Russell fires Islamabad into final

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): All-rounder Andre Russell grabbed three wickets to help fire Islamabad United into the final of the Pakistan Super League, with a 50-run victory over Darren Sammy’s Peshawar Zalmi’s in yesterday’s last semi-final. United posted 176 for three off 20 overs after being sent in at the Dubai International Stadium and then restricted Zalmi to 126 all out of 18 overs to book their spot in the championship game against Quetta Gladiators tomorrow. Seamer Russell picked up three for 37 from his four overs, including the wicket of captain Shahid Afridi, who smashed a 17-ball 38 with two fours and four sixes. Left-arm spinner Imran Khalid was the best bowler with four for 20, while opener Kamran Akmal stroked the top score of 45 from 32 deliveries. Sammy made nine from eight balls with two fours before he was fifth out at 80 for five in the 13th over. Earlier, opener Sharjeel Khan smashed 117 off 62 deliveries to propel United’s innings. He put on 108 for the first wicket with Barbados and West Indies right-hander, Dwayne Smith, who made a painstaking 19 off 37 balls. On Saturday, in contrast, Smith hit an unbeaten 50 from 48 deliveries to help United post a nine-wicket victory over Karachi Kings.last_img read more

Liverpool blow! Atletico Madrid ‘close’ to signing Reds target Carlos Bacca

first_img Carlos Bacca scored 26 goals for club and country last season 1 Atletico Madrid are on the cusp of beating Liverpool to the signing of AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca, according to reports in Spain.The Colombian only moved to the San Siro from Sevilla last summer and he ended last season with 20 goals in all competitions.?But Bacca is ready to leave already after reportedly being disappointed at Milan’s seventh-place finish in Serie A during his debut campaign.Initially it was thought Liverpool would pounce for the 29-year-old after trying to sign him last summer.However, according to Cadena Ser, Atletico are closing in on a deal for Bacca after holding talks with Milan.The Spanish side are set to fork out around £24million and could complete the signing by the end of the week.last_img read more