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LONDON: Three-time major winner Stan Wawrinka stunned Bulgarian sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov 1-6, 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 to reach the Wimbledon second round on Monday.

Wawrinka, whose ranking has slumped to 225 after knee surgery, had lost his last four matches against Dimitrov, a semi-finalist in 2014. But at the same tournament where he played what proved to be his last match of 2017, the 33-year-old was rejuvenated.

“It’s a great feeling to win like this on Centre Court,” said Wawrinka, twice a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon. “I was moving well and feeling good. “I knew it would be tough to beat a player like Grigor so my goal was to fight and focus.” Wawrinka will next face Italian qualifier Thomas Fabbiano.

A relevant piece: Ivo Karlovic plans to play into his 40s after the giant Croat beat Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny in the battle of Wimbledon’s senior citizens. With an average age of 37 years and eight months, Karlovic, 39, and Youzhny, 36, treated Wimbledon fans to the oldest Grand Slam match for 40 years in the first round on Monday. Not since the 1978 Australian Open, when Ken Rosewall met Sherwood Stewart with an average age of 38 years and four months, had two older stagers gone head to head at a major. In a testament to his fitness at an age when many of his peers have long since retired, Karlovic ignored the searing heat and a strong wind that played havoc with his usually lethal serve to win 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (9/7), 6-3. “I’m not injured so I am still healthy. I want to see how long I can go and hopefully my ranking will not go down, so I will be at the other Grand Slams. That’s what I’m looking for,” Karlovic told AFP. “I don’t have an age I want to play to. As long as I am healthy and my ranking is up there, I don’t see any reason why I should stop.” Karlovic was making his 14th appearance in the Wimbledon main draw and he admitted ending the frustrating losing streak he brought into the grass-court Grand Slam felt like a huge moment. “Every win is really big now, especially coming here I didn’t have a lot of wins. I lost five in a row I think, so this makes me really happy,” he said.

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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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Pakistan loses against India in ICC CWC 2019 by 89 runs

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OLD TRAFFORD: India thrashed Pakistan by 89 runs in the 22nd match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 here today.

Batting first, India posted a 336-run target against Sarfaraz XI in 50 overs. Pakistan, while chasing the target, only managed to make 118 runs before the rain stopped play.

India’s Rohit Sharma posted 140-run score before Pakistan finished on 212-6 to be well short of a rain-adjusted total.

The most any side have made batting second to win a World Cup match is Ireland s 329 for seven against England at Bangalore in 2011. Pakistan lost their first wicket in bizarre fashion.

India paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar limped off four balls into the fifth over with a hamstring injury that a team spokesman said had ruled him out of the rest of the match. But World Cup debutant Vijay Shankar, brought on to complete the over, struck first ball when he had Imam-ul-Haq lbw for seven to leave Pakistan 13 for one.

Earlier, Kohli became the quickest player to 11,000 one-day international runs, getting there in 222nd innings as compared to compatriot Sachin Tendulkar s previous record of 276 innings.

Pakistan left-arm quick Mohammad Amir was his side s only threat with three for 47 despite two early warnings for running on the pitch. Sharma and KL Rahul (57) got India off to a fine start with a first-wicket stand of 137 after Pakistan won the toss. Their efforts were all the more impressive as they were opening together for the first time at this level.

 

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India and Pakistan’s one-sided World Cup history

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MANCHESTER: An India-Pakistan cricket match is a reliable guarantee of sell-out crowds and huge TV ratings, with Sunday’s World Cup blockbuster between the arch-rivals at Old Trafford sure to be no different.

Lurking political tensions and India’s refusal to play Pakistan in bilateral series only adds to the sense of expectation and pressure surrounding what remains one the standout fixtures in any form of international cricket.

Yet the record between the subcontinental giants at the World Cup is strangely lopsided, with India having won all six of their matches in previous editions of the one-day showpiece tournament.

Miandad turns kangaroo

1992: India 216-7 (49 overs) beat Pakistan 173 (48.1 overs) by 43 runs at the SCG.

India’s one-day rivalry with Pakistan dates back to 1978 but it was not until 1992 that they locked horns in a World Cup.

India won but it was Pakistan’s Javed Miandad who stole the show with his cheeky on-field antics.

Annoyed by India wicket-keeper Kiran More’s constant appealing and chatter behind the stumps, batting great Miandad did a kangaroo-hopping imitation of the gloveman much to the amusement of the crowd.

Pakistan, led by Imran Khan, may have lost this match but they went on to be crowned champions.

Jadeja blitz in Bangalore

1996: India 287-8 (50 overs) beat Pakistan 248-9 (49 overs) by 39 runs at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Long before the advent of big-hitters in Twenty20 cricket, India batsman Ajay Jadeja took Pakistan speedster Waqar Younis to the cleaners in a 1996 quarter-final in Bangalore.

Waqar was hammered for 40 runs in his last two overs as Jadeja smashed 45 off 25 balls to guide India to 287-8, a total they defended with ease.

Prasad seals the deal

1999: India 227-6 (50 overs) beat Pakistan 180 (45.3 overs) by 47 runs at Old Trafford.

Venkatesh Prasad was the star in a game played against the backdrop of the Kargil war.

A raucous sell-out crowd in Manchester at Old Trafford witnessed paceman Prasad dismantle Pakistan’s strong batting line-up with a return of 5-27.

Despite the political tension surrounding the Super Six encounter — supervised by a massive police contingent — the match finished without incident.

Tendulkar pummels Akhtar

2003: Pakistan 273-7 (50 overs) lost to India 276-4 (45.4 overs) by six wickets at Centurion India batting great Sachin Tendulkar got the better of Pakistan spearhead Shoaib Akhtar, hitting the fast bowler for a six high over backward point en route to a 98 that set the tone for India’s successful run-chase in a league match following a hundred by Pakistan’s Saeed Anwar.

Shaharyar Khan, the head of the Pakistan Cricket Board, said afterwards: “India had overshadowed us mainly through the genius of Tendulkar but there was no disgrace in losing the match.”

Meanwhile the ‘Little Master’ himself summed up his innings succinctly by saying: “I told myself, if I see it I will hit it.”

Afridi bowls, fielders drop

2011: India 260-9 (50 overs) beat Pakistan 231 (49.5 overs) by 29 runs at Mohali.

It was a given dropping Tendulkar would prove costly for Pakistan but giving him four reprieves in this semi-final was something else and sparked several conspiracy theories.

Tendulkar was dropped on 27, 45, 70 and 81 – — thrice off the bowling of Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi who said “sorry” to his nation after the loss.

Tendulkar top-scored with 85 as India booked their berth in a final where they clinched their second World Cup title with victory over Sri Lanka at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium — their star player’s home ground.

Kohli leads the demolition

2015: India 300-7 (50 overs) beat Pakistan 224 (47 overs) by 76 runs at the Adelaide Oval.

Emerging from the shadows cast by the retired Tendulkar, Virat Kohli gave a foretaste of things to come with 107 off 126 balls to thwart a potent Pakistan attack led by Mohammad Irfan.

“I just look to stand up to them because I hate to lose and play passionately,” Kohli said after his man-of-the match performance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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