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Sikandar Raza stars in nice run chase as Zimbabwe win Bangladesh ODI collection



Sikandar Raza scored an unbeaten 117 as Zimbabwe staged an incredible run chase for the second time in three days to beat Bangladesh by 5 wickets on Sunday and take a successful 2-0 lead in a three-match one-day worldwide collection.

The Pakistan-born batsman hit 4 sixes and eight fours off 127 deliveries and his 201-run fifth-wicket partnership with captain Regis Chakabva turned the tide after Bangladesh posted 290-9 in Harare.

Chakabva performed a beautiful supporting position to Raza, who has been constantly excellent for his adopted nation, smashing 102 runs off 75 balls, together with two sixes and 10 fours.

Zimbabwe reached 291-5 with 15 balls to spare after the early lack of wickets and a sluggish scoring fee instructed that they had little likelihood of success at Harare Sports activities Membership.

“Since (coach) Dave (Houghton) got here again, we’ve put numerous emphasis on numerous good issues and to have the ability to obtain that, it’s such a humbling feeling,” stated Raza.

“I do know I’m grabbing the (particular person) trophy however Reggie (Chakabva) and Tony (Muyonga) did properly. The bowlers additionally did an incredible job. So, as a lot as it’s me, it’s actually all of us.

“It’s good that I’m doing my job, however to have 100s from me and Reggie, that little cameo from Tony, and Luke (Jongwe) the opposite day, tells you the depth of the squad. I’m very happy for the boys.”

Bangladesh skipper Tamim stated: “We put up a good complete. In the course of the first sport, we had a chance to attain 20 extra runs. In the present day, I believed our batting was good however we didn’t execute our bowling properly.

“The wicket was good from the start however when the spinners got here on, it was not as simple as within the first sport. All credit score should go to Zimbabwe. They have been the higher staff on this collection.”

– Exceptional transformation –

Zimbabwe additionally received the primary ODI match on Friday by 5 wickets in opposition to opponents ranked eight locations greater and continued a outstanding transformation below just lately employed Houghton.

The previous nationwide staff batting star took over in June with Zimbabwe within the doldrums after 3-0 ODI and Twenty20 whitewashes by visiting Afghanistan.

Houghton instructed his squad to specific themselves, not be afraid of constructing errors and to not be intimidated by opponents, nevertheless robust they appeared on paper.

The triumph on Sunday was the ninth in 10 ODI and T20 matches below Houghton as Zimbabwe put together for the T20 World Cup in Australia from October.

As on Friday, Zimbabwe received the toss and opted to subject, and as soon as once more the Bangladesh batsmen did properly, led by an unbeaten 80 from Mahmudullah Riyad and a 50 from Tamim.

Mahmudullah hit three sixes and three fours in a 126-minute stand whereas Iqbal wanted simply 45 balls to say his half century, which included a six and 10 fours.

Afif Hossain (41) and Najmul Hossain (38) additionally made important contributions in opposition to a Zimbabwe assault through which the spin of Raza proved best as he captured three wickets.

In reply, Zimbabwe misplaced their first wicket with only one run on the board and once they discovered themselves at 49-4, even supreme optimist Houghton might hardly have visualised what was about to happen.

Raza and Chakabva — standing in as collection skipper for injured Craig Ervine — took the combat to the Bangladeshi assault and slowly however absolutely lifted the full and raised hopes of an unlikely victory.

With 40 overs gone, Zimbabwe have been 220-4 and wanted 71 runs from 60 balls to win each the match and the collection.

The lack of Chakabva, caught by Tamim at midwicket after miscuing a Mehidy Hasan supply, didn’t cease the run surge and an unbeaten 30 from ODI debutant Tony Munyonga took Zimbabwe over the road.

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Usman Qadir enhancing, more likely to play on Wednesday



Leg-spinner Usman Qadir injured his thumb as he grabbed a blinder within the fourth T20I to ship harmful Alex Hales again to the pavilion.

Mohammad Hasnain bowled a tough size supply and Alex Hales was compelled to test his shot, and Usman Qadir, who was positioned at mid-wicket, dived ahead to his left to take a shocking catch.



Qadir did very well to make it possible for the ball doesn’t bobble out of his hand throughout his touchdown. Hales departed after scoring 5 runs off 3 balls.

The 29-year-old couldn’t bowl for Pakistan and left the sphere after the catch. Iftikhar Ahmed needed to bowl the overs instead of him the place he gave solely 23 runs in 4 overs.

As per sources, Usman Qadir’s damage has improved and is predicted to be match forward of the fifth T20I of the collection in Lahore on Wednesday.

Speaking concerning the fourth T20I, England saved on shedding wickets at common intervals whereas chasing 167. Harry Brook and Ben Duckett performed knocks of 34 and 33 and the equation got here right down to 33 off 3 overs to recover from England.

Dawson then smashed 24 runs off the 18th over and it regarded like England would recover from the road simply. Nevertheless, Haris Rauf introduced Pakistan again into the sport as he dismissed Liam Dawson (34) and Olly Stone (0) on successive deliveries.

England wanted 4 runs off the ultimate over to win, however Reece Topley was run-out within the closing over, and Pakistan registered a slim two-run win.

Earlier, England captain Moeen Ali had gained the toss and he determined to bowl first. Mohammad Rizwan performed a knock of 88 runs to assist Pakistan put up 166/4 in 20 overs. Asif Ali additionally performed an unbeaten cameo of 13 runs off simply 3 balls to propel Pakistan’s whole previous the 160-run mark.

