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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.

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

6:00pm – Imam-ul-Haq injury opens door for Fakhar Zaman

Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq’s finger injury has come at a terrible time for Sarfraz Ahmed after his team failed to clinch victory in the Dubai Test against Australia.

However, his injury means sidelined opener Fakhar Zaman is in contention to play his maiden Test.

Read more on how Imam’s injury could be a blessing in  disguise for Fakhar here.

Pakistan batsman Imam-ul-Haq fractured his finger while fielding.

Pakistan batsman Imam-ul-Haq fractured his finger while fielding.

5:30pm – Mujeeb Ur Rahman signs for Brisbane Heat

Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s meteoric rise in the world of cricket shows no signs of stopping anytime soon after he was signed by Big Bash League (BBL) outfit Brisbane Heat for the 2018-19 season.

The 17-year-old spin prodigy has become the outfit’s second overseas player for the season after New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum.

Read more on this breaking story here.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman continues to go places.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman continues to go places.

5:00pm – Time for Sarfraz Ahmed to cut down on workload

Sarfraz Ahmed is under pressure. He has been for some time now. It started when Pakistan lost their ‘home’ Test series to Sri Lanka in the UAE 2-0 in the absence of veteran batsmen Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan.

They were then blanked 5-0 in the ODI series in New Zealand earlier in the year before they fought back to draw the Test series in England. However, in two major assignments in their UAE home since, Pakistan have not been at their best.

Our man Ajit Vijaykumar delves into why it could prove a blessing for Sarfraz to cut down on his workload. You can read his analysis here.

Sarfraz Ahmed after the Dubai Test.

Sarfraz Ahmed after the Dubai Test.

4:45pm – Waqar Younis predicts bright future for Abu Dhabi T20

Former Pakistan coach and captain Waqar Younis predicts a bright future for the Abu Dhabi T20, saying it has the potential to become a mega event on the cricketing calendar.

The inaugural competition, which saw different sides from around the globe descend on the UAE capital, ended with Pakistan Super League franchise Lahore Qalandars being crowned champions.

Read what the Pakistan legend had to say on the tournament here.

Lahore Qalandars were crowned champions of the inaugural edition.

Lahore Qalandars were crowned champions of the inaugural edition.

4:30pm – Sarfraz Ahmed backs Yasir Shah to bounce back

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has backed Yasir Shah to be more lethal with the ball after enduring a difficult Test in the drawn match against Australia.

Yasir returned to the five-day game for the first time in a year after recovering from a hip injury but the leg-spinner, identified by many to play a decisive role in the series, wasn’t at his best.

Read what Sarfraz had to say on Yasir here.

Yasir Shah took four wickets on the final day

Yasir Shah took four wickets on the final day

4:00pm – Roston Chase leads West Indies fightback in Hyderabad

The opening day of the second Test between India and West Indies at Hyderabad has drawn to a close and the visitors have something to smile about after a spirited fightback. The Windies were 113-5 before a special effort from Roston Chase7. helped them end the day at 295-7. Chase remained unbeaten on 98 as Kuldeep Yadav and Umesh Yadav shared six wickets between themselves.

Read more about the day’s play in our talking points here. We also took a closer look at Umesh Yadav’s bowling display on the first day. You can read more on that here.

Umesh struck at crucial times for India. Image - BCCI/Twitter.

Umesh struck at crucial times for India. Image – BCCI/Twitter.

3:00pm – Joe Root unfazed by Sri Lanka’s mystery spin threat

Joe Root claims England are ready to banish the notion they are vulnerable against ‘mystery spin’ by taming Sri Lanka in their own conditions.

England have long been seen as a soft touch for top spinners and weak on turning conditions in the sub-continent, a reputation which was fairly earned over the years.

Read Root’s quotes in full here.

Jason Roy and Joe Root (r) in Dambulla.

Jason Roy and Joe Root (r) in Dambulla.

12:30 pm – Pitch invasion on opening day of second Test

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There was yet another security breach during the India-West Indies Test series with a fan invading the pitch on the opening day of the Hyderabad Test.

A fan ran on to the pitch and tried to take a selfie with India captain Virat Kohli before attempting to kiss the Indian captain on Friday.

Read more here.

1:00 pm – Thakur injured on debut

Shardul Thakur made his Test debut. Image: BCCI/Twitter.

Shardul Thakur made his Test debut. Image: BCCI/Twitter.

India fast bowler Shardul Thakur had a disastrous Test debut as he walked off the field after bowling just 1.4 overs in the second Test against the West Indies in Hyderabad on Friday.

For more click here.

