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Man Metropolis, Liverpool flip consideration again to Premier League shootout



LONDON: Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool should rapidly flip their focus from Champions League glory to the battle for the Premier League title, with no room for error in tough away journeys on Saturday.

Metropolis, who maintain a one-point benefit on the prime of the desk with 5 video games remaining, journey to Leeds, who’re additionally in want of the factors to ensure survival.

Liverpool can go prime for just a few hours at the very least in the event that they win at Newcastle, however the Magpies have received their final six residence video games to storm into the highest half of the desk since starting to splash the money of the Saudi sovereign wealth fund in January.

The Premier League’s prime two stay on track to finish their season with one other showdown within the Champions League last after seeing off Spanish opposition in contrasting trend in midweek.

Metropolis ought to have put Actual Madrid out of sight in an exciting 4-3 win over the 13-time European champions, whereas Goliath bought the higher of David as Liverpool beat Villarreal 2-0.

Champions League concerns may play a serious function within the group number of each title contenders.

Jurgen Klopp gave Liverpool followers much more trigger for celebration by extending his contract at Anfield for an additional two years to 2026 on Thursday.

Nonetheless, the German is way from joyful on the scheduling of a lunchtime kick-off simply three days after a Champions League semi-final.

“It’s brutal nevertheless it’s advantageous. It’s the very best scenario you possibly can have,” mentioned Klopp.

“Simply go for the following one and attempt to play the very best soccer you possibly can.”

Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola has a tricky balancing act in deciding on his facet for what is anticipated to be an energy-sapping go to to Elland Street earlier than their blockbuster return leg on the Santiago Bernabeu.

‘Finest on the earth’

Leeds are unbeaten in 5 video games, however are simply 5 factors away from the relegation zone forward of a tricky run-in, with Arsenal and Chelsea to come back after the go to of Metropolis.

“I feel it’s the final check,” mentioned Leeds supervisor Jesse Marsch. “I’m very trustworthy after I say that I feel they’re the very best group on the earth.”

Everton have a recreation in hand to chop the hole on Leeds down to 2 factors, however the Toffees’ 68-year keep within the prime flight is at critical danger.

Frank Lampard may do with a favour from his outdated membership as Chelsea go to Goodison Park on Sunday.

By the point they kick off, Lampard’s males may discover themselves 5 factors adrift of security ought to Burnley proceed their upturn in kind since sacking Sean Dyche.

The Clarets have taken seven factors from a doable 9 beneath caretaker boss Mike Jackson and will probably be assured of one other big win once they journey to Watford.

The Hornets have misplaced 10 consecutive residence video games and their return to the Championship could be just about confirmed by one other defeat.

A Burnley victory would additionally mathematically relegate Norwich, ought to they lose at Aston Villa.

The battle to hitch Metropolis, Liverpool and Chelsea in subsequent season’s Champions League appears like a shootout between north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham.

Arsenal have a two-point benefit and each side will probably be assured of victory this weekend towards opposition with the European semi-finals on their thoughts.

The Gunners journey to West Ham, who path Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 after the primary leg of their Europa League semi-final.

Tottenham host Leicester, who’ve all of it to play for subsequent week within the final 4 of their Europa Convention League tie after a 1-1 draw with Roma in Thursday’s first leg.

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Siraj’s heroics energy India to successful Asia Cup 2023 for eighth time



COLOMBO: Mohammed Siraj’s six-fer demolished Sri Lankan batting lineup as India lifted the Asia Cup 2023.

Set to chase a meager 51, India comfortably accomplished the pursuit in 6.1 overs with out shedding a single wicket to carry their eighth Asia Cup title.

India’s new opening pair of Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan carried the momentum and dominated the Sri Lankan bowlers to script a press release victory for the previous champions.

Gill top-scored for India within the Asia Cup 2023 closing with a 19-ball 27 which featured six boundaries whereas Kishan scored 23 not out in 18 balls.

Opting to bat first, the Sri Lankan batting lineup failed utterly and was bundled out for a paltry 51 within the sixteenth over.

The house aspect misplaced their opener Kusal Perera (0) within the first over with only one run on the board.

What adopted was a complete annihilation by Mohammed Siraj who picked up 4 wickets — Pathum Nissanka (2), Sadeera Samarawickrama (0), Charith Asalanka (0) and Dhananjaya de Silva (4) — within the fourth over to depart Sri Lanka reeling at 12/5.

Sri Lanka did not recuperate from Siraj’s demolition and he got here again so as to add additional to their distress by dismissing skipper Dasun Shanaka in his subsequent over and finishing his five-fer.

Wicketkeeper batter Kusal Mendi, who held on for Sri Lanka then placed on the very best partnership of the Asia Cup 2023 closing for the house aspect with Dunith Wellalage earlier than Siraj struck once more.

