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Waqar wants Pakistan to win New Zealand series ABU DHABI: Pakistan coach Waqar Younis feels a win in the fifth and final one-dayer against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on Friday will give his team a boost for next year's World Cup.New Zealand levelled the five-match series 2-2 with a narrow seven-run win in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, setting up an intriguing finale to the tour after the preceding three-match Test and two-Twenty20 series were shared 1-1.Waqar said the series would give Pakistan an idea on where they stand before February-March World Cup to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. "We need to win the final one-day," said Waqar on Thursday. "This series is for us to utilise and get the clear picture who are the final 15 (players for the World Cup) and besides that win this series."Waqar praised veteran batsman Younis Khan who scored his first one-day century in six years and stand-in skipper Shahid ...

Younis Khan becomes oldest Pakistani to score a century in ODI ISLAMABAD: Although Younis Khan's hundred in the third ODI against New Zealand at Abu Dhabi went in vain, he did create a record on the way,becoming the oldest Pakistani batsman to score a one-day hundred.Younis Khan was 37 years and 18 days old when on Wednesday he scored 103 in the fourth ODI against New Zealand.The previous Pakistani oldest was Zaheer Abbas as he had scored a century at the age of 35 years and ...

Obaid Khan of Kohat clinches 8th NBP TT Championship PESHAWAR: Obaid Ullah Khan of Kohat clinched the trophy of the 8th edition of the NBP Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inter-Zonal Boys and Girls Table Tennis Championship which concluded here at Qayyum Sports Complex on Thursday.Regional Head NBP Syed Waseem Akhtar, General Manager HR Saima Tariq, Director Sports Women Games Rashida Ghaznavi, Director Sports (Training) Tariq Mehmood, President KP Table Tennis Association Azmat Hanif Orakzai, Secretary Organizing Committee Kifayat Ullah, officials, players and people from the sports ...

Spain's Movistar team to ride at Australia Tour Down Under SYDNEY: Spain's Movistar Team will return to the Australia's Tour Down Under next month with an experienced squad, organisers said on Thursday.Among their lineup is sprinter Juanjo Lobato, whose victories this year include the Tour de Wallonie and the Vuelta a Burgos, plus a fourth place finish in the Milan-San Remo.The Tour Down Under is the first UCI World Tour event of 2015."Movistar is celebrating its second consecutive year as the top-ranked team in the ...

Smith defies India with third unbeaten knock BRISBANE: Steve Smith again proved the elusive wicket for India as the new captain led an Australian fightback on day two of the second Test on Thursday.Smith, who was not dismissed by India in last week's Adelaide Test win with scores of 162 and 52, continued to be the bane of the tourists with another defiant knock.His intuitive stroke-making was again a delight and he danced down the wicket to club spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for ...

Australia 221 for 4 at close in 2nd Test BRISBANE: Australia were 221 for four in reply to India's 408 when bad light ended play on day two of the second Test in Brisbane on Thursday.Skipper Steve Smith was unbeaten on 65 with Mitchell Marsh not out seven.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Japan back Yamada joins Western Force MELBOURNE: Japan international Akihito Yamada has joined Western Force as a concessional signing for one year, the Australian Super Rugby club said on Thursday. The 29-year-old winger, who has earned 10 test caps since making his debut for the Brave Blossoms last year, currently plays for the Japan's Top League leaders Panasonic Wild Knights. "Aki is an attacking wing/fullback, who has demonstrated an ability to find the try line," Force head coach Michael Foley said ...


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