West Indies qualify for Cricket World Cup as rain sinks unlucky Scotland

West Indies players celebrate the wicket of Scotland Batsman Mathew Cross, foreground, during their Cricket World Cup qualifier match at Harare Sports Club, Wednesday, March, 21, 2018. (AP)
Updated 21 March 2018
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West Indies qualify for Cricket World Cup as rain sinks unlucky Scotland

HARARE, Zimbabwe: West Indies has qualified for next year’s Cricket World Cup, sneaking through by beating Scotland in a heartbreaking finish to a match where rain stopped play with the Scots only just short of the run rate they needed to go through.
Chasing 199 to win, Scotland were 125-5 in the 36th over when the rain came on Wednesday. That gave West Indies a five-run victory on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method. West Indies are the second-last team to secure a place at the World Cup in England and Wales.
One last place will be won at the ICC’s qualifying tournament in Zimbabwe. The host nation can secure it with victory over the UAE on Thursday.
West Indies began their decisive game against Scotland by losing Chris Gayle with the first ball of the match. Evin Lewis and Marlon Samuels made half-centuries to take the two-time World Cup winner to 198 all out, a respectable and ultimately winning total.


Jabeur becomes first Tunisian woman to make WTA final

Updated 19 October 2018
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Jabeur becomes first Tunisian woman to make WTA final

  • Jabeur, ranked 101st in the world and who came through qualifying, prevailed over Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
  • In Saturday’s final, Jabeur will face sixth-seeded Daria Kasatkina of Russia, last year’s runner-up, who put out Britain’s Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-3.

MOSCOW: Ons Jabeur made history on Friday when she became the first Tunisian woman to reach a WTA final by seeing off Latvian fifth seed Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.
Jabeur, ranked 101st in the world and who came through qualifying, prevailed in one hour 37 minutes.
“This is really amazing and I’m really happy. I gave it all today, and it wasn’t easy because she plays really good,” said 24-year-old Jabeur, who unleashed 45 winners on her way to victory.
“Maybe I was too relaxed in the second set. At the end, I stayed calm. It was a little bit frustrating because I missed some easy balls, but I said I was just going to play my game, and if it goes, it goes.”
In Saturday’s final, Jabeur will face sixth-seeded Daria Kasatkina of Russia, last year’s runner-up, who put out Britain’s Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-3.
“They’re both playing good, so I hope they fight for four hours,” Jabeur had said. “The best win is that there is a Tunisian in the final.”
Jabeur lost her only career meeting against Kasatkina at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
“She (Jabeur) plays interesting tennis with plenty of drop shots, often advances to the net,” Kasatkina said.
“Everything is possible in tomorrow’s final and I will just come onto the court and try to play my best.”
In the ATP event, France’s Adrian Mannarino ended Egor Gerasimov’s run beating the Belarus qualifier 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 to set up a semifinal with Italy’s Andreas Seppi, who ousted fourth seeded Serb Filip Krajinovic 6-4, 7-6 (7/2).
Second seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia beat last year’s runner-up Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 will face third-seeded compatriot Karen Khachanov, who saw off Mirza Basic of Bosnia 6-2, 7-6 (7/5).