South Africa wins last test for 3-0 series sweep over Pakistan

South African bowler Duanne Olivier, center, celebrates during the second day of the third Cricket Test match between South Africa and Pakistan in Johannesburg, South Africa on Jan. 12, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 14 January 2019

South Africa wins last test for 3-0 series sweep over Pakistan

  • Pakistan crashed from 153-3 overnight to 273 all out
  • Duanne Olivier took 3-74 in the final innings and a series-leading 24 wickets in the three matches

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa’s quick bowlers ripped through Pakistan again before a run out sealed a 3-0 series whitewash with a 107-run victory in the final test on Monday.
The end came quickly for Pakistan on the fourth day at the Wanderers as the tourists crashed from 153-3 overnight to 273 all out and well short of the victory target of 381.
South Africa finished off Pakistan before lunch, with paceman Duanne Olivier taking 3-74 in the final innings and a series-leading 24 wickets in the three matches. That was just one short the South African record of 25 wickets for a bowler in a three-test series.
Olivier was Pakistan’s chief destroyer yet only played because Lungi Ngidi was ruled out of the series with injury.
Pakistan No. 11 Mohammad Abbas was run out to end the test and the series, the first and only wicket out of 60 for South Africa in the series that didn’t fall to one of its four fast bowlers.
Pakistan lost a second straight series while South Africa has won seven consecutive series at home and nine of its last 11.


Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain to play in Gulf Cup in Qatar

Updated 13 November 2019

Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain to play in Gulf Cup in Qatar

  • Gulf football unions will meet on Wednesday to discuss redraw date
  • Saudi Arabia have won the tournament three times

RIYADH: The national teams of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain will participate in the upcoming Gulf Cup to be held in Qatar on Nov. 24 to Dec. 6, according to a report from Elaph.
The online newspaper reported that the Gulf football unions will meet at a meeting of the Arab Gulf Cup Federation on Wednesday to discuss a date for the new draw of fixtures for the tournament.
Originally, only Oman as winners of the 2018 edition, Iraq, Yemen and Kuwait had agreed to play in the tournament.
Saudi Arabia have won the tournament three times, the last time in 2003, while UAE have two titles to their name — in 2007 and 2013.
The Kingdom, the UAE and Bahrain, along with Egypt and Jordan started a diplomatic boycott of Qatar in 2017, who they accuse of supporting and funding terrorist organizations.