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Mickelson thinks Mackay will caddie again soon – San Francisco Chronicle

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FILE – This April 4, 2017 file photo shows Phil Mickelson smiling after chipping in for an eagle on the third hole during a practice round at the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. Mickelson isnt sure whats next for Jim “Bones” Mackay. He is sure there are going to be plenty of options for his longtime caddie. Mickelson and Mackay announced last week they had decided to split up after 25 years and more than 600 tournaments around the world, ending one of golfs most successful relationships. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

FILE – This April 4, 2017 file photo shows Phil Mickelson smiling…

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (AP) Phil Mickelson isn’t sure what’s next for Jim “Bones” Mackay. He is sure there are going to be plenty of options for his longtime caddie.

Mickelson and Mackay announced last week they had decided to split up after 25 years and more than 600 tournaments around the world, ending one of golf’s most successful relationships.

Mickelson’s brother Tim is going to caddie for him for the rest of the year, and Lefty thinks there will be no shortage of potential suitors for Mackay.

“He’s going to have some incredible opportunities,” Mickelson said Monday in his first public comments since the split. “There’s going to be a great player a lot of great players, but one great player’s going to be lucky enough to have him and he’s going to bring a lot to his game and they’re going to be a great team. And then it gives me an opportunity to spend time with my brother for the rest of this year, which I’m looking forward to.”

Tim Mickelson was the golf coach at Arizona State before he left the position to become Jon Rahm’s agent, and Phil Mickelson thanked Rahm for approving his brother’s new schedule. Tim Mickelson also carried his big brother’s bag during the Mexico Championship when Mackay went down with a stomach virus.

Asked if Mackay will start working for Rahm, Phil Mickelson said he had no idea and didn’t want to speculate on Mackay’s next job.

“He’s not told me anything and I think that he’s going to have a lot of players call him and inquire about his services,” Mickelson said. “That would be what I would anticipate. But I don’t know.”

Mickelson, who celebrated his 47th birthday on June 16, and Mackay started working together at a U.S. Open qualifier in Memphis, Tennessee in 1992. Mickelson was hoping to have their final round together at this year’s U.S. Open, but he skipped the tournament to attend his oldest daughter’s high school graduation in California.

Mackay went to Erin Hills in Wisconsin to scout the course in case a weather delay would have allowed Mickelson to make his tee time, but it didn’t work out. Instead, their last round was in the St. Jude Classic in Memphis.

“We knew that final round in Memphis that that was our last round together or most likely,” Mickelson said. “We were holding out hope that it wasn’t, that we had one more week, and it was an emotional day. But we both know it’s time.”

Mickelson joined LPGA stars Brooke Henderson, Lydia Ko and Stacy Lewis for a skills challenge at Olympia Fields on Monday ahead of this weekend’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Mickelson and KPMG also announced a donation by the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation to the company’s future leaders program, which awards college scholarships to young women and brings them to Stanford University for a leadership development retreat.

Mickelson signed autographs for about a half-hour after winning the skills competition, which included a couple different chipping contests and a knockout game involving images of each player behind plates of glass.

“I was nervous because I know how good they are,” he said, “and it was fun because it gave me an opportunity to be around some of the best players in the world, best athletes in the world.”

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Growing rivalry highlighted as TFC visits Impact in Canadian Championship play – GuelphToday

MONTREAL Patrice Bernier goes back 17 years when the topic turns to the Montreal-Toronto soccer rivalry.

For Bernier, the Montreal Impact’s loss toToronto FC in the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference final last November was merely the latest chapter inthe on-again, off-again battle between Canada’s two largest cities.

The next will come Wednesday night when TFC visits Saputo Stadium for the first leg of the two-game Canadian Championship final.

“In the A-League (circa 2000) we played against the Toronto Lynx a lot,” said 37-year-old Bernier.”I know that there were a lot more Toronto guys ontheir side and a lot more Montreal guys on our side, so there was no love when you played their team.

“I remember them a lot. Adrian Serioux, Lynden Hooper, Marco Reda. Those guys came up with the Lynx. It just carried over for me (in MLS). The name might have changed but TFC or Toronto (Lynx), it’s the same for me.”

The rivalry wasa natural when Montreal joinedMLS in 2012 (Toronto had already been there since 2007), but it only really took hold when they startedfacing each other in playoff games.TFC’s first-ever post-season game was alacklustre 3-0 loss in a first round knockout game in Montreal in 2015.

Last season, it went through the roof as the Impact won the opening match of the two-legged conference final3-2 before 61,004 at Olympic Stadium only to lose5-2 in the return match before a sellout 36,000 at BMO Field, with TFC scoring two goals in extra time in the highest-scoring MLS playoff series ever.

Toronto lost the MLS Cup final to Seattle on penalties, but Greg Vanney’s squad is back with a vengeancethis season, leading MLS with a 9-2-5 record. Montreal was slow off the mark but has levelled its record at 4-4-6 and is 2-0-2 in its last four.

“I like that rivalry aspect, I like that it’s a little bit unfriendly,” said Vanney.”It becomes you and your team, and us against them.

“And I think that’s what it should be about. That’s why these rivalries are so special. So I’m not discouraged in any way about having to go there and play a game.”

The return leg is June 27 in Toronto.

At stake is the Voyageurs Cup, which Montreal won seven times before joining MLS and twice after. Toronto won five times, including last year. There are also bragging rights, which may be as big a factor as skill or tactics in this matchup.

“I don’t really say hate butI know that my focus and attention when the name TFC pops up is very high,” said Bernier.

Toronto players remarked this week how much theydespise the goal bell at Saputo Stadium that is rung each time the home team scores.

Both teams want the trophy, especially because it gives the winnerentry intoin the CONCACAF Champions League, although if Montreal wins it will also have to win a one-game playoff in Toronto later this summer due to a scheduling change that deprived TFC of this year’s CONCACAF berth.

Toronto is in win-now mode with designated players Sebastian Giovinco, Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore in their prime, backed by a strong supporting cast, and feel they can go far in CONCACAF. Montreal is eager to get back in after making a run to the final in 2015.

Vanney has lineup decisions to make because his club has a league match Friday night against New England, making for two games in three nights. He confirmed only that Clint Irwin will continue his Canadian Championship run in goal.

The Impact play Saturday in Columbus.

A new rule this season requires teams to start at least three Canadians, which may be all the homegrown talent Montreal coach Mauro Biello has. Forward Anthony Jackson-Hamel is a question mark after a bout of gastro-interitis and forward Ballou Tabla is doubtful with a sore ankle.Louis Beland-Goyette (knee) and David Choiniere (ankle) areout.

