Amer thanks coaches’ trust in bounce back game

first_imgSEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Amer’s shot, however, wasn’t his to take as the play was originally designed for Allen Durham to try to get two points in the interior after Black called the timeout with 1:32 remaining.Durham, though, was hounded inside and he found the open Amer who had no defender within five of him.And Amer was ready to bail out Meralco in whatever way he can.“When I entered the floor off the timeout, coach Jimmy [Alapag] and coach Ronnie [Magsanoc] told me to just shoot it if I find myself open, and it just happened,” said Amer.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBaser Amer walked into Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday carrying a proverbial blank sheet.His 0-of-6 shooting night in Game 3 was a thorn in his side and he knew he had to start making his attempts if he hoped to help Meralco tie the series at 2-2.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Durham proud of ‘game-changer’ Hugnatan, Amer He ended up contributing 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting to help the Bolts take an 85-83 win against Ginebra in Game 4 of the PBA Governors’ Cup finals.“The coaches are there, my teammates are there to help me,” said Amer in Filipino. “They were there for me the last three games and they’re always motivating me to help bring back my game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAnd of Amer’s 11 points, none was bigger than the three he put up with 1:18 remaining in the game that gave Meralco an 81-80 lead, a shot head coach Norman Black essentially called as the “game-winner.”“That was a big shot by Baser from the corner, actually you can say that was the game-winner,” said Black. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

The Premier League’s costliest striker flops this season

first_imgPremier League clubs spent an eye-watering £220m on strikers during the summer, with some 31 recognised stars joining top flight teams.In total, 16 of the 20 sides in England’s highest tier recruited new firepower, with mixed results. For every successful big money move such as Diego Costa – cost £32m, 10 league goals scored – and Alexis Sanchez – £30m, eight league goals scored – there is a player yet to fully deliver the goods.But who have been the worst?1. Mario Balotelli – Liverpool – Cost: £16m; Scored: Zero league goalsReportedly a last-ditch purchase by Kop boss Brendan Rodgers, the Italian was never going to fill the sizable void left through Luis Suarez’s departure to Barcelona, but Kopites would have expected him to at least pitch in with the odd goal. Instead, the former Man City and AC Milan striker has yet to open his account with the Merseysiders. His two goals outside of the Premier League suggests that he still knows where the goal is, but his failure to translate that into the league has definitely hampered Liverpool’s season.2. Brown Ideye – West Brom – Cost: £10m; Scored: Zero league goalsNarrowly missing out on being the top flight’s biggest waste of money through transfer fee alone, the Baggies’ record-signing has been nothing short of useless. The Nigerian is yet to even enjoy a regular run in the starting XI, let alone score a goal, such has been his underwhelming presence at the club. With the season only 11 matches old, Ideye has reportedly already sought assurances from the club over his playing future, with suggestions that he is ready to leave.3. Emmanuel Riviere – Newcastle – Cost: £7m; Scored: Zero league goalsIt is perhaps a little unfair to rank the former Monaco man so highly here, but his failure to find the net in seven league appearances for the Magpies is worrying. His £7m fee may not be the highest in the league, but given his relatively frequent strike rate elsewhere, Newcastle would have expected the 24-year-old to find the net at least once.4. Danny Welbeck – Arsenal – Cost: £16m; Scored: Two league goalsIt would have been naïve for anyone to expect Danny Welbeck to be Thierry Henry incarnate upon joining Arsenal, such was his relative profligacy at Man United, but for £16m, Gooners would probably have expected better. Overall, Welbeck has been a reasonably good addition to Arsene Wenger’s squad, but his struggles to adequately lead the attacking line in the way Olivier Giroud does is clear for all to see. While his transfer fee is relatively modest compared to the amounts strikers can move for, his return of just two league goals – against Aston Villa and Hull City respectively – is poor, especially compared to fellow new arrival Alexis Sanchez.Who do you think has been the worst striker signing this season? Comment below… Mario Balotelli has failed to score in the league for Liverpool this season 1last_img read more

