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Australia sweat over injury to key test batsman Marsh

CARDIFF: Depleted Australia have concerns over another possible injury to one of their test players with long-serving batsman Shaun Marsh sustaining a shoulder problem while playing in a Twenty-20 match for Glamorgan in Cardiff on Sunday. The 35-year-old was helped off the field after landing awkwardly while trying to stop a boundary in the Welsh county‚Äôs defeat to Sussex in the Vitality Blast encounter. Cricket Australia (CA) said they would wait until they received a report from Glamorgan to decide on a course of…

Morgan admits England couldn’t adjust to the pitch

CARDIFF: England captain Eoin Morgan believed his team failed to adjust to the used pitch at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff as the title favourites went down by eight wickets in the semi-final of the Champions Trophy on Wednesday. England were bowled out for a meager 211 with Hasan Ali taking 3-35, Junaid Khan 2-43 and debutant Rumman Raees 2-44 in a sublime pace bowling on a pitch which was used for a second consecutive match. Pakistan romped home in 37.1 overs with Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57) scoring the bulk of…

Pakistan to lock horns with England in first Champions Trophy semifinal

CARDIFF: Pakistan may be the underdogs heading into a Champions Trophy semi-final with unbeaten England in Cardiff who have won all three group matches in the tournament. Pakistan is expected to come up with something unconventional, like two opening bowlers who are left-arm, or selecting a second specialist spinner Shadab Khan to replace Fahim Ashraf. England however have the momentum born of being the only team in this competition to have won all three qualifiers, and of winning six of their last seven one-day series…

Pakistan hopes Cardiff lucky charm stays in semi-final

CARDIFF: Pakistan will hope their lucky charm of Cardiff continues as they take on title favourites and hosts England in the first semi-final on Wednesday, having blown hot and cold in the Champions Trophy tournament. Pakistan have lived up to their reputations of being "unpredictable" by going down tamely to India by 124 runs in their opening match at Edgbaston but bounced back strongly by knocking world number one South Africa to remain in contention for the last four in Group B. It took a brilliant but chancy…

Pakistan, Sri Lanka duel today to win entry in Champions Trophy semis

CARDIFF: Pakistan playing against Sri Lanka in their duel for semifinal slot in the Champions Trophy today (Monday). In what will be a virtual quarter-final at the Sophia Gardens both the sides are expected to go all guns blazing to secure a spot in the semi-finals. Pakistan hope to keep the tempo and the confidence of their big win over world number one South Africa in today's all important match against Sri Lanka. Both teams going through a transition phase with greats like Mahela Jayawarnde and Kumar Sangakkara…