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Venus, Federer back in the thick of a Grand Slam

MELBOURNE: For all their Grand Slam successes, Venus Williams and Roger Federer still find themselves surprised to be in the semi-finals at the Australian Open. Injuries, illness and advancing age can do that to the best of athletes, even 17-time major champion Federer and seven-time Grand Slam singles winner Venus, ...

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NZ complete series sweep after Bangladesh implode

CHRISTCHURCH: Tom Latham and Colin de Grandhomme guided New Zealand to a series-sweeping nine-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the second Test in Christchurch on Monday after the visitors suffered another second-innings collapse on the fourth day. Latham (41) and de Grandhomme (33) took their side through to 111 for one ...

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Breathless Nadal, Serena reach quarters

MELBOURNE: Rafael Nadal struggled into his first Grand Slam quarter-final since 2015 at the Australian Open on Monday, as Serena Williams accelerated towards a record title and the number one ranking. Nadal, searching for a revival after injuries wrecked last season, was tested by France’s Gael Monfils before winning 6-3, ...

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From Lahore’s streets to world cup finals, the journey of Wasim Akram

I have often battled with myself to figure out exactly how I want to remember Wasim Akram. He is the best left-arm pacer to have played the game but there were the dark days of match fixing too. Last week marked the anniversary of when he reached 400 ODI wickets. ...

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Pakistan steps down to 6th position on ICC Test ranking chart

The International Cricket Council (ICC) Monday placed Pakistan on 6th position in its Test ranking chart, down one step, as New Zealand replaced the country, reported ICC. “New Zealand has overtaken Pakistan to go up to fifth position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Rankings after completing a 2-0 win ...

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Pakistan Super League holds replacement draft after foreign players drop out

A replacement draft for the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2017 edition was held today after several foreign players dropped out of the competition due to injuries, unavailability, international commitments or bans, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said in a press release. Team managements of four out of the five ...

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Imran Tahir pays tribute to Junaid Jamshed during match celebration

South Africa’s Pakistan-born leg-spinner Imran Tahir celebrated his wicket against Sri Lanka on Sunday by paying tribute to singer-turned-evangelist Junaid Jamshed, who died in a plane crash last month. One of the world’s top spinners, Lahore-born Tahir has played more than 100 times for the Proteas since making his international ...

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Mohammad Asif ‘best bowler’ I ever faced, says England’s Pietersen

England’s former batting powerhouse Kevin Pietersen on Monday named former Pakistani pacer Mohammad Asif as the “best bowler” he has ever faced, according to Cricket Australia. “The best bowler I faced was Mohammad Asif, the bowler from Pakistan who got done for (spot)-fixing,” Pietersen said in a podcast, adding it ...

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Dominant Stokes leads England to consolation win

KOLKATA: England all-rounder Ben Stokes put in a dominant performance with the bat and ball to help England pull off a five-run consolation win against India in the third one-day international in Kolkata on Sunday. Seam bowler Stokes claimed three wickets to help restrict India, who were chasing 322 for ...

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No play on day three in Christchurch

CHRISTCHURCH: The third day of the second cricket Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh was abandoned because of rain on Sunday without a ball being bowled, leaving the match closely balanced with two extended days remaining. After bringing an early end to play on the second day, rain continued throughout ...

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