POPE, HAIN HELP ENG­LAND LI­ONS DRAW VS IN­DIA ‘A’

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - WORLD -

WAYANAD: Ol­lie Pope (63) and Sam Hain (57) stood out on the fi­nal day with fight­ing half cen­turies as Eng­land Li­ons drew the first un­of­fi­cial Test against In­dia ‘A’ at the Kr­ish­na­giri sta­dium here on Sun­day. Hain and 21-year old Pope, a highly rated bats­men who has played two Tests so far, de­fied the In­dia ‘A’ bowlers to put up a 105-run part­ner­ship. In­dia ‘A’ opener Priyank Pan­chal, who slammed a dou­ble cen­tury, was named man of the match. The sec­ond un­of­fi­cial Test be­gins in My­suru on Fe­bru­ary 13. Brief scores: Eng­land Li­ons 340 &

214/5 in 83 overs (Ol­lie Pope 63, Sam Hain 57, Jalaj Sax­ena 2/41). In­dia ‘A’ 540/6. Match drawn.

No home game, Pak to host Aus­tralia matches in UAE

KARACHI: Aus­tralia have re­fused to any of the ODI series matches in Pak­istan due to se­cu­rity con­cerns and the two teams will now com­pete in the World Cup prepara­tory five-match series in the UAE. Af­ter much de­lay the

PCB on Sun­day an­nounced that the one-day series would be played en­tirely in the UAE from March 22 to 31. The PCB had in­vited CA to send its team to Karachi to play one or two matches and were hope­ful of con­vinc­ing the Aus­tralians to come to Pak­istan for the first time since 1998. PCB Di­rec­tor Cricket, Zakir Khan, how­ever, said that the CA has as­sured them that they will send their se­cu­rity ex­pert to over­see the ex­e­cu­tion of se­cu­rity plans for the PSL 2019 matches.

Bangladesh con­fi­dent of suc­cess in New Zealand

DHAKA: Bangladesh skip­per Mashrafe Mor­taza is con­fi­dent his team can break their drought in New Zealand dur­ing the up­com­ing series, even with­out their tal­is­manic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. Shakib was ruled out of the up­com­ing three-match ODI series with a frac­ture to the lit­tle fin­ger on his left hand. Bangladesh have not de­feated New Zealand in any for­mat dur­ing their pre­vi­ous four vis­its. The ODI series starts in Napier on Wed­nes­day and the first of three Tests be­gin in Hamil­ton on Fe­bru­ary 28.

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