Sport Digest, November 25, 2012

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 25 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 25 November, 2012, 2:10am

Battler Al Hasan makes Windies wait for win

Bangladeshi allrounder Shakib Al Hasan followed his four wickets with a fighting 97 to delay West Indies' likely win in the second and final test in Khulna yesterday. The 25-year-old left-hander missed his third test hundred by a mere three runs but carried the home team from a precarious 82-5 to 262-6 at close on the fourth day, still needing 35 to avoid an innings defeat. Shakib fell off the first ball of the penultimate over of the day, miscuing a lofted shot off left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul and was caught at mid-off for a simple catch to Tino Best. Shakib added a new Bangladesh versus the West Indies record of 144 for the sixth wicket with Nasir Hossain who supplemented the fight with an aggressive 64 not out. Paceman Best (3-26) had put the West Indies on course for an innings victory with a triple strike in the post lunch session but Shakib and Nasir ensured Bangladesh did not go down without a fight. AFP


Hamilton on pole for season finale

Lewis Hamilton won the pole position for the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix yesterday, while Formula One leader Sebastian Vettel will start fourth and title challenger Fernando Alonso only eighth. Hamilton set a lap of 1 minute and 12.458 seconds with his McLaren at Interlagos, just in front of teammate Jenson Button. Vettel's Red Bull teammate Mark Webber will start third after a lap of 1:12.581. AP


Third of NHL matches cancelled by lockout

More than a third of the NHL regular season games have now been called off after the league announced its latest round of cancellations on Day 69 of its labour lockout. All games through December 14 were wiped out, and All-Star Weekend, scheduled for January 26-27 was lost too. AP