Live Cricket Blog: Pakistan and Australia have points to prove

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The Sport360 team is in place bringing you the latest cricket news on Saturday.

There is plenty of action to look forward to, as India continue their domination over West Indies while there’s all the build-up towards the Dubai Test between Pakistan and Australia.

As ever, get in touch with us throughout the day on Twitter and Facebook.

9:45 pm – Reality check for Pakistan

Safraz Ahmed is under pressure after a thoroughly disappointing Asia Cup campaign. Pace ace Mohammad Amir was dropped from the side and Sarfraz himself s struggling for runs.

The two-Test series against Australia, starting in Dubai on Sunday, offers him opportunity to get back on track. But it won’t be easy at all.

Read more here.

9:15 pm – Spotlight on Paine

Tim Paine.

Tim Paine.

Australia are playing their first Test series after the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa earlier in the year.

New captain Tim Paine leads an inexperienced side that will have three debutants in the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

The Aussie captain, however, is focusing on the bigger picture. For more, click here.

14:45 – Mohammad Shahzad shows he’s hungry for runs

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It’s fair to say Mohammad Shahzad doesn’t have the most chiselled technique in cricket. However, he’s still chiselling out big scores.

Read our glowing assessment on of one of the sport’s big characters here!

13:30 – It’s all over in Rajkot as India wallop West Indies

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That didn’t last long.

India have beaten West Indies by a mammoth innings and 277 runs inside three days, with leg-spinner Kuldeep Yadav doing the second-innings damage with a maiden five for in Test cricket. Check out the full scorecard, along with all the statistics, by clicking here.

12:00 – Virat Kohli and India’s lines of communication are broken with fringe players

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It may all be going hunky dory for India against the West Indies but, scratch the surface, and you may find a few cracks within.

The treatment of Murali Vijay and Karun Nair is a surefire way to create disillusioned players – that’s according to our cricket reporter Ajit Vijaykumar.

11:00 – Waqar Younis urges Sarfraz Ahmed to come alive against Australia

Waqar YounisThe Asia Cup certainly wasn’t a tournament to remember for Sarfraz Ahmed and Co.

But Pakistan legend Waqar Younis has called on them to wipe the slate clean – or suffer the consequences in the Dubai Test against Australia.

Read Waqar’s thoughts here.

10:00 – Virat Kohli and India enforce the follow on

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West Indies have an Everest of a mountain to climb in Rajkot. In reply to India’s mammoth 649/9dec they could only muster 181 – and were put straight into bat again.

They were down one wicket at lunch. Time to do a rain dance … check out the latest here.

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Catch all the latest happenings in the world of cricket.

The Sport360 team is in place bringing you the latest cricket news on Friday.

There is plenty of action to look forward to on the day with India and the West Indies battling it out in day two of the first Test at Rajkot. We will be bringing you all the news and reactions from that match and others.

As ever, get in touch with us throughout the day on Twitter and Facebook.

9:30 pm – Lahore through to Abu Dhabi T20 final

Lahore Qalandars reaped the benefits from their development programme as the PSL franchise booked their place in Saturday’s Abu Dhabi T20 final with a convincing 35-run victory over Hobart Hurricanes.

Read the full report here.

8:00 pm – Sri Lanka unveil ambidextrous bowler

England faced one of the rarest sights in cricket during their first tour match in Sri Lanka – ambidextrous spinner Kamindu Mendis – but kept their cool to register a comfortable win.

Twenty-year-old Mendis was lining up for a strong Sri Lankan Board XI in Colombo and showcased his incredible ability to deliver both right-arm off-breaks and slow left-armers.

Read more here.

6:10pm – Shadab Khan a doubt for first Test against Australia

Pakistan have been dealt a major injury blow ahead of their first Test against Australia which gets underway in Dubai on Sunday.

Leg-spinner Shadab Khan is facing a race against time to be fit for the Test and according to a reports, has been all but ruled out of the clash.

Read more on this breaking story here.

Shadab Khan is unlikely to be fit for the first Test in Dubai.

Shadab Khan is unlikely to be fit for the first Test in Dubai.

6:00pm – Sarfraz Ahmed backing Yasir Shah to unsettle Aussies

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed backed experienced leg-spinner Yasir Shah to put a depleted Australian team under pressure when the two sides clash in the first of two Tests starting in Dubai from Sunday.

The Baggy Greens lost 2-0 to Pakistan in UAE in 2014, with Yasir taking 12 scalps and left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar 14.

Read what the Pakistan sipper had to say about Shah’s prowess here.

Yasir Shah will lead Pakistan's spin attack against the Aussies.

Yasir Shah will lead Pakistan’s spin attack against the Aussies.

5:00pm – Sachin Tendulkar advises Prithvi Shaw to enjoy his cricket

Prithi Shaw’s long-time idol and India batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has spoken up on the 18-year-old’s sensational Test debut against the West Indies.

The batting maestro has told the Mumbai teenager to ‘enjoy his cricket’ among other things. Read what Tendulkar had to say about Shaw’s remarkable rise here.

Tendulkar has spoken up on the teenager's sensational debut.

Tendulkar has spoken up on the teenager’s sensational debut.