For African footballers Russia is a land of false promises

first_imgSoumahoro paid the scout 3,000 euros ($3,500) only to find, like so many before him, that promises of a spot with a Moscow club disappeared like a mirage.He ended up training with a local team in the southern city of Krasnodar until his tourist visa ran out, leaving him adrift with no income in a country with frigid winters and a language he could barely speak.“It was tough, I didn’t know what to do,” he said. “It gets you down as you’ve lost your home club and your dream. In a stroke, you have nothing.”While teams in Russia’s Premier League can sign foreign talent, players in the lower divisions must be Russian or have a hard-to-obtain residence permit.Ernest Akhilomhen was a regular in Nigerian youth squads before leaving at age 16 to try his luck in Russia.He said coaches regularly tell him: “Ernest we like you, we want to sign you, but you have to get the good documents.”Without the correct paperwork Akhilomhen says he must break into the Premier League because it allows foreigners, a dream he stubbornly clings to.“That’s the reason I’m still here: I still have hope,” he said.Several times a week, Akhilomhen meets up at a pitch in the Moscow suburbs with Soumahoro, who coaches the Black Stars, a team he created for African footballers “to stay in shape and keep their hopes up”.– Scams and dreams –Players of the Black Stars, a team created for African footballers, train at a pitch in the Moscow suburbs © AFP / Maxim ZMEYEVEvery year some 6,000 African minors quit West Africa looking to make it with a European club, according to the charity Foot Solidaire.It’s difficult to estimate the number of adults who make the same journey.In villages and towns across the continent, young footballers seduced by the promise of an international career hand over sums that put entire families into debt, said Christophe Gleizes, author of the book “Magic System: Modern Slavery of African Footballers”.“They are well-developed scams with official papers signed by clubs: Spartak, Zenit… The traffickers exploit the confidence and the dreams of these kids,” he told AFP.Gleizes said the vulnerable young Africans were “ready to do anything for a better life”.“The El Dorado of European football makes them blind.”Russia, host of the June 14-July 15 World Cup, is an increasingly popular destination such scams as tourist visas are relatively easy to obtain and its top league is considered a springboard to big European clubs.– Small jobs –Mouhamed Kone arrived in Russia with an agent’s promises of introductions to a top club and manager ringing in his ears. Two years later, he’s still waiting and has run out of hope.“I don’t have any papers, I lost my passport,” said the young Malian. “Each time I see the police I get very afraid.”Fellow Africans helped him find an small apartment which he shares with eight others. The 17-year-old hangs up advertisements in a town north of Moscow to pay the rent and eat.He can earn up to 50 euros per week at best, and often brings home half that.“I wouldn’t encourage anyone to come to Russia to have career in football,” he said.Other Africans find work cutting hair, washing dishes in restaurants or as extras in films in order to earn enough to eat.For his part, Soumahoro earns his way with football, by training Muscovites, both kids and adults.But eight years after he arrived in Russia, he still hopes that one day he’ll be noticed by a Premier League side.“If your have your goal, with or without papers, you can achieve it. The solution is in your dreams.”0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Many African players who come to Russia with promises of lucrative careers end up with their dreams shattered © AFP / Maxim ZMEYEVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 10 – As football’s top stars arrive in Russia chasing World Cup glory, young African players lured to the country with promises of lucrative contracts say that for them it is a place of scams and shattered dreams.“We are the team of false promises,” said Ismael Soumahoro, who was 16 and playing in Ivory Coast’s top flight when a scout convinced him “football is Africa is good but it would be better to take my chances in Europe.”last_img read more

Man United £70m bid, Arsenal swoop, Liverpool for ex-Gunner, Guardiola sacked? Sunday’s gossip

