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Cricket News Aaron Finch slams ton, continues Australia’s resurgence in ODIs against Pakistan

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Australia won a series in India after 10 years.Pakistan has not beaten Australia in a series for 17 years.This is the final international series for both teams before World Cup. New Delhi: The Australian cricket team are riding high on confidence after finally getting the better of India in ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals in Virat Kohli’s own den. They tackled swing and seam brilliantly and they registered their first series win after trailing the five-match series 0-2 as they won the series 3-2, their first win in India after 10 years. The momentum and confidence gained from the series against India has spilled over into the five-match series against Pakistan as Aaron Finch’s brilliant century and a magnificent 91* from Shaun Marsh helped Australia win the first match by eight wickets in Sharjah to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.Pakistan would have backed themselves to come up trumps after Haris Sohail scored a maiden century but they were undone by Australia’s aggression and confidence. The hosts chose to bat and they rested six of their key players, including regular skipper Sarfraz Ahmed in order to keep them fresh for the World Cup starting in UK from May 30. But the young and inexperienced Pakistan led by Malik proved no match for Australia, who are on a roll after their win in India earlier this month.Left-hander Sohail, who reached 1,000 runs in his 27th one-day international when on 40, anchored Pakistan’s innings, adding 98 for the third wicket with Umar Akmal who made a 50-ball 48 in his first international match for two years. Sohail took a single to complete his hundred in the last over, finishing with six boundaries and a six. Pakistan had handed one-day debuts to opener Shan Masood and Abbas — who have played 15 and 14 Tests respectively. Masood put on 35 in an opening stand with Imam-ul-Haq (17) before off-spinner Nathan Lyon dismissed Imam in the seventh over, caught and bowled.Masood, who hit five boundaries in his 62-ball 40, was then bowled by paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile who finished with 1-38 in his 10 overs. Umar smashed three sixes in one Jhye Richardson over but fell one short of his half century. Malik fell for 11 and Ashraf and Imad Wasim scored 28 each. Wasim hit four boundaries and a six during his 13-ball unbeaten knock, helping Pakistan to 55 runs in the last five overs as they reached 280/5.In response, Australia began aggressively with Finch launching Shoaib Malik for a huge six towards deep mid-wicket to complete his century — his first since June last year against England at Chester-Le-Street — off 120 balls.Finch, who knocked four sixes and eight boundaries, added an innings-building 172 runs for the second wicket with Shaun Marsh who scored an unbeaten 91 off 102 balls with four boundaries and two sixes. With 46 needed Finch became Mohammad Abbas’s maiden wicket but Peter Handscomb hit 30 not out to help Marsh cross the line.   Finch and Marsh came together after opener Usman Khawaja fell for 24 to medium pacer Faheem Ashraf, the only other success Pakistan’s new-look bowling attack could achieve. The next match will be played in Sharjah on Sunday.center_img highlightslast_img read more

Clippers’ Lou Williams draws NBA’s interest for activities outside the bubble

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The NBA reportedly requires players who return from an excused absences to quarantine for at least four days.For his part, Williams has returned to the bubble, Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said Saturday.The high-scoring reserve – who led the team with 22 points in their opening scrimmage victory Wednesday – had permission to leave to attend to a personal matter, a league source said Friday.The 33-year-old guard posted to his own Instagram Friday, sharing a photo of Paul G. Williams, who died July 16, and whose funeral was Friday morning in Atlanta.Lou Williams captioned the image: “Glad I had an opportunity to say goodbye OG.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Williams was interviewed by NBA security about his whereabouts while he was away from campus, and he said he went to the Magic City gentleman’s club for a short time Thursday night.In line with NBA protocol, Williams was tested for coronavirus each day he was away from campus, per ESPN.The Clippers entered Saturday’s game against the Wizards without Williams, Beverley, Harrell and Ivica Zubac and Landry Shamet – the latter two of whom posted on Instagram on Saturday.Zubac shared a photo of what he wrote was Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, where the Clippers are staying, and Shamet posted a photo of himself, inside a small plane, wearing a Clippers hoodie seemingly en route.Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Despite those players’ apparent arrival, recent or pending, Rivers wasn’t optimistic about the Clippers’ chances of fielding a full team for the restart game against the Lakers on Thursday.“Honestly, my guess is I would doubt it,” he said. “But I have no idea.”CLIPPERS RALLY IN SCRIMMAGELed by their reserves, the shorthanded Clippers enjoyed a spirited rally for a 105-100 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday, despite trailing by 12 points with 4:19 to go in third quarter of their second scrimmage in the bubble.Doc Rivers’ squad was able to overcome the absence of five contributors as well as tepid performances from stars Kawhi Leonard, who went 3 for 16 from the field and 0 for 8 from 3-point range for just 6 points, and Paul George, who put up 11 points in 24 minutes.Patrick Patterson and his backup cohorts came to the rescue: The veteran forward led the Clippers with 16 points, JaMychal Green added nine points and 10 rebounds, and Terance Mann, Amir Coffey and Rodney McGruder all scored 13 apiece. Marcus Morris Sr. also scored 13 in 25 minutes of action.“They played great, they played hard,” Rivers said of his reserves. “It’s funny, they’ve done that in our scrimmages in practices as well. Like, whatever lack of skill or talent they have, they make up for with their effort, their execution, so very happy for those guys. I liked how they played.” Rivers spoke Friday of the challenges with keeping teams together within a bubble environment when life continues outside of it. Montrezl Harrell and Patrick Beverley also recently left the team to tend to pressing personal issues.“I think what the league has learned that teams have already known, it’s more than basketball that comes up,” Rivers said. “Guys have life going on. Whether it be a family problem, a kid problem, a wife problem, anything, there’s issues that come in these guys’ life. We give guys days off all the time because of it. No one really notices it. Now when you’re in the bubble and you leave, it really targets it. I think in a good way in this, the public actually sees that the NBA players actually are human and they do have regular life issues going on.”On Saturday, when Rivers was asked before his team’s scrimmage about Williams’ activities while he was away, and the social media posts documenting it, the 21st-year coach was forthright with his response.“Well, I can’t share much of the journey because I wasn’t on the journey with him,” Rivers said with a chuckle, adding, “obviously those got out and that’s something that we obviously didn’t enjoy seeing or like.” The NBA has started an investigation after rapper Jack Harlow posted and removed a photo on Instagram of him and Clippers guard Lou Williams apparently fraternizing Thursday night with the caption “A location U would never guess,” according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.Williams was outside of the NBA bubble on an excused absence when the picture was posted.According to ESPN, the picture was taken at an Atlanta gentleman’s club Thursday night, although Harlow tweeted Friday: “That was an old pic of me and Lou. I was just reminiscing cuz I miss him.”The NBA doesn’t have a specific process to publicly announce who’s violated quarantine rules, but players who’ve been flagged for breaching the NBA’s closed campus without permission reportedly face a new 10-day mandatory quarantine, as did the Kings’ Richaun Holmes, who went outside the bubble without permission to pick up a food delivery. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum last_img read more