Pakistan sweeps Australia 3-0 in Twenty20 series

Pakistan’s cricketers celebrate at the end of the third T20 cricket match between Pakistan and Australia at The International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on October 28, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 29 October 2018
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Pakistan sweeps Australia 3-0 in Twenty20 series

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: Top-ranked Pakistan put in another clinical performance to beat Australia by 33 runs in the third and final Twenty20 match and completed a 3-0 series sweep on Sunday.
Australia finished its disappointing tour without a win as it also lost the test series 1-0 after narrowly escaping with a draw in the first test.
Babar Azam (50) notched his second half century of the series off 40 balls as Pakistan scored 150-5 after captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and opted to bat.
The Australian chase fell off for the third successive time and was bowled out for 117 in 19.1 overs with leg-spinner Shadab Khan grabbing 3-19 and Shoaib Malik taking three smart catches in the deep.
“Boys have worked hard and the result is just the reward,” said Ahmed, who won his 10th consecutive T20 series.
Shadab could have finished with at least two more wickets had he not dropped D’Arcy Short off his own bowling and Faheem Ashraf dropped a sitter from Andrew Tye.
Azam and Sahibzaba Farhan (39), who was given his first game of the series, gave Pakistan a solid start of 93 before both fell in successive overs.
Farhan struck three sixes and two fours before he holed out in the deep while Azam got a big inside edge to Tye after hitting five fours and a six.
Australia came back through wrist spinner Adam Zampa (1-25) and a tidy spell of 0-27 by Short before Mohammad Hafeez (32 not out off 20 balls) and Malik (18 off 12) lifted the total.
Alex Carey gave Australia a whirlwind start of 20 when he smashed left-arm spinner Imad Wasim for two sixes and two boundaries in the first over.
But Australia’s top order faltered for the third time in a row through some reckless shot selection.
Carey tried to turn around Hafeez’s first delivery and got a leading edge; Chris Lynn swept Shadab’s first ball and was caught at midwicket; and Glenn Maxwell played a needless big shot to give Malik one of his three catches.
Ben McDermott (21) was run out for the third time in the series and Mitchell Marsh, who also scored 21, gave an easy catch at long on.


Saudi weightlifter Mansour Al-Saleem wins record 3 Asian gold medals

Updated 21 April 2019
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Saudi weightlifter Mansour Al-Saleem wins record 3 Asian gold medals

  • Al-Saleem won three gold medals in the snatch, jerk and combination in the 55kg weight category
  • The competition in Ningbo, in China's eastern province of Zhejiang, will continue for the next 8 days

RIYADH: Saudi national Mansour Abdulrahim Al-Saleem won three gold medals in the snatch, jerk and combination, ranking the first in the 55 kg weight category, at the Asian Weightlifting Championships in China.

He lifted 122 kilograms to head the standings, with Kazakhstan’s Arli Chontey and Malaysia’s Azroy Hazalwafie following on 113kg and 112kg, respectively.

The clean and jerk discipline saw Al-Saleem again head the leaderboard on 140kg.

Hazalwafie lifted just four kilograms less in second, while Sri Lanka’s Dilanka Isuru Kumara was third on 135kg.

Al-Saleem’s efforts in both disciplines saw him convincingly clinch the overall title with a combined 262kg.

He finished ahead of Hazalwafie on 248kg, while Chontey placed third on 246kg.

The champion set a new achievement by winning the first Asian gold medal in weightlifting for the Kingdom.

The president of the Saudi Weightlifting Federation, Mohammed Al-Harbi, thanked King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, sports officials and the Saudi people for supporting the field, which led to “such a great achievement.”

Amidst an arena full of a host of Olympic and international champions, Saudi Arabia’s national anthem was played and the Kingdom’s flag was raised, as Al-Saleem praised the ability of Saudi sportsmen in all international and regional sports sectors.

A further eight days of competition will continue for the next 8 days in China's eastern city of Ningbo, in Zhejiang province. Medals will be won across 20 categories, 10 for men and 10 for women.