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Stan Wawrinka and Nick Kyrgios will renew their rivalry when they meet in the Dubai Championship semi-finals on Friday. Novak Djokovics surprise withdrawal from the event means the pair will take centre stage with a first meeting since the Montreal Masters last year.In Canada, Wawrinka was forced to withdraw with the Aussie 4-0 up in the third and final set - although the match will mostly be remembered for Kyrgios sledging his opponent with some unsavoury remarks. The pair have one win apiece from their two previous showdowns and are both bidding for a second title of the year in the absence of the world number one. Djokovic out in Dubai World number one forced to withdraw Djokovic withdrew from his quarter-final after losing the first set against Feliciano Lopez, complaining of a problem with his eye, so the tournament will seek a new champion for the first time since 2008 - the Serb and Roger Federer have won the last seven events.Kyrgios has been in sparkling form for the last couple of weeks, winning his first ATP Tour title in France when claiming the Open 13 in Marseille and now, despite being unseeded, he has moved into the last four in Dubai, seeing off third seed Tomas Berdych in straight sets on Thursday. The 20-year-old got the better of Berdych for a second week in succession and he was pleased to overcome some injury and illness scares of his own.I wasnt in the greatest shape. I think I got a bit of food poisoning last night. I was really surprised with the performance I gave out there today to come out there and beat a quality player and in tough conditions. Its probably my favourite win over the past couple of weeks, Kyrgios said.Its tough, especially with Tomas. Hes so diligent with everything he does. Hes so professional. So for me to come out there and put in a great performance like that, I just took my chances when they came.Wawrinka eased past Philipp Kohlschreiber in their quarter-final; after a tight opening set he raced through the second without losing a game as he looks to add to the title he won in Chennai earlier this year. Kyrgios ousts Berdych Aussie continues fine form in Dubai Spaniard Lopez was the beneficiary of Djokovics exit and next up for him will be the mercurial Marcos Baghdatis in the second match on court.Lopez advanced to his first semi-final of the season following Djokovics unfortunate withdrawal - the sixth seed has also seen off Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Lukas Rosol to reach the last four. Marcos Baghdatis is bidding for a first title since 2010 Baghdatis was at his brilliant best on Thursday to see off two-time winner this season Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets - the second seed he has beaten having dumped out Viktor Troicki in the first round.However world number 24 Lopez will have to overcome a 1-3 record against Baghdatis if he is to remain on course for a first singles title since Eastbourne in 2014.The pair have not met since Indian Wells in 2012 when the Cypriot was a comfortable straight sets winner - Lopezs only victory a fourth round epic at Wimbledon in 2008.Baghdatis has not won a title since Sydney in 2010, while he has only made one final since 2011 but he is likely to have the majority of the crowd support behind him when they take to the court in the second semi-final.You can follow all the action from Dubai live on Sky Sports 3 from 1pm on Friday. Dubai Championships - Order of Play Nick Kyrgios v Stan Wawrinka Feliciano Lopez v Marcos Baghdatis Also See: Djokovic withdraws in Dubai Kyrgios sees off Berdych Air Max 720 España Baratas . Then the Pacers gave Oladipo and his Orlando teammates the cold shoulder. Paul Georges buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter spurred a 21-4 run, finally sending Indiana past the Magic 97-87 in a tougher-than-expected opening night matchup. Air Max 720 Baratas . -- Jaye Marie Green shot a 4-under 68 on Thursday to increase her lead to five strokes after the second round of the LPGA Tours qualifying tournament. http://www.airmax720baratas.es/ . Francis told several hundred members of the European Olympic Committees that when sport "is considered only in economic terms and consequently for victory at every cost . Air Max 720 Baratas Online . He was followed closely by David Clarkson, donning red, seconds later. 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To our dismay we found that many of the names that rolled deliciously off our tongues just did not have enough wickets to qualify under stodgy criteria such as minimum number of wickets, etc. So we said, to hell with all that - let us just enjoy ourselves writing about our favourite chinaman and mystery bowlers - the non-conformists, conjurors and sleight-of-hand purveyors.The left-arm chinaman is a mirror image of the right-arm leg break - bowled by turning the wrist so that the ball turns the opposite way to left-arm finger spin. When bowled back of the hand, it becomes the googly, it turns the other way. We identified 10 chinaman bowlers as we trawled through the history of the game. Even if you were to add up all the wickets taken by the chinaman bowlers it would be less than a combined tally of Bedi and Underwood. There are 45 left-arm spinners who have more than 40 wickets each but just four chinaman bowlers who meet this criterion. The strike-rate of the chinaman bowler is superior (a wicket every 70 balls as compared to 79 for the orthodox left-arm); the bowling average is similar, 31.6 as compared to 31.2. The difference is that while the 45 left-arm spinners have taken over 4800 wickets in 1605 matches, the 10 chinaman bowlers have played only 184 matches to take 427 wickets.Old timers had the great fortune