Live cricket blog: Pakistan thrash Scotland by 48 runs in first T20I

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10:30pm – Pakistan beat Scotland by 48 runs in first T20I

Meanwhile at Edinburgh, Pakistan have completed at 48-run win over Scotland in the first of the two T20Is. Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to bat first. His side put up 204-4 on the board in their 20 overs before his bowlers restricted the hosts to 156-6 to complete a comprehensive win. Read more about the match in our report and talking points.

8:00pm – Afghanistan’s Mujeeb ur Rahman to use new technique in first Test against India

The spinning sensation has revealed he will use some tips shared by Indian bowler Ravichandran Ashwin when Afghanistan play India in their first-ever Test match this week. Read the full story here. 

6:45pm – Pakistan elect to bat first in T20I against Scotland

Less than two days after they sensationally beat the No1 ranked ODI outfit England, Scotland are locking horns with Pakistan in the first of the two T20Is slated between the two sides. Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has meanwhile won the toss and elected to bat first. Follow the live ball-by-ball updates from this mouthwatering T20I here.

6.12pm – Paine wants handshake to heal wounds from ball-tampering scandal

Australia and England will shake hands before their one-day clash at the Oval in a bid to heal wounds from March’s ball-tampering scandal.

Touring captain Tim Paine has asked England counterpart Eoin Morgan if both sets of players can indulge in the football-style ritual, as part of the visitors’ charm offensive.

Tim Paine (l) and Eoin Morgan (r).

Tim Paine (l) and Eoin Morgan (r).

Morgan has agreed to the request, but the practice will only happen for Wednesday’s opening encounter of the five-match series.

“They don’t have to do it but it’s something we want to bring in at the start of a series, not before every game,” said Paine, of the handshake idea.

To read more click HERE.

2.17pm Bangladesh women’s team get cash reward after Asia Cup triumph

Bangladesh women’s cricket team have been rewarded with a cash reward following their T20 Asia Cup win over India on Sunday.

Asian champions: Bangladesh. Image: Asian Cricket Council

Asian champions: Bangladesh. Image: Asian Cricket Council

The Tigers arrived back home on Monday night following their six-wicket triumph against six-time champions India, which sealed their maiden title.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board revealed that there will be a 20 million taka ($236,000) cash reward and promised to review salaries.

Read the full story HERE.

12.23pm: Batting down the order “like quicksand” – Dhoni

India legend, and triumphant Chennai Super Kings captain, MS Dhoni has likened batting down the order to the experience of stepping into quicksand and admitted that age might necessitate a move up the order.

“I was sure in my mind that I wanted to bat up the order, because with age, me batting down the order was like quicksand,” Dhoni told the Hindustan Times.

“I wanted to make sure that I wanted to take the responsibility of winning the game, but I was coming so [far] down the order that I was not giving time to myself.

With 455 runs in 16 matches, Dhoni, 36, was one of the driving forces behind CSK’s title win in IPL 2018. Dhoni’s tally was just six runs short of his best season ever. It was also just the third time he had faced more than 300 balls in a season. He faced 302.

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Phoenix Medicines win Al Dhaid Ramadan Cup

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We are the champions: Phoenix Medicines

Hafiz Kaleem scored a quick-fire 93 as Phoenix Medicines thrashed Mir CC by 147 runs to win the Al Dhaid Ramadan Cup.

Put in to bat first, Phoenix Medicines made a fine start with Rohan Mustafa (25) and Kaleem adding 79 runs for the first wicket.

Kaleem was joined by M Wasim and the duo again put on 86 runs for the second wicket to put Phoenix Medicines in a great position.

While Wasim faced 38 balls to hammer 73 supported by six boundaries and five sixes,  Kaleem hit a 38-ball 93 including seven hits to the fence and nine over it.

Some small contributions from the middle order meant Phoenix Medicines posted a superb 263 for eight in 20 overs.

Chasing Mir CC found the going tough as Mir CC collapsed to 116 in 12.3 overs. Taswar Ali, Rohan Mustafa and Tahir Lateef all claimed two wickets each for the winners.

Other award winners:

Player Of The Final – Hafiz Kaleem,93 Runs

Best Batsman – Dawood Ejaz (Mir CC) 213 Runs

Best Bowler – Tahir Lateef, 10 wicket

Player Of The Tournament – Waqas Raja

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Tim Paine (l) and Eoin Morgan (r).

Australia and England will shake hands before their one-day clash at the Oval in a bid to heal wounds from March’s ball-tampering scandal.

Touring captain Tim Paine has asked England counterpart Eoin Morgan if both sets of players can indulge in the football-style ritual, as part of the visitors’ charm offensive.

Morgan has agreed to the request, but the practice will only happen for Wednesday’s opening encounter of the five-match series.

“They don’t have to do it but it’s something we want to bring in at the start of a series, not before every game,” said Paine, of the handshake idea.

Captain Steve Smith and deputy Warner were banned for a year over the ball-tampering incident in March’s third Test against South Africa that shamed Australian cricket.

Cameron Bancroft – who doctored a ball with sandpaper amid South Africa’s 322-run win in Cape Town – was also banned for nine months by cricket Australia, with head coach Darren Lehmann also paying with his job.

Morgan confirmed England will agree to Australia’s request, with the hosts ready to help advance a positive view of the sport.

“I’m absolutely happy with that, it doesn’t bother me,” said Morgan.

“They are trying to turn around the image of the game in their country, and we’re all for that.

“We want cricket to be as popular as ever.”

Australia know they must build bridges across the cricketing world in order to repair reputations and trust.

New Australia coach Justin Langer has vowed his team will respect the line between banter and abuse in the series against England.

Former captain Adam Gilchrist has insisted it would be “business as usual” for Australia on the sledging front as soon as they come under pressure.

But new skipper Paine continues to insist Australia must prove they can turn over a new leaf, not just discuss it.

“I can’t talk about it any more to be honest, we’ve talked about what’s acceptable from our team and what people are saying from outside our team doesn’t really matter,” said Paine.

“Internally we know what’s right and what’s wrong, and that’s what counts.

“Again we’ve spoken about this a lot in the last few months; we are aware that words are just words. We’ll be judged solely on our actions going forward.

“It’s now about living our actions, we’ve spoken about internally about our values as a team and how we want to be perceived by the Australian public and by the cricket public in general.

“Words are words, come Wednesday, it’s time for us to act on those words and show it by actions.”

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