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Australia U16 beat Pak to level series

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LAHORE: An all-round performance by Noah McFadyen and Nivethan Radhakrishnan helped Australia U16 to a three-wicket win over Pakistan U16 in the second 50-over match of the five-match series at the ICC Academy in Dubai today. 
The result left the series tied at 1-1. Pakistan had won the first match on Wednesday by five wickets, with the third match to be played on Sunday, January 13, said the information made available by the Pakistan Cricket Board here.
Today on Friday, the visitors chased down the target of 192 for the loss of seven wickets in 42.1 overs after their bowlers had done a commendable job to restrict Pakistan U16 to 191 for seven in their allotted 50 overs.
McFadyen and Radhakrishnan shared a match-winning 100-run partnership for the fifth wicket after their team had slipped to 68 for four in the 20th over.
McFadyen counterattacked with some style, hitting one six and nine fours in his 57-ball 59. Radhakrishnan batted equally well for his 59 that came off 85 balls and included nine fours.
For Pakistan, Ahmed Khan and captain Umer Eman took two wickets each.
Pakistan, electing to bat first, were rescued by the seventh wicket pair of Aseer Mughal and Ahmed Khan after their side was reduced to 94 for six in the 31st over. The two added 82 for the seventh wicket to help Pakistan finish at a respectable 191 for seven.
Ahmed, who was the star performer in the opening match with a three-wicket haul, proved his worth with the bat on Friday when he hit a stroke-filled 55 not out off 52 balls that included three sixes and three fours.
Aseer batted with caution, using 93 balls for his 44 that included two fours.
Kashif Ali was the other notable scorer, hitting six fours in his 31, while Umer Eman (17) and Sameer Saqib (19) added 39 runs for the third wicket.
For Australia, fast bowler McFadyen was the pick of the bowlers when he dismissed both the openers and added Aseer’s scalp to end with figures of three for 42.
Radhakrishnan took two wickets in 10 economical overs in which he gave away 24 runs. Keegan de Koker was the successful bowler, taking two wickets for 32 runs.
Scores in brief: Australia U16 beat Pakistan U16 by three wickets
Pakistan U16 191-7, 50 overs (Ahmed Khan 55 not out, Aseer Mughal 44, Kashif Ali 31; Noah McFadyen 3-42, Nivethan Radhakrishnan 2-24) Australia U16 192-7, 42.1 overs (Noah McFadyen 59, Nivethan Radhakrishnan 59, Shobit Singh 23; Umer Eman 2-27, Ahmed Khan 2-30)
Next match – third 50-over match, 13th January. 

South Africa, first innings
A. Markram c Sarfraz Ahmed b Faheem Ashraf 90
D. Elgar c Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Abbas 5
H. Amla c Asad Shafiq b Shadab Khan 41
T. de Bruyn lbw b Mohammad Abbas 49
Zubayr Hamza c Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Amir 41
T. Bavuma c Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Amir 8
Q. de Kock c Mohammad Abbas b Faheem Ashraf 18
V. Philander lbw b Hasan Ali 1
K. Rabada c Sarfraz Ahmed b Hasan Ali 0
D. Steyn not out 2
D. Olivier c Mohammad Abbas b Faheem Ashraf 0
Extras (lb2, nb4, w1) 7
Total (77.4 overs) 262
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Elgar), 2-132 (Markram), 3-154 (Amla), 4-229 (De Bruyn), 5-238 (Bavuma), 6-244 (Hamza), 7-249 (Philander), 8-257 (Rabada), 9-262 (De Kock)
Bowling: Mohammad Amir 15.4-2-36-2 (1nb), Mohammad Abbas 18-6-44-2, Hasan Ali 17-3-75-2 (1w), Faheem Ashraf 15-2-57-3 (3nb), Shadab Khan 10-2-39-1, Asad Shafiq 2-0-9-0

Pakistan, first innings
Imam-ul-Haq not out 10
Shan Masood c De Kock b Philander 2
Azhar Ali c De Kock b Philander 0
Mohammad Abbas not out 0
Extras (lb5) 5
Total (2 wkts, 9 overs) 17
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Masood), 2-6 (Azhar)
Bowling: Steyn 5-1-11-0, Philander 4-3-1-2
To bat: Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali

Match situation: Pakistan trail by 245 runs with eight wickets remaining in the first innings
Toss: South Africa

Umpires: Sundaram Ravi (IND), Joel Wilson (WIN)
TV umpire: Bruce Oxenford (AUS)
Match referee: David Boon (AUS)

 

 

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LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has expressed regret over the remark made by Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and picked up by the stump mic during the second ODI against South Africa in Durban.
The PCB neither endorses nor supports any comments that have the potential to cause offense, and firmly reiterates their zero-tolerance approach towards racist comments made; in whatever context, said a spokesman of the PCB here on Wednesday night. “This incident has also highlighted the importance and significance of player education and training at all levels. The PCB endeavors to improve their player education programmes to ensure these types of incidents do not happen again,” he said.
“Sarfaraz is one of the most respected cricketers in the world. However, captaining Pakistan is a massive honor and any hurtful remarks by any cricketer, let alone the captain, is not acceptable to the PCB,” he added. The spokesman said, “The PCB is confident that this incident will not affect the series, which has been played in great spirit with some excellent performances from both sides. The PCB is also hopeful that the crowds will continue to turn up in big numbers for the remaining matches to support cricket.”