first_imgHere is a selection of stories from today’s newspapers…Manchester United are pondering a £70m bid for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. (Daily Mail)United’s Marouane Fellaini is being tapped up by agents for a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League. (Daily Star)Arsenal believe Mesut Ozil will stay at the Emirates, despite reports of interest from Barcelona. (Sunday Telegraph)Arsenal are interested in Leicester’s N’Golo Kante. (Mirror)Bayern Munich could sack Pep Guardiola before the end of the season, because the management in Munich are unhappy about his impending appointment as Manchester City boss, despite the German club chasing major honours on all fronts. (Express)Guardiola would like to sign Austria left-back David Alaba from Bayern for City, and it’s reported he would cost a world record £40m for a full-back. (Daily Star)Manchester City may use Wilfried Bony, Jesus Navas or Eliaquim Mangala as part of a deal to sign John Stones from Everton. (People)Yaya Toure will decide his future in the summer, according to Manuel Pellegrini. (Express)Liverpool are keeping tabs on Borussia Moenchengladbach’s former Arsenal trainee, Norwegian defender Havard Nordtveit. (People)Tottenham are close to securing a deal that would see them play Premier League matches at Wembley and cup games at MK Dons’ stadium, for one season while their new ground is being constructed. (Mail) Sunday’s newspapers 1last_img read more

No lawyers. 12 to a cage. Bagram: The other Gitmo

first_imgWhile an international debate rages over the future of the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the military has quietly expanded another, less-visible prison in Afghanistan, where it now holds some 500 terror suspects in more primitive conditions, indefinitely and without charges. Pentagon officials have often described the detention site at Bagram, a cavernous former machine shop on an American air base 40 miles north of Kabul, as a screening center. They said most of the detainees were Afghans who might eventually be released under an amnesty program or transferred to an Afghan prison that is to be built with U.S. aid. But some of the detainees have already been at Bagram for as long as two or three years. And unlike those at Guantanamo, they have no access to lawyers, no right to hear the allegations against them and only rudimentary reviews of their status as “enemy combatants,” military officials said. Privately, some administration officials acknowledge that the situation at Bagram has increasingly come to resemble the legal void that led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling in June 2004 affirming the right of prisoners at Guantanamo to challenge their detention in U.S. courts. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant While Guantanamo offers carefully controlled tours for members of Congress and journalists, Bagram has operated in rigorous secrecy since it opened in 2002. It bars outside visitors except for members of the International Committee of the Red Cross, and refuses to make public the names of those held there. The prison may not be photographed, even from a distance. From the accounts of former detainees, military officials and soldiers who served there, a picture emerges of a place that is in many ways rougher and more bleak than its U.S. counterpart on Cuba. Men are held by the dozen in large wire cages, the detainees and military sources said, sleeping on the floor on foam mats and, until about a year ago, often using plastic buckets for toilets. Before recent renovations, they rarely saw daylight except for brief visits to a small exercise yard. “Bagram was never meant to be a long-term facility, and now it’s a long-term facility without the money or resources,” said one Defense Department official who has toured the detention center. Comparing the prison with Guantanamo, the official said, “Anyone who has been to Bagram would tell you it’s worse.” Former detainees said the renovations had improved conditions somewhat, and humans rights groups said reports of abuse had declined steadily there since 2003. Nonetheless, the Pentagon’s chief adviser on detainee issues, Charles D. Stimson, declined to be interviewed about Bagram, as did senior detention officials at the U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in Afghanistan. The military’s chief spokesman in Afghanistan, Col. James R. Yonts, also refused to discuss detainee conditions, other than to say repeatedly that his command was “committed to treating detainees humanely, and providing the best possible living conditions and medical care in accordance with the principles of the Geneva Conventions.” Other military and administration officials said the growing detainee population at Bagram, which rose from about 100 prisoners at the start of 2004 to as many as 600 at times last year, according to military figures, was in part the result of a Bush administration decision to shut off the flow of detainees into Guantanamo after the Supreme Court ruled that those prisoners had some basic due-process rights under U.S. law. The question of whether those same rights apply to detainees in Bagram has not yet been tested in court. Carlotta Gall, Ruhullah Khapalwak and Abdul Waheed Wafa contributed reporting from Afghanistan for this article. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

