Toss vital as Pakistan, New Zealand play for series

Misbah-ul-Haq (left) tosses a coin next to New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum before the start of the first Test match between Pakistan and New Zealand in Abu Dhabi. — AFP/File

SHARJAH: Rival captains Misbahul Haq and Brendon McCullum hope to win the toss and enjoy a kick-start to the series-deciding third Test between Pakistan and New Zealand starting in Sharjah on Wednesday. Pakistan piled up 566-3 in the first Test in Abu Dhabi after winning the toss and then spun out New Zealand twice for a comprehensive 248-run win to ...

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Lionel Messi breaks La Liga goals record with hat-trick

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MADRID: Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to emphatically break La Liga’s all-time scoring mark in Barcelona’s 5-1 win over Sevilla on Saturday. Messi, already Barcelona’s all-time scorer, surpassed Athletic Bilbao great Telmo Zarra’s milestone of 251 goals that had stood untouched since 1955. Messi, 27, moved level with legendary Basque striker Telmo Zarra when he opened the scoring with a ...

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Australia edge South Africa in last ODI to top rankings

Australia's batsman James Faulkner (R) plays the winning shot against South Africa during their fifth one-day international cricket match at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney. -AFP Photo

SYDNEY: James Faulkner hit the winning boundary with five balls to spare to give Australia a thrilling two-wicket victory over South Africa on Sunday and push them to the top of the ICC one-day rankings. The Australians were cruising towards a rain-reduced victory target of 275 in Sydney but then lost four wickets for three runs to give the Proteas ...

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