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Pakistan collapse in a heap against unrelenting pace and hostility

New Zealand 659 for 6 declared (Williamson 238, Nicholls 157, Mitchell 102*) beat Pakistan 297 (Azhar 93, Jamieson 6-69) and 186 (Gohar 37, Jamieson 6-48) by an innings and 176 runs

Ambushed by pace and hostility, Pakistan’s forgettable tour of New Zealand is over. A 2-0 series sweep for New Zealand makes them the No. 1 Test side, and gives them a great chance of making the final of the World Test Championship at Lord’s in June.

Kyle Jamieson, just six Tests old, was the shining star, finishing with match figures of 11 for 117 as New Zealand wrapped up victory inside four days. Pakistan’s disappointing 186 all out not even a shade of their first-innings effort on a green day one surface, where Azhar Ali and Mohammad Rizwan showed admirable fight.

Only Zafar Gohar, who made 34 in the first innings, maDE some sort of an impression with the bat in the second dig to score 37. Picked as a bowling allrounder, he ended with none for 159 with his left-arm spin, but could have left wondering if he did enough with the bat to merit a place when they play Tests next at home against South Africa.

It told you how the rest of the bating line-up applied themselves on a surface that was far from menacing. Azhar’s 37 was second best in an innings where Pakistan collapsed in a heap to Jamieson, who operates with a simple formula: pitch it on a length, get the ball to rear off the deck and have the batsmen second-guessing their own technique.

This consumed Abid Ali, who went for an expansive drive at the first sight of width. Having cut off his scoring for 20 deliveries and close to 40 minutes, he was out driving to backward point where substitute Will Young threw himself to his left to pull off a one-handed stunner.

Haris Sohail fell soon after lunch, pushing with an angled bat to one that nipped away, finishing the tour with a disappointing 27 runs in four innings. Then came the set-up of the day. Having figured Azhar wasn’t comfortable playing back, Jamieson decided to go the Neil Wagner way and attack his rib-cage from around the wicket.

One over is all it took for the plan to work as Azhar, looking to hop away to fend gloved one down the leg side to BJ Watling. This set in panic and a wayward approach to the short-ball as the lower order looked to slog their way out of trouble rather than get behind the line.

Because the short-ball was on their mind so much, the batsmen were eager to push at full deliveries, Mohammad Rizwan’s dismissal being a case-in point. A sucker ball – full, did him in swinging back in to sneak through the gap between bat and pad to crash into the stumps.

Fawad Alam, Pakistan’s only centurion on tour, then held one end up, somehow ducking and weaving his way out of a short-ball barrage against the old ball before poking at a delivery he should’ve left on 16 to Ross Taylor at slip. From there on, it was only a question of when Pakistan would fold. The sense of despondency so real that even Kane Williamson, a reluctant bowler, brought himself on for the first time as captain.

Having missed an lbw with a slider, he had Shaheen Afridi caught at slip going for a slog. Victory was achieved an hour after tea when Gohar swung one to Matt Henry at long leg. This ended a golden Test summer, with New Zealand winning each of their four Tests – two apiece against West Indies and Pakistan.

Having done their bit, they’ll now sit back and see who they could potentially meet in the World Championship final. While there are a few mathematical miracles that could see them out, they’d have to be incredibly lucky not to have a shot at history at Lord’s.

Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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FIFA Club World Cup 2020 – News – Lee: My European experience would be a weapon against Bayern

  • Lee Chungyong one of Ulsan Hyundai’s most experienced players
  • The winger starred in Europe and played at two FIFA World Cups
  • Lee: “We can compete with Bayern”

Few South Koreans have enjoyed as long a stay in Europe as Lee Chungyong. The 32-year-old spent 11 years between Bolton Wanders, Crystal Palace and Bochum before joining Ulsan Hyundai last year.

Lee helped the Tigers win the AFC Champions League in December and consequently book a trip to the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™, which will begin next month. And he believes his experience on the Old Continent will be an asset if Ulsan can secure a dream match-up against the mighty Bayern Munich.

“My experiences in Europe are perhaps the biggest weapon,” the winger told FIFA.com. “They are one of the best clubs in the world. We may not be on the same level as them, but I played in Europe for years and I am pretty sure we can compete against them if we make the best of our strengths.”

