Monday, 12 March, 2018
WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS
EST Indies batsman Rovman Powell said his side are focused on winning all their World Cup qualifying games, after his century led them to victory over Ireland on Saturday. Powell´s maiden one-day international ton dragged the Windies from a difficult position to beat Ireland in Harare and reach the Super Six stage of qualifying. "We didn´t come here for four wins out of four, we came here to win every single game and we´re still on course to do that," said the 24-year-old, who brought up his hundred with a massive six that smashed a window. "qualifying for the World Cup means a lot for the 16 million Caribbean people and that´s our aim." Hosts Zimbabwe also booked their spot in the next round by making it three wins from three in Group B with a comfortable victory over Hong Kong, while
Afghanistan saw off Nepal to keep their slim hopes alive. Powell helped the West Indies reach 257-8 off their 50 overs, before the two-time World Cup winners took regular wickets to secure a 52run victory, with Kemar Roach claiming 4-27. The Caribbean outfit can seal the maximum four points to carry into the Super Six round when they play the Netherlands in their final Group A game on Monday, when Ireland will have to beat the United Arab Emirates to be sure of progression. Only two teams from the qualifiers will join the world´s top eight ODI nations at next year´s World Cup in England and Wales. After losing the toss and being put in to bat, the Windies slipped to 83-5 as veteran seamer Tim Murtagh took the crucial early wickets of Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels. But captain Jason Holder, who hit a match-winning 99 not out in Thursday´s win over Papua New Guinea, combined with Powell in a sixth-wicket stand of 86 before falling to Murtagh for 54.
The 24-year-old Powell took his time to get in as he reached nine off only 34 balls, but exploded into life late in his innings, muscling seven fours and as many maximums before being caught behind off Murtagh for a run-a-ball 101. Roach impressed with the ball in Ireland´s reply as William Porterfield´s men struggled to 32-3, but a well-compiled 63 from Ed Joyce gave the Irish hope. The former England opener holed out to Roach, though, and mediumpacer Kesrick Williams ran through the tail to finish with figures of 4-43, as Ireland fell short in their attempt to replicate their win over the West Indies in the 2015 World Cup. Zimbabwe continue good form Zimbabwe were seen as outsiders to reach the World Cup before qualifying got underway, but Hamilton Masakadza struck 84 as they thrashed Hong Kong by 89 runs for a third straight triumph. Hong Kong, who will reach the Super Six with victory over Nepal on Monday after stunning Afghanistan, bowled well to restrict Zimbabwe to
263-9 in Bulawayo. But all-rounder Sikandar Raza continued his excellent form by taking 3-30 with his off-spin as Hong Kong fell well short. Afghanistan need Nepal to beat Hong Kong to reach the Super Sixes, after finishing their Group B campaign with a six-wicket win over the Nepalese. Stand-in skipper Rashid Khan took 3-45 and Mohammad Nabi 433 as Nepal were bowled out for just 194, and an unbeaten 52 from Najibullah Zadran finally got Afghanistan their first points at the fourth time of asking. "In Hong Kong v Nepal, anything can happen, that´s cricket," said Khan. "We just tried to do our best to do what we could and chase it within 40 overs (to reach positive net run rate), which we did." The other game saw the Netherlands beat Papua New Guinea by 57 runs, but the Dutch need to beat the Windies and hope Ireland lose to the UAE to have any chance of going through.
KARACHI KINGS VS LAHORE QALANDARS
Super over to be decider dUBAI AgencieS
The 24th match of the Pakistan Super League between the Karachi Kings and Lahore qalandars ended in a tie, with super over to be a decider, on Sunday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium Earlier, top-order batsmen Babar Azam and Lendl Simmons led Karachi Kings to score 163 runs against Lahore qalandars. Muhammad Irfan (Junior) took the wicket of Anton Devcich on the very first ball of his over. Devcich missed the leg-side flick which led the ball to hit the middle stump. The in-form openerbatsman Fakhar Zaman fell prey to set up put by the Kings as he slogged towards a mid-wicket area, the ball landed safely in the hands of Denly. Kings' opener Joe Denly (3) departed after giving an easy catch to skipper McCullum on a
flighted delivery of legspinner Yasir Shah. Fast bowler Sohail Khan provided a muchneeded relief to the qalandars by taking down the wicket of Lendl Simmons. The opener set up a strong base for the Kings with his knock of 55 runs off 39 balls, with eight boundaries and one six on the strike of 141.02. The Lahore qalandars' dreams of making it
through to the playoffs have ended--quetta Gladiators' win over Peshawar Zalmi last night threw Lahore out of the race for top four, clean sweeping any hope of a miracle. With six defeats and just one win out of their seven games, Lahore's qualification was still virtually impossible, independent of the outcome of Saturday’s match.
