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Posted at: Dec 5, 2018, 1:45 AM; last updated: Dec 5, 2018, 1:45 AM (IST)BRIEFLY

Azhar leads Pak fightback, Hafeez retires from Test

Abu Dhabi

Azhar Ali's resolute half-century helped Pakistan reach 139/3 in reply to New Zealand's 274 on Day 2 of the third and final Test here today. Azhar, who finished the day unbeaten on 62 off 169 balls, helped Pakistan recover from the loss of two early wickets to trail New Zealand by 135 runs with seven wickets remaining. Asad Shafiq was unbeaten on 26 after the pair shared an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership of 54. Later, Pakistan's seasoned batsman Muhammad Hafeez announced his retirement from Test cricket. "It is a personal decision and I have not taken it under any pressure. I have no regrets taking this decision," he said. The 38-year-old Hafeez made his Test debut in 2003, and has scored 3,644 runs at an average of 38.35, with 10 hundreds to his kitty. 

Kochi
Kerala Blasters play out 1-1 draw against Jamshedpur 

A maiden home win continued to elude a wasteful Kerala Blasters FC as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Jamshedpur FC in an Indian Super League encounter here on Tuesday. Carlos Calvo put Jamshedpur ahead from the spot in the 66th minute before Seiminlen Doungel's equaliser in the 77th minute ensured the spoils were shared .

New Delhi
PKL: Gujarat Fortunegiants thrash Patna Pirates 45-27          

Gujarat Fortunegiants registered a resounding 45-27 win over Patna Pirates in a Pro Kabaddi match to become the second team to qualify for the play-offs.  Parvesh Bhainswal produced a superb defensive show as he scored eight tackle points. Sachin and Prapanjan contributed nine raid points each to lead their team to victory. — Agencies

Buenos Aires
River Plate confirm flight to Madrid for Libertadores final

The River Plate team will leave for Spain on Wednesday to play the second leg of the highly controversial Libertadores Cup final, the club announced on Monday. In a statement to the South American football federation CONMEBOL, the Argentinian club said the team would leave for Spain "Wednesday at 1400 local time in a charter flight from Ezeiza airport". River Plate had earlier said it was opposed to moving Sunday's match against fierce local rivals Boca Juniors from Buenos Aires to the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid. Coach Marcelo Gallardo had called it "absurd", adding that his side had lost home advantage. 

Paris
Paris police force postponement of PSG game 

Paris Saint-Germain's home Ligue 1 game against Montpellier on Saturday has been postponed after a request from police in the French capital, the club said on Tuesday. The match was due to be played at 4:00 pm at the Parc des Princes. No reason was given for the postponement but it is likely to be down to security concerns. 

Manchester
Manchester Utd up against a revitalised Arsenal

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho expects a difficult test against Arsenal on Wednesday but he suggested that his opponents may be fresher because they are playing in the Europa League. They are seventh with 22 points but Mourinho backed his side to leapfrog Everton and secure a top-6 finish.

Monaco
IAAF maintains Russia's athletics ban 

The governing body of world athletics maintained Russia's ban from track and field over mass state-backed doping, citing two conditions before the powerhouse can return to international competition. Rune Andersen, head of the IAAF's taskforce on Russia, said Russian authorities, in the form of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, had to grant access to data from testing of samples at a Moscow laboratory from 2011 to 2015 and also pay the IAAF's costs. — Agencies

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