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Middlesbrough edge Hull thanks to Ramirez header

Middlesbrough edge Hull thanks to Ramirez header

MIDDLESBROUGH: Middlesbrough moved away from the relegation zone with a 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Hull City thanks to a second-half header from midfielder Gaston Ramirez in the Premier League on Monday.

Uruguay international Ramirez, who was an influential figure throughout the match, broke the deadlock on the hour with a firm downward header at the back post from a Viktor Fischer corner.

Arsenal aim to extend unbeaten run against Boro

Ramirez, who had a loan spell at Hull from Southampton in the 2014/15 season, thought he had helped set up the opener for Fischer after 33 minutes but it was disallowed for offside.

The win takes the hosts up three places to 13th on 15 points from 14 games before they visit Southampton on Sunday with Hull second-bottom on 11 points as they next host Crystal Palace.

source The Express Tribune news

Misbah raises Rs300,000 for fan’s medical treatment

Misbah raises Rs300,000 for fan’s medical treatment

KARACHI: Pakistan Test captain Misbahul Haq raised Rs300,000 for a fan’s medical treatment in Lahore.

Rohaan, 16, requires the treatment to correct a hole in his heart. The 42-year-old started a campaign to raise funds, to enable him to undergo the surgery.

Misbah to return home from New Zealand mid-series

Misbah donated major chunk of the money himself as he handed the funds to Rohaan, whom previously met him during the 2015 World Cup.

However, the Test captain was unable to meet Rohaan this time as he was bound to leave for Australia.

Misbah discusses 50 matches as Test captain

Misbah first heard of the teen through his mentor Tahir Shah, who resides in the same locality as Rohaan.

source The Express Tribune news

Ton-up Warner helps Australia reclaim Chappell-Hadlee Trophy

Ton-up Warner helps Australia reclaim Chappell-Hadlee Trophy

CANBERRA: Opener David Warner slammed his sixth ODI century of the year to lead Australia to a crushing 116-run victory to reclaim the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series off New Zealand in Canberra on Tuesday.

Warner smashed 119 off 115 balls to propel the Australians to an imposing 378 for five after being sent into bat and then bowled out the Black Caps for 262 off 47.2 overs at the bat-friendly Manuka Oval.

New Zealand had to win in Canberra to keep alive their hopes of retaining the trophy after losing by 68 runs in the opening game in Sydney on Sunday.

Warner led the way in Australia’s third-highest ODI total and was supported by skipper Steve Smith’s 72 off 76 balls and Travis Head’s 57 from 32 balls, while Mitchell Marsh bludgeoned seven sixes in a unbeaten 76 off just 40 balls.

The Black Caps had a go at Australia’s hefty total and were 177 for three when Jimmy Neesham fell in the 31st over for 74 and ended a 125-run stand with skipper Kane Williamson.

Williamson was dismissed nine overs later for 81 off 80 balls with five fours and two sixes and with him went New Zealand’s remote chance of reeling in the Australian target.

Williamson’s gamble to send the Australians into bat back-fired spectacularly when the home side feasted on a perfect batting wicket.

The pugnacious Warner set the tone with his 10th ODI century off 101 balls to continue his outstanding form with the white ball.

It was his third century in his last five ODI innings and his first against New Zealand.

Only three other Australian batsmen have scored more hundreds in ODIs — Ricky Ponting (30), Mark Waugh (18) and Adam Gilchrist (16).

Warner was out to a low catch from Williamson at cover off medium-pacer Colin de Grandhomme in the 37th over, ending a 145-run partnership with Smith.

Smith followed up his career highest ODI score of 164 in Sydney with 72.

The Australian skipper, who was struck a painful blow in the groin by a de Grandhomme delivery on 56, sliced to Mitchell Santner at deep point when he was on top of the New Zealand bowlers.

Head hit his second half-century of the series before he was caught off Tim Southee.

Marsh provided some late fireworks with some prodigious hitting including three consecutive sixes off Matt Henry in his lusty cameo.

The Black Caps lost both openers by the ninth over with Tom Latham caught and bowled by Josh Hazlewood for four and Martin Guptill caught behind off Pat Cummins for 45.