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Haris reveals his plan to bowl landmark nineteenth over towards England



LAHORE: Pakistan pacer Haris Rauf bowled an distinctive nineteenth over within the fourth T20I towards England whereas defending 167.

The appropriate-arm pacer modified the complexion of the sport after Liam Dawson smashed Mohammad Hasnain with 4 fours and a six within the 18th over of the match and solely 9 runs had been required off the ultimate two overs.

5 runs had been remaining off the ten balls earlier than Haris modified the whole lot. Whereas dealing with a brief, Dawson couldn’t management his pull shot and holed out mid-wicket fielder, which opened the room for the paceman to do the harm.

Rauf’s tempo had cranked up as he cleaned up the debutant Olly Stone on subsequent ball and had a leg-before shout turned down towards Reece Topley. The ball to Topley was a scorching yorker clocked at 96 mph however was turned down because the ball was sliding down the leg-stump.

Within the subsequent over, Topley tried to steal a single to get off strike however fell nicely wanting his floor on the non-striker’s finish as England fell quick by three runs in entrance of an electrifying crowd.

“To begin with we’re grateful to Allah Almighty that Pakistan gained the match and it was an essential match of this sequence. As a group we have now the by no means surrender angle and each participant is giving his 100% effort within the floor. I bowled with the identical angle and Pakistan gained the sport,” stated Rauf in put up match press convention.

“He [Dawson] scored plenty of runs from Hasnain’s over and naturally I used to be within the discipline. I used to be planning beforehand and had the thought as to the place I ought to bowl to him.

“The plan was to get his wicket and switch the match and Alhamdullilah I received the wicket as deliberate. I had the arrogance in my talents and knew that if I bowl my greatest ball, we’d win this sport.”

The paceman additionally backed his team-mates who’re underneath the firing line as Pakistan’s center order woes proceed forward of the all-important T20I World Cup subsequent month.

“Any participant can have a tough time, as a group we have now to help one another. I feel the power that they’ve, everyone knows that they’ve gained matches for Pakistan and anytime they’ll make a comeback. We’ve got full belief in our gamers.”

Requested if he had improved underneath the bowling coach Shaun Tait, Rauf stated he had labored with the previous Australian fast on the Check tour of Sri Lanka, the place he was part of the squad in a two-match Check sequence.

“In the direction of the beginning, any participant struggles and has little concept of the state of affairs. So that you study over time and in any discipline. So I attempt to study,” Rauf defined.

“Shaun Tait has stored everybody calm and in Sri Lanka he labored with me rather a lot as I used to be within the Check squad. I used to be attempting to work on my health and perceive the sport. In T20 cricket, generally you go for runs. At some point you bowl nicely and the following day, you’ll be able to concede few runs. So dangerous time can come on any bowler. I’ve 100% confidence in my strengths.”

Pakistan will now face England within the fifth T20I on Wednesday (September 28) because the motion now strikes to Lahore for remaining three matches of the sequence.

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English T-20 cricket group reaches provincial capital amid tight safety



LAHORE: Capital Metropolis Police Chief Extra IG Ghulam Mahmood Dogar on Monday welcomed the England T-20 Cricket squad to the provincial capital and vowed to supply foolproof safety to each the groups gamers and officers throughout their keep within the metropolis.

English and Pakistani cricket groups reached right here amid tight safety to play their final three Worldwide T-20 cricket matches of the overall seven scheduled ones.
England cricket group has been visiting Pakistan after a protracted span of seventeen years and right into a excessive safety bubble.
The Lahore police, on the instructions of CCPO Lahore made stringent safety association on the arrival of each groups gamers and officers.
The CCPO, DIG Operations Afzaal Ahmad Kausar, CTO Muntazir Mehdi, SSP Operations Capt (R) Mustansar Feroze, SSP Safety, SP of Dolphin Squad and different associated officers remained in subject and checked safety preparations on the route until the groups reached their residing lodge.
As many as 8,000 law enforcement officials and officers together with SPs, DSPs, SHOs and higher subordinates would carry out safety responsibility through the keep of each the cricket groups in Lahore and schedule follow classes and matches.
The CCPO issued instructions to the law enforcement officials to strengthen the preparations remaining extremely alert and holding a vigilant eye on any suspicious actions.
Ghulam Mahmood Dogar directed the deputed police officers to behave with the residents visiting Qaddafi stadium in well mannered method in addition to throughout zero route motion of the groups. Elaborate preparations of safety have been made on the residential place the place the groups have been boarding, routes, Qaddafi Stadium and its surrounding areas, the CCPO added.
Heavy deployment of contingents could be made on the route of the groups throughout their motion from lodge to stadium throughout follow classes and matches, he stated and added that three layers safety checking mechanism had been devised for the gamers, officers and the residents.
The CCPO stated that Lahore police had performed essential function for the revival of cricket occasions within the metropolis. Lahore Police had full assist of Punjab Secure Cities Authority, district administration, PCB and regulation enforcement businesses to make sure safety in order that residents may take pleasure in these matches in peaceable ambiance, he asserted.
He stated that Lahore police would additionally monitor all of the actions on routes and surrounding areas throughout motion of groups by way of CCTV cameras of Punjab Secure Cities Authority.

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