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Australia’s Finch sets Surrey record with T20 ton

LONDON:- Australia’s Aaron Finch made an unbeaten 131, the highest score by a Surrey batsman in a Twenty20 match, as his side ended Sussex’s unbeaten start to English cricket’s Blast tournament with a 52-run win at Hove on Friday. But it might have been a different story for the Australia Twenty20 captain had he not been dropped on just one by …

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Peshawar Zalmi launches Madrasa Cricket League

LAHORE: Pakistan Super League’s franchise Peshawar Zalmi in collaboration with the Zalmi Foundation and World Council of Religions announced to launch ‘The Madrasa Cricket League’. “The main aim of this league is to promote peace and interfaith harmony among the youth”, said Zalmi Chairman Javed Afridi in a press conference. Maulana Muhammad Yaseen Zafar, Secretary-General, Wifaq-ul-Madaris Al-Salfia, Hafiz Muhammad Nauman …

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Virat Kohli defends Dhoni’s Lord’s grind

India captain Virat Kohli said it was wrong for pundits to “pounce” on MS Dhoni and “jump to conclusions” following the former skipper’s bizarre innings in the second one-day international against England at Lord’s on Saturday. The tourists were 140 for four, needing a further 183 runs in 23 overs to reach their target of 323, when Dhoni walked out …

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Vince called into England squad for India ODI finale

LONDON: Hampshire captain James Vince has been called into England´s squad for the third and deciding one-day international against India at Headingley on Tuesday. The England and Wales Cricket Board said Sunday that Vince´s call-up would allow Dawid Malan to play for the Lions, England´s A side, in their four-day match against India A in Worcester starting on Monday. In …

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World Cup finale: France leads Croatia 4-2 as end draws close

France has a 4-2 lead over Croatia after 70 minutes of a World Cup final that has featured a series of firsts including an own goal and a penalty awarded after a video review. Earlier, Paul Pogba gave France a 3-1 lead over Croatia in the World Cup final with a goal in the 59th minute. The first half ended …

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Griezmann happy if France win World Cup ‘ugly

RUSSIA: France forward Antoine Griezmann said winning the World Cup against Croatia on Sunday was more important than how his team do it. Belgium’s players criticised the tactics France used in their 1-0 semi-final win as Didier Deschamps´ team sat deep and Samuel Umtiti´s headed goal came from a corner, but Griezmann dismissed the criticism. “I don’t care. I want …

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Fifa Cup 2018 labelled “Best World Cup ever”

MOSCOW: A stage for new beginnings, a cementer of fortunes, the last resting place for life-long dreams, the 2018 soccer World Cup was so much more than a month-long festival of goals and glory. “The best World Cup ever,” was FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s verdict, and there was much evidence to support his view. Host Russia used the extravaganza to …

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Kane starts as England make five changes for Belgium World Cup playoff

Saint Petersburg: England captain Harry Kane kept his place as Gareth Southgate made five changes for Saturday´s World Cup third place play-off against Belgium in Saint Petersburg. The Tottenham striker is the tournament´s leading scorer on six goals, two clear of Belgium´s Romelu Lukaku, with England attempting to secure their best finish at a World Cup since winning it in …

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Weightlifter Nooh Butt wins Gold at IWF Junior World Championships

Pakistan’s young weightlifter Nooh Dastagir Butt has added yet another feather to his name by winning a clean and jerk Gold medal during the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Junior World Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Nooh, 20, who recently won a Bronze medal at Commonwealth Games in Australia, lifted 228 in the second attempt to win the Gold medal in clean and …

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first Test by 278 runs

South Africa collapsed dramatically against Sri Lanka’s spin to crash to 73 all out in the first Test in Galle on Saturday, their lowest total since readmission to international cricket. The dismal performance came a day after they were bowled out for just 126, which had been their previous lowest Test innings in Sri Lanka. Offspinner Dilruwan Perera took six …

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