Pakistan vs West Indies: Azhar Ali becomes first pink ball centurion as hosts enjoy dream start

Dubai: Opener Azhar Ali became the first batsman to record a century in a day-night cricket Test off a pink ball, as he helped Pakistan dominate West Indies in Dubai on Thursday. Ali’s unbeaten 146 guided Pakistan to 279-1 at close on the opening day of the first Test, just the second day-night match in Test cricket’s 140-year history, after Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and opted to bat on a flat Dubai stadium pitch. Asad Shafiq was the other not out batsman with 33. Pakistani batsman Azhar Ali celebrates after getting to his century. AFP Cricket saw the innovation of day-night Tests with a pink ball for the first time when Australia played New Zealand at Adelaide in November last year, attempting to reverse the …

NBA Trade Rumors: Philadelphia 76ers' Nerlens Noel could be heading to the ... Nerlens Noel #4 of the Philadelphia 76ers controls the ball against the Washington Wizards at Wells Fargo Center on February 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images) Advertisement The Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards are two struggling two teams in the early going of the NBA regular season. Both teams are having a hard time of getting their rhythm going and will continue to slide down the Eastern Conference division if they do nothing. But rumors are now spreading that both teams are said to be in trade talks with Nerlens Noel and Otto Porter as trade pieces. Noel, who've been the hot topic in the rumor mills the past few months and up until now, is said to be available and...

Sunderland boss Moyes defends spoiling tactics at Liverpool Sunderland manager David Moyes defended his spoiling tactics after seeing his side slip to a 2-0 defeat at Liverpool. The Black Cats put up some admirable resistance at Anfield before falling to two late goals, and Moyes was unrepentant about the way his side were set up for the trip. “After two great results, the last place you want to come is Anfield but I thought the players did a great job in managing the game,” he said. “I don’t know any good teams who aren’t first and foremost defensively sound. “If you want to win the PL, you are going to have to have a good defence. If you want to avoid relegation, you have to have a good defence. We have not been good enough ...

Boxing legend Roy Jones Jnr says Andy Ruiz's radical weight loss could help Joseph ... Multiple world champion Roy Jones Jnr believes Andy Ruiz is putting himself at risk against Joseph Parker with his radical weight loss. Multi-divisional champion Roy Jones Jnr believes Andy Ruiz's intensive weight-loss programme is falling into the powerful hands of Joseph Parker. The legend has warned Ruiz's defensive abilities could be compromised for the WBO title fight in Auckland. Jones, regarded as one of boxing's greatest pound-for-pound fighters, knows all about weight adjustments. He won world titles in middleweight, super-middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions. He is the ony boxer to start as a light-middleweight and go on to win a heavyweight title. Ruiz is at a boot-camp at altitude in Big Bear, California, dropping weight at a rapid weight...

Fowler: Woodburn won’t get ‘too big for his boots’ Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler is confident the club’s newly-crowned youngest goalscorer Ben Woodburn will not be allowed to let his new-found fame go to his head.The 17-year-old academy graduate broke Michael Owen’s record with a goal against Leeds in the quarter-final of the EFL Cup last week. Fowler himself scored on his debut aged 18, also in the League Cup, against Fulham, and hit the headlines with five in the return leg, eventually finishing the season with 18 goals. The Toxteth-born striker was catapulted into the limelight at a young age but was kept grounded by his background and staff at the club and he believes Woodburn will benefit from a similar experience. “I’ve heard he’s a really level-headed lad and ...

Koeman: No instant fix to turn Everton into title contenders Ronald Koeman admits it will take time to turn Everton into title contenders, saying the best they can achieve this season is a push for the Europa League places.The Dutchman was appointed at Goodison Park in the summer as a successor to Roberto Martinez and has seen his new side make a steady start to the season, where they lie in seventh place. But Koeman – who has assessed this season’s title contenders as well as picking out his surprise winner – believes returning Everton to former glories is a long-term project. “It is a long time since Everton were winning trophies and challenging for the title in England, but that is what we want to do,” Koeman said at the launch of the ...

Ranji roundup: Suryakumar Yadav helps Mumbai set UP a stiff target; Railways close in on ... Here is the Day 3 Ranji roundup: Suryakumar Yadav stars for Mumbai, UP need 252 more to winMysuru: A brilliant 90 by inform Suryakumar Yadav and late flourish from Shardul Thakur helped Mumbai set Uttar Pardesh a target of 295 runs on day three of the Ranji Trophy match in Mysuru on Tuesday. File photo of KL Rahul. AP Yadav, who missed on his century in the first innings, guided Mumbai to 286 all out, in an innings which was studded with ten boundaries and a six. Shardul made a useful 48 in 64 balls with seven boundaries and two sixes. The pair added a vital 57 run-stand for the eighth wicket. At close of play, Uttar Pradesh were 43 for one in their second innings, trailing 252 runs with nine wickets in hand, with Shivam ...

Rahul Dravid hails Glenn McGrath as the greatest bowler he has ever faced Some of his best centuries have come against the mighty Australian attack which comprised a battery of fearsome pacers, but batting legend Rahul Dravid admitted that the greatest fast bowler he had faced was Aussie Glenn McGrath. "They (Australia) were the best cricket team in my generation. Amongst them all, the greatest bowler that I played against, not only the greatest Australian bowler, but the greatest fast bowler (that) I played against has to be Glean McGrath," said Dravid, who was known for his impeccable defense, at an event in Mumbai. Former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid. PTI The right-handed batsman was in conversation with Link Group MD John McMurtie at the Link Lecture Series, which was launched in Mumbai on Thursday. "He (McGrath) was absolutely ...