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Rain delay frustrates England in second Test against Pakistan

LEEDS, United Kingdom: Rain delayed the scheduled 11:00am local time (1000 GMT start) of the second day's play in the second Test between England and Pakistan at Headingley on Saturday. Persistent early morning drizzle saw the pitch and surrounding square remain fully covered, with the rain that was falling steadily from grey skies above Leeds not showing much sign of stopping anytime soon. England, looking to bounce back from their nine-wicket thrashing in the first Test at Lord's and end the two-match series all…

Dananjaya claims five wickets as Sri Lanka thrash Bangladesh in 2nd Test

DHAKA: Off-spinner Akila Dananjaya claimed five wickets in an innings on debut as Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 215 runs in the second Test to win the two-Test series 1-0 in Dhaka on Saturday. Set a target of 339 runs, a collapse-prone Bangladesh were all out for 123 in 29.3 overs in their second innings in the second session of the third day, without offering much of a challenge. Dananjaya finished with 5-24 to take his match haul to eight wickets while experienced Rangana Herath claimed 4-49. Sri Lanka bowled out…

No reprieve for India in second test in Pretoria

CAPE TOWN: If India were hoping for a reprieve from fast and bouncy South African wickets in the second test starting on Saturday, they will not find it in Pretoria, a ground where the home side have a formidable record. South Africa romped to a 72-run victory in the first test of the three-game series at Newlands in Cape Town on Monday, a match that effectively needed just three days to be completed with one lost to rain. The Pretoria wicket is likely to be similar, with perhaps not the same sideways movement of…

England to chase record 354 runs to win second Ashes Test

ADELAIDE: England faced a record run chase at Adelaide Oval of 354 runs to keep their Ashes hopes alive after bowling Australia out cheaply on the fourth day of the second Test on Tuesday. The Australians were dismissed for 138 off 58 overs at tea and after leading by 215 runs on first innings pushed their lead past historical proportions at the ground. England will have to create history to level the series after losing the first Brisbane Test by 10 wickets last week. The highest winning fourth innings at Adelaide…

Second Test: Pakistan fightback sets up intriguing finish

DUBAI: Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed hit fighting half-centuries on Monday to thwart Sri Lanka and set up an enthralling finish to the second and final day-night Test in Dubai. Shafiq scored an unbeaten 86 while skipper Ahmed was 57 not out as they lifted Pakistan from a perilous position at 52-5 to 198-5 at close after being set a daunting target of 317. The pair added 146 for the unbroken sixth-wicket stand to leave Pakistan needing another 119 runs with five wickets in hand to level the series. Sri Lanka won…

Second Test: Karunaratne puts Sri Lanka in strong position

DUBAI: Opener Dimuth Karunaratne compiled a brilliant century to put Sri Lanka in a commanding position at 254-3 on the opening day of the second day-night Test in Dubai on Friday. The left-hander was unbeaten on 133, adding 118 for an unbroken fourth-wicket stand with skipper Dinesh Chandimal (49 not out) after Sri Lanka won the toss and batted on a flat Dubai Stadium pitch. Karunaratne batted with authority and style to reach his seventh Test hundred off 197 balls, hitting Mohammad Amir for two consecutive boundaries…

Bridgetown Test: Windies level series as Pakistan fall under Gabriel’s spell

BRIDGETOWN: Shannon Gabriel produced an outstanding effort of consistently fast bowling to lead the West Indies to a 106-run victory over Pakistan 80 minutes after lunch on the final day of the second Test at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Thursday. Set a target of 188 after leg-spinner Yasir Shah's seven for 94 wrapped up the home side's second innings at 268 at the start of the day, the tourists were never in contention after the pace barrage on a deteriorating pitch led by Gabriel, whose innings figures of five for 11…

Stubborn Hope helps West Indies increase lead

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados:  Shai Hope anchored the West Indies second innings resistance with a patient, unbeaten 68 in lifting the home side to 197 for four – a lead of 116 runs - at tea on the fourth day of the second Test against Pakistan at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Wednesday. Belying a mediocre record in eight previous matches, Hope battled with admirable patience, discipline and skill for almost four hours in negotiating the threat of the tourists’ bowlers, especially leg-spinner Yasir Shah exploiting the variable…

South Africa beat New Zealand in second Test with eight wickets

WELLINGTON: South Africa beat New Zealand by eight wickets on the third day of the second Test here on Saturday. Proteas in their second innings hurtled to lose wickets of Cook and Elgar before safely reaching to the target of 82 runs in the third session of the day to win the match by eight wickets. Earlier, Keshav Maharaj took a career best six wickets as New Zealand crumbled to be all out for 171 in their second innings on day three of the second Test in Wellington. Keshav Maharaj took a career best six wickets…

Australia bowl out India for 189 in 2nd Test

BANGALORE: Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon claimed eight wickets to help bowl out India for 189 on the opening day of the second Test in Bangalore on Saturday. Opener Lokesh Rahul top-scored with 90 before falling to Lyon, who recorded career-best figures of 8-50 as the hosts were dismissed in the final session after electing to bat first. The hosts were 168 for five at tea with opener Lokesh Rahul fighting on with an unbeaten half-century at Bangalore's M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Rahul on 79 and Ravichandran Ashwin…