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Green shirts fail at Sydney Cricket Ground as Australia wins third Test

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SYDNEY: Australia on Saturday clinched a series clean sweep with an emphatic 220-run win over Pakistan in the third Test at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

Green shirts failed to chase the 465 runs target and were all out shortly before tea on the final day for 244.

It was Pakistan’s 12th straight defeat since their last Test win here 22 years ago. Australia completed a series clean sweep after a 39-run win at the Gabba and an innings and 18-run victory in Melbourne.

Limited overs skipper Sarfraz Ahmed topscored with a fighting unbeaten 72 off 70 balls while Australia’s David Warner was named man of the match for his scintillating hundred.

Azhar Ali finished as the highest Pakistan run-scorer in a series in Australia with 406 at 81.20.

The history maker batsman Younis Khan missed out on becoming the first Pakistan batsman to reach 10,000 Test runs when he was caught in the deep off spinner Nathan Lyon for 13.

Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq resisted for 98 balls before he went after O’Keefe and skied to the safe hands of Lyon at mid-off for 38 – his highest score of a struggling series. He was given a generous ovation as he left the SCG.

Pakistan will tour the West Indies for a four-match series in April.




 

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Security reviewed ahead of Chinese Embassy XI vs. KP-XI Football match!

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ABBOTABAD: Pakistan-based Chinese security team has toady inspected security arrangements ahead of the first-ever exhibition football match between DG Sports Khyber Pakhtunkhwa-XI and the Chinese Embassy-XI scheduled to be held here at Kunj Football Stadium on Saturday 28th of April.

Following thorough inspection Chinese Counselor in Pakistan, Chen Wei, has expressed satisfaction over the arrangements. 

According to details the Chinese Embassy team will be led by the political counselor Jiang Han while Malik Ejaz Ahmad will be the captain of KP-XI team.

 

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Football: Raheem Sterling craves for more after Man City Premier League win!

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LONDON: Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling says he is hungry to win the Premier League again, warning the champions against complacency as they chase more glory.

Pep Guardiola’s men were confirmed as champions with five matches still to play on Sunday when Manchester United were beaten by West Brom.

“This is my first Premier League title so who cares how you win it, whether it was on the pitch or on my sofa, I’m just delighted to win the title,” said the England international.

“It’s been a dream ever since I was a kid growing up playing football with my mates and winning it means everything. 

“It’s important we don’t get complacent though. It’s amazing to win it, but now it’s about the next one.”

The England international, who joined City from Liverpool in 2015, has progressed rapidly this season and Guardiola said at the weekend the 23-year-old could become one of the best players in the world. Sterling, who has scored 22 goals, 17 in the Premier League, is relishing the opportunity to work with the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss. “It’s all about the basics with him.

He pushes you to be better at the small things and that improves your performance,” said Sterling.

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Monte Carlo Masters: Djokovic saves ten match points in real battle!

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MONTE CARLO (Principality of Monaco): Novak Djokovic said it was great to deal with the emotions of a real battle again, after saving ten match points to beat Borna Coric at the Monte Carlo Masters here today, while Rafael Nadal made a “positive” return to the ATP Tour by thrashing Aljaz Bedene.

Djokovic, playing only his fourth tournament since Wimbledon last July after struggling with a right elbow injury, overcame some late nerves to win 7-6 (7/2), 7-5 in the second-round clash.

“It was a real battle. I mean, I could have won the match earlier definitely, but it was great to deal with these kind of emotions again,” said the 12-time Grand Slam champion.

Djokovic is working with long-time former coach Marian Vajda for the first time in almost a year after splitting from Andre Agassi, and the 30-year-old has looked rejuvenated in Monaco after early exits in Indian Wells and Miami.

The Serbian will next face Austrian fifth seed Dominic Thiem with a possible quarter-final against defending champion Nadal, who plays Karen Khachanov in the last 16 on Thursday, up for grabs.

But Djokovic insisted he wasn’t looking past the clash with Thiem, a French Open semi-finalist in each of the last two years. “It’s disrespectful towards Dominic and Dominic’s tennis…

To think about and talk about potentially a match-up with Nadal,” Djokovic added. “Last year in Roland Garros he beat me in straight sets. He’s definitely (a) top-three player in the world on clay.”

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