Japan rallies to beat MLB All-Stars 5-3 to lead series 3-1

HIROSHIMA, Japan — Ryosuke Kikuchi drove in the go-ahead run as Japan rallied with four runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat the MLB All-Stars 5-3 and take a 3-1 lead in their six-game exhibition series on Tuesday. The ninth-inning comeback started when Kirby Yates walked leadoff batter Kazuki Tanaka, who stole second and scored on Seiji Uebayashi’s single to center to cut the MLB lead to 3-2. Japan tied the game on Kosuke Tanaka’s single to center that scored Uebayashi from second. Kosuke Tanaka scored the…

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Pakistan shares series with New Zealand as rain ends 3rd ODI

By: AP | Published: November 12, 2018 12:55:29 am Pakistan and New Zealand shared the spoils. (Source: PCB/Twitter) Rain denied Pakistan any chance of winning its first ODI series against New Zealand since 2011 as the third and final game was abandoned Sunday. New Zealand, missing injured regular captain Kane Williamson, was 35-1 in 6.5 overs when rain in Dubai prevented further play and both teams shared the series 1-1. New Zealand won the first match by 47 runs before Pakistan came back strongly and leveled the series 1-1 with…

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Pakistan, NZ share series honours in anti-climatic finish

PAKISTAN VS NEW ZEALAND IN UAE, 2018 Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Mon, 12 Nov, 2018, 12:14 AM Lockie Ferguson’s maiden fifer came in a series decider that yielded no result © Getty New Zealand and Pakistan shared honours of the three-match ODI series after the decider in Dubai was called off in less than seven overs of the chase. Chasing 280 on a slow pitch, New Zealand were dented early as the big-hitting Colin Munro was cleaned up by Shaheen Afridi in the first over. Henry Nicholls, who was promoted…

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Rejuvenated Pakistan eye first series win over New Zealand in UAE

NEW ZEALAND IN UAE, 2018 Pakistan won the second game by six wickets. © AFP From a harrowing 47-run defeat to a comforting six-wicket win in a span of 48 hours, there isn’t a better contender to pull off such an epic script than Pakistan. For only the second time in seven matches, Pakistan, on Friday, chased down a target against New Zealand in the UAE. The win not only helped the Sarfraz Ahmed-led side bring an end to an ignominious losing streak against the Kiwis but also saw them…

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Zimbabwe’s shot at rare away series win

Big picture Bangladesh’s reputation as a team that is strong at home is on the line. Zimbabwe go to Dhaka not only with the cushion of a 1-0 lead in a two-Test series, but also the confidence of having dismantled the hosts for less than 200 in both innings in Sylhet. Bangladesh have failed to score more than 200 in eight consecutive Test innings now, a streak that raises plenty of questions. Imrul Kayes and Liton Das combined well as openers in the ODIs against Zimbabwe, but were guilty of…

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England outplay Sri Lanka in every department to take series lead

England claimed their first away win in a Test match for two years and their first in history at Galle, Sri Lanka’s fortress, by a thumping 211-run margin with a day to spare after outplaying the hosts in every department.  The tourists had earned themselves two days to bowl out Sri Lanka but needed just one. A rest day is their reward as they reflect on as accomplished an all-round performance as England have put in on the sub-continent in many a year.  In Keaton Jennings and Ben Foakes, the tourists boasted…

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Rohit Sharma’s fourth T20I hundred gives India series win

India 195 for 2 (Rohit 111*, Dhawan 43) beat West Indies 124 for 9 (Bhuvneshwar 2-12) by 71 runs play 1:42 The Match Day team discuss Rohit Sharma’s strengths as a short-form batsman after he made his fourth T20I century Rohit Sharma scored his fourth T20 international century – the most by anybody – to seal the series win for India. A festive crowd on the eve of Diwali sold out the debuting Ekana Stadium in Lucknow, and were treated to fabulous T20 batting. Rohit had to suss out an…

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Rohit ton powers India to seventh successive T20I series win

WINDIES TOUR OF INDIA, 2018 Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Tue, 06 Nov, 2018, 10:46 PM Rohit Sharma moved to the top of the list of most tons in T20Is © AFP Rohit Sharma lit up the Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium with a spectacular century, welcoming international cricket back to Lucknow after 24 years in style. Rohit’s unbeaten 61-ball 111 led India to a comfortable 71-run win in the second T20I, that helped them pick up the series too, with one match to play, after the Windies…

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Boston Red Sox bring World Series trophy to Boston Bruins game

BOSTON — The World Series champion Red Sox completed their tour of the three other major Boston-area professional sports teams Monday night, bringing their recently captured trophy to a Bruins game. Owner John Henry, president Sam Kennedy and pitcher Joe Kelly were on hand for a ceremonial faceoff between the Bruins and Dallas Stars. Kelly dropped the puck between Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and Stars captain Jamie Benn. Kennedy carried the trophy onto the ice, and Kelly brought it off. Each of the Red Sox members got a Bruins jersey…

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Don’t expect Los Angeles Dodgers to change formula after World Series loss

LOS ANGELES — Two staples of the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ analytical approach faced heavy scrutiny in the wake of a second consecutive World Series defeat. But Farhan Zaidi, who just finished his fourth season as the team’s general manager, actually gained validation from the team that beat him. One was the Dodgers’ heavy reliance on platoons, which, given the value of everyday plate appearances, might lend itself to offensive inconsistency. “The World Series MVP was a guy who matched up some and platooned some this year,” Zaidi said, referencing right-handed-hitting…

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