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Abid, Khurram tons steer Sindh to 237-2 against Balochistan in Karachi


September 15, 2019

LAHORE: Centuries by openers Abid Ali and Khurram Manzoor helped Sindh dominate the opening day of the four-day first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match against Balochistan at the UBL Sports Complex in Karachi on Saturday. Abid struck his 18th century in his 103rd match while scoring 120 not out, and Khurram scored 105, his 27th century in his 163rd match, as Sindh …

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Sami, Adnan rescue Southern Punjab with unbroken 271-run stand against Central Punjab


September 15, 2019

LAHORE: An unbroken 271-run fifth-wicket stand between Sami Aslam and Adnan Akmal guided Southern Punjab to 291 for four at the end of the first day’s play in the four-day first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match against Central Punjab at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. In a live-streamed match, there were initial hiccups for Southern Punjab as they were reduced to 74 …

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Zadran fifty sets up record win for Afghanistan


September 15, 2019

DHAKA: Najibullah Zadran hit a blistering half-century as Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe by 28 runs in their first match of the tri-nation Twenty20 International tournament in Dhaka on Saturday. Zadran smashed an unbeaten 69 off 30 balls, with five fours and six sixes guiding Afghanistan to 197-5 before their bowlers restricted Zimbabwe to 169-7 to equal their own record of 11 consecutive wins …

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England in control as Australia wilt in fifth Ashes Test


September 15, 2019

LONDON: England seized control on the third day of the fifth Ashes Test on Saturday, building a likely match-winning lead of 382 as they look to square the series. With two full days of play to come and the weather in London set fair, the home side, on 313-8 in their second innings, appear certain to pull level at 2-2 …

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´Time to turn the page´ – Neymar scores stunning winner on PSG return


September 15, 2019

PARIS: Neymar shrugged off a hostile reception as he marked his return to action for Paris Saint-Germain with a stunning injury-time winner on Saturday, and then insisted it was time to move on from the saga of his aborted return to Barcelona. The world´s most expensive player was booed and insulted by sections of the PSG support in the Ligue …

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Juventus held in Fiorentina, Mertens brace lifts Napoli


September 15, 2019

MILAN: Coach Maurizio Sarri said Juventus “didn´t deserve to win” after his first game on the bench ended in a painful goalless draw at Fiorentina Saturday with three players going off injured to complicate preparations for next week´s Champions League opener. But Serie A rivals Napoli won at home thanks to a Dries Mertens double in a 2-0 victory over …

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Norwich inflict stunning first defeat in eight months on Man City


September 15, 2019

NORWICH: Newly-promoted Norwich stunned Manchester City 3-2 at Carrow Road on Saturday to inflict a first Premier League defeat on the English champions since January. Kenny McLean, Todd Cantwell and the prolific Teemu Pukki took advantage of a ragged City defence without the injured Aymeric Laporte for a remarkable upset despite Sergio Aguero and Rodri pulling goals back for the …

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Burl guides Zimbabwe to 144-5 in Bangladesh T20


September 14, 2019

DHAKA: Ryan Burl scored 57 off 32 balls as Zimbabwe posted 144-5 in 18 overs against Bangladesh in the first Twenty20 international of the tri-series tournament in Dhaka on Friday. Burl hit five fours and four sixes in his maiden T20I fifty, and smashed 30 runs in one over off Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan. Bangladesh had won the toss …

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Pliskova doubles up to reach Zhengzhou semi-finals


September 14, 2019

BEIJING: World number two Karolina Pliskova will play unseeded Ajla Tomljanovic in the semi-finals of the WTA Zhengzhou Open in China after winning two matches on the bounce on Friday. Bad weather forced organisers to squeeze in second-round and quarter-final matches, meaning a tight turnaround for the top seed and her rivals. But the Czech was unperturbed, first defeating Polona …

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Archer claims six wickets as England take charge of Ashes finale


September 14, 2019

LONDON: Jofra Archer took six wickets as England bowled Australia out for 225 to gain the upper hand on the second day of the fifth Ashes Test on Friday despite another Steve Smith masterclass. Joe Root´s team are desperate to level the series at 2-2 to end their historic World Cup-winning season on a high but have been consistently dogged by the …

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