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Australia beat South Africa by 2 wickets

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SYDNEY (AP) Australia survived a late batting collapse to return to the top of the world one-day international rankings with a two-wicket win over South Africa on Sunday in the final game of a five-match series.

The victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground concluded a 4-1 series win for Australia ahead of the World