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Friday, 31 October 2014
Pakistan vs Australia 2014 Live Cricket Score and Updates of 2nd Test at Abu Dhabi

Pakistan vs Australia 2014 Live Cricket Score and Updates of 2nd Test at Abu Dhabi

Australia 22/1 in 6 Overs 
David Warner got off to a blazing start, spanking three boundaries of the first over from Imtan Khan but the pacer had the last laugh later in the day when he scalped Chris Rogers, who seems to be all at sea in these tracks. Pakistan on top at the end of Day three.
Pakistan 570/6 decl. in 161 Overs
That’s it., Misbah thinks 570 is enough and Pakistan bowlers will have 10 overs or so to bowl against Australians.
Pakistan 561/6 in 161 Overs
Asad Shafiq continues to fail to register a score of note and this time the batsman was a tad unfortunate as he drags a slightly short delivery onto his stumps after clipping his off-stump. A soft dismissal but the jaded Aussies will take it with both hands as Pakistan lost their sixth wicket. A Shafiq b Starc 21 (32)
Pakistan 538/5 in 156 Overs
Peter Siddle comes into the attack and Younis’s monumental knock draws to a close. Look to get a move on with the score, the former Pakistan captian dances down the track, trying to heave the pacer over mid-wicket. The ball keeps low and deceives the batsman and the ball rattles the timber. Everyone in the stadium is on their feet to pay their tribute to the classy batsman. Sarfraz Ahmed is the new batsman in and we can either expect wickets falling like nine pins or a batting onslaught.Younis Khan b Siddle 213 (369)
Pakistan 537/4 in 155 Overs
Pakistan have made a steady start after Tea and are probably looking at giving the much vaunted Asad Shafiq a run out. Even  Mitchell Johnson is erring his line and 20 runs have flown off the Pakistani blade in just two overs in the final session of the day’s play.
Pakistan 517/4 in 153 Overs
Its Tea time in Abu Dhabi and Pakistan should try to push for a declaration now and unleash Yasir Shah and Zulfiqar Babar on the Australians. Asad Shafiq is the new batsman in and he is desperately in need of a good score. Another classy knock from Younis and can well stake a claim for being the most complete subcontinent batsman of his generation. Take a bow Younis!
Pakistan 513/4 in 151 Overs
Misbah-ul-Haq gets to his well-deserved hundred and throws his wicket away to Steve Smith. Its a lazy shot and is returned back to the bowler and the packed crowd was greeted to a fantastic knock from and Younis Khan has got to his double hundred. His fifth, which puts him second on the all-time list of Pakistanis, behind Javed Miandad. Misbah-ul-Haq c & b Smith 101 (169)
Pakistan 472/3 in 143 Overs 
Misbah loves this pitch and is determined to get to a three figure score, a feat that he is yet to achieve in One-Day Internationals (ODI), and the batsmen continue to wear and wither the Australian bowling into shreds. Younis has moved to 180 and Misbah is on 83. Pakistan should be declaring once these batsmen get to their personal landmarks.
Pakistan 446/3 in 136 Overs
Australia are clutching at straws here and their current desperation borders on the lines of Steve Waugh’s clueless demeanour in Kolkata 2001. After reaching his 150, Younis is now on blunting the attack and Misbah is also looking set. The seats are packed now at the Abu Dhabi stadium and even Michael Clarke had a bowling stint, in search of a breakthrough. The partnership has reached 114.
Pakistan 421/3 in 128 Overs
Pakistan are moving along nicely and Younis is heading towards his 150. Misbah is on for a big score too but he has had a habit of throwing away starts in the past. Can he make it count now?
Pakistan 405/3 in 122 Overs
Misbah-ul-Haq goes from strength-to-strength and is going great guns at the crease, with a particular liking for the spinners. Younis has been in no hurry to score and is moving along patiently to a massive score. Its Lunch and Australia need a miracle to save this Test.
Pakistan 388/3 in 115 Overs
Oh Misbah-ul-Haq! It’s poetry in motion when you are in such form. The Australians have lost the plot and are just running in and going through the motions. The Pakistan captain is belting the visitors’ attack to all corners of the ground and has raced to 45, while Younis is still moving along carefully. Misbah was severe on Nathan Lyon earlier, against whom he stepped out at will Glenn Maxwell was treated with complete disdain too. More fireworks are in store from these batsmen.
Pakistan 358/3 in 108 Overs
After the initial blitz, the old, clam wise heads Misbah and Younis are taking it slow and are pushing the scoreboard along slowly with minimal risks as they realise the need to take their team to safety till tea time. Misbah, in particular has dropped anchor and Younis is also looking confident, marching towards 150 as Australia bowlers continue their toil on wicket.
Pakistan 346/3 in 101 Overs
Pakistan have lost the wicket of the wicket of Azhar Ali and  finally the Aussies have been rewarded wicket albeit a rather ordinary delivery. Mitchell Starc is the wicket-taker and the ball was angled to the the leg side and wicketkeeper David Warner (Yes, that’s right) dived smartly on to his wrong side to take the catch. Brad Haddin has left the field for some treatment and Warner has donned the gloves. Azhar Ali will be kicking himself for chasing a wide delivery after having the Australian bowlers on the mat. Misbah has arrived at the crease and he has blazed away, smashing a huge six of Nathan Lyon. Azhar Ali c Warner b Starc 109 (250)
Pakistan 318/2 in 94 Overs
Pakistan have still not lost a wicket in the early exchanges of Day two. The batsmen are cautiously watching through the dangerous Mitchell Johnson and the relentless Peter Siddle. The pitch still has no demons in it and Johnson had to bend his back to extract any kind of purchase and had Azhar in spin on a couple of occasions. Australia had a heart-in-the-mouth moment when Brad Haddin dived full stretch to his right to pouch an edge from Younis Khan’s bat. The ball pitched in front of Haddin before he could take it but that was the closest Australia  came to taking a wicket. For a moment, it looked like Haddin pulled a muscle but he is up on his feet now.
Hello and welcome to Live Updates of the second day of the second Test between Pakistan and Australia at Abu Dhabi. Azhar Ali and Younis Khan slayed the Australian attack on to leave them in command at the end of Day One. Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat, were 304 for two at close on the opening day. Younis Khan smashed his third hundred in consecutive innings and was unbeaten on 111 after Pakistan won the toss and batted on a flat Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch.
The other unbeaten batsman was Azhar Ali on 101. Pakistan lost openers Ahmed Shehzad (35) and Mohammad Hafeez (45) in the two sessions. Pakistan, leading the two-match series 1-0, remained unchanged from the side which won the first Test by a big 221-run margin in Dubai. Australia, seeking to avoid their first series defeat against Pakistan since 1994, made two changes with Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc replacing Steve O’Keefe and Alex Doolan.
Pakistan vs Australia 2014 2nd Test, Day 2 Free Live Streaming

