BULAWAYO (Zimbabwe): Pakistan opener Imam ul Haq scored his second international hundred as Pakistan reached 308 for 7 in the opening ODI against Zimbabwe at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.
Imam reached a career-best 128, while Fakhar Zaman continued his good run of form with 60 and debutant Asif Ali cracked a rapid 46 in the middle order to boost Pakistan’s total. Pakistan started slowly with the bat, Zimbabwe putting them in under grey, wintery skies. With the new ball nipping around, Imam played and missed at several deliveries and was lucky to survive an edge off fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani, the ball dropping just in front of second slip. He did enough to survive, however, and with Fakhar scoring fluently Pakistan put on an opening stand of 113 in under 25 overs.
Fakhar eventually hit a return catch to debutant offspinner Liam Roche, but Imam shifted through the gears to bring up a 109-ball hundred in the 37th over. Zimbabwe’s bowlers struck back at the death, picking up regular wickets to stall Pakistan’s charge. Tendai Chatara and Donald Tiripano picked up two apiece, as Pakistan lost five wickets in the last 10 overs. Asif Ali struck two sixes and four fours to ensure Pakistan passed 300 to set a challenging total.
Cricket chiefs vigiliant over Twenty20 corruption risks
DUBAI: Cricket’s governing body admitted the popularity of Twenty20 cricket has increased the risks of corruption in the game but insisted extra vigilance was in place to monitor them.
Ever since the Twenty20 was introduced in February 2005 the shortest version of the game has overtaken traditional five-day Tests and limited overs one-day internationals in popularity. Besides the six editions of the World Twenty20, most of the member countries have their own Twenty20 leagues with the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL), which began in 2008, the most high-profile version.
But most of the leagues have also had problems with fixing scandals. The IPL was hit by a spot-fixing scandal in 2013 which resulted in two-year bans on two of its franchise teams. The International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson said his body was ready to do extra work. “I am sure that a lot of bookmakers like Twenty20 cricket but I don’t think it’s correct to say that increasing the number of Twenty20 matches will increase the risk,” said Richardson at a media briefing.
“The bottom line is that the Twenty20 matches have increased the number of fans, has attracted new fans and with more people following the game, there is a bigger risk that there could be efforts to corrupt those matches.
“So there is an indirect relationship between the Twenty20 matches and the increased risk. Our priority is to increase the fans so if we have to work harder then we are ready for that.”
Alex Marshall, the general manager of ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), admitted bookmakers target the Twenty20 and other leagues like the T10, a league with ten-over-a-side matches started last year. “My point was not that the Tweny20 attracts corrupters but the explosion of the Twenty20 events, including some private events and some are designed for the whole purpose of corruption, has presented a new opportunity to the corrupts,” said Marshall, a former London police officer.
“They (bookmakers) do think it’s a new format and they might be able to affect a small part of it for a yield from corrupt illegal bookmaking,” Marshall said the ACU’s objective is to make Twenty20 leagues transparent. “The expansion is bringing more countries, more players, more fans and it’s a brilliant development so we have to make them resistant to corrupt people and that responsibility also sits with the people who organize such events to make sure that all the right anti-corruption measures are in place.”
Cricket: Bangladesh vs Afghanistan Asia Cup scoreboard
DUBAI: Scoreboard after Bangladesh’s innings in the Super Four Stages in the Asia Cup against Afghanistan at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Sunday:
Liton Das c Janat b Rashid 41
Nazmul Hossain c Rahmat b Alam 6
Mohammad Mithun lbw b Mujeeb 1
Mushfiqur Rahim run out 33
Shakib Al Hasan run out 0
Imraul Kayes not out 72
Mohammadullah Riyad c Rashid b Alam 74
Mashrafe Mortaza c Shahzad b Alam 10
Mehidy Hasan not out 5
Extras: (b1, lb2, w4) 7
Total: (for seven wickets; 50 overs) 249
Did not bat: Mustaifur Rahman, Nazmul Islam
Fall of wickets: 1-16 (Nazmul), 2-18 (Mithun), 3-81 (Das), 4-81 (Shakib), 5-87 (Rahim), 6-215 (Riyad), 7-236 (Mortaza)
Bowling: Alam 10-0-54-3, Mujeeb 10-0-35-1 (1w), Naib 9-0-58-0 (1w), Nabi 10-0-44-0 (2w), Rashid 10-0-46-1, Shinwari 1-0-9-0
Afghanistan: Mohammad Shahzad, Ihsanullah Janat, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Aftab Alam
Umpires: Marais Erasmus (RSA) and Nitin Menon (IND)
Tv umpire: Shaun George (RSA)
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)
Cricket Asia Cup: India beats Pakistan by 9 wickets!
DUBAI: Thanks to the superb batting of openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan India had beaten Pakistan by nine wickets here today in the Asia Cup 2018 Super Four match.
While chasing 238 runs scored by the Green Shirts in 39.4 overs, Sharma and Dhawan both scored centuries steering the Indians to the victory.
Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed decided to bat after winning the toss. Openers pitched by Pakistan were Fakhar Zaman and Imamul Haq who faced Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah attacking with a new ball. On the final ball of 8th over, Imamul Haq was sent to the pavilion by Yuzvendra Chahal trapped him LBW. Scoreboard after Pakistan’s innings in the Super Four Stage of the Asia Cup match against India at Dubai stadium on Sunday:
Imam-ul-Haq lbw b Chahal 10
Fakhar Zaman lbw b Yadav 31
Babar Azam run out 9
Sarfraz Ahmed c Sharma b Yadav 44
Shoaib Malik c Dhoni b Bumrah 78
Asif Ali b Chahal 30
Shadab Khan b Bumrah 10
Mohammad Nawaz not out 15
Hasan Ali not out 2
Extras: (lb5, w3) 8
Total: (for seven wickets; 50 overs) 237
Did not bat: Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Shah Afridi
Fall of wickets: 1-24 (Imam), 2-55 (Zaman), 3-58 (Azam), 4-165 (Sarfraz), 5-203 (Malik), 6-211 (Asif), 7-234 (Shadab)
Bowling: Kumar 9-0-46-0 (2w), Bumrah 10-1-29-2, Chahal 9-0-46-2, Yadav 10-0-41-2 (1w), Jadeja 9-0-50-0, Jadhav 3-0-20-0
India: Rohit Sharma (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah
Umpires: Rod Tucker (AUS) and Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SRI)
Tv umpire: Gregory Brathwaite (WIS)
Match referee: David Boon (AUS)
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain and wicket keeper), Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir.
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma (captain), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wicket keeper), Dinesh Karthik, Kedhar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.