Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi signs for Leicestershire

Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi. (AFP)
Updated 07 March 2018
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Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi signs for Leicestershire

LONDON: English county side Leicestershire on Wednesday announced the signing of Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi as an overseas player for Twenty20 matches.
The 33-year-old has a strike rate of nearly 140 in 60 T20 internationals and has chipped in with 61 wickets at an average of 24.80.
Nabi recently played for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League and will represent SunRisers Hyderabad in the upcoming Indian Premier League.
The off-spinner has underlined his white-ball ability in 93 one-day internationals, claiming 96 scalps with an economy rate of 4.27.
“I have heard a lot of good things about the Foxes,” said Nabi, who also has an ODI century and 11 ODI half-centuries to his name.
“I am looking forward to working with (head coach) Paul Nixon and joining a professional and ambitious county with a good track record in T20.”
“I know all about Mohammad Nabi’s qualities in the game,” said Nixon. “He can make a huge impact in our middle order and is an off-break bowler who operates with great control and skill.
“Nabi has a brilliant white-ball record for Afghanistan and in T20 competitions around the world. He is exactly the type of player that we were looking for and is somebody who will fit in beautifully here.”


Mexico win again at the World Cup by beating South Korea 2-1

Updated 23 June 2018
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Mexico win again at the World Cup by beating South Korea 2-1

ROSTOV-ON-DON: Carlos Vela and Javier Hernandez scored a goal each to move Mexico closer to a spot in the round of 16 by beating South Korea 2-1 Saturday at the World Cup.
Mexico, who upset defending champion Germany in their opening match, took the lead when Vela converted from the penalty spot in the 26th minute. The Mexicans were awarded the penalty after Jang Hyun-soo handled the ball while trying to stop a cross from Andres Guardado.
Hernandez added the second in the 66th, scoring his 50th goal for Mexico. He hit the ball low past goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo after collecting a pass from Hirving Lozano.
Son Heung-min scored a consolation goal for South Korea in injury time, sending a powerful shot past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.
The South Koreans, who have lost their opening two matches, kept Ochoa under pressure throughout the match with Son often out-sprinting the Mexican defense.
Mexico relied on keeping possession and long-range shots, with a powerful attempt from Andreas Guardado forcing an athletic save from Jo in the second half. A volley from Vela skimmed the bar minutes later.
Mexican fans avoided using a chant, which is considered to be homophobic by FIFA, against the opposing goalkeeper.
The chant earned the country’s soccer federation a fine after the previous match.