Pakistan vs Australia 2014 2nd Test, Day 2 Free Live Streaming

Watch the live cricket streaming and telecast as Pakistan is set to take on Australia in the second Test of the three-match series at Abu Dhabi on Thursday. The match is set to start at 11.00 am IST (9:30 am local time) with live coverage in India on Ten Cricket and Ten HD. Indian viewers can watch the match via live streaming online on Ten Sports Live. Pakistani viewers can stream the live cricket match online at PTV Sports Live Streaming.
After winning the first Test by a handsome 221 runs, Pakistan have kept their foot on the throats of the Australians with the subcontinent giants finishing in command at the end of Day two, with the score on 304 for two. Younis Khan scored his third consecutive hundred of the series and Azhar Ali’s composure and class was also on display as the batsman constructed a patient but solid century. The partnership between the two has utterly decimated the Australians and are poise to get to a big score on the flat Abu Dhabi wicket.
It was Pakistan, who won the toss and elected to bat on Day One and Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez got off to a good start, negotiating the only threatening Australian bowler in this series so far, Mitchell Johnson with caution. Johnson and Nathan Lyon struck for the Australians but that was all the luck that they would have on Day two as the visitors wilted under the sun and saw Younis and Azhar make merry.
Pakistan XI: Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq(c), Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed(wk), Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar, Rahat Ali, Imran Khan.
Australia XI: Chris Rogers, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Michael Clarke(c), Steven Smith, Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin(wk), Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon.
Kaka to play for Orlando City in friendly match against Flamengo

Kaka to play for Orlando City in friendly match against Flamengo

Rio de Janeiro, Oct 31 Kaka is set to make his debut for Orlando City in a January friendly against Brazilian giants Flamengo, media reports said. The match has been scheduled for Jan 28 at the Arena Amazonia in Manaus, Xinhua quoted Brazilian sports news portal Lancenet as saying.
The fixtures will form part of Orlando City’s pre-season programme as they prepare for their debut Major League Soccer season, beginning in March. Kaka joined the new franchise in July after ending an 11-year spell in Europe.
The 32-year-old made 307 appearances and scored 104 goals during two stints with AC Milan, where he won the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year award. He also played 85 matches and scored 23 goals during four injury-blighted years at Real Madrid.
Australia’s journeyman cricket fan misses trips to ‘scary’ Pakistan

Australia’s journeyman cricket fan misses trips to ‘scary’ Pakistan

Abu Dhabi, Oct 31  The man regarded as Australia’s foremost cricket fan has spoken of how he misses trips to Pakistan and wants to see the country back on the international circuit. Luke Gallian, who believes he is the only fan who has watched cricket in every Test-playing country, has been a common sight at Australia’s games for the past two decades.
And he said despite some “scary” moments in Pakistan, off-limits for top-level tours since 2009 because of the risk of militant attacks, he wants to see cricket there again. “I can go to Pakistan tomorrow,” the 44-year-old said during Pakistan’s series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates, where they play their home matches.
“I wanted to take tours three times but every time there was unrest and we had to cancel the tour, but I am sure the day is not far when we can go there again. I feel for Pakistan spectators.”
For Gallian, easily recognisable by his colourful shirts, Australia flag and baggy green cap, Pakistan evokes memories of a bygone era in cricket, when players were close to the fans. During Australia’s last tour of Pakistan in 1998, he remembers knocking on the team’s dressing room door and being allowed inside for the first time.
“I used to knock the Australian dressing room and Steve Waugh would always oblige,” recalled Gallian, who runs a travel agency, which specialises in cricket tours. Now it is a very different world with players on their guard after a series of match-fixing scandals, and more likely to interact through social media than in real life.
“I think social media has misinterpreted and mixed up everything,” Gallian said. “Then players have come under scrutiny because of fixing which is understandable but spectators have lost a chance to interact with the players.”
Gallian is among a group of colourful, well-known spectators like Phil Long of England’s Barmy Army, the West Indies’ “Gravy”, Chacha (Uncle) Cricket of Pakistan, Percy Abeysekera of Sri Lanka and Sudhir Kumar of India.
What was Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli doing inside British Parliament?

What was Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli doing inside British Parliament?

