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Two Pakistan players
suspended from T20 league
internationals Sharjeel Khan
and Khalid Latif have been pro-
visionally suspended from the
Pakistan Super League under
Both Khan and Latif play for de-
fending champion Islamabad United
in the fledgling PSL. Its second sea-
son began in the United Arab Emir-
ates on Thursday.
Latif didn't play and Sharjeel was
out for 1 as United won its opening
match against Peshawar Zalmi.
The Pakistan Cricket Board, in
suspending the pair, said in a state-
ment on Friday it was investigating
"an international syndicate which is
believed to be attempting to corrupt
PSL chairman Najam Sethi de-
clined to give details.
"This investigation is a clear
demonstration of our determination
to drive corruption out of our sport,"
Sethi said in a statement.
PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan
said players should, "as a matter of
urgency," say if they receive a suspi-
Sharjeel made his test debut
against Australia at Sydney last
month and has played 25 one-day
internationals and 15 Twenty20s.
Latif has represented Pakistan in
5 ODIs and 13 T20s.
Kohli leads record-setting
2nd day against Bangladesh
HYDERABAD---Virat Kohli struck
his fourth double century as India
declared on 687-6 and demoral-
ised Bangladesh further by taking
a wicket on a record-filled day
two yesterday of their sole Test.
Bangladesh reached 41-1 in 14
overs, losing Soumya Sarkar to an
edge on 15 two overs before stumps at
Rajiv Ghandi International Stadium.
Bangladesh trail by 646 runs, with
Tamim Iqbal on 24, and Mominul
Haque on 1.
Kohli, resuming from 111 over-
night, scored 204 from 246 deliv-
eries, and hit 24 fours. He became
the first batsman in cricket history
to post double hundreds in four con-
secutive test series.
He scored 200 against West Indies
in Antigua, 211 against New Zealand
in Indore, and 235 against England in
Mumbai, all in 2016. He surpassed
Donald Bradman and Rahul Dravid,
who achieved double hundreds in
three successive series.
He was finally dismissed in the
126th over, as Taijul Islam (3-156)
trapped him lbw.
"I have seen him on television so
many times, but this was a different
experience bowling to him in a test.
Obviously, I got to learn a lot," teen-
age Bangladesh offspinner Mehedi
Hasan Miraz said.
He bowled a second-best 42 overs
and took 2-165.
"The pitch is quite flat ... but the
odd ball was spinning, and they were
uncomfortable against those deliv-
eries," Mehedi Hasan said. "We have
scored nearly 600 in New Zealand,
so we need to believe."
Starting from 356-3, India's 500
came up after lunch in the 128th over,
and shortly afterward it registered
the highest innings at the venue,
beating its own 503 against Aus-
tralia in 2013.
Ravichandran Ashwin (34) was
caught at slip off Mehedi Hasan, and
India marched on, crossing 600 in
the 147th over.
It became the first team in cricket
history to record 600-plus totals in
three successive test innings. Pre-
viously, India scored 631 and 759-7
declared against England in Mumbai
and Chennai in December.
After tea, Wriddhiman Saha (106
not out) and Ravindra Jadeja (60 not
out) looked for quick runs. They put
on 118 for the seventh wicket, and
India declared when Saha reached
his second test hundred.
Saha, who survived a stumping
attempt early on as wicketkeeper
Mushfiqur Rahim fumbled, got to
his hundred off 153 balls, including
seven fours and two sixes.
At the other end, Jadeja scored his
fifth test half-century off 68 balls.
Saha knew he was lucky after
Mushfiqur missed, and felt the cen-
tury was destined.
"Virat always backs everybody and
tells you to play your natural game,"
he said. "That's why I tried playing
that shot (referring to the missed
stumping chance). But Virat said
that it's not a problem, if you again
get a chance, hit it."
India's captain Virat Kohli plays a shot during the second day of a cricket
test match against Bangladesh in Hyderabad, India, yesterday. AP PHOTO
In this March 25, 2016 file photo, Pakistan's Khalid Latif bats during their
ICC World Twenty20 2016 cricket match against Australia in Mohali, India.
In this January 4, 2017 file photo, Pakistan's Sharjeel Khan turns to see the
ball he nicked going to slips to be caught by Australia during their cricket
test match in Sydney, Australia. AP PHOTO
Hashim Amla and Quinton
de Kock continued their ex-
traordinary form at Centuri-
on as their centuries carried
South Africa to a total of 384-
6 against Sri Lanka in the
fifth one-day international
The pair shared an opening
stand of 187 after South Africa
lost the toss and was asked to bat.
De Kock struck 109 and Amla
As a result, Amla notched his
fourth consecutive hundred on
the ground, while De Kock made
it four centuries in his last five
games at Centurion.
De Kock also kept up his 100
per cent conversion rate of fif-
ties to hundreds at the venue and
became the fastest wicketkeep-
er-batsman to 3000 ODI runs,
reaching the landmark in his 74th
He was the first to bring up
his hundred on Friday, doing so
in 80 deliveries before falling to
fast bowler Suranga Lakmal.
Amla anchored the innings
perfectly, but also lashed out to-
ward the close. He struck five six-
es in his 134-ball knock, making
the most of an excellent batting
surface, and was dismissed only
in the penultimate over.
South Africa leads the series
4-0, and will leapfrog Australia
to the top of the ICC rankings if it
pulls off a 5-0 sweep. (AP)
Amla, De Kock
South Africa to
384-6 in 5th ODI
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