That leaves Bernier, defender Wandrille Lefevre and goalie Max Crepeau as the healthy Canadians.

As much as they are rivals, some Impact and TFC players are also teammates on the national squad who were together onlylast weekfor a win over Curacao at Saputo Stadium.

“There was some banter,” said Bernier, who wore the captain’s armband against Curacao. “Raheem (Edwards), Jonathan (Osorio). Tosaint (Ricketts)wasn’t there but I’ve known him for a while now.

“They’re doing very well so Reheem wasn’t afraid to talk about his team. For a young player, he’s not shy of talking, whichI like because it means he has confidence in himself and that’s good for the men’s national team. But we’re not on the same team now. It’s 2017 and whatever we did in 2016 doesn’t exist anymore. We have to prove that we’re the best team.”

With files from Neil Davidson in Toronto

Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version misspelled Tosaint Ricketts’ name.

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Growing rivalry highlighted as TFC visits Impact in Canadian Championship play – BarrieToday

MONTREAL Patrice Bernier goes back 17 years when the topic turns to the Montreal-Toronto soccer rivalry.

For Bernier, the Montreal Impact’s loss toToronto FC in the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference final last November was merely the latest chapter inthe on-again, off-again battle between Canada’s two largest cities.

The next will come Wednesday night when TFC visits Saputo Stadium for the first leg of the two-game Canadian Championship final.

“In the A-League (circa 2000) we played against the Toronto Lynx a lot,” said 37-year-old Bernier.”I know that there were a lot more Toronto guys ontheir side and a lot more Montreal guys on our side, so there was no love when you played their team.

“I remember them a lot. Adrian Serioux, Lynden Hooper, Marco Reda. Those guys came up with the Lynx. It just carried over for me (in MLS). The name might have changed but TFC or Toronto (Lynx), it’s the same for me.”

The rivalry wasa natural when Montreal joinedMLS in 2012 (Toronto had already been there since 2007), but it only really took hold when they startedfacing each other in playoff games.TFC’s first-ever post-season game was alacklustre 3-0 loss in a first round knockout game in Montreal in 2015.

Last season, it went through the roof as the Impact won the opening match of the two-legged conference final3-2 before 61,004 at Olympic Stadium only to lose5-2 in the return match before a sellout 36,000 at BMO Field, with TFC scoring two goals in extra time in the highest-scoring MLS playoff series ever.

Toronto lost the MLS Cup final to Seattle on penalties, but Greg Vanney’s squad is back with a vengeancethis season, leading MLS with a 9-2-5 record. Montreal was slow off the mark but has levelled its record at 4-4-6 and is 2-0-2 in its last four.

“I like that rivalry aspect, I like that it’s a little bit unfriendly,” said Vanney.”It becomes you and your team, and us against them.

“And I think that’s what it should be about. That’s why these rivalries are so special. So I’m not discouraged in any way about having to go there and play a game.”

The return leg is June 27 in Toronto.

At stake is the Voyageurs Cup, which Montreal won seven times before joining MLS and twice after. Toronto won five times, including last year. There are also bragging rights, which may be as big a factor as skill or tactics in this matchup.

“I don’t really say hate butI know that my focus and attention when the name TFC pops up is very high,” said Bernier.

Toronto players remarked this week how much theydespise the goal bell at Saputo Stadium that is rung each time the home team scores.

Both teams want the trophy, especially because it gives the winnerentry intoin the CONCACAF Champions League, although if Montreal wins it will also have to win a one-game playoff in Toronto later this summer due to a scheduling change that deprived TFC of this year’s CONCACAF berth.

Toronto is in win-now mode with designated players Sebastian Giovinco, Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore in their prime, backed by a strong supporting cast, and feel they can go far in CONCACAF. Montreal is eager to get back in after making a run to the final in 2015.

Vanney has lineup decisions to make because his club has a league match Friday night against New England, making for two games in three nights. He confirmed only that Clint Irwin will continue his Canadian Championship run in goal.

The Impact play Saturday in Columbus.

A new rule this season requires teams to start at least three Canadians, which may be all the homegrown talent Montreal coach Mauro Biello has. Forward Anthony Jackson-Hamel is a question mark after a bout of gastro-interitis and forward Ballou Tabla is doubtful with a sore ankle.Louis Beland-Goyette (knee) and David Choiniere (ankle) areout.

That leaves Bernier, defender Wandrille Lefevre and goalie Max Crepeau as the healthy Canadians.

As much as they are rivals, some Impact and TFC players are also teammates on the national squad who were together onlylast weekfor a win over Curacao at Saputo Stadium.

“There was some banter,” said Bernier, who wore the captain’s armband against Curacao. “Raheem (Edwards), Jonathan (Osorio). Tosaint (Ricketts)wasn’t there but I’ve known him for a while now.

“They’re doing very well so Reheem wasn’t afraid to talk about his team. For a young player, he’s not shy of talking, whichI like because it means he has confidence in himself and that’s good for the men’s national team. But we’re not on the same team now. It’s 2017 and whatever we did in 2016 doesn’t exist anymore. We have to prove that we’re the best team.”

With files from Neil Davidson in Toronto

Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version misspelled Tosaint Ricketts’ name.

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Beating Pakistan in a knockout game won’t be easy for India in Misbah’s absence: Experts – Firstpost (satire)

London:Champions Trophy in England is set for a thrilling climax as arch rivals India and Pakistan face off for the 3rd time in a decade in a knockout game at an ICC event. However, Indian team is not as confident as they were before the previous two clashes and the reason is the absence of Pakistani legend Misbah ul Haq. Misbah made a vital contribution in Indian victory at both 2007 T20 final and 2011 World Cup semifinal and his absence can really hurt India. Indian players celebrating Misbahs arrival at the crease

During 2007 final, Misbah threw away his wicket with only 6 required off last 4 balls and during the 2011 semifinal, he put the entire crowd to sleep with his batting so we arent really sure how India ended up winning the game but that is what eventually happened. Now that he has retired, India needs someone else to step up and hand the game over to India.

Voicing this concern,a leading cricketing expert said ,More than anything else, Misbahs absence will really hurt India. They will have to win the game on their own and cant expect any help from Pakistani batsmen. There are no Akmals in the side either so there is already no help from the fielders in terms of dropped catches and Pakistani bowling never helps India anyway. With Misbah, India could have expected a run rate of 3 runs per over during the middle overs from Pakistan but now that assurance is gone.

