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Samuels sparks West Indies over Australia

Samuels produced his best batting effort in One-Day International cricket against Australia to lead the West Indies to a six-wicket victory in the fifth match of the Tri-Nation series at Warner Park in St Kitts on Monday. Set a challenging target after Usman Khawaja’s 98 and supporting half-centuries from skipper Steve Smith (74) and George Bailey (55) lifted the visitors to 265 for seven batting first, the enigmatic Samuels stroked 92 to ensure that the target was reached with 20 deliveries to spare. “It’s all about delivering for the team and keeping us in contention in the competition,” Man of the Match Samuels said.

‘We are ready for Pakistan’, says Cook after Sri Lanka rout
England captain Alastair Cook said he was looking forward to the challenge of facing Pakistan following his side's commanding Test series win over Sri Lanka. Rain meant only 12.2 overs were possible at Lord's on Monday as the third Test ended in a draw. But although denied a whitewash, England had already done enough to secure a 2-0 series win after dominant victories by an innings and 88 runs and nine wickets over the Lankans at Leeds and Chester-le-Street respectively. England now hold Test series trophies against every other major international side except Pakistan, who beat Cook's men 2-1 in a three-match series in the United Arab Emirates in November last year. However, they will have a chance to put that right when they face Pakistan in a four-Test series starting at Lord's on July 14. “They've got a very good (pace) attack, backed up with spinners,” Cook said of Pakistan. “We're ready for them. We scored a lot of runs against Australia's attack here last year — I think it's going to be a brilliant series.”

Anil Kumble applies for India coaching job

Spin bowling great Anil Kumble is among the biggest names to have applied for the high-profile job as India head coach, according to media reports. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Sunday that it had received 57 applications for the post but did not reveal any names. Former team director Ravi Shastri, current chief selector Sandeep Patil and ex-pace bowler Venkatesh Prasad were among a few top former players who made their coaching intentions public. Kumble, who has mentored Indian Premier League sides such as Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore, was reported to have also thrown his hat in the ring.

England wins Sri Lanka series 2-0 as lord’s test ends in damp draw

The third cricket test between England and Sri Lanka ended in a draw at Lords.

Scores: England 416 & 233/7 declared.

Sri Lanka 288 & 78/1.

Euro Cup: Spain beat Czech Republic by one goal to nil at Paris

In the Euro Cup Football 2016, World champions Spain beat Czech Republic by one goal to nil at Paris. In another match, Ireland and Sweden remained equal with 1-1 goal while Italy defeated Belgium by 2-0. Austria will play against Hungary and Portugal will face Iceland today.

Player Profile: Michael Hussey

Live broadcast of budget 2016-17 of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 


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