India crumble in South Africa to lose first Test series in three years

India collapsed to 151 all out on the final day of the second Test to lose the series in South Africa on Wednesday.

The defeat ended a run of nine straight series wins for top-ranked India, was its first series loss in three years, and left it facing a first whitewash in six years.

Buoyant after its 135-run win, South Africa will push for a 3-0 series result in the third Test in Johannesburg next week. The home team won the first Test in Cape Town by 72 runs.

India was chasing a target of 258 at Centurion but Cheteshwar Pujara’s run out three overs into the fifth day began India’s final slide, with his dive not quite enough to beat AB de Villiers’ throw from the outfield.

South Africa fast bowler Lungi Ngidi took 6-39 in India’s second innings on his Test debut at his home ground to push the Proteas to victory.

South Africa ripped the heart out of India’s batting the day before, leaving the tourists 35-3 overnight chasing what would be a record fourth innings score at Centurion.

After Pujara, Pathik Patel fell for 19, Hardik Pandya for 6 and Ravichandran Ashwin for 3. Those four went in the space of 11 overs to leave India down and out.

Rohit Sharma made 47 and had a partnership of 54 with Mohammed Shami (28) before being out to a running, diving catch by de Villiers at fine leg that sent India’s last recognized batsman back to the dressing rooms.

Ngidi took the last two wickets.

New Zealand beat Pakistan in fourth ODI

Hamilton: Big-hitting Colin de Grandhomme blasted New Zealand to a five-wicket win over Pakistan in the fourth one-day international in Hamilton on Tuesday.

De Grandhomme bludgeoned the Pakistan attack with an unbeaten 74 off 40 balls to reinvigorate New Zealand´s run chase as the hosts were struggling to reach a 263-run target.

“Everything just seemed to be hitting the middle tonight,” said de Grandhomme, whose innings included five sixes and seven fours.

The result puts New Zealand up 4-0 in the five-match series and sets a new record for the Black Caps of 11 consecutive international victories.

The streak includes convincing wins over the West Indies in all formats of the game and keeps alive the prospects of an ODI series whitewash against Pakistan in Wellington on Friday.

However, it was a much improved performance from Pakistan, who were skittled for just 74 in their previous outing.

They looked set for another heavy defeat after a horror start saw them at 11 for two but Mohammad Hafeez notched 81 to set a competitive target.

Others in the mis-firing Pakistani batting line-up also found form, with Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail and captain Sarfraz Ahmed all posting half centuries.

Teenage leg-spinner Shadab Khan then claimed three of New Zealand´s top four batsmen to give Pakistan some hope before de Grandhomme´s match-turning performance.

Pakistan opted to bat first after winning the toss, promoting hard-hitting allrounder Faheem Ashraf to open in the search for runs.

The gamble backfired when Faheem departed for one and Babar Azam soon followed after a dynamic spell from Black Caps paceman Tim Southee.

Pakistan´s batsmen were able to steady the innings but only Hafeez managed to push on beyond 50, smashing 22 from the final over.

The other major talking point of the Pakistan innings was a head injury to Shoaib Malik, who ran into the path of fielder Colin Munro´s throw while trying to scamper back to his crease.

The ball hit him flush on the head and officials later said he showed signs of delayed concussion and did not return after the innings break.

New Zealand set about the run chase with gusto as opener Colin Munro brought up his half century off 33 balls.

They appeared to be cruising to victory at 88 without loss before squandering four wickets for 11 runs.

Shadab made a double breakthrough to dislodge Munro (56) and Martin Guptill (31) in successive balls, then followed up by coaxing an edge off Tom Latham.

Rumman Raees contributed by ruining Ross Taylor´s 200th ODI appearance when he trapped the veteran batsman lbw for one.

Tight bowling from the tourists denied Kane Williamson runs and the New Zealand captain was dismissed for 32 trying to break the shackles with a lusty swing that Rumman caught on the boundary.