COMMUNITY NEWS: RAPHOE BOXING CLUB PURCHASE LAND FROM DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL

first_imgRAPHOE NOTES: Raphoe Family Resource Centre:“100 Club” Weekly Private Members Draw Winners for week 21:1st Prize: €50 Ann Ross2nd Prize: €30 Liam Doran3rd Prize: €20 Catherine Toner As you know the National Lottery will soon be adding 2 extra numbers to the weekly draw resulting in more possible combinations. As the lottery draw stands at present punters have an eight million to one chance of winning the jackpot! Not so with the Family Resource Centre’s weekly 100 Club Draw where you have a 33 to 1 chance of winning a prize! We have three prizes up for grabs each week with only 100 subscribers. After 20 weeks of the draw 29 people have won once, 2 have won on 3 occasions, 14 have won twice, and one family has won a total of 8 prizes between them while another family has received 5 prizes between them. So what are you waiting for? A few lines have become available for the draw so if you would like the opportunity to be in with a one-in-three chance of winning a weekly prize please contact us on 074-9145796/087-364150. Lines cost €2.00 each.Little smiles with big dreamsLittle Smiles with Big Dreams is a parent and toddler group that meets every Wednesday morning at 10:30am – 12 noon in the Family Resource Centre.  Anyone who is in care of a child whether an aunt / uncle/ child-minder or grandparent is welcome.  The kiddies can get involved in messy play, free play, story time and music time where the adult can enjoy a cuppa tea and meet other adults.  Parent and Toddler Groups are a great way to enhance your little one’s confidence and meet others of their age.A light lunch is provided at a small cost of 50 cent per family.Raphoe Walking Group The Walking Group meets every Thursday morning at 10.30am.  All abilities are catered for. And an important element of the group is coming in afterwards to have a chat and a cuppa! The weather hasn’t been too kind to our walkers throughout July and indeed for the first two weeks of August so let’s all hope for an Indian summer to get back out on the roads again. New members are always welcome so please feel free to join us on Thursday mornings!Afterschool Programme RegistrationYes, we know the summer isn’t yet over and sorry for reminding you that back to school is just around the corner! Registration for our afterschool programme and youth café will take place on Tuesday 1st September from 3.00-5.00pm. Looking forward to seeing you then.Date for your diary: Free Stress Control Workshops During the month of September the Family Resource Centre in association with Donegal Mind Wellness Project will be hosting a series of workshops on stress control with the first workshop taking place on Monday 7th September from 7.30-9.00pm.  We all live in stressful times and situations. Recognising and understanding stress and its triggers and how it can impact on our lives is key to building resilience and strengthening our ability to cope. These workshops aim to help you manage your stress at home and in the workplace and will be of benefit to you personally as well as assisting you in supporting others. The workshops are free of charge. You won’t be obliged to speak, just to listen, learn and practice. No need to book so just come along and bring a friend.Young Carers GroupAre you a young carer? Do you help to take care for someone at home who has an illness, disability, substance misuse, mental health difficulty or bereavement? The Loft Youth Project hosts a Young Carers Group for 12-18 year olds on Saturday mornings at 16-18 Port Road, Letterkenny. For further information please contact 074 9129630 or 087 1255246.Raphoe Boxing ClubRaphoe Boxing Club has now purchased the land on which the Club House is built from Donegal C. Council and we would like to extend sincere thanks to local solicitor, Donough Cleary and Company and Councillor Frank Mc Brearty for all their efficient work carried out with the transaction. Their support is greatly appreciated.The Raphoe Club is now reopened after the summer break with Head Coach, Gary Mc Cullagh and his assistants on hand every Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights from 6-9pm when all new and former members are welcome to attend.Best wishes and every success for the future is extended to former boxer, coach and Club Treasurer, John Sweeney and his partner Victoria Mc Connell who are off to Canada in the coming weeks to start a new life. John, a very loyal servant of the Club will be greatly missed by all at the local Club.St. Eunan’s National School 60 Year CelebrationsSt Eunan’s NS Raphoe is celebrating its 60 year anniversary. We will be hosting the celebrations in September/ October 2015. This is a perfect opportunity to promote local history to our children in a fun and interesting way. We are looking for local people to help us organise the event and to pass on their expertise on the history of the school. If you are interested contact Anita Keeve at St Eunan’s NS, on 074 91 45764. As part of this event the children are tracing past pupils all around the world and indeed Ireland. If you have a relative or friend who is a past pupil and who does not now live in Raphoe, it would be great if you could encourage them to send the students a postcard telling us about where they now live and their memories of St Eunan’s NS.Raphoe Tidy Towns C.E Project Job Vacancies for September 2015For 7 General Operatives with Raphoe Tidy Towns & 1 Community Newsletter Assistant. The above vacancies will be available with Raphoe Tidy Towns DSP Community Employment Project in September 2015. Hours per week 19.5. If you are interested please contact the Supervisor at the Volt House Office on 9145692 or 0879473527 for further information on the vacancies or call into the Tidy Towns Office for an application form.Please note that the Dept. of Social Protection Community Employment eligibility criteria applies to all posts offered by Raphoe Tidy Towns Ltd. You are free to do other part time work over and above your time on C.E.Please note that items for the Raphoe Notes should be placed in the box provided in the Post Office on or before 12 noon on Fridays. Items can also be emailed to raphoefrc@eircom.net or handed in to the Family Resource Centre, William Street. Items should be submitted at least one week in advance of publication of local press.COMMUNITY NEWS: RAPHOE BOXING CLUB PURCHASE LAND FROM DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL was last modified: August 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:FeaturesnewsNoticeslast_img read more

