Sunday, 24 March 2013

Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic win at windy Miami

Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova shook off windy conditions to move into the fourth round of the Sony Open at Miami on Sunday.

Serb Djokovic posted a 6-2 6-4 victory over India's Somdev Devvarman and Sharapova turned back fellow Russian Elena Vesnina 6-4 6-2.

Novak Djkovic's win set up a clash with German Tommy Haas, who beat Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3 6-2.

"It was very difficult to kind of get into a rhythm because you couldn't really serve at 100 percent," Djokovic, the two-time defending champion, told reporters.

"You had to go more for precision and put twice as much effort into the step adjustments because of the windy conditions. All in all, I'm just happy to get through the rough day."

The top-seeded Serb took 28 of his 31 first-serve points and faced just one break point in the 68-minute victory.

Haas, seeded 15th, moved through to the fourth round for the first time since 2001. He hit 13 aces and saved seven of the eight break points against his serve.

"He's probably one of the most experienced active players in the world now," Djokovic said of the German. "He can play equally well on any surface."

Spain's world number five David Ferrer outlasted Italian Fabio Fognini 6-1 7-5 and Japan's Kei Nishikori, Ferrer's next opponent, beat Xavier Malisse of Belgium 6-2 7-5.

World number two Sharapova, who is on an eight-match winning streak, fell behind 3-1 in the first set but won 11 of the next 14 games to advance in straight sets.

"It wasn't easy for the both of us with the heat and the wind," Sharapova said. "It was just one of those days where you know you might not be playing your best tennis. I certainly wasn't today."

The third seed next faces Czech Klara Zakopalova, who beat Russia's Maria Kirilenko 6-2 7-6.

Romanian Sorana Cirstea pulled off Sunday's biggest surprise, taking out sixth seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-4 6-0.

After Kerber held at 4-4, Cirstea won eight games in a row - and lost just seven points in those eight games.

"I didn't have any expectations coming into this tournament because I've never played that well in Miami," Cirstea said.

"But I've been fighting the best I could and working my way through every single match, and it's working."

She draws former finalist Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, a 7-6 6-4 winner over Russian Nadia Petrova.

Brass & SAA Mills win volleyball title

ISLAMABAD - SAA and Brass Mills won the final match of the volleyball event in the 45th POF Inter-factories Sports Competition after defeating AA Factory 3-0 here at the POF Sports Complex on Sunday.
The event was held under the auspices of POF Sports Control Board. Liaqat Ali Khan of SAA and Brass Mills was declared man of the tournament while Yasir Rahman was man of the match. POF Board chairman Lt Gen M Ahsan Mahmood HI (M) gave away trophies and prizes to the winners.
Speaking at the occasion, the POF Board chairman said: “Sports competitions teach discipline and help in building the character of youth and encourage them to meet the challenges of future.” Earlier, the POF Board chairman inaugurated fitness center equipped with latest facilities and synthetic court of volleyball.
In the concluding ceremony, POF Sports Control Board president M Rizwan in his welcoming remarks thanked the POF Board chairman for taking keen interest in the sporting activities and up-gradation of sports facilities. POF Sports Control Board vice president Col (retd) Inam Ullah Khan presented the tournament report and said the sports gala continued for the last two months in which more than 1500 players participated.

England vs New Zealan, 3rd Test, Day 4

New Zealand batsman  Peter Fulton scored his second century of the Test hitting 110 runs off 165 balls leading New Zealand to a total of 241 for 6 dec. in the second innings. 

Pakistan cricket team would undergo a post-mortem

Test series 3-0 and lose one-day series 3-2, Pakistan cricket team would be subjected to autopsy, when he got home, captain Misbah-ul-Haq, said in Benoni on Sunday.

"We started badly, especially in test matches, and although we improved in the second test, we have errors in our employees all the way," said Misbah.

"Come back and reflect on the power and see what we can do in the future."

Despite respond twice to tie the game with a series of five days, lowered Pakistan's decision bad batting in the fifth and final game.

"It was an important moment when AB de Villiers (with the soundtrack for a) decreased, but sometimes in cricket., Even if these catches will remain at this level

"But we can only blame ourselves for the way we met and that's what cost us the game."

Although most drummers began, none of them have a great score as Kamran Akmal top handles with 48 tracks.

