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Herath chokes South Africa with spin COLOMBO: Rangana Herath picked two key wickets with his left-arm spin as South Africa struggled to save the second Test against Sri Lanka on a rain-hit fifth and final day Monday.Herath got rid of Quinton de Kock (37) and AB de Villiers (12) to restrict South Africa to 104-4 at tea. The visitors, who trail by 265 runs, need to bat a minimum 29 overs to avoid defeat.The bowler, who had accounted for Alviro Petersen's wicket on Sunday, returned impressive figures of 3-24 off 27 overs.Skipper Hashim Amla (24 not out) though stood like a rock at one end, having occupied the crease for close to three hours on a deceptively turning wicket.Chasing a target of 369, South Africa batted with only an intent to draw the game and preserve their 1-0 lead in the two-Test series after having won the opening match in Galle. Even if they draw the ...


South Africa 104-4 at tea on day five COLOMBO: South Africa were 104-4 at tea in their second innings on the fifth and final day of the series-deciding second Test against Sri Lanka on Monday.Skipper Hashim Amla was batting on 24 with Faf du Plessis on six.South Africa, chasing a target of 369, require 265 more runs with six wickets in hand. The Proteas lead the two-Test series 1-0 after winning the opener in Galle by 153 runs.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Kazakhstan wants Tour de France PARIS: After Kazakhstan won the Tour de France, the Central Asian state now wants to host the Tour, a top official said Monday.Rejoicing after Vincenzo Nibali of the government-backed Astana team clinched victory on Sunday, Kairat Kelimbetov, president of Kazakh Cycling, told AFP his country wants to host the start of the race like England did this year.Kelimbetov, who is also head of Kazakhstan's central bank, said the idea may seem "a joke" now but ...

South Africa lose opener on rain hit final day COLOMBO: South Africa lost opener Dean Elgar before heavy rain stopped play on the fifth and final day of the series-deciding second Test against Sri Lanka on Monday.Elgar was dismissed by off-spinner Dilruwan Perera in the truncated start-stop first session that saw the visitors add 17 runs off seven overs.The downpour led to an early lunch with the Proteas placed at 55-2 while chasing a target of 369. They require 314 more runs with eight ...

Battling Cook and Ballance put England in control SOUTHAMPTON: Under-fire captain Alastair Cook made a courageous 95 and Gary Ballance struck a fine century to put England in control at 247 for two on the first day of the third test against India on Sunday.Ballance was unbeaten on 104 at the close and beleaguered captain Cook survived a dropped catch to silence his critics with a battling knock after making a brave decision to bat first. Ian Bell (16 not out) and Ballance ...

Alonso keeps Ferrari sweet with second place BUDAPEST: Fernando Alonso gave himself an early birthday present, and kept Ferrari sweet, after finishing second in Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix. The result was the Spaniard's best result of the year, after a third place in China, and came at the circuit where he took his first win in Formula One with Renault back in 2003. Last year Alonso earned himself a rebuke from Maranello on his 32nd birthday, the day after he finished fifth ...

Isner downs Sela to retain Atlanta ATP crown ATLANTA: Top-seeded John Isner won his second straight Atlanta ATP title on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over unseeded Israeli Dudi Sela.Isner fired 15 aces and broke Sela twice in the 71-minute encounter, remaining unbeaten in three career contests with Sela.Isner nabbed his ninth ATP title and a second Atlanta crown. His triumph over South African Kevin Anderson in last year's title match came after runner-up finishes to Mardy Fish in 2010 and 2011.But ...


 



 
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