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10:30pm – Prithvi Shaw and Ravindra Jadeja set to play in fifth Test against England
With the series lost, India could well ring the changes when the fifth and final Test match against England begins on Friday. Prithvi Shaw and Ravindra Jadeja could be among the players making their first appearance in the series. Read more here.
9:00pm – UAE not seeking revenge against Hong Kong in Asia Cup Qualifier
Dougie Brown insists revenge is not on their minds when the UAE take on Hong Kong in the Asia Cup Qualifier final on Thursday. Plenty is at stake in Malaysia with a place in the main round in the UAE up for grabs. Read more on what Brown said here.
8:15pm – Team India will not ‘throw in the towel’
India coach Ravi Shastri has warned England that just because the hosts won the Test series doesn’t mean they can expect an easy ride in the fifth Test. England sealed the five-match Test series in Southampton on Sunday but Shastri says his team will give their best at The Oval. Read more on that story here.
6:40pm – Ashish Nehra named coach for Royal Challengers Bangalore
The former India pacer was appointed as coach for the IPL franchise and will be part of their leading coaching team for next season. Read more on that story here.
6:00pm – Mohammad Hafeez denies retirement rumours
The Pakistan all-rounder confirmed he has no plans of quitting Pakistan after he was left out of the squad for the Asia Cup. The 37-year-old held a press conference on Wednesday, saying he will always be available for his country. Read more on that story here.
4:45pm – Alastair Cook reveals he was considering retirement for last six months.
In his final pre-match press conference as an England player, the opening batsman said he’s been thinking about retirement for six months. The fifth Test against India, which begins on Friday, will be the last time he will be representing his country. Read more on that story here.
The UAE took one step closer to reaching the Asia Cup after a tense 13-run victory over Oman set up a final with Hong Kong on Thursday.
The UAE went into Tuesday’s game knowing a win over their Gulf neighbours would guarantee them a place in the title decider and they did exactly that in Kuala Lumpur.
Batting in damp conditions, most of the batsmen struggled but captain Rohan Mustafa led from the front as he hit 71 from 104 deliveries to help the UAE post 208 in their 50 overs. Mustafa’s knock was crucial considering the second highest score was Ashfaq Ahmed’s 24.
It was their lowest total when batting first in the Asia Cup Qualifier but that did not matter as the bowlers did their job with the ball.
Mustafa did more damage with the ball, taking 2-31 and joined Mohammad Naveed (2-51) and Amir Hayat (2-48) among the wicket-takers.
Spinner Ahmed Raza claimed one scalp before Shaiman Anwar wrapped up the win when he dismissed Bilal Khan as Oman were all out for 195 in the 47th over.
The result means UAE finish top of the group standings with eight points, ahead of Hong Kong, who sealed their final berth on run-rate after they finished level on points with Oman.
This is how teams are positioned after the final round robin match in Men's Asia Cup Qualifiers. UAE and Hong Kong book their berth in finals.— AsianCricketCouncil (@ACCMedia1) September 4, 2018
Who's side are you on?#AsiaCupQualifiers #AsiaCup2018 pic.twitter.com/QJQgaZJdvI
Should the UAE win on Thursday against Hong Kong, they will qualify for the Asia Cup which will be held in the Emirates later this month.
And Mustafa believes they are on the right track going into the game although he wants his batsmen to step up.
“It was a great performance by everyone. It was hard wicket to bat on in the morning but come the afternoon, there was nothing in it. The guys did very well and they helped us a lot,” said the all-rounder.
He added: “We need to improve in the middle-order because they are not scoring as many runs as they should be. We have Shaiman, Rameez and Usman who are very good batsmen and they need to start scoring. The good sides have their middle-order batsmen performing and we need to do the same.”