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9.39pm: Sri Lanka trio banned for six games after St Lucia walk-off

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha have each been suspended for six international matches for “conduct which is contrary to the spirit of the game”.

The men have each been handed eight suspension points, meaning they will miss the first four One-Day Internationals against South Africa, along with both Test matches.

The bans come after the trio pleaded guilty to an International Cricket Council charge following last month’s Test against the West Indies in St Lucia.

For the full story click HERE.

The 'ball-tampering' incident that led to Dinesh Chandimal (C) being suspended.

The ‘ball-tampering’ incident that led to Dinesh Chandimal (C) being suspended.

6:00pm – Pakistan crush Zimbabwe by nine wickets in second ODI

That was as easy as it gets for the Pakistan cricket team with the men in green running out comfortable victors by nine wickets in the second ODI against Zimbabwe. The hosts’ total of 194 proved to be no hassle for the visitors who attained the target in just 36 overs at the loss of a single wicket.

Fakhar Zaman registered his second ODI ton to lead Pakistan’s excellent chase. Read more on the game panned out in our talking points from the clash.

The Pakistan opener's excellent form continues.

The Pakistan opener’s excellent form continues.

5:00pm – Eoin Morgan chasing ‘significant’ ODI series win over India

England skipper Eoin Morgan has been speaking on the eve of the deciding ODI against India which will be held at Headingley on Tuesday. Morgan believes edging a quality side like India in a series decider will be highly ‘significant’ for the England team in the run-up to the 2019 World Cup.

Read the England captain’s full quotes ahead of the game here.

Morgan has welcomed the pressure of a decider against India.

Morgan has welcomed the pressure of a decider against India.

3:30pm – Pakistan’s Azhar Ali set for maiden county stint with Somerset

Pakistan Test opener Azhar Ali has been eyeing a deal in the County Championship ever since his side  toured England for a two-match series in May this year. The Pakistan man’s wish has been fulfilled now after he signed a seven-match deal with Somerset to replace the injured Matt Renshaw.

Read more on this breaking story here.

Azhar Ali has signed a seven-match deal with Somerset.

Azhar Ali has signed a seven-match deal with Somerset.

2:45pm – Zimbabwe bowled out for 194 in second ODI against Pakistan

Pakistan pacers were on song at Bulawyo in the second ODI against Zimbabwe. Usman Khan and Hasan snared four wickets apiece as the hosts were bowled out for just 194 runs after electing to bat first. Zimbabwe skipper Hamilton Masakadza was the top-scorer for his side with a knock of 59.

Pakistan will begin their chase of 195 shortly. Say updated with the latest ball-by-ball updates from their chase by clicking here.

Pakistan pacer were on song at Bulawyo.

Pakistan pacer were on song at Bulawyo.

2:30pm – India’s Wriddhiman Saha a doubt for England Test series

India wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha is reportedly facing a race against time to be fit for the first Test against England which gets underway on August 1 at Edgbaston. Saha had sustained a broken thumb while playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL and has been out of action ever since.

Read more about this latest development in our full story here.

Saha (C) is struggling to recover from a broken thumb.

Saha (C) is struggling to recover from a broken thumb.

1:00pm – All to play for in final ODI between England and India

With the three-match series currently locked at 1-1, all eyes will be on Headingley when England and India meet in the deciding ODI on Tuesday. The visitors claimed a superb eight-wicket win in the first ODI at Trent Bridge before the hosts came roaring back at Lord’s with a 86-run victory.

Virat Kohli’s consecutive dismissals to spin in among the talking points ahead of this decider. Read the other talking points in detail here.

Kohli fell to Moeen Ali's off-spin at Lord's.

Kohli fell to Moeen Ali’s off-spin at Lord’s.

12:00pm – Vancouver Knights capture Global T20 Canada title

The final of the inaugural Global T20 Canada was held at Toronto on Sunday with Chris Gayle-led Vancouver Knights getting their hands on the crown with a seven-wicket win over West Indies B.

Gayle was mighty pleased with his side’s performance against his compatriots in the final. Read what the swashbuckling opener had to say in the full story here.

The champions. Image: Twitter @GT20Canada

The champions. Image: Twitter @GT20Canada

11:15am – Sir Richard Hadlee to undergo further surgery for secondary cancer

Legendary New Zealand cricketer Sir Richard Hadlee is set to undergo further surgery after a secondary cancer was detected in his liver. The Kiwi great had undergone surgery for bowel cancer in May this year.

Read the statement issued by New Zealand cricket with regards to the 67-year-old’s diagnosis here.

Kiwi legend: Sir Richard Hadlee.

Kiwi legend: Sir Richard Hadlee.

