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Pakistan bat against England in first Test

Pakistan captain Azhar Ali won the toss and elected to bat in the first Test against England at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Although the Manchester skies were overcast, Azhar told Sky Sports: “Obviously the overhead conditions will help the bowlers but we were very clear in our heads that we want to bat first. “Because of the composition of the ...

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Shishir gets brand new Mercedes-Benz from Shakib as gift

Bangladesh star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan presented a brand new Mercedes-Benz to his wife Umme Ahmed Shishir, which she revealed in an Instagram post on August 2. Shakib is currently passing time in the USA. The all-rounder has been serving a two-year-long ban imposed by the ICC due to failing to report corrupt approaches made to him by the bookies, ...

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IPL 2020 to be held from September 19 to November 10 in UAE

The Indian Premier League on Sunday confirmed that the much-delayed 2020 tournament will finally start in the United Arab Emirates in September because of the mounting coronavirus pandemic in India. It will be the third time that the world’s richest cricket tournament has had to be held outside its home country. The tournament will start on September 19 and the ...

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Women’s T20 Challenge ‘very much on’: India cricket president

Indian cricket president Sourav Ganguly on Sunday said the women’s T20 Challenge was “very much on” after the IPL confirmed the virus-delayed men’s tournament would get underway in September. Last year, a women’s T20 Challenge involving three teams was played alongside the cash-rich, globally popular Indian Premier League. “I can confirm to you that the women’s IPL is very much ...

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Paris St-Germain beat Lyon in French League Cup final for another treble

Paris St-Germain beat Lyon on penalties in the French League Cup final to seal a fourth domestic treble in six years. It was the final French League Cup final, with the decision made last September to cancel the tournament after this season, and ended 0-0. After the first 10 penalties were scored, PSG keeper Keylor Navas saved from Bertrand Traore ...

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Juve crash to humiliating Cagliari defeat, Immobile eyes goal record

Juventus crashed to a humiliating 2-0 defeat at Cagliari on Wednesday days after sealing their ninth consecutive Serie A title, with their Champions League last 16 return leg looming. Cagliari’s 20-year-old forward Luca Gagliano tapped in the opener eight minutes into his first Serie A match, beating veteran Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon to score his first top division goal. And ...

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Root happy with England bowling dilemma as Pakistan await

England captain Joe Root said he had no qualms about having bowling “headaches” leading up to next week’s first Test against Pakistan after his side’s 2-1 series win over the West Indies. Root’s men came from behind to regain the Wisden Trophy, with a comprehensive 269-run victory in the third Test at Old Trafford on Tuesday sealing the hosts’ fightback. ...

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Fawad Alam, Wahab Riaz included in shortlisted Pak squad for Tests against England

Fawad Alam and Wahab Riaz have been included in the shortlisted 20-member Pakistan squad for the three-match Test series against England. The squad has been shortlisted following the conclusion of two four-day intra-squad matches, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed on Monday. Pakistan’s squad for Test series against England: Azhar Ali (c), Babar Aazam, Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad ...

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Rain frustrates Broad’s bid for 500 wickets, England win

Rain kept Stuart Broad waiting for his 500th Test wicket as bad weather frustrated England’s bid for a series-clinching win over the West Indies at Old Trafford on Monday. Play was due to start at 11:00 am local time (1000 GMT), on the fourth day of the decisive third Test, but persistent rain meant the pitch and square remained fully ...

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Ronaldo powers Juve to ninth straight Serie A title

Cristiano Ronaldo powered Juventus to their ninth straight Serie A title on Sunday in a 2-0 win over Sampdoria that put them over the line with two matches to spare. Ronaldo opened the scoring deep into first half stoppage time in Turin and then had a hand in Federico Bernardeschi netting the second after 66 minutes. The five-time Ballon d’Or ...

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