Lee has reason to be confident. Upon the resumption of the AFC Champions League in September, Ulsan won seven straight matches to reach the semi-finals. There, they battled from behind to see off Andres Iniesta and Vissel Kobe, before another fightback victory, this time over Persepolis, in the final. The winner came from a penalty earned when Lee’s cross was handled.

“I’m proud of my team for this achievement,” said Lee. “Our journey proved tough and the campaign was hard-fought throughout. But our players maintained a relaxed mindset during the competition, and this was the reason why we enjoyed this campaign and won it.

“Every team participating in the AFC Champions League is of a high standard. But Vissel Kobe and Persepolis proved harder to play against. Against both of them we conceded the first goal and had to fight back.

“But we trusted each other and believed that we could reverse the match, and we made it. The bond between us team-mates is solid.”

Ulsan will travel to Doha under a new coach – none other than Korea Republic legend Hong Myungbo. Lee, having helped his side finish K League runners-up and become Asian champions, wants to continue being an example to his team-mates.

“Perhaps my place in the team is not fixed yet, but I want to share my experience with our youngsters,” he said. “I want to be a role model both on and off the pitch. Maybe this is what the coach is expecting me to be.”







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Lee is no stranger on global scene, having figured prominently for Korea Republic at two FIFA World Cups™: South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014. The Seoul native is now excited to play in his first Club World Cup.

“Of course I’m looking forward to playing in the Club World Cup,” he said. “It’s been quite a while [since my last FIFA tournament]. All the clubs in the competition are world-class and I can’t wait to play against them.”

Lee got his country’s goal in a 4-1 loss to Lionel Messi and Argentina at South Africa 2010, and his second of the tournament against Uruguay in the Round of 16. Is he dreaming about finding the target at Qatar 2020?

“It would be truly wonderful if I can score goals,” he said. “But for me, the team always comes first. I have to do whatever I can to help my team win.”



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Recent Match Report – Australia vs India 4th Test 2020

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Updates, analysis and colour from the third day of the fourth Test

Welcome to our live report of the third day of the Australia-India Test from Brisbane. Join us for updates, analysis and colour. You can find our traditional ball-by-ball commentary here

5.34pm: Stumps

David Warner’s counterpunch at the end remining us that Australia have still finished the day with a handy lead and two days to go. But the rain forecast for the last two days is sure to play on their minds as they seek a 2-1 scoreline for the series, the only one that guarantees the Border-Gavaskar Trophy for them. Perhaps only Josh Hazlewood goes back feeling like he had a good day today, another incisive day of Test match bowling for him, finishing with a five-for.

For the second innings in a row, India found resistance from their last recognised batting pair to deny Australia a strong push for a win. On this occasion, it was debutant Washington Sundar and bowler Shardul Thakur batting together for 36 overs, across sessions, and making maiden Test fifties to help India post 336 after they were reduced to 6 for 186 just after lunch.

Full report to follow…

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Newly acquired LeVert out indefinitely for Pacers with mass on kidney

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers will be without newly acquired Caris LeVert indefinitely after an MRI showed a mass on his left kidney during a physical to complete this week’s blockbuster four-team trade.

Team officials made the announcement Saturday on Twitter. They say he will undergo more tests and additional details will be released at a later date.

“On behalf of my family and myself, we want to thank the Indiana Pacers for their support and guidance,” LeVert said in a statement. “We are grateful for their extreme thoroughness during the physical process and I am looking forward to joining the team and being part of this great organization as soon as possible.”

The 26-year-old LeVert was acquired Wednesday in the deal that sent Harden to the Brooklyn Nets and two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo to Houston.

LeVert was expected to replace Oladipo and help replace forward T.J. Warren, who is out indefinitely after having surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot.

It’s unclear what the Pacers will do without LeVert.

“We acquired Caris because of who he is as a young man first and foremost,” Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said. “His basketball skill and on-court play speaks for itself and we know he has a great career ahead of him. We will support Caris through this time and know that he will join us on the court as soon as he is able.”

The Pacers expected to get several advantages from the acquisition.

LeVert’s contract is $4.8 million cheaper this season and likely cheaper than it would have been to re-sign Oladipo after this season.

Plus, LeVert is signed through 2022-23, as are three other Pacers starters. And while the 28-year-old Oladipo continues his comeback from a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee, LeVert looked like a player on the rise.

His scoring totals improved each of his first four seasons in the league and despite largely coming off the bench, this has been his best all-around season. He’s averaging 18.5 points and a career-best 6.0 assists and 4.3 rebounds.



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