Windies’ last-wicket stand stuns England
Birmingham—Tino Best’s dramatic 95, the highest-ever Test score by a No 11 batsman, saw West Indies stun England in their series finale at Edgbaston here on Sunday.
West Indies were 426 all out at lunch on the fourth day after fast bowler Best, playing his first Test in nearly three years, helped see Denesh Ramdin, who finished on 107 not out, to a century with the wicket-keeper only on 63 when the last man came to crease.
Best’s innings surpassed India paceman Zaheer Khan’s 75 against Bangladesh at Dhaka in 2004 as the highest Test score by a No 11.
ICC must prove it is not racist
SO depressing was Saturday’s defeat in the second of the 5 ODIs that the focus automatically turns to a more important topic—will ICC be fair in its treatment to a coloured player, or will it protect only the white skinned Shane Warne, or Mark Vaugh. Both of them had accepted their guilt, and yet were spared from the agony of jail terms or even the ban on their career. Why then such tough decisions only against Pakistanis- Salman Butt goes to jail, and banned for 5 years from taking the field, no one would regret. Mohammad Asif has been a habitual offender. His scandalous affair with Veena Malik, or the life ban on entry into UAE, and incidents like that, does not generate any sympathy for him.
Bradley stuns Pacquiao with split decision win
Las Vegas—Unbeaten American Timothy Bradley ended Manny Pacquiao’s 15-fight winning streak with a controversial split decision victory over the Filipino ring icon on Saturday.
Judge Jerry Roth scored the bout 115-113 for Pacquiao, while C.J. Ross and Duane Ford both saw it 115-113 for Bradley, even though it appeared Pacquiao hurt Bradley throughout the fight — particularly with his straight left hand.
Gomez scores to give Germany 1-0 win over Portugal
Lviv (Ukraine)—Moments before he was supposed to be taken off, Mario Gomez headed in the winning goal for Germany.
The Bayern Munich striker made a surprise start Saturday against Portugal at the European Championship and knocked in a deflected cross from Sami Khedira in the 72nd minute to give the Germans a 1-0 victory in Group B.
Gomez, who had created little before the goal, was due to be replaced by Miroslav Klose, who was already waiting on the touchline on his 34th birthday.