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SA thrash Tigers to win series 2-0

  

Pns: South Africa toppled over Bangladesh for 172 in their second innings to register a comfortable win by an innings and 254 runs on the third day of the second test in Bloemfontein on Sunday.Kagiso Rabada was the pick of the bowlers with another five-wicket haul in the second innings to complete a ten-fer. Earlier, Bangladesh, following on after trailing by 426 runs on the first innings, were 92 for four at lunch, still 334 runs short of making South Africa bat again.Kagiso...

Mashrafe, Shakib, Nasir leave for South Africa

  

Pns: Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and world famed all rounder Shakin Al Hasasn along with two other national cricketers left Dhaka for South Africa on Saturday morning to join the Bangladesh squad, now playing the 2nd Test against the Proteas in Bloemfontein. Captain of Bangladesh T20 team Shakib Al Hasan, another all round Nasir Hossain and newcomer Mohammad Saifuddin accompanied by Mashrafe left capital for Dubai by an Emirates flight enroute to South Africa. They...

FIFA pledges 'transparent' 2026 World Cup bid

  

Pns: FIFA has promised to deliver a "transparent" bidding process for the 2026 World Cup after the controversy surrounding the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 tournaments to Russia and Qatar.In a column to appear on Friday in the FIFA magazine, president Gianni Infantino insists that world football's governing body has "radically enhanced the mechanisms for selecting the location of our showpiece event"."The process is as objective and transparent as it can get," he adds, with...

Stokes will not fly with England to Australia: ECB

  

Pns: Ben Stokes will not travel with the England squad to Australia on October 28 but no final decision on his involvement in the Ashes has been taken, the ECB said Friday. Test vice-captain Stokes was arrested last month on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and suspended, along with Alex Hales, from internationals until further notice following an apparent fight outside a nightclub.He was included in the Ashes squad despite reportedly injuring his hand in the incident that...

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Maradona’s trip postponed

  

Pns: Argentine football legend Diego Maradona’s visit to the city has been postponed for the fourth time due to security issues as his trip is clashing with the FIFA Under-17 World Cup. A day after the organisers claimed that Maradaona’s trip was “confirmed” for October 8-9 following a three-time postponement, the police authorities today refused to “give permission” with the U-17 World Cup getting underway here on October 8.“While all of us tried our best, the ongoing FIFA U-17...

Neymar penalty spat has calmed down: Cavani

  

Pns: Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani has played down his penalty-taking spat with Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar. Cavani and Brazilian Neymar, the world's most expensive player, reportedly fell out over penalty-taking duties for PSG in recent league matches.The despite blew up a couple of weeks ago when Cavani, PSG's regular penalty-taker, refused to let Neymar take a spot-kick against Lyon, only to then miss.But then at the weekend, and after rumours Cavani had been...

Bangladesh should adopt basics to play a Test

  

Pns: Since Bangladesh surprisingly opted to bowl first in a pitch conducive to the batsman, the fate of the first Test was almost sealed. The only consolation was that they for the first time in South African soil avoided an innings defeat. But it was expected as Bangladesh was no longer a team to taste innings defeat unless they get a sheer bad day in the office. But there was an opportunity to save the Test with rain in the forecast at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom after the lunch...

SA beat Bangladesh by 333 runs

  

Pns: South Africa beat Bangladesh by 333 runs on the fifth day of the first Test at Senwes Park on Monday. Thunderstorms on Sunday had thwarted South Africa's chances of wrapping up victory in four days in a match overshadowed by an injury to fast bowler Morne Morkel, who is likely to be out for six weeks because of a side strain.Morkel had taken two wickets in his first over at the start of Bangladesh's second innings on the fourth day of the first test at Senwes Park on Sunday...

Bavuma, du Plessis set Bangladesh 424

  

Pns: Fifties from Faf du Plessis and Temba Bavuma set up South Africa's declaration, leaving Bangladesh needing 424 to win the series opener with a day and a half to spare. Du Plessis was part of a fourth-wicket partnership of 142 runs with Bavuma, which came at a run-rate of nearly five. Bavuma, who was dropped on 8 by Imrul Kayes at backward point, used the sweep for one four through midwicket but was otherwise largely focused on the off side. Most of du Plessis' runs, meanwhile,...

Giroud reaches century for Arsenal

  

Pns: Olivier Giroud got his 100th Arsenal goal as a youthful Gunners side beat BATE Borisov 4-2 in Belarus in the Europa League on Thursday. Theo Walcott netted twice for the Premier League club and Rob Holding was also on target as they eased to a second victory in as many matches in Group H.Arsene Wenger's side beat Cologne 3-1 at home in their first outing a fortnight ago, and the Germans lost again on Thursday, going down 1-0 at home to Red Star Belgrade.Wenger made...

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