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Dramatic start: Pakistan opener Imamul Haq injured on first ball of Ireland Test

DUBAI: Ireland's inaugural men's Test got off to a dramatic start on Saturday when Pakistan debutant Imam-ul-Haq was injured on the first ball. Azhar Ali dug out a single off the opening delivery from Tim Murtagh and called for a quick legside single. Non-striker Imam, in scrambling to complete the run, found himself sandwiched between wicket-keeper Niall O'Brien and Tyrone Kane in a heavy collision. The 22-year-old left-hander was left flat on the ground and needed several minutes' treatment on the field. But he…

Mitchell Starc out, Jackson Bird in for Boxing Day Test against England

MELBOURNE: Australia pace spearhead Mitchell Starc was on Sunday ruled out of the fourth Ashes Test with a heel injury and will be replaced by Jackson Bird. Starc, who is Australia´s leading wicket-taker in the series with 19, bruised his heel bowling in Australia´s series-clinching third Test win in Perth last week. There wasn´t enough time for him to recover from the injury to his landing foot, with team management officially ruling him out two days before Tuesday´s Melbourne Test. While Starc had been optimistic…

Sri Lanka target Pakistan record in UAE

DUBAI: Sri Lanka will hope their left-arm spinner Rangana Herath maintains pressure on Pakistan when the second and final Test -- a day-night affair with pink ball -- starts at Dubai stadium on Friday. The 39-year-old took 6-43 on the final day to fail Pakistan's modest 136-run chase in the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Monday. The narrow 21-run win gives Sri Lanka a unique chance for a series win over Pakistan on their neutral venues of United Arab Emirates where they have never lost a series in nine attempts. They…

Hope leads West Indies to stunning win over England

LONDON: Shai Hope led the West Indies to a remarkable five-wicket victory over England in the second Test on Tuesday as he became the first batsman to score two hundreds in a first-class match at Headingley. The West Indies, set a seemingly imposing 322 for victory, finished on 322 for five with 28 balls to spare. Hope, elegant through the offside and assured off his legs, was 118 not out following his first-innings 147. Having not scored a hundred in any of his previous 11 Tests, the 23-year-old Barbados batsman…

Bangladesh pull off historic win over Sri Lanka

COLOMBO: Opener Tamim Iqbal top-scored with 82 runs in the second innings as Bangladesh pulled off a historic four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second Test in Colombo on Sunday. The rare win for Bangladesh -- just their fourth away from home and first against Sri Lanka in 18 attempts -- ended the two-Test series in a draw after the visitors endured a 259-run loss in the opener in Galle. Chasing a target of 191, teenage batsman Mehedi Hasan hit the winning run after an anxious half hour in the final session on the…

Hamilton Test: Southee’s six keeps New Zealand in front of Pakistan

HAMILTON: Tim Southee bagged six wickets as New Zealand took a 55-run lead over Pakistan on a rain-shortened third day of the second Test in Hamilton on Sunday. Only rookie batsman Babar Azam was able to cope with New Zealand's chief strike bowler and he was left stranded on 90 after running out of partners as Pakistan fought their way back into the match. Pakistan, after resuming the day on the ropes at 76-5, clawed their way to 216 in reply to New Zealand's first innings 271. New Zealand only faced one dot ball in…

Slow over-rate: Misbah suspended for one Test

CHRISTCHRUCH: Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has been suspended for one match and fined 40% of his match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate during the first Test against New Zealand in Christchurch. This was Misbah’s second such offence in the last 12 months, the first coming at The Oval Test against England in August, and necessitated the penalty in accordance with the International Cricket Council’s Code of Conduct. “The suspension means Misbah will miss the second Test against New Zealand which starts in…

New Zealand thrash Pakistan in first Test

CHRISTCHURCH: A Kane Williamson half century saw New Zealand snap a four-Test losing streak when they beat Pakistan by eight wickets Sunday in the first Test at Hagley Oval, Christchurch. A low-scoring match was wrapped up inside eight sessions after the first day's washout, with Williamson's second innings 61 -- his 24th Test 50 -- the top score of the match. Set 105 to win after Pakistan were all out for 171 in their second innings on the morning of the fourth day, Williamson lost his wicket with the scores level,…