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DAMMAM: Kuwait National Futsal team on Tuesday regained the tone of victories in the Arab Cup held in Dammam, Saudi Arabia as they beat their Mauritanian counterparts 7-2 in the second round of Group A. Kuwait’s Abdul Rahman Al-Taweel scored three goals; Abdul Latif Al-Abbasi (2) while Saleh Al-Fadil and Sultan Al-Majed scored one gaol each. On the other hand, Mauritania’s Ibrahim Al-Abed scored the two goals for his team. Saudi Arabia kicked off their 2022 Arab Futsal Cup campaign with 6-4 defeat to Palestine in Dammam on Monday night. The result leaves the Green Falcons bottom of the three-team Group 3, with Palestine leading with three points. Libya will face Saudi Arabia in the group’s last match on Wednesday. In Group 1, Morocco overcame Kuwait 6-4 on Monday, while Mauritania comprehensively beat Somalia 8-1 to take an early lead in the table. Meanwhile in Group 2’s only match on the opening night, Egypt and Iraq played to a 3-3 draw. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia reached the semifinals of the 2022 WAFF Women’s Futsal Championship after beating Oman 5-0 at King Abdullah Sports City Hall in Jeddah on Monday night. The result ensured the Green Falcons ended second in Group E with three points, having lost their first match 3-1 to Kuwait, who finished top with a maximum of six points. Oman were last in the group having lost both their matches. Saudi’s goals came from a brace each by Raghad Mukhayzin and Lana Abdelrazek, and a strike from Leen Mohammed, to set a date with Group A winners Bahrain in the semifinals of the tournament on Wednesday. The other last-four clash will see Kuwait take on Iraq on the same day. Meanwhile Palestine and Oman will meet earlier on Wednesday in the fifth-place playoff. The tournament, organized by the West Asia Football Federation, concludes on Friday, June 24, with the final and the third-place playoffs.

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is mulling to hold upcoming T20 matches between Pakistan and England in Karachi, Lahore and Multan, revealed well-informed sources.
No T20 match between Pakistan and England will be played at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium during the T20 series, say sources
According to media reports, England’s T20 squad is expected to arrive in Pakistan on September 15 and they will play seven matches against the home side during the visit.
No T20 match between the two teams will be played at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium during the tour, said the sources. Earlier, Pakistan-Australia and Pakistan-West Indies white-ball matches had been shifted from Rawalpindi to Lahore and Multan for different reasons.

Rawalpindi, however, will host a Test series between Pakistan and England in November or December, the sources added.
Talks between the two boards over the T20 series are in the final stages, however, the venues for the upcoming series have been finalised.

KUWAIT: The Kuwait national futsal team lost to Morocco by 4-6 in the opening match of the Arab Futsal Cup, which is currently being held in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

Kuwait’s goals were scored by Abdul Rahman Al-Taweel (dual), Abdul Latif Al-Abbasi and Saleh Al-Fadil. On the other hand, Idris Rais scored for Morocco a Super Hattrick (4 goals), Youssef Jawad and Abdellatif Fati.

The Moroccan team in the first minutes scored through Rais from a long-range shot, the Kuwaiti player Al-Taweel equalized the score (1-1). In the second half the Moroccan team advanced (4-2), through Al-Fini and Jawad. The Kuwaiti team responded with two goals, through Al-Taweel and Al-Fadil. With the match approaching its end, the Moroccan players took advantage of the mistakes of Kuwait’s defensive line and scored two consecutive goals and the match ended (6-4).

