Pages

Saturday, 26 January 2013

South Africa beat New Zealand by one wicket

A six from Ryan McLaren off the final delivery and a rapid 116 by Graeme Smith helped South Africa to a thrilling one-wicket victory over New Zealand in the third one-day international on Friday.

The Proteas, who came into the game having already lost the three-match series 2-0, had been set a target of 261 after half-centuries from Grant Elliott (54), Colin Munro (57) and James Franklin (53 not out) had steered New Zealand to 260 for nine in their 50 overs. Man-of-the-match Smith's knock seemed to have put the home side on course for victory but a lower-order collapse meant they required three off the final delivery with just one wicket in hand. However, a six over fine leg from all-rounder McLaren (25 not out) gave South Africa their first victory of the series and ensured they avoided a whitewash. New Zealand had already claimed their first ODI series on South African soil but still went wholeheartedly for the final victory as they won the toss and elected to bat.

Sri Lanka beat Australia by 5 wickets in first T20

David Warner's unbeaten 90 went in vain as Sri Lanka beat Australia by five wickets in the first Twenty20 International on Saturday to go 1-0 up in the two-match series.

Shot-making was not easy on the drop-in pitch at Sydney's Olympic Stadium but Warner blasted an unbeaten 62-ball 90 in a brilliant display of controlled aggression to power Australia to 137 for three wickets.

Kushal Perera (33) and captain Angelo Mathews (35 not out) shone with the bat for Sri Lanka before Thisara Perera (19 not out) clobbered back-to-back sixes to see the visitors home with seven balls to spare.

West Indies Cricket Board wants coach Gibson to continue

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) says Ottis Gibson will be offered a second contract as head coach of the West Indies team when his term expires in March.
The WICB says the decision to retain his services and team manager Richie Richardson was arrived at during a meeting of directors in St. Lucia last weekend. However, Gibson, who travelled to Australia on Wednesday with the West Indies squad for their five-match ODI series, has yet to accept the deal.