Neesham looked in good touch with 74 off 83 balls before he was caught in the deep by Mitchell Starc off Josh Hazlewood in the 31st over.

James Faulkner got Colin Munro to hole out on 11 to long-on where Marsh took a safe catch and Starc had Colin de Grandhomme caught behind for 12.

Williamson was deceived by a Cummins slower ball and found Warner in the covers to leave the Black Caps 232 for six.

Wickets tumbled among the Black Caps lower order with Cummins finishing with four wickets for 41 as Australia cruised to victory ahead of Friday’s third and final ODI of the series in Melbourne.

source The Express Tribune news

Rabwah – Dr Abduas Salam Super Six Cricket League Match summary

Rabwah – Dr Abduas Salam Super Six Cricket League Match summary

Today team Skylite Networks and Nasir Abad Sharki played its 2nd match. After very interesting game team Skylite won the match.

Adnan Ahmad Jan was announced man of the match due to his blistering inning of 75 of just 16 balls with the strike rate of 468.5, while chasing the target of 120.Team Skylite Networks made the chase looks so easy due to his power full hitting right from the word go. It was the 2nd time when Adnan won the title of man of the match. And the respectable member of the officials awards the prize to the man of the match as you can see in the picture.

And also the interesting thing about the match is that Mr paddy, finished the match with long six.



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Mohammad Akram hails Babar Azam’s resilience in alien conditions

Mohammad Akram hails Babar Azam’s resilience in alien conditions

KARACHI: Pakistan posted a respectable total on the third day of the second Test against New Zealand at Hamilton’s Seddon Park largely due to an unbeaten 90-run innings by young batsman Babar Azam.

Resuming at the overnight score of 76 for five, Azam held one end together as Sarfraz Ahmed (41) and Sohail Khan (37) went for their shots to ensure that the visitors maintain a decent run-rate after the top and middle-order had limply rolled over on the second day.

Pakistan were eventually bowled out for 216, 55 runs behind New Zealand’s first innings score of 271 as Azam remained stranded on one end.


Speaking to The Express Tribune, former Test cricketer and bowling coach Mohammad Akram praised Azam for his stupendous effort in alien conditions. “Azam has come through the ranks and has shown great maturity. I have seen him score big in first-class matches and this innings proved that even outside Asia he’s good enough.”

Akram, meanwhile, refused to blame the other batsmen for their follies on the tour stating that lack of exposure to fast-bowling-friendly pitches was the primary reason for the disastrous batting witnessed in the first three innings of the series.

Akram, who represented Pakistan in nine Tests and 23 ODIs, stressed the need for ‘A’ team tours to countries where the batsmen are tested rather than tours to Asian venues.

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“We can’t criticise the batsmen; they haven’t had the exposure to these conditions. We need to send ‘A’ teams to the difficult parts of the world like Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa rather than touring places like UAE or Sri Lanka,” he said.

Bowlers need to capitalise on favourable conditions

Akram lamented the effort of Pakistan’s bowling attack on the opening two days of the match as, despite inclement weather and overcast conditions, the bowling quartet of Mohammad Amir, Sohail, Imran Khan and Wahab Riaz allowed the hosts to amass an above-par total of 270.

“It isn’t easy for fast-bowlers to switch from one pitch to another; here in New Zealand you need bowlers who can pitch the ball up, ones who can kiss the turf rather than banging the ball on the surface. The art is to pitch the ball up and that adjustment isn’t easy; our pacers needed to be disciplined and bowl a probing line and length,” he said.

New Zealand end first day’s play on 77-2

Akram, who served as Pakistan’s bowling coach for two years, also observed that the attacking nature of the bowlers and lack of exposure to green tops was a possible reason for their poor show.

“I feel our bowlers didn’t have the exposure of bowling on these pitches at least on the international stage. Patience is crucial on these pitches, you have to make the batsmen come at you and the wicket-takers need to swallow their ego and bowl in the right areas rather than trying to blow the batting line-up away,” said Akram.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 28th, 2016.

