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Australia beat South Africa, reach triangular series final

Australia beat South Africa, reach triangular series final

Harare—An eye-catching all-round performance by Mitchell Marsh carried Australia to a 62-run victory over South Africa on Tuesday to secure their place in the triangular series final. Marsh struck a brutal 86 not out from 51 balls to boost the Australian total to 282 for seven, and then took two key wickets as South Africa were bowled out for 220 in 44 overs. Faf du Plessis’ brilliant 126 went in vain as none of his team-mates crossed 25, with Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell and Kane Richardson joining Marsh with two wickets apiece. Victory secured Australia’s participation in Saturday’s final, where they should meet South Africa again.

Kabir Khan resigns as Afghanistan coach

Karachi—Afghanistan’s cricket coach resigned Tuesday, saying the job was putting too much strain on his family, dealing the side a major blow in its preparations for next year’s World Cup. Kabir Khan, who played four Tests and 10 one-day internationals for Pakistan, led minnows Afghanistan to qualification for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. In his first stint as coach, starting in 2007, Khan took Afghanistan from international division five to one and helped them gain full one-day status from the International Cricket Council.
Serena reaches quarterfinals, Bouchard ousted

Serena reaches quarterfinals, Bouchard ousted

New York—Five-time champion Serena Williams reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final of 2014 at the US Open but Canadian poster girl Eugenie Bouchard, struggling in the heat and humidity, was knocked out.

John Howard joins cricket

Bipin Dani Observer Correspondent

Mumbai—Australia’s former Prime Minister John Howard, who is known to be a cricket tragic had ambitions to represent the International Cricket Council (ICC). However, the Indian cricket board didn’t want him to be at the post and opposed the move put forward both by Cricket Australia (CA) and New Zealand Cricket (NZC). The former minister has now been made the patron of the Cricket New South Wales (NSW). This was confirmed by Andrew Jones, the CEO.

Chitral stun Peshawar on penalty shoot-out in Inter-Region Soccer

Peshawar—Chitral stunned Peshawar in the opening match of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inter-Region Boys Football Championship, which got under way at Scout Ground, Chitral on Tuesday. Member Provincial Assembly Ahmad Khan was the chief guest on this occasion. AC Chitral Hafiz Saad Qaisrani, DO Education Moeen Uddin Khattak, District Sports Officers Rehmat Khan (Chitral), Jamshed Baloch (Charsadda), Anwar Kamal Burki (Tank), Amir Zahid Shah (Dera Ismail Khan), officials and large number of players were also present on this occasion.

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