Pakistan Observer


Kenya demolished by Pakistan A

Lahore—Pakistan A beat Kenya comprehensively by 214 runs at Qaddafi Stadium in the 3rd ODI of the 5-match series. Kenya won the toss and put Pakistan A in to bat. Pakistan A posted 265 in their allotted quota of overs. Baber Azam opening the innings today was unlucky to miss his hundred by 3 runs to be dismissed for 97 runs with 14 fours and a six. Skipper Fawad Alam was the other notable scorer. He remained unbeaten on 84 off 61 balls with 10 fours. ... Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Details

Djokovic, Federer resist surge of new wave

Paris—Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic enjoyed breakthrough triumphs at the Australian and US Opens, but at the end of 2014 it was business as usual for Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer Djokovic was world number one for the third time in four years after winning a second Wimbledon title for his seventh major. ... Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Details

Dilshan hits ton in Jayawardene, Sangakkara farewell

Colombo—Tillakaratne Dilshan smashed a century in his 300th one-day international as Sri Lanka piled up 302-6 after choosing to bat in the seventh and final match against England in Colombo on Tuesday. The opening batsman passed the 9,000-run mark in one-day internationals on his way to a stroke-filled 101, his 18th one-day century studded with nine boundaries and a six. England, who have already conceded a decisive 2-4 lead in the series, will look for a consolation win ahead of the World Cup that starts in Australia and New Zealand on February 14. ... Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Details

Hazlewood, Starc in new-look Australia pace attack

Brisbane—Australia will unleash a new-look fast bowling attack with Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc named Tuesday to take on India in the second Test in Brisbane. New skipper Steve Smith said Hazlewood and left-armer Starc will play in the game beginning Wednesday, with Ryan Harris suffering a quad strain and Peter Siddle omitted from the team that won the opening Test by 48 runs in Adelaide on Saturday. Starc´s inclusion will mean there is a second left-armer in the Australian new-ball attack alongside Mitchell Johnson. ... Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Details

Garcia hit with two-game ban

Milan—Roma coach Rudi Garcia has been handed a two-game touchline ban after trying to slap a steward at the end of his side’s win at Genoa, Serie A officials announced Tuesday. League disciplinary officials issued several sanctions following the weekend’s matches, notably in relation to the Genoa v Roma fixture which ended in acrimony after Roma won 1-0 at the Luigi Ferraris stadium to end Genoa’s unbeaten run. ... Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Details

Thoughts go out to Peshawar victims ahead of NZ clash: Afridi

Abu Dhabi—The Pakistan cricket team will on Wednesday bid to bring some solace to their home country by wrapping up the One Day International (ODI) series against New Zealand at the Shaikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Leading the five-match series 2-1 with two matches to play, Pakistan should be in a positive frame of mind. But there was a subdued atmosphere at the pre-match press conference as news of the deaths of more than 100 schoolchildren in a terrorist attack in Peshawar filtered through. ... Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Details

Sajjad clinches ranking snooker cup

Karachi—Mohammad Sajjad, the losing finalist of world amateur snooker championship at Bangalore recently, maintained his ascendancy while brushing aside Rambel Gul 8-3 in the final to land the third ranking snooker cup at National Bank Sports Complex on Saturday. Sajjad, who is in the best nick, coasted to an authoritative 8-3 victory over his opponent in the best of 15 frames final the scores being 16-60, 98-0, 67-11, 119-0, 75-23, 69-22, 59-66, 78-10, 31-77, 88-12, 53-16. Intrestingly, both the finalists belonged to group B. The triumph also helped Sajjad earn back-to-back titles as he had prevailed over seasoned campaigner Imran Shehzad 8-5 in the second ranking final to claim the NBP Cup in September. ... Monday, December 15, 2014 Details

Golf: Chalmers win Australian PGA after epic seven-hole playoff

Gold Coast (Australia)—Australia’s Greg Chalmers won the Australian PGA Championship following a dramatic seven-hole playoff against world No.3 Adam Scott on the Gold Coast on Sunday. Scott had four opportunities to successfully defend his title with birdie putts during the marathon playoff at Royal Pines but failed to convert them. When he then missed a four-foot putt for par on the seventh playoff hole, it allowed Dallas-based Chalmers to seal the win with a near tap-in. ... Monday, December 15, 2014 Details

Zahid of Army wins National Skeet Shooting Championship

Peshawar—International shooter Zahid Tufail of Army clinched the gold medal after a two times tie-breaker with Imdad Sherpao of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the final super round of the National Skeet Shooting Championship played here at Army Shooting Range, Garrison Park on Sunday. ... Monday, December 15, 2014 Details

Dortmund’s Mkhitaryan out for six weeks

Berlin—Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga crisis took a turn for the worst on Sunday with attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan ruled out for the next six weeks. The 25-year-old playmaker limped off after 35 minutes of their 1-0 defeat at Hertha Berlin on Saturday which dropped Borussia back into the bottom three having started December last in the league. A scan has confirmed Mkhitaryan has torn his right thigh muscle and misses their last two Bundesliga matches of 2014 on Wednesday at home to Wolfsburg and Saturday away to Werder Bremen with his side battling to escape the relegation places. With the Bundesliga due to break for winter next Sunday, Mkhitaryan will only be available for Dortmund’s first league game of 2015 on January 31 at Bayer Leverkusen. ... Monday, December 15, 2014 Details

Sri Lanka’s Sangakkara fined for dissent

Colombo—Sri Lanka’s star batsman Kumar Sangakkara was Sunday fined 15 percent of his match fee for showing dissent at the umpire’s decision in the sixth one-day international against England in Kandy. ... Monday, December 15, 2014 Details

Australia smash Indian pride in third place match

Bhubaneswar—India wasted a golden opportunity to break their 32-year-old medal jinx in the Hero Champions Trophy tournament after going down to Australia 1-2 in a hard-fought bronze medal play-off match of the eight-nation meet on Sunday. Playing before a vociferous packed home crowd at the Kalinga Stadium, it was the best chance for the Indians to end their medal drought in the tournament but as has been the case in the entire tournament, missed chances continued to haunt Sardar Singh and Co. ... Monday, December 15, 2014 Details

Amir Khan outclasses Alexander to win Vegas fight

Las Vegas—British boxer of Pakistani origin Amir Khan defeated Devon Alexander by a unanimous decision in a welterweight fight, using his superior hand speed and strength to dominate the American southpaw for 12 rounds. ... Monday, December 15, 2014 Details

FIH bans two Pakistani players for misconduct

Bhubaneswar—The International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Sunday put a ban on two Pakistani players for one match each, in the aftermath of Pakistan’s victory over India in the Champions Trophy Semi-Final. The FIH U-turn on Sunday came a few hours after Hockey India chief Narinder Batra demanded an unconditional apology from Pakistan and called for strict action by the governing body. ... Monday, December 15, 2014 Details

3rd ODI: Shehzad, Afridi supercharge Pakistan to 364

Sharjah—The personality of Pakistan’s batting line-up is a gripping study and the chapter that was added in Sharjah could well be a blueprint of how to build an ODI innings. The primary ingredient was a firm century from Ahmed Shehzad and it was supplemented by a stroke-filled fifty from stand-in captain Shahid Afridi as Pakistan rocketed to 364 for 7 - their third-highest total in 50-over cricket and the highest in Sharjah in 218 matches. ... Monday, December 15, 2014 Details