Melbourne, Oct 31: A post from a British MP Guy Opperman created a Twitter chaos after he thought he spotted Mario Balotelli in the UK parliament. Opperman then took it to his Twitter account to say that “Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has popped in to Commons Gallery to watch the Drug Policy debate -wearing sharp suit, pink shirt anda poppy,” News.com.au reported.
One of the journalists, who started seeking confirmation of the 24-year-old footballer’s presence from Opperman, posted “@GuyOppermanMP Hi Guy, Lewis from IBTimes. Trying to confirm Mario’s appearance at HoC – are you sure it is him?!” while other wrote “@GuyOppermanMP Hi Guy, Alan at the Manchester Evening News here. Has he really?”
However, doubts started emerging when some realized Liverpool was training at the time and so, Opperman posted again “@ayestotheright press may be divided but u should go and ask him! MPs in Commons agreed it is him … or his absolute double.” Soon after, it all came crashing down for the member for Hexham after images emerged of Balotelli at the Reds’ Melwood training base.
Later Daily Telegraph (UK) news editor Mark Hughes posted “first Picture of Not Mario Balotelli here” with a picture of the doppelganger who turned out to be a 55-year-old dancer with a rather distinctive hair style. The dancer Ken Hinds, who is only privileged to be associated with the “great man,” said that he was sitting down watching the debate and was approached by a number of MPs asking him if he was Balloteli and so he had to disappoint them and say no.
Duleep Trophy 2014 Final, Day 3: South Zone on top despite Central Zone openers’ fightback

Duleep Trophy 2014 Final, Day 3: South Zone on top despite Central Zone openers’ fightback

Openers Faiz Fazal and Jalaj Saxena led Central Zone’s fight back with a century stand against South Zone on day three of the Duleep Trophy final at Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi. Trailing by 103 runs CZ started their second innings with Fazal and Saxena stitching  a century stand. The two laid a solid foundation to unsettle the momentum SZ had carried over two days of play.
Both Fazal and Saxena played cautiously and got to their respective half-centuries to deny SZ early wickets, thus nullifying the deficit of 103.The opening stand was worth 128 as left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha broke through and sent Saxena back for 71.
SZ found another success when skipper Vinay Kumar had Fazal (72) caught at deep square leg with scoreboard reading 160 for two.. Robin Bist, who was top scorer for CZ in first innings with 79 along with Naman Ojha then tried to build the innings, but leggie Shreyas Gopal picked two quick wickets to peg CZ back. The legbreak bowler removed Ojha (27) and Ashok Menaria (0)in his consecutive overs and left CZ tottering at 201for four.
Bist then held fort for CZ with his unbeaten 26 and kept one end tied. At close of play on day three CZ were 214 for four, leading by 111 runs. Mahesh Rawat was other batsman who survived the dying moments of day’s play.
Earlier, Lokesh Rahul and Hanuma Vihari continued the good work and extended their overnight partnership to help South Zone gain valuable 1st innings lead. The two put on 126 runs for the fifth wicket before Piyush Chawla removed Rahul for an imposing185. Slow left-arm orthodox Ali Murtaza was wrecker-in-chief as he scalped four SZ batsmen in quick succession. He first bowled Vihari (75), who had notched his eighth first-class fifty and then ripped through the SZ tail to pick three more wickets. Chawla picked up the number ten and thus SZ innings folded for 379 with a lead of 103 runs.
Novak Djokovic vs Andy Murray BNP Paribas Masters 2014 Quarterfinal

Novak Djokovic vs Andy Murray BNP Paribas Masters 2014 Quarterfinal

Novak Djokovic battles it out with Andy Murray for a place in the semi-final of the 2014 BNP Paribas Masters at the Palais omnisports de Paris-Bercy, in Paris on Friday. The match is scheduled to start at 12:00 am IST (Friday night) and live telecast will be on Star Sports 2. Free Live streaming will be available on Star Sports’ official website while real-time score updates and additional live streaming links will be available on ATP’s official website .
The world number 1 is looking to retain his top spot and also defend his Paris Masters title and dumped Gael Monfils out of the tournament in the third round. The Serbian registered his 11 victory in a row over the Frenchman with a straight-set 6-3, 7-6 (2), victory, in just over 92 minutes.
Murray safeguarded his place in the upcoming Barclays ATP World Tour Finals as well as the quarterfinals of Paris Masters by thrashing Grigor Dimitrov, 6-3, 6-3, in less than 70 minutes in the third round on Thursday. The 27-year-old Scot had withdrawn last year due to back surgery but will be determined to prevent the seven-time Grand Slam winner from defending his title.
Djokovic and Murray have clashed 22 times in all competitions (six of which were in Grand Slam events) and the world no 5 has emerged triumphant eight times. Both players have not dropped a single set so far and it remains to be seen how each one fares in their 23rd meeting.
Route to Quarterfinal
Novak Djokovic
First Round: Bye
Second Round: 6-3, 6-4 vs Philipp Kohlschreiber
Third Round: 6-3, 7-6 (2) vs Gael Monfils
Andy Murray
First Round: Bye
Second Round: 6-3, 6-4 vs Andy Murray
Third Round: 6-3, 6-3 vs Grigor Dimitrov
David Ferrer vs Kei Nishikori BNP Paribas Masters 2014 Quarterfinal

