Pakistan beat Australia by 221 runs

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Inexperienced spinners Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah shared nine wickets and led Pakistan to an emphatic 221-run victory against Australia on the fifth and final day of the first test on Sunday.

Left-arm spinner Babar, in only his third test, took 5-74 and legspinner Shah grabbed 4-50 in his debut test as Australia, chasing an improbable 438 runs for victory, was bowled out for 216 in the last session.

Mitchell Johnson (61) and Steven Smith (55) delayed the inevitable after being given two chances each before Australia eventually succumbed to Babar and Shah's guile.


Pakistan build big lead over Australia

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Australia was facing an uphill task to level the two-match test series against Pakistan after losing opener Chris Rogers in a brief session while chasing its opponent's big first-inning total Friday.

In the second test match at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Pakistan rode a double century from Younis Khan (213) and a century from captain Misbah-ul Haq (101) before declaring in the last hour of day 2 at 570-6. (MORE)

Ryder named in New Zealand A team

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Ryder hasn't been considered for New Zealand selection since January when he was involved in a late night drinking session on the eve of the first test against India. (MORE)

Pakistan reach 304-2 on first day

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Younis Khan struck his third straight century and Azhar Ali also reached triple figures to put Pakistan in control at 304-2 after the first day of the second test against Australia Thursday.

Khan, who made 106 and 103 not out in the two inning in the Dubai test match that Pakistan won by 221 runs, was unbeaten on 111. Giving him company at stumps was Ali, who was not out on 101 and added 208 runs for the unbroken third wicket partnership with Khan. (MORE)

Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 3 wickets

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) Taijul Islam set a national record with an eight-wicket haul and then struck 15 crucial runs to help Bangladesh overcome a spirited Zimbabwe by three wickets Monday in a tense finish to the first cricket test.

Bangladesh reached the winning target of 101 after batting collapses at the start and near the end of the innings. (MORE)

Rain washes out 3rd NZ-SA ODI

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South Africa was 157-3 after 30.4 overs, batting first after New Zealand won the toss, when rain forced the players from Hamilton's Seddon Park. Umpires Rod Tucker of Australia and Chris Gaffaney of New Zealand decided around 4 p.m. local time that further play was impossible. (MORE)

Trott named in England Lions squad

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Trott exited England's 2013 Ashes tour in Australia after one test match due to the problem, but a comeback for his English domestic side Warwickshire in 2014 alongside some impressive batting displays have merited a return to England's national team setup. (MORE)

Bangladesh take slim first-innings lead

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Using short balls to unsettle batsmen, Panyangara's maiden five-for helped dismiss Bangladesh for 254 after which Zimbabwe made 5-0, and trailing by 9 runs. (MORE)

Australia struggling in 1st test

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Pakistan's inexperienced spinners left Australia struggling on 59-4 Saturday at stumps on the fourth day of the first test after Younis Khan smashed a record-breaking century to give his team a formidable lead of 437 runs.

Australia still needs 379 more runs to win after losing four wickets for five runs in its second innings in a remarkable two overs from Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah on a turning wicket. (MORE)

Zimbabwe bowled out for 240 in 1st test

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The left-arm spinner ripped through Zimbabwe's lower order after tea with impeccable bowling that brought him his 12th five-for. (MORE)

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