09:00am – It was business as usual for Khawaja

Usman Khawaja revealed he went into the final day with the same batting approach as his century helped Australia salvage a thrilling draw in the first Test against Pakistan.

“I was batting like any other innings,” he said. “I wasn’t worried whether it was the fourth innings or saving the match.”

Read the full story here.

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Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman signs for Big Bash League outfit Brisbane Heat

Waseem Ahmed 12/10/2018
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Mujeeb Ur Rahman continues to go places.

Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s meteoric rise in the world of cricket shows no signs of stopping anytime soon after he was signed by Big Bash League (BBL) outfit Brisbane Heat for the 2018-19 season.

The 17-year-old spin prodigy has become the outfit’s second overseas player for the season after New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum.

This is the third overseas T20 league that Mujeeb has now signed on for after his participation in the IPL and in England’s T20 Blast.

“Once I played for my country I dreamed of playing in the IPL, county cricket and the Big Bash. I have been able to achieve the first two so this is very exciting for me. I am looking forward to meeting up with everyone at the Heat and playing in Australia,” the youngster stated after being announced as a Heat player.

Heat coach Daniel Vettori expressed his delight at the Afghan man’s signature and backed him to follow in the footsteps of Shadab Khan and Yasir Shah who have previously turned out for the outfit.

“We were very pleased to have Shadab Khan play for us last season and the impression he and Yasir Shah made on the competition was very encouraging,” the former New Zealand skipper stated.

“Mujeeb is a rare talent and we’re delighted he is going to play in the BBL for the first time. From what we have seen so far at International level and in competitions like the IPL and the Vitality T20 Blast in England, he has the skills and maturity to adapt and excel in a variety of conditions.

“He has been successful in the powerplay and closing out an innings, so we will have options to explore depending on the state of the game. At this stage we anticipate having him for the entire BBL which is a bonus.”

The 2018-19 edition of the BBL will get underway on December 19 with Brisbane Heat taking on Adelaide Striker’s in the tournament opener.

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India v West Indies: Analysis of Umesh Yadav's performance on day one at Hyderabad

Ashish Peter 12/10/2018
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Umesh Yadav was the pick of India bowlers on day one.

It was an eventful opening day in the second Test between India and the West Indies at Hyderabad.

In a see-saw battle, honours were shared equally as the visitors posted 295-7 at stumps after electing to bat first.

Umesh Yadav was the star of the show with the ball for India on Friday and picked up three important wickets. Here, we take a closer look at the India pacer’s display on day one.

STATISTICS

OVERS BOWLED: 23

RUNS CONCEDED: 83

WICKETS: 3

MAIDENS: 2

ECONOMY-RATE: 3.60

30-SECOND REPORT

India fielded a two-man pace attack for the Test but that was quickly reduced to just one after Shardul Thakur broke down in his very second over. Leading India’s pace charge all by himself, Umesh ensured it was the hosts who took the honours in the first session by striking with the last delivery before lunch to trap a well-set Shai Hope lbw. He provided another much needed breakthrough in the second session by trapping Shane Dowrich with some sharp reverse swing. India were about to endure a wicketless final session following Roston Chase and Jason Holder’s century stand but Umesh gave India something to smile about by dismissing the latter in the 90th over of the innings.

GOT RIGHT

Despite it being a typical subcontinent day one track at Hyderabad with not much assistance for the pacers, Umesh stuck to his task by always attacking the batsman. The 30-year-old’s workload was drastically increased by Thakur’s injury but his mantra of always trying to look for wickets paid off in the form of three crucial scalps. While the wicket of Holder might have come through in lucky fashion, there was no luck involved in Umesh’s dismissals of Hope and Dowrich. For the former, his tendency to attack the stumps paid off while it was excellent use of reverse swing that did the latter.

GOT WRONG

Bowling 23 overs on a subcontinent pitch can be a thankless task for a pacer and it was no surprise that weariness and fatigue took its toll on Umesh at times. The right-armed bowler was guilty of straying too much in his lines at times and it allowed the Windies batsmen some quick and easy runs.

The Delhi fast-bowler’s attacking intent can pay off in the form of wickets but also runs the risks of leaking runs as shown by his economy-rate.

VERDICT – 8/10

For the last couple of years or so, Umesh has been a stalwart for India on home conditions. He might have been usurped by Jasprit Bumrah in the pecking order for overseas conditions but there is no denying that Umesh remains a handy weapon for lifeless subcontinent pitches.

On Friday, he was required to shoulder the burden of two pacers with Thakur’s injury but he bowled thanklessly with a lot of heart throughout the day. In the end, the three wickets were just reward for the pacer’s tireless efforts and his late wicket of Holder will give India a tremendous boost going into day two.

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