David Ferrer vs Kei Nishikori BNP Paribas Masters 2014 Quarterfinal

David Ferrer takes on Kei Nishikori in the quarterfinal of the 2014 BNP Paribas Masters at the Palais omnisports de Paris-Bercy, in Paris on Friday. The match is scheduled to start approximately at 2:00 am IST (Friday night) (after the conclusion of the match between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray) and live telecast will be on Star Sports 2. Free Live streaming will be available on Star Sports’ official website while real-time score updates and additional live streaming links will be available on ATP’s official website.
The 32-year-old Spaniard reached the last eight of the competition by ousting his compatriot Fernando Verdasco in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, on Thursday. The world number 6 finished as the runner-up in this tournament last year and must at least reach the final this year if he is to secure a place in the upcoming Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Nishikori on the other hand needs to just beat Ferrer to seal his place among the top eight players. The world number 7 had to pave his way into the quarterfinal with a hard fought win against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The Japanese player, who broke into the top-10 for the first time earlier this year, beat the Frenchman 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, in a match that lasted over two hours.
Ferrer and Nishikori have faced each other seven times in the past and the 24-year-old has triumphed on four occasions. The winner of this clash will face the winner between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray in the semi-final on Saturday.
Route to Quarterfinal
David Ferrer
First Round: Bye
Second Round: 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 vs David Goffin
Third Round: 6-1, 6-2 vs Fernando Verdasco
First Round: Bye
Second Round: 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-3 vs Tommy Robredo
Third Round: 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq put Pakistan in drivers’ seat on Day 2 2nd Test in Abu Dhabi

Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq put Pakistan in drivers’ seat on Day 2 2nd Test in Abu Dhabi

Pakistan finished in complete control of the second Test on day two in Abu Dhabi with Younis Khan’s fifth double century and Misbah-ul-Haq’s fluent ton helped their team post a humungous 570 for six before declaring  towards the end of the day’s play. Pakistan  were rewarded with a wicket too, with pacer Imran Khan scalping the wicket of Chris Rogers.
Day two had started with Azhar Ali and Younis’s overnight centuries giving Pakistan a vice-like grip on the game. Australia’s fortunes took a further dent when wicketkeeper Brad Haddin walked off with a troubled shoulder while diving full stretch to his right in an attempt to take a catch. Azhar did not last long and chased a poor Mitchell Starc delivery down the leg side and stand-in ‘keeper David Warner took a smart take, diving to his wrong side. Azhar’s dismissal brought Misbah to the crease and there began the onslaught.
The spinners, Nathan Lyon along with part-timers Glenn Maxwell and Steven Smith were taken apart like pub bowlers struggling his way through a Sunday afternoon. While Younis was patiently ticking the scoreboard, the Pakistani skipper was on a leather hunt and runs came thick and fast.  Australian bowlers were losing hope at this point and their weathered and wilted faces, borne with an  expression of a harrowed schoolboy waiting to bury his sorrows in an evening shower.
Misbah then gave away his wicket cheaply, shortly after reaching his century. Steve Smith was the wicket-taker and the 40-year old meekly chipped the ball back to the bowler. The final session was all about Younis reaching his double century, which he did but Peter Siddle broke through his pull shot with a delivery that kept low.
After Misbah’s declaration, David Warner blazed off to a flying start, slamming pacer Imran Khan for three boundaries in a row. Imran got the breakthrough that Pakistan needed though, inducing an edge of Rogers.
Brief scores:
Pakistan 570 for 6 (Azhar Ali 109, Younis Khan 213, Misbah-ul-Haq 101; Mitchell Starc 2 for 86) lead Australia  22 for 1 (David Warner 16*; Imran Khan 1 for 18) by 548 runs
MS Dhoni is an amazing captain and a strong leader claims Australia legend Adam Gilchrist

MS Dhoni is an amazing captain and a strong leader claims Australia legend Adam Gilchrist

Bangalore, Oct 31: Former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist today said he did not agree with his countryman Ian Chappell’s demand for Mahendra Singh Dhoni relinquishing Test captaincy and hand over the reins to Virat Kohli.
“I have said it number of times before that I am very impressed with Dhoni right from the moment he arrived into the scene. He is an amazing captain and has won India T20 and ODI World Cups and also India reached the pinnacle by reaching the number one spot in Test cricket,” he told reporters here at an event organised by University of Wollongong, Australia.
Former Australia captain Chappell had said earlier this month that he did not find Dhoni good enough to be India’s Test captain anymore and said it was time to hand over the reins of the team to Kohli. Dhoni clearly is a strong leader and a quality all-round cricketer, Gilchrist said adding that he is calm and is an extraordinary character.
Gilchrist said Australia will be one of the favourites to win the 2015 World Cup but there could be three or four other contenders.
“I think Australia will be one of the favourites in the start of the World Cup tournament. Don’t know there is one favourite. Any number of three or four teams could win the World Cup,” he added.
Asked about India’s chances in the upcoming Test series in Australia, Gilchrist said all the teams hold the home ground advantage at the moment and that is reflected in the performances of India, England and Australia.
“As of now the teams are maintaining home ground advantage at the moment. You can see Australia, India and England – they have not done well abroad,” he said. Regarding India he said, “I am sure India and Virat Kohli would have addressed themselves and checked their mistakes, and are ready for the Australian heat,” he said.
Gilchrist further said he did not find any problems with the Indian batting line-up.
“I don’t see any reason why the (Indian) batting line-up shouldn’t be successful. I don’t know the wicket will have steep bounce and do something sideways. However, everything depends on the mental set-up of a team,” he added.
Will the absence of players like Sunil Naraine, if he is not cleared for his dubious bowling action, affect competitiveness in the World Cup to be played in Australia, Gilchrist said the game is bigger than individuals.
“There was a time when Sir Donald Bradman left the scene. Even we have seen Sachin Tendulkar leave the game, but the cricket goes on,” he said. Earlier, the champion Australian cricketer introduced the second recipient of the annual Bradman Scholarship for a talented Indian cricketer to study at the University.
This year’s winner is Alankrit Jangid of Jaipur. Alankrit was a talented junior cricketer who represented his school and Rajasthan state at national schools level as a wicketkeeper and opening batsman. Gilchrist launched the university’s Bradman Scholarship in his role as the varsity’s Brand Ambassador to India.
The scholarship, named in honour of the world’s greatest-ever cricketer, Sir Donald Bradman, helps Indian students to study in the Australia university. The scholarship was established to reward Indian students ? male or female – who have completed secondary school and who demonstrate a combination of academic, sporting, personal and social skills, as well as strong participation in cricket.
Pakistan vs Australia 2014 2nd Test Day 2: 5 interesting highlights of the day’s play