 

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PSL: Haier joins Peshawar Zalmi as Main Title Sponsor

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LAHORE: Peshawar Zalmi and Haier Pakistan have signed a MoU for Main Title Sponsorship for Peshawar Zalmi for the 4th Edition of Pakistan Super League being played from February 14 in UAE and Pakistan.
Pakistan Super League’s most valued franchise in terms of Media and Brand, Peshawar Zalmi signed the MoU at an impressive ceremony. Chairman Peshawar Zalmi, Javed Afridi and Haier Pakistan Senior Director Li Da Peng signed the MoU here on Wednesday. Also present were Peshawar Zalmi players Kamran Akmal and Umaid Asif. Javed Afridi and Li Da Peng expressed their happiness on the signing and said that Partnership between Haier Pakistan and Peshawar Zalmi will strengthen in future and it will benefit Pakistan Cricket too along Peshawar Zalmi. Javed Afridi said that Haier Pakistan did a great part in past in promotion of Cricket in Pakistan and he is grateful for their tremendous support for Pakistan Sports and Peshawar Zalmi.
Li Da Peng highlighted the efforts of his organization for the uplift of cricket in Pakistan and expressed the hope that with the efforts of Peshawar Zalmi cricket will gain rapid promotion in China as well. “Besides being Pakistan’s number one brand in electronics, Haier is actively involved in sports-related activities and we are gaining rapid success in the field of electronics and sports,” he asserted. Javed Afridi said he has a multi-dimensional vision which focuses on generating more and more cricket activities from the platform of Peshawar Zalmi besides speeding up efforts to play due role in the fields of education and sports. “We are doing it for our country and to contribute in the national duty, we are not just focusing on cricket only we are lending support to hockey which is our national sports and needs immediate attention for its revival,” he said.
Javed Afridi called upon the need for introducing a transparent system in Pakistan Hockey Federation to ensure that funds being provided to them were being spent in the right direction purely on the development of the game. “We will soon reveal our ambitious plan to spend resources in the field of education and health as they are the two most neglected fields in the country and the future of our country heavily depends on improvement and progress of these fields “, he said. He said star-studded Peshawar Zalmi will perform to a higher level in the Pakistan Super League and its players will live up to the expectations by giving their best form and performance in the mega event. Kamran Akmal and Umaid Asif also spokesman on the occasion and reiterated their pledge to support Peshawar Zalmi by putting up their best in the PSL.

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Cricket: S. Lanka hoping for a miracle in Australia Test series

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BRISBANE: Sri Lanka have closely studied the way India defeated Australia in their recent Test series, but captain Dinesh Chandimal said today his side will still need a miracle to do the same.
Speaking to reporters ahead of Thursday’s opening Test at the Gabba, Chandimal was cautious when asked about Sri Lanka’s chances. “It’s definitely a challenge for us, and if you can take this challenge – and as a batsman or as a bowler you give it your best shot and give 200 percent to the team – we can do a miracle here,” he said.
“That’s what we want to do as a team, and we’ll keep our fingers crossed.” Chandimal said he had kept a close eye on the “outstanding cricket” played by India in their first Test series win in Australia, which wrapped up earlier this month. “When India were bowling between 40 and 80 overs they didn’t give any runs away in that period. They kept it at under three an over. That’s the area where I think they won the series,” he said.
“If we want to win a game that is the area we’ll have to improve, and we’re aware of that.” The Sri Lankan skipper said he wasn’t perturbed by the notoriously fast and bouncy Gabba wicket. “When you look at the pitch you can see a lot of grass on the wicket,” he said. “We have got really good fast bowlers – Suranga (Lakmal), Lahiru Kumara, (Dushmantha) Chameera. Kumar can bowl over 140 (kilometres per hour) — so that’s a real plus,” he added.
Chandimal said he wanted to make history and become the first Sri Lankan captain to win a Test series in Australia, but wouldn’t take his opponents lightly. “We never underestimate the Australians,” he said.
“They have some really good players, but in their batting unit they are missing a lot of experienced players. So if we can get early wickets we can put them under pressure.”

 

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