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Cricket: Olivier wrecks Pakistan again

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Johannesburg: Duanne Olivier took his third five-wicket haul of the series as South Africa gained 77-run first innings lead on the second day of the third and final Test against Pakistan at the Wanderers Stadium today. 
The fast bowler took five for 51 as Pakistan were bowled out for 185. The tourists lost their last five wickets for 16 runs.
South Africa were 25 for one in their second innings at tea, losing stand-in captain Dean Elgar,  who was caught behind off Mohammad Amir for five.
Olivier was twice involved in crucial breakthroughs in Pakistan’s innings. He ended an hour of frustration for South Africa when he took two wickets in four balls immediately after
the morning drinks break, ending the stubborn resistance of nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas, who batted for 88 minutes and faced 51 balls in scoring 11. Three balls later Asad Shafiq ducked a bouncer but was caught behind off his glove.
Abbas and opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq, who went on to make 43, were both dropped twice during the first hour of play. South Africa also missed two run-out opportunities.
Pakistan was reduced to 91 for five when Imam was caught at second slip off Vernon Philander but Babar Azam (49) and captain Sarfraz Ahmed (50) put on 78 off only 61 balls for the sixth wicket.
Kagiso Rabada ended the stand when Sarfraz was caught at first slip and four balls later Olivier had Azam caught at long leg. Olivier made it a double strike when Faheem Ashraf was out first ball, splicing
a mistimed pull to short leg.
Olivier started the series as South Africa’s fifth-choice fast bowler but played in the first Test in Centurion because of injuries to Vernon Philander and Lungi Ngidi. He had match figures of 11 for 96,
prompting South Africa to opt for a four-man pace attack when Philander returned for the second Test.

Relevant: Olivier grabbed took five wickets for 51 as South Africa gained a first innings lead of 77 at the Wanderers Stadium. But the hosts were unable to forge a position of dominance, struggling to 135 for five at the close, an overall lead of 212.  Hashim Amla made a patient 42 not out off 90 balls against tight, disciplined bowling, while Quinton de Kock lifted the scoring rate late in the day by scoring 34 not out off 35 balls. The wickets were shared between four bowlers with medium-pacer Faheem Ashraf taking two for 19 — with both his wickets coming in his first over — to reduce South Africa to 45 for four.
Fast bowler Olivier was twice involved in crucial breakthroughs as Pakistan were bowled out for 185 in their first innings. He ended an hour of frustration for South Africa when he took two wickets in four balls immediately after the morning drinks break, ending the stubborn resistance of nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas, who batted for 88 minutes and faced 51 balls in scoring 11.  Three balls later Asad Shafiq ducked a bouncer but was caught behind off his glove. Abbas and opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq, who went on to make 43, were both dropped twice during the first hour of play. South Africa also missed two run-out opportunities. Pakistan were 91 for five when Imam was caught at second slip off Vernon Philander but Babar Azam (49) and captain Sarfraz Ahmed (50) put on 78 off only 61 balls for the sixth wicket. Kagiso Rabada ended the stand when Sarfraz was caught at first slip and four balls later Olivier had Azam caught at long leg. Olivier made it a double strike when Faheem Ashraf was out first ball, splicing a mistimed pull to short leg. Olivier started the series as South Africa’s fifth-choice fast bowler but played in the first Test in Centurion because of injuries to Vernon Philander and Lungi Ngidi. He had match figures of 11 for 96, prompting South Africa to opt for a four-man pace attack when Philander returned for the second Test. South African stand-in captain Dean Elgar was caught behind for five off Mohammad Amir and first innings top-scorer Aiden Markram followed after making a breezy 21. The South African innings was in disarray when Ashraf dismissed both Theunis de Bruyn and new cap Zubayr Hamza in the space of two balls before Amla and Temba Bavuma (23) added 48 for the fifth wicket. It was left to De Kock to lift the tempo.

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Cricket 2nd ODI: Australia beats Pakistan by 8 wickets

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SHARJAH: Pakistan, that had opted to bat after winning the toss in the 2nd one-day international match against Australia failed to give maximum performance.

Teams: 

Pakistan: Shoaib Malik (captain), Shan Masood, Umar Akmal, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hasnain, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas

Australia:  Aaron Finch (captain), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa Umpires: Michael Gough (ENG) and Ahsan Raza (PAK) Tv umpire: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI) Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

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Gautam Gambhir joins BJP, likely to contest this year’s polls in India

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NEW DELHI: Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir has joined Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and is likely to contest election from the country’s capital.

Former Indian cricketer will contest elections from one of the seven seats in Delhi. The elections in India will be held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19.

“I am joining this party (BJP) after getting influenced by PM Narendra Modi’s vision,” Gambhir said. “I am honoured to get the opportunity to join this platform.”

Gambhir played a key role in India’s victory in the finals of 2011 and 2007 World Cups.

 

 

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Sri Lanka’s Malinga to retire after Twenty20 World Cup

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CENTURION: Sri Lankan limited overs captain Lasith Malinga will retire from international cricket after next year’s Twenty20 World Cup, he revealed on Saturday.

Malinga said that he would quit one-day internationals after the World Cup in England and Wales this summer before calling time on his career following the Twenty20 tournament, being played in Australia over October-November 2020.

“After the World Cup, my cricketing career is ending,” the 35-year-old said after his his side were beaten by 16 runs by South Africa in the second Twenty20 international at SuperSport Park.

“I want to play in the T20 World Cup and then end my career.”

Malinga dismissed South African top-scorer Reeza Hendricks for 65 on Friday, his 97th T20 international wicket. He is one short of the world record of 98 held by Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi.

 

 

 

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