Live Cricket Blog: Hong Kong defeat is hard to take for UAE captain Rohan Mustafa

Alex Broun 8/09/2018
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8:40pm – Hong Kong defeat was painful for UAE captain Rohan Mustafa

Two days after the Asia Cup Qualifier final defeat to Hong Kong – a result that denied the UAE a chance of playing in a home Asia Cup, Rohan Mustafa admitted the loss was his lowest point of his career. Read more on that story here.

Hurting: Rohan Mustafa

Hurting: Rohan Mustafa

8:20pm – India’s lower-order batsmen need to look at England on how to score runs 

The result at The Oval won’t matter much given that England have won the series but over the previous four matches, India could learn from England that runs at the lower-end are vital, which ultimately proved to be the difference. Our man Ajit Vijaykumar looked closely on the issue here.

5:30pm – Murali Vijay to join Essex for rest of the English county season

The Indian batsman will play the final three games for Essex after joining them for the rest of the English county season. Read more on that story here.

Murali Vijay set for Essex

Murali Vijay set for Essex

5:15pm – Jos Buttler falls for 89 as England score 332 in first innings

Jos Buttler fell 11 runs short of a century at the Oval but his 89 runs helped England post 332 in the first innings after resuming play on 198-7. Follow the live score here

Joss Buttler was not out overnight

Joss Buttler was not out overnight

1.55pm: England try to build big first innings total

England are trying to build a big first innings total at The Oval after being 198 for seven over night with Jos Buttler (11) and Adil Rashid (4) the not out bastsmen.

The India pace attack will de desperate for an early break through as Virat Kohli‘s men know that every run will be could be crucial.

Follow the live ball-by-ball action here. 

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11.30am: Pakistan veteran Shoaib Malik hopes to play 2020 World T20 and then retire

Pakistan‘s veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik said he hopes to play two more World Cups before calling time on his career, depending on his fitness and the requirements of the team.

The Pakistan team will be in the UAE this month for the Asia Cup and while the focus of the team is on winning against Asia’s best, the 36-year-old talked about the road ahead for him.

“I have said this before on many occasions that the 2019 50 Over World Cup will be my last World Cup,” said Malik.

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Essex sign India batsman Murali Vijay for rest of English county season

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Murali Vijay set for Essex

Essex have signed India batsman Murali Vijay for the last three games of the County Championship season.

The 34-year-old, who played his country’s first two Tests against England this summer, joins as a replacement overseas player following Peter Siddle’s departure.

Vijay made a half-century against his new side during a tour match in July but was dropped by India after registering a pair at Lord’s.

Head Coach Anthony McGrath said: “We’re delighted that Murali has chosen to come here, he’s a great batsman who can score runs at the top of the order.

“Vijay’s run-scoring ability means he can be the difference-maker in a game, and that skill is something we were looking to bring in towards the end of the season and something that we’re excited about.”

Vijay added: “I was here with the India side about a month ago and saw first-hand just how good the crowd is. I can’t wait to play for Essex and hopefully win some matches.”

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ENGLAND v INDIA: Hosts seven down as Ishant Sharma strikes

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Seamer Ishant Sharma struck twice in one over as England reached 198-7 at stumps on the opening day of the fifth Test.

England captain Joe Root fell for duck in the final session after winning the toss and electing bat in the fifth and final Test against India at The Oval on Friday.

In the post tea session, Alastair Cook – in his 161st and final Test appearance before his international retirement –  was bowled for 71 by Jasprit Bumrah.

Captain Root was then trapped lbw by Bumrah for a duck as England struggled to 133-3 in the 64th over. Thereafter, Jonny Bairstow was caught behind for a duck and Ben Stokes was out lbw by Ravindra Jadeja for 11 as England reached 171-5 after 78 overs.

Earlier, Keaton Jennings fought hard for 23 off 75 balls before turning Jadeja into the hands of KL Rahul at leg slip.

Former captain Cook, England’s record Test run-scorer, was presented with a commemorative cap by Andrew Strauss before play started.

India made two changes with Jadeja replacing unfit fellow spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari given a Test debut after the tourists dropped all-rounder Hardik Pandya.

Follow the live scores below.

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