Never demanded captaincy, decision rests with PCB: Sarfraz Ahmed DUBAI: Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed said on Saturday that he has never demanded captaincy in his career and the decision to appoint him as captain has rested with the Pakistan Cricket Board. Speaking in a post-match press conference, Ahmed said: “It is up to the Pakistan Cricket Board to decide who should and who should not remain captain. My duty is to play cricket, which I am doing. My captaincy is going fine and I am hopeful that it will continue to remain so.” The Quetta Gladiators skipper appreciated the bowling of fast bowler Rahat Ali, saying that he has played an important role in the franchise’s successes up till now. The skipper expressed hope that the team’s top-order batsman Kevin Pietersen will take a ‘good decision’ in regards to coming to Pakistan to play the tournament’s playoffs. “He will defiantly realize that last year we suffered loss because of the absence of four international players. But we have replacements in line as well,” he said. Sarfarz said that he didn’t expect Lahore Qalandars to be eliminated from the first stage of the tournament. AgencieS
Karachi to host Pak-WI T-20 series Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Sunday confirmed that Karachi will host the all three matches of the upcoming Pak-West Indies T-20 series. PCB chief Najam Sethi tweeted: “Good news! West Indies have agreed to play three T20 matches in Karachi on 1st, 2nd and 4th April. CM Sindh is fully supporting this PCB initiative." “I was under much pressure by marketing department and was being asked about not putting West Indies tour ticket on sale. The reason was that I was in discussion and was working with West Indies Cricket Board day and night and come to a conclusion,” he said while announcing the good news. "Lahore had Zimbabwe, PSL2 Final, ICC XI and Sri Lanka. Now it is Karachi’s turn to rise and shine with PSL3 Final and WI," Sethi wrote in a separate tweet as he expressed his aspirations to bring Karachi back on the map of the international cricket. Sethi also had a message for those doubting that the Pakistan Super League 2018 final will be held in Karachi. "Many people were asking if Karachi stadium will be renovated on time and I had been ensuring them that it will be done," he said. "Now with these four matches Karachi has a lot of cricket coming home so these people should welcome them in best way. “The PSL trophy will be taken directly from Dubai to Karachi, where final will be held at a jam-packed stadium." SportS DeSk
De Villiers and Rabada tighten South Africa's grip JoHAnnEsBURg AgencieS
South Africa's bowlers made early inroads into Australia's top order after one of the finest centuries of AB de Villiers' Test career handed his side a significant lead on the third day in Port Elizabeth. South Africa held a 139-run advantage after they were eventually dismissed for 382 just before lunch, and by tea Australia had reduced the deficit to 53, but had lost three wickets along the way, including key men Steven Smith and David Warner. The loss of Smith in the session's antepenultimate over was a major blow, and it continued a trend in this series of Smith struggling against left-arm orthodox spin.
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lower order that frustrated Australia and allowed South Africa's lead to balloon from 20 at the start of play to 139, for the loss of the final three wickets. De Villiers finished unbeaten on 126 from 146 deliveries, an innings of sheer brilliance and one that will be hardpressed to be topped as the defining performance of this match. It was his 22nd Test hundred and his first since January 2015, when he had made 148 against West Indies in Cape Town. Here, he scored his runs seemingly at will; no matter what Australia's bowlers could send down, he manipulated balls from everywhere into his scoring zones. His century came from his 117th delivery with a typically inventive stroke, gliding Pat Cummins over the cordon for
a boundary. Importantly, he batted well with the lower order, forging an 84-run stand with Vernon Philander, then a 58run partnership with Maharaj, and finally a 13-run stand with Ngidi to cap off the innings nicely. The final wicket came when Ngidi was run out in an effort for de Villiers to retain the strike, and South Africa were dismissed for 382, with a lead of 139. Philander had played the perfect support innings for de Villiers by scoring a calm 36 before he was brilliantly snapped up by Bancroft, whose reflexes at short leg cannot be underestimated. Philander had worked a delivery away to leg off Cummins and a lesser close-in fielder might have flinched, but Bancroft held his ground and pouched the chance.