India will need to score 25-30 runs extra to compensate for Misbahs absence and while trying to score those extra runs, they may lose their wickets quickly and hand the initiative to Pakistan. This adds an extra dimension to an already mouthwatering final, the expert added.

Meanwhile, back in India, some TV channels are planning to boycott the coverage of the match and will show the Bollywood films Border and Gadar during the match to depict India-Pakistan contest.

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US Open Cup clash deepens NY Derby ahead of MLS regular season showdowns – MLSsoccer.com

HARRISON, N.J. Was it the appetizer to the main event next Saturday or just a different flavor to the budding rivalry between the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC?

Whatever you want to call it, the first-ever U.S. Open Cup match between the two and by default the first knockout game helped take this derby to another level.

Red Bull Arena wasnt quite packed to the gills,but both supporters sections were boisterous throughout the game. Both teams also put out strong starting lineups, further proof that nothing short of a victory would be acceptable in this midweek tangle.

I think it does [add something to the rivalry]. I dont think theres two ways about it, Red Bulls coach Chris Armas, who led the team with Jesse Marsch suspended, said. Theres no escaping that. Were red, theyre blue. The whole thing is going. Its been tremendous for our league, New York and New Jersey, for any soccer fan in our area. Typically, a [fourth] round Open Cup, you dont see a crowd like that and the energy with our fans and their fans.

The rivalry is still one-sided, with the Red Bulls winning six of the seven all-time meetings and every encounter at Red Bull Arena. But under Patrick Vieiras guidance and with some roster additions, NYCFC is closing the gap.

I think NYCFC has gotten better since years past so it was a very difficult game for us, Red Bulls captain Sacha Kljestan said. They altered a few things about them, maybe its just the personnel on the field, but theyre a good team. We have a lot of respect for them. We know its a big contrast of styles playing against each other.

One defensive mistake on a ball played from Sean Johnson to Frederic Brillant changed the course of this game. Bradley Wright-Phillips forced Johnson off his line, the ball popped up in the air and Daniel Royer clinically finished with a first-time volley for the lone goal.

Johnson said theres positives, and lessons as well, NYCFC can take into the first of three regular season showdowns on June 24 at Red Bull Arena.

Oh yeah, well be ready when we come back, Johnson said. For sure everyone has a sour taste in our mouth now. I can speak to myself, it didnt feel good to walk off that field without a win. I feel we have the talent to get results against this team. We respect them as a team, but I feel confident well definitely work hard to make amends for today.

For Vieira, trying to change the color of this red-dominated rivalry is the ultimate test.

Its a fantastic challenge, a really good challenge for myself, for the players because when you look at our record, we played them seven times and we had six losses and only one win, Vieira said. That will make the next games more exciting and more challenging for us. As a football coach, as a club and as a player, this is the type of challenge that can be really exciting.

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Pakistan ticked all the boxes against England – Wisden India

Hasan Ali has truly come of age. He has displayed impeccable control and penetration with the old ball. Getty Images

Now, that is a victory to savour for a long time! Pakistan defied all odds and predictions to pummel tournament favourites England with a commanding performance to book a berth in Sundays Champions Trophy 2017 final at The Oval.

This was as good a performance as could be expected in a knockout game. It was after a long time that Pakistan dominated a strong opposition in all three departments of the game. I am absolutely thrilled by this incredible turnaround by Sarfraz Ahmeds team and really proud of their resilience and commitment after a forgettable defeat to India in their first match.

Pakistans win was set up by a top-class bowling effort, replicating performances against South Africa and Sri Lanka. Even an in-form England team struggled to break the shackles in the middle overs despite a solid start. For the third successive time, Pakistan roared back in contention with the older ball even as the spinners tightened the screws.

Hasan Ali has truly come of age. He has displayed impeccable control and penetration with the old ball. Today, his line to both right and left-handers was perfect. Junaid Khan, Rumman Raees and the spinners complimented Hasan brilliantly as Pakistan didnt miss Mohammad Amir, who had to sit out due to back spasms.

Fielding is often the barometer by which Pakistans performance is judged. The players were charged up and I was hugely impressed by the body language and commitment by the fielders.

Our bowling unit becomes lethal when it gets the support of the fielders and thats exactly what we saw today. Restricting a team of Englands potential to a score of 211 speaks volumes about the ability of the bowlers despite the pressure of a knockout game.

What pleased me further was the almost flawless batting performance that followed the world-class effort with the ball. Fakhar Zaman was once again outstanding. I feel so happy that he hasnt been overawed at all by the occasion and seems to have a great temperament meant for big games.

Azhar and Fakhar can make a great pair if they continue to play with the same style and approach. Getty Images

Fakhar gave Pakistan a tremendous launching pad with his aggressive and purposeful batting at the top of the innings. Fakhars demeanour and approach at the crease is refreshing and he led the charge, which helped Pakistan get close to the target quickly.

I also kept a close eye on Azhar Alis innings. The opener was the perfect foil to Fakhar, and his calmness allowed Fakhar to express himself fully. Azhar and Fakhar can make a great pair if they continue to play with the same style and approach. On the other hand, Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez must have regained confidence with their cameos and their return to form augurs well for the final.

Talking about the final, the game is surely going to be huge regardless of the opposition. Both Bangladesh and India are capable sides and I see a close semifinal match at Edgbaston.

If India make it through, the fans will get to see an Indo-Pak tournament final and nothing comes close to matching the excitement of such a game.

Pakistan players need to take the match as another game and must take India as any other opposition. Records and numbers of matches gone by matter little in the final, hence Pakistan must stay relaxed and enjoy the occasion rather than letting their opponents rattle them.

Pakistan dont need to do anything different now. They have a tremendous game plan in place, which has worked brilliantly in the last few matches. The focus should be on minimising the errors and maximising the talent available in the eleven.

In the meantime, let us all enjoy this unexpected stellar run by Pakistan which has brought great joy to the fans in the country and around the world. A magnificent achievement is now just one game away. Give it your all boys!

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England vs Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali record highest opening run stand in Champions Trophy – The Indian Express


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Gary Ballance: Travel sickness not to blame for Yorkshire exit from Royal London Cup – Bradford Telegraph and Argus

YORKSHIRE captain Gary Ballance refused to blame a long journey back from Somerset for his side’s defeat to Surrey in the Royal London Cup elimination play-off.

Kumar Sangakkara inspired Surrey to a 24-run victory at Headingley with an imperious century which booked a tie against Worcestershire at New Road on Saturday as they bid to reach a third straight final.

Yorkshire had returned from Taunton the previous day following a nail-biting County Championship victory which left them second in the Division One table.

