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Defeat at UAE’s hands knocks Zimbabwe out of World Cup qualification race

HARARE: A three-run defeat at the hands of United Arab Emirates has left Zimbabwe's hopes for World Cup hanging by the slimmest of threads. UAE entered their final game of the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier with little more than pride to play for, having lost all their games against the other Super Sixes sides up to this point. But they played as if there was much more at stake, beating Zimbabwe by three runs in a pulsating game that all but knocked the hosts out of qualification contention. Only an unlikely…

Pakistan face direct World Cup qualification threat

LAHORE: Pakistan is presently in serious danger of failing to qualify directly for the ICC’s pinnacle 50-over tournament in the United Kingdom as it is sitting in eighth position on 89 points – two behind Bangladesh and two ahead of the West Indies. With the holding of the ICC Test Championship mace an event of the distant past, Pakistan sets its sights on direct qualification for the World Cup 2019. It takes on the in-form reigning world champion and number-one ranked Australia in a five-ODI series starting in…