4:30pm – Aaron Finch to captain Australia T20 squad against Pakistan

Aaron Finch was announced as the captain while Mitchell Marsh and Alex Carey were named as vice-captains as Australia revealed its 14-man squad for the upcoming T20 series against Pakistan in the UAE.

Read more on the make up of the Aussie squad and what head coach Justin Langer had to say here.

Aaron Finch (r) will lead the Aussie T20 squad in the UAE.

Aaron Finch (r) will lead the Aussie T20 squad in the UAE.

3:10pm – India spinners tighten screws around West Indies

The second day at the Rajkot Test has drawn to a close and if you are a West Indies cricket fan, look away now. After the hosts put on a mammoth 649-9d in their first innings, the Windies were asked to bat out the final session and it was a task in which they failed miserably. Mohammed Shami and India’s spinners were on fire as the visitors slumped to in their first innings.

To read more on the day’s play, check out our live match report here. Click here for the talking points for an in-depth analysis of an eventful day at Rajot.

West Indies collapsing at Rajkot. Image - BCCI/Twitter.

West Indies collapsing at Rajkot. Image – BCCI/Twitter.

12:45pm – India declare their first-innings at 649-9

Virat Kohli has called his boys in after Ravindra Jadeja slammed a maiden Test hundred at his home ground of all places in the first Test against the West Indies. The hosts have declared their first-innings at a mammoth 649-9 at Rajkot with tea being taken on day two.

While Prithvi Shaw, Kohli and Jadeja all registered tons in India’s first-innings show, it was Rishabh Pant’s sparkling 92 that provided the fireworks on day two. Here, we take a closer look at the youngster’s 84-ball 92.

Read more on India’s batting performance in our live match report here.

Local boy Jadeja brought up a maiden Test ton on his home ground itself.

Local boy Jadeja brought up a maiden Test ton on his home ground itself.

11:30am – Virat Kohli becomes second quickest to 24 Test tons

The milestones continue to tumble for India skipper Virat Kohli who brought up his 24th Test on Friday on day two of the Rajkot Test against the West Indies.

The 123 innings taken by Kohli to get to the mark puts him behind only the great Sir Don Bradman of Australia.

Read more on Kohli’s latest feat here.

Another milestone for India's Virat Kohli.

Another milestone for India’s Virat Kohli.

10:30am – Kohli drives India to 506-5 at lunch

It was an entertaining morning session on day two of the first Test between India and the West Indies at Rajkot. Resuming from their overnight score of 364-4, India upped the pressure on the visitors by scoring 142 runs in the session at the loss of a single wicket. Rishabh Pant was the only batsman to be dismissed with the youngster falling eight runs short of a second Test ton.

Meanwhile, skipper Virat Kohli has notched up yet another Test century and remains unbeaten at the crease.

Stay up on all the latest from Rajkot by following our live ball-by-ball updates here.

Kohli registered his 24th Test ton. Image - BCCI/Twitter.

Kohli registered his 24th Test ton. Image – BCCI/Twitter.

10:00am – Smith nominated in Platinum Category for PSL 4

Former Australia skipper Steve Smith was nominated as a Platinum Category player in the draft for the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) on Thursday.

The banned Aussie star is among 14 big names named in the Platinum Category who will be a part of the player pool when the player draft for the league gets under way.

Read more on the players revealed in the Platinum Category here.

Steve Smith has been nominated in the Platinum Category.

Steve Smith has been nominated in the Platinum Category.

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Daily Digest: India thrashing West Indies in first Test after declaring on 649 on day two

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Good afternoon everyone, Jay Asser here giving you a bitesize look at what’s going on today in the world of sport.

TOP STORY 

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India are in complete control of the first Test against the West Indies after declaring on 649 and taking five early wickets with the ball on day two in Rajkot.

Captain Virat Kohli was once again masterful to pick up his 24th Test century, becoming the second-quickest batsman to reach the mark, while youngster Rishabh Pant came oh so close to nothing his own ton as he fell on 92.

In total, the hosts piled up 142 runs in the morning session before decimating West Indies’ early order with wickets of Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer and Sunil Ambris.

Don’t miss any of the action by following our live ball-by-ball updates.

UFC

The big fight is almost here as UFC 229 is set to feature a mega clash between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight championship in Las Vegas.

The mental warfare has already begun as McGregor failed to turn up on time for the presser on Thursday, only for Nurmagomedov to take off before the brash Irishman could arrive.

Our man Alex Rea looks at how the contrasting styles and personalities of the two fighters makes for a compelling narrative, while our panel answers the pressing questions and offers their predictions.

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FOOTBALL

No one disagrees that Manchester United should be doing much better than they are, including Jose Mourinho. The Red Devils boss admitted his team’s recent results are not acceptable ahead of a meeting with Newcastle, who could pile even more pressure on at Old Trafford.

Elsewhere, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri sent a message to Alvaro Morata after the striker scored the game-winner against Vidi in the Europa League, with the boss saying he wants to see more goals and more tears from the Spaniard.

Arsenal struggled for their Europa League win over Qarabag, but boss Unai Emery was just fine with seeing his team claw for the result.

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After Rishabh Pant made an impressive 92 runs in India’s first innings against the West Indies, our man Ashish Peter broke down his fine display. Check out what Pant got right, got wrong and a verdict on his performance.

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