11:00am – Zimbabwe bat first in second ODI against Pakistan

At Bulwayo, Zimbabwe and Pakistan are ready to go head-to-head in the second clash of the five-match ODI series. Sarfraz Ahmed’s men lead 1-0 after their comprehensive 201-run win in the first ODI.

Zimbabwe skipper Hamilton Masakadza has won the toss and elected to bat first. Both teams have named unchanged squads from the first ODI. Do not miss any of the action from Bulawyo by following our live ball-by-ball updates link.

Hamilton Masakadza has won the toss and elected to bat in the second ODI.

Hamilton Masakadza has won the toss and elected to bat in the second ODI.

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Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal, coach and manager banned for six games after St Lucia walk-off

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The 'ball-tampering' incident that led to Dinesh Chandimal (C) being suspended.

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha have each been suspended for six international matches for “conduct which is contrary to the spirit of the game”.

The men have each been handed eight suspension points, meaning they will miss the first four One-Day Internationals against South Africa, along with both Test matches.

The bans come after the trio pleaded guilty to an International Cricket Council charge following last month’s Test against the West Indies in St Lucia.

Following a ball-tampering row, the trio were charged with the level 3 offence over Sri Lanka’s refusal to take the field on day three in the second Test, a refusal that resulted in a delay of roughly two hours.

Although they had pleaded guilty, and made the case that the entirety of the delay was not their fault, judicial commissioner Michael Beloff has imposed the harshest possible sentence of eight suspension points.

This is the severest sanction the ICC has handed out since the demerit points system was introduced in September 2016.

Despite the absence of the trio Sri Lanka won the first test by 278 runs after shooting out South Africa for just 73 in the second innings, their lowest target since re-admission, with Dilruwan Perera taking 6-32.

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Usman Khan accounted for four Zimbabwe wickets on Monday.

The gulf in quality between Zimbabwe and Pakistan was exposed once again as Sarfraz Ahmed’s men ran out comfortable victors by nine wickets in the second ODI at Bulawayo on Monday.

The crushing win means Pakistan have now taken a 2-0 lead in the five-match series after their 201-run win in the first ODI.

On Monday, the hosts gave a much better account of themselves but were still bowled out for just 194 runs. In reply, Pakistan were barely troubled as they raced away to victory in just 36 overs for the loss of a sole wicket.

Here, we take a look at some of the key talking points from the second ODI.

USMAN KHAN AND HASAN ALI SHINE WITH THE BALL

After Zimbabwe elected to bat first, they were put under immediate pressure by the Pakistan pacers with the scoring-rate crawling in the opening overs. As the pressure built up, Usman struck twice for the visitors to have both the openers caught behind in the space of eight overs.

With overcast conditions prevailing throughout the day, the pacers made merry with Hasan Ali joining in on the action. Ali dismissed half-centurion Peter Moor while also accounting for Ryan Murray and Tarisai Musakanda but it was Usman who was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers as he finished with figures of 4-36.

While spearhead Mohammad Amir went wicketless, the seven wickets shared between Usman and Ali ensured that Zimbabwe’s innings never caught any momentum and ultimately withered away.

HAMILTON MASAKADZA LEADS FROM THE FRONT

With a severely depleted squad on his hands, the task of leading Zimbabwe in the series has not been an easy one for Hamilton Masakadza but the skipper showed his ability to lead from the front with a battling half-century.

After both openers were dismissed cheaply, Masakadza brought some semblance of stability in the middle for Zimbabwe. He forged a 62-run stand for the third wicket with Musakanda before going on to register his 34th ODI half-century.

The 34-year-old was eventually dismissed for a 75-ball 59 by Shoaib Malik but his innings, along with a fine 50 from Moor, ensured that the hosts put in a much better display after their timid surrender in the first ODI.

Masakadza led from the front for the hosts.

Masakadza led from the front for the hosts.

FAKHAR MAKES SHORT WORK OF TARGET WITH SECOND ODI TON

A total of 194 was always going to be difficult for the severely depleted hosts to defend against a Pakistan side stacked with quality and that proved to be the case as the two openers forged a quick-fire 119-run stand before Imam-ul-Haq was run out once again.

Fakhar Zaman though, continued his rich vein of form to bring up his second ODI hundred as Zimbabwe’s bowlers struggled to create any sort of impact.

The left-hander was his characteristic self as he cut and pulled with venom to send the cricket ball to all parts of the ground. He looked in no trouble throughout his unbeaten innings as another thumping win for Pakistan ensued.

Fakhar remained unbeaten on 117 – his highest ODI score – with the help of 16 boundaries.

The Pakistan opener's excellent form continues.

The Pakistan opener’s excellent form continues.

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