NORTH SOUND: Bangladesh lost four wickets in the morning session to reach lunch at 115-6 in their second innings on day three of the opening Test against the West Indies on Saturday, still needing 47 runs to make the hosts bat again.
Najmul Hossain Shanto survived around 40 minutes but Kyle Mayers set him up and then Mominul Haque later brilliantly. He bowled a host of outswingers to Najmul and then delivered one that went in with the angle and the southpaw edged it to slip. He made 17.
Mominul Haque was similarly set up and the only boundary from his bat came off an inside-edge. A few minutes later, a similar incoming delivery got the better of him as he was adjudged leg-before.
Litton Das played a controlled pull shot for a boundary and struck two fours on the off side. But the right-hander was guilty of chasing a short and wide ball and was caught at slip.
Mahmudul Hasan Joy showed great composure for more than three hours. He left balls outside off, dead-batted the ones that pitched on or around off-stump and played straighter ones to the on side. But a lapse in concentration caused him to throw his bat at one outside off and ended up getting caught at slip. He scored 42 off 153 balls.
Skipper Shakib Al Hasan was unbeaten on five and Nurul Hasan on two.
Bangladesh had closed at 50-2 on Friday, having dismissed the West Indies for 265 in their first innings.
Captain Kraigg Brathwaite anchored the home side’s effort with a typically painstaking 400-minute knock of 94, supported by 63 from Jermaine Blackwood, the vice-captain taking a page from his leader’s operational manual as the contribution was the slowest of his 16 Test half-centuries.
For the Bangladeshis, forced onto the back foot after being routed for 103 just after lunch on day one, Brathwaite’s dismissal triggered their brightest period of play with the home side losing their last seven wickets for 68 runs.
While it was seamer Khaled Ahmed who initiated the slide by consigning the home skipper to his fifth ninety in Test cricket, Mehidy Hasan then stole the show in claiming four of the last six wickets to fall either side of the tea interval.
He also took a sharp catch at short extra-cover as Blackwood became the ninth wicket to fall in pursuit of quick runs.
However Mehidy’s personal delight, and his team’s cautious satisfaction at limiting the West Indies first innings advantage, quickly dissipated when senior opener Tamim Iqbal and Mehidy himself fell to Alzarri Joseph.

BANGLADESH (1st Innings) 103
WEST INDIES (1st Innings):
K. Brathwaite lbw b Khaled 94
J. Campbell b Mustafizur 24
R. Reifer c Nurul b Ebadot 11
N. Bonner b Shakib 33
J. Blackwood c Mehidy b Khaled 63
K. Mayers lbw b Mehidy 7
J. da Silva c Nurul b Mehidy 1
A. Joseph c Nurul b Mehidy 0
K. Roach c Liton b Ebadot 0
G. Motie not out 23
J. Seales lbw b Mehidy 1
EXTRAS (LB-4, NB-2, W-2) 8
TOTAL (all out, 112.5 overs) 265
FALL OF WICKET: 1-44 (Campbell), 2-72 (Reifer), 3-134 (Bonner), 4-197 (Brathwaite), 5-224 (Mayers), 6-230 (da Silva), 7-238 (Joseph), 8-239 (Roach), 9-258 (Blackwood).
BOWLING: Mustafizur 18-7-30-1 (1w), Khaled 22-4-59-2 (1w), Ebadot 28-8-65-2 (2nb), Shakib 21-5-48-1, Mehidy 22.5-6-59-4, Najmul 1-1-0-0
BANGLADESH (2nd Innings, overnight 50-2):
Tamim Iqbal c Da Silva b Joseph 22
Mahmudul Hasan c Da Silva b Roach 42
Mehidy Hasan c Mayers b Joseph 2
Najmul Hossain c Campbell b Mayers 17
Mominul Haque lbw b Mayers 4
Litton Das c Mayers b Roach 17
Shakib Al Hasan not out 5
Nurul Hasan not out 2
EXTRAS (B-2, LB-1, NB-1) 4
TOTAL (for six wkts, 49 overs) 115
TO BAT: Mustafizur Rahman, Khaled Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain.
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-33 (Tamim), 2-35 (Mehidy), 3-64 (Najmul), 4-75 (Mominul), 5-100 (Litton), 6-109 (Mahmudul)
BOWLING: Roach 16-7-29-2, Seales 8-1-25-0, Joseph 11-3-33-2, Mayers 8-2-16-2 (1nb), Motie 6-1-9-0.

CUTTACK: Wicketkeeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen smashed 81 off 46 balls to lead South Africa’s tricky chase as they beat India by four wickets in the second Twenty20 International on Sunday.

Needing 149 for victory on a hot and humid day in Cuttack, South Africa rode Klaasen’s fourth T20 half-century to achieve their target in 18.2 overs and lead the five-match series 2-0.

South Africa’s bowlers, led by pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada, set up victory after they kept India to 148-6 after deciding to field first.

The tourists suffered a pre-match blow when wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock was ruled out with a hand injury but Temba Bavuma’s side kept up the momentum from their opening win.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar put South Africa in trouble at 29-3 inside six overs on a seemingly tough batting pitch before Klaasen and Bavuma, who made 35, put on 64 runs to put the chase back on track.

Bhuvneshwar, who returned figures of 4-13, took down Reeza Hendricks and Dwaine Pretorius in his first two overs and then bowled previous match hero Rassie van der Dussen, who made 75 in his team’s opening win.

