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Australia set 490-run target for Pakistan in first Test

BRISBANE: Australia were helped by Usman Khwaja (74) and captain Steven Smith’s (63) partnership of 111 runs as the hosts set a daunting 490-run target for Pakistan to chase with two days and one session left in the first day-night Test at Gabba. Pakistan managed to score 142 in reply ...

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Australia set Pakistan 490 for victory

Australia captain Steve Smith declared Australia’s second innings closed at 202 for five during dinner on day three of the first day-night test against Pakistan in Brisbane on Saturday, setting the touring side a mammoth victory target of 490. Usman Khawaja scored 74 and captain Steve Smith smashed 63 off ...

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A walkover and two bouts as women’s boxing begins

KARACHI: Anam Qambrani stood in a corner of the room practising sparring with her father and coach, Younus Qambrani, before her fight. In the end, she won without having to flex a muscle after no one turned up in the ring to spar against her. “I am very excited to ...

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Replace UAE with England for better results, suggests Zaheer

LAHORE: Pakistan’s former Test captain Zaheer Abbas has suggested the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to adopt England as a neutral venue for its home series as the UAE was not serving the purpose well. He was talking to journalists about Pakistan’s dismal performance Down Under here on Friday. “Our bowlers ...

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New Zealand recall Broom for BD series

WELLINGTON: New Zealand batsman Neil Broom could play his first One-day International in six years later this month after being recalled for the three-match home series against Bangladesh on Friday. Wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi was also added to the squad, while gloveman BJ Watling, top order batsman Henry Nicholls and leg-spinner ...

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Moeen Ali, Joe Root guide England to 284-4 vs India

Moeen Ali and Joe Root pulled England back into contention on day one of the fifth Test against India after a poor start, with Ali scoring an unbeaten century as England reached 284-4 at the close on Friday. With the series won by India, Ali, mixing watchfulness against India’s potent ...

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Luis Suarez signs six-year contract extension with Barcelona

BARCELONA: Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has agreed a new contract with Barcelona, keeping him at the Camp Nou until June 2021, the Spanish champions announced on Thursday. The 29-year-old Uruguay striker’s new deal, which had been in the pipeline for some time, features a €200 million release clause. Barcelona said ...

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Rejuvenated Fabregas ready to dance to Conte’s tunes

LONDON: Cesc Fabregas believes he has shown he can be an integral part of Antonio Conte’s Chelsea side having until recently been thought to be surplus to requirements. The 29-year-old midfielder has taken a more prominent role since returning to the side at the start of this month after a ...

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Ibrahimovic discusses gelling with Pogba

WEST BROMWICH: In-form Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic reckons his understanding with French midfielder Paul Pogba has started to blossom on the pitch for United ahead of the trip to West Bromwich Albion. “Paul and I talk a lot and we try to help each other,” said Ibrahimovic. “I think ...

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Pakistan suffer early loss after Handscomb ton

Pakistan hit early trouble chasing Australia’s first innings of 429 on the second day of the day-night first Test at the Gabba on Friday. Pakistan lost their first wicket in the fifth over when Azhar Ali was well caught by a diving Usman Khawaja at third slip off Mitchell Starc ...

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