"We should have at least 250 strikeouts and was poor shot selection and irresponsible," he said after Pakistan made 205 and were overwhelmed, lost the final to decide six doors.

There were some positive after their exhausting tour, especially the ability of the team fired twice in the series to take.

"The team has a lot of character, because even when they were down, they were able to fight and we win games," he said.

"I think we can get some positive aspects of the tour but South Africa are very tough opponents in their own terms."

Mohammad Irfan, the tallest man in cricket, had made a good impression on his Test debut in South Africa, but Misbah said he had some work to do if he wanted to play all three formats of the game.

"Irfan is working hard on his fitness if he wants to play Test cricket, but the way we played, especially in the ODIs is a very important factor for us.

"We have to look very carefully to not play because of the physical evidence, it could be dangerous for him.

"He is calm under pressure and in terms of temperament, he has no problem, only work on their ability to do so.

Misbah said his team was eager to meet the new South Africa for the Champions Trophy and they go home and start discussing the future and work on his next fight.

Australia vs India, 4th Test, day three

Pragyan Ojha's joy knew no bounds as he bowled Australia captain Shane Watson for five. India eventually won the Test and series 4-0.

Sourav Ganguly says, Sachin should play as long as he wants to

Former captain Sourav Ganguly of India on Sunday said Sachin Tendulkar should play as long as you want.
There is a rumor that Tendulkar, who turns 40 next month, can his last on Indian soil when he played at Kotla beaten because it is not a scheduled test in the country next year.

"Only time will tell (removed Tendulkar.) You can play all the time you want, whether in South Africa, New Zealand or anywhere else," said Ganguly.

When asked about dry spell Tendulkar, Ganguly said: "A win is always a team effort, we must not forget their contribution in the first test in Chennai - 81 is really brave to rescue India are two down.".

Cheteshwar Pujara says Ganguly was awarded as the best player of the match went to Ravindra Jadeja for 5/58.

"He has 134 runs - 52 and 82 -. A track not difficult to turn my opinion, is the man of the match Pujara" Ganguly told a local television channel.

India won the test, the. Fourth and last of the six windows, to win the game with a series of four historic 4-0 victory and win the trophy Border Gavaskar

"Sure, lime is a great thing. 'S As India has achieved is truly commendable. No wonder how Australians fell.'ve Done wrong in the past few years," said Ganguly.

Former Indian cricket, young people must be given time at least two years as captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has a crucial phase ahead.

"This team is in a rebuilding process. Should be given time to decide. Dhoni I safe around until the World Cup 2015th 17-18 months is very important because you have to build on this page."

Ganguly also think he's not ready to Virender Sehwag opens higher after the second test was abandoned.

"We all know his talent.'s One of the greatest. Believe that you will have the opportunity during the tour of South Africa. Selectors try (Ajinkya) Rahane for a medium power slot. Perhaps you can select the drummer with experience in South Africa "Open, said.

Australians at bat, Ganguly said: "Peter Siddle showed (two half centuries in the Kotla Test) that mass is not impossible, but difficult.

"Do not play the ball on merit. Otherwise save your cricket ability is very difficult."

McLaren turns on power to rattle Pakistanis: South Africa

Ten Sports Live Cricket - Ryan McLaren took three wickets in 13 balls to trigger a collapse of Pakistan in the fifth and final one-day international against South Africa on Sunday Willow Park Moore.
Pakistan 205 all out after being reasonably placed at 151 for four in the 35th Delivering fought the initiative to host the winner-take-all game.
McLaren had midwicket Shoaib Malik and three balls later with the latest installment of pregame batting power, Shahid Afridi was very powerful took deep square meters without scoring.
Pakistan hopes, then their captain Misbah-ul-Haq, the. Win a game of 80 innings when Pakistan had played the series squared at 2-2 with a three-wicket victory in Durban on Thursday rested
When I was in Durban, Misbah began cautiously and only scored 24 runs 46 balls when he was caught behind to become the third victim of McLaren.
McLaren finished with three for 32, with all doors come in a period of three years from the third, costs only five points.
For the first time this season, South Africa sent his two players strike foreground, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel in their day international team.
The couple had been shot down during a series against New Zealand and Morkel's first four games against Pakistan was sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Steyn and Morkel took While only one or two doors, have contributed to a much improved bowling performance in South Africa.
Despite shifts of 48 of 51 balls Kamran Akmal and one third wicket 66 between Akmal and Younis Khan (29) could dominate the Pakistani bowling, won at any time during the sleeves Misbah After hitting the toss and elected.
South Africa were without opening batsman and captain Graeme Smith Test, as described in what was a chronic injury in his left ankle took him out of the field for most of Pakistan's pursuit of Durban.

proteas bowlers inspire

Ten Sports Live Cricket - Winning the toss and opting to bat first, Pakistan were all out for 205 in the final one-day-international against South Africa here at Willowmoore Park on Sunday.

