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5th cricketer suspended for corruption
ISLAMABAD---A fifth cricketer
has been provisionally suspend-
ed by the Pakistan Cricket Board
for violating its anti-corruption
codes during the recent Pakistan
Shahzaib Hasan was issued a no-
tice of charge and suspended with
immediate effect, the PCB said in a
statement on Friday. He has 14 days
to respond to the notice.
The charges against Hasan relate
to a player allegedly failing to report
a suspicious approach in time and
in full detail to PCB anti-corruption
officials, and also for allegedly in-
volving players in corruption indi-
rectly. Hasan last played for Pakistan
during the 2009 World Twenty20.
He has played 10 T20s and three
In the PSL, he scored 19 and 0 in
two innings for Karachi Kings.
The spot-fixing scandal broke in
the PSL last month when the PCB
provisionally suspended Islama-
bad United players Sharjeel Khan
and Khalid Latif immediately after
United's opening match against Pe-
The PCB has already formed a
three-member tribunal to conduct
an inquiry against both players.
Former Pakistan opener Nasir
Jamshed was also suspended after
he was first arrested in the UK as
part of its investigation into alleged
corruption in the PSL.
Pakistan international Moham-
mad Irfan was also suspended. Ir-
fan and Hasan were questioned by
anti-corruption officials during the
PSL, but were allowed to compete
in the T20 tournament.
Rahul fifty helps India to 120-1
RANCHI---India made a confi-
dent start in the first innings of
the third Test against Australia
yesterday, reaching 120-1 by the
close of the second day after
Australia was dismissed for 451
thanks to a big unbeaten century
from skipper Steve Smith and a
maiden test hundred from Glenn
Lokesh Rahul scored his fourth
half-century of this series as India
finished the day still 331 behind.
At the end of play, opener Mura-
li Vijay was unbeaten on 42, while
Cheteshwar Pujara was 10 not out.
After tea, Rahul, with 67, and Vijay
took their opening stand to 91 runs.
It was their highest partnership in
ten innings together.
Rahul reached his fifth test
half-century off 69 balls, and was
the aggressor in the opening stand.
He hit nine fours and faced 102 balls.
Vijay dug in for the long haul
from the very beginning and faced
Pat Cummins dismissed Rahul
with a sharp bouncer in the 32nd
over. The batsman had nowhere to
go against a quick and rising deliv-
ery, and it nicked his glove on its way
to the wicketkeeper.
Pujara and Vijay then added 29 for
the second wicket, and never looked
in any particular bother.
Earlier, Glenn Maxwell (104)
scored his maiden test hundred and
extended his fifth-wicket partner-
ship with Smith to 191 runs. Smith
also added 64 with Mathew Wade
(37) as the visitors notched up a
challenging first-innings' total.
From an overnight 299-4, it was
literally a bat-breaking start to the
day. Maxwell's willow broke in half
off the first ball he faced from Umesh
Maxwell is only the second Aus-
tralian batsman after Shane Wat-
son to score hundreds in all three
formats. Australia were bowled out
for 451 in their first innings with
Steve Smith scoring an unbeaten
178. He batted for a mammoth 512
minutes, facing 361 deliveries, and
hit 17 fours.
Ravindra Jadeja (5-124) was the
standout bowler for India as he took
his eighth five-wicket haul in test
cricket. Umesh Yadav returned fig-
ures of 3-106.
Smith had struck his 19th test
hundred on day one, and rescued
the visitors from 140-4 after they
won the toss and opted to bat.
Australia won the series-open-
er at Pune by 333 runs, and India
leveled with a 75-run win in Ban-
galore. In both matches, the pitch
has played a significant role in the
Shakib century puts
Bangladesh in control
Hasan scored his fifth
test hundred and was
part of two big partner-
ships to put Bangladesh
in command of the sec-
ond Test yesterday, lead-
ing Sri Lanka by 75 runs at
stumps on the third day.
Bangladesh was bowled
out for 467 in its first in-
nings, securing a 129-run
first innings lead over Sri
Lanka, whose first innings
score was 338.
Shakib faced 159 deliver-
ies for his 116, including 10
boundaries. He shared 92 for
the sixth wicket with cap-
tain Mushfiqur Rahim (52)
to steady Bangladesh from
a vulnerable position.
Then he combined for a
131-run partnership for the
seventh wicket with Mos-
sadek Hossain, who made
a half-century on debut
and was out last for a well-
Hossain faced 155 deliver-
ies and hit seven boundaries
and two sixes.
Sri Lanka's openers started
their second innings posi-
tively and made 54 with-
out loss in the 13 overs they
faced. Dimuth Karunaratne
and Upul Tharanga remained
not out with 25 runs each.
