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Keys returns to tour in Doha and beats Bencic


March 4, 2021

DOHA: In her first match since September, former US Open finalist Madison Keys beat Belinda Bencic 6-4, 6-1 at the Qatar Open on Tuesday. Keys’ second-round opponent is Maria Sakkari, who won their only previous match last year. Qualifier Laura Siegemund also pulled off an upset, seeing off Elena Rybakina 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-5) having lost both her last encounters …

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India v England to determine World Test Championship final


March 4, 2021

AHMEDABAD: After the contentious two-day Test gave India a 2-1 series lead against England, the series and the World Test Championship equations are simple ahead of the fourth Test which begins in Ahmedabad on Thursday. A win or a draw for India will secure the series and a place in the Test Championship final against New Zealand. A win for …

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PSL delayed with immediate effect after emergence of 7 Covid-19 cases


March 4, 2021

The Pakistan Cricket Board announced on Thursday that the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 6 has been delayed “with immediate effect” after seven people participating in the tournament tested positive for Covid-19. The PCB said the decision had been taken out of consideration for the health and wellbeing of all participants in the tournament. “Following a meeting with the team owners …

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Qais keeps alive Gladiators’ playoff hopes


March 4, 2021

KARACHI: Quetta Gladiators were left smiling on Wednesday as they finally stopped a four-match losing streak in the HBL Pakistan Super League 6 as the 2019 champions sealed a 22-run victory over Multan Sultans in rather unusual circumstances at the National Stadium on Wednesday. After posting 176-7, Quetta made a startling comeback by bowling out Multan for 154 to break …

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Nabi, Babar on song as Kings thump Zalmi by six wickets


March 4, 2021

KARACHI: Brilliant Mohammad Nabi showed his striking prowess as he and the classy Babar Azam helped Karachi Kings overcome a lethargic bowling effort to thump Peshawar Zalmi by six wickets in their HBL Pakistan Super League 6 fixture at the National Stadium here on Wednesday. The 13th consecutive victory by the chasing side in this edition came as no surprise …

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UK govt offers $4m for 2030 World Cup bid with Ireland


March 3, 2021

LONDON: The British government will provide 2.8 million pounds ($4 million) to pursue a five-nation bid for a World Cup with Ireland. The English Football Association disclosed the financial assistance for a potential British Isles bid on Monday as it received fresh backing from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. “We are very, very keen to bring football home in 2030. …

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Gayle targets World Cup defence ahead of SL T20s


March 3, 2021

COOLIDGE: Opener Chris Gayle has set his sights on a third Twenty20 World Cup with West Indies as he prepares to return to international cricket after an absence of two years ahead of their T20 International series against Sri Lanka starting on Wednesday. Former captain Gayle last played for West Indies in an ODI against India in 2019 in what …

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Murray feels like playing for his career in every match


March 3, 2021

ROTTERDAM: Andy Murray feels like he’s playing for his career every time he takes the court after recent losses to lowly ranked opponents, but the injury-ravaged former world number says he plans to meet the challenge head on. The three-time Grand Slam winner was forced to miss this year’s Australian Open after contracting the novel coronavirus and instead headed to …

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Prepare for another spin fest, Rahane tells England


March 3, 2021

AHMEDABAD: India look to spin out England in the fourth Test on a similar pitch to the one that hosted last week’s two-day match, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane said on Tuesday. The hosts demolished England in one of the shortest Tests in history to lead the four-match series 2-1 at the Narendra Modi Stadium — the world’s biggest cricket venue — …

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Survival hopes fading fast for embattled Quetta as Islamabad win


March 3, 2021

KARACHI: Former HBL Pakistan Super League champions Quetta Gladiators succumbed meekly to their fourth straight defeat as Islamabad United cruised to a comfortable six-wicket triumph at the National Stadium here on Tuesday night. The result also came as a sigh of relief for Islamabad, who lifted the coveted trophy twice in 2016 and 2018, as they finally ended a four-match …

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