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  1. geo_embedgallery SHARJAH: Karachi Kings qualified to play the Pakistan Super League's playoff round after smashing down Islamabad United by six wickets on Friday. Islamabad United will play Karachi Kings in Qualifier-1 again on 18th. The winner goes through to the final. The loser will play the winner between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiator. Multan Sultans, who were considered favourite at the start of the tournament, as they were on top of the league standings at the halfway mark were not able to qualify for the second-leg. Courtesy a four-wicket haul by Usman Khan Shinwari, the Morgan-led team restricted Islamabad United to 124 runs. The fast bowler bagged wickets of JP Duminy, Faheem Ashraf, Zafar Gohar and Steven Finn. Shinwari was given Man of the Match award for his four-wicket haul. The fast bowler was well-assisted by leg-spinner Shahid Afridi, who bagged two wickets in the match, he finished with figures of 4-1-18-2, bowling out skipper Misbah (19) and Walton (21) to leave Islamabad looking clueless after a shaky start. Second Innings Kings opted to play safe in the match as the batsmen chose to not attempt high-risk shots. The early breakthrough for United came with the wicket of opener Khurram Manzoor (15) by fast bowler Steven Finn. In-form batsman Joe Denly played fiery innings of 36 runs off 28 balls including six fours and one six on the strike rate of 128.57 before he was dismissed by the PSL's leading wicket-taker Faheem Ashraf. Shadab Khan ended skipper Morgan's inning, he managed to contribute only two runs. Later in the match, middle-order batsmen, Babar Azam and CA Ingram's 53-run partnership neutralised bowling attack of the United to easily take the team to home. First Innings Fast bowlers Usman Khan Shinwari and Mohammad Irfan Jr gave an early break to Karachi by dismissing openers JP Duminy and Alex Hales. Duminy was trapped lbw by Usman at 4, and Irfan caught and bowled Hales for 11. Hussain Talat, despite an impressive run this tournament, could only manage 1 before he was removed by Irfan. Asif Ali tried to break the pressure by scoring 34 off 14, but his resistance was ended by Tymal Mills. Mohammad Amir dismissed Shadab Khan at 8, as Islamabad slumped to 105-7. Islamabad made three changes tonight with Luke Ronchi rested, Chadwick Walton in, Zafar Gohar in place of Samit Patel and Steven Finn in for Mohammad Sami.
  2. SHARJAH: Luke Ronchi and Alex Hales powered Multan Sultans to post a 186-run target against Islamabad United on Tuesday. Maintaining his fiery form, Ronchi cemented solid basis for the United to reach a high-scoring total as he scored his third half-century in the tournament. The Kiwi batsman was well assisted by Alex Hales and middle-order batsmen, Asif Ali and Hussain Talat. Umar Gul took two and Imran Tahir took one wicket for United. Second Innings Spinner Samit Patel gave an ideal start to United as he bowled a double-wicket over by striking down Kumar Sangakkara and Saif Badar. All-rounder Faheem Ashraf and Amad Butt ended innings of Ahmed Shehzad and Sohaib Maqsood respectively, while Shadab Khan dismissed Sultans' skipper Malik. Kieron Pollard kept Sultans alive in the chase with his 73 runs off 47 balls innings; the Windies batsman scored five boundaries and six sixes on a strike rate of 155.31 before falling on a delivery of Muhammad Sami. First Innings Multan Sultans won the toss and elected to field in their match against Islamabad United tonight. A direct hit by Shoaib Malik ended opener United's opener JP Duminy's (6) time on the crease. The early setback was diluted by Luke Ronchi as he played a knock of 58 runs off 36 balls, including six boundaries and three sixes on the strike rate of 161.11. The Kiwi batsman was dismissed by legspinner Imran Tahir as he tried to slog sweep. Alex Hales gave an easy catch to Sohaib Maqsood at the cover area when the team score was on 126. geo_embedgallery United's emerging top-order batsman Hussain Talat (36) returned to the pavilion as Kieron Pollard took his catch. A blitz of four boundaries and one six came to an end. Skipper Malik confirmed two changes in their squad as Junaid Khan and Hardus Viljoen were rested; Ross Whiteley and Umar Gul are in. Meanwhile, United also made two changes as Alex Hales and Imad Butt came in for the respective places of Steven Finn and Zafar Gohar Islamabad XI: AD Hales, L Ronchi, JP Duminy, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Misbah-ul-Haq, SR Patel, Shadab Khan, Amad Butt, Mohammad Sami. Multan XI: KC Sangakkara, Ahmed Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Shoaib Malik, KA Pollard, Saif Badar, RA Whiteley, Sohail Tanvir, Imran Tahir, Mohammad Irfan, Umar Gul.
