July 3, 2020
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first_imgNottingham: Mohammad Hafeez saluted Pakistan’s “total team effort” after they stunned hosts England with a 14-run victory over the tournament favourites at Trent Bridge on Monday. Hafeez earned the man-of-the-match award for his influential innings of 84 from 62 balls as he punished England for dropping him when he was on 14. The 38-year-old also took the key wicket of England captain Eoin Morgan, slowing the run chase before Pakistan held on despite centuries for Joe Root and Jos Buttler. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun It was a remarkable result for Pakistan, who made 348-8, just days after they were thrashed by the West Indies in their first match of the tournament at the same venue. On that occasion, Pakistan were bowled out for just 105, but they proved a much tougher against England and Hafeez put that down to the whole squad sticking together and producing their best at key moments. “Everyone was believing we could do this. We were playing good cricket but not winning crucial stages of the game,” he told Sky Sports. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up “Everyone chipped in today and gave everything which was required to win the game. “We needed one winning performance and then everyone contributed accordingly. It was a total team effort. It is a very happy dressing room.” Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed echoed Hafeez’s assessment of his unpredictable team’s against-the-odds triumph and singled out leg-spinner Shadab Khan. “It was a great team effort. Bowlers bowled really well. We tried a couple of different things. We started with Shadab because we know their openers are not good against spin,” he said. “Fielding is a very important part. In the last ODI series it was different. Today we feel better and we bowl better.” – Bitter blow – =============== It was a bitter blow for England after they made a flying start by crushing South Africa in their opening game. That 104-run win was hailed as proof that England, the ICC’s top ranked one-day international side, could win the World Cup for the first time. Root admitted England had only themselves to blame for an unusually sloppy display featuring dropped catches and careless dismissals. “Very disappointed if I’m being honest. One thing we have to make sure we don’t do is panic and go away from what’s been so successful for us,” Root said. “Credit to Pakistan, they played some really good stuff, I thought it was a great game of cricket. “We probably just left a little too much to do at the end. That’s probably my fault.” Insisting England will emerge stronger from their surprise defeat, Root added: “We’ve been nowhere near our best cricket throughout these two games, so with that still to come we feel like we’re in a good place.”last_img read more

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The energy sector remains the key driver of economic activity in the provinceCALGARY — Canada’s economic growth is being driven by resource-rich Western provinces, according to a Bank of Montreal report released Tuesday.Alberta leads the pack, with the bank predicting 3.5% real GDP growth this year, falling back a bit to 2.9% in 2013.“The energy sector remains the key driver of economic activity in the province, with crude bitumen production up 16% year-over-year through the first half of the year, and the Energy Resources Conservation Board expecting oil sands output to more than double by 2021,” said economist Robert Kavcic.The energy sector’s strength has attracted workers from elsewhere in Canada to Alberta, which has the country’s lowest unemployment rate at 4.4%.But BMO Kavcic says the industry faces some risk.“Cost pressures could again pick up, though oil sands operations are generally viewed as economical at prices above US$80 (per barrel),” he said.“Also, wrangling over new pipeline capacity continues.”[np-related]Production from the Bakken, a massive oil deposit that stretches through parts of Montana, North Dakota and Saskatchewan, is filling up existing pipelines and causing Canadian producers to get a lower price for the heavy crude they produce.“Estimates suggest that production in Western Canada could be negatively impacted by 2015/16 if there is not enough new pipeline capacity put in place.”BMO says Canada’s overall real GDP growth is expected to be 2.2% in 2012, with the Western provinces all topping that rate.Saskatchewan, where oil and gas extraction and potash and uranium mining are big economic drivers, is expected to see growth of 3.1% this year.For British Columbia, it sees real GDP growth of 2.5% and for Manitoba, growth of 2.6%.Further east it’s a different story. BMO sees Ontario posting growth of two per cent and the economies of Quebec and the Atlantic provinces growing at less than two per cent in 2012.The report says fiscal restraint, the high loonie and sluggish U.S. demand are putting a damper on growth in Central Canada.Kavcic noted some cause for optimism in Ontario’s auto sector.“Auto producers continue to invest in North America and, despite a strong currency and higher labour costs compared to the southern U.S. and Mexico, Ontario is no exception,” he said.“Toyota, for example, is expanding production at its Woodstock assembly plant — a project worth about $100-million and 400 jobs. Plus, the CAW and Big Three automakers recently reached new four-year contract agreements. Output in the auto sector was up a solid 20 per cent year-over-year through August.”Also Tuesday, the International Monetary Fund trimmed its global growth forecasts in its quarterly economic outlook.The IMF predicts the global economy will expand 3.3% this year, down from the estimate of 3.5% growth it issued in July. Its forecast for growth in 2013 is 3.6%, down from 3.9% three months ago and 4.1% in April.The Canadian Press read more

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