Pakistan vs Australia 2014 2nd Test Day 2: 5 interesting highlights of the day’s play

A solid double ton by Younis Khan and a fine century by skipper Misbah-ul-Haq on day two of the Abu Dhabi Test made sure Pakistan continued dominating Australia. Resuming at an overnight score of 304 for two, Pakistan went on to declare their innings on mammoth 570 for six. Australia, late in the day were made to bat for 5.2 overs and at the close of play were 22 for one with Chris Rogers back in the hut. In case you missed the action here are the highlights of day’s play.
Azhar Ali departs early: Pakistan lost first wicket of the day in the shape of right-hand batsman Azhar Ali. With an overnight score of 101 under his belt, Azhar managed to add only eight runs on day two morning before Mitchell Starc had him caught behind. Azhar along with Younis piled 236 runs for the 3rd wicket.
Younis Khan smashes double ton: Pakistan’s mainstay Younis Khan continued his sublime touch as he notched up a superb double ton, his fifth in Test matches. Younis, along with Misbah ul Haq kept building Pakistan’s first innings in a classy yet effortless mannerIt took Younis 334 balls to reach his double hundred. Looking to up the ante, he fell to Peter Siddle for  213.
Misbahul Haq amongst runs: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq made sure that he too took advantage of the tiresome Australia bowling and registered his sixth Test ton. He played the perfect foiil to Younis and his runs came at a decent strike rate (otherwise rare with Misbah) accumulated runs. Just after reaching his hundred, he handed Steven Smith a simple return catch.
Pakistan declares on huge 570 for six: After Younis Khan’s dismissal, Asad Shafiq tried to score runs quickly but he fell to Starc. Sarfraz Ahmad and Yasir Shah could not add much to Pakistan’s total and remained unbeaten as Pakistan declared their innings.
Australia further dented: After declaring on a mammoth first innings total, Pakistan further extended their authority over Australia as fast bowler Imran Khan had opener Chris Rogers caught behind minutes before close of play. At stumps, Australia are 22 for one with David Warner and night-watchman Nathan Lyon unbeaten on 16 and 1 respectively.a
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Pakistan vs Australia 2014 Live Cricket Score and Updates of 2nd Test at Abu Dhabi

Pakistan vs Australia 2014 Live Cricket Score and Updates of 2nd Test at Abu Dhabi

Hello and welcome to Live Updates of the second day of the second Test between Pakistan and Australia at Abu Dhabi. Azhar Ali and Younis Khan slayed the Australian attack on to leave them in command at the end of Day One. Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat, were 304 for two at close on the opening day. Younis Khan smashed his third hundred in consecutive innings and was unbeaten on 111 after Pakistan won the toss and batted on a flat Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch.
The other unbeaten batsman was Azhar Ali on 101. Pakistan lost openers Ahmed Shehzad (35) and Mohammad Hafeez (45) in the two sessions. Pakistan, leading the two-match series 1-0, remained unchanged from the side which won the first Test by a big 221-run margin in Dubai. Australia, seeking to avoid their first series defeat against Pakistan since 1994, made two changes with Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc replacing Steve O’Keefe and Alex Doolan.
ISL 2014 17th match between FC Pune City vs Kerala Blasters FC

ISL 2014 17th match between FC Pune City vs Kerala Blasters FC

FC Pune City take on the Kerala Blasters FC in the 17th match of the Indian Super League(ISL) 2014 at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex, Pune on Thursday evening. The game is scheduled to kick-off at 7:00 pm IST and live telecast will be on Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports HD 2 and Star Gold. Live streaming of the match will be available on Star Sports’ official website.
The Maharashtra based club snapped their winless run and goal drought by thumping FC Goa’s 2-0 at this very venue. Goals from Kostas Katsouranis and David Trezeguet in each half ensured Zico’s side continued their winless run in the tournament. FCPC have garnered four points from their first three matches and currently stand fifth in the points table.
After losing their first two matches of the season, Kerala Blasters FC, co-owned by Sachin Tendulkar, ended their losing streak by holding Atletico de Kolkata to a 1-1 draw at the Salt Lake Stadium. The home side without Fikru Lemessa and Luis Garcia looked strong and took the lead courtesy of Baljit Sahni’s goal. But Iain Hume ensured David James’ side took home a point after scoring his second goal of the season.
The Blasters will be looking to end their winless streak while FC Pune City can pip Delhi Dynamos FC to go fourth in the table with all three points in their bag.
Brazilian cycling champions Marcia Fernandes Silva and Nayara Gomes Ramos face suspension for doping

Brazilian cycling champions Marcia Fernandes Silva and Nayara Gomes Ramos face suspension for doping

