Quickfire century was brilliant batting - and brilliant timing, too



DUBAI // The last time Pakistan played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, against England in February, it required an Abdul Razzaq onslaught to lift them out of the state of extreme depression they were then inhabiting. Funny how history can repeat itself.

Back then, Waqar Younis was based in the Ten Sports commentary box. Soon after, an SOS went out to him to coach the national team in the fall-out of an investigation into Pakistan's trouble-rich tour of Australia.

But that pales in comparison to the furore over the spot-fixing scandal. Even as they were taking the field for the second one-day international in the capital, news was breaking from up in Dubai that Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamer had lost their appeals against their provisional suspensions from the game.

How cricket should be thankful for the marvel that was Razzaq's sublime, match-winning century on Sunday night.

"I think we needed this sort of victory pretty badly," Waqar said, after the sides decamped from Abu Dhabi to Dubai yesterday.

"It will cover a lot of wounds in terms of whatever happened in the past. We are really looking forward to the next few games. It has really given us a boost, so we are happy for that.

"Razzaq was just outstanding … He made Pakistan proud."

For all Razzaq's heroics in Sunday's one-wicket win at the Zayed Cricket Stadium, South Africa have dominated 95 per cent of the series so far, according to Graeme Smith, the Proteas captain.

"We know Pakistan can be an unpredictable team and we know they can be a very dangerous team," said Smith, who could be fit to return to the side today.

"They proved that in England. They only lost that series 3-2, away from home, during the midst of all the chaos.

"[But] it is important for us to know they still have a lot of questions they still need to answer in terms of their own performance."

RESULTS

 

Catchweight 63.5kg: Shakriyor Juraev (UZB) beat Bahez Khoshnaw (IRQ). Round 3 TKO (body kick)

Lightweight: Nart Abida (JOR) beat Moussa Salih (MAR). Round 1 by rear naked choke

Catchweight 79kg: Laid Zerhouni (ALG) beat Ahmed Saeb (IRQ). Round 1 TKO (punches)

Catchweight 58kg: Omar Al Hussaini (UAE) beat Mohamed Sahabdeen (SLA) Round 1 rear naked choke

Flyweight: Lina Fayyad (JOR) beat Sophia Haddouche (ALG) Round 2 TKO (ground and pound)

Catchweight 80kg: Badreddine Diani (MAR) beat Sofiane Aïssaoui (ALG) Round 2 TKO

Flyweight: Sabriye Sengul (TUR) beat Mona Ftouhi (TUN). Unanimous decision

Middleweight: Kher Khalifa Eshoushan (LIB) beat Essa Basem (JOR). Round 1 rear naked choke

Heavyweight: Mohamed Jumaa (SUD) beat Hassen Rahat (MAR). Round 1 TKO (ground and pound)

Lightweight: Abdullah Mohammad Ali Musalim (UAE beat Omar Emad (EGY). Round 1 triangle choke

Catchweight 62kg: Ali Taleb (IRQ) beat Mohamed El Mesbahi (MAR). Round 2 KO

Catchweight 88kg: Mohamad Osseili (LEB) beat Samir Zaidi (COM). Unanimous decision

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UAE athletes heading to Paris 2024

Equestrian
Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi, Abdullah Al Marri, Omar Al Marzooqi, Salem Al Suwaidi, and Ali Al Karbi (four to be selected).


Judo
Men: Narmandakh Bayanmunkh (66kg), Nugzari Tatalashvili (81kg), Aram Grigorian (90kg), Dzhafar Kostoev (100kg), Magomedomar Magomedomarov (+100kg); women's Khorloodoi Bishrelt (52kg).


Cycling
Safia Al Sayegh (women's road race).

Swimming
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Athletics
Maryam Mohammed Al Farsi (women's 100 metres).

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Sixteen boys and 15 girls have gone on from Go-Pro Academy in Dubai to either professional contracts abroad or scholarships in the United States. Here are two of the most prominent.

Georgia Gibson (Newcastle United)
The reason the academy in Dubai first set up a girls’ programme was to help Gibson reach her potential. Now she plays professionally for Newcastle United in the UK.

Mackenzie Hunt (Everton)
Attended DESS in Dubai, before heading to the UK to join Everton full time as a teenager. He was on the bench for the first team as recently as their fixture against Brighton on February 24.

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8.30pm to midnight workout
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Saidu’s weight: 110 kg
Stats: Biceps 19 inches. Forearms 18 inches

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