Peshawar Zalmi win Pakistan Super League 2017

Peshawar Zalmi

MNA Sports Desk: Peshawar Zalmi capitalized on an early batting collapse by Quetta Gladiators to secure a 58-run victory in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final on Sunday. In the first-ever PSL match to be played in Pakistan due to lingering security fears in the South Asian nation, the Gladiators were left floundering at 13 for three wickets in the fifth over and never managed to recover from the setback as they were all out for 90. What was to be an intensely competitive final battle turned into a one-sided game, as the Gladiators buckled under the pressure of a ...

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Luis Enrique announces to leave Barcelona at end of season

Luis Enrique

MNA Sports Desk: Luis Enrique announced he will stand down as Barcelona manager at the end of the season having watched his side go top of La Liga after thrashing hometown club Sporting Gijon 6-1 on Wednesday night. On a dramatic evening in which Gareth Bale was sent off for Real Madrid as they scored two late goals to rescue a 3-3 draw against Las Palmas, Barça regained top spot from their bitter rivals as the manager who has won two league titles, two Copa del Reys and the 2015 Champions League since succeeding Gerardo Martino in 2014 confirmed he ...

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Martin Guptill leads NZ to 7-wicket win against South Africa

Martin Guptill

MNA Sports Desk: Opening batsman Martin Guptill scored an unbeaten 180 and lead New Zealand to a seven-wicket win over South Africa in the fourth ODI on Wednesday, tying the five-match series at 2-2. Guptill’s 180 from 138 balls contained 15 fours and 11 sixes and was the highest score by a New Zealand batsman against South Africa, and his unbroken partnership with Ross Taylor (66) was the highest for all wickets for New Zealand against the Proteas. In partnership, the pair guided New Zealand to their winning total of 280-3, surpassing South Africa’s 279-8 with five overs to spare. ...

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Barca moved top of La Liga with 2-1 win against Atletico


MNA Sports Desk: Lionel Messi struck the winner four minutes from time as Barcelona moved top of La Liga on Sunday with a crucial 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid. All the goals came in the final half hour as Rafinha put Barcelona in front before Diego Godin’s header quickly restored parity. However, so often the thorn in Atletico’s side, Messi registered his 27th career goal against Los Rojiblancos to ease the pressure on under fire Barca coach Luis Enrique. Barcelona now lead Real Madrid and Sevilla by two points. Real, though, have two games in hand on their title rivals, ...

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Sri Lanka skipper Mathews dropped from Bangladesh Tests


MNA Sports Desk: Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews was Saturday ruled out of next month’s two-Test home series against Bangladesh. The 29-year-old all-rounder was likely to be available for the s one-day internationals and the two Twenty20 matches of the series starting with the first Test on March 7 at Galle, the Sri Lankan cricket board said in a statement. It did not say why Mathews was dropped from the Test squad, but he returned home last month half way through the South African tour after twisting his ankle. Under his leadership, Sri Lanka suffered a 3-0 Test series whitewash ...

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AB de Villiers becomes the fastest to 9000 ODI runs

ODI runs

MNA Sports Desk: During the third ODI against New Zealand, AB de Villiers crossed the 9,000 ODI runs mark and in doing so the South African ODI captain broke an all-time ODI record that was previously held by India’s Sourav Ganguly and had stood for over 13 years. The 33-year-old now holds the record for being the fastest to 9,000 ODI runs. The 33-year-old was playing in his 214th ODI and batting in his 205th innings when he crossed the mark which is 23 innings faster than Ganguly, who held the previous record. Not only does he now hold the ...

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ESPNCricinfo: Fizz best T20 bowler, Miraz best debutant


MNA Sports Desk: The ESPNCricinfo has awarded Bangladesh pace sensation Mustafizur Rahman, also known as cutter-master, with the best T20 bowler of 2016 while his fellow Mehedi Hasan Miraz has been crowned the title of debutant of the year. According to the website, Mustafizur, who was the debutant of the year in 2015, won the award for his the best spell of 5 for 22 against New Zealand in the World T20. Miraz is the second Bangladeshi cricketer who has been chosen for the debutant of the year award. ESPNcricinfo, a cricket news website which honours the best batting and ...

