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Good morning cricket fans, and welcome to Sunday’s live cricket blog.

The Sport360 team is in place bringing you the latest cricket news from around the world. We will be looking ahead to the deciding Test between Pakistan and New Zealand as well as the upcoming Test battled between Australia and India.

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10:30 pm – Warriors win T10 League

Northern Warriors gave another glimpse of their awesome hitting power as they stormed to a 22-run win in the final of the T10 League against Pakhtoon team in Sharjah on Sunday.

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8:00 pm – UAE team to travel to Pakistan

Captain Rohan Mustafa and his eager players are all set for an emotional trip to Pakistan in what will be the first major tour by the current senior UAE team to the country.

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2:00pm – Pakistan openers in the spotlight ahead of Abu Dhabi decider

The pressure will very much be on Sarfraz Ahmed and his men as Pakistan get ready to take on New Zealand in the third and final Test in Abu Dhabi from Monday.

Here, we look at the three things the Pakistan skipper and his men need to do to ensure victory in the decider including a wake-up call for their openers.

Mohammad Hafeez will be under the scanner at Abu Dhabi.

Mohammad Hafeez will be under the scanner at Abu Dhabi.

12:00pm – Shaheen Afridi welcomes prospect of Pakistan Test bow

Pakistan‘s 18-year-old left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi said he did not expect a red-ball opportunity to arise so early in his career after finding himself in line for Test debut against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi.

A shoulder injury to seamer Mohammad Abbas in the second Test in Dubai means Shaheen is all but certain to play the third Test which starts on Monday with the series locked at 1-1.

Read what the youngster had to say about the prospect of his Test bow here.

Shaheen Afridi.

Shaheen Afridi.

11:00am – Ian Bell excited by maiden PSL challenge

Veteran batsman Ian Bell is looking forward to his maiden participation in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) after being picked up by defending champions Islamabad United in the player draft.

Read what Bell had to say about the prospect here.

Ian Bell is set for a maiden PSL stint.

Ian Bell is set for a maiden PSL stint.

10:00am – Tamim Iqbal nears Bangladesh return

Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal is all set to make his return from an injury layoff in his side’s upcoming ODI series against the West Indies.

The left-hander has been sidelined ever since he fractured his wrist in Bangladesh’s campaign during the Asia Cup in September.

Read more on this story here.

Nearing full fitness - Tamim Iqbal.

Nearing full fitness – Tamim Iqbal.

8:30am – Paine backs Aussie quicks to keep Kohli in check

Australia skipper Tim Paine believes his pace unit can greatly trouble India counterpart Virat Kohli if they keep their emotions in check in the upcoming four-match Test series between the two sides.

The hosts boast an impressive fast-bowling armoury which includes the likes of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.

Read Paine’s comments on Kohli here.

Paine (r) is hoping to shackle Kohli with pace.

Paine (r) is hoping to shackle Kohli with pace.

8:00am – Kohli not searching for confrontations in Australia

India skipper Virat Kohli has revealed he no longer feels the urge to get into confrontations with opposition players.

Kohli and his men are set to take on Australia in a four-match Test series which gets underway this Thursday and the spotlight is bound to be on the India skipper who has previous history with the opposition.

Read Kohli’s full quotes on the subject here.

In the spotlight: Virat Kohli.

In the spotlight: Virat Kohli.

7:30pm – India youngster Shubman Gill keeps up impressive form

India‘s Under-19 World Cup star Shubman Gill is in rich form at the moment, churning out runs in all formats.

The talented batsman emerged as a bright prospect for India’s batting following the U19 World Cup where he was the second highest run scorer with 372 runs from six games, including one ton and three fifties.

Read more on Gill’s latest exploits with the bat here.

Shubman Gill.

Shubman Gill.

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Northern Warriors storm to T10 League title after big win over Pakhtoons

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Northern Warriors won the second edition of the T10 League.

Northern Warriors gave another glimpse of their awesome hitting power as they stormed to a 22-run win in the final of the T10 League against Pakhtoon team in Sharjah on Sunday.

The Warriors posted an imposing 140-3, with Caribbean batsman Rovman Powell leading the way with 61 from just 25 deliveries, an innings that included eight hits to the fence and four over it.

Fellow West Indies player Andre Russel played his part, hitting 38 from just 12 deliveries as the Warriors put in yet another masterful batting display.

Earlier in the tournament, the Warriors had set the record for the highest total in 10-over cricket when they amassed 183-2 against the Punjabi Legends. Sunday was the perfect day for the Warriors batsmen to flex their muscle once again.

In reply, the Pakhtoons were always playing catch up. They put up a good fight but could only reach 118-7. Off-spinner Chris Green was the star of the show with the ball for Warriors, picking up 2-11 while all-rounder Hardus Viljoen picked up 2-24.

Earlier, Bengal Tigers defeated Maratha Arabians by six wickets with five balls to spare to secure the third position in the T10 League.

West Indies batsman Sherfane Rutherford scored 46 off 21 balls with six sixes and one four to take his team over the finish line after the Arabians posted 121-6 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

The Arabians were powered by English batsman Adam Lyth’s 52 off 24 balls, while hard-hitting batsman Hazratullah Zazai smashed 39 off 15 balls but it wasn’t enough to secure a win.

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Sarfraz Ahmed confirms Shaheen Afridi will debut in Abu Dhabi Test

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A Pakistan Test bow coming up for Shaheen Afridi.

Pakistan will hand a Test debut to teenage pacer Shaheen Afridi when they take on New Zealand in the series decider at Abu Dhabi from Monday.

The 18-year-old was expected to make his Test bow after a shoulder injury to seamer Mohammad Abbas. On Sunday, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed confirmed Afridi’s debut as he ruled out Abbas’ participation in the third and final Test.

“Shaheen is improving day by day and has talent,” the wicketkeeper batsman stated on the eve of the clash.

“He’s a good kid and understands cricket. Allah has given him talent and if he keeps himself fit, he is a bowler who can play for Pakistan for 10 to 12 years going forward,” Sarfraz added.

Afridi will be eager to put on a good show in his maiden Test outing after he bagged the man-of-the-series award in the preceding ODI series between the two sides. While the left-armed pacer could be key against the Kiwis, Sarfraz is hoping that leg-spinner Yasir Shah can keep up his impressive form.

Shah had picked up a 14-wicket haul in the second Test at Dubai to lead Pakistan to a crushing win by an innings and 16 runs. He is now just five wickets away from becoming the quickest to register 200 dismissals in Test history.

“The way Yasir is bowling he has got his rhythm back and we hope that with the return of his form he will do his best to win us this Test and the series,” the Pakistan skipper stated.

Sarfraz is expecting more of the same from Yasir Shah.

Sarfraz is expecting more of the same from Yasir Shah.

Sarfraz’s counterpart Kane Williamson also lauded Shah’s prowess and marked him down as the dangerman for the decider.

“He (Yasir) is a world class bowler. He clearly had a fantastic last game and bowled a number of very nice deliveries and used the conditions really, really well,” the Kiwi skipper stated.

Despite having squandered the 1-0 lead advantage his team had gained by winning the series opener at Abu Dhabi by four runs, Williamson believes there are plenty of positives for his men to take to the decider.

“There were some positives we would need to build from. It’s really an exciting prospect and the guys really are looking forward to the decider,” the 28-year-old said.

A win for New Zealand in the Abu Dhabi Test would make it their first Test series win on Asian soil since 2008 and the first away victory against Pakistan since 1969.

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