The five-match series is level at 2-2.

Once again, the first ten overs of the day proved damaging for the batting side and Pakistan found themselves two wickets down at that point.

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Mohammad Hafeez (5) was the first to go, getting an edge to Dale Steyn, taken by Colin Ingram at second slip.

Lonwabo Tsotsobe removed the other opener with a lengthy delivery which Imran Farhat tried to punch through cover but, instead, he got an edge and was caught behind after scoring 13 runs.

Kamran and Younus Khan formed the only substantial partnership of the innings, adding 66 runs for the third wicket.
Their stand was broken by an outstanding catch taken by Ryan McLaren, at backward square-leg, to end Akmal’s innings. He was two runs short of his half-century and was caught trying to sweep a delivery from Robin Peterson.

Part-time bowler Farhaan Behardien took the crucial wicket of Younus Khan, who had laboured to 29 off 58 balls. Hashim Amla timed his jump perfectly, at midwicket, to pluck the ball out of the air.

And then McLaren struck twice in one over to see off the two big hitters Shoaib Malik (28) and Shahid Afridi, who only faced three balls for his duck.

McLaren was the pick of the bowlers, taking a third wicket for his 32 runs. He got the scalp of captain Misbah-ul-Huq, who also struggled to his 24 runs, off 46 deliveries.

Morné Morkel, playing in his first match of the ODI series after suffering a hamstring injury, chipped in with two wickets at the end, for 33 runs, to finish off the innings.

Sarilanka chasing a revised target of 238 runs and won the match

Sarilankan opener hit 11 fours in his 15th one-day century as Sri Lanka, chasing a revised target of 238 in 41 overs after the failure, won the day and night parties in Hambantota with 32 balls to a 1-0 in the series of three games. Dilshan Tamim Iqbal eclipsed in Bangladesh scored an impressive 112 in the fourth one-day ton in the sleeves, short of a swarm of bees in the afternoon, some players are supported on the ground forced interrupted.

The game was over 90 minutes because of a power failure during the early rounds of Bangladesh and before hunting in Sri Lanka instead.

The organizers apologized for the disruption and said an investigation will be launched shortly.

"Sri Lanka Cricket apologizes to millions of viewers and the public for the inconvenience due to this glitch," Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement.

Sri Lanka has had a good start in Kushal Perera and Dilshan (42) in just 12.1 overs 106 for pedestrian opening asked. Dilshan added 128 for the second wicket with Kumar Sangakkara (63).

Dilshan went for his shots early, hitting seamer Rubel Hossain for three successive fours, the two boundaries at the next station break Abul Hasan Paceman.

Perera also played some aggressive shots, getting six and five fours in his 35-ball stroke play before being caught by Nasir Hossain in the stands outside Sohag Gazi spinner.

Tamim, who was the first in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka hundred to one day reach the international points of six and 10 fours to lead the recovery after three doors Bangladesh fell by 63 in the opening 13 overs.

Tamim put on 66 for the fourth door with Mohammad Mahmudullah (29) and 75 for the next without Nasir, who live three sixes and six fours in his ball was smashed 59-73.

Tamim, seamer Thisara Perera by 54 percent in mid-Mathews broke, was in the 44th Running over, but not before helping his team post a competitive 259-8 from 50 overs.

Tamim, who later injured his thumb at the start, was excluded from the last two games. The second-dayer will be played on Monday seem Hambantota.

South Africa need to find that X-factor

After the fate of the South African cricket team clothing color is a dangerous pastime.

AB de Villiers and his charges are evidently perfected the art of inconsistency that it exactly the kind of habit are not in a tournament like the ICC Champions Trophy Zoom in June to pay.

They are strangers to the title, including foreigners, given its inability annoying current string instruments has two shows together.

