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Afridi hails new ODI century record holder KARACHI: Allrounder Shahid Afridi Wednesday hailed New Zealand batsman Corey Anderson, who broke his long-standing record for the fastest one-day century -- but admitted he had never heard of him before.Anderson bettered Afridi's 17-year-old record by one ball, reaching the three-figure mark off just 36 balls against the West Indies in Queenstown in the third one-day international.Afridi set the mark aged just 16, in only his second limited-overs match, against Sri Lanka in Nairobi in October 1996.He said he had never heard of Anderson before Wednesday morning."I never heard his name and early morning my nephew told me about his feat and I sort of said the first news of 2014 is of my record being broken," Afridi told AFP."But I must say it's a great achievement and Anderson deserves all the praise. It needs a super effort to score a hundred off 36 balls," Afridi told AFP."Records are meant ...

Sri Lanka fights back in first Test ABU DHABI: Sri Lanka staged a fightback against Pakistan by grabbing two early wickets on the second day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.Pacemen Suranga Lakmal and Shaminda Eranga took a wicket each as Pakistan reached 121-3 at lunch in reply to Sri Lanka's first innings total of 204.At the break, Younis Khan was batting on 23 with skipper Misbah-ul Haq unbeaten on 24 as Pakistan trailed by 83 runs.Resuming at 46-1 ...

Pakistan reach 121-3 at lunch in first Test ABU DHABI: Pakistan were 121-3 at lunch on the second day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.Pakistan resumed at 46-1 and lost Mohammad Hafeez (11) and Ahmed Shehzad (38) in the first session.At the break, Younis Khan was batting on 23 with skipper Misbah-ul Haq on 24, with Pakistan trailing Sri Lanka's first innings total of 204 by 83 runs.Pacemen Suranga Lakmal and Shaminda Eranga took one wicket each.Copyright ...

Clarke safe from boo boys as Australia eye sweep SYDNEY: It's a fair bet Michael Clarke won't be booed at the Sydney Cricket Ground this week when he sets out to become just the third Australia captain to achieve a 5-0 sweep over England in an Ashes series.Three years ago, Australian frustrations at their team's humiliation by a rampant England boiled over with some vociferous catcalling when Clarke, standing in for the injured Ricky Ponting, came out to bat in the fifth test.Australia lost ...

Jose Mourinho: Manchester City 'clear favorites' for Premier League title According to English media reports Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho claims Manchester City are clear favorites to win 2014’s Premier League title.When quizzed whether it is his strategy to mound the expectation and pressure on Manuel Pellegrini’s men, he said, "you think I'm capable of it? See the [City] squad, see the players, the number of goals, the strikers. Dzeko is the third striker of Man City. Dzeko. Pfff. Do you think I'm putting pressure on? ...

Haddin says England 'not in a great place' SYDNEY: England are in disarray and their ragged fielding indicates the team is breaking apart heading into this week's final Ashes Test, Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin said on Wednesday.England are struggling to avoid a 5-0 Ashes series whitewash after heavy defeats in all four Tests. They passed up the chance of a nets session at the Sydney Cricket Ground two days before the start of the fifth Test."I don't think they're in a great place, ...

Anderson record blitz as New Zealand overwhelm Windies QUEENSTOWN: New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson cracked the fastest century in one-day international cricket history on Wednesday as New Zealand thrashed the West Indies by 159 runs in a rain-shortened third ODI.His whirlwind performance in partnership with Jesse Ryder, who smacked the sixth fastest century of all time in that form of the game, took New Zealand to 283-4 in a match reduced to 21 overs each side. The West Indies then wilted when faced ...


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