Pakistan sweep T20 series with tense win over Sri Lanka

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP):Shahid Afridi then Anwar Ali lifted Pakistan from nowhere to beat Sri Lanka by one wicket with four balls left and sweep their two-match Twenty20 series yesterday.After winning the toss, Sri Lanka put up a formidable 172-7, helped by a career-best 48 not out from Chamara Kapugedera. On debut, Shehan Jayasuriya scored 40.Pakistan succumbed to 40-5 in the eighth over and appeared to be as good as buried, but Afridi and Mohammad Rizwan fought back with a 61-run stand in 37 balls. Afridi made 45 off 22 balls, including four sixes and a boundary.Rizwan was out for 17, and six runs later, Afridi was bowled by Jayasuriya, as Sri Lanka were lifted back on top. But Ali and Imad Wasim combined for 58 runs off 27 deliveries for the eighth wicket to bring Pakistan in sight of victory.Ali weighed in with 46 off 17 deliveries, including four sixes and three boundaries. He was out at 165-8 with eight balls left. Sohail Tanvir was then run out in the same over going for a second run, leaving Pakistan needing six off the last over.last_img read more

Spurs to be without five players for crucial clashes with Barcelona and Cardiff

first_img Liverpool set for Champions League boost as Takumi Minamino will be available Eriksen, Dembele and Vertonghen were absent from Tottenham training ahead of Wednesday night’s clash with Barca at Wembley.The Belgium duo came off at half-time at Huddersfield on Saturday while Eriksen has been carrying a groin problem.Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was back in training after a thigh injury but Dele Alli, as expected, was missing with his hamstring problem.Defeat to Inter Milan in their opening Champions League group game means Spurs will be desperate to get off the mark in Europe. Aiming high 3 Atletico handed huge boost for Liverpool tie with Diego Costa returning from injury 3 on target Skipper Lloris is back in action Their Catalan opponents joined Inter at the top of Group B after victory against Ajax at the Camp Nou, meaning defeat for Spurs is almost unthinkable already – even at this stage. Dutch defender Jan Vertonghen came off injured against Huddersfield ready? center_img The goalkeeper has been sidelined with a thigh problem in recent weeks and last appeared for the team in the 3-0 win at Manchester United at the end of August. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Ancelotti tells fans he has Champions League dream for Everton 3 BOOST Mauricio Pochettino is set to be without five first-team players for Tottenham Hotspur’s fixtures against Barcelona and Cardiff City.Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Serge Aurier are all set to miss the potentially huge games for Spurs. Pochettino is facing a selection headache ahead of arguably Spurs’ toughest Champions League game However, Pochettino will certainly be buoyed by the return to action of World Cup winning captain Lloris after his absence from the side. Latest Champions League Newslast_img read more