Rio de Janeiro, Oct 30: Brazilian women’s road race cycling champions, Marcia Fernandes Silva and Nayara Gomes Ramos, have been suspended for doping. The cyclists were banned from the sport for two years after testing positive for EPO (erythropoietin), which boosts red blood cells to enhance performances, Xinhua reported on Wednesday citing daily O Estado de Sao Paulo.
According to the Brazilian Cycling Confederation (CBC), both athletes declined to appear for a second test. The first test was conducted in June. Marcia, 23, comes from a family of cyclists, and in addition to being part of the national cycling team is also a member of Spain’s professional cycling squad, Bizkaia-Durango, which competes in elite events, including the Women’s Road World Cup organised by the International Cycling Union.
Due to the ban, Marcia will not be able to participate in the 2016 Olympic Games to be held here. Nayara is the Brazilian champion in the Under-23 category. The suspension automatically annuls both their records following the date of doping. The CBC’s decision to suspend the athletes was taken Oct 15, though it was not made public until earlier this week.
The first Brazilian cyclist accused of doping in 2014 was Marcio Augusto Gripp, suspended in January for testing positive for anabolic steroids and other banned substances. In total, five cyclists have been suspended this year.
India vs Australia 2014-15: India squad for Test series to be announced on November 4

India vs Australia 2014-15: India squad for Test series to be announced on November 4

Mumbai: The Indian squad for the upcoming four-Test series in Australia will be selected here on November 4, according to BCCI sources. ”The selection meeting will be held at 1:30 pm at the Cricket Centre”, they informed. The Indian team is set to depart for Australia on November 21, the sources added. India and Australia will be playing the Test series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy from December 4, 2014 to January 7, 2015. The Test matches are scheduled at Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.
India is currently set to play against Sri Lanka in a five-match One-Day International (ODI) series after West Indies boycotted the India tour mid-way following a pay dispute between the West Indian players and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB)
ISL 2014 Live Score Update of FC Pune City vs Kerala Blasters FC Football Match

