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first_imgDhoni shines for IndiaINDORE, India (AP):Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni produced a courageous knock under pressure and Axar Patel came up with some timely strikes as India completed a gritty 22-run victory over South Africa in the second one-day international yesterday.Dhoni gave a superb exhibition of batting in the company of lower-order batsmen, with his unbeaten 92 helping India to level the five-game series 1-1. Left-arm spinner Patel extracted enough turn from the pitch to grab 3-39 as India bowled out South Africa for 225 in 43.4 overs in reply to the hosts’ 247-9.Dhoni smashed four sixes and seven fours as India fought back after being reduced to 104-5 in the 24th over.”It was not an easy game as a lot of people wait with open swords and want you to make mistakes,” Dhoni said in reference to his below-par spell with the bat. “As a complete batting unit we didn’t perform well, but we bounced back well.”Pakistan takecontrolABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP):A double century by Shoaib Malik and his 248-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Asad Shafiq yesterday gave Pakistan the upper hand at the end of the second day of the first Test against England. Chasing a massive Pakistan first innings total of 523-8 declared, England’s openers made an assured start and were 56 without loss at close of play. Captain Alastair Cook was unbeaten on 39, while his new opening partner Moeen Ali was on 15.Pakistan’s innings was built around Malik’s 245 runs in his first Test match in more than five years, and an eighth Test century by Shafiq (107).”Both Malik and me had planned to be patient and try not to lose our wickets. We knew we will get the runs if we stuck around,” Shafiq said.Malik’s innings lasted more than 10 hours and he faced 420 balls for his 245. He came in at the fall of the first wicket with the score on 5 in the third over and he was seventh to go in the 150th over. Captain Misbah-ul Haq then declared the innings a couple of overs later when Zulfiqar Babar became the fourth victim of Ben Stokes, the most successful England bowler with 4-57.last_img read more


Ex-Spurs target left out of Barcelona’s 20-man squad for Champions League clash


first_img BOOST Aiming high 2 This is a match Tottenham dare not lose Latest Champions League News 2 on target However, Spurs fans will not be given a chance to see what the club missed out on after former target Malcom was left out of the Barca squad.The Brazilian, who joined the LaLiga giants in the summer, has struggled for game time, making just two substitute appearances so far in the league.Defender Samuel Umtiti also misses out through suspension but wouldn’t have been available anyway because of a knee problem. Sergi Roberto also misses out with a thigh injury.Sergi Samper and Carles Alena have also not made the trip to London. Atletico handed huge boost for Liverpool tie with Diego Costa returning from injury center_img Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman ready? Things have yet to work out for Malcom at the Nou Camp Mauricio Pochettino tells Tottenham stars to ‘enjoy’ playing against Lionel MessiBarcelona squad:1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 2. Nelson Semedo, 3. Gerard Pique, 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 6. Denis Suarez, 7. Philippe Coutinho, 8. Arthur Melo, 9. Luis Suarez, 10. Lionel Messi, 11. Ousmane Dembele, 12. Rafinha, 13. Jasper Cillessen, 15. Clement Lenglet, 18. Jordi Alba, 19. Munir El Haddadi, 22. Arturo Vidal, 24. Thomas Vermaelen, 27. Juan Miranda, 30. Inaki Pena.The two teams have only met each other once before competitively  – a UEFA European Cup Winners Cup tie in 1982 which Barca won 2-1 on aggregate – but they did face each other during the International Champions Cup in the summer.Spurs came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 thanks to strikes from Heung-min Son and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, but lost 5-3 on penalties. Ancelotti tells fans he has Champions League dream for Everton Barcelona have announced their star-studded 20-man squad for their Champions League clash against Tottenham at Wembley on Wednesday.The likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic seem destined to grace the pitch on what promises to be a memorable night in Europe’s premier club competition. Liverpool set for Champions League boost as Takumi Minamino will be availablelast_img read more