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Spanish giants Valencia beat Real Madrid 2-1


MNa Sports Desk: Two goals in the opening eight minutes from Simone Zaza and Fabian Orellana blew the La Liga title race wide open as Valencia beat leaders Real Madrid 2-1 on Wednesday. The defeat leaves Madrid just a single point clear of Barcelona and three points ahead of Sevilla with one game in hand over their title rivals. “We lost this match in the opening ten minutes, ten bad minutes where we let two goals in,” Real coach Zinedine Zidane told Spanish TV. “I’m not worried, I’m angry more than anything, because we only have ourselves to blame.” Italian ...

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Bangladesh’s dream of Roll ball World Cup crushed

Roll ball

MNA Sports Desk: Bangladesh’s dream of playing the final of 4th Roll ball World Cup crushed as they had been beaten by their counterpart Iran in the semi-final that held yesterday at Mirpur Indoor Stadium in Dhaka. Iran beat Bangladesh by 11-3 and made a new record in the history of Roll ball. The team finished fourth position in the World Cup as they suffered a 1-7 goal defeat to Kenya in the place-deciding match held on same day at same place. Kenya have been beaten by another finalists and defending champion India. In the semi-final match, Bangladesh score only ...

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NZ secured series-leveling win against South Africa


MNA Sports Desk: New Zealand secured a series-leveling six-run victory in the second one-day international against South Africa on Wednesday. The visitors had been set 290 to win in Christchurch after Ross Taylor scored 102 not out to become New Zealand’s most prolific ODI century-maker in leading his side to 289 for four wickets in their 50 overs at Hagley Oval. South Africa, who won the opener of the five-match series in Hamilton on Sunday, appeared set for victory courtesy of a half century by Quinton de Kock (57) and solid partnerships through the middle order but were unable to ...

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Shahid Afridi announces retirement from international cricket

Shahid Afridi

MNA Sports Desk: Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi on Sunday announced his retirement from international cricket, ending an illustrious and sometimes controversial 21-year career. The 36-year-old star had already quit Tests in 2010 and ODI cricket after the 2015 World Cup but still skippered the Pakistan Twenty20 team at the 2016 world championships in India. He stepped down as captain after the tournament although he retained slender hopes of continuing his career in the sport’s shortest format as a player. ‘I have said goodbye to international cricket,’ said Afridi after smashing a 28-ball 54 in a Pakistan Super League match for ...

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Real Madrid leads La Liga with 2-0 win over Espanyol

La Liga

MNA Sports Desk: Gareth Bale made an instant impact on his return from injury as Real Madrid extended their lead at the top of La Liga to three points with a 2-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday. Some 30 minutes into the match, Real Madrid finally broke the visitors’ resistance as Alvaro Morata headed home a floated cross from Isco to make it a-nil. And Gareth Bale, making his return to action after an injury layoff, sealed the victory in the 83rd minute via his 8th goal of the season, shortly after coming on as a substitute. Barcelona are hoping ...

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Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka tour schedule announced


MNA Sports Desk: Sri Lanka’s cricket board Friday announced the schedule for a series of Test matches and limited overs internationals against Bangladesh who begin a tour of the island next month. The teams will play two Tests at the start of the tour, one in the capital Colombo and another at Galle on Sri Lanka’s southern coast. They then play three 50 over internationals before facing off for two Twenty20 matches. Sri Lanka have a formidable record at home and beat Australia 3-0 in the last series that they hosted in August 2016. First Test: March 7 – 11 ...

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Barcelona slammed after 4-0 embarrassment against PSG


MNA Sports Desk: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique admitted his side’s Champions League hopes are all but over for this season after they were outclassed 4-0 by a brilliant Paris Saint-Germain in their last 16 first leg on Tuesday. The result leaves PSG on the brink of a place in the quarter-finals for the fifth season in succession, while Barcelona are staring at their earliest exit since losing to Liverpool in the last 16 in 2007. It was the Catalans’ worst night in Europe since their 7-0 aggregate mauling at the hands of Bayern Munich in the 2013 semi-finals, and no ...

