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A batsman's game

Glenn Maxwell's innings against Afghanistan yesterday could be a classic example to illustrate how more and more cricket is evolving into a batsman's game. The outrageously talented all-rounder came to the crease in the 38th over, the third of the batting Powerplay. He reverse-swept the second ball over point for a boundary, curved one over long on for a six in the next over from Dawlat Zadran, and two overs later, reverse-flicked a 140kph delivery from Shapoor Zadran over the...

Shakib seeks momentum

Shakib seeks momentum

Three matches down and Bangladesh are yet to witness a Shakib Al Hasan-special. While he did score a match-turning half-century against Afghanistan, many reckon that the best is yet to come. However, things haven't been easy for the left-hander. He has barely found turn in the two venues Bangladesh played in and with the...

Afghanistan hit by fresh avalanches

Afghanistan hit by fresh avalanches

Huge new avalanches have hit Afghanistan's Panjshir Valley, closing off areas that were already difficult to reach, the provincial governor says. Abdul Rahman Kabiri told the BBC that new avalanches 40m (130ft) high have inundated new areas n the north-eastern province. President Ashraf Ghani said on Saturday that at least 286 people have died throughout...

Afgan’s first and only female taxi driver

Afgan’s first and only female taxi driver

Sara Bahayi is Afghanistan’s first female taxi driver in recent memory, and she is believed to be the only one actively working female driver in the country. She’s 38, unmarried and outspoken. And in a highly patriarchal society, where women are considered second-class citizens and often abused, Bahayi is brazenly upending gender roles, reports...

Avalanches kill 186 in Afghanistan

Avalanches kill 186 in Afghanistan

More than 180 people have been killed in north Afghanistan in some of the worst avalanches there for 30 years, officials said on Thursday, with heavy snow set to last for two more days after an unusually dry winter led to fears of drought. Officials warned of an imminent humanitarian emergency in areas most...

Avalanches in Afghanistan kill 85

Avalanches in Afghanistan kill 85

A series of avalanches has struck north of the Afghan capital, Kabul, leaving at least 85 dead, officials have said. Heavy snow in recent days in Panjshir province and the Salang Pass has blocked roads, cut off villages and caused several avalanches. Acting provincial governor Abdul Rahman Kabiri told the BBC earlier that some 30...

Reuters' Pak-Afghan bureau chief dies

Reuters' Pak-Afghan bureau chief dies

The bureau chief for Reuters in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Maria Golovnina, died yesterday after falling unconscious, her employer said. Golovnina, 34, passed out at her office in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, according to a statement from Reuters. Medical responders were unable to save her. The cause of death is being investigated, police official Mohammad Yaqoob...

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Sri Lanka deny Afghanistan upset

Sri Lanka deny Afghanistan upset

MATCH 12: SRI LANKA VS AFGHANISTAN Afghanistan 232 (49.4 Overs) Sri Lanka 236/6 (48.2 Overs)        Sri Lanka won the match by 4 wickets Sri Lanka denied an Afghanistan upset at Dunedin today riding on the match-saving century of Mahela Jayawardene in the 12th match of the ICC cricket World Cup 2015. .@OfficialSLC has survived a massive scare...

New US defence chief in Afghanistan

New US defence chief in Afghanistan

New US Defence Secretary Ash Carter has arrived in Afghanistan days after taking up the post, saying he wants "lasting success" for the country. Carter will meet US commanders and Afghan heads on the unannounced visit. He said he had made Afghanistan his first visit as the 10,000 US troops still in the country "come...

Pace will be imperative

Pace will be imperative

Bangladesh's bowling performance against Afghanistan showed just how important pace bowling could be in this World Cup and its importance will be amplified when they play Australia in their next game at the Gabba, which is traditionally one of Australia's quickest pitches. Mashrafe Bin Mortaza once again displayed what we know he is capable of against Afghanistan in the opening match. Rubel Hossain and young Taskin Ahmed provided their captain with ample support. However, the Aussies pose a much bigger challenge than the Afghans, boasting the likes of David Warner, Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell and captain Michael Clarke, who is set to play his first match of this World Cup...

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