With New Zealand looking shaky, de Grandhomme came to the crease and put the match beyond Pakistan, with support from Henry Nicholls, who scored an unbeaten 52.

Jason Roy record inspires England to triumph over Australia

Opener Jason Roy recorded the highest-ever one-day international score by an England player as the tourists finally had something to celebrate with a five-wicket win over Australia on Sunday.

After their wretched Ashes campaign, in which they were beaten 4-0, the tourists chased down a hefty Australian total at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to win with seven balls to spare in the opener of the five-match ODI series.

Set 305 to win, Roy’s daring 180 helped England make 308 for five.

The successful chase was also a record for a one-day international at the MCG, eclipsing Australia’s 297 for four against England in 2011, and vindicated captain Eoin Morgan’s decision to bowl first.

Having been an onlooker for the Test series, Roy was an unlikely hero. But he rode his luck to produce a record in limited-overs cricket for England and also a new benchmark for a batsman at the MCG in a one-day international.

The swashbuckling right-hander lived dangerously throughout his innings, charging along at better than a run a ball and reaching his half-century off only 32 balls.

He survived a run-out scare and an lbw decision which was overturned upon review, and lofted several balls just out of the reach of frustrated Australian fielders on the way to his fifth ODI century.

Roy was just five when Mitchell Starc could have run him out with a direct hit. He duly punished the Australian fast bowler by taking 14 off his next over as the tourists raced past 50 in the fifth over.

He was seemingly trapped lbw by 91 by spinner Adam Zampa on 91, but a review showed the ball hit him outside the line of off stump and the decision was overturned.

Roy wasted little time making the most of that piece of fortune, driving the next ball just over a leaping Aaron Finch on the long-on boundary for six.

He reached his hundred just moments later from 92 balls, with nine fours and three sixes.

Fittingly, the 27-year-old passed team-mate Alex Hales’s England record knock of 171 against Pakistan in 2016 with a chip just over the head of a despairing Australian fielder.

He finally fell to Starc after skying one into the outfield, having faced 151 balls — hitting 16 fours and five sixes.

Roy was still coming to terms with his achievement after the match.

“Incredibly special, I don’t have too many words right now,” he said.

“Halesy was pretty disappointed.” Australian captain Steve Smith praised Roy for his bold knock.

“He didn’t give us a chance, and he chanced his arm,” Smith said. “They got off to an absolute flyer and we couldn’t pull them back.” Roy had a willing partner in Test captain Joe Root, who had been tormented all tour by the Australians and was in no mood to let a rare victory slip.

Root made an unbeaten 91 and he and Roy put on 221 — an English ODI record — for the third wicket.

Aaron Finch’s ninth one-day international century was the cornerstone of the Australian total of 304 for eight. Finch’s 107 was backed by half-centuries for Mitchell Marsh (50) and Marcus Stoinis (60) as Australia recovered from a shaky start in which the tourists finally managed to get bogeyman Steve Smith cheaply.

Fresh from scoring three centuries as Australia won the Ashes 4-0, Smith looked in commanding touch again as he scored at better than a run a ball, but was caught behind off spinner Adil Rashid for just 23.

New Zealand beat Pakistan in 3rd ODI, take series

DUNEDIN: A withering spell by Trent Boult saw New Zealand destroy Pakistan by 183 runs in the third one-day international in Dunedin on Saturday to comfortably wrap up the series in Dunedin.

New Zealand have won all three matches so far and captain Kane Williamson said the target is a clean sweep of all five ODIs.

Boult rocked Pakistan with three wickets in five balls to take out the cream of their top order on his way to figures of five for 17.

After New Zealand made 257 batting first,boosted by 11 in the final over before Boult was dismissed on the last ball, Pakistan were all out for 74 in the 28th.

“It was a big game for us. We wanted to get the series done,” said man of the match Boult.

“To score only 250 on the board we knew we had to fight hard and to come out like that was very satisfying.”