Delbonis seals Argentina’s maiden Davis Cup title

Delbonis seals Argentina’s maiden Davis Cup title

ZAGREB: Federico Delbonis swept aside Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in Sunday’s deciding rubber as Argentina clinched a first Davis Cup title with a stunning fightback in Zagreb.

Juan Martin del Potro, cheered on by Argentine football legend Diego Maradona, staged an incredible comeback from two sets down to beat Marin Cilic in the opening reverse singles to level the tie at 2-2.

Left-hander Delbonis then tamed the big-serving Karlovic as Argentina, runners-up on four previous occasions, became just the 15th country to lift the trophy in 116 years.

“This is one of those dreams that has come true,” said Delbonis. “I tried to keep focused to do what I had to do, that’s all I could think because if I thought about anything else it would be a disaster.”

Argentina coach Daniel Orsanic added: “The guys were amazing today. Juan Martin won an incredible match and Federico played the match of his life.”

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Delbonis was beaten by Cilic in five sets in Friday’s first singles match but blew away the 37-year-old Karlovic, an opponent ranked 21 places above him, in just over two hours.

The world number 41 broke Karlovic — the oldest player to feature in a Davis Cup singles match since 43-year-old Australian Norman Brookes in 1920 — four times to help Argentina banish the memories of losing finals appearances in 1981, 2006, 2008 and 2011.

But much of the credit will go to Del Potro after the Olympic silver medallist, who missed the majority of 2014 and 2015 through injury, outlasted Cilic in an epic five-hour battle of former US Open champions.

“I was positive all the time and did not let my head drop after going two sets down,” said Del Potro. “This was an emotionally exhausting match and one of the biggest wins of my career.”

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Del Potro had defeated Cilic in eight of 10 previous meetings, but Sunday’s clash was the first since 2013 and the Croat was invigorated by an animated Zagreb Arena crowd.

Sixth-ranked Cilic dominated a first set tie-break, winning the first five points to seize control, and then broke Del Potro’s serve twice in succession in the second set to move Croatia within sight of a second title.

But Del Potro, who rallied from behind to overcome Andy Murray in a five-set epic in the semi-final, displayed more remarkable resilience and produced an outrageous ‘tweener’ to begin the third set.

Cilic fought off two early break points but then succumbed to nerves as the finish line approached, falling 0-40 behind on serve at 5-6, and Del Potro pounced at the third opportunity to reignite his country’s hopes.

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Del Potro’s blistering forehand piled the pressure on Cilic, and the Argentine sent the match to a fifth set by converting his third set point after his opponent again faltered on serve at 5-4.

Del Potro committed a costly double fault to gift Cilic the advantage at the start of the deciding set, but the world number 38 hit straight back in the following game to level.

The Argentine then conjured up a pair of break points at 4-3 with a miscued forehand from Cilic paving the way for Del Potro to complete a stunning fightback — his first ever from two sets down — in four hours and 53 minutes.

“It’s a very hard defeat to take,” said Cilic. “I am very disappointed but I have no regrets because I gave all I had and it was just one of those days when it didn’t come off.”

Mourinho faces disciplinary action from FA

Mourinho faces disciplinary action from FA


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho faces disciplinary action from Football Association (FA), and an almost definite touchline suspension, after being sent to the stands by referee Jon Moss during a 1-1 Premier League home draw with West Ham.

It is the third time in less than two months that the fiery Portuguese manager will face disciplinary action from the sport’s ruling body.

In late October, he was suspended for one game, and fined 8,000 pounds (9,400 euros/$10,000), for an altercation with referee Mark Clattenburg during a draw with Burnley.

That incident followed a 50,000-pound punishment for comments made about the decision to allow referee Anthony Taylor to officiate the game with Liverpool.

The latest flashpoint also involved a referee with whom Mourinho has recent history. Last season, while in charge of Chelsea, Mourinho had an altercation with the same official in a game at West Ham which resulted in a one-match stadium ban for the Portuguese.

A year on, against the same opposition and with the same referee, Mourinho kicked a water bottle fully 20 yards to protest Taylor’s decision to caution Paul Pogba for simulation after 27 minutes, a card that rules the French international out of United’s League Cup quarter-final tie — again with West Ham — at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

“I think everyone saw his frustration was shown in that situation,” said assistant manager Rui Faria after Mourinho refused to speak post-match.

