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Raonic’s bomb serve could explode Nadal bid

-File photo MELBOURNE: Rafael Nadal knows he must find a way to defuse the booming serve of Milos Raonic on Wednesday if he is to stay on course for a dream Australian Open final with Roger Federer. The chances of a ninth Grand Slam final between the old rivals have ...

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Asif was toughest bowler I had ever faced, says Pietersen

—Photo by Daily Times ISLAMABAD: Former English batsman Kevin Pietersen said Mohammad Asif was the toughest bowler he had ever faced in his whole cricketing career. Asif tormented a number of batters and had ability to make a batsman feel the ball was accelerating off the wicket in different directions, ...

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NZ overtakes Pakistan in ICC Rankings

-File Photo ISLAMABAD: New Zealand has overtaken Pakistan to go up to fifth position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Rankings after completing a 2-0 win over Bangladesh in their two-match series which culminated in Christchurch on Monday.` New Zealand, which had won the first Test in Wellington by seven ...

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Indian blind team to visit Pakistan

-File Photo ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) on Monday said the Indian team will visit Pakistan at the end of this year to play an ODI and Twenty20 series. Talking to APP, PBCC Chairman Syed Sultan Shah said he will be visiting India to finalize the tour details. “I will ...

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Serena powers towards record title, top ranking

-File photo MELBOURNE: Serena Williams kept up her pursuit of a record Grand Slam title and a return to world number one on Monday as she reached the Australian Open quarter-finals without dropping a set.  A day after defending champion and top seed Angelique Kerber fell by the wayside, Williams ...

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New Zealand sweep Bangladesh series

-File photo CHRISTCHURCH: A Bangladesh batting implosion saw New Zealand cruise to a comfortable nine wicket win in the second Test at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Monday.  Bangladesh were all out for 173 in their second innings, with the damage done when they lost five for 23 in the ...

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Top seed Murray knocked out in Australian Open fourth round

.— File photo MELBOURNE: Top seeded Briton Andy Murray was knocked out of the Australian Open in the fourth round on Sunday, losing 7-5 5-7 6-2 6-4 to German world number 50 Mischa Zverev on Rod Laver Arena. Murray’s defeat follows that of reigning champion Novak Djokovic, who fell to Denis ...

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Boon, Hayden inducted into Australia Hall of Fame

David Boon and Matthew Hayden SYDNEY: Test greats David Boon, Matthew Hayden and the late Betty Wilson will be inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame this week, Cricket Australia said on Sunday. Top-order batsmen Boon and Hayden were key figures who played more than 100 Tests for Australia, ...

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