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    Wellington -  Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed Friday heaped praise on his bowlers despite his team’s 0-5 whitewash in the One-Day International (ODI) series against New Zealand. New Zealand completed the series sweep with a 15-run victory in the fifth and final match at the Basin Reserve on Friday. “We back our team. And there are some positive things. The lower order, including ...

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    DHAKA -  Tamim Iqbal smashed 84 as Bangladesh hit 320 and then inflicted further misery on Sri Lanka to claim their biggest win in one-day cricket on Friday. Sri Lanka, under new coach Chandika Hathurusingha, were skittled out for 157 and the performance will set new alarm bells ringing after they lost to Zimbabwe in their previous match in the three-nation contest. But Bangladesh ...

  • New Zealand complete series whitewash over Pakistan

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    WELLINGTON -  New Zealand inflicted a rare 5-0 one-day international series whitewash over Pakistan on Friday with a 15-run win at Wellington's Basin Reserve. A century to Martin Guptill helped the Black Caps set a 272 total that proved too much for Pakistan after Matt Henry tore through their top order. Pakistan were all out for 256 with one over remaining. It is only the third time ...

  • Int’l hockey XI thrash Pakistan 5-1 in opener

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    KARACHI -  International XI thrashed Pakistan team 5-1 in the first match of the two-match series played here at Abdul Sattar Edhi, National Hockey Stadium on Friday night. Pakistan took 1-0 lead in the first quarter when Adeel Latif fired the opening goal in the 6th minute. But it was all they could get from the match, as experienced international players ripped them apart and taught them ...

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    MELBOURNE -  Rafael Nadal stormed into the round of 16 at the Australian Open Friday with a vintage performance as Grigor Dimitrov and Caroline Wozniacki kept their Grand Slam hopes alive on a hot draining day. But French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko's tournament is over, with the Latvian seventh seed crashing out in three sets to Estonian Annet Kontaveit. Spanish world number one Nadal ...

  • Impressive England beat Australia in second ODI

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    BRISBANE -  England turned in an impressive all-round team performance to beat Australia by four wickets in the second one-day international at the Gabba on Friday. After restricting Australia to 270 for nine from their 50 overs, the English cruised past the total with 5.4 overs to spare. "I thought our bowlers were exceptional," England captain Eoin Morgan said. "On a really hot day they ...

  • Failed ski resort looms over Pyeongchang Games' legacy

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    HEUL-RI - Only an hour's drive from the Winter Olympics venues in South Korea, a stained mattress lies in an abandoned ski resort, a possible harbinger of the gleaming new facilities' fate. The Alps Ski Resort was one of the country's first winter sports destinations, attracting tens of thousands of skiers every year until it abruptly shut its doors in 2006. Now South Korea has spent $800 ...

  • Pakistan book quarters berth in U-19 WCup

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    Whangerei - A three-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in Whangerei gave Pakistan a berth in the quarterfinals of the ICC Under-19 World Cup. After having been bowled out for 188, Sri Lanka tried to stay in the competition via a bowling effort that dented significantly the opposition batting line-up; at one stage, Pakistan was restricted to 165 for 6, but Hasan Khan, the captain, and Muhammad Musa, ...