Job Vacancy: Acquired Brain Injury Ireland require Rehab Assistant

first_imgAcquired Brain Injury Ireland wish to make an appointment to the role of Relief Rehabilitation Assistant in our Letterkenny Service by way of a recruitment competition.The role of the Relief Rehabilitation Assistant is to support people with acquired injury to live valued lives in the supported living unit and to facilitate optimal independence and participation in activities within the home environment and in the community.The ideal applicant should have:- • Excellent interpersonal and team leadership skills.• Experience in Community• A relevant 3rd level qualification in the Human Services sector eg. Health & Social Care desirable.• A caring and client focused personality.• Full driving licence essentialAny eligible candidates who are interested in applying for this position should do so by submitting their CV and cover letter to:Lorraine Maher at the HR Dept. by emailing lmaher@abiireland.ie(Internal Recruitment competition ref: LKRA2016) Applications should be received on or before close of business on 23rd October 2016All informal enquiries to be directed to bkeegan@abiireland.ieJob Vacancy: Acquired Brain Injury Ireland require Rehab Assistant was last modified: October 18th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Warriors to give Draymond Green “some time off”

first_imgDALLAS — The Warriors and Draymond Green have agreed it is best for him not to play. No, the Warriors maintain this is not another twist in the aftermath of his spat with Kevin Durant. Instead, the Warriors have reported that Green continues to feel pain in his right toe and right foot.“We decided to give him some time off,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “We don’t know how long it will be. But the toe [injury] has been lingering.”Therefore, the Warriors (12-4) have sidelined Green for …last_img

Honda to raise prices of its three models up to 2.6 percent

first_imgHonda Cars India said it would raise the prices of its three models Brio, Jazz and City by up to 2.6 per cent with effect from October 1, mainly due to rising input costs.”The prices have been revised due to rising input costs, inflationary pressures and increase in freight as a result of increase in diesel prices,” the company said in a statement on Monday.The small car Brio is now priced between Rs 4.05 lakh and Rs 5.23 lakh.The premium compact car Jazz is offered at Rs 5.85-6.41 lakh. The company now sells its flagship sedan City at Rs 7.25-10.46 lakh.All the prices are as per Honda Cars Indias official website and are for ex-showroom, Delhi.It may be noted that the price of small car Brio will increase by just Rs 1,000, of premium hatchback Jazz by Rs 15,000 and price of City sedan will go up by Rs 1,000 to Rs 6,000. The prices of sedans Civic, Accord and sports utility vehicle, ‘CRV’, remains unchanged.Honda will reportedly be launching an automatic version of Brio and CNG version of City to woo the buyers during the festive season.According to reports, the passenger vehicle sales grew 7.42 per cent to 10,49,961 in the first five months of this fiscal, with passenger car growth remaining almost flat in the same period.With PTI inputslast_img read more

