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Social media pays tribute to Saeed Anwar’s historic 194 in opposition to India



Pakistan star opener Saeed Anwar battered India within the Independence Cup match in Chennai on at the present time, smearing 194 off solely 146 balls — then the largest particular person rating in ODIs — in Pakistan’s 35-run victory.

None of his teammates received greater than 39. It might need helped that he had Shahid Afridi as a runner from the nineteenth over — Anwar was free to focus on bashing boundaries, and he did: there have been 22 fours and 5 sixes, three of them off consecutive deliveries from Anil Kumble.

The social media showered the legendary batter with reward as an honor and right here’s what everybody needed to say:











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England bat first in Rawalpindi Take a look at after virus scare



RAWALPINDI: England captain Ben Stokes received the toss and elected to bat within the opening Take a look at towards Pakistan on Thursday, the match going forward as scheduled regardless of a virus having swept by means of the guests’ camp in Rawalpindi through the week.

“We’ve had some sickness going spherical however we have been actually excited to get began,” Stokes stated after successful the toss. “It’s not been supreme clearly, to begin our tour like this, however hopefully we’ll be nice.”

A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) assertion stated previous to the toss: “The ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) has knowledgeable us that they’re ready to subject an eleven and, as such, the primary Take a look at will begin as per schedule immediately.”

An ECB spokesman stated earlier within the day the virus was not Covid-19 associated, with gamers experiencing vomiting and diarrhoea.

The touring aspect made one change to their authentic taking part in 11, changing Ben Foakes with Will Jacks, who makes his Take a look at debut together with all-rounder Liam Livingstone.

Pakistan named 4 debutants — Saud Shakeel, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Ali and Zahid Mehmood — of their taking part in 11.

England can even play in Multan and Karachi in what’s their first Take a look at tour of Pakistan since 2005.

The second and third Checks are in Multan (December 9-13) and Karachi (December 17-21).

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Maradona can be ‘tremendous comfortable’, says Messi



DOHA: Lionel Messi believes Diego Maradona can be “tremendous comfortable” after he led Argentina into the World Cup final 16 on Wednesday because of a 2-0 win over Poland.

Messi turned his nation’s most-capped participant on the event with a twenty second look surpassing his legendary compatriot who died simply over two years in the past.

“I realized it just lately, I didn’t realize it. It’s a pleasure to have the ability to proceed to attain these sorts of information. I feel Diego can be tremendous comfortable for me, as a result of he at all times confirmed me plenty of affection, he was at all times comfortable when issues went properly for me,” mentioned Messi.

Regardless of lacking a penalty — his thirty ninth profession failure from the spot — the Argentina captain mentioned he was “comfortable” with this “large match”.

“We achieved our first goal, which was to get out of the group after beginning the way in which we did (a shock 2-1 loss towards Saudi Arabia),” mentioned Messi.

“I used to be actually pissed off to have missed the penalty, as a result of I knew {that a} aim may change the entire match, that it makes you play another way. However I feel that from the penalty I missed, the workforce got here out stronger.”

Messi, who nonetheless wants a World Cup winner’s medal to cement his legacy as one of many sport’s best gamers, believes Argentina are transferring up by way of the gears at exactly the correct time.

“After the primary aim, every little thing went our manner. We began doing once more what we had been attempting to do for the reason that begin of the World Cup, however which we hadn’t been in a position to obtain for varied causes.

“Having been in a position to do it as we speak, it offers us confidence for the long run.”

Subsequent up for Argentina is a last-16 conflict towards Australia on Saturday.

“We all know that now every little thing will probably be very tough. That whoever the opponent, it is going to be sophisticated. We now have seen just lately, at our personal expense, that any opponent can play a superb recreation and win.”

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Williamson, Latham progress in ICC Rankings



ISLAMABAD: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and wicketkeeper Tom Latham have made notable progress within the MRF Tyres ICC Males’s ODI Participant Rankings after figuring in a match-winning 221-run partnership within the first ODI of their ICC Males’s Cricket World Cup Tremendous League sequence in opposition to India in Auckland.

Williamson has moved into the highest 10 after his 98 not out whereas Latham has galloped 10 locations to achieve 18th place after smashing an unbeaten 145 off 104 deliveries, their unbroken fourth wicket stand serving to overhaul a complete of 306 with 2.5 overs to spare, stated a press launch.

Indian stalwarts Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have dropped behind Australia’s Steve Smith (at a career-best sixth place) and England’s Jonny Bairstow (seventh) as they don’t seem to be a part of the ODI squad in New Zealand, whereas Shreyas Iyer (up six locations to twenty seventh), Shubman Gill (up three locations to thirty fourth) and Sanju Samson (up 10 locations to 82nd) have moved up the record.

Afghanistan’s wicketkeeper-batter Rahmanullah Gurbaz, who notched up half-centuries in a successful trigger of their first ODI in opposition to Sri Lanka and within the deserted second match, has progressed 21 locations to forty eighth within the newest weekly replace.

Different batters to enhance their rankings embody gamers from groups taking part in within the ICC Males’s Cricket World Cup League 2 – Namibia’s Gerhard Erasmus (up eight locations to thirty ninth), Papua New Guinea’s Assad Vala (up 9 locations to forty third) and Monank Patel of the USA (up 5 locations to forty fourth).

New Zealand pacers Lockie Ferguson (up 5 locations to thirty second) and Tim Southee (up two locations to thirty fourth) have moved up the bowlers’ rankings after ending with three wickets every within the first ODI whereas Matt Henry is now within the high 5.

Sri Lanka leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga is a serious gainer after grabbing three wickets within the two matches, transferring up six locations to twenty seventh. With a knock of 66 to point out within the first sport, he’s additionally up 20 locations to 102nd amongst batters and is now eighth within the record of all-rounders.

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