ISL 2014 Live Score Update of FC Pune City vs Kerala Blasters FC Football Match

Full-Time: The referee says enough is enough after he looks at the clock. Kerala Blasters FC have won the first game of the season and have now climbed to fifth place in the league table. Match report to follow soon. Thank you for tuning in today. See you all on Saturday as there are no matches scheduled for tomorrow. FC Goa, who have not won any of their four matches, will face Delhi Dynamos FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, Goa. It’s goodbye and goodnight from us! FC Pune City 1-2 Kerala Blasters FC (David Trezeguet – CS Sabeeth, Penn Orji)
90′: Enough time for FCPC to find an equaliser as there will be five minutes of added time.
89′: Kerala Blasters FC players look tired and so are FC Pune CIty’s. But the visitors are doing well to hold on to their lead as we have a minute and injury time before the full-time whistle.
84′: Attempt – Off-target – KBFC: Nearly a third goal for the visitors and a second for Orji. Hume finds Nigerian with his backpass but his shot rolls just wide off Arindam’s far post.
83′: Kostas sends Ashutosh Mehta down the right who does well to dodge Sarkar and deliver a cross but Falvey clears it away with his head.
79′: Pearson does well to intercept Cirillo’s pass and tries to deliver a low pass towards Hume. FCPC defenders do well to back-track and prevent a third goal by winning a foul off the Scotsman.
74′: Attempt – On-target – KBFC: Ahmed too has been lively this half and goes plays a one-two with Orji in his own half and races towards the FCPC goal. He unleashes a shot from far but the Arindam is able to gather it with ease.
68′: Attempt – On-target – FCPC: Pune have a free kick which is taken quickly and Wadoo unleashes from 30-yards out but it is straight into James’ hands.
67′: Attempt – On-target – KBFC:  Orji looks to double his tally as he does well to otuwit Cirillo and Magliocchetti and drive his shot to the top corner but Arindam is well positioned to catch the ball.
65′: GOAL – KBFC: What an impact from Orji. The substitute scores has put the Blasters into the lead after Hume serves the ball to him on a platter. David James’ side lead for the first time in the tournament.
63′: Substitution – FCPC: Ivan Bolados has less than 30 minutes to impress as he is brought on for John Goossens.
62′: Substitution – KBFC: That is Pedro Gusmao’s last contribution and he is replaced by the energetic Penn Orji.
56′: Sarkar is a bit frustrated as Jhingan tries to con the referee by simulation. Cirillo is upset about it but the referee awards a goal-kick.
54′: Substitution – FCPC: Park Kwang-Il is brought on in place of Tapan Maity.
53′: Attempt – KBFC: The visitors are looking to race into the lead as Milagres’ shot is deflected away for a corner. The resulting corner is cleared poorly and Iain Hume forces a save off Arindam. The ball falls to Gusmao, whose shot is deflected away for another corner. Nothing comes off it though!
51′: Arindam is quick into the action as he leaps high to catch Chettri’s cross.
50′: Substitution – FCPC: Blow for FC Pune City as their goalkeeper Belardi is down injured with what appears to be a calf injury. Arindam Bhattacharya is all ready to take the Italian’s place in goal.
46′: Slight delay in starting the second half as one strand of the net is broken at one end of the field. The linesman does well to detect it and Kerala Blasters can finally start the match.
Half-Time: There will be just two minutes of added time where no significant event takes place. And the referee calls an end to the first-half. Scoreline at half-time FCPC 1-1 KBFC (David Trezeguet – CS Sabeeth). The Blasters have taken one shot more than the hosts but have only managed to score once. Will there be more goals in this match? The second-half will bring all the answers!
44′: Yellow Card – KBFC: Sandesh Jhingan is shown the yellow card as he hashes down Ashutosh who looked to create something for the hosts. Substitution – KBFC: Second substitution by the visitors as Mehtab Hossain is taken off and on comes Milagres.
43′: Attempt – On-target – FCPC: The home side look to respond instantly as Ashutosh Mehta cuts in from the right an unleashes with his left foot. But the shot lacks adequate power and is straight at James.
40′: GOAL – KBFC: The Blasters have drawn level from the corner. Hengbart meets Pearson’s delivery with his head and diverts it towards the goalmouth and Sabeeth gets the last touch on the ball before it crosses the line.
39′: Attempt – SAVED – KBFC: Goossens is down clutching his throat. He appears to have been hit by Falvey as he looked to run behind KBFC defence. Free-kick for the home side which is taken poorly. The visitors break and Hume sets up Sabeeth through on goal but Cirillo does well to recover an block the shot and concede a corner.
35′: Wadoo uses his hand to prevent Gusmao from creating an opportunity and gives away a free-kick in a dangerous position. Hume takes it and doesn’t bother Belardi whatsoever as he simply overhits the ball.
32′: KBFC have won  free-kick outside the box on the right but person’s delivery is well cleared by FCPC defence.
30′: Foul: Iain Hume is being spoken to by the referee as he goes studs up on Kostas Katsouranis. No booking this time but the KBFC #10 will not be spared for a similar offence next time!
25′: Substitution – KBFC: Renedy Singh is taken off and Ishfaq Ahmed is his replacement. Early substitution and it appears to clearly be a tactical one as Renedy doesn’t appear to have picked up any injury or knock.
23′: Lovely footwork from Hume to allow Chettri to cross the ball. The Canadian then wins a free-kick which FCPC can clear as the flag is raised for offside on Sabeeth.
15′: GOAL – FC Pune City: David Trezeguet gets his name on the scoresheet for the second successive match. The former French striker meets John Goossens’ cross from the left on full volley giving David James no chance of saving the effort.The Blasters trail once again in ISL 2014. Trezeguet appears to be getting stronger and stronger with each match. That technique from the Frenchman was pure class just like he used to plunder rival defences during his Juventus days!
10′: Foul: Belardi collects Chettri’s cross from the right but Sabeeth charges in on the goalkeeper and concedes a foul.
5′: Yellow Card – KBFC: It’s 1-1 in terms of the yellow cards as Nirmal Chettri lunges and hashes down Maity. The referee goes for his pocket yet again.
4′: Yellow Card – FCPC: Tapan Maity gets his name into the book very early for a silly tackle in the middle of the field.
3′: Attempt – Off-target – KBFC: Iain Hume has the first shot of the match but that is off target.
1′: FCPC will get us underway.
The starting lineups have been declared and the home side have made three changes to the team that beat FC Goa. Lenny Rodrigues, Israil Gurung and Ivan Bolado have been benched to give starts to Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Tapan Maity and John Goossens. David James continues to be on goal for the visitors while Colin Falvey will start in place of Gurwinder Singh alongside Hengbart, who was impressive against Atletico de Kolkata in centre of defence.
Penn Orji, one of the strongest players in KBFC squad, has to settle for a place on the bench and Renedy Singh starts in his place. Hume starts upfront alongside CS Sabeeth and Pedro Gusmao, who will make his debut today, replacing Milagres and Raphael Romy.
FC Pune City: Emanuele Belardi; Dharmaraj Ravanan, Bruno Cirillo, Daniele Magliocchetti, Anupam Sarkar; Ashutosh Mehta, Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Kostas Katsouranis, Tapan Maity; John Goossens, David Trezeguet
Substitutes: Arindam Bhattacharya, Pritam Kotal, Andres Gonzalez, Park Kwang-Il, Saidou Panandetiguiri (Mady), Israil Gurung,  Lenny Rodrigues, Davide Colomba, Dudu Omagbemi, Ivan Bolado
Kerala Blasters FC: David James; Nirmal Chettri, Colin Falvey, Cedric Hengbart, Sandesh Jhingan; Renedy Singh, Mehtab Hossain, Stephen Pearson; Pedro Gusmao, CS Sabeeth, Iain Hume
Substitutes: Saumik Dey, Avinabo Bag, Raphael Romy, Jamie McAllister,  Ishfaq Ahmed, Godwin Franco, Sandip Nandy, Milargres Gonsalves, Sushanth Mathew,  Penn Orgi, Andrew Barisic
Hello and welcome to India.com’s live coverage of the 17th Indian Super League (ISL) 2014 match between FC Pune City and Kerala Blasters FC from the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex, Pune, on Thursday evening. The home side have managed to win just one out of three matches played while the visitors have not won a single match. However, David James’ side managed to get a point against the table toppers Atletico de Kolkata, who were missing their top scorer Fikru Lemessa and marquee player Luis Garcia, to suspension and injury respectively.
Greek international Kostas Katsouranis and former French striker David Trezeguet helped break FCPC’s winless run and register a 2-0 victory over FC Goa, who had more possession of the ball but lesser shots on target. Meanwhile, I believe Franco Colomba’s players will continue to impress in front of their home crowd and deny the Kerala team, co-owned by Sachin Tendulkar, their first victory of the season.
Stay tuned for updates as they arrive! The lineups should be out very soon as we build up to the 7:00 pm IST kick-off.
Lokesh Rahul ton puts South Zone in commanding position against Central Zone

