Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq was wary yesterday of a tough fight from South Africa in the remaining three matches despite leading 2-0 in the one-day series. \n"South Africa is a world-class team and we know that big teams always come back strongly in the five-match series," said Inzamam, who suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday's 42-run victory and reported he had only a 50-50 of starting for Tuesday's match. \n"But so far we haven't made many mistakes and I hope we would continue the good work going," he added. \nThe Pakistan captain gave credit for two victories against Graeme Smith's team to his bowlers as South Africa twice failed to chase the totals of 277 and 267 despite getting solid starts. \n"Our bowlers especially [Mo-hammad] Sami and Shoaib [Ak-htar] have done a wonderful job, and I hope they continue to deliver goods," he said. \nPakistan has included Naved Latif in the probables list in case Inzamam isn't recovered. Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria also made his way into the side after Mushtaq Ahmad was told to rest seven to 10 days for a pulled abdomen muscle. \nYousuf Youhana exchanged some hot words with medium fast bowler Andrew Hall during Sunday's game when the bowler hit the Pakistan batsman with an elbow as he tried to complete a run. However, Inzamam said no complaint would be filed. \n"We want to play a good series against South Africa. We do not want to get involved in any controversy," he said. \nSmith promised some "real good cricket" from his team, although the Proteas have badly missed Herschelle Gibbs, their hard-hitting opener, who has yet to recover fully from a pulled stomach muscle. Moorne van Wyk, 24, has been called as Gibbs' replacement and might get a chance in the only day game of the series.
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two
Former MLB pitcher Wang Wei-chung has signed the biggest contract with a local team in Taiwan’s professional baseball history, the Wei Chuan Dragons said yesterday. The 28-year-old left-hander signed a five-year US$2.08 million contract with the Dragons, team chairman Hsu Wen-fang told a news conference. It is the biggest contract in the CPBL’s 31-year history, surpassing a three-year, US$1.36 million deal Lin Chih-sheng signed in 2016 with the CTBC Brothers. Although the overall value of Wang’s deal set a new record, his average monthly salary of NT$990,000 (US$33,886) is lower than Lin’s pay of NT$1.2 million per month in 2017