Williamson said the target now was to remain unbeaten.

“That´s the focus. The focus is trying to win each game. The guys were smart today and that´s something we pride ourselves on,” he said.

“It was a fantastic performance all round. Trent was outstanding getting five.

Pakistan had slumped to eight for 32 in the 19th over and threatened two unwanted records — the lowest ODI score of 35, held by Zimbabwe, and Pakistan´s own lowest score of 43.

Sarfraz Ahmed (14 not out), Mohammad Amir (14) and Rumman Raees (16) added 42 for the last two wickets but Sarfraz saw serious problems with the top order batting.

“It was very disappointing, a tough loss,” he said.

“Our bowlers bowled very well but the problems continue with the batting which again flopped. The problem is (facing) the new ball.”

Boult removed Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Hafeez in the space of five balls to put Pakistan in a hole they were never going to get out of.

After 10 overs, the tourists were three down for just nine runs and while they struggled to stay afloat, Babar Azam was unnecessarily run out.

Part-time bowler Colin Munro, with career figures of one for 203 before this match bowled Shadab Khan without scoring and had Hasan Ali spectacularly caught by Williamson for one to return figures of two for 10 off seven overs.

Pakistan came to New Zealand on a nine-match winning streak and the promise of providing a more formidable opposition for New Zealand who had just swept a series against the West Indies.

After losing the first two matches they needed to win in Dunedin and had their tails up when Munro went for eight in the second over.

But half-centuries to Kane Williamson (73) and Ross Taylor (52) plus 45 for Martin Guptill set New Zealand up.

It was Taylor 57th ODI half-century to equal the New Zealand record held by Stephen Fleming and Nathan Astle.

But his dismissal sparked a Pakistan revival in the field in which they took seven for 48 in the last eight overs.

Perfectionist Williamson wary of Pakistan’s deep batting

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has called on his bowlers to be more accurate in the final overs as they look to take an unbeatable lead over Pakistan in the third one-day international in Dunedin on Saturday.

New Zealand are already 2-0 up in the five-match series but Williamson is not completely happy, especially with the bowling to lower-order batsmen.

Pakistan rocketed from 141 for seven in the 37th over to make 246 for nine in game two, repeating a pattern that has been all too common in recent seasons where New Zealand have let the score get away on them after a solid start.

“We learnt a few lessons from the last game,” Williamson said Friday.

“They bat very deep, the Pakistani side, and that is a sign of a good team,” he added.” “To see their lower order come out and put together a partnership that gave them a total which could have been a tough chase… it’s important that we learn from that.”

Despite the big hitting, particularly by Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan who both made half centuries, New Zealand won the match in Nelson by eight wickets after the rain swept in. The hosts were set a revised target of 151 in 25 overs.

The first match in Wellington, which New Zealand won by 61 runs, was also affected by the weather and further rain is forecast for game three in Dunedin on Saturday.

If a result is achieved, a win would not only give them New Zealand the series but they would also equal their longest streak across all formats of 10 wins.

New Zealand have Colin de Grandhomme back in their squad after the all-rounder returned from bereavement leave, but Williamson said they would wait to view the pitch Saturday morning before settling on their playing XI.

Fakhar Zaman, who scored an unbeaten 82 in the opening game, is expected to return to the Pakistan side after missing game two because of a thigh injury.

Guptill blasts New Zealand to eight-wicket win

Nelson: Martin Guptill belted New Zealand to an eight-wicket win over Pakistan in a rain-shortened second one-day international in Nelson on Tuesday.

Guptill blasted 55 off 31 balls after the rain break to be unbeaten on 86 as New Zealand reached their revised target of 151 in 25 overs with seven balls to spare.

Pakistan, boosted by a late run charge from Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan, made 246 for nine in their 50 overs and New Zealand were 64 for two after 14 overs in reply when the rain set in.

Under the Duckworth-Lewis revision, New Zealand had 11 overs to make a further 87 runs when play resumed.