“It should have been a free-kick for us and it ended with a yellow card for Paul and he is out of our next match.

“So there are maybe reasons to express some frustration. After that, things that are part of the game and the referee took a decision.

“But I think everything comes from a decision that should be the opposite way.”

By that stage Zlatan Ibrahimovic had equalised an early opening goal from Diafra Sakho. But, as has been the norm recently, Mourinho’s team could not find a winner as they recorded a fourth consecutive home league draw — the first time since 1990 they have gone four home games without victory.

More worrying yet, United have now recorded their worst start to a season, after 13 games, since 1989-90, the season that saw Sir Alex Ferguson famously win the FA Cup after surviving strenuous calls for his dismissal from supporters.

“We were the best team on the pitch,” said Faria. “We didn’t have any tactical issues during the game. Defensively we were very compact. Offensively we created the chances to win.

“We are showing that as a team we are a strong side and we can do very good things. We create chances that in a normal way should be goals and the game should be in a comfortable way.

“It is not happening. We get frustrated. The only thing we need to do is keep working because then things will change for us.”

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic sympathised with his opposite number for his latest disciplinary problems.

“I don’t know if he deserved to be sent off, I don’t know the rules,” said Bilic. “I don’t want any manager, especially him, to be sent off. It is hard to judge from our angle if it is a dive or a foul so I can understand it but I don’t want him to be sent off.

“I have seen him. We didn’t talk about the mood but he is a gentleman. I like him.”

But the West Ham manager saw promising signs of recovery in his team’s display at Old Trafford.

“It is a difficult season and I am not trying to avoid saying that,” said Bilic, whose side is just a point above the drop zone.

“I am not happy with the position, we are still paying the price for September, when we had injuries — lost against Watford, West Brom, Southampton, Middlesbrough.

“But recently there are really good performances from us. It is only a matter of time when we get the points. We could have lost today but still I would say the same thing.”

Peshawar Zalmi owner pitches IPL-PSL team matches to BCCI president

Peshawar Zalmi owner pitches IPL-PSL team matches to BCCI president

Owner of Peshawar Zalmi, one of the five Pakistan Super League (PSL) teams, Javed Afridi, met Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Anurag Thakur on Friday and asked him to allow Indian Premier League (IPL) teams to play against PSL outfits on a neutral venue.

“We had a discussion over Pakistan and India cricket relations,” said Javed after the meeting. “We also talked about IPL and PSL teams. He was happy to meet me, and said we should play Pakistan on a third [neutral] venue.”
He added: “The point that I stressed upon was to allow IPL teams to play against PSL outfits on a neutral venue. I met a couple of team owners of IPL here and they are quite keen to have matches with us; the meeting was very successful. The second round of the meeting will be in Sri Lanka on December 17.”

However, earlier in September, Thakur did not reply so calmly to the option of playing Pakistan. The BCCI chief ruled out resumption of bilateral cricket ties in wake of militant attack in Kashmir.

Thakur, after attending Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) National Council meeting, said Pakistan has been exposed of training terrorists in their territory.

“No question of playing cricket,” said Thakur. “Today, priority is to expose Pakistan as a country which sponsors terrorism. We can’t even think of such thing (playing cricket with Pakistan).”

The BCCI chief added Pakistan should be pressured all over the world to an extent that they find themselves alone.

Also, Thakur had asked the International Cricket Council to keep Pakistan and India in separate groups in the 2017 Champions Trophy in England.

Misbahul Haq opens up about 2007 World T20 mishap

Misbahul Haq opens up about 2007 World T20 mishap

Pakistan Test captain Misbahul Haq, who played a scoop into the hands of Shanthakumaran Sreesanth at short fine-leg in the final of inaugural 2007 World T20 off Joginder Sharma, believes if he had been stuck in that five-run loss to India, he would not have been able continue cricket.

