Ir­fan’s record haul in­spires SSGC into semi-fi­nals

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vic­to­ries.

Cavendish will now em­bark for Sun­day’s sec­ond stage wear­ing the yel­low jer­sey for the first time in his ca­reer.

Ger­man Mar­cel Kit­tel took sec­ond with world cham­pion Peter Sa­gan third at the end of the 188km stage from Mont Saint-Michel in Nor­mandy. The 103rd edi­tion of the world’s most pres­ti­gious cycling race, the Tour de France, be­gan at Mont Saint-Michel in Nor­mandy

This year’s event is be­ing con­ducted amidst max­i­mum se­cu­rity fol­low­ing the ter­ror at­tacks in Paris last Novem­ber which left 130 peo­ple dead.

De­spite re­sources be­ing stretched due to the si­mul­ta­ne­ous run­ning of the on­go­ing Euro 2016 foot­ball tour­na­ment, elite GIGN spe­cial forces have been as­signed to pro­tect the Tour de France from a po­ten­tial ter­ror threat.

There will be 23,000 po­lice

A ther­mal cam­era is to be used by au­thor­i­ties at the Tour for the first time along­side magnetic res­o­nance screen­ing to try to spot hid­den mo­tors in bi­cy­cles.

Mean­while, the fight against EPO has not been sac­ri­ficed with l’Equipe news­pa­per an­nounc­ing that the French lab­o­ra­tory tasked with test­ing dop­ing sam­ples can now de­tect mi­cro-doses of the banned blood-booster.—AFP KARACHI—Spin­ner Mo­ham­mad Ir­fan re­turned as­tound­ing fig­ures of seven wick­ets for just nine runs as Sui South­ern Gas Com­pany (SSGC) qual­i­fied for the semi-fi­nals of the fourth Naya Naz­imabad Ra­mazan Cup Flood­light Cricket Tour­na­ment with a tense fivewicket over Heroes CC.

Ir­fan’s amaz­ing four-over spell was the record anal­y­sis at the Lawai Cricket Sta­dium as the Quetta side was dis­missed for 110 in 18 overs after be­ing sent into bat in the first quar­ter-fi­nal. Pace­man Tabish Khan claimed two wick­ets for 27 runs as Samiur-Rehman top-scored with a run-a-ball 22 that in­cluded one six and one four.

Sohrab Khan made 17 and guest player Babar Hus­sain Agha con­trib­uted 17 with a six and a four. SSGC made a fine start the chase thanks to Mo­ham­mad Taimur who blasted five sixes and two fours in mak­ing a quick 43 from 23 de­liv­er­ies. But his dis­missal trig­gered a mini col­lapse be­fore vic­tory was achieved in the 17th over.

Wicket-keeper Sai­ful­lah Khan Ban­gash hit 20 be­fore vet­eran Tariq Ha­roon and man-ofthe-match Ir­fan com­pleted the last rites. Off-spin­ner Sohrab Khan cap­tured two wick­ets for 12 runs and left spin­ner Asif Ali 2-32.

Mem­ber PCB Gov­ern­ing Board Man­soor M. Khan was the chief guest on the oc­ca­sion and pre­sented the award to Ir­fan. Chair­man Arif Habib Group, Arif Habib, Direc­tor Sports Naya Naz­imabad Muham­mad Iqbal and other of­fi­cials were also present on the oc­ca­sion. In a brief speech, Man­soor lauded the top­class fa­cil­i­ties and sur­round­ings of the ground. Sum­marised scores: HEROES CC QUETTA 110 in 18 overs (Sami-ur-Rehman 22, Sohrab Khan 17, Babar Hus­sain Agha 17; Mo­ham­mad Ir­fan 7-9, Tabish Khan 2-24); SSGC 112-5 in 16.5 overs (Mo­ham­mad Taimoor 43, Sai­ful­lah Khan Ban­gash 20; Sohrab Khan 2-12, Asif Ali 240).

Team Di­men­sion Data rider Mark Cavendish of Bri­tain cel­e­brates win on fin­ish line.

KARACHI: Chief guest Man­soor M. Khan, Cor­po­rate Head In­vest­ment Bank­ing UBL, presents the man-of-the-match award to Mo­ham­mad Ir­fan of SSGC as Naya Naz­imabad chair­man Arif Habib and tour­na­ment direc­tor Mo­ham­mad Iqbal look on.

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