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8:00 pm – Pakistan thrash Zimbabwe

Imam-ul-Haq scored a century in Bulawayo.

Imam-ul-Haq scored a century in Bulawayo.

Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq hit a fine century while leg-spinner Shadab Khan picked up four wickets as the men in green crushed Zimbabwe by 201 runs on Friday.

Pakistan made 308-7 before dismissing the hosts for 107 in the first of five ODIs in Bulawayo.

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6:00 pm – James Taylor new England selector

England have named former batsman James Taylor as their full-time independent selector.

The 28-year-old will work with national selector Ed Smith, who was appointed in April after James Whitaker left the England and Wales Cricket Board in a restructure.

Read more here.

5:30 pm – Sri Lanka in control of first Test

South Africa slumped to their record lowest score in Sri Lanka after being bowled out for 126 as the hosts took control of the first Test in Galle.

Dilruwan Perera claimed four for 46 as Sri Lanka’s spinners picked up seven of the Proteas’ wickets.  The hosts then edged to 111-4 in their second innings at the end of day two, for a 272-run lead.

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4.08pm: Pakistan in control against Zimbabwe in ODI in Bulawayo

Imam-ul-Haq, the nephew of Pakistan legend Inzamam Ul-Haq, scored his second ODI century as Pakistan reached 308-7 in their 50 overs against Zimbabwe in their ODI in Bulawayo.

The 22-year-old, who has been in sensational form with the bat, scored 11 fours in his 134 deliveries before being dismissed by Blessing Muzarabani for 128. Before that, Fakhar Zaman picked up where he left off to score 60 runs while debutant Asif Ali hit contributed with 46 runs

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Pakistan batsman Imam Ul Haq reached a century

Pakistan batsman Imam Ul Haq reached a century

1.52pm: Virat Kohli says Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal could play in the Test series against England

Virat Kohli hinted that Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal could play in the Test series against England after being impressed with the wrist spinners’ performances on their tour so far.

Yadav, who has two Test caps, took 6-25 in India’s eight-wicket victory in the first ODI on Thursday, while also claiming 5-24 in the first T20 in Manchester. In the two-match T20 series, he finished with seven scalps.

Chahal, who is yet to make his Test debut, arrived in England with six wickets against Ireland but has claimed two wickets so far against Eoin Morgan’s side.

Kuldeep Yadav congratulated after his six wicket haul in the first ODI

Kuldeep Yadav congratulated after his six wicket haul in the first ODI

12.43pm – Mighty South Africa rolled for 126 in first Test against Sri Lanka

The much vaunted South Africa were skittled for just 126 in Galle on day two of the opening Test to give Sri Lanka a 161-run lead on the first innings.

The visitors’ batting fell flat against the spinners while responding to Sri Lanka’s 287. Skipper Faf du Plessis top-scored with 49 before the South African innings folded in the second session.

Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera claimed four wickets while paceman and stand-in-skipper Suranga Lakmal took three.

Suranga Lakmal (C) celebrates with teammates after he dismissed South Africa's captain Faf du Plessis (R)

Suranga Lakmal (C) celebrates with teammates after he dismissed South Africa’s captain Faf du Plessis

11.45am: Pakistan look to continue good form in first ODI against Zimbabwe

After facing each other in the T20 tri-series, Zimbabwe and Pakistan turn their focus to the 50-over format.

Sarfraz Ahmed’s side go into the five-match series as strong favourites with a number of key Zimbabwe players missing due to a dispute with their cricket board. Pakistan will be aiming to register their first ODI win in 2018.

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Pakistan and Zimbabwe line up in an ODI today in Bulawayo

Pakistan and Zimbabwe line up in an ODI today in Bulawayo

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Shaiman Anwar's Canada T20 Global title hopes are over after Eliminator loss

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Shaiman Anwar (right) and Mohammad Naveed (l) were among the UAE players to play in Canada

UAE’s Shaiman Anwar scored 16 as his Edmonton Royals team was knocked out of the Canada Global T20 League on Thursday night in their Eliminator loss to Winnipeg Hawks.

Having finished fourth in the standings with two wins from six, Royals entered the Eliminator fixture against Hawks who sat above them in third place.

After being overlooked in the start of the tournament, Anwar became a consistent member of a squad that boasts the likes of former New Zealand batsman Luke Ronchi, ex-Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi and and South Africa’s Wayne Parnell.

Coming in at number six, the 38-year-old Anwar made an instant impact, hitting two sixes in his 11-ball stay.

That saw Royals reach an imposing total of 183-9 in their 20 overs. It seemed like they would be booking their place in Qualifer 2 but half-centuries from Australia’s David Warner (55) and Ben McDermott (65no) saw Hawks sneak through by seven wickets with one ball to spare.

Hawks will now play Vancouver Knights in the Qualifier 2, with the winner facing West Indies B in the final.

Anwar, skipper Rohan Mustafa, Mohammad Naveed and Ahmed Raza were the four UAE internationals to be drafted into the inaugural competition. Raza played one game for Royals, while Naveed took two wickets in three games for Toronto Nationals, who finished bottom of the group.

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Zimbabwe v Pakistan ODI Live: Shadab Khan takes four wickets as Pakistan win by 201 runs

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Pakistan's Usman Khan (centre) celebrates with teammates

After facing each other in the T20 tri-series, Zimbabwe and Pakistan turn their focus to the 50-over format.

Sarfraz Ahmed’s side go into the five-match series as strong favourites with a number of key Zimbabwe players missing due to a dispute with their cricket board. Pakistan will be aiming to register their first ODI win in 2018.

Pakistan are in control of the game with Imam-ul-Haq scoring his second ODI century. The nephew of Pakistan legend Inzamam Ul-Haq has been in sensational form with the bat. The 22-year-old scored 11 fours in his 134 deliveries before being dismissed by Blessing Muzarabani for 128.

Before that, Fakhar Zaman picked up where he left off to score 60 runs while debutant Asif Ali hit contributed with 46 runs as Pakistan reached 308-7 in their 50 overs.

In their chase, Zimbabwe are four wickets down with just 53 runs to their name. Usman Khan removed captain Hamilton Masakadza (7) and Brian Chari (2) in the first three overs.

Pakistan bowlers then took control with Shadab Khan taking three wickets and Faheem Ashraf added another. With 15 overs to go, Pakistan wrapped up the game with the final two wickets to seal a 201-run win. Shadab took his total to four while Mohammad Amir claimed one as Zimbabwe were all out for 107.

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