In the ruthless world of sport KO simply can not afford, so unpredictable.

On Thursday, in the fourth game of the series against Pakistan Turbulence, opposes the logic Proteas struck first with a pitch and asked, I had juicy, just so they can avoid it. Trio to Misbah-ul-Haq later Twirlers

You obviously Forgot Mohammad Irfan, Pakistan's response to Victor Matfield.

The forest has made it ever better place to visit and was troubled all batsmen South Africa.

Where could tear his arms around him in the Test series, were forced to try to draw in a limited format off, and that it another story.

I mean there worrying South Africa lack that even that factor X, a player who can blow the opposition away.

Has de Villiers, of course, the ability to cut any attack to shreds, but it seems half the time he fires, started the top of the knob.

Under it there is another debate brewing - David Miller Farhaan Behar or service?

Both have great potential, but until now no one has nailed the role of the completion of a resolution.

Soon, very soon, if one of them to win a game in South Africa, as the reincarnation of Albie Morkel Titans can not be ignored forever.

Morkel has lost his place in the national team and a poor view with the bat, bowling for his death, which was a burden.

But without the stress of being a front-row player, it once again the best of their own local brutal things wham-bam.

These issues must be addressed urgently, as the Proteas combination seems much solved.

And rest assured, your rival Champions Trophy is read.

India and the West Indies is not a fast player accessories in their ranks, but they have so many part-time head arrows Proteas to despair.

Any reason why you have water proteas able to treat people like Mohammad Hafeez excess. S Kingsmead Colin Ingram ul-Haq only surpassed over 17 and forcing the South Africans in the initial survey.

Of course, Hafeez and Ingram not in the same league, but ul Haq, Ingram showed that bowling is not worth it.

It was a declaration of intentions, a reminder that heads should not be a game only limited power.

In an instant, the change of Pakistanis but lots of interesting events, and given the Proteas dead.

Lesson was one of cruelty and well in South Africa will remind the opposition to deal with similar contempt.

Manufacturer of Benoni everywhere today, offering the Proteas this dreaded - necessarily win the game.

It is also an opportunity for young Quinton de Kock. Right to a place at the top for the game

His displays this season the Lions have always suggested it might be time for the brain-trust for Proteas beat all caution to the wind and excitement behind the experience.

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Maria Sharapova sets sights on more Grand Slams

Sharapova, her first title of 2013 safely under her belt, looks poised to join the battle for the world number one spot in women's tennis, but her real appetite is for Grand Slam glory.

The Russian completed a career Grand Slam with her French Open triumph last year, when she also briefly returned to the top of the rankings for the first time since 2008.

Her run to Sunday's Indian Wells final ensured she'll supplant Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka as No. 2 in the world behind American Serena Williams.
"Number one is a great number," Maria Sharapova said. "Is it something that all of us want? Absolutely. No doubt. It's a no-brainer question.

"But I think at this point in my career, titles and Grand Slams are just a bigger priority."

After her French Open victory last year, Maria Sharapova was ousted in the fourth round at Wimbledon, and she lost in the semi-finals at the US Open.

She fell in the semis again at the Australian Open in January to China's Li Na.

She acknowledged that there were elements in the game of several key rivals -- Williams, Azarenka and Li -- that can give her problems.

"Serena was very dominant last year," she said. "She played tremendous, confident tennis. She's also very strong and very athletic, so you need to be consistent with her. She's also a great front-runner."

As for Li, she said, her defeat in Melbourne only made her eager for a rematch.

"You look forward to that next opportunity that you can play against her," she said.

Maria Sharapova's 6-2, 6-2 victory over Caroline Wozniacki in the title match gave her a second Indian Wells WTA crown, to go with the one she captured in 2006.

"I don't think I have gray hairs yet," she quipped when asked to compare the victories.

"As the years go by, I'm just still very lucky that I'm here and that I'm still doing it and that I still love it and have the passion to do it."