Yet Ballance pointed out: “Surrey had a game down near London, so they also had to travel. There’s no excuses there. We were definitely very up for the game. We just weren’t quite good enough.”

The Yorkshire skipper did accept that the schedule his players as well as Surrey’s faced was ridiculous but could not hide his disappointment at failing to progress in the 50-over competition.

“I’ve not even thought about last night (beating Somerset by three runs), which shows how crazy this schedule is,” said Ballance.

“You win a game, a four-day game, and then you have to travel five hours on a bus and play a knockout game the next day. It’s mad for both teams.

“I’m not making excuses and we’re not even thinking about Somerset now. We’re disappointed about losing here.”

Sri Lanka legend Sangakkara’s run-a-ball 121 represented his 100th hundred in all cricket and ultimately proved the difference between the sides.

Ballance said: “Sangakkara played a brilliant innings for them. It was a match-winning knock. We just needed someone to do that for us.

“We knew how good a player he is and we tried everything at him. He played very well. Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up.

“When you are chasing a score, one of the top five has got to get a score. We didn’t quite do that.

“It’s a knockout game and everyone’s up for it but to lose out in such a big game, to Surrey again, we just got outplayed.”

Sangakkara underpinned Surrey’s competitive 313-7, which also included 86 for Ben Foakes. The pair shared a fourth-wicket stand of 180 inside 29 overs to recover the score from 70-3.

Adam Lyth top-scored in Yorkshire’s reply with 75 off 83 balls but the Vikings fell away from a healthy 126-1 in the 25th over. They finished on 289-9 as former West Indies seamer Ravi Rampaul claimed three wickets.

Yorkshire’s spin duo of Azeem Rafiq and Karl Carver impressed with 3-51 and 1-52 from their ten-over spells.

Surrey lost four wickets inside the last eight overs of their innings to give Yorkshire some momentum as they did not quite make the most of the death overs, having been 250-3 in the 43rd over.

Lyth and Jack Leaning, who made 42, shared 95 for the second wicket but Rampaul struck twice in as many overs to remove the pair and leave the score at 131-3 in the 27th.

Ballance and Peter Handscomb shared 64 inside 11 overs to keep Yorkshire firmly in the hunt but the captain’s departure, caught at mid-wicket off a Tom Curran full toss, to leave the score 195-4 in the 38th over was a key blow.

Handscomb and Tim Bresnan were together at the start of the final ten overs with 110 still needed.

The Australian reached 50 off 46 balls in the 43rd over with a six over mid-wicket off Rampaul, who claimed his third wicket in the same over when Bresnan was caught behind to make it 236-5.

But when Jade Dernbach had Handscomb caught at wide long-on for 60, making it 245-6 in the 45th with 69 more needed, Yorkshire were left with a mountain to climb.

Rafiq and Matthew Fisher were run out as the target became 29 off the last, with Matthew Waite falling in the last over for 34.

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Pakistan bowl as Fahim Ashraf debuts in knockout game against Sri Lanka – Geo News, Pakistan

CARDIFF: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed and tail-ender Mohammad Amir staged a late fightback on Monday to take Pakistan to an incredible three-wicket victory over Sri Lankaat Cardiff.

The win has taken Pakistan to the semifinals of the Champions Trophy for the first time in eight years, and will now face England on Wednesday at Cardiff.

Sarfraz and Amir steadied the ship after the Pakistani middle order collapsed once again in chase of Sri Lanka’s 237-run target in the virtual quarterfinal between the two teams.

The openers added 74 runs for the first wicket, with Fakhar scoring 50 and Azhar adding 34.

But the middle order soon collapsed, with Pakistan losing seven wickets by the 30th over with just 162 on board.

However, a 75-run partnership between Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Amir took Pakistan to an incredible win over Sri Lanka and ensured a semifinal berth.

Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka had to win to join already qualified title-holders India from Group B in the knockout stages of a tournament featuring the world’s top eight one-day international sides.

Pakistan started their group campaign with a woeful 124-run defeat by arch-rivals India but bounced back to defeat top-ranked South Africa before this success against Sri Lanka.

India will play Bangladesh in Thursdays second semi-final at Edgbaston, with the final at the Oval on Sunday.

Earlier, young batsman Fakhar Zaman departed after scoring his debut ODI fifty, but not before seeing Pakistan off to a confident start.

Fakhar scored quick-fire 50 off 36 balls after getting caught by Asela Gunaratne from the bowling of Nuwan Pradeep.

However, the following batsmen failed to capitalise on the start provided by the young batsman as Babar Azam (10), Mohammad Hafeez (01), Azhar Ali (34), Shoaib Malik (11), Imad Wasim (4), Fahim Ashraf (15) fell one after the another.

Brilliant bowling from Pakistan pacers earlier restricted Sri Lanka to 236 runs.

Hasan Ali ended resistance by tail-enders as he bowled out Lakmal, after Junaid Khan and Mohammad Amir ripped through the opponent’s middle-order picking up four wickets in quick succession.

Junaid picked up wickets of Thisara Perera and de Silva for just a single each, hastening the collapse after captain Angelo Mathews was bowled by Mohammad Amir on 39.

Junaid Khan bowled a ripper to get rid ofDhananjaya de Silva. Mohammad Amir again bowled a brilliant ball while captain Sarfraz Ahmed took a sensational catch to get rid of well-settledNiroshan Dickwella.

Hasan Ali struck in a dj vu repeat of Wayne Parnell’s wicket to dismiss Mendis, followed by debutant Fahim Ashraf who clean bowled Chandimal for a duck, as Pakistan put brakes on Sri Lankan batting early into the game.

Junaid Khan earlier struck in his second over to dismiss openerGunathilaka cheaply, after Pakistan won the toss and decided to bowl first.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed, speaking to media ahead of the big game, said: “We had a good bowling meeting. We took wickets. If you take wickets, every good team feels under pressure.”

The Green Shirts were also inspired by playing in front of a partisan crowd, something they have rarely enjoyed in the recent past.

“That is a feeling we miss, not playing in Pakistan,” said Sarfraz. “Maybe that was a difference, the crowd was supporting us and thats why the players were boosted.”

“Its one of the top wins, to beat India,” said Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews. “The bowlers did brilliantly to restrict India to 321. It was a very chaseable target.

“Not many people expected us to win and that took a lot of pressure off us.”

