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qualified for the Super 10 stage
of the World Twenty20 by beat-
ing Zimbabwe by 59 runs in its
last first-round match yesterday.
Allrounder Mohammad Nabi
(52) scored his maiden half-cen-
tury to propel Afghanistan to 186-
6, then legspinner Rashid Khan
(3-11) choked Zimbabwe to 127 all
out with two balls to spare.
Afghanistan, which defeated
Scotland and Hong Kong in pre-
vious Group B matches, will join
England, West Indies, South
Africa, and Sri Lanka in Group 1
of the Super 10 next week.
"This match was very impor-
tant for Afghanistan, the people
love cricket back home," captain
Asghar Stanikzai said.
"We played a few poor shots,
but Sami and Nabi played very
well." Afghanistan was 4-63 hav-
ing lost four wickets in 19 balls,
when Samiullah Shenwari added
match-winning 98 runs with Nabi
off 64 balls.
Nabi hit four boundaries, two
sixes, and cut loose late as
Afghanistan added 77 runs in the
last five overs against some way-
ward Zimbabwe bowling.
"I am very happy with my per-
formance because it s a very tough
game for us to qualify for the next
stage," Nabi said.
Hard-hitting opening batsman
Mohammad Shahzad (40) hit
seven fours and a six, providing
Afghanistan a whirlwind start of
49 runs off 29 balls.
But after Shahzad was caught
at point while attempting an
extravagant reverse sweep off left-
arm spinner Sean Williams, medi-
um-pacer Tinashe Panyangara
Nabi and Shenwari then fea-
tured in Afghanistan s second best
Twenty20 stand as Zimbabwe
struggled to stem the flow of runs
in the last five overs.
Nabi whacked spinner Welling-
ton Masakadza for two sixes and
a four in the 16th over while Shen-
wari hit Panyangara for two
boundaries and a six in the 18th.
Zimbabwe, which lost its pre-
vious four T20s against
Afghanistan, lost wickets at reg-
ular intervals and half of the side
was dismissed for 63 runs by the
12th over, with Khan claiming Vusi
Sibanda and Sean Williams, who
both scored 13 each.
No 10 batsman Panyangara top-
scored with an unbeaten 17. (AP)
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA---Serena Williams
capped a festive day for the Williams family at
the BNP Paribas Open with an easy 6-2, 6-1 win
over qualifier Laura Siegemund of Germany in
a second round match on Friday night.
That came after Venus Williams lost her first
match at the event since 2001, falling 6-4, 6-3 to
Japanese qualifier Kurumi Nara in front of a sparse,
wind-blown crowd that returned after a rain-delay
midway through the first set.
Venus Williams played at the Indian Wells Tennis
Garden for the first time since she, Serena and
father Richard were booed and heckled after Venus
withdraw from her semifinal against Serena because
of an injury. On Friday, Venus received standing
ovations before and after her error-filled, second-
"It s been a wonderful moment," she said.
"Everyone could have picked up where they left
off, but everyone was welcoming. It was a great
Bothered by the gusty wind, she was most
prominent of the upset victims.
Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, the No 3 seed,
rallied from a 4-1 deficit and to thwart Dominika
Cibulkova of Slovakia, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5; and two-
time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, the No
8 seed from the Czech Republic, needed a third-
set tiebreaker in a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (5) victory over
Danka Kovinic of Montenegro.
No 11 seed Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic
lost 6-4, 6-4 to Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan.
Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine upset No 15 seed Sara
Errani of Italy 6-4, 6-3, and 19th-seeded Jelena
Jankovic of Serbia, last year s runner-up and the
2010 champion, rolled over Carina Witthoeft of
Germany 6-1, 6-3 to set up a third-round match
against American Coco Vandeweghe, a 6-4, 6-3
winner over two-time Grand Slam champion and
No 16 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia.
Last year s champion Simona Halep of Romania
beat American Vania King 6-1, 6-1.