Lokesh Rahul ton puts South Zone in commanding position against Central Zone

 Lokesh Rahul notched an impressive ton on Day Two as South Zone maintained their upper hand against Central Zone in the Duleep Trophy Final on Thursday. Resuming on overnight score of 237 for seven Central Zone could not add much to their tally and were bundled out for a partly 276. Arindam Ghosh without adding anything to his overnight score of 32 was first wicket to fell for Central Zone in the day as South Zone skipper Vinay Kumar removed him early. Pacer Ishwar Pandey and spinner Pragyan Ojha then picked the last two wicketsto end Central Zone’s first innings.
In reply SZ got off to a blistering start as openers Robin Uthappa and Lokesh Rahul put on a 168 run opening stand. The Karnataka batsmen made life tough for Central bowlerswith Rahul being aggressive and first to reach fifty. Uthappa too picked up after being watchful initially and reached his half-century. Off-break bowler Jalaj Saxena then broke the massive opening stand as he trapped Uthappa (80) in front of the wicket.
After Uthappa’s departure Rahul continued in his typical fashion and was joined by 20-year old Baba Aparajith. Rahul took on bowlers and smashed his way to a striking hundred.The pair put on 63 for the second wicket and took SZ total past 200.Medium-fast bowler Pankaj Singh then provided CZ with a vital breakthrough and had Aparajith (21) caught behind. Two balls later in the same over Pankaj trapped Dinesh Karthik in front of the wicket for a duck. The medium-fast bowler thentwo overs later further dented SZ with a wicket of Ramaswamy Prasanna (0) to leave them at 233-4.
Rahul kept one end tied and looked positive. He went on to cross 150-run mark as SZ secured first innings lead. Partnering Rahul was Hanuma Vihari as two put on valuable and unbeaten 75 for the fifth wicket. At close of play on day 2 SZ were sitting comfortablyon 308-4, leading by 32 runs with Rahul unbeaten on 168 (his highest score in first-class cricket) and Vihari not out on 38.
Brief Scores: South Zone 1st innings 308/4 (Lokesh Rahul 168*, Pankaj Singh 3/55) lead Central Zone 1st innings 276 (Robin Bist 79, Baba Aparajith 2/26) by 32 runs
India A vs Sri Lanka: Rohit Sharma & Manish Pandey star in 88-run win

India A vs Sri Lanka: Rohit Sharma & Manish Pandey star in 88-run win

Mumbai, Oct 30 A fit-again Rohit Sharma and Manish Pandey slammed strokeful centuries as India A feasted on Sri Lanka’s mediocre attack before registering a comfortable 88-run victory in a warm-up match for the visitors ahead of their ODI series against India, here today. Playing his first match after recovering from a fractured finger and shoulder injury, Sharma cracked a brilliant 111-ball 142 before getting run out.
Pandey stroked his way to an unbeaten 135 off 113 balls at the Brabourne Stadium. Invited to bat, India A scored runs at a brisk pace, with the openers – Sharma and Unmukt Chand – carting the bowlers all over the park and helping the team post 72 runs in the first 10 overs. The home team notched up a mammoth 382 for six and in reply, the Sri Lankans were restricted to 294 for nine.
Sharma dominated proceedings initially before Chand, too, upped the ante. The former U-19 World Cup-winning captain continued with his rich vein of form having previously scored an unbeaten 79 and 101 against the West Indies earlier this month.
The Delhi batsman struck eight fours and a six in his 39-ball 52 before being caught behind by Kumara Sangakkara off Lahiru Gamage. Sharma, who was on 36 when Chand departed, forged a 214- run partnership with Pandey. The duo remained aggressive as they sent the bowlers on a leather hunt.
Sharma, playing after a two-month injury layoff, showed no signs of discomfort and took to the attack from the start. The 27- year old’s scintillating knock was laced with 18 fours and a six, and included some beautiful cover drives. The Mumbai batsman fell short of his crease while trying to steal a second run when a direct hit from Lahiru Gamage found the target in the 41st over.
The 25-year old Karnataka batsman, Pandey, however remained undeterred. His brilliant knock included 15 fours and a six, while skipper Manoj Tiwary chipped in with a cameo, scoring 36 with the help of two sixes and as many fours. After putting up a solid display, India A lost three quick wickets in the penultimate over, but it did not cause much worry to them as by then the batsmen had already dented the Lankan bowling attack.
The island nation opted to give a chance to all their 15 members and utilised the services of as many as 10 players in the bowling department.
The visitors replaced Sangakkara after 26 overs and Kusal Perera took his place behind the stumps. It was a bad day for the Lankan bowling outfit and Dhammika Prasad was the pick of the bowlers with figures of three for 57, while Gamage bagged had two for 41.
Chasing a mammoth total, Sri Lanka suffered a jolt when they lost opener Kusal Perera (4) in the first over. The left-handed batsman was caught behind off Dhawal Kulkarni on the last ball of the over. India A struck again when leg spinner Karn Sharma trapped Dilshan leg before off the first ball of his spell. The 38-year old made just 14 off 24 balls, leaving the visitors struggling at 42 for two in 8.1 overs.
Wicketkeeper batsman Sangakkara and Tharanga tried to rebuild the innings and forged a 69-run stand for the third wicket. Sangakkara, one of the most experienced players in the Sri Lankan side, made almost a run-a-ball 34 before being caught in the first slip off Parvez Rasool. His departure left Sri Lanka struggling at 111 for three.
Tharanga, who had partners changing at the other end quite frequently, was the only one who took to the Indian attack. He carted the bowlers for 13 fours before perishing at mid wicket off Karn Sharma. They kept losing wickets at regular interval and lost more than half the side within 32 overs. Mahela Jayawardene made a 31-ball 33 comprising of three fours before being castled by Karn, which left the island nation at for 173 for six.
Niroshan Dickwella and Ashan Priyanjan added 51 runs for the seventh wicket before Dickwella was bowled by Kulkarni. Seekuge Prasanna and Chatrunga De Silva played a few shots in the end to guide the team to a respectable total. The 27-year old Railways bowler scalped four wickets for 47 runs, while Jammu and Kashmir spinner Rasool and Dhawal Kulkarni picked up two wickets each.
Brief Score: India A for in 50 overs (Rohit Sharma 142, Manish Pandey 135 not out; Dhammika Prasad 3 for 57, Lahiru Gamage 2 for 41) beat Sri Lanka (Upul Tharanga 76; Karn Sharma 4 for 47).