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Gold-winning Pak Junior Squash given a heroic welcome on return

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Junior Squash team received a heroic welcome when they returned home on early Tuesday following their astounding show in the 19th Asian Junior Squash Team Championship at Pattaya, Thailand.

After registering wins in all their pool matches, Pakistan team outclassed traditional rivals India 2-0 in the final to claim the gold medal.

The team arrived at International Airport Islamabad on late Monday where they were given a warm welcome by Director Academies Pakistan Squash Federation, Air Commodore (retd) Aftab Sadiq Qureshi along with other PSF officials.

Later, a reception was held for the winning team at a local hotel.

Talking to media on the occasion Secretary PSF Tahir Sultan said that Pakistan players played with great passion to emerge victorious in the event.

“This is a great achievement. I congratulate the whole nation on that. Our players produced superb performances throughout the event,” he said.

He said that after winning all their pool matches, especially the one against India Pakistani players once again wanted to face them (India) in the final. “Our every player remained match of the event,” he said.

Pakistan team was comprising of Abbas Zeb, Haris Qasim, Farhan Hashmi and Muhammad Hamza Khan.

 

 

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PSL 2019: Qalandars, the first side to reach 200!

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SHARJAH: With the help of Umar Siddiq’s 53 off 38 balls and James Vince’s 84 off 41 balls, Qalandars became the first team to score double centuries in the ongoing PSL here today. 

In the tenth PSL clash, Qalandars representing the Walled City took a solid stand against the Multan Sultans beating them by six wickets. Earlier,  Qalandars won the toss and elected to field. Sultans set a victory target of 201 runs.  S Lamichhane took three wickets. For Lahore Qalandars, AB de Villiers scored 52 runs and D Wiese 45.

Teams: Lahore Qalandars: Fakhar Zaman, Salman Butt, AB de Villiers, Sohail Akhtar, Salman Agha, Brendan Taylor, David Wiese, Sandeep Lamichhane, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Rahat Ali

Multan Sultans: James Vince, Laurie Evans, Umar Siddiq, Shoaib Malik, Dan Christian, Andre Russell, Hammad Azam, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Ilyas, Irfan Khan, Mohammad Irfan

 

 

 

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Umar Amin inspires from Younis Khan’s presence in Peshawar Zalmi

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ISLAMABAD: Peshawar Zalmi batsman Umar Amin Friday says that he takes his inspiration from legendary former cricketer and team mentor Younis Khan, whom he credits for his improved batting technique.
Talking to a private news channel, he said, “I consider myself very lucky to have Younis Khan in our dressing room. He guides us, he is helping me with technical stuff,” adding, he has been getting tips to play the ball more quickly. “I’m just taking it game by game and trying to live in the present. I want to be better with every passing match,” he shared when asked if he is targeting a spot in the World Cup squad for Pakistan.“I’m enjoying the PSL. It’s up to the selectors to decide who to pick,” Amin added. The 29-year old said the players are craving to play in front of their home crowd when the PSL action comes to Karachi and Lahore in the latter part of the tournament next month.

 

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Cricket: S. Africa v S. Lanka scoreboard

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Australia v India second Test scoreboard

Port Elizabeth: Scores at the end of Sri Lanka’s first innings on the second day of the second Test against South Africa at St George’s Park today.

South Africa, first innings, 222
Sri Lanka, first innings
(overnight 60-3)
D. Karunaratne c De Kock b Rabada 17
L. Thirimanne c and b Olivier 29
O. Fernando b Olivier 0
K. Mendis c De Kock b Olivier 16
K. Rajitha b Rabada 1
K. Perera c De Kock b Rabada 20
D. de Silva c De Kock b Mulder 19
N. Dickwella c Elgar b Rabada 42
S. Lakmal lbw b Maharaj 7
V. Fernando not out 0
L. Embuldeniya absent injured
Extras (lb1, nb2) 3
Total (37.4 overs) 154
Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Karunaratne), 2-34 (O. Fernando), 3-59 (Mendis), 4-64 (Thirimanne), 5-66 (Rajitha), 6-97 (Perera), 7-128 (De Silva), 8-154 (Lakmal), 9-154 (Dickwella)
Bowling: Steyn 10-2-39-0, Rabada 12.4-3-38-4, Olivier 10-1-61-3 (2nb), Mulder 3-2-6-1, Maharaj 2-0-9-1
Match situation: South Africa lead by 68 runs on the first innings
Toss: South Africa

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