  3. Photo: ICC Pakistan sealed their place in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup quarterfinals by beating Sri Lanka after a thrilling encounter at Whangarei on Friday. Pakistan restricted Sri Lanka to 188 after skipper Hassan Khan won the toss and opted to bowl. Opening bowlers Arshad Iqbal and Musa had Sri Lanka in trouble early on. Suleman Shafqat stood out with three wickets, while the previous fixture?s man-of-the-match Shaheen Shah Afridi claimed crucial two wickets. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/691c5cc8667f826c704c8ba169601503.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MS8xOS8yMDE4IDg6MTA6MTggQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1nZVdiL1NOa0hDenMxcHdSUXBhb2J3PT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] A sure-footed half-century from Ali Zaryab (59), and a 45-ball unbeaten 24 from Hassan Khan carried Pakistan across the line with three wickets in hand. The team chased down the target in 43.3 overs, ending at 190/7. Ali Zaryab was named man-of-the-match. Reigning U-19 Asia Cup champions Afghanistan have also secured the quarterfinal berth.
  4. Barcelona allowed themselves the luxury of starting with Lionel Messi on the bench and still held out for a 0-0 draw at Juventus to reach the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday. Barcelona, who brought on Messi early in the second half, enjoyed long spells of possession but used it as a defensive tactic to stop Juventus attacking rather than creating chances themselves. Juve were lacklustre, with forward Gonzalo Higuain barely getting a look-in as they failed to score in a home match for the first time since September last year. The Turin side nearly snatched a win in stoppage time but Paulo Dybala?s low shot from the edge of the area was turned around the post by goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Even so, coach Massimiliano Allegri enjoyed the match. ?It was a nice game from a tactical point of view, the lads worked hard to defend well,? he said. ?We were more interested in the performance than the result.? The Serie A side, who are second in Group D, will qualify for the last 16 unless they fail to beat Olympiakos away in their final game next month and Sporting win at Barcelona. Sporting kept alive their own hopes by beating Olympiakos 3-1 in Lisbon in the other game with Bas Dost scoring twice. Bruno Cesar was also on target for Sporting and Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe scored a late consolation for the Greeks who were eliminated. Barcelona, who played their second successive goalless draw in the group, have 11 points and are guaranteed to finish top. Juve are on eight, Sporting on seven and Olympiakos on one. Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said that Messi had needed a rest. ?He had to take a break at some point... he?s been playing a lot of games,? he said. Barcelona were closest to a first-half goal when a long-range Ivan Rakitic free kick found its way through the penalty area, bounced off the post and fell to Paulinho, who was unable to take advantage. Paulinho?s other notable contribution was to be booked for diving in the penalty area while Luis Suarez was largely anonymous. Dybala had Juve?s best first-half effort when he dribbled around three defenders but he fired over from a difficult angle. Messi?s entrance changed little although the Argentine came close when he curled a long-range free kick over the bar. Barcelona should have scored when Juan Cuadrado slipped and let in Lucas Digne but, instead of shooting, he tried to pass to Suarez and the Juve defence intercepted the ball. The most entertaining moment came after the final whistle when Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon took off his gloves and his shorts and threw them into the crowd.
  5. KUALA LAMPUR: Pakistan defeated Bangladesh by the Duckworth Lewis method to reach the final of the under-19 Asia Cup. Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl first against Bangladesh who scored 274/6 in the allotted 50 overs. For Bangladesh, Ghosh scored 82 runs while Saif Hasan scored 61 runs. A 52-run contribution to the score was made by Afif Hossain. Munir Riaz was the pick of the Pakistani bowlers. He took p three wickets, while Hasan Khan, Suleman Shafaqat and Shaheen Afridi claimed one wicket each. Due to the Duckworth Lewis method, Pakistan were set a revised target of 199 which the team achieved in 39 overs.