Guptill´s whirlwind knock included five fours and five sixes while Ross Taylor, keen to yield the strike in their 104-run stand, had only four boundaries in his 45 off 43 deliveries.

Pakistan did have early success with the ball, removing Colin Munro in the first over without scoring and Kane Williamson for 19 to have New Zealand at two for 47 in the 10th over.

But the Pakistan bowlers were not allowed to settle when the weather cleared as Guptill and Taylor pounded the boundaries.

After Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat they recovered from an early collapse they recovered to reach 246 on the back of half centuries by Mohammad Hafeez (60), Shadab Khan (52) and Hasan Ali (51).

Mohammad Hafeez held the first half of the innings together while Hasan and Shadab mounted a late rescue mission when Pakistan were 141 for seven.

The pair featured in a 70-run partnership off 49 deliveries for the eighth wicket which included 21 off one over by Todd Astle.

Lochie Ferguson was New Zealand´s chief wicket-taker with three for 39.

New Zealand now lead the five-match series 2-0 with game three in Dunedin on Saturday.

Trump welcomed with boos and cheers at football game in Republican stronghold

United States (US) President Donald Trump received a mixed reception from football fans in America’s conservative south on Monday, a partial rebuke on his political home turf.

Tens of thousands of fans at a college championship game in Atlanta between the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama booed and cheered has he took to the field for the national anthem.

A camera near the locker room where the Alabama players were exiting meanwhile appeared to catch one shout an expletive as he made his way to the field.

Some fans had been stuck outside for an hour during an unusually frigid and wet evening as the area around the stadium locked down for the arrival of the president’s motorcade.

Trump, who has made respectful observation of the national anthem at sporting events a fiercely divisive political issue, stood at midfield and sang some of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” while remaining silent at other times.

The mixed reception could be a worry for the White House, coming deep in Trump country in a contest watched by fans from two nominally Republican states.

But the president’s eldest son Donald Trump Jr. denied there had been any jeering.

“Sounds like some serious cheering to me,” he wrote while retweeting a video clip of the incident.

Most PSL franchises unhappy with new T-Ten league

KARACHI: Majority of Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises are unhappy with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the support it extended to the newly launched T-Ten Cricket League in Sharjah.

Reliable sources have confirmed that the franchises are of the view that PCB shouldn’t support a product which can directly jeopardize the business potential of PSL.

“We have conveyed this to chairman PCB Najam Sethi previously, and we are planning to do that again,” said an official of a franchise on condition of anonymity.

Sources privy to the matter confirmed to Geo.tv that at least three PSL teams are displeased with PCB’s change of mind towards the T-Ten league.

The PCB had earlier made it clear that it will not allow the players for the newly launched league.

It is worth mentioning that the one of the PSL franchise is now among the stakeholders of the T-Ten league, which has also irked some of the other franchises.

Meanwhile, the management of PSL team, Karachi Kings, claim that PSL franchises have no issues with the newly launched T-Ten Cricket League, which will be played in Sharjah next month.

The management of the franchise, who are now also part of the new league, said that their concern was non-involvement of Pakistani stakeholders in the league.

“We didn’t want a league where Pakistani players participate without the involvement of Pakistani owners, now Pakistani owners are there, so we are okay with the league, as are the other franchise,” claimed the official of Karachi Kings.

Sources privy to matter confirmed to Geo.tv that an earlier message conveyed to Najam Sethi also included consent from the Karachi Kings officials.

The request had mentioned the concerns of PSL teams saying that T-Ten league could jeopardize potential sponsors in Dubai.

They had also requested PCB that Pakistani players shouldn’t be allowed to participate in the league.

“It was understood earlier that Pakistani players will not take part in the league and PCB will not support the idea, the sudden change of mind is astonishing,” said another franchise.

