ICC World Cup Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed is confident about their bowling unit

first_imghighlights Pakistan will play their opening match in the World Cup against the Windies.The ICC Cricket World cup is scheduled to start on May 30. The final will be played at Lord’s on July 14.  For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Sarfaraz also praised Mohammad Hasnain, the 19-year-old speedster, who came into the limelight after the PSL 2019. Yesterday, he didn’t get a wicket but gave away only 29 runs.“All the six fast bowlers that we have are outstanding. You talked about Hasnain, he delivered a brilliant performance, apart from him there is Hasan, Junaid, Amir and Faheem Ashraf. The fast bowling unit is good,” Sarfaraz was quoted as saying in an interview with Geo News.He also thanked Imran Khan, the 1992 World Cup-winning captain and the current Honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan, for sharing his insights and motivating the team to play with dedication.“I would first like to thank PM Imran for spending his valuable time with us. He gave us a lot of motivation and said that the entire country’s prayers are with us and urged us to play with complete dedication, keeping our intentions pure and leave everything to Allah,” he concluded. New Delhi: The Pakistan team, captained by wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed, hasn’t had the greatest of times of late. Previously, Pakistan slumped to a 5-0 whitewash against Australia in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and were now upstaged by England in lone T20. After the limited over 50-over series, the men-in-green will be seen competing in the ICC Cricket World Cup which is scheduled to start on May 30.Pakistan will play their opening match in the World Cup against the Windies on Friday, May 31 at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Sarfaraz’s men will now play a five-match ODI series against the Three Lions, starting Wednesday, May 8. In the meantime, prior to the World Cup, Sarfaraz has shown confidence in his fast bowlers, including Mohammad Amir, who wasn’t included in the provisional squad for the mega event.last_img read more


Second-half run propels Syracuse to 72-48 win at Cincinnati

first_img Published on February 6, 2013 at 1:21 am Contact Kevin: For the first half of Syracuse’s road matchup with Cincinnati on Tuesday, the score did not reflect the record of each team.The same can’t be said for the second half.The Bearcats hung with the Orange (19-3, 7-2 Big East), falling behind and battling back in the first half. But Syracuse left Cincinnati (8-14, 0-9) with a 72-48 victory, buoyed by a 10-0 run early in the second half that turned a 31-30 nail-biter into a 41-30 SU advantage. The win, Syracuse’s third straight, moves the Orange into a tie for third place in the conference standings. With every victory, Syracuse moves closer to the ultimate goal of ending its five-year NCAA Tournament drought.“We had a big second half, which was big in the game,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “We competed at a high level, showed a solid work ethic and really pushed the pace of the game.”SU’s senior class has demonstrated game-changing ability in addition to its leadership throughout the season, a characteristic readily apparent Tuesday. Seniors Elashier Hall, Kayla Alexander and Carmen Tyson-Thomas served as the Orange’s three leading scorers against the Bearcats, with Hall and Alexander leading the way with 23 points each. Tyson-Thomas was next with nine, and no other Orange player had more than five.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt wasn’t just on the scoresheet where the Orange seniors made their presence felt. Alexander and Hall were the team’s two leading rebounders, with Alexander at nine and Hall adding eight. The seniors’ energy throughout the game was pivotal in the winning effort, Hillsman said.“They played really good basketball,” Hillsman said of the seniors. “When you have that kind of effort from the leaders, it really gives us a chance.”Hall’s 23-point effort moves her into the 1,000-point club after starting the game with 997. Hall joins Alexander and Tyson-Thomas as active 1,000-point career scorers. Alexander became SU’s all-time leading scorer in a loss to Villanova on Jan. 26.“It’s unbelievable,” Hillsman said. “It’s a testament to her (Hall’s) work ethic.”After holding a 31-27 halftime advantage, SU’s lead shrunk to a point when Cincinnati’s Alyesha Lovett nailed a 3-point shot just 25 seconds into the second half. The Orange embarked on its key 10-0 run on the next possession, when Hall missed a 3 but grabbed her own rebound and made a layup.The run concluded with an Alexander jumper with 16:08 remaining, as Syracuse held the Bearcats without a bucket for nearly five minutes. The Bearcats’ Kayla Cook made a 3 with 14:26 left to make the score 41-35, but SU responded by scoring the next six points and led by double digits the rest of the way.Despite Cincinnati’s struggles throughout the season and a 0-9 conference record, Hillsman was impressed by the way the Bearcats competed throughout the game. The Bearcats have lost four of their nine conference games by eight points or less, and possess more talent than their record may indicate, Hillsman said.“You look at their record and you would think they’re bad, but they’re not really that bad,” Hillsman said. “They’ve got good players. In the first half, they played well and we played well. We just wore them down.”For the game, the Orange shot 49 percent (25-for-51) from the field while holding Cincinnati to a 31.5 percent clip. Alexander went 8-for-12 with her usual selection of mostly inside attempts while hitting 7-of-12 at the line. Hall went 7-for-13 overall (2-of-3 from beyond the arc) and made 7-of-8 free throws.“We took very good shots,” Hillsman said. “That was a key in the game, taking good shots. When you give yourself a chance by taking good shots and making the shots, you’ve got to give yourself credit. Give our kids a lot of credit tonight.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


