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Month: March 2019

The newly-laid track at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo

The newly-laid track at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo

Pakistan are 277 for seven

Sri Lanka were strong with their bowling at the death and made it tough for Pakistan to get away with easy runs despite Shahid Afridi trying to get things moving. Mishah anchored the innings while Younis accelerated at will in the middle stages to leave Pakistan with a platform to build on in the third powerplay.

Rangana Herath was the pick of the bowlers with 2/46 from his 10 overs while Muttiah Muralitharan was as miserly as ever- conceding just 35 off his 10 overs for the wicket of Umar Akmal.

Kamran Akmal contributed 39 and looked set for a big score before being done in by Herath. Afridi fell to Angelo Mathews, trying to get as many as possible, with just about an over left.

This is a challenging total- match on from now. Pakistan will rely on their spinners to check a strong Lankan middle-order though the crowd would be behind their local heroes.

Three pakistani cricketers charged for bribes

Three pakistani cricketers charged for bribes

LONDON  British prosecutors on Friday charged three Pakistan cricketers with taking bribes to fix incidents in an international match in England last year.

Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir are accused of fixing certain incidents, such as the bowling of no-balls at pre-agreed times, during the fourth test at Lord’s last August.

Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service said the trio, along with a fourth man, sporting agent Mazhar Majeed, had been charged with conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments and with conspiracy to cheat.

“These charges relate to allegations that Mr Majeed accepted money from a third party to arrange for the players to bowl `no balls’, during Pakistan’s Fourth Test at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London,” said Simon Clements, head of the CPS Special Crime Division.

He said Majeed had been ordered to appear at London’s City of Westminster Magistrates Court on March 17.

“Summonses for the same court date have been issued for the three players and they have been asked to return to this country voluntarily, as they agreed to do in September last year,” Clements said.

“Their extradition will be sought should they fail to return,” he added.