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Pakistan edge past Afghanistan in nail-biting Asia Cup tie

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Abu Dhabi, Sep 22: Pakistan got themselves prepared for the India challenge on Sunday with a nervy three-wicket win over Afghanistan in a nail-biting Super Four contest of the Asia Cup at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium here on Friday.

Chasing a modest 258, Pakistan were in control with a 154-run second wicket stand between Imam-ul-Haq (80) and Babar Azam (66) before losing their way with the fall of regular wickets, only to be rescued by former skipper Shoaib Malik’s belligerent 43-ball unbeaten 51.

Pakistan managed to recover from the early loss of opener Fakhar Zaman (0), thanks to Imam and Babar’s patient knocks before a mix-up resulted in the run-out of Imam.

Babar soon followed the opener to the pavilion even as Pakistan’s middle order woes continued to haunt them with number 4 Haris Sohail (13), skipper Sarfraz Ahmed (8), Asif Ali (7) and Mohammad Nawaz (10) all departing within a span of just 48 runs.

Malik, however, wasn’t deterred by the situation and held one end up to keep Pakistan’s hopes alive, and together with Hasan Ali (6 not out) overcame the scare to finally overhaul the target with three balls to spare.

For the Afghans, leg-spinner Rashid Khan (3/46) and offie Mujeeb Ur Rahman (2/33) were the main wicket-takers while Gulbadin Naib chipped in with one scalp.

Earlier, electing to bat after winning the toss, Afghanistan rode an undefeated half century from Hashmatullah Shahidi (97 not out) and skipper Asghar Afghan’s stroke-filled 56-ball 67 to post a challenging 257/7.

Afghanistan started off well with Rahmat Shah (36) and Shahidi raising 63 runs for the third wicket before the latter went on to add 94 runs with his skipper to propel the team to a decent total.

In another Super Four match on Friday, India rode on an all-round show to outclass Bangladesh by 7 wickets.

India will next play Pakistan in Dubai on Sunday while Bangladesh and Afghanistan will lock horns here on the same day.

Brief Scores: Afghanistan 257/6 (Hashmatullah Shahidi 97 not out, Asghar Afghan 67; Mohammad Nawaz 3/57) lose to Pakistan 258/7 (Imam-ul-Haq 80, Babar Azam 66, Shoaib Malik 51 not out; Rashid Khan 3/46) by 3 wickets.

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2nd Test, Day 4: India 15/2 at Tea; lose Rahul, Pujara early

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Perth, Dec 17:  Chasing 287 in the final innings, India got off to a troubled start losing KL Rahul in the first over for a duck. Cheteshwar Pujara (4) too departed in quick succession leaving India reeling at 9 for two on the fourth day of the second Test here on Monday.

Earlier, Australia were bowled out for 243, setting India a target of 287 for India.

Australia were going strong till lunch but wickets started tumbling at regular intervals and thus only managed to take the 286 run lead.

Usman Khawaja (72) was the highest scorer for the hosts. Skipper Tim Paine (37) also contributed handsomely.

Towards the end, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood forged 36 runs partnership in 38 balls for the last wicket to help their team to post a challenging score.

For India, Mohammad Shami was the most sucessful bowlers scalping six wickets while Jasprit Bumrah took three wickets.

Earlier, Australia were at 190/4 in their second innings, taking a healthy lead of 233 runs at lunch.

Resuming the day at 132/4, Paine and Khawaja started the proceeding on a positive note. The duo played cautiously in the first hour and then started playing their shots.

Indian bowlers struggled in the first session as a result both the overnight batsmen continued batting till the lunch.

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Sindhu becomes first Indian to win BWF World Tour Finals title

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Guangzhou (China), Dec 16 :  Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu created history by emerging as the first Indian to win the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals.

Sindhu clinched her maiden BWF World Tour Finals Title ,beats Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-19, 21-17 in the final match.This is Sindhu’s 14th career title and first season-ending title and several people congratulated her through twitter.

The Indian shuttler made a fast start but Okuhara managed to stay within touching distance.
Sindhu defeated former world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in straight games in their women’s singles semi-final on Saturday.

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India’s Sindhu defeats Thailand’s Intanon, storms into final

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Guangzhou (China), Dec 15: Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu defeated former world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in straight games in their women’s singles semi-final at the 2018 BWF World Tour Finals here on Saturday.

The 23-year-old Olympic silver medallist, who has not lost to World No.8 Intanon in the last two years, breezed into the final after quashing her Thai opponent 21-16, 25-23 in 54 minutes, reports Efe.

The world number six from Hyderabad – who entered the semi-finals after defeating Beiwen Zhang of the US 21-9, 21-15 on Friday – dominated the first game, winning it in 20 minutes after grabbing an initial 6-4 lead.

Intanon bounced back in the second game but Sindhu did not lose nerve and won it in a nail-biting finish to wrap up the match.

Sindhu will now play against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the final on Sunday.

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