Australia score nine in Pakistan’s worst-ever defeat

Pakistan were ripped apart by hosts Australia in their first match of the International Festival of Hockey at Melbourne’s State Netball and Hockey Centre.

The 1-9 defeat is Pakistan’s worst-ever in its hockey history. Pakistan’s previous worst came when Holland defeated Pakistan 9-2 at the 2006 Champions Trophy in Terrassa, Spain. The team are a record four-time World Champions.

Australia, the reigning world champions, dominated the proceedings almost throughout the game.

Blake Govers, who scored a hat-trick, took two goals off penalty corners and a mesmerising field goal. Aaron Kleinschmidt had a brace for Australia.

The Kookaburras’ first goal came in the eighth minute, off their first penalty corner, when an excellent top of the circle drill baffled Pakistan’s defence and Hayward put his team ahead.

Within four minutes, Whetton doubled the advantage. After robbing a defender, he entered the circle from the left, immediately swerved and rattled the board.

The first half’s last goal came off a wonderful Whetton assist. His inch perfect ball from the circle’s top beat a crowded defence and Kleinschmidt easily scored from the middle of the scoring area.

In the first 30 minutes, Pakistan had just one open play attempt, when Arslan Qadir’s full stretch effort eluded the target. They also wasted one penalty corner with the score at 3-0 at the end of the first half.

Two minutes into the second half, Abubakr brought a glimmer of hope for Pakistan when his forceful flick went high into the net off Pakistan’s second penalty corner.

However, within a minute, the Aussies restored the three goal lead: Kleinschmidt had his second of the evening with a superb first time reverse-hander from the left of circle’s edge which went into the roof of the far net.

Govers made it 5-1 with a penalty corner conversion with a flat forceful push.

Though Australia had most of the exchanges in the third quarter of the game, it still was the green shirts’ best 15 minutes of the game. They had open play opportunities and a couple of penalty corners, and scored off one of them.

Pakistan’s sloppy defending seemed to be theme of the day but in the last quarter, it completely melted away and conceded four more goals.

Arunasalam dived to avail a parallel pass sent from left before Govers scored the most memorable goal of the day.

Standing on the left side of the circle, the body feinted the defence and netted the ball, finding the narrowest of the narrow gaps between the near post and the net minder, all in one movement.

Soon, a reverse shot by Govers, across the face of the goal, was well flicked into the goal by Wickham.

Govers completed the tally and also his hat-trick in the last minute when his hard low push went past goalkeeper Amjad’s left pad, off another penalty corner.

In the four-nation event, Pakistan play Japan — which held a strong New Zealand side 1-1 in their last match — on Thursday.

Scorers:

Australia: Blake Govers (3), Aaron Kleinschmidt (2), Jeremy Hayward, Jake Whetton, Kiran Arunasalam, Tom Wickham

Star makes history with two hat-tricks in first-class game

Australia’s Strike bowler Mitchell Starc became the first man to take two hat-tricks in the same first-class game in Australia on Tuesday as he hit ominous form ahead of the Ashes Test series against England.

The left-arm pacer became only the eighth player in first-class cricket history — and the first in 39 years — to achieve the feat as he spearheaded New South Wales (NSW) to victory over Western Australia (WA) in the Sheffield Shield.

Having removed Jason Behrendorff, David Moody and Simon Mackin in WA’s first innings to complete his first career hat-trick, Starc then got both Behrendorff and Moody again off the final two deliveries of his 15th over.

Jono Wells then edged Starc on the first ball of his next over to Australia and NSW captain Steve Smith at first slip to end the match.

Starc finished with the match figures of seven for 97 in NSW’s 171-run victory.

He also took a career-best 8-73 for NSW against South Australia under lights at Adelaide Oval and looks in ominous touch ahead of the Test series.

Australia take on England in the first of five Ashes Test matches in Brisbane, starting on November 23.

Australian leg-spinner Jimmy Matthews remains the only player to take two hat-tricks in a Test match after he did it against South Africa in Manchester in 1912.