Saudi Arabia drawn in group with Iran and North Korea at Asian Games

Saad Al-Shehr will lead Saudi Arabia at the Asian Games. (AFP)
Updated 07 July 2018

Saudi Arabia drawn in group with Iran and North Korea at Asian Games

  • Myanmar make up the quartet in Group F
  • Coach Saad Al-Shehri has named a 28-man squad

Saudi Arabia's U-23 squad will meet the 2014 silver medalists after the groups were drawn for the Asian Games next month.
The young Green Falcons have been placed in Group F along with North Korea, who lost 1-0 in extra time to South Korea four years ago, Iran and Myanmar.
The group winners and runners-up as well as four best teams in third place in the groups will qualify for the knockout round of the tournament which runs in Indonesia from Aug. 18 to Sept. 2.
Saudi Arabia will play Iran on Aug. 15, Myanmar two days later and then the crunch clash against North Korea on Aug. 21. The final is at the Pakansari Stadium on Sept. 1.
Saudi Arabia reached the quarterfinal four years ago, losing 3-0 to Iraq but they were runners-up in 1986 and finished third in 1982.
Coach Saad Al-Shehri will be hoping his side perform better than they did at December's Gulf Cup where they failed to get out of the group. He will prepare his players by taking them to the Czech Republic for a training camp between July 9 and July 28.

He named the following squad:

Mohamed al-Rabihi
Mohamed al-Bassas
Abdullah Hassoun
AbdulBasit Hindi
Faisal Darisi
Ali Al-Asmari
Yussof Al-Harbi
AbdulRahman Al-Gharib
Ayman Al-Khlif
Abdullah Majrishi
Mansoor al-Mawled
Nawwaf Abu Amer
Saad al-Slouli
Mohamed al-Zubaidi
Saleh Al-Wahaymed
Moutaeb Al-Hamad
AbdulRahman Al-Dosary
Anas Zubani
Fahd Al-Roushaydi
Nayef Kariri
Amin Bukhari
Aoun Slouli
Hassan Abu Sharara
Haroun Kamara
Nasser Al-Omran
Abdullah Al-Yussof
Abdulilah Al-Omari
Abdulkoudous Attiyah

ASIAN GAMES DRAW

Group A
Indonesia
Hong Kong
Laos
Chinese Taipei

Group B
Thailand
Uzbekistan
Bangladesh
Qatar

Group C
Iraq
China PR
Timor-Leste
Syria

Group D
Japan
Vietnam
Pakistan
Nepal

Group E
South Korea
Kyrgyzstan
Malaysia
Bahrain

Group F
North Korea
Saudi Arabia
Iran
Myanmar


Australia salvage a draw in second Ashes Test at Lord’s, stay 1-0 ahead of England

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Australia salvage a draw in second Ashes Test at Lord’s, stay 1-0 ahead of England

LONDON: Australia defied the absence of star batsman Steve Smith because of a concussion and more devastating spells of pace bowling by Jofra Archer to hold out for a draw in the second Ashes Test against England on Sunday.
Set an improbable victory target of 267 off 48 overs at Lord’s, the Australians quickly slumped to 47-3 but a fourth-wicket stand of 85 between Marnus Labuschagne (59) and Travis Head (42 not out) helped push them to safety.
Australia lost three more wickets in a five-over stretch to keep the match alive as the light faded, but managed to survive to 154-6 at the end.
Australia retain a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Labuschagne had an interesting day. He only found out he’d be playing as Test cricket’s first-ever concussion substitute when Smith was withdrawn from the team early Sunday after waking up with a headache and feeling groggy after being hit in the neck by an Archer bumper on Saturday.
Labuschagne came to the middle with Australia struggling on 19-2 after 5.3 overs and, off the second ball he faced, was hit on the grille of his helmet by another vicious delivery from Archer. The batsman dropped to the ground, was checked out by medical staff and required a new helmet.
In a blistering spell by Archer, balls flew past Labuschagne but he survived and looked more comfortable in the final session as England’s hopes began to dwindle at the home of cricket. He finally departed, somewhat controversially, when England captain Joe Root was adjudged to have got his fingers under a diving catch at midwicket from Labuschagne’s sweep.
It was Labuschagne’s second half-century in his sixth Test and he could stay in the team for the third Test starting Thursday at Headingley, with Smith’s availability in doubt.
With Australia currently holding the Ashes urn, the English need to win two of the final three tests to take it off their fierce rivals.
Archer’s performance at Lord’s on his test debut will give England real hope, though. He was a permanent menace, taking 2-59 off 29 overs in the first innings and then 3-32 off 15 overs in the second.
A day after flooring Smith with a vicious 92 mph delivery, the Barbados-born quick removed David Warner for 5 — his fourth straight single-figure score this series — and then Usman Khawaja for 2 to catches behind the wicket.
He peppered Bancroft and Labuschagne with missiles but they lasted until tea.
Bancroft (16) was trapped lbw by spinner Jack Leach early in the final session but England could only make further inroads when it was too late.
After Labuschagne’s departure, Leach removed Matthew Wade for 1 before Joe Denly produced a sensational one-handed catch at midwicket off Archer to take out Australia captain Tim Paine for 4.
Head, who was dropped on 22 by Jason Roy at second slip, persevered and Archer had to be withdrawn from the attack late on because of the poor light. He put his hat back on, and Australia’s players could breathe a sigh of relief.
Earlier, Ben Stokes brought up his seventh Test century before England declared their second innings on 258-5 — the same total the team was all out for in its first innings.
Stokes was unbeaten on 115 after hitting 11 fours and three sixes at the ground where he helped win the Cricket World Cup for England barely a month ago. Jonny Bairstow was not out on 30.
England resumed Sunday on 96-4 in its second innings and added 162 runs before declaring midway through the second session.