While talking to Mirza Iqbal Baig who hosts Express News show Sports Page, the 42-year-old opened up about the match“If I had remembered them (Sreesanth and Sharma) then I would not have been playing international cricket,” said Misbah. “I always believe whatever good or bad you do in the past, you have to forget it. Even the good that you have done, you enjoy it on that very day, but every day in cricket is new. You have to go out again and you have to perform.”

He added: “I believe if you live in the past or keep planning the future, you will not be able to perform on the given day. There are regrets in life but they should be controlled; they should not affect your present performances.”

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The most successful Test captain for Pakistan also revealed the list of his favourite batsmen.

“There are a lot of them,” he said. “In terms of mental strength, Javed Miandad, after that Steve Waugh, and Inzamamul Haq as well, he would always perform in tough conditions. There is also Jacques Kallis, but in today’s cricket AB de Villiers. The kind of cricket he plays, there is no match for him in recent times.”

Misbah, who guided Pakistan to the number one spot in Tests first time in the history of the game, also shed light on his retirement plans.

“I had planned my retirement after I played against England [in UAE]. I wanted to retire after playing against India but Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan told me that visiting England for a series will be a big challenge for us. It would have been difficult for a new captain to come in at that time. After that, the series against New Zealand and Australia are always difficult,” explained Misbah.

He then revealed a plan for transfer of captaincy. “I am planning to stay till the tour of Australia, and during the tour I will plan what I want to do next,” he said. “There is no plan to play for an extended period because it is better to bring in a new captain at the right time.”

source The Express Tribune news

First time in 30 years: Kiwis eye rare series win over Pakistan

First time in 30 years: Kiwis eye rare series win over Pakistan

KARACHI: Pakistan entered the two-match Test series against New Zealand as favourites but following a hapless display by the visitors in the first Test, where the hosts won by eight wickets, that tag has been reversed; now Pakistan are the underdogs.

New Zealand, meanwhile, have a chance of a rare series win against Pakistan as even a draw in Hamilton tomorrow will serve the purpose.

The Kiwis have not won a Test series against Pakistan in more than 30 years with their last triumph coming back in 1985. Not only that, they have won only two series against Pakistan in their previous 21 attempts.

But with momentum on their side, the Kane Williamson-led team will look to make up for the 3-0 whitewash they suffered at the hands of India last month.

Pakistan, meanwhile, have experienced a sharp dip in form since their 2-1 win over the West Indies in the UAE and their performance in Christchurch, where they collapsed for 133 and 171 runs in the first and second innings respectively, is cause for alarm.

Add to that the fact that Pakistan would be without talismanic captain Misbahul Haq, who decided to travel back to Pakistan following the death of his father-in-law, the second Test is expected to be much tougher than the first.

But Azhar Ali, the stand-in captain for the Hamilton Test, is ‘confident’ the team will put on a better show. “As a batting unit we need to put up a better show … We have to improve in the next game and I’m confident we will do that,” said Azhar in Hamilton yesterday.


Former chief selector Iqbal Qasim is of the view that Pakistan need to adopt a different, more aggressive strategy for the Hamilton Test.

Many cricket pundits had blamed Pakistan’s first-Test capitulation on their extremely defensive approach and Qasim believes that the visitors need to take the game to the hosts if they are to get a result in their favour.

“Pakistan will have to be aggressive in batting. Just staying on the crease and not scoring runs will not serve any purpose. Pakistan batsmen should try to dominate the bowlers and score runs with a better pace. The Hamilton wicket is another challenging track for the batsmen and staying for long there is very difficult so Pakistan would need to score fast,” he said.

Qasim, meanwhile, called for the inclusion of fast-bowler Wahab Riaz for the final Test. “Wahab is very fast and he could be a game changer in Hamilton. The management should show some confidence in him.”

He further added that spinner Yasir Shah, who after impressing heavily against the West Indies in the UAE but was a mere spectator in the first Test in Christchurch, should only be included in the squad if the pitch conditions suit his style.

“The inclusion of Yasir Shah in playing XI should be made after looking at pitch conditions,” he said.

The former Test cricketer also said that Pakistan have the potential to bounce back in the series. “Pakistan went to Christchurch without much preparation but now the players have a better idea of the conditions. They are in a much better position to win the match and level the series,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 24th, 2016.