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.

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Asian Champions Trophy: Semi-final berth on the line as Pakistan face China

Asian Champions Trophy: Semi-final berth on the line as Pakistan face China


Pakistan are hoping to register a win in their final pool match against China today to secure a place in the semi-final of the Asian Champions Trophy taking place in Kuantan, Malaysia.

The Greenshirts are currently ranked fourth in the standings with six points, having registered two wins and as many losses. South Korea lie above them with seven points (two wins, one draw, one loss) followed by Malaysia (3 wins, one loss) on nine and leaders India (4 wins, one draw) on 13.

China and Japan are currently ranked fifth and sixth with three and zero points respectively.

Asian Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy: India come from behind to beat Pakistan

The Greenshirts lost their opening match 4-2 to hosts Malaysia but made amends for that loss by winning the next match 1-0 against South Korea. They then took on India in the third match and despite leading 2-1 at one point, ended up losing 3-2 before registering a 4-3 win over Japan.

The top four teams will qualify for the semi-finals where the top-ranked team would face the fourth-ranked and the third-placed team will take on the second.

Defending champions Pakistan need to avoid losing by seven goals to China if they are to make it to the semi-finals. If Pakistan win and South Korea end up losing their match against Malaysia, Pakistan would finish third and face the hosts, but if South Korea are victorious, then Pakistan will face India.

‘Not repeating mistakes is key’, says hockey coach

Pakistan head coach Khawaja Junaid, however, has no qualms over coming face-to-face with India in the semi-finals.

“It really doesn’t matter to us who we face in the semi-final, whether it be India or Malaysia. We have been playing really well in the tournament and except for a few defensive lapses, we have managed to handle the opposition really well,” he said before further adding that the India game could have easily finished in the Greenshirts’ favour.

“We were leading against India at one point and had them under control for the majority of the match. We lost because we lost concentration and have worked on that aspect. If we face India again, I’m confident of a better performance.”

Defender Rashid Mehmood, 29, echoed his coaches’ sentiments claiming that the team is eager to retain the trophy.

“The only thing on our minds is winning the Asian Champions Trophy. We will try our best to overcome any opposition and have been working really hard for that,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 27th, 2016.

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Quaid-e-Azam Trophy: Kamran century guides WAPDA to win

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy: Kamran century guides WAPDA to win


A century by wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal led WAPDA to a six-wicket win over Peshawar in their fourth round Pool A fixture of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy at the Arbab Niaz Stadium in Peshawar yesterday.

Chasing 223, WAPDA resumed their innings on 72-4 and reached 224 without losing any more wickets courtesy an unbeaten 164-run partnership between Akmal (116) and opener Adnan Raees (69).

Meanwhile in a Pool B match, a half-century by Agha Sabir helped PIA defeat Rawalpindi by two wickets despite a 100-run knock by the latter’s Sarmad Hameed.

Rawalpindi resumed their second innings on 256-6 and added 78 more runs before declaring their innings on 337-7 and giving a target of 260 runs to PIA.

Hamza’s heroics no Mir flash in the pan

PIA, who scored 276 runs in their first innings, reached the target with the help of Sabir’s 72-run knock off 83 balls — laced with 12 boundaries, and Fahad Iqbal and Anwar Ali’s 38-run innings apiece. For Rawalpindi, Ataullah claimed four wickets while Abid Hassan took two.

Meanwhile, the other two fixtures of both pools ended in a draw.

In the Pool A match at the National Stadium of Karachi between Karachi Blues and SSGC, the former resumed their second innings on 185-2 and were on 448-7 at stumps.

The Karachi outfit had made 206 runs in the first innings, while their departmental counterparts had scored 424 runs; SSGC thereby were awarded the point courtesy their first innings lead.

Bowlers dominate as Lahore Blues on top against HBL

In a Pool B match at the LCCA Ground in Lahore between KRL and Lahore Whites, the former resumed their second innings on 123-4 and added 101 runs before declaring their innings on 224-6 and have a target of 318 runs, courtesy their first innings total of 352.

Lahore Whites were only able to make 229-5 at the end of play and fell 89 runs short of the target. Rizwan Hussain top-scored with his 126 off 187 balls, while Mohammad Waheed contributed 37 runs.

For KRL, Nayyer Abbas claimed two wickets.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 26th, 2016.

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy: Tabish’s five-for guides Karachi Whites to win

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy: Tabish’s five-for guides Karachi Whites to win

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy: Tabish’s five-for guides Karachi Whites to win


Tabish Khan’s five-wicket haul steered Karachi Whites to their first victory of the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy yesterday as the team defeated PIA by five wickets in Pool B’s first-round fixture at the UBL Sports Complex in Karachi.

Resuming their innings on 148-8, PIA could only add 29 runs to their tally before Tabish picked up their remaining wickets to restrict them to 177 in 56.4 overs, taking his bowling figures to 5-29. Meanwhile, Azam Hussain took three wickets and Faraz Ali two.

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy: Aslam the lone warrior for Lahore Whites

Chasing 185, Karachi Whites reached the target in 38 overs with five wickets to spare as Babar Agha scored 48 runs along with an unbeaten 36-run knock by Behram Khan.

In the other Pool B match, another five-wicket haul was the highlight as Attaullah helped Rawalpindi restrict KRL to 181 in their second innings, setting a target of 243 for Rawalpindi. At the end of play, Rawalpindi were batting on 156-6, needing 87 more runs to win on the last day with four wickets in hand and Sohail Tanvir (62) with Talha Qureshi (12) on the crease.

Meanwhile, FATA resumed their first innings on 241-5 and added 118 runs to take their score to 359. SNGPL, leading by 134 runs, began their second innings and declared after scoring 234-4 to set a target of 362 for FATA. At stumps, FATA were batting on 38-2.

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy: Pasha gives Karachi Whites the blues

At the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad, NBP picked up their first innings from 193-5 against Lahore Whites and went on to accumulate a total of 324 runs. By the end of the day, Lahore Whites were playing their second innings on 82-5 with a lead of 16 runs.

In pool A matches, Wapda’s Muhammad Irfan took five wickets to restrict Lahore Blues to 140 runs, forcing them to follow-on. As play closed, Lahore Blues were batting on 145-3 in their second innings, trailing by 45 runs.

At Arbab Niaz Stadium, HBL’s Ammad Butt bagged four wickets to help his team dismiss Peshawar for 239 runs in their first innings. HBL, leading by 223 runs, added 147 more to their total before declaring on 147-7, setting a target of 370. Peshawar finished the day on 86-2 in their second innings.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 4th, 2016.