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Ton-up Chandimal holds Sri Lanka together against Windies

Dinesh Chandimal’s battling, unbeaten hundred defied a West Indies attack spearheaded by Shannon Gabriel as Sri Lanka were lifted by their captain to a first innings total of 253 on the opening day of the second Test at the Darren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia on Thursday. West Indies openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Devon Smith…

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West Indies crush Sri Lanka in 1st Test

West Indies completed a crushing 226-run victory over Sri Lanka just after lunch on the final day of the first Test on Sunday as the tourists surrendered meekly following the demise of century-maker Kusal Mendis and captain Dinesh Chandimal. Set a daunting target of 453, the Sri Lankans crashed from 189 for three in mid-morning…

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England 363 all out in 2nd Test, lead Pakistan by 189 runs

England were dismissed for 363 in reply to Pakistan’s first-innings 174, a lead of 189 runs, on the third day of the second Test at Headingley on Sunday. Jos Buttler made a blistering 80 not out, having been dropped on four, off 101 balls including two sixes and 11 fours. James Anderson was last man…

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Pakistan collapse gives England early edge in second Test

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed was left pondering his decision to bat first after a collapse handed England the advantage on the first day of the second Test at Headingley on Friday. England were 106 for two a t stumps, just 68 runs behind Pakistan’s lowly first-innings 174 all out. England captain Joe Root was 29…

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Pakistan eye whitewash over England in second Test

The second Test match between Pakistan and England will be played at Leeds on Friday. The match will begin at 3pm Pakistan Standard Time (PST). Mohammad Amir claimed that bowling Pakistan to a Test series win in England would be “the best memory” of his life. Usman Salahuddin is likely to make his Test debut…

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England face uphill struggle as Cook falls cheaply against Pakistan

Alastair Cook was dismissed for just one as Pakistan remained in charge of the first Test against England at Lord’s on Saturday. England were 37 for two in their second innings at lunch on the third day — still needing a further 142 runs to make Pakistan bat again. Joe Root, the England captain, was…

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Pakistan pile on the agony for England in first Test

Pakistan again showed England how to play in their own conditions as they maintained their dominant position in the first Test at Lord’s. The tourists scored 300 runs in Friday’s play, going from an overnight 50 for one to 350 for eight at stumps on the second day of this two-match series. That left them…

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Don’t wear smart watches on field, ICC officials tell Pakistan players

ICC’s anti-corruption officials have told Pakistan’s players not to wear smart watches on the field after a couple of their players were seen with them on the first day at Lord’s, the Cricinfo reported. “The ACSU officer came to speak to us and told us it’s not allowed to wear them so we won’t be…

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England recall Buttler for first Pakistan Test

England recalled batsman Jos Buttler in a 12-man squad announced Tuesday for the first Test against Pakistan at Lord’s on May 24. In the first England squad since former Test batsman Ed Smith took over as national selector, Somerset off-spinner Dom Bess was given a first call-up. But, after England’s tour series losses in Australia…

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Ireland follow on after 130 all out against Pakistan

Ireland were dismissed for 130 in their inaugural Test innings and made to follow on by Pakistan on the third day at Malahide on Sunday. Ireland finished 31 runs shy of the follow-on avoidance target of 161 after Pakistan had made 310 for nine declared in a match where Friday’s scheduled first day was washed…

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History in the making

White kits, red ball and five days of cricketing action come to mind when someone talks about Test cricket. The most tough and challenging format of the game is undoubtedly Test cricket. To play 90 overs in three sessions for 5 consecutive days is not easy at an easy task after all. This is the…

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How cricket’s Test nations performed on their debuts

Ireland will become just the 11th nation to play men’s Test cricket when they face Pakistan at Dublin’s Malahide in a match starting Friday. Ideally they would like to emulate the feat of Australia, who remain the only side to have won their inaugural Test — beating England in the first such match, in Melbourne…

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Pakistan team leave for England tour 

LAHORE: Pakistan team left for its tour of England, Ireland and Scotland on Sunday. Pakistan Cricket Board stated that Mohammad Amir could not join the squad as he has not been issued British visa. The side will play one Test against Ireland, a tw0-match Test series against England and two Twenty20 Internationals against Scotland from…

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Fawad Alam ‘disappointed’ over non-selection in Test team

LAHORE: Cricketer Fawad Alam expressed his disappointment over not being selected for the tour of England, Ireland and Scotland. Pakistan announced its 16-member squad for the upcoming tour which includes five uncapped players. “I was disappointed over not being picked in the Test side,” Fawad said. “I will continue to perform in domestic cricket.” The…

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Pakistan team to depart for England tour on Monday

LAHORE: Pakistan will depart for its tour of England, Ireland and Scotland on Monday. Pakistan will play two Test matches against England, a one-off Test versus Ireland and two Twenty20 Internationals against Scotland. The test match between Pakistan and Ireland will be played at Dublin from 11th to 15th May. The Test series between Pakistan…

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Hafeez to undergo bowling test in England

LAHORE: Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez will undergo a bio-mechanics bowling test in England on April 17. Hafeez will be tested for his bowling action at the Loughborough University bio-mechanics lab under the supervision of experts. The experienced opening batsman was reported for suspect bowling action for the third time in the third one-day against Sri…

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South Africa beat Australia, take series 3-1

Johannesburg: Vernon Philander sent Australia crashing to defeat with a sensational spell of bowling on the fifth day of the fourth Test against Australia at the Wanderers Stadium on Tuesday. Philander took a career-best six for 21 as Australia were bowled out for 118, giving South Africa victory by 493 runs, a record runs margin…

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Williamson hits tons record in rain-hit England Test

Auckland: Kane Williamson’s New Zealand-record 18th Test century brightened an otherwise wet and gloomy day two as the hosts tightened their grip on the first Test against England on Friday. Williamson’s 102 provided a rare moment of cheer on a truncated day when play was restricted to 23.1 overs with only 54 runs scored. The…

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England’s Hales turns back on Test cricket

London: Alex Hales announced on Tuesday he is turning his back on Test cricket after signing a new limited-overs contract with county side Nottinghamshire following a similar decision by England team-mate Adil Rashid. Rashid last week said he intended to focus solely on shorter, white-ball cricket for Yorkshire this season and Hales has penned a…

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India’s run-machine Kohli attains rare double in ICC Rankings

Virat Kohli becomes the second batsman to cross 900-point mark in both Tests and ODIs; Rashid shares top spot with Bumrah amongst bowlers. ⦁ India captain becomes only the second batsman to cross the 900-point mark concurrently in Tests and ODIs ⦁ Rashid Khan and Jasprit Bumrah take joint-top position among bowlers; Rashid also moves…

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India on top in Test rankings

DUBAI: International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the latest Test rankings, Samaa reported on Tuesday. According to details, India tops the Test rankings for teams while South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and England are at second, third, fourth and fifth place respectively. Sri Lanka is at sixth place while Pakistan holds the seventh spot in the…

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