  6. After featuring in 14 consecutive World Cups, Italy left their fans in tears and the entire football fraternity in shock following their failure to qualify for the coveted tournament scheduled to take place in Russia in 2018. The four-time World champions - 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006 - failed to get the better of Sweden over two legs in the qualifying playoffs. After their 0-1 loss in the opening leg in Sweden, the Azzurri continued to struggle as they failed to break the deadlock at the San Siro, eventually missing out on qualification for the first time since 1958. In the process, they also became the first former champions who failed to qualify for the World Cup since Uruguay missed out on the 2006 edition. For many individuals, a World Cup without Italy is unthinkable. Why? Here's a lowdown for you. © Reuters The last time Italy missed out in 1958, a 17-year-old Pele made his debut for Brazil in the World Cup. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was the Prime Minister of India and Cr Rajendra Prasad was the country's President. Seven Manchester United players were killed in the tragic Munich disaster. STD calling was introduced in the United Kingdom without the need of an operator. Against a defiant, belligerent and technically inferior Sweden, a dreadful performance by Italy, who were devoid of inspiration, creativity or organisation finally ended with their exit from the World Cup at the shocking playoff stages. © Reuters Italy coach Giampiero Ventura received most of the blame for their World Cup qualification fiasco. He was completely out of his depth in terms of tactics and team selection, sadly reducing a squad that surprised everyone at Euro 2016 under Antonio Conte to a mentally broken unit that couldn't even beat Macedonia or Sweden. As the football heavyweights suffered absolute humiliation at the hands yellow-clad Swedes, the shocking result also marked a tearful end to the careers of Gianluigi Buffon and Daniele De Rossi. Theirs was a shameful and distressing way to exit international football, and especially the one that legends like Buffon or De Rossi clearly didn't deserve. Here's how Twitter reacted to Italy's playoffs horror for the 2018 World Cup: Canada not qualifying for World Cup I can understand.. but Italy ..4 time champs. Shame! ... Shame!... thank you Gigi Buffon I miss you already. #ItalySweden — john (@jscrenci) November 14, 2017 If this doesn't break your heart you're not a football fan!! #ItalySweden #ItaliaSvezia #Gigi #Buffon #Italy #Italia pic.twitter.com/vEZ0omEPX5 — Park The Bus (@FootballBus) November 14, 2017 Thank you, Chiellini, Barzagli, De Rossi and most especially Buffon, for your service to La Nazionale. True warriors for this team. — AzzurriFanPhil (@AzzurriFanPhil) November 14, 2017 Imagine Juve winning CL and giving Buffon an even better ending than what a World Cup would have done. Unfortunately we all know this shit a little to well. It's not gonna happen because the world is a horrible place. And we lose finals. Deactivating now. Bye. — Juve1897 (@hoeste1701) November 14, 2017 Two of the saddest pictures in all of sports. Ever. #Buffon #Legend #Italy #ItaliaSvezia #Italia #ItalySweden pic.twitter.com/9t4AV2RMq2 — Sose Khachikian (@penguinnn22) November 14, 2017 5 hours after #ItaliaSvezia Me: "I am not MAD, i am just Disappointed" 10 men let #Buffon down & No Offense 11 men let Billions of Football Fans down I can't imagine a football World Cup without #Italy#Italia #ITASWE pic.twitter.com/kPg2YwBYCH — Freaky ~ DRaval (@_DRaval) November 14, 2017 This is devastating. Tears in my eyes for Buffon. — Juve Podcast â«ï¸âªï¸ (@Juvepodcast) November 13, 2017
  7. Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years after being held to a 0-0 draw at home to Sweden, who booked a place at next year´s tournament in Russia with a 1-0 aggregate win on Monday. The Swedes survived wave after wave of Italian attacks in the second leg of their European playoff tie on a night of unremitting tension and drama at a disbelieving San Siro. Four-times champions Italy, who had not missed the World Cup since the 1958 finals in Sweden, penned the visitors into their own half for most of the game and created a hatful of chances but could not find a way past Robin Olsen in the Sweden goal. The hosts, who enjoyed 75 percent of possession, had shots cleared off the line, others stopped by Olsen and penalty appeals turned down as they pressed desperately for a goal. "We had no weapons left. We just had to sit there and hope that we could hang on," said Sweden coach Jan Andersson." "We couldn´t do it in any other way, they are so skilful. "The closest Italy came to scoring was a Ciro Immobile effort which was partially stopped by Olsen and cleared away by Victor Lindelof as it was about to trickle over the line. Italy´s players collapsed onto the pitch in despair as the final whistle went and even veterans such as Giorgio Chiellini were inconsolable. The crowd´s support during the game quickly turned to hostility as boos rang around the stadium.