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Mickelson thinks Mackay will caddie again soon – San Francisco Chronicle

Photo: Curtis Compton, AP FILE – This April 4, 2017 file photo shows Phil Mickelson smiling after chipping in for an eagle on the third hole during a practice round at the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. Mickelson isnt sure whats next for Jim “Bones” Mackay. He is sure there are going to be plenty of options for his longtime caddie. Mickelson and Mackay announced last week they had decided to split up after 25 years and more than 600 tournaments around the world, ending one of golfs most successful relationships. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP) FILE – This April 4, 2017 file photo shows Phil Mickelson smiling… OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (AP) Phil Mickelson isn’t sure what’s next for Jim “Bones” Mackay. He is sure there are going to be plenty of options for his longtime caddie. Mickelson and Mackay announced last week they had decided to split up after 25 years and more than 600 tournaments around the world, ending one of golf’s most successful relationships. Mickelson’s brother Tim is going to caddie for him for the rest of the year, and Lefty thinks there will be no shortage of potential suitors for Mackay. “He’s going to have some incredible opportunities,” Mickelson said Monday in his first public comments since the split. “There’s going to be a great player a lot of great players, but one great player’s going to be lucky enough to have him and he’s going to bring a lot to his game and they’re going to be a great team. And then it gives me an opportunity to spend time with my brother for the rest of this year, which I’m looking forward to.” Tim Mickelson was the golf coach at Arizona State before he left the position to become Jon Rahm’s agent, and Phil Mickelson thanked Rahm for approving his brother’s new schedule. Tim Mickelson also carried his big brother’s bag during the Mexico Championship when Mackay went down with a stomach virus. Asked if Mackay will start working for Rahm, Phil Mickelson said he had no idea and didn’t want to speculate on Mackay’s next job. “He’s not told me anything and I think that he’s going to have a lot of players call him and inquire about his services,” Mickelson said. “That would be what I would anticipate. But I don’t know.” Mickelson, who celebrated his 47th birthday on June 16, and Mackay started working together at a U.S. Open qualifier in Memphis, Tennessee in 1992. Mickelson was hoping to have their final round together at this year’s U.S. Open, but he skipped the tournament to attend his oldest daughter’s high school graduation in California. Mackay went to Erin Hills in Wisconsin to scout the course in case a weather delay would have allowed Mickelson to make his tee time, but it didn’t work out. Instead, their last round was in the St. Jude Classic in Memphis. “We knew that final round in Memphis that that was our last round together or most likely,” Mickelson said. “We were holding out hope that it wasn’t, that we had one more week, and it was an emotional day. But we both know it’s time.” Mickelson joined LPGA stars Brooke Henderson, Lydia Ko and Stacy Lewis for a skills challenge at Olympia Fields on Monday ahead of this weekend’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Mickelson and KPMG also announced a donation by the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation to the company’s future leaders program, which awards college scholarships to young women and brings them to Stanford University for a leadership development retreat. Mickelson signed autographs for about a half-hour after winning the skills competition, which included a couple different chipping contests and a knockout game involving images of each player behind plates of glass. “I was nervous because I know how good they are,” he said, “and it was fun because it gave me an opportunity to be around some of the best players in the world, best athletes in the world.” ___ Jay Cohen can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jcohenap

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Growing rivalry highlighted as TFC visits Impact in Canadian Championship play – GuelphToday

MONTREAL Patrice Bernier goes back 17 years when the topic turns to the Montreal-Toronto soccer rivalry. For Bernier, the Montreal Impact’s loss toToronto FC in the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference final last November was merely the latest chapter inthe on-again, off-again battle between Canada’s two largest cities. The next will come Wednesday night when TFC visits Saputo Stadium for the first leg of the two-game Canadian Championship final. “In the A-League (circa 2000) we played against the Toronto Lynx a lot,” said 37-year-old Bernier.”I know that there were a lot more Toronto guys ontheir side and a lot more Montreal guys on our side, so there was no love when you played their team. “I remember them a lot. Adrian Serioux, Lynden Hooper, Marco Reda. Those guys came up with the Lynx. It just carried over for me (in MLS). The name might have changed but TFC or Toronto (Lynx), it’s the same for me.” The rivalry wasa natural when Montreal joinedMLS in 2012 (Toronto had already been there since 2007), but it only really took hold when they startedfacing each other in playoff games.TFC’s first-ever post-season game was alacklustre 3-0 loss in a first round knockout game in Montreal in 2015. Last season, it went through the roof as the Impact won the opening match of the two-legged conference final3-2 before 61,004 at Olympic Stadium only to lose5-2 in the return match before a sellout 36,000 at BMO Field, with TFC scoring two goals in extra time in the highest-scoring MLS playoff series ever. Toronto lost the MLS Cup final to Seattle on penalties, but Greg Vanney’s squad is back with a vengeancethis season, leading MLS with a 9-2-5 record. Montreal was slow off the mark but has levelled its record at 4-4-6 and is 2-0-2 in its last four. “I like that rivalry aspect, I like that it’s a little bit unfriendly,” said Vanney.”It becomes you and your team, and us against them. “And I think that’s what it should be about. That’s why these rivalries are so special. So I’m not discouraged in any way about having to go there and play a game.” The return leg is June 27 in Toronto. At stake is the Voyageurs Cup, which Montreal won seven times before joining MLS and twice after. Toronto won five times, including last year. There are also bragging rights, which may be as big a factor as skill or tactics in this matchup. “I don’t really say hate butI know that my focus and attention when the name TFC pops up is very high,” said Bernier. Toronto players remarked this week how much theydespise the goal bell at Saputo Stadium that is rung each time the home team scores. Both teams want the trophy, especially because it gives the winnerentry intoin the CONCACAF Champions League, although if Montreal wins it will also have to win a one-game playoff in Toronto later this summer due to a scheduling change that deprived TFC of this year’s CONCACAF berth. Toronto is in win-now mode with designated players Sebastian Giovinco, Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore in their prime, backed by a strong supporting cast, and feel they can go far in CONCACAF. Montreal is eager to get back in after making a run to the final in 2015. Vanney has lineup decisions to make because his club has a league match Friday night against New England, making for two games in three nights. He confirmed only that Clint Irwin will continue his Canadian Championship run in goal. The Impact play Saturday in Columbus. A new rule this season requires teams to start at least three Canadians, which may be all the homegrown talent Montreal coach Mauro Biello has. Forward Anthony Jackson-Hamel is a question mark after a bout of gastro-interitis and forward Ballou Tabla is doubtful with a sore ankle.Louis Beland-Goyette (knee) and David Choiniere (ankle) areout. That leaves Bernier, defender Wandrille Lefevre and goalie Max Crepeau as the healthy Canadians. As much as they are rivals, some Impact and TFC players are also teammates on the national squad who were together onlylast weekfor a win over Curacao at Saputo Stadium. “There was some banter,” said Bernier, who wore the captain’s armband against Curacao. “Raheem (Edwards), Jonathan (Osorio). Tosaint (Ricketts)wasn’t there but I’ve known him for a while now. “They’re doing very well so Reheem wasn’t afraid to talk about his team. For a young player, he’s not shy of talking, whichI like because it means he has confidence in himself and that’s good for the men’s national team. But we’re not on the same team now. It’s 2017 and whatever we did in 2016 doesn’t exist anymore. We have to prove that we’re the best team.” With files from Neil Davidson in Toronto Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version misspelled Tosaint Ricketts’ name.