Kusal Mendis remained the top-scorer for Sri Lanka with a 34-ball 17 which featured three boundaries.

Following Siraj’s dominance, Hardik Pandya put the ultimate nail within the coffin by eliminating the Sri Lankan batting tail.

He eliminated Dunith Wellalage (8) earlier than wrapping up Sri Lanka’s dismal innings in his subsequent over by dismissing Pramod Madushan (1) and Matheesha Pathirana (0).

Younger all-rounder Dushan Hemantha remained unbeaten with a 15-ball 13 and remained the one Sri Lankan batter to amass double figures beside Kusal Mendis.

Notably, Sri Lanka’s 50-run whole is now the bottom whole within the Asia Cup historical past, breaking the earlier document held by Bangladesh, who had been dismissed for 87 runs towards Pakistan in 2000.

Moreover, Sri Lanka’s 50-run whole is the bottom in males’s ODI historical past in a match closing. Additionally it is the third time this 12 months that Sri Lanka have been bowled out for lower than 100 in ODIs.

Mohammed Siraj led the bowling assault for India within the Asia Cup 2023 closing with a 6/21, adopted by Hardik Pandya’s 3/3 whereas Jasprit Bumrah had a wicket to his title.


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Cricket fever in China choosing tempo forward of upcoming Asian Video games Asian Video games



HANGZHOU: Cricket fever in China goes excessive forward of upcoming Asian Video games set to happen in Hangzhou from September 23 to October 8.

A “Friendship Cup” was organized by Chinese language firm Guangdong YaJiaSiTechnology (YJS) and Beijing Cricket Membership (BCC) on the Cricket area of Dulwich Faculty Beijing, Gwadar Professional reported on Friday.

The purpose of the occasion is to share the eagerness for sports activities, improve friendship between the folks of taking part nations in addition to to advertise the sport of cricket in China.

The match was nicely attended by the diplomatic workers and groups from totally different embassies, faculties, and universities, notably gamers from China, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, the UK, Australia, South Africa, Bangladesh, and Nepal which gave a possibility to show the cricketing abilities.

Cricket is without doubt one of the most enjoyable sports activities on the earth and is now slowly however absolutely getting a spot in sports activities in China.

The upcoming Asian Video games to be held in Hangzhou is without doubt one of the greatest examples the place Pakistan males’s and girls’s Cricket groups will probably be taking part in.

Pakistani Ambassador to China Moin ul Haque additionally congratulated China for internet hosting the Asian Video games 2023 in Hangzhou and hoped that this may promote not solely sports activities competitions but additionally people-to-people contacts and cultural exchanges.

Bilal Ahmed, a Cricket Participant from Pakistan, advised Gwadar Professional that Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang, Dalian, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Tianjin, and Jinan are the hub of cricket in China.

Greater than 150 faculties and universities have been concerned within the sport of cricket. Again-to-back cricket tournaments by totally different Chinese language firms and organizations in several cities and particularly the holding of a grand sporting occasion comprising each males’s and girls’s T-20 Cricket in Asian Video games 2023 in Hangzhou exhibits China’s keenness to unfold the sport of Cricket at its faculties and universities stage.

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198 Pakistani athletes to take part in Asian Video games, being held in China from Sep 23



BEIJING: Pakistan is sending a crew of 198 athletes to compete within the nineteenth Asian Video games, set to be held in Hangzhou, China from September 23 to eight October.

This spectacular delegation is ready to showcase their abilities and convey pleasure to the nation on the grand stage of the Asian Video games, in response to a report revealed by Gwadar Professional.

The Asian Video games, sometimes called the “Olympics of Asia,” is a multi-sport occasion that brings collectively athletes from throughout the continent to compete in varied sports activities disciplines.

It serves as a platform to foster friendship, understanding, and sportsmanship amongst Asian nations whereas celebrating the unimaginable expertise and dedication of athletes.

Pakistan’s participation within the nineteenth Asian Video games will span a variety of sports activities, together with athletics, boxing, swimming, tennis, wrestling, and so on.

The Pakistan Olympic Affiliation (POA) has been offering the athletes with the required help and assets. They’ve organized coaching camps, teaching workers, and superior gear to organize the athletes for this prestigious occasion.

The athletes have additionally acquired medical and psychological help to make sure they’re in peak bodily and psychological situation.

Talking in regards to the contingent, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Syed Arif Hasan, President of the Pakistan Olympic Affiliation, mentioned, “Our athletes have put in large effort and dedication to achieve this degree, and we imagine they’ve what it takes to compete at their highest degree. We hope to see them on the rostrum, making Pakistan proud.”

The Asian Video games additionally present a singular alternative for Pakistani athletes to achieve beneficial expertise and publicity on the worldwide stage, which could be essential for his or her future careers in sports activities. It’s an event for the nation to unite and help its athletes as they attempt for excellence.

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