020 concurrently with the National Day celebrations, as well as the Asian Junior Championship in April 2020.

Mansi explained that the recently-concluded Asian Boxing Championship was held along with the European boxing championship. However, International Boxing Federation (IBF) said the championship held in Kuwait was better in terms of the organization and technical level of the players.

Meanwhile, Head of Qatari Boxing Federation and Arab Boxing Confederation Yousef Al-Kazem appreciated Kuwait for hosting Arab Boxing Championship, and congratulated Kuwait on returning to the international sports field after the ban was lifted.

He said the success of Kuwait in organizing such important competitions not too long after the lifting of the ban is considered a great achievement.

Al-Kazem said the 2019 agenda of Arab Boxing Confederation includes organizing the Junior Arab Boxing Championship in Iraq in December 2019.

In addition, Head of Palestinian delegation to the Junior Asian Boxing Championship Mahmoud Al-Shaikh praised the stunning way the championship was organized, expressing his pride in participating in the championship.

Source: Arab Times

 

Group photo taken during the Arab Tennis Championship for Juniors held in Tunisia.

The Arab Tennis Championship for Juniors was held in Tunisia from July 23 to Aug 3, 2019 under the patronage of Chairperson of Kuwait Tennis Association and Arab Tennis Federation Sheikh Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

 

The tournament witnessed the participation of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Algeria, Iraq and Tunisia.  Kuwait won third place (bronze medal) for the Under-11, Under-12, Under-13 and Under-14 categories as follows: Muhammad Jassem Al-Awadi and Abdulrahman Abdullatif Al-Abdullah in the Under-11 category, Khalid Bafaqeer and Abdullah Dehrab as well as Yusuf Al-Lanqawi and Hassan Ali Jamal in the Under-12 category, Abdulwahab Abdullatif Al-Abdullah and Othman Mahmoud Al-Anssari in the Under-13 category, and Husain Abdulreda Al-Shatti and Ya’aqoub Yusuf Muhammad in the Under-14 category.

Sheikh Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah also congratulated the teams that won the first and second places while expressing happiness over the achievement of Kuwaiti players.

A two-member security delegation of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will reach Karachi on Tuesday to decide if it is safe for its national team to tour Pakistan in October for a round of the ICC World Test Championship. — AP/File

KARACHI: A two-member security delegation of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will reach Karachi on Tuesday to decide if it is safe for its national team to tour Pakistan in October for a round of the ICC World Test Championship.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani said that the Sri Lankan delegation will visit the grounds and hotels where the teams will stay in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad besides meeting the PCB, police and security officials.

According to Press Trust of India report, Mani said SLC has said it would take a final decision on sending its team to Pakistan for the two-Test series based on the report by its security delegation.

“The Sri Lankan security delegation will be in Karachi on Aug 6 and then travel to Lahore and Islamabad,” he confirmed.

Since then no Test matches have been played in Pakistan neither a full bilateral series although Zimbabwe, Kenya, ICC World Eleven, Sri Lanka and West Indies have come for short visits to Lahore and Karachi to play limited over games.

Mani said he was confident the SLC would give due consideration to PCB’s request to play the ICC Test Championship matches in Pakistan.

Mani said that PCB’s thrust was now to convince other boards to send their teams to Pakistan and said the top officials of Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board will also be visiting the country soon.

 

Test cricket’s oldest battle resumes at Edgbaston on Thursday. — AFP/File

LONDON: Veteran pacemen James Anderson and Stuart Broad hold the key to England’s bid to reclaim the Ashes this summer, according to their former team-mate Steve Harmison.

Test cricket’s oldest battle resumes at Edgbaston on Thursday, with Joe Root’s side aiming to maintain the feel-good factor in English cricket after World Cup glory.

But Harmison, who won the 2005 Ashes on home soil and played alongside Broad and Anderson during the 2009 series win over Australia, said England had the trump cards with their two experienced bowlers.

“The two pace attacks are different in dynamics, out-and-out pace against experience,” Harmison told Britain’s Press Association at an event organised by Ashes sponsors Specsavers. “Australia have bowlers who can blast you away — Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson and Josh Hazlewood.

“But if they don’t get it quite right they can go at six an over. Broad and Anderson will very rarely go at six an over.

“They’ll be down on pace compared to the opposition, but they’ll have total control of what they’re doing.”

Harmison added: “Broad and Anderson are still the first two names on the team-sheet for me, because in English conditions it’s still better to have their experience than any 90-miles-per-hour bowler.”

Anderson, England’s leading Test wicket-taker with 575 scalps, missed the 143-run victory over Ireland with a calf strain but is expected to play against Australia.

Jofra Archer was also named in the squad after a side strain and should provide the raw pace to supplement Broad and Anderson.

England’s batting is a concern after Ireland bowled them out for 85 in their first innings at Lord’s but Australia also have batting frailties and few of their players looked in good touch during an inter-squad warm-up match.

“David Warner and Steve Smith coming back [from suspension] help Australia, but there are question marks over their middle order,” said Harmison. “That’s what makes this series so interesting, and England’s middle order could make that 70-80 run difference.

“I don’t think it’s going to be a series of high quality as the two teams are not as good as their white-ball sides.

“But sometimes that lack of quality can make for a better series. England are slight favourites with the home advantage, but I see it a lot closer than people think. I take England to win by the odd game.”

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