Men’s soccer: Two missed penalty kicks cost Badgers in loss to Phoenix

first_imgNeedless to say, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team (2-7-0) did not have a good three-game home stretch, ending it with a gut-wrenching 3-2 loss to Green Bay (2-5-2) on Wednesday night at McClimon Complex.Even though the Badgers finally scored a goal at home this season, the team missed two key penalty kicks that eventually cost them the match.Excluding the penalty kicks, the game ultimately came down to a tale of two halves. The Badgers came out firing in the first. Drew Conner knotted his second goal on the season in the 13th minute off an assist from Luc Kazmierczak (Kazmierczak’s first point and start of the year).Six minutes later, the Badgers grew their lead with a smooth touch from Mark Segbers off a double assist from Tom Barlow and Conner. Wisconsin kept their foot on the pedal for the rest of the half, but couldn’t keep Green Bay’s talented mid-fielder Audi Jepson from putting one in the net late in the period.In a quick turn around, the Green Bay defense was caught sleeping and tripped Conner in the box, giving Wisconsin a penalty kick with only a minute left in the half. Conner failed to take advantage of the opportunity and Green Bay salvaged a 2-1 deficit at the half.The second half took a turn for the worse for the home team. Only three minutes in, Green Bay’s William Nordenstrom scored a beautiful goal low on Wisconsin goalkeeper Adrian Remeniuk and tied it up 2-2. Cheenuj Shong’s goal in the 55th minute secured the comeback for Green Bay and seemed to take the life out of the depleted Badgers. Green Bay controlled much of the half and looked to be playing with more energy and focus. Wisconsin looked out-of-sync and much less motivated to go out and win.Despite everything, Wisconsin’s Christopher Mueller was tackled in the box with little less than 10 minutes to go and lined up for a second penalty kick with the hopes of escaping with a tie. Mueller sent the shot wide left and Wisconsin couldn’t rally following another missed opportunity.“We have to be able to put away games like this,” Wisconsin head coach John Trask said. “Hats off to Green Bay but we need guys to step up going forward.”There were a few bright spots for the Badgers. Isaac Schlenker came off the bench in the first half and provided some much needed energy to take a 2-0 lead. Trask said he believes Schlenker played and looked like the team’s best forward at this point. Solid performances from Kazmierczak and Nick Jones also stood out in the otherwise difficult game for a team that is looking for answers.“We don’t seem resolute for 90 minutes,” Trask said. “We had plenty of chances to make it 3-1 and we didn’t finish those chances; that’s a soccer game. We have half a season left and we have to be better in games like this.”The Badgers now travel to Ann Arbor for a Big Ten matchup against Michigan Sunday.last_img read more