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Real Madrid fight back to win 3-1 against Napoli


MNA Sports Desk: Casemiro’s stunning volley has crowned a superb display from Real Madrid, who have fought back to beat Napoli 3-1 at the Bernabeu in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie. Napoli, the top scorers in Serie A, grabbed an early goal when Lorenzo Insigne spotted keeper Keylor Navas out of position to curl the ball home from distance, but when Real clicked into gear they created chances at will. Holders Real, who are chasing a 12th European title and eyeing a seventh straight quarter-final appearance, will travel to Naples for the return leg on ...

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Six Bangladeshi cricketers in 2017 IPL auction


MNA Sports Desk: A total of 351 players, including six Bangladeshis after all-rounder Shakib Al Hassan and pace ace Mustafizur Rahman, will feature in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 players’ auction which is scheduled to be held in Bangalore on February 20. Shakib and Mustafiz will play for their old franchises — Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad — respectively. Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Amanul Haque, Taskin Ahmed and Mehedi Hasan Miraz have been put on auction for Rupees 3 million each. They all have been selected mostly for their outstanding performance in the Bangladesh premier league (BPL) ...

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Nasir Jamshed suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board

Nasir Jamshed

MNA Sports Desk: Former test opener Nasir Jamshed has become the third player to be suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as part of its ongoing investigation into corruption. Jamshed joins batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif, who were provisionally suspended at the weekend and sent home from the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Twenty20 tournament being played in Dubai. The 27-year-old Jamshed, who played two tests in 2013, was not playing in the PSL but was suspended from all forms of cricket for violating the anti-corruption code, the PCB said. Board chairman Shaharyar Khan also told reporters in Lahore ...

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India win by 208 runs against Bangladesh

208 runs

MNA Sports Desk: India wrapped up a comprehensive 208 runs victory over Bangladesh in the one-off Test in Hyderabad Monday, with spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja ending the visitors’ plucky resistance on the final day. Chasing 459 for victory, the tourists were bowled out for 250 in an extended afternoon session after senior batsman Mahmudullah and teenager Mehedi Hasan provided stubborn resistance. Mahmudullah (64) shrugged off poor form to register his 13th Test 50 while Hasan made a gutsy 61-ball 23 to delay the inevitable against the world’s number Test side. Resuming the day on 103/3, once again Bangladesh’s ...

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India set Bangladesh 459 to win Hyderabad test

Hyderabad Test

MNA Sports Desk: Cheteshwar Pujara on Sunday hit a brisk half-century as India declared their second innings on 159-4 at tea on day four, set Bangladesh a target of 459 to win the one-off  in Hyderabad Test. The hosts, who started their innings with a lead of 299, lost two early wickets but Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli (38) put on 67 runs. Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan checked India’s surge with two wickets including that of Kohli, who doled out a catch to mid-wicket in his search for boundaries. Earlier Sunday India’s off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin became the fastest bowler ...

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India 356/3 against Bangladesh at Stumps on Day one


MNA Sports Desk: India managed to reach a massive 356 for 3 at stumps on day one of the only Test against Bangladesh after centuries each from Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli. Vijay scored 108 and Kohli remained unbeaten on 111 at the end of the day. Ajinkya Rahane was unbeaten on 45 for India. Earlier, India lost KL Rahul in the first over. Vijay completed his century in 160 balls, playing 178-run partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara. At tea, opener Murali Vijay and Chetehswar Pujara feasted on a below par Bangladesh bowling attack as India raced to a comfortable 206 ...