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Growing rivalry highlighted as TFC visits Impact in Canadian Championship play – BarrieToday

MONTREAL Patrice Bernier goes back 17 years when the topic turns to the Montreal-Toronto soccer rivalry. For Bernier, the Montreal Impact’s loss toToronto FC in the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference final last November was merely the latest chapter inthe on-again, off-again battle between Canada’s two largest cities. The next will come Wednesday night when TFC visits Saputo Stadium for the first leg of the two-game Canadian Championship final. “In the A-League (circa 2000) we played against the Toronto Lynx a lot,” said 37-year-old Bernier.”I know that there were a lot more Toronto guys ontheir side and a lot more Montreal guys on our side, so there was no love when you played their team. “I remember them a lot. Adrian Serioux, Lynden Hooper, Marco Reda. Those guys came up with the Lynx. It just carried over for me (in MLS). The name might have changed but TFC or Toronto (Lynx), it’s the same for me.” The rivalry wasa natural when Montreal joinedMLS in 2012 (Toronto had already been there since 2007), but it only really took hold when they startedfacing each other in playoff games.TFC’s first-ever post-season game was alacklustre 3-0 loss in a first round knockout game in Montreal in 2015. Last season, it went through the roof as the Impact won the opening match of the two-legged conference final3-2 before 61,004 at Olympic Stadium only to lose5-2 in the return match before a sellout 36,000 at BMO Field, with TFC scoring two goals in extra time in the highest-scoring MLS playoff series ever. Toronto lost the MLS Cup final to Seattle on penalties, but Greg Vanney’s squad is back with a vengeancethis season, leading MLS with a 9-2-5 record. Montreal was slow off the mark but has levelled its record at 4-4-6 and is 2-0-2 in its last four. “I like that rivalry aspect, I like that it’s a little bit unfriendly,” said Vanney.”It becomes you and your team, and us against them. “And I think that’s what it should be about. That’s why these rivalries are so special. So I’m not discouraged in any way about having to go there and play a game.” The return leg is June 27 in Toronto. At stake is the Voyageurs Cup, which Montreal won seven times before joining MLS and twice after. Toronto won five times, including last year. There are also bragging rights, which may be as big a factor as skill or tactics in this matchup. “I don’t really say hate butI know that my focus and attention when the name TFC pops up is very high,” said Bernier. Toronto players remarked this week how much theydespise the goal bell at Saputo Stadium that is rung each time the home team scores. Both teams want the trophy, especially because it gives the winnerentry intoin the CONCACAF Champions League, although if Montreal wins it will also have to win a one-game playoff in Toronto later this summer due to a scheduling change that deprived TFC of this year’s CONCACAF berth. Toronto is in win-now mode with designated players Sebastian Giovinco, Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore in their prime, backed by a strong supporting cast, and feel they can go far in CONCACAF. Montreal is eager to get back in after making a run to the final in 2015. Vanney has lineup decisions to make because his club has a league match Friday night against New England, making for two games in three nights. He confirmed only that Clint Irwin will continue his Canadian Championship run in goal. The Impact play Saturday in Columbus. A new rule this season requires teams to start at least three Canadians, which may be all the homegrown talent Montreal coach Mauro Biello has. Forward Anthony Jackson-Hamel is a question mark after a bout of gastro-interitis and forward Ballou Tabla is doubtful with a sore ankle.Louis Beland-Goyette (knee) and David Choiniere (ankle) areout. That leaves Bernier, defender Wandrille Lefevre and goalie Max Crepeau as the healthy Canadians. As much as they are rivals, some Impact and TFC players are also teammates on the national squad who were together onlylast weekfor a win over Curacao at Saputo Stadium. “There was some banter,” said Bernier, who wore the captain’s armband against Curacao. “Raheem (Edwards), Jonathan (Osorio). Tosaint (Ricketts)wasn’t there but I’ve known him for a while now. “They’re doing very well so Reheem wasn’t afraid to talk about his team. For a young player, he’s not shy of talking, whichI like because it means he has confidence in himself and that’s good for the men’s national team. But we’re not on the same team now. It’s 2017 and whatever we did in 2016 doesn’t exist anymore. We have to prove that we’re the best team.” With files from Neil Davidson in Toronto Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version misspelled Tosaint Ricketts’ name.

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Beating Pakistan in a knockout game won’t be easy for India in Misbah’s absence: Experts – Firstpost (satire)

London:Champions Trophy in England is set for a thrilling climax as arch rivals India and Pakistan face off for the 3rd time in a decade in a knockout game at an ICC event. However, Indian team is not as confident as they were before the previous two clashes and the reason is the absence of Pakistani legend Misbah ul Haq. Misbah made a vital contribution in Indian victory at both 2007 T20 final and 2011 World Cup semifinal and his absence can really hurt India. Indian players celebrating Misbahs arrival at the crease During 2007 final, Misbah threw away his wicket with only 6 required off last 4 balls and during the 2011 semifinal, he put the entire crowd to sleep with his batting so we arent really sure how India ended up winning the game but that is what eventually happened. Now that he has retired, India needs someone else to step up and hand the game over to India. Voicing this concern,a leading cricketing expert said ,More than anything else, Misbahs absence will really hurt India. They will have to win the game on their own and cant expect any help from Pakistani batsmen. There are no Akmals in the side either so there is already no help from the fielders in terms of dropped catches and Pakistani bowling never helps India anyway. With Misbah, India could have expected a run rate of 3 runs per over during the middle overs from Pakistan but now that assurance is gone. India will need to score 25-30 runs extra to compensate for Misbahs absence and while trying to score those extra runs, they may lose their wickets quickly and hand the initiative to Pakistan. This adds an extra dimension to an already mouthwatering final, the expert added. Meanwhile, back in India, some TV channels are planning to boycott the coverage of the match and will show the Bollywood films Border and Gadar during the match to depict India-Pakistan contest.

