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Amla stands firm as Sri Lanka chase victory COLOMBO: New skipper Hashim Amla is once again proving to be a thorn in Sri Lanka's side as the home side's spin attack continues to press for a series-levelling victory on the final day of the second test against South Africa on Monday.Amla, who top scored for his team in the first innings with 139 not out, was unbeaten on 24 from 146 balls as South Africa went to tea on 104 for four wickets, clinging on to their last six wickets rather than chasing the 369 runs needed for victory.Faf du Plessis (six) was the other not out batsman at the interval after surviving a first-ball dismissal when he successfully reviewed an lbw decision given against him off left-arm spinner Rangana Herath.Sri Lanka also missed a golden opportunity to dismiss Amla on 13 when opposing skipper Angelo Mathews dropped him at second slip as he prodded at a Herath ...

Mercedes team order came from panic, says Lauda BUDAPEST: Mercedes panicked in asking Lewis Hamilton to move over for Nico Rosberg in Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix and the Briton was right to ignore the request, according to Niki Lauda.The Formula One team's non-executive chairman, himself a triple world champion, refused to blame Hamilton and told reporters he would have done exactly the same in the circumstances."The team was under enormous stress," he said of an incident that became a major talking point after ...

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 ...

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 ...


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