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AUCKLAND: Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bowl in the one-off Twenty20 match against New Zealand in Auckland Friday.

It is Sri Lanka’s last chance to notch a win on their tour after losing all three one-day matches and finishing the two-Test series with a loss and a draw.

“We’ll see what the bowlers can do and then the batsmen can chase it down,” captain Lasith Malinga said after winning the toss.

Tim Southee, leading New Zealand while Kane Williamson is rested, said he would also have bowled first but “it looks like a good surface so hopefully we can make good use of it.

“It has been a great start to the season and hopefully we can keep the momentum going.”

Scott Kuggeleijn makes his debut for New Zealand and Mitchell Santner returns from an injury lay off while for Sri Lanka Danushka Gunathilaka is injured with Kusal Perera moving up to opener.

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Tim Seifert, Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, Mitchell Santner, Doug Bracewell, Tim Southee (capt), Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson
Sri Lanka: Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Thisara Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dasun Shanaka, Lasith Malinga (capt), Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara

 

 

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Loss against India: Resolution seeking resignation of PCB chairman, others submitted

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LAHORE: A resolution was tabled in the Punjab Assembly today seeking removal of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani, Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and other responsible for the defeat against India in ICC World Cup 2019 yesterday.

Pakistan lost against arch-rivals India by 89 runs in the mega clash in Old Trafford, Manchester.

The resolution, submitted by PML-N leader Aziza Fatima, stated that people of the country were angry over Pakistan’s defeat against India.

It further stated that neither the PCB planned for the world cup nor it could induct extraordinary player in the team due to which disappointment prevails among the masses.

The resolution further demanded all the responsible including the PCB chairman and chief selector be removed immediately.

 

 

 

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Sarfaraz stands by decision to field first against India, acknowledges team’s shortcomings

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MANCHESTER: Pakistan cricket team captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has said that his decision to choose field first after winning the toss was ‘good’ for the team as the weather conditions had brought moisturizer to the pitch.

In a post-match press conference following the team’s defeat to India yesterday, Sarfaraz said that Pakistan faced defeat because the team did not perform well in all three departments.

India thrashed Green Shirts with a 89-run victory via the Duckworth-Lewis method in the tournament’s most anticipated group match.

Pakistan loses against India in ICC CWC 2019 by 89 runs

 

 

 

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‘We need to win all remaining games,’ says South Africa skipper

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CARDIFF: Faf du Plessis said South Africa must win all their remaining games if they are to have any chance of reaching the World Cup semi-finals after they notched their first win against Afghanistan on Saturday.

The Proteas endured a torrid start to their campaign in England and Wales, losing their first three matches before a no result against the West Indies.

But the outcome never looked in doubt in Cardiff, with man-of-the-match Imran Tahir taking four wickets as South Africa bundled Afghanistan out for a meagre 125 before cantering to victory by nine wickets.

South Africa skipper Du Plessis said his players had upped their game in the match, which was reduced to 48 overs per side after two rain delays.

“Hopefully this is a real confidence booster for everyone on the team,” he said. “And there’s a little bit of weight that you feel that’s off your shoulders now, so now the guys — we know what’s lying ahead.

“We need to win every game that we play. But today was a really good step in the right direction.”

South Africa, missing injured paceman Dale Steyn, lost to England, Bangladesh and India before picking up a point in their rain-ruined match against the West Indies.

Their win on Saturday lifts them to seventh in the 10-team table after five matches but their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals by reaching the top four are remote, with New Zealand and Australia still to come in their remaining four games.

South Africa took their time in chasing down their target but Afghanistan, who look out of their depth at the World Cup, did not have the weapons to trouble their opponents.

Hashim Amla (41 not out) and Quinton de Kock (68), put on 104 for the first wicket before Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib had De Kock caught by Mohammad Nabi.

Amla and Andile Phehlukwayo saw South Africa over the line as they reached their revised target of 127 in the 29th over.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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