Sarfraz’s 61 takes Pakistan to Champions Trophy semifinal

first_imgPakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed celebrates after winning the match against Sri Lanka.   –  Reuters COMMENTS SHARE Pakistan will meet Group A toppers England in the first semifinal on Wednesday Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed celebrates after winning the match against Sri Lanka.   –  Reuters June 12, 2017 Published oncenter_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL cricket COMMENT × Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed (61) cracked a gritty unbeaten fifty as Pakistan survived some tense moments before notching up a thrilling three-wicket win over Sri Lanka in their must-win Group B match to enter the semifinals of the ICC Champions Trophy here today.Pakistan will meet Group A toppers England in the first semifinal on Wednesday at the same venue.Chasing a modest 237 to win, opener Fakhar Zaman (50) cracked a 36-ball 50 at the top but Pakistan suffered an inexplicable collapse to slip to 162-7. Finally, it was Sarfraz Ahmed, who played a resolute captain’s knock to take Pakistan home. The wicket-keeper batsman shared 75 runs with Mohammad Amir (28) for the 8th wicket as Pakistan overhauled the target with 31 balls to spare.Sri Lankan seamers, led by Nuwan Pradeep (3/60), produced a disciplined bowling performance but some sloppy fielding, which included two drop catches of Sarfraz, cost them the match.Earlier, Fast bowlers Hasan Ali (3/43) and Junaid Khan (3/40) claimed three wickets each, while Amir (2/53) and Fahim Ashraf (2/37) accounted for two wickets to help Pakistan bowl out Sri Lanka for 236 after electing to field.Opener Niroshan Dickwella (73) and skipper Angelo Mathews (39) added 78 runs for the fourth wicket but Amir and Junaid took two wickets each in the space of 3.2 overs as Sri Lanka lost four wickets for six runs to slip to 167-7.Lower-order batsmen Suranga Lakmal (26) and Asela Gunaratne (27) offered dogged resistance to take Sri Lankan innings close to the 250-run mark. They added 46 crucial runs for the eighth wicket.Fakhar gave Pakistan a flying start as he alongwith Azhar Ali shared a 74-run opening partnership in 11.1 overs. Fakhar blasted eight boundaries and one six to score his fifty but he top-edged a Nuwan Pradeep delivery next to Gunaratne at fine leg as Pakistan lost their first wicket in the 12th over.Pakistan then lost three quick wickets — Babar Azam (10), Mohammad Hafeez (1) and Azhar Ali (34) to slip from 92-1 to 110-4 in the 20th over. Shoaib Malik (11) and Imad Wasim (4) also coudn’t last long and perished in consecutive overs as Pakistan slumped to 137-6 in 25.4 overs.Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, who was dropped twice in the 39th and 41st over off Malinga, made good use of the chances to produce a match-winning innings and in company of Amir took the team home.Earlier, Danuhska Gunathilaka (13) was scalped early by Junaid but Dickwella and Kusal Mendis (27) stitched a 56-run stand to keep Sri Lanka going.Things looked settled for the Island nation before Hasan Ali came up with a fiery spell, in which he troubled Mendis with pace and bounce before eventually bowling him out. It brought Dinesh Chandimal to the crease but his stay was reduced to just two balls as the batsman dragged one from Fahim Ashraf onto his stumps, going for a drive.Two wickets in three balls, however, did not bother Sri Lanka much as Dickwella remained solid at the other end and soon completed his half-century with a single off Mohammed Hafeez. Skipper Mathews supported his colleague with a patient knock. The two batsmen rotated the strike quite easily, which not only kept the scoreboard ticking, but also put pressure back on Pakistan.Frustration grew among Pakistan players with Mathews and Dickwella raising a resolute 78-run stand for the fourth wicket in 16.1 overs.Amir was brought into the attack and he delivered with his second ball, getting rid of Mathews, who miscued a shot and dragged it onto his stumps.It was the first wicket of the tournament for Amir and it came at a crucial time for Pakistan. Junaid sent back new man Dhananjaya de Silva (1) and Amir returned to dismiss Dickwella, who fell to a sensational low catch by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed. Junaid saw the back of Thisara Perera to rattle the Lankan innings.last_img read more