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Argentina in danger, Syria target FIFA World Cup joy

As qualifying for the 2018 World Cup reaches its climax, Lionel Messi’s Argentina find themselves in trouble, Syria face a play-off to keep their remarkable dream alive and European champions Portugal have work to do. AFP Sport looks at the state of play in each of the regions: Argentina in …

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PCB to offer $10,000 per match in Pakistan to foreign PSL players

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has chosen to offer $10,000 per match to each outside cricketer who might play Pakistan Super League (PSL) coordinates in the nation, sources told DawnNews. The impetus is gone for pulling in remote players to play PSL matches being held in the nation. This sum …

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First Test: Pakistan manage to stay on top thanks to Haris, Yasir

Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah snatched the key wicket of Dinesh Chandimal to leave Sri Lanka battling to maintain a strategic distance from vanquish after the fourth day of the primary Test in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. The productive wicket-taker took 2-25 as Sri Lanka attempted to 69-4, requiring a rearguard …

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India thrash Australia 4-1 to regain top ODI spot

Indian captain Virat Kohli on Sunday asked India to be “steady” after they whipped Australia by seven wickets in the fifth one-day worldwide, securing the arrangement 4-1. Pursuing 243 for triumph, the hosts rode on opener Rohit Sharma’s 109-ball 125 to accomplish their objective in 42.5 overs at Nagpur and …

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CRICKET: COMETH THE HOUR, COMETH AZHAR ALI

Pakistan finished its first since forever arrangement triumph in the Caribbean when Yasir Shah ruptured the protections of Shannon Gabriel on the last bundle of the penultimate over of the Roseau Test on May 14, 2017. It was yet another quill on Misbah-ul-Haq’s top as chief of Pakistan’s Test group. …

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Australia secure consolation win in fourth ODI

BANGALORE: Opener David Warner hit a sparkling century in his 100th One-day International to help Australia down India by 21 runs and pull off a consolation win on Thursday. Warner’s blazing 124 and his 231-run opening stand with Aaron Finch, who made 94, guided the visitors to 334-5 in the …

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ECB suspends Stokes from international duty

LONDON: Ben Stokes will not be considered for England international matches ‘until further notice’ after a video emerged apparently showing him fighting outside a nightclub, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Thursday. Test vice-captain Stokes was included in England’s Ashes squad announced Wednesday, despite injuring his hand …

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PSG style, United goals, Chelsea drama in Champions League

LONDON: More routs, stunning losses and late drama made for a standout night in the Champions League on Wednesday. Paris St Germain sent out a statement of intent as they tore apart five-time European champions Bayern Munich, and got goals from bickering forwards Edinson Cavani and Neymar in a 3-0 …

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Rawalpindi, UBL, SNGPL emerge early winners

KARACHI: Rawalpindi, Uni­ted Bank Limited (UBL) and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) all took a day off after sealing three-day victories in the opening round of the Quad-i-Azam Trophy National Cricket Championship on Thursday. Rawalpindi were the first winners on penultimate day of the four-day Group ‘B’ fixture at …

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Sri Lanka win toss and bat in first Pakistan Test

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal won the toss and opted to bat in the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. The Islanders entered the Test with three spinners in Rangana Herath, Lakshan Sandakan and Dilruwan Perera although the pitch at Sheikh Zayed Stadium looked greenish in appearance. …

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