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US Open Cup clash deepens NY Derby ahead of MLS regular season showdowns – MLSsoccer.com

HARRISON, N.J. Was it the appetizer to the main event next Saturday or just a different flavor to the budding rivalry between the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC? Whatever you want to call it, the first-ever U.S. Open Cup match between the two and by default the first knockout game helped take this derby to another level. Red Bull Arena wasnt quite packed to the gills,but both supporters sections were boisterous throughout the game. Both teams also put out strong starting lineups, further proof that nothing short of a victory would be acceptable in this midweek tangle. I think it does [add something to the rivalry]. I dont think theres two ways about it, Red Bulls coach Chris Armas, who led the team with Jesse Marsch suspended, said. Theres no escaping that. Were red, theyre blue. The whole thing is going. Its been tremendous for our league, New York and New Jersey, for any soccer fan in our area. Typically, a [fourth] round Open Cup, you dont see a crowd like that and the energy with our fans and their fans. The rivalry is still one-sided, with the Red Bulls winning six of the seven all-time meetings and every encounter at Red Bull Arena. But under Patrick Vieiras guidance and with some roster additions, NYCFC is closing the gap. I think NYCFC has gotten better since years past so it was a very difficult game for us, Red Bulls captain Sacha Kljestan said. They altered a few things about them, maybe its just the personnel on the field, but theyre a good team. We have a lot of respect for them. We know its a big contrast of styles playing against each other. One defensive mistake on a ball played from Sean Johnson to Frederic Brillant changed the course of this game. Bradley Wright-Phillips forced Johnson off his line, the ball popped up in the air and Daniel Royer clinically finished with a first-time volley for the lone goal. Johnson said theres positives, and lessons as well, NYCFC can take into the first of three regular season showdowns on June 24 at Red Bull Arena. Oh yeah, well be ready when we come back, Johnson said. For sure everyone has a sour taste in our mouth now. I can speak to myself, it didnt feel good to walk off that field without a win. I feel we have the talent to get results against this team. We respect them as a team, but I feel confident well definitely work hard to make amends for today. For Vieira, trying to change the color of this red-dominated rivalry is the ultimate test. Its a fantastic challenge, a really good challenge for myself, for the players because when you look at our record, we played them seven times and we had six losses and only one win, Vieira said. That will make the next games more exciting and more challenging for us. As a football coach, as a club and as a player, this is the type of challenge that can be really exciting.

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Pakistan ticked all the boxes against England – Wisden India

Hasan Ali has truly come of age. He has displayed impeccable control and penetration with the old ball. Getty Images Now, that is a victory to savour for a long time! Pakistan defied all odds and predictions to pummel tournament favourites England with a commanding performance to book a berth in Sundays Champions Trophy 2017 final at The Oval. This was as good a performance as could be expected in a knockout game. It was after a long time that Pakistan dominated a strong opposition in all three departments of the game. I am absolutely thrilled by this incredible turnaround by Sarfraz Ahmeds team and really proud of their resilience and commitment after a forgettable defeat to India in their first match. Pakistans win was set up by a top-class bowling effort, replicating performances against South Africa and Sri Lanka. Even an in-form England team struggled to break the shackles in the middle overs despite a solid start. For the third successive time, Pakistan roared back in contention with the older ball even as the spinners tightened the screws. Hasan Ali has truly come of age. He has displayed impeccable control and penetration with the old ball. Today, his line to both right and left-handers was perfect. Junaid Khan, Rumman Raees and the spinners complimented Hasan brilliantly as Pakistan didnt miss Mohammad Amir, who had to sit out due to back spasms. Fielding is often the barometer by which Pakistans performance is judged. The players were charged up and I was hugely impressed by the body language and commitment by the fielders. Our bowling unit becomes lethal when it gets the support of the fielders and thats exactly what we saw today. Restricting a team of Englands potential to a score of 211 speaks volumes about the ability of the bowlers despite the pressure of a knockout game. What pleased me further was the almost flawless batting performance that followed the world-class effort with the ball. Fakhar Zaman was once again outstanding. I feel so happy that he hasnt been overawed at all by the occasion and seems to have a great temperament meant for big games. Azhar and Fakhar can make a great pair if they continue to play with the same style and approach. Getty Images Fakhar gave Pakistan a tremendous launching pad with his aggressive and purposeful batting at the top of the innings. Fakhars demeanour and approach at the crease is refreshing and he led the charge, which helped Pakistan get close to the target quickly. I also kept a close eye on Azhar Alis innings. The opener was the perfect foil to Fakhar, and his calmness allowed Fakhar to express himself fully. Azhar and Fakhar can make a great pair if they continue to play with the same style and approach. On the other hand, Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez must have regained confidence with their cameos and their return to form augurs well for the final. Talking about the final, the game is surely going to be huge regardless of the opposition. Both Bangladesh and India are capable sides and I see a close semifinal match at Edgbaston. If India make it through, the fans will get to see an Indo-Pak tournament final and nothing comes close to matching the excitement of such a game. Pakistan players need to take the match as another game and must take India as any other opposition. Records and numbers of matches gone by matter little in the final, hence Pakistan must stay relaxed and enjoy the occasion rather than letting their opponents rattle them. Pakistan dont need to do anything different now. They have a tremendous game plan in place, which has worked brilliantly in the last few matches. The focus should be on minimising the errors and maximising the talent available in the eleven. In the meantime, let us all enjoy this unexpected stellar run by Pakistan which has brought great joy to the fans in the country and around the world. A magnificent achievement is now just one game away. Give it your all boys! This article first appeared onicc-cricket.com FW SPORTS AND MEDIA INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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England vs Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali record highest opening run stand in Champions Trophy – The Indian Express

The Indian Express England vs Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali record highest opening run stand in Champions Trophy The Indian Express After the India game, the credit goes to the team management how they boosted us. Every game was a knockout game . Today as well they told us to not think about the match and just play the natural game. That helped us. Both teams are playing really well … Pakistan defy all odds, cruise to Champions Trophy final after outshining England AsiaOne Pakistan needs another top bowling effort in its biggest test yet Geo News, Pakistan ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Live score, Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, cricket score and updates: Sarfraz dropped…..again Firstpost Times of India all 1,345 news articles »

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Gary Ballance: Travel sickness not to blame for Yorkshire exit from Royal London Cup – Bradford Telegraph and Argus