  8. Morocco's team players celebrate a goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 Africa Group C qualifying football match between Ivory Coast and Morocco at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny stadium in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, November 11, 2017. AFP/Issouf Sanogo JOHANNESBURG: Morocco scored twice in five minutes during the first half to defeat the Ivory Coast 2-0 Saturday and qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Nabil Dirar opened the scoring off a cross-cum-shot on 25 minutes in Abidjan and Medhi Benatia doubled the lead after a corner on the half-hour. Morocco ? whose last World Cup appearance was in 1998 ? won Group C with 12 points followed by the Ivory Coast with eight, Gabon six, and Mali four.
  9. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/ac15d5274795650dfb7a3a6220637a2a.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTEvNy8yMDE3IDI6MDE6NTUgUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT13WjlaMWNpU2hBVEIwUXhjVW1Bai93PT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] An eight-member football team consisting of children from Mirpur in Azad Jammu and Kashmir won the Future Depends on You football tournament 2017 which was held in Moscow from 25 to 28 October. The team had a sensational run through the tournament winning all their matches including those against India, Brazil and Russia. The team has qualified for the Street Children Football World Cup which will be held in Russia in 2018. The players were ecstatic after beating India 15-0 in the quarterfinal. ?We were extremely happy to beat India,? said a member of the team. ?These children are from humble backgrounds. They include orphans, street children and underprivileged children,? said team manager Mujtaba Haider who also expressed optimism about performing well in the upcoming Street Children World Cup. Lieutenant General Nadeem Raza meeting the young footballers - Photo ISPR On November 7, Commander 10 Corps Lieutenant General Nadeem Raza met the children from the football team. An Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release said Lieutenant General Nadeem Raza appreciated the achievement of the young children and assured support for their training and assistance.
  10. Uruguay, Argentina and Colombia qualified for next year?s World Cup on Tuesday after a dramatic last round of South American matches that also saw Peru clinch a spot in a playoff against New Zealand. Brazil had already qualified as group winners. Argentina, finalists three years ago but outside the qualifying spots going into their match against Ecuador, went behind in the first minute but an inspired Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to guarantee his side one of the three automatic qualifying spots still up for grabs. Uruguay also went behind, to an own goal from Gaston Silva after 24 minutes, but they bounced back with two goals either side of half-time to secure second place in the 10-team South American group behind five-time World Cup winners Brazil. Martin Caceres, Edinson Cavani and two from Luis Suarez gave the home side a commanding lead before Diego Godin?s own goal made it 4-2. A second-half goal from Paolo Guerrero gave Peru the chance of a first World Cup appearance since 1982 when his brilliant free kick in Lima cancelled out the opener from James Rodriguez. Peru advanced to a playoff against Oceania champions New Zealand. Five-times champions Brazil had already qualified before their 3-0 win in Sao Paulo against Chile, who failed to qualify. Three second-half goals, one from Paulinho and two from Gabriel Jesus, saw the group leaders extend their unbeaten run in the qualifiers to 17 games. Paraguay also missed out when they lost 1-0 at home to bottom side Venezuela.
