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Warner hits back after Sarfraz's whirlwind ton DUBAI: Sarfraz Ahmed's belligerent century powered Pakistan to a strong 454 in their first innings on the second day of the first test against Australia on Thursday.The 27-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman scored at breakneck pace, reaching his second test century in 80 balls to make Australia regret their decision to go into the match with two specialist spinners. Australia opening batsman David Warner gave a fitting reply with an unbeaten 75 off 77 balls to take the visitors to 113 without loss at stumps. Chris Rogers was the other unbeaten batsman on 31. The stocky Warner survived some close leg-before shouts against the spinners early on in his innings but took the bowlers on after getting set.The left-hander hit seven boundaries and a six while bringing up his sixth consecutive score of 50 or more. Rogers survived a dropped chance with his score on 13 after his edge off left-arm spinner Zulfiqar ...

ICC empowers umpires in unfairplay KARACHI: International Cricket Council (ICC) is empowering umpires to use their discretion in unfairplay, according to reports published in cricket's leading website carried on Thursday."Next time R Ashwin or Mohammad Hafeez or Suresh Raina pauses in his delivery stride, watch the umpire closely. The ICC has asked match officials to use their discretion to decide if the pause is unfair play under Law 42.2. This is a clarification in the latest, and unpublished, match officials ...
Sarfraz's fiery ton lifts Pakistan in first Test DUBAI: Sarfar Ahmed smashed his country's fourth fastest hundred to lift Pakistan to 454-8 at tea on the second day of the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Thursday.The 27-year-old hit paceman Mitchell Marsh over the slips for his 14th boundary to complete his hundred off just 80 balls as Pakistan continued to pile agony on Australian bowlers on a flat Dubai stadium pitch.Ahmed, who scored his first hundred in Sri Lanka two months ...
Pakistan out for 454 in first Test DUBAI: Pakistan were bowled out for 454 on the second day of the opening Test against Australia in Dubai on Thursday.Wicket-keeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed scored 109 for his second Test hundred as Pakistan were bowled out two balls after tea interval.Zulfiqar Babar was unable to resume after scoring seven due to an injured hand.Earlier Misbah-ul Haq scored 69 and Asad Shafiq made 89.Mitchell Johnson took 3-39 while left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe had figures of 2-107.The ...
Pakistan delay test on Ajmal's remodelled action KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has deferred banned off-spinner Saeed Ajmal's trip to England for an independent test of his remodelled bowling action.Ajmal, Pakistan's frontline spinner, has been banned from bowling for his illegal action and PCB is keen to get him back before next year's 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.The PCB cricket committee, in a meeting on Wednesday, decided the 37-year-old spinner will continue to mend his action under former ...
Pakistan 328-5 at lunch in first Test DUBAI: Pakistan, resuming the second day on 219-4, reached 328-5 at lunch in the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Thursday.Asad Shafiq was unbeaten on 56 and with him Sarfraz Ahmed was 27 not out as Pakistan added 109 runs in the morning session.Pakistan lost skipper Misbah-ul Haq to Steven Smith for 69. He added 93 for the fifth wicket with Shafiq.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Pakistan press on despite losing Misbah DUBAI: Pakistan continued to bat solidly despite losing skipper Misbah-ul Haq as they reached 328-5 at lunch on the second day of the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Thursday.Misbah misread a googly from part-timer Steven Smith and was caught at mid-on after scoring a solid 69 and adding an invaluable 93 runs for the fifth wicket with Asad Shafiq.At the break, Shafiq was batting on 56 and Sarfraz Ahmed was unbeaten on 27 ...


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