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Kanpur Test: Need one or two wickets to pull things back, says Ishant Sharma

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Indian pacer Ishant Sharma feels the first hour of play on Day Three of the ongoing first Test against New Zealand will be important for the hosts.New Zealand opening batters Will Young and Tom Latham registered half-centuries as the Kiwis dominated Day 2 here at Green Park, Kanpur on Friday. Ishant on Saturday said India need to go with an open mindset on day 3 to pull back things in the hosts’ favour.“Really important (first hour). The ball is 55 (57) overs old, I don’t know how the ball is going to behave. There is a little bit of dew as well now. Let’s see how the ball behaves (reverse swing) a couple of overs into the day then we can plan according to that,” Ishant told the host broadcaster before the start of Day Three.“It generally won’t swing if…

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Pakistan defeat Bangladesh by 8 wickets, claim series with 2-0 lead

Dhaka [Bangladesh]: Fakhar Zaman (57) and Mohammad Rizwan (39) starred with the bat as Pakistan defeated Bangladesh by eight wickets and took a 2-0 lead in the three-match T20I series in Dhaka.Chasing 109, Pakistan lost an early wicket as skipper Babar Azam had to depart in the third over. But Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Rizwan thrashed Bangladesh bowlers at every side of the ground. Later, Mustafizur Rahman dismissed Rizwan in the 16th over but that was too late as Fakhar Zaman ended the game with 11 balls in spare.Earlier, opted to bat, Bangladesh struggled as they lost early wickets and only Najmul Shanto was able to get 40 runs and bring his side to a total of 108/7.For Pakistan, Shaheen Afridi and Shadab Khan were the picks in the bowlers as they scalped two wickets each.Speaking after the game, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam said:…