  11. LISBON: European champions Portugal qualified for next year?s World Cup with a convincing 2-0 home win over Switzerland on Tuesday, ending their rivals? perfect record in Group B after an own goal by Johan Djourou set them on their way. With Bernardo Silva giving one of his best performances for his country, the Portuguese did not even need a goal from their captain Cristiano Ronaldo as they pulled level on 27 points with Switzerland and won the group on goal difference. Djourou put the ball through his own net four minutes before halftime and Andre Silva sealed the victory in the 57th minute with his ninth goal of the campaign. The Swiss had led the group since beating Portugal 2-0 in Basel in their opening match in September last year and gone on to win all nine matches before Tuesday?s encounter in Lisbon, while Portugal had won their subsequent eight. Aside from a penalty shootout defeat by Chile at the Confederations Cup in June, the defeat by Switzerland was the only competitive game Portugal have lost since Fernando Santos took over as coach in September 2014. Switzerland will now enter a playoff over two legs with another European group runner-up in November for a place in Russia. The draw for the playoffs will be held next Tuesday. Ronaldo should have scored his 16th goal of the qualifying campaign when he was sent clear in the 78th minute but he over-elaborated as he tried to get around Yann Sommer and allowed the goalkeeper to claim the ball. The Swiss were cool and comfortable for the first half hour, stringing together some neat moves in midfield, while Portugal were let down by poor crossing and struggled to get the ball to Ronaldo. But after Silva had a rasping drive tipped away by Sommer, the hosts moved up a gear and went ahead with the help of some defensive misfortune for the visitors. Eliseu fired in a low cross which Sommer parried, only for the ball to ricochet off Djourou into the net. The hosts took control after the break and scored again with a superbly-worked goal. A quick exchange of passes freed Silva on the right and his low cross was turned in by Andre Silva at the second attempt to send the Estadio da Luz into raptures.
  12. Iceland became the smallest country ever to qualify for the World Cup when they beat Kosovo 2-0 on Monday to book a place at their first finals in Russia next year as winners of Group I. Gylfi Sigurdsson settled their nerves with a superbly-taken goal five minutes before halftime as Iceland proved that their run to the 2016 European Championship quarter-finals, which included wins over Austria and England, was no fluke. Sigurdsson also set up the second for Johann Gudmundsson midway through the second half as Iceland completed the campaign by winning their final three games without conceding a goal. It was a remarkable achievement for a country which has a population of about 350,000. The previous smallest country to have reached the finals was Trinidad & Tobago, in 2006, with 1.3 million people.
  13. Spain sealed their place in next year's World Cup by routing Albania 3-0 on Friday in a match laced with political tension amidst Catalonia's drive for independence and blighted by more jeers for Gerard Pique. Pique made his 92nd appearance at international level just days after voting in a referendum on Catalan independence deemed illegal by the Spanish government and marred by a police crackdown that left hundreds needing medical attention. However, the outspoken Barcelona defender and his teammates put the distractions of a turbulent week behind them to continue their sensational form since Julien Lopetegui took charge thanks to goals from Rodrigo, Isco and Thiago Alcantara. "I think it is time to start focusing on positive news in football and in the country because there are very good things", said Lopetegui. "I think sport and the behaviour of the boys this week leads the way to show what we are and what we can be as a team. Sport is a good example." Victory opened up a five-point gap on Italy atop Group G of European qualifying with just one qualifier remaining after the Azzurri were held 1-1 at home by Macedonia. "We did our bit which was to win the game and the Italy result qualifies us mathematically," added Lopetegui. "The best (part of qualifying) has been the commitment, enthusiasm, desire, humility and passion of the players since I arrived." As has been common for the last two years when representing Spain, Pique was met with a mixture of jeers and applause as many have taken as much offence at his outspoken jibes at rivals Real Madrid as his political stance. Along with captain Sergio Ramos and Barca teammate Andres Iniesta, Pique has called for politicians on both sides of the political divide to negotiate in order to avoid the shocking scenes of violence that reverberated around the world last weekend. "To me Gerard is calm, the relationship between him and the rest is one of respect," said Rodrigo. "He is a very important player for this national team." 'Painful subject' However, some fans were less forgiving of Pique's decision to continue criticising the heavy-handed policing after joining up with the Spain squad this week on social media. "In Las Rozas (Spain's training ground) you no longer wear the Barca shirt, but that of the national team, of the country you belong to and you retweet things against that country," said Nacho Ortiz, 23, draped in a Spanish flag outside the ground who admitted he would jeer Pique before the game. "It is a painful subject," said Ortiz's friend Adrian Pena. Pique has campaigned for Catalonia's right to self-determination but has never publicly backed independence for the wealthy northeastern region of Spain. "My personal opinion is that Pique hasn't said he is in favour of independence. He has asked for dialogue, that there is a binding referendum," said Sofia Duperiel, an Alicante native who came to watch the game with her six-year-old son. A 25,000 strong crowd at the Estadio Jose Rico Perez in Alicante were soon rejoicing in cries of "I am Spanish" and "Viva Espana" (long live Spain) as the hosts raced into a 3-0 lead inside 27 minutes. Valencia striker Rodrigo opened the scoring by firing a rising drive into the top corner from Isco's fine through ball. Isco then found the net himself by smashing high past Etrit Berisha before Thiago powered home a header from another debutant Alvaro Odriozola's pinpoint cross to round off a stunning three-goal blast in 11 minutes. Pique continued to attract attention after the break as he firstly picked up a yellow card that will see him miss Spain's final qualifier against Israel on Monday through suspension. And he then applauded the crowd as he was replaced by Nacho to a combination of whistles from some and a standing ovation from others. "For sure it spoils the party," added Duperiel. "It is a shame to mix politics and sport."