Shakib said that he felt
satisfied with his century
because he had to work hard
"I think it is evenly bal-
anced at this moment. Cru-
cial thing will be how both
teams play in the first session
"If we get a few wickets
then we will be in the driv-
ing seat, but if we don't get
wickets and they play well,
then they will be in the driv-
ing seat," Shakib said.
Bangladesh resumed the
third day at 214-5, having
to rebuild the innings after
a midway stutter. Having
reached 192-2 they lost
three wickets close to stumps
Thursday to be vulnerable on
But Shakib and Rahim did
well to rotate the strike and
scored boundaries off loose
balls to quickly free them-
selves from pressure.
Rahim eventually departed
for 52, at 290-6, bowled by
a sharp inswinger from fast
bowler Suranga Lakmal two
overs after the new ball was
taken. He faced 81 deliveries
and hit six boundaries.
Shakib was out in the
middle session trying to
force left-arm wrist spin-
ner Lakshan Sandakan and
being caught by Dinesh
Captain Rangana Herath
and Sandakan took four
wickets each for Sri Lanka.
Sandakan said that the
pitch at the P.Sara Oval has
become slower as the match
has progressed and the spin-
ners did not get the expected
assistance when the ball be-
'If you keep the ball as
new as possible, I think the
spinners have a good chance
here. We'll have to bat really
well tomorrow. We have a big
opportunity and I'm sure our
batsmen will turn the match
in our favour."
Saumya Sarkar and Tamim
Iqbal gave Bangladesh a good
start with a 95-run opening
stand on Thursday.
Sarkar made 61 off 121 balls
hitting six boundaries. Iqbal
was dismissed for 49 having
earlier survived two close lbw
Sandakan later took two
wickets in successive balls
and Lakmal took a wicket in
the next over to leave Bang-
Sri Lanka leads the two-
match series after winning
the first Test by 259 runs
Bangladeshi batsman Mosaddek Hossain plays a shot
against Sri Lanka on day three of their second test cricket
match in Colombo, Sri Lanka, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Kock made 91 and Temba
Bavuma 89 in contrasting in-
nings and a 160-run partner-
ship which drove South Africa
to an invaluable 81-run lead
over New Zealand yesterday
on the second day of the sec-
ond cricket Test.
Replying to New Zealand's
first innings of 268, De Kock and
Bavuma swung the balance of the
match when they guided South
Africa from 94-6 to 254-7 in a
partnership which spanned the
entire second session.
They played the Proteas to the
brink of an unlikely first innings
lead, before Vernon Philander
and Morne Morkel combined in
a valuable 47-run partnership for
the last wicket, still unbroken at
stumps, which enhanced South
Africa's lead in a match and series
which has teetered on a knife's
edge. The Proteas ended the day
at 349-9 with Philander 36 not
out and Morkel 31, approaching
his highest test score of 40.
De Kock played the aggressive
role, compiling his 91 runs from
118 balls with 10 fours and three
sixes while Bavuma was more
circumspect. His innings began
before de Kock and ended after
him, lasting amost four hours and
including nine boundaries.
Together the pair was able to
break the grip New Zealand's
bowlers held on the match after
taking four wickets in the first
session, reducing South Africa
from 24-2 at the resumption to
104-6 at lunch.
New Zealand claimed what
seemed the critical wickets of
the South African innings dur-
ing that pre-lunch session, re-
moving J.P. Duminy (16), Hashim
Amla (23), Faf du Plessis (22) and
nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada
(9) before lunch.
De Kock and Rabada dug in and
defied New Zealand for most of
the next three hours. The second
session was the first in the series
to yield no wickets, and came af-
ter 16 wickets tumbled in the first
four sessions in Wellington.
Colin de Grandhomme claimed
the vital wickets of Amla and de
Plessis after dismissing Dean El-
gar on the first day. Neil Wagner
removed Duminy and Tim South-
ee dismissed Rabada while first
innings century-maker Henry
Nicholls, whose maiden test
hundred helped New Zealand to
268 after it was 101-5, held two
catches at mid-wicket.
The wickets which had come
so plentifully in the first session
dried up after lunch. De Kock and
Bavada applied themselves reso-
lutely, and batting became easier
on a Basin Reserve pitch which
dried and lost its early menace.
There was still enough life
in the wicket late in the day
for Southee to strike Morkel a
heavy blow on the helmet. The
tall paceman quickly recovered
to continue his innings and, with
each run, to play South Africa
into a more commanding posi-
leads Kiwis by 81
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