In an important World Cup match on Friday, South Africa defeated Pakistan by a narrow margin of one wicket, chasing a 271-run mark.
Tail-ender Keshav Maharaj sealed the victory with a boundary against Muhammad Nawaz when the Proteas required just four runs.
Shaheen Shah Afridi emerged as Pakistan’s top wicket-taker, claiming three scalps, while Haris Rauf, Usama Mir, and Mohammad Wasim each secured two wickets.
Earlier, Pakistan put up 270 in the first innings of their sixth match in the International Cricket Council World Cup on Friday.
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Anantnag’s all-rounder Rubia Syed to play for Gujarat Giants in Womens’ IPL
Rubia Syed Sheikh, a 29-year-old female cricketer from Badasgam village of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district has been called up by the Gujarat Giants for the upcoming season of the Women’s Indian Premier League (IPL).
Rubia is an all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls right-arm medium pace. She has been playing cricket since 2012 and has represented Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) for the last ten years. She has also played in the Ranji Trophy and Senior Women’s T-20.
Rubia said, “I received a call from officials who told me that I will be part of the IPL team Gujarat Giants for the upcoming season.”
Rubia said her father, Ghulam Qadir Sheikh, a fruit businessman, has always believed in her and supported her. She said there is a lot of excitement among her family members and fans and every one of them wants to see her playing for the Gujarat Giants.
“I will give my best to contribute to the team’s success,” she said.
Jasia Akhter, another female cricketer from south Kashmir’s Shopian district, was selected for the Women’s Premier League (WPL) in February this year. She was taken by Delhi Capitals for Rs 20 lakh in the auction. KNO
Night football tournament lights up Kashmir’s Apple town, triggers enthusiasm
Sopore is witnessing buzzing sports activities during night drawing an impressive crowd to watch matches.
With floodlights illuminating the field, Khushal Sports Stadium has become an epicenter for football enthusiasts in north Kashmir.
Locals told that Khushal Sports Stadium which was usually quiet during evenings is experiencing an electrifying atmosphere now.
The bright floodlights painted the stadium with a magical glow, creating the perfect setting for an unforgettable show of talent, they said.
The tournament organizers, along with local football associations, have planned the tournament to ensure a seamless and exciting experience for all.
Enthusiastic cheers, applause, and friendly banter reverberate through the stadium as the players compete passionately under the shimmering floodlights during night.
“I can’t believe we have a football tournament under the stars. The floodlights make it even cooler, and I’m so excited to cheer for my favorite team,” said football aficionado Sameer.
“The night football tournament has brought so much joy to our town. We love seeing everyone come together like this,” said Ayoob Ahmad, a shop owner.
A similar volleyball tournament under floodlights recently concluded in Handwara area of Kupwara.
The tournament became a major attraction for sports enthusiasts as well as locals, drawing a massive crowd to cheer for the competing teams. KNO
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