  14. Germany qualified for the World Cup in style on Thursday when superb early strikes from Sebastian Rudy and Sandro Wagner set them on the way to a 3-1 win in Northern Ireland that maintained their perfect record in Group C. Rudy fired a remarkable outswinging shot from long-range past Michael McGovern after two minutes and Wagner scored with another emphatic effort in the 21st as the world champions clocked up their ninth successive win to move on to 27 points. Joshua Kimmich added a third in the 86th minute as the hosts? run of five successive wins was brought to an abrupt halt. Josh Maggenis scored a consolation in stoppage-time. Northern Ireland have 19 points from nine games and had already made sure of a two-top finish before the match. However, they are still not certain of finishing as one of the eight best runners-up up in the nine European groups. The group winners qualify directly for Russia along with four winners of the playoffs which involve the eight best runners-up. ?I?m satisfied. We scored and early goal and then controlled the game, like we wanted to,? said Germany coach Joachim Loew, whose side have scored 38 goals and conceded three in qualifying. Northern Ireland had won their first four home games in the group without conceding a goal but that record was quickly ended by Rudy?s thumping effort. The hosts, backed by a boisterous crowd, were repeatedly exposed and McGovern made a superb save at point-blank range to keep out a Sandro Wagner header three minutes later. Wagner headed against the post from Kimmich?s pinpoint cross before being rewarded with Germany?s second goal, collecting Thomas Mueller?s pass with his back to goal before turning and firing a left-foot shot past a shell-shocked McGovern. Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen was tested once in the first half when he dived at the feet of Corry Evans after he got free in the area. ?This was a bonus game for us, it could have gone to 4-0 or 5-0 but we kept out goal difference in a healthy state,? said Northern Ireland coach Michael O?Neill. ?It could easily have been obliterated.? The hosts put Germany under more pressure in the second half and the best chance fellow to Conor Washington who clipped the bar from an excellent position. Kimmich fired the third for Germany, although they were denied a clean sheet Maggenis?s goal, which left the home crowd celebrating as if their team had won.
