Pakistan in T20
DUBAI, UAE (AP):
England beat Pakistan by 14 runs yesterday in the first Twenty20 match at Dubai International Stadium:
Scores: England 160-5 (Sam Billings 53, Eoin Morgan 45 not out, James Vince 41; Sohail Tanvir 2-31) defeated Pakistan 146 all out (Sohail Tanvir 25 not out, Sohaib Maqsood 24; Reece Topley 3-24).
Pakistan vs India in Sri Lanka
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has given the green light for the country's cricket team to play a limited-overs series against India in Sri Lanka next month, Pakistan media reported yesterday.
Private television channel Geo News says Sharif told the Pakistan Cricket Board that it could send a team to play against India at a neutral venue.
The cricket boards of Pakistan and India have been in a stalemate for months over a venue for the series. India had refused to play in the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan's home away from home, and Pakistan rejected the prospect of playing the series in India.
Giles Clarke, who heads International Cricket Council's Pakistan Task Force, organised a meeting between PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan and BCCI president Shashank Manohar last week in Dubai, where Sri Lanka was chosen as the possible venue.
Both cricket boards signed a memorandum of understanding last year to play at least six series from 2015 to 2023, with Pakistan hosting the first one in December.
India in control
NAGPUR, India (AP): Spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were among the wickets yesterday as India pressed for victory in the third Test after dismissing South Africa for a meagre 79.
South Africa was 32-2 in their second innings chasing 310 for victory after India's second innings folded in the interim for 173 in under two sessions.
The cushion of a 136-run first-innings lead gave the home side a lot of leeway since the highest team total in this low-scoring series, being played on spin-friendly pitches, was 215, scored by India in the first innings in Nagpur.
Ashwin had figures of 5-32 and Jadeja took 4-33 as the visiting side was dealt a serious blow in its quest to level the four-match series at 1-1.
Top-ranked South Africa, resuming on an overnight total of 11-2 in reply to India's first innings of 215, put up a disappointing show in their first innings.