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February 2016

Asia Cup: Pakistan cruise to seven wicket victory over UAE

Mirpur, Feb 29: An all round performance helped Pakistan cruise to a seven wicket victory against United Arab Emirates (UAE) in an Asia Cup encounter at the Shere Bangla National stadium here on Monday.Shoaib Malik top scored for Pakistan with an unbeaten knock of 63 (off 49 balls) and was well supported by Umar Akmal who remained unconquered on 50. UAE's Amjad Javed was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/36. For Pakistan, it was Mohammad Amir again who shone with the ball returning figures of 2/6. Chasing…

Madrid striker Benzema out for 3 weeks

Madrid, Feb 29: The bad news continued to pile up for Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane with the confirmation on Monday that striker Karim Benzema will be out of action for the next three weeks with a hamstring injury in his right leg.Benzema, who has scored 23 goals this season, was forced to leave the pitch after just 45 minutes of Saturday's Madrid derby, which Real lost 0-1 at home to local rivals Atletico Madrid in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, reports Xinhua. Tests carried out on Monday morning confirmed the…

d. Sunny days ahead for Sheffield Wednesday as owner targets EPL

London, Feb 29: Hopes of Championship league club Sheffield Wednesday regaining their place in the top flight of English football were given a boost Monday.The financial fortunes of the club have increased following its takeover last year by Thai fishing tycoon Dejphon Chansiri, reports Xinhua. Chansiri, whose family controls one of the world's biggest seafood producers, bought Sheffield Wednesday from former owner Milan Mandaric last year in a deal worth almost $42 million, and is targeting promotion to the English…

Russia, Qatar remain World Cup hosts: FIFA chief Infantino

Zurich, Feb 29: Newly-elected FIFA president Gianni Infantino has confirmed that the next two World Cups will still take place in Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.Russia and Qatar won the right to host the tournaments in a controversial vote in Zurich in December 2010. Swiss prosecutors are investigating the bidding processes for the two tournaments, Sky Sports reported on Monday. Infantino went to FIFA's headquarters after being elected president for the first time on Monday. After participating in a celebratory…

Ashwin praises India’s death overs bowling

Mirpur (Bangladesh), Feb 29: India's star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday lauded the team's bowling unit, specially the pace duo of Ashish Nehra and Jasprit Bumrah for putting in their best efforts at the start and at the end of a bowling innings in recent times.The 36-year old Nehra, and 22-year-old Bumrah have swung the ball in the powerplays and then peppered the batsmen later in the innings with yorkers. After two back-to-back Twenty20 International series victories against Australia and Sri Lanka…
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