South Africa beat to Pakistan by 34 runs

JOHANNESBURG - Centuries from Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers put up the 34-run win for South Africa, despite some exciting entries Shahid Afridi Pakistan in the third one-day international at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.
Amla (122) and De Villiers (128) together made a world record third wicket partnership of 238 in South Africa 343 for five years after being sent in. Pakistan, sliding been seduced by 309 of 2-1 in the series, was in trouble was if hope Afridi was 132 for five years, but gave his team thrashed 88 of 48 balls with six fours seven five.
Afridi sleeves contain some of the biggest sixes seen at the Wanderers. A shot after a no-ball was a great success on the roof of the four-level Tier Centenario, which was last seen jumping next to a golf course. Afridi was yorked by Ryan McLaren when he was 73, but the referee requested revisions Billy Bowden showed that the pitcher is exceeded.
McLaren then overwhelmed a fan that Afridi had a free-kick, which he promised is at full capacity. It took another six years before he became a cast full of Lonwabo Tsotsobe McLaren in a long. There was still a possibility of a pardon if the referee checked the draw will fully extend beyond the waist, which would have meant an additional no-ball. Before confirming the dismissal
Amla and De Villiers hit glorious South Africa struggled from the start with the left arm fast bowler Irfan M under two doors early. It hit with a pitch on the previous record set international third wicket Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid of India to Kenya in 1999 to ensure that Pakistan is a difficult race to pursue a country known for a high score.
De Villiers was a quick boost and scored a pair of cooperative actions from 38 balls. The rate slowed somewhat when Pakistan players put their spin on the action. After 35 credits, a total of 115, but the tracks are produced by an increase in the late innings. The last 15 acquisitions since 156 marks. Amla reached his 11th one-day international century, 99 balls, while De Villiers went to his 14th century in the form of 87 deliveries.
Amla was covered by 122 113 balls with 4:09 to 6:00 and De Villiers was caught at deep midwicket for 128 from 108 deliveries with 12 fours and three sixes. Pakistan were reduced to 10 men shortly after Irfan, who started doubtful due to a thigh injury, left the field for treatment.
He was replaced by Umar Akmal, but after 20 minutes, the referee told the Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq had expired, a maximum of 20 minutes of treatment. Pakistan returned a shortstop for two overs before Irfan. Wahab Riaz allowed 93 runs in his 10 overs - most by a pitcher in Pakistan one-day international. It took two doors.


G Smith b M Irfan    3
H Amla c Misbah b Wahab    122
C Ingram c Akmal b Irfan    17
A de Villiers c Malik b Ajmal    128
F du Plessis c Younus b Wahab    45
F Behardien not out    6
R McLaren not out    0
EXTRAS: (lb8, nb1, w13)    22
TOTAL: (5 wkts, 50 overs)    343
FOW: 1-4, 2-42, 3-280, 4-301, 5-342
BOWLING: M Irfan 7-1-34-2, Junaid Khan 10-2-42-0, Wahab Riaz 10-0-93-2, Shahid Afridi 7-0-55-0, M Hafeez 6-0-49-0, Saeed Ajmal 10-0-62-1
Nasir Jamshed c Amla b Tsotsobe    10
M Hafeez c Steyn b Peterson    57
Kamran Akmal c de Villiers b McLaren    30
Younis Khan b Peterson    19
Misbah-ul-Haq c de Villiers b McLaren    28
Shoaib Malik c Kleinveldt b Tsotsobe    4
Shahid Afridi c McLaren b Tsotsobe    88
Wahab Riaz b Kleinveldt    45
Saeed Ajmal c Kleinveldt b McLaren    8
Junaid Khan c & b Steyn    9
M Irfan not out    0
EXTRAS: (lb3, w7, nb1)    11
TOTAL: (10 wkts; 48.1 overs)    309

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Ingram smashed provides Proteas power

South African Batsman Ingram smashed 105 not out from 104 balls, including 10 fours.

He and captain AB De Villiers (65) put on a third-wicket stand of 120.

Openers Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla took the score to 72 before the tourists made the breakthrough, Smith falling to Saeed Ajmal for 30.

The left-hander gloved a delivery through to wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal.

Amla was dismissed for a run-a-ball 43, including six boundaries, caught at deep square leg by Shoaib Malik off Mohammad Hafeez.

Ingram joined De Villiers at the crease and the pair looked to take the game away from Pakistan.

De Villiers' 63-ball knock, his 30th ODI fifty, was brought to an end by Ajmal, Younis Khan taking a catch at short cover.

Faf du Plessis added 26 before Umar Gul at short fine leg held a catch off a Junaid Khan delivery.

But Farhaan Behardien blasted a 14-ball 34 at the death as he and Ingram took their team past the 300 mark.