20 01 20

first_imgABU DHABI, UAE (AP): Captain Alastair Cook kept England in the game with an unbeaten century yesterday, although Pakistan fought back with two late wickets on the third day of the first Test. Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz removed Ian Bell and night-watchman Mark Wood, but England reached 290-3 at close of play thanks to Cook’s gritty knock of 168 not out at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Cook scored his 28th Test hundred and he and Ian Bell put on 165 runs for the second wicket – England’s all-time highest in the UAE. Joe Root was giving him company, at stumps, not out on three. “I think he has shown that he can bat for days in these parts of the world,” Bell said of Cook. “He is ready to go in tomorrow and carry on from where he left. The thing with Cookie is that he is so organised, his defence is so good, and his shot selection against the spinners was excellent.” Bell finally departed five overs before close of play for a streaky 63, cutting a Riaz delivery into the hands of Mohammed Hafeez at point. One over later, Riaz got rid of Wood, who fended a rising delivery into his wicket. But it was a battling knock under the hot sun by Cook, although he was dropped by Fawad Alam on 147 when attempting to sweep left-arm orthodox spinner Zulfiqar Babar. Cook played aggressive cricket in the pre-lunch session when he was unbeaten on 78 and played several shots, including stepping out against Babar and sweeping him repeatedly, but was more circumspect in the next two sessions as the Abu Dhabi pitch started showing some effects of wear and tear. He did reach his century with a boundary, though, a cracking shot through the cover area off Wahab Riaz. Khan troubled him early in his second spell of the day midway through the first session but was rewarded with the wicket of Moeen instead when he nudged at an away going delivery and edged it to wicket-keeper Sarfaraz Ahmed. Moeen had made a cautious 35, eschewing all risk and hitting just two boundaries in his 131-ball stay before his indiscretion against Imran. He and Cook put together 116 runs for the first wicket. “I think Cook batted beautifully, and we have seen him do this often in the sub-continent,” Pakistan bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed said. “He has the ability to kill the little bit of zip that the seamers and spinners were getting out there. The way he played, he also took the pressure off other batsmen.” England still trail Pakistan’s first-innings total of 523 for eight declared by 233 runs.last_img read more

23 10 19

first_imgzoom Marine transport and logistics conglomerate Qatar Navigation (Milaha) and Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani Qatar) have signed an agreement to establish a new company QTerminals to manage Hamad Port.Under the agreement, Mwani Qatar will hold 51 percent of the new company, while Milaha will hold the remaining 49 percent. QTerminals will manage operations at Hamad Port as an independent company with its own board of directors, executives and staff, the parties said.“This strategic partnership reaps the benefits of several years of strong collaboration and ties between Mwani Qatar and Milaha, which have brought about this common plan for managing Hamad Port, one of the country’s vital megaprojects and which will serve as Qatar’s gateway to world trade,” Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, Chairman of Mwani Qatar, said.He added that the agreement “further encourages the private sector to be part of strategic partnerships in developmental projects.”Earlier in November, Mwani Qatar started preparations to transfer all container terminal operations from the Port of Doha to the new Port of Hamad.Namely, Hamad port is expected to commence vessel operations, discharging and loading activities from December 1, 2016, according to German shipping major Hapag-Lloyd.As a significant addition to Qatar’s maritime infrastructure, Hamad Port is expected to reach a handling capacity of 7 million containers per year after completion. Hamad Port will include a customs inspection area, a port Control Tower at a height of 110 meters, a ship inspection platform and multiple maritime facilities, and other utilities.last_img read more