  15. Pakistani Aisam Qureshi returns the ball to Thai opponent Trongcharoenchaikul Wishaya during the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group-II Tennis singles final match at the Sports Complex in Islamabad - AFP ISLAMABAD: Pakistan qualified for Group-I by beating Thailand 3-2 in the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group-II final played here at grass courts of the Pakistan Sports Complex on Sunday. In the first match of the reverse singles, WishayaTrongcharoenchaikul outclassed Aisam ul Haq by 7-5, 7-6, 4-6, 6-7,7-6 (3-2). Wishaya took the lead in the first two sets thrashing Aisam by 7-5 and 7-6. Meanwhile, Aisam was victorious in the third and fourth sets by 6-4, 7-6 but due to injury he could not keep up the momentum and lost the last set to Wishaya by 6-7. In the other match, Aqeel Khan led Pakistan to victory by defeating Kittiphong Wachiramanowong by 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 2-6, 6-2 (3-2). Pakistan´s Aqeel Khan returns the ball to Thai opponent Wachirmanowong Kittphong during the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group-II Tennis singles final match at the Sports Complex in Islamabad - AFP Aqeel came off strong in the first two sets 6-4, 6-3 while Kittiphong made a comeback in the third and fourth set by 3-6 and 2-6, but Aqeel ended the final set on a winning note by 6-2. At the end of the final, the Pakistan team was awarded medals. Speaking on the occasion, Aqeel said I wanted Aisam to finish the final for Pakistan but I think it was written in my fate to do so. He congratulated Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) President, Salim Saifullah Khan and Aisam for the grass courts to be named onAisam ul Haq's name. Aisam congratulated the whole Pakistani nation saying this had been a historic week for Pakistan sports as Pakistan cricket team beat World XI in Lahore and we won the Davis Cup final. On the occasion, PTF President, Salim Saifullah announced a cash prize of Rs 500,000 for the team saying Pakistan beat a toughThailand team today. "Our players worked very hard and PTF will do all-out efforts for promotion of tennis in the country," he said.
  16. A direct hit from KL Rahul removed Kusal Mendis, India vs SL, August 31, 2017/Getty Images COLOMBO: Sri Lanka failed to seal a direct qualification place in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after failing to win two matches in the ongoing five-match ODI series against India. India bulldozed Sri Lanka by 168 runs in the fourth one-day international on Thursday after skipper Virat Kohli and opener Rohit Sharma smashed blistering hundreds to put the tourists 4-0 up in the five-match series. The result was Sri Lanka´s biggest ODI defeat on home soil in terms of runs and leaves them unable to claim the two victories they needed in the series to ensure automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup. Sri Lanka will now have to wait for the Windies to lose at least one of their upcoming matches to be able to clinch direct spot in the next World Cup. If Sri Lanka win the last match of the series on Sunday, they will reach 88 points on the points table but that will not be enough to ensure automatic qualification. The Windies will be able to overtake Sri Lanka in such a scenario since they can also reach 88 points and edge Sri Lanka on decimal points if they win their upcoming six matches ? one against Ireland on September 13 and all ODIs of a five-match series against England from September 19 to 29. In case Sri Lanka lose the series 5-0, the Windies will be able to overtake them by beating Ireland and winning either all five matches against England or the last four matches for a 4-1 series win. Teams not getting direct places in the ICC World Cup 2019 will get another shot through a Qualifying tournament. Sri Lanka were also whitewashed 3-0 by India in the preceding Test series, prompting the entire selection panel to resign. With the ODI series already in the bag, India amassed 375-5 after electing to bat and had looked on course for a 400-plus total while Kohli and Sharma were at the crease. Virat Kohli acknowledges the applause of his mates after bringing up his 29th ODI ton, Sri Lanka v India, 4th ODI, Colombo, August 31, 2017/Getty Images Not that it really mattered as Sri Lanka collapsed to 207 in 42.4 overs in reply, with only Angelo Mathews offering any real resistance with a fighting 70.India lost opener Shikhar Dhawan cheaply but Kohli and Sharma dominated Sri Lanka´s toothless attack during their 219-run stand for the second wicket. Kohli was in sublime form and, having set the tone with a hat-trick of fours against Vishwa Fernando early on, needed only 76 balls to bring up his 29th ODI century. Lasith Malinga ended the batting onslaught by dismissing Kohli for 131, the paceman´s 300th ODI wicket. Kohli´s 96-ball knock included 17 boundaries and two sixes. India were still scoring briskly but Mathews dismissed Hardik Pandya and Sharma off successive balls to put a brake on the scoring rate. Sharma´s 104 -- his second successive ton -- came off 88 balls including three sixes and 11 fours. Manish Pandey compiled 50 not out as he and Mahendra Singh Dhoni put on 101 in an unbroken sixth-wicket partnership, with former captain Dhoni undefeated on 49 in his 300th ODI. With the home side´s regular ODI captain Upul Tharanga serving a suspension for the team´s slow over rate and stand-in skipper Chamara Kapugedera nursing a back injury, Malinga led a Sri Lanka side that now faces a second successive series whitewash going into Sunday´s final match.