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India warned against Bangladesh complacency


MNA Sports Desk: India have been warned against complacency as they look to extend their record-breaking unbeaten run to 19 matches when they host Bangladesh in a Test for the first time this week. Following their recent demolition of England in all formats, Virat Kohli’s side will be heavy favourites to cement their status as the world’s number one Test side in the one-off match in Hyderabad when it begins on Thursday. But wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha warned it was vital not to be distracted by the prospect of a looming high-profile series against Australia later this month as they face ...

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Alastair Cook resigns as England captain

Alastair Cook

MNA Sports Desk: Alastair Cook has stepped down as England’s Test captain after 59 matches in charge of the team. Cook vowed to take time to consider his position after a 4-0 Test series defeat in India late last year and the opening batsman offered his resignation to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Sunday. The 32-year-old’s resignation was accepted, with Director of England Cricket Andrew Strauss revealing that a successor should be announced before the team travel to West Indies on February 22. Alastair Cook, England’s leading scorer in Tests with 11,057 runs, became captain in August ...

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Siddikur finalizes 2nd place in Bashundhara Bangladesh Open

Bangladesh Open

MNA Sports Desk: Siddikur Rahman finished second in the 3rd edition of $300,000 Bashundhara Bangladesh Open which concluded at Kurmitola Golf Club on Saturday. Thai young talent Jazz Janewattananond clinched the title maintaining prime position in all- through the tournament. To bag his maiden Asian Tour title, the 21-year-old Jazz tallied overall 17-under-par 267 while two-time Asian Tour winner Siddikur moved up to the 2nd from joint 3rd collecting 13-under-par 271, stayed four shots behind than the champion. Jazz started the day with previous collection of 13-under-par 200 while Siddikur eight-under-par 205. Jazz carded four-under-par 67 in the 4th and ...

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Ronaldinho returns to Barcelona as club ambassador


MNA Sports Desk: Ronaldinho has reached an agreement with Barcelona to return to the club in an ambassador role, it was confirmed on Thursday. The former Brazilian international made over 200 appearances for Barca in a five-year spell at the club after joining from Paris Saint-Germain in 2003. After helping the Blaugrana win two league titles and a Champions League he left for AC Milan, before winding down his career back in Brazil, with a brief spell in Mexico. “Ronaldinho will become a club ambassador and representative at various events and activities over the coming years,” Barca said in a ...

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Mustafiz Rahman left out of India tour

India tour

MNA Sports Desk: Mustafizur Rahman has predictably been left out of the Tigers’ one-off Test against India tour, to be played in Hyderabad on 9-13 February. The Satkhira lad is yet to recover fully from an injury as he misses out on a chance to play on his IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad’s home ground. Rubel Hossain and Nurul Hasan have been axed. Liton Das, who recently scored a 219 in the first round of the Bangladesh Cricket League received a surprise call up into the squad. Liton has replaced Nurul Hasan from the New Zealand series. Liton has been selected ...

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Aaron Finch to captain Australian in T20s against SL


MNA Sports Desk: Opening batsman Aaron Finch will lead the Australian Twenty20 team in the upcoming series against Sri Lanka with captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner resting ahead of the tour of India. Finch, who was stand-in captain in Monday’s one-day international against New Zealand, will take the helm for three matches in February, Cricket Australia announced Tuesday. “It’s very exciting to be back and leading the side in Steve’s absence,” said Finch, who has captained the national Twenty20 side on six previous occasions. “It’s been a rollercoaster from being captain leading up to the ICC World Twenty20 ...

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Australia loses despite heroic batting of Marcus Stoinis

Marcus Stoinis

MNA Sports Desk: Australia has fallen agonizingly short of victory in the one-day international series opener against New Zealand despite a spectacular century by Marcus Stoinis. Set just 287 runs to win at the relatively small Eden Park, the tourists crumbled to 6-67 inside 19 overs, but all-rounder Stoinis (146 not out) steadied the ship brilliantly. Having already taken three wickets in his second ODI, he reached three figures off 96 balls and continued pummelling the Black Caps to all parts until number 11 Josh Hazlewood was run out for 0 at the non-striker’s end with Australia on 280. He ...

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