Klaasen soaked the pressure and the humidity with his clean hitting.
He raised his 50 in 41 balls and took apart the Indian attack to make the target look simple with the in-form David Miller for company.
Klaasen hit seven fours and five sixes before departing, but the job had been done and the left-handed Miller hit the winning runs to finish with 20 not out.
Earlier Rabada sent back Ruturaj Gaikwad for one to bring up his 50th T20 wicket for South Africa and returned figures of 1-15.
Left-handed opener Ishan Kishan (34) and Shreyas Iyer (40) then attempted to rebuild the innings in a 45-run partnership that was broken by fast bowler Anrich Nortje, who took two wickets.
Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj sent back skipper Rishabh Pant in his first over and soon Hardik Pandya’s wicket off Wayne Parnell made India slip further.
But Dinesh Karthik hit an unbeaten 30 off 21 balls to give the team a late push during his 36-run unbeaten stand with Harshal Patel but the effort was not enough.
The third match is in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday.

R. Gaikwad c Maharaj b Rabada 1
I. Kishan c van der Dussen b Nortje 34
S. Iyer c Klaasen b Pretorius 40
R. Pant c van der Dussen b Maharaj 5
H. Pandya b Parnell 9
A. Patel b Nortje 10
D. Karthik not out 30
H. Patel not out 12
EXTRAS (LB-1, W-6) 7
TOTAL (for six wickets, 20 overs) 148
DID NOT BAT: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-3 (Gaikwad), 2-48 (Kishan), 3-68 (Pant), 4-90 (Pandya), 5-98 (Iyer), 6-112 (Axar)
BOWLING: Rabada 4-0-15-1 (w1), Parnell 4-0-23-1 (w2), Nortje 4-0-36-2 (w1), Pretorius 4-0-40-1, Shamsi 2-0-21-0 (w2), Maharaj 2-0-12-1
T. Bavuma b Chahal 35
R. Hendricks b Bhuvneshwar 4
D. Pretorius c Avesh b Bhuvneshwar 4
R. van der Dussen b Bhuvneshwar 1
H. Klaasen c sub (Bishnoi) b H. Patel 81
D. Miller not out 20
W. Parnell b Bhuvneshwar 1
K. Rabada not out 0
EXTRAS (LB-1, W-2) 3
TOTAL (for six wickets, 18.2 overs) 149
DID NOT BAT: K. Maharaj, A. Nortje, T. Shamsi
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-5 (Hendricks), 2-13 (Pretorius), 3-29 (van der Dussen), 4-93 (Bavuma), 5-144 (Klaasen), 6-147 (Parnell)
BOWLING: Bhuvneshwar 4-0-13-4, Avesh 3-0-17-0, Pandya 3-0-31-0, Chahal 4-0-49-1 (w1), Harshal 3-0-17-1 (w1), Axar 1-0-19-0, Iyer 0.2-0-2-0
SERIES: South Africa lead the five-match series 2-0

DOHA: Kuwait’s U-16 Basketball national team lost their first game against Japan as the Qatar 2022 FIBA Asian Championship Kicks-of today. Contending against one of Asia’s toughest, the players put up a fight for as long as they could till the score started ranging to a 99-33 final score. A statement by Vice President of the Basketball Federation Khalil Ibrahim said, “the match was tough, compared to the quality of players of the Japanese team.” He also added that the Kuwaiti team had little to no preparations coming to the competition due to the lack of available time, as students were undergoing end of the year exams.

The competition will be commencing till the 19th of this month, with 13 teams apportioned to four groups striving to qualify for the knockout stages and ultimately 4 teams will be eligible for the World Cup in Spain next month. (KUNA)

KUWAIT: Kuwait’s national football squad hammered Nepal 4-1 in a Group A qualifiers of the AFC Asian Cup 2023 on Saturday evening. The crucial faceoff, hosted by Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium, saw the Blue team maintain the upper hand throughout the match to secure their first three points. Fahad Hamoud scored the opener for the hosts in minute 28 before the end of the first halftime. In the second half, the Blue expanded their lead with three goals by Yousef Nasser in minutes 48 and 70, and Mubarak Al-Fenini, 73. Nepal scored their sole goal shortly before the end of the game.

The Blue revived their hopes for reaching the AFC Asian Cup finals next year after losing their first encounter to Indonesia 2-1 on Wednesday. The Group A qualifiers entered a vital juncture with top two sides Jordan and Indonesia locking horns this evening. Jordan had defeated Nepal 2-0 in the second game of the opening day (KUNA)

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