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De Kock, Amla centuries help South Africa sink England PRETORIA: Centuries from openers Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla guided South Africa to a seven-wicket victory over England on Tuesday that kept alive their hopes of winning the five-match series of one-day internationals.Joe Root made a sparkling 125 as England, after winning the toss and electing to bat, piled up 318 for eight in 50 overs.De Kock (135) and Amla (127) then amassed 239 for the first wicket to lay the platform before South Africa reached the target with 22 balls to spare to cut their series deficit to 2-1.England, seeking to become the first touring team to win a test and ODI series in South Africa for 14 years, now bid to clinch overall victory in Johannesburg on Friday.De Kock, 23, was particularly brutal as he became the youngest player to record 10 ODI hundreds. He also made an unbeaten ton in the first game in Bloemfontein.Amla cut ...

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Sri Lanka stun India by five wickets in first T20 PUNE: Debutant Kasun Rajitha picked up three crucial wickets to help a depleted Sri Lanka stun the top-ranked Indians by clinching a five-wicket win in the first Twenty20 international in Pune Tuesday.Belying their status as underdogs, the inexperienced Sri Lankan pace attack skittled out their hosts for a paltry 101 in 18.5 overs, India's third lowest score in T20 cricket.After Rajitha took the wickets of India's first three batsman, Dasun Shanaka bagged three other top ...

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Sri Lanka beat India by five wickets in 1st T20 PUNE: A depleted Sri Lankan side stunned India by beating the world number one ranked team by five wickets in the first Twenty20 international in Pune on Tuesday.Debutant medium-pacer Kasun Rajitha and Dasun Shanaka shared three wickets each to skittle out India for 101 in 18.5 overs, one of the host's lowest score in T20 cricket.Skipper Dinesh Chandimal then top-scored with a gutsy 35 to help the islanders reach their target with two overs to ...

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Sharjah pitches to help batsmen making big scores: Sarfraz Ahmad ISLAMABAD: The skipper of the Quetta Gladiators Sarfraz Ahmad termed the defeat against the Lahore Qaladars as "one bad day" in cricket. "This is a wake-up call for our team," Sarfraz Ahmad believes Sharjah Cricket Stadium and the atmosphere will once again bring the best out of his team. "The wicket was different and the pitch looked improved, I think the coming games will produce bigger scores." "Sharjah will be better, the ground is small ...

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Root century boosts England CENTURION: Joe Root hit an assured century as England went in search of a series-clinching win in the third one-day international against South Africa at SuperSport Park on Tuesday.England, leading 2-0 in the five-match series, made 318 for eight after winning the toss.Root made a career-best 125 off 113 balls with ten fours and five sixes, scarcely playing a false stroke.Root shared a second wicket partnership of 125 with Alex Hales, who made 65 off ...

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Umar Akmal believes PSL help to perform in Int'l cricket ISLAMABAD: Lahore Qalandars star batsman Umar Akmal believes that Pakistan Super League will help him perform well in the Twenty20 format."PSL is a good step and we hope it will help us in international cricket," said Umar.Umar scored a blistering 93-run knock off just 40 balls against Quetta Gladiators.When asked if he was disappointed on missing out on his century, Umar said: "I am not at all sad because this is a big score and ...

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Sri Lanka choose to bowl against India PUNE: The visiting Sri Lankans won the toss and decided to bowl in the first Twenty20 international against India at Pune's Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Tuesday.India skipper Mahindra Singh Dhoni's side, looking to cement top spot in the T20 rankings after a recent 3-0 clean sweep over Australia, brought in Ajinkya Rahane for star batsman Virat Kohli, who is being rested for the series.They are facing a depleted Sri Lankan side which has left ...