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Pakistan crushes New Zealand in second T20 by 48 runs

AUCKLAND: Pakistan crushed New Zealand by 48 runs in the second T20 in Auckland on Thursday to notch their first victory of the tour over the Black Caps.  The tourists finally found form with both bat and ball to level the three-match T20 series after a humiliating losing streak that included a 5-0 ODI series whitewash. They set an imposing target of 202 after winning the toss and electing to bat, with half centuries for Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman. In response, New Zealand's top order crumbled to 64 for six…

Sydney extravaganza kicks off global New Year parties

SYDNEY: Australia rang in the New Year with a spectacular display of rainbow-coloured fireworks cascading from Sydney Harbour Bridge amid tight security. About 1.5 million people packed the city’s foreshore to watch the pyrotechnics light up the sky above the historic bridge and the iconic opera house, the first major celebrations worldwide after New Zealand. "This is a fabulous way to see out 2017," said Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore. Thousands turned out earlier in New Zealand's largest city Auckland for the…

World’s longest flight takes off from Doha to Auckland

DOHA: Qatar Airways launched the world's longest scheduled commercial service with its inaugural flight from Doha to Auckland taking off eight minutes early on Sunday, a company spokeswoman said. Flight QR920 left the Qatari capital at 05:02 (0202 GMT) and is set to land in New Zealand at 07:30 local time on Monday (1830 GMT). The Boeing 777 flight will take 16 hours and 20 minutes, pass over 10 time zones, five countries and travel 14,535 kilometres (9,032 miles) before reaching Auckland. But even that flying time…

Australia fall to New Zealand despite Stoinis heroics

AUCKLAND: New Zealand scraped home in the first one-dayer against Australia Monday, but only after rookie all-rounder Marcus Stoinis' fell agonisingly short of dragging his team to victory with an unbeaten 146. In just his second ODI, Stoinis took three wickets then flayed the New Zealand attack as the Australians chased a target of 287 runs at Auckland's Eden Park. He came to the crease with Australia reeling at 54 for five and calmly set about rebuilding after his more experienced teammates had squandered their…