ODI skipper Azhar Ali handed ban for slow over-rate
Pakistan One Day International (ODI) captain Azhar Ali has been suspended for one contest and fined 40 per cent of his match fee for the team's slow over-rate in Thursday's game against Australia, cricket's world governing body (ICC) has said. Pakistan were ruled to be two overs short of their target during the 57-run loss in the fifth and final match of the series in Adelaide, the International Cricket Council said in a statement on Friday.
Coaches Azhar, Flower, Rixon under spotlight after Australia thrashing
Groping haplessly for solutions to the growing woes of the national team which returns from their disastrous tour Down Under this week, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to critically review the performance of batting, fielding and other coaches and to discuss the same with head coach Mickey Arthur. The PCB also contemplates recalling tainted fast bowler Mohammad Asif to the ranks after Pakistan’s fast bowlers failed to put up impressive performance in both New Zealand and Australia.
Williams sisters set up retro family final
Roger Federer survived an all-Swiss thriller to push his incredible run all the way to the Australian Open final on Thursday, as Serena and Venus Williams clinched a dream women’s decider. Federer was taken to five sets by a belligerent Stan Wawrinka before he pounced for a 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3 victory to reach his first Grand Slam final since the 2015 US Open. It makes Federer, 35, the oldest major finalist since a 39-year-old Ken Rosewall at the 1974 US Open, with his long-time rival Rafael Nadal or Grigor Dimitrov awaiting on Sunday.
Dimitrov saves two break points, holds
Grigor Dimitrov chooses the wrong option to allow Rafael Nadal to 15-30 and then double faults to offer up two break points at 15-40. Those are stuffed back into the Dimitrov racquet bag in style though as he comes to the net and drives away a running forehand volley to bring it back to deuce. The luckiest of net cords as the ball hops twice on the wire before deciding to touch down on Nadal territory and an ace snuff out the danger for good.
Tiger Woods struggles as Justin Rose leads in San Diego
Tiger Woods hit three birdies, five bogeys and one double bogey in an erratic opening round at Torrey Pines. Farmers Insurance Open, round one. Fourteen-time major champion Tiger Woods hit a four-over-par 76 in the opening round of his first full PGA Tour event for almost 18 months. England's Justin Rose leads the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego on seven under after carding a first-round 65.S
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