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Cricket: Pakistan strive to keep momentum against Sri Lanka

In-form Pakistan are seeking to build on their recent thrilling one-day triumph in South Africa when they take on dangerous but rusty Sri Lanka in a five-match series starting in the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday. Pakistan last month sealed their first-ever ODI series win against the Proteas, beating them 2-1 just weeks after a 4-1 drubbing against the same opposition in the UAE.

Cricket: Dilshan blitz helps Sri Lanka win final T20

Tillakaratne Dilshan smashed an unbeaten 74 off 51 balls as Sri Lanka defeated South Africa by six wickets in the final Twenty20 game Tuesday to retain their number one ranking in the short format. The hosts, already down 0-2 in the series, launched a spirited chase of South Africa's challenging 163-3 to win the day-night game in Hambantota with 11 balls to spare. South Africa won the series 2-1, making amends for the 1-4 defeat in the preceding one-dayers on the tour.

Cricket: Sri Lanka elect to bat against South Africa

Sri Lanka's captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and chose to bat in the fifth and final one-day international against South Africa in Colombo on Wednesday. The hosts, who have an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series, rested Mahela Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga, Upul Tharanga and Rangana Herath for the day-night game at the Premadasa stadium. They were replaced by seamer Suranga Lakmal, spinner Sachithra Senanayake, and young batsmen Angelo Perera and Kusal Perera.

Cricket: South Africa win to stay alive in Sri Lanka series

David Miller and Lonwabo Tsotsobe played key roles as South Africa stunned hosts Sri Lanka by 56 runs in the third one-dayer in Pallekele on Friday to stay afloat in the five-match series. Miller plundered a robust 85 not out off 72 balls to steer South Africa to 223-7 after unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis had reduced the tourists to 154-7 in the 42nd over. Tsotsobe then ripped through Sri Lanka's top order with three wickets in the space of six runs before finishing with 4-22 as the hosts were bundled out for 167 in the day-night game.

Cricket: South Africa win to stay alive in Sri Lanka series

David Miller and Lonwabo Tsotsobe played key roles as South Africa stunned hosts Sri Lanka by 56 runs in the third one-dayer in Pallekele on Friday to stay afloat in the five-match series. Miller plundered a robust 85 not out off 72 balls to steer South Africa to 223-7 after unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis had reduced the tourists to 154-7 in the 42nd over. Tsotsobe then ripped through Sri Lanka's top order with three wickets in the space of six runs before finishing with 4-22 as the hosts were bundled out for 167 in the day-night game.

Cricket: South Africa elect to bat in key match

South Africa's captain AB de Villiers won the toss and elected to bat in the crucial third one-day international against Sri Lanka in Pallekele on Friday. The Proteas, trailing 2-0 in the five-match series, were without star batsman Hashim Amla, who failed to recover from a knee injury suffered in the previous game in Colombo. Amla was replaced by Quinton de Kock, while Farhaan Behardien and Lonwabo Tsotsobe came in for Aaron Phangiso and Chris Morris in a match South Africa must win to stay afloat in the series.

Cricket: South Africa, Sri Lanka seek one-day revival

South Africa and Sri Lanka are hoping to recover from recent setbacks in one-day cricket when they contest a five-match series starting in Colombo on Saturday. Both teams were knocked out in the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy in the United Kingdom despite being rated as two of the strongest contenders in the eight-nation tournament. The Proteas lived up to their reputation as cricket's "chokers", a tag outgoing coach Gary Kirsten said was fully justified following the semi-final defeat against England at the Oval in London.

Cricket: Sri Lanka bat against New Zealand

Sri Lanka's captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and elected to bat against New Zealand in a group A match of the Champions Trophy in Cardiff on Sunday. This is the first match for both teams in the eight-nation tournament. England and Australia are the other two sides in the group, from which two will advance to the semi-finals. England beat Australia in their opening game on Saturday.

Perera leads Sri Lanka to Twenty20 win

KANDY (Reuters) - Opener Kusal Perera hit an explosive maiden half-century off 44 balls to steer Sri Lanka to a 17-run win over Bangladesh in a one-off Twenty20 international in Pallekele on Sunday. Sri Lanka, put into bat, rattled up 198 for five wickets with Perera hitting five fours and four sixes in his 64. Bangladesh finished on 181 for seven. Jeevan Mendis (37) and Thisara Perera (22 not out) provided the final flourish to the Lankan innings.

Cricket: Perera stars in Sri Lanka T20 win

Kusal Perera smashed a brisk 64 to set up Sri Lanka's 17-run victory over Bangladesh in a one-off Twenty20 international in Pallekele on Sunday. The opener, who was named man of the match, hit four sixes and five fours in his 44-ball knock as Sri Lanka posted a challenging 198-5 before restricting Bangladesh to 181-7. Mohammad Ashraful top-scored for Bangladesh with a 27-ball 43 while seamers Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera each bagged two wickets for Sri Lanka. "I am happy about my first win as captain," said Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal.
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