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West Indies beat UAE to clinch ODI series in Sharjah

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The UAE can look at the emergence of Ali Naseer as a silver lining ahead of the ICC World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe in two weeks when it conceded the one-day international series against West Indies 2-0 after the second match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The third dead rubber will be played on Friday before the team flies to Harare on June 11.

Making his debut on Sunday with a half-century, Naseer followed it up with a successive effort in the middle order in losing causes. An experiential side for the hosts went down by 78 runs and the general result was already etched in the minds of those in attendance by the time the visitors put up 306 runs on the board. Already lean in the batting order – the UAE lost the first ODI by seven wickets after managing only 202 – their innings hinged on captain Muhammad Waseem to lead by example.

But Waseem was the first to go, dismissed cheaply for six runs, caught behind. Rameez Shahzad, the only other senior batsman in the top order, was rested for this match with a niggle. Debutant Lovepreet failed to make most of the opportunity, as did wicketkeeper-opener Aryansh Sharma after settling in on a cautious note, but gifted his wicket away.

The West Indies have won the three-match ODI series with a match to play for. Courtesy Emirates Cricket Board

Asif Khan – still fresh with his March exploits of becoming the fourth-fastest cricket to score a hundred, in 41 balls, and the first cricketer from a Associate nation to get on the list – failed for a successive time despite promotion to the No 5 spot.

Once the battle was lost in the mind and evident from their body language, the only positives left to see was Vriitya Aravind (36 from 52 balls), Naseer (57, 53b) and Basil Ahmed (49, 84b) from spending time in the middle to get some batting expertise against the tall bowlers from the Caribbean. They proved it was only the lack of application in batting that cost the UAE.

Earlier, West Indies lost their way despite a cracking start after winning the toss and electing to bat. Openers Brandon King (64) and Johnson Charles (63) put on 129 runs for the opening wicket in just 17 overs.

Yet, Ali Naseer broke the deadlock with Charles holing out to the young substitute Ethan D’Souza, 17. Credit to the UAE bowlers, who kept their chin up and reigned in the batsmen with wickets at regular intervals. A double from left-arm spinner Aayan Khan helped as UAE prised open the batting order piece by piece.

West Indies even looked like falling short of the 300-run mark, which seemed a formality earlier, but Odean Smith (37 from 24 balls) took them past the milestone. He was dismissed by Zahoor Khan (3-44) as the medium-pacer’s third wicket. Opening bowlers Naseer and Sanchit Sharma brought some respectability to their bowling figures with two wickets each.

Journalist for 25 years with leading publications in India and UAE such as The National, Mumbai Mirror, DNA, Indian Express and former Sports Editor of eIndia.com. Now managing editor of Headline.ae, part of MEMc (https://www.memc.co)

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Rublev defaulted as Bublik reaches Dubai final – ARN News Centre

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Friday, 1 March 2024 20:30

By Reuters

RYAN LIM/ AFP

Second seed Andrey Rublev was defaulted from the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships semi-finals on Friday after yelling at a line judge in the final set of his clash with Alexander Bublik.

In a chaotic match where both semi-finalists fumed at the officials, Rublev was defaulted by the chair umpire for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Bublik, who clawed his way back from a set down to lead 6-7(4) 7-6(5) 6-5, was awarded the win.

The result ensured there would be no repeat of last year’s final where Rublev lost to Daniil Medvedev.

The top seeded Medvedev is playing against fifth-seeded Frenchman Ugo Humbert in the other last-four clash.

 





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Ronaldo’s Al Nassr sets up ACL clash with Al Ain – ARN News Centre

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr will lock horns with UAE side Al Ain in the quarter-finals of the Asian Champions League (ACL).

The Riyadh-based side beat fellow Saudi Pro League outfit Al-Fayha 2-0 on Wednesday to complete a 3-0 aggregate victory.

Portugal winger Otavio scored in the 17th minute to build on last week’s 1-0 win before Ronaldo added a late second.

Elsewhere, Al Ain saw off Uzbekistan’s Nasaf 2-1, thanks to Soufiane Rahimi’s injury-time winner.

Following a scoreless first leg, Al Ain came back from going a goal behind to Akmal Mozgovoy’s close-range strike in the 51st minute to level through Kodjo Laba’s acrobatic effort four minutes later.

The game looked to be heading for extra time when Rahimi capitalised on a poor attempt to punch clear by Nasaf goalkeeper Abduvohid Nematov to slot home the winner for the hosts two minutes into added time.

South Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai also confirmed their progress to the next round with a 2-1 victory over Japanese second division side Ventforet Kofu to complete a 5-1 aggregate win.

Meanwhiel, Anderson Lopes’ 122nd-minute penalty earned Yokohama F Marinos a last-gasp 1-0 win over Bangkok United to seal a 3-2 victory that sets up a quarter-final meeting with China’s Shandong Taishan.

On Thursday, Saudi champions Al Ittihad will meet Navbahor from Uzbekistan in Jeddah following a scoreless draw in their first clash and Al Hilal take a 3-1 lead into their second leg against Iran’s Sepahan in Riyadh.

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Inaugural edition of Lanka T10 to kick off in December 2024

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The inaugural edition of the Lanka T10 League will be held from December 12 to December 22, 2024.

The tournament, which was initially planned to be held in June 2023, was shifted to December, as SLC deemed the ‘December window’ as the most appropriate to conduct the league, as the timing will complement Sri Lanka’s Domestic and International Cricketing Calendar.

Lanka T10 League, Sri Lanka’s newest addition to its annual cricket calendar will feature some of the finest international stars along with Sri Lanka’s top international stars.

The action-packed competition will also provide opportunities for the brightest young talents in the country to mix, mingle, and play along with international stars.

” I have full confidence that this tournament will be a resounding success, contributing to Sri Lanka Cricket’s ability to stay current with the evolving trends in the game.,” said Shammi Silva, President, Sri Lanka Cricket.

Adding more thoughts on the Lanka T10 December tournament, Mr Shammi Silva added, “We foresee that this event will not solely captivate cricket enthusiasts, but also serve as a catalyst for popularizing the tournament broadly.”

Mr Anil Mohan, Founder and CEO, IPG Group shared, “This is a great stepping stone for us as we get to organise another exciting chapter in Sri Lankan Cricket. Our league unites the top international stars and local talent on an exciting platform for cricket enthusiasts worldwide. Together, we aim to make history and elevate the game with every thrilling match.”


The tournament will feature six men’s teams covering regional cricket picenters, with each team consisting of a squad of 16 players, along with six foreign players.

“We’re thrilled to bring T10 cricket to Sri Lanka, and we’re grateful to SLC for their support. This league holds added significance as it is formally endorsed by esteemed members like SLC, highlighting the credibility and excitement surrounding this new era in Sri Lankan cricket.” Shaji ul Mulk, Chairman of TTen Global Sports, representing the Event Rights Partner.

The matches will be played in some of Sri Lanka’s top international cricket venues and under lights.

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