YORKSHIRE captain Gary Ballance refused to blame a long journey back from Somerset for his side’s defeat to Surrey in the Royal London Cup elimination play-off. Kumar Sangakkara inspired Surrey to a 24-run victory at Headingley with an imperious century which booked a tie against Worcestershire at New Road on Saturday as they bid to reach a third straight final. Yorkshire had returned from Taunton the previous day following a nail-biting County Championship victory which left them second in the Division One table. Yet Ballance pointed out: “Surrey had a game down near London, so they also had to travel. There’s no excuses there. We were definitely very up for the game. We just weren’t quite good enough.” The Yorkshire skipper did accept that the schedule his players as well as Surrey’s faced was ridiculous but could not hide his disappointment at failing to progress in the 50-over competition. “I’ve not even thought about last night (beating Somerset by three runs), which shows how crazy this schedule is,” said Ballance. “You win a game, a four-day game, and then you have to travel five hours on a bus and play a knockout game the next day. It’s mad for both teams. “I’m not making excuses and we’re not even thinking about Somerset now. We’re disappointed about losing here.” Sri Lanka legend Sangakkara’s run-a-ball 121 represented his 100th hundred in all cricket and ultimately proved the difference between the sides. Ballance said: “Sangakkara played a brilliant innings for them. It was a match-winning knock. We just needed someone to do that for us. “We knew how good a player he is and we tried everything at him. He played very well. Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up. “When you are chasing a score, one of the top five has got to get a score. We didn’t quite do that. “It’s a knockout game and everyone’s up for it but to lose out in such a big game, to Surrey again, we just got outplayed.” Sangakkara underpinned Surrey’s competitive 313-7, which also included 86 for Ben Foakes. The pair shared a fourth-wicket stand of 180 inside 29 overs to recover the score from 70-3. Adam Lyth top-scored in Yorkshire’s reply with 75 off 83 balls but the Vikings fell away from a healthy 126-1 in the 25th over. They finished on 289-9 as former West Indies seamer Ravi Rampaul claimed three wickets. Yorkshire’s spin duo of Azeem Rafiq and Karl Carver impressed with 3-51 and 1-52 from their ten-over spells. Surrey lost four wickets inside the last eight overs of their innings to give Yorkshire some momentum as they did not quite make the most of the death overs, having been 250-3 in the 43rd over. Lyth and Jack Leaning, who made 42, shared 95 for the second wicket but Rampaul struck twice in as many overs to remove the pair and leave the score at 131-3 in the 27th. Ballance and Peter Handscomb shared 64 inside 11 overs to keep Yorkshire firmly in the hunt but the captain’s departure, caught at mid-wicket off a Tom Curran full toss, to leave the score 195-4 in the 38th over was a key blow. Handscomb and Tim Bresnan were together at the start of the final ten overs with 110 still needed. The Australian reached 50 off 46 balls in the 43rd over with a six over mid-wicket off Rampaul, who claimed his third wicket in the same over when Bresnan was caught behind to make it 236-5. But when Jade Dernbach had Handscomb caught at wide long-on for 60, making it 245-6 in the 45th with 69 more needed, Yorkshire were left with a mountain to climb. Rafiq and Matthew Fisher were run out as the target became 29 off the last, with Matthew Waite falling in the last over for 34.

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Pakistan bowl as Fahim Ashraf debuts in knockout game against Sri Lanka – Geo News, Pakistan

CARDIFF: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed and tail-ender Mohammad Amir staged a late fightback on Monday to take Pakistan to an incredible three-wicket victory over Sri Lankaat Cardiff. The win has taken Pakistan to the semifinals of the Champions Trophy for the first time in eight years, and will now face England on Wednesday at Cardiff. Sarfraz and Amir steadied the ship after the Pakistani middle order collapsed once again in chase of Sri Lanka’s 237-run target in the virtual quarterfinal between the two teams. The openers added 74 runs for the first wicket, with Fakhar scoring 50 and Azhar adding 34. But the middle order soon collapsed, with Pakistan losing seven wickets by the 30th over with just 162 on board. However, a 75-run partnership between Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Amir took Pakistan to an incredible win over Sri Lanka and ensured a semifinal berth. Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka had to win to join already qualified title-holders India from Group B in the knockout stages of a tournament featuring the world’s top eight one-day international sides. Pakistan started their group campaign with a woeful 124-run defeat by arch-rivals India but bounced back to defeat top-ranked South Africa before this success against Sri Lanka. India will play Bangladesh in Thursdays second semi-final at Edgbaston, with the final at the Oval on Sunday. Earlier, young batsman Fakhar Zaman departed after scoring his debut ODI fifty, but not before seeing Pakistan off to a confident start. Fakhar scored quick-fire 50 off 36 balls after getting caught by Asela Gunaratne from the bowling of Nuwan Pradeep. However, the following batsmen failed to capitalise on the start provided by the young batsman as Babar Azam (10), Mohammad Hafeez (01), Azhar Ali (34), Shoaib Malik (11), Imad Wasim (4), Fahim Ashraf (15) fell one after the another. Brilliant bowling from Pakistan pacers earlier restricted Sri Lanka to 236 runs. Hasan Ali ended resistance by tail-enders as he bowled out Lakmal, after Junaid Khan and Mohammad Amir ripped through the opponent’s middle-order picking up four wickets in quick succession. Junaid picked up wickets of Thisara Perera and de Silva for just a single each, hastening the collapse after captain Angelo Mathews was bowled by Mohammad Amir on 39. Junaid Khan bowled a ripper to get rid ofDhananjaya de Silva. Mohammad Amir again bowled a brilliant ball while captain Sarfraz Ahmed took a sensational catch to get rid of well-settledNiroshan Dickwella. Hasan Ali struck in a dj vu repeat of Wayne Parnell’s wicket to dismiss Mendis, followed by debutant Fahim Ashraf who clean bowled Chandimal for a duck, as Pakistan put brakes on Sri Lankan batting early into the game. Junaid Khan earlier struck in his second over to dismiss openerGunathilaka cheaply, after Pakistan won the toss and decided to bowl first. Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed, speaking to media ahead of the big game, said: “We had a good bowling meeting. We took wickets. If you take wickets, every good team feels under pressure.” The Green Shirts were also inspired by playing in front of a partisan crowd, something they have rarely enjoyed in the recent past. “That is a feeling we miss, not playing in Pakistan,” said Sarfraz. “Maybe that was a difference, the crowd was supporting us and thats why the players were boosted.” “Its one of the top wins, to beat India,” said Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews. “The bowlers did brilliantly to restrict India to 321. It was a very chaseable target. “Not many people expected us to win and that took a lot of pressure off us.”

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