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10:00pm – Shane Watson and Yusuf Pathan shine in player-ratings from IPL final

There was some outstanding individual performances from both teams in the IPL final although there were no shortage of some woeful displays too. Check out how the stars from Chennai Super Kings fared in their eight-wicket win here. The player ratings for runners-up Sunrisers Hyderabad can be checked out here.

9:15pm – Shane Watson seals IPL crown for Chennai Super Kings with superb ton

That was a comprehensive victory for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL final! Led by an explosive unbeaten century from opener Shane Watson, MS Dhoni’s men have chased down Hyderabad’s total of 178-6 with nine balls to spare. Read more about the Aussie’s superlative performance in our talking points from the final.

7:30 – Lord’s turns into IPL fan park

Officials at the Lord’s ground allowed spectators to stay back and watch the IPL final after the first Test between England and Pakistan finished early.

Pakistan won the first Test by nine wickets well before lunch on Sunday, which meant fans didn’t have much to do for the rest of the day.

Click here for the full story.

7:15 pm – Sunrisers score 178-6

Sunrisers Hyderabad made 178 for six in the IPL 2018 final against Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai.

Yusuf Pathan scored 45 off 25 balls to power Sunrisers to a challenging total after Chennai won the toss and decided to bowl first.

Catch all the live updates here.

6:30pm – Viv Richards backs Kohli to succeed in England despite no Surrey stint

West Indies legend Sir Viv Richards is backing India skipper Virat Kohli to succeed on the tour of England despite his county stint with Surrey falling through due to a neck injury. Read about what the big man had to say on Kohli and India’s chances in England this summer here.

6:00pm – Chennai Super Kings bowl first in IPL final

The IPL final between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad is underway at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. MS Dhoni has won the toss and elected to bowl first. The Sunrisers have already lost the wickets of openers Shreevats Goswami and Shikhar Dhawan but skipper Kane Williamson is going strong. Follow the ball-by-ball updates for this clash here.

3:40pm – A nine-wicket victory for Pakistan

The visitors needed just 90 minutes to take the lead in the two-match Test series after a comprehensive nine-wicket victory on Sunday. Read more on the story here. 

Imam-ul-Haq and Haris Sohail of Pakistan celebrate

Imam-ul-Haq and Haris Sohail of Pakistan celebrate

2:40pm – Pakistan begin chase of 64 to win first Test

England lost their last four wickets for seven runs as Pakistan were set a total of 64 on the fourth day at Lord’s. Follow the action here. 

2:10pm – England have it all to do on the fourth day at Lord’s

It’s a crucial day for Joe Root’s side as they look to build a healthy lead in their first Test match against Pakistan. Follow all the action with our Live Scores here.

10:50am – Countdown is on for the IPL final

It’s a matter of hours before Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad take to the field in Mumbai for the IPL final. Our man, Ashish Peter analyses the crucial game at the Wankhede Stadium. Read his preview here. 

Dhoni and CSK are aiming for a third IPL title. Image - IPL/Twitter.

Dhoni and CSK are aiming for a third IPL title. Image – IPL/Twitter.

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England v Pakistan LIVE: Pakistan win first Test by nine wickets

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Mohammad Abbas of Pakistan celebrates taking the wicket of Jos Buttler

Pakistan needed just 90 minutes to win the first Test after thrashing England by wickets on Sunday.

Being set 64 to win, Azhar Ali fell early on but the visitors sealed the victory inside 13 overs.

Earlier, England’s hopes of salvaging pride from the first Test against Pakistan unravelled as they lost their last four wickets for seven runs inside half an hour on day four. 

Jos Buttler added only a single to his overnight score to reach 67 before he was pinned lbw by Mohammad Abbas, with the decision upheld on review to leave England 236 for seven.

Bess, 55 not out having yet to face a ball in the morning session, was joined by Mark Wood who was quickly off the mark with a flashing four through cover point. That was as far as the Durham man got, though, before pushing tentatively at Mohammad Amir and edging to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

Abbas removed Stuart Broad in similar fashion for a duck and Bess, left to throw the bat with only last man James Anderson for company, was cleaned up by an Amir inswinger with only 27 minutes played.

Amir finished with four for 36 and Abbas four for 41, the latter finishing with match figures of eight for 64, as England’s total of 242 left Pakistan to chase just 64 for victory.

Follow the link below to catch the latest ball-by-ball updates from Lord’s.

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Jonny Bairstow believes England have 'real fighting chance' despite Pakistan's lead

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England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow is keeping the faith.

Jonny Bairstow insists England are still in with a “real fighting chance” despite Pakistan‘s 166-run lead in the first NatWest Test at Lord’s.

England’s wicketkeeper appeared to bristle at times when he was invited to account for the five catches dropped by the hosts while Pakistan were racking up 300 runs on day two to close on 350 for eight.

Most of the damage was already done in England’s 184 all out, after Joe Root had chosen to bat first.

But after four Pakistan batsmen then reached 50, despite three wickets each for Ben Stokes and James Anderson, England are clinging to the hope that forecast hot weather over the weekend may bake an already dry surface and leave the tourists a tough last-innings target.

To bring that into the equation, England will have to bat much better at the second attempt.

Asked if he thinks they may yet turn the match around, Bairstow said: “Absolutely, we’re still definitely in it.

“In the middle two innings, if we can gain parity with their score, then we’ve got an opportunity to bowl them out for 180 when it’s potentially the worst to bat, in the last.

“There’s no reason why we can’t (do that).”

Bairstow concedes England “could have batted better” against some fine bowling in their first innings.

But he added: “You don’t want to be looking back – you want to be looking forward. Those last two wickets at the end (tonight) have put us in with a real fighting chance.

“Days three and four are potentially the best time to bat on this wicket. By no means are we out of this game.”

As for England’s dropped catches, Bairstow said: “It’s not from (lack of) practice, that’s for sure. I’m sure you saw over the days leading in the amount of practice we’ve done.

“If you can put your finger on it, you’re welcome to come and join us in practice. You see the hard graft the guys are putting in with the catching.”

He discounted any theory that regular changes in fielding positions may be a contributory factor.

“Absolutely not, absolutely not,” he said. “It’s good to have people to be able to field in different positions. It shows we’ve got guys who are confident (doing that).

“You can look into it as much as you wish, and make up whatever ideas you want about who fields where. You put the best people in there.”

Stokes was the pick of England’s bowlers, and it was he who hit top-scorer Babar Azam on the wrist with a hostile short ball – after which he retired hurt on 68.

Bairstow added: “Credit to the way they’ve batted today. They’ve stuck at it well and played with skill.

“We beat the bat a lot, the guys put in a serious shift today. They applied themselves and bowled with great skill. Unfortunately we did put a couple of chances down, but that happens.”

While Bairstow understandably had little to smile about, it said much about the state of play that a beaming Azhar Ali began his press conference by shaking the majority of reporters by the hand.

The opener is not yet taking victory here for granted, however.

“Obviously we’ve got in a good position now – but there’s a long way to go,” said Azhar.

“A Test match win never comes that easy. We know we’ll still have to play good cricket to win this one.”

Pakistan are hoping Babar will be able to resume his innings on the third morning, depending on the outcome of scans on his sore arm.

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