Gilles Muller of Luxembourg and Mikhail
Kukushkin of Kazakhstan were early men s first-
round winners. Muller beat Victor Estrella Burgos
of the Dominican Republic, 7-5, 6-3, and
Kukushkin took a 7-6 (1), 6-2 decision from Daniel
Munoz de la Nava of Spain. Muller will face No
4 seed Rafael Nadal, while Kukushkin set up a
match against No 5 Kei Nishikori. (AP)
Curry passes the ball
to James Michael
McAdoo (20) as
Portland Trail Blazers'
Meyers Leonard and
right, defend during
the second half of an
NBA basketball game
on Friday, in Oakland,
but Venus falls in
Indian Wells return
record streak, beat
Blazers in shootout
A ball gets stuck in the helmet of Hong Kong batsman Ryan Campbell during
the ICC World Twenty20 2016 cricket tournament against Zimbabwe at the
Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur, India, on Tuesday.
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA---Golden State
extended its record regular-season home
winning streak to 47 games and avenged
its worst loss of the season by defeating
Portland 128-112 on Friday, led by 34 points
from Stephen Curry.
The Trail Blazers produced a shock one-
sided win against the Warriors last month,
but were off the pace in a shootout that
produced 37 3-pointers; the most 3s in NBA
The Warriors eked out their lead over
nearest Western Conference rival San Anto-
nio to 3-1/2 games.
Portland is sixth in the West standings,
but now only half a game ahead of Houston
and Dallas. Houston made up ground with
a victory at Boston that snapped the Celtics
run of 14 successive home wins.
Miami put in a strong fourth quarter to
win at a below-strength Chicago, keeping
the Heat 1-1/2 games clear atop the South-
east Division ahead of Charlotte, which kept
up the pressure by beating Detroit.
Golden State s Curry and Klay Thompson
(37 points) went a combined 15-of-25 on
3-pont attempts. Thompson joined Curry
as the only players with 200 3s in four
straight seasons. They scored 30 or more
points in the same game for the sixth time
in their careers. The Warriors are 29-0 at
Oracle Arena this season. They are 58-6
CJ McCollum scored 18 points for the
Trail Blazers. Houston s James Harden scored
32 points, including Houston s final eight
that secured a 102-98 win at Boston.
Michael Beasley added 18 points and eight
rebounds for the Rockets who have won
three straight, all on the road. Isaiah Thomas
led the Celtics with 30 points.
Miami s Goran Dragic scored a season-
high 26 points to lead the Heat to a 118-
96 win against Chicago.
Josh Richardson added a career-high 22
for the Heat, who outscored the Bulls 34-
15 in the final period on the way to their
sixth win in seven games.
Pau Gasol led Chicago with 17 points and
12 rebounds. The Bulls were without injured
guards Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler.
Charlotte extended its winning streak to
six games by downing Detroit 118-103.
Marvin Williams tied a career high with
five 3-pointers and scored 22 points, while
Nicolas Batum added 17 points and 11 assists
for the Hornets.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 24 points
for Detroit. Los Angeles Chris Paul had 24
points and 15 assists as the Clippers beat
New York 101-94.
JJ Redick added 20 points for the Clippers,
who have clearly the best record of any
non-division leader in the West.
Kristaps Porzingis led the Knicks with 23
points in 31 minutes after getting into early
Minnesota s Ricky Rubio made a 3-pointer
with 0.2 seconds left to lift the Timberwolves
past Oklahoma City 99-96, ending a run
of 10 successive losses to the Thunder.
Memphis Lance Stephenson scored a
career-high 33 points, and Matt Barnes had
a triple-double with 26 points, 11 rebounds
and ten assists to lead the Grizzlies past
New Orleans 121-114 in overtime.
Utah s Shelvin Mack scored a career-high
27 points in the Jazz s 114-93 victory over
Washington. Orlando won 107-100 at Sacr-
mento, led by Aaron Gordon s 20 points
and 11 rebounds.
Philadelphia recorded only its ninth win
of the season, ending a run of 13 consecutive
losses, by beating Brooklyn 95-89. (AP)
Afghanistan beats Zimbabwe, qualifies for Super 10
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