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Cricket: South Africa bat against India in World T20 semi-final

South Africa's captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and elected to bat against India in the World Cup semi-final in Dhaka on Friday. Du Plessis returned to lead the Proteas after being forced to sit out of the previous match due to a one-game suspension for slow over-rates. India retained the same side that beat Australia in their last league match, keeping opener Shikhar Dhawan and seamer Mohammed Shami on the bench. The winner will meet Sri Lanka in Sunday's final. Sri Lanka knocked out defending champions West Indies in the first semi-final on Thursday.

Cricket: Moores, Newell in contention for England post

Lancashire coach Peter Moores has emerged as a leading contender to become the new England cricket coach, although Nottinghamshire's Mick Newell has also made clear his interest. The duo are on a four-man shortlist along with current England limited-overs coach Ashley Giles and Trevor Bayliss, as the race to succeed Andy Flower hots up. Moores previously served as England coach from May 2007 until January 2009, when the breakdown of his relationship with then captain Kevin Pietersen forced the England and Wales Cricket Board to act.

Cricket: Sri Lanka offers $1 mln bonus to win T20

The Sri Lankan team will be handed a million dollar bonus if they can shake off their reputation as chokers in the final of the World Twenty20 this weekend, the country's cricket board announced Friday. The day after the players won a rain-affected semi-final against the West Indies, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said it would treble the money it had previously promised if they return home from Bangladesh with the trophy.

Cricket: Rain stops play in World T20 semi-final

Heavy rain stopped play in the World Twenty20 semi-final between Sri Lanka and the West Indies in Dhaka on Thursday. The West Indies, chasing Sri Lanka's 160-6, were 80-4 in 13.5 overs when the weather interrupted the match. Marlon Samuels was unbeaten on 18 and Darren Sammy was on nought, but Sri Lanka were 27 runs ahead on the Duckworth-Lewis method at that stage. If there is no further play, Sri Lanka will be declared winners. The second semi-final between India and South Africa will be played in Dhaka on Friday. The final is scheduled for Sunday.

Cricket: Pakistan's Hafeez quits T20 captaincy

Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez stepped down as Twenty20 captain on Thursday after the team's failure to qualify for the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. Pakistan went out from the Super-10 stage after a disappointing 84-run defeat against the West Indies on Tuesday, failing to reach the last four for the first time in five editions of the tournament since its inception in 2007. Hafeez said he accepted responsibility for the early exit.

Cricket: Sri Lanka in final after rain dashes Windies hopes

Sri Lanka reached the final of the World Twenty20 with a 27-run win over West Indies, the defending champions, after the first semi-final was ended by rain on Thursday. Set a challenging 161-run target, the West Indies were well short on the Duckworth-Lewis method when a thunderstorm stopped play after 13.5 overs at the Shere Bangla stadium in Dhaka. West Indies, who would have needed 108 to win on the D/L method, were 80-4 when play was halted. The win was sweet revenge for Sri Lanka who lost the 2012 final in Colombo to the West Indies.

Cricket: Sri Lanka in final after rain dashes Windies hopes

Sri Lanka reached the final of the World Twenty20 with a 27-run win over West Indies, the defending champions, after the first semi-final was ended by rain on Thursday. Set a challenging 161-run target, the West Indies were well short on the Duckworth-Lewis method when a thunderstorm stopped play after 13.5 overs at the Shere Bangla stadium in Dhaka. West Indies, who would have needed 108 to win on the D/L method, were 80-4 when play was halted. The win was sweet revenge for Sri Lanka who lost the 2012 final in Colombo to the West Indies.

Cricket: Sri Lanka beat West Indies, enter World T20 final

Sri Lanka defeated the West Indies by 27 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method on Thursday to enter the World Twenty20 final in Dhaka. The West Indies, chasing Sri Lanka's 160-6, were 80-4 in 13.5 overs when a heavy downpour forced the match to be abandoned, with Marlon Samuels on 18 and Darren Sammy yet to score. Sri Lanka were declared winners of the rain-hit semi-final since the West Indies were 27 runs behind the D/L par score of 107. Sri Lanka await the winners of Friday's second semi-final between India and South Africa in Sunday's title clash. kl/dj

Cricket: India say Yuvraj fit for World T20 semi-final

India received a boost ahead of Friday's World Twenty20 semi-final against South Africa when Yuvraj Singh was declared fit following an ankle injury, an official said. The flamboyant cancer survivor hurt his left ankle while playing football with team-mates on Wednesday, but the Indian squad's media manager R.N. Baba said there was no cause for worry. "Yuvraj is fit. He will attend practice," Baba told reporters at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka.

Cricket: Pakistan's Hafeez announces resignation from T20 captaincy

Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez stepped down as Twenty20 captain on Thursday after the team's failure to qualify for the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. Hafeez said he had reached the decision of his own accord following Pakistan's 84-run loss to the West Indies. "I am under no pressure (but) felt that I must step down as leader by taking responsibility and its for the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) to decide who to lead the team," Hafeez told reporters. sh/ia/pj
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