to see the peerless Garry Sobers bowl a lot of this stuff. In fact they were so fortunate that they saw that genius bowl left-arm fast, slow orthodox and chinaman all on the same afternoon. His 235 test wickets are a wonderful mix of all three. In the fifties, Johnny Wardle played for England. A maverick - and that sat badly in England - he bowled orthodox finger spin in England, but served up chinaman and googlies abroad. He bowled the way his heart dictated and he bowled really well - 28 Tests, 102 wickets at a strike rate of 65 balls per wicket. His average of 20.39 is the best for any post-war spinner who has over 100 wickets. In our statistical analysis, he is second-best among left-arm spinners since 1900 (min. 50 wickets) which is awesome. But he rubbed the administrators and his captain Peter May the wrong way. He would have played a lot more games for England but for Mays preference for his Surrey team-mate Tony Lock.Time for a lovely story: Johnny Martin who played for Australia in the sixties bowled his chinaman very slowly through the air. In a Sheffield Shield match, Martin beat a batsmen all ends up and struck him on the back foot in front of the stumps. To his utter disgust, the Umpire turned down his appeal. Martin asks the umpire: Whats wrong, ump, isnt he in front? Umpire: Yes son, he is. Martin: Then why isnt he out? Umpire: Because the ball wouldnt have reached the stumps, Johnny!Why is it that most of the chinaman bowlers are from Australia? Is there something in the Australian air that makes spinners bowl back-of-the-hand wrist spin rather than finger spin? Just as they have given cricket so many famous legspinners from Mailey to Warne and MacGill, so too have they provided us a line of chinaman bowlers, from Fleetwood-Smith to Hogg. Strangely, Australia hardly has a worthy presence among orthodox left-arm spinners.Fleetwood-Smith (10 Tests, 42 wickets) in spite of some sterling performances in the 1930s is unfortunately best remembered as the bowler who conceded the highest number of runs in an innings - one for 298 out of an England score of 903 for 7. This was The Oval tesst where Hutton made 364.ddddddddddddMuch later, Lindsay Kline (13 Tests, 34 wickets) and Martin (eight Tests, 17 wickets) had their unforgettable moments too: Kline took a hat-trick against South Africa in 1957 but his moment of glory was as a No. 11 bat for Australia in the famous 1960-61 series against West Indies. Coming in as the last batsman he stayed for more than 100 minutes with Slasher Mackay to earn Australia a draw in Adelaide. More than the fact that he lasted against Hall, Sobers, Worrell and Gibbs for that long, what was amazing was that he was practicing at the nets in the afternoon against similar bowling for more than an hour as if anticipating what he would be called upon to do later that day! Immediately after, he was dropped for the final Test - typical of Australian cricket, no sentiment at all.Martins moment came in the same series. After the famous Tie in Brisbane, Australia won the second Test comfortably in Melbourne, thanks to Davidson and Martins bowling. In a golden spell, Martin removed Kanhai, Sobers and Worrell in four balls. Had he done it in three, it would surely have ranked as the grandest hat-trick ever!Time once more to pull the leg of the chinaman bowler: This story was told with great relish by Dileep Sardesai. In the fourth Test in Barbados of Indias landmark tour of West Indies in 1971 - the series belonged as much to Sardesai as it did to Gavaskar - India were 70 for 6 and Sardesai was left with Solkar to repair the damage. Sobers, the West Indies captain, had Inshan Ali their chinaman bowler on at one end. Now, for the Indians this slow bowler was a far happier proposition and not wanting Sobers to change him, Sardesai and Solkar decided that in every Inshan Ali over they would deliberately appear to be beaten by the odd delivery, as though they had failed to pick him. Sardesai chortled that the extended spell to Inshan Ali actually helped the Indian cause. Knowing Sardesai, this could well be a true story!Not much need be said about the chinaman bowlers of the last 25 years. We have watched them in close detail on TV. None more so than Paul Adams of South Africa, perhaps the only bowler to have ever had his face towards the umpire while delivering! His action - called frog in the blender - caused great consternation to the English batsmen when he was first unleashed. But batsmen sorted him out in time, because although Adams bowled good length and line he became too predictable. Nevertheless, by the time he finished he had 134 wickets in 45 matches. More recently, we have seen Hogg - tongue hanging out - bowl for Australia. Katich bowls too but we think that he should be bowled a lot more by Ponting.It is surprising that the sub continent that produced left-arm orthodox spinners (Vinoo Mankad, Bishan Bedi, Dilip Doshi and Iqbal Qasim come to mind), does not have a single chinaman bowler in its Test history. The one chinaman bowler who could have played for India was a wonderfully gifted bowler from Hyderabad - Mumtaz Hussain. A contemporary of Gavaskar, Mumtaz promised a lot when he made his name in university and Ranji Trophy cricket with a mesmerizing mix of orthodox left-arm, chinaman and the googly. He was so difficult to read that the keeper had to devise a set of hand signals to read him. Sadly within a couple of seasons Mumtaz had greatly reduced his chinaman and bowled mainly orthodox finger spin. Soon - for it was the time when Bedi ruled - Mumtaz faded away into the anonymity of first-class cricket. It is probably the closest that India came to having an international chinaman bowler. ' ' '

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