Cricket

SAfrica beats England by 7 wickets, stays alive in series

CENTURION, South Africa (AP) Centuries by openers Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla kept South Africa alive in the one-day series against England as the host won the third game by seven wickets on Tuesday.

Chasing England's formidable 318-8, De Kock made 135 and Amla 127 as South Africa cruised to 319-3 at SuperSport Park, the highest second-innings score in one-dayers at the ground.

South Africa won with more than three overs to spare and without needing captain AB de Villiers, the leading batsman in one-day cricket. De Villiers was there at the end, but was 0 not out after facing just one ball with the work already done for South Africa. Faf du Plessis was 33 not out to apply the finishing touches to a victory set up by De Kock and Amla.

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South Africa beats England by 7 wickets in 3rd ODI

CENTURION, South Africa (AP) South Africa beat England by seven wickets in the third one-day international at SuperSport Park on Tuesday. England leads the five-match series 2-1.

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Rajitha, Shanaka help Sri Lanka beat India by 5 wickets

PUNE, India (AP) Rookie seam bowlers Kasun Rajitha and Dasun Shanaka played havoc on a lively pitch as Sri Lanka beat India by five wickets in their first Twenty20 international in the three-game series.

Rajitha triggered an early collapse by grabbing 3-29 on his debut, while Shanaka ripped through the middle order with 3-16 in only his second T20 to help bowl out India for just 101 in 18.5 overs. (MORE)

Sri Lanka bowls first in opening T20 against India

PUNE, India (AP) Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal won the toss Tuesday and decided to bowl first against India in the first Twenty20 of a three-game series.

India, in fine T20 form with a 3-0 win in a recent bilateral series in Australia, has rested premier batsman Virat Kohli for this series. (MORE)

England wins toss, bats in 3rd ODI vs. South Africa

CENTURION, South Africa (AP) England won the toss and will bat first in the third one-day international in South Africa on Tuesday as it seeks to seal a series victory.

England leads 2-0 and kept the same team that won the first two games. (MORE)

Wicketkeeper Wade not wanted by Australia at World

SYDNEY (AP) Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade has been omitted from Australia's squad for the World Twenty20 tournament in India next month while the selectors have chosen two spin bowlers who have yet to play a Twenty20 international.

Test wicketkeeper Peter Nevill has been preferred to Wade in the 15-man Australia squad named Tuesday, though he has yet to represent his country in a limited overs match. (MORE)

England captain Morgan: Door is shut on Pietersen return

JOHANNESBURG (AP) England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan quashed speculation that Kevin Pietersen might be recalled for the World Twenty20, saying "that door is completely shut" for the country's leading runscorer in all formats.

Pietersen has become a T20 specialist since his acrimonious departure from the England setup following the 2013-14 Ashes series, and the batsman has returned some impressive performances in the South African and Australian T20 leagues. (MORE)

Scotland choose paceman Main over Wheal for World Twenty20

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) Fast bowler Gavin Main was the only player in Scotland's squad for the World Twenty20 who did not tour Hong Kong and Dubai last month.

The 20-year-old Main, spending the winter in New Zealand, replaced 19-year-old paceman Bradley Wheal on Monday in the 15-man squad for the tournament in India next month. (MORE)

New Zealand farewell McCullum with series win vs. Australia

HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) Brendon McCullum marked his last one-day international for New Zealand with a match and series victory over Australia on Monday.

McCullum's farewell seemed likely to be soured by a dramatic batting collapse which saw New Zealand lose its last six wickets for 23 runs to be all out for 246, but the bowlers dismissed Australia for 191 with more than six overs to spare, winning by 55 runs to clinch a 2-1 series victory. (MORE)

New Zealand beats Australia by 55 runs to win ODI series 2-1

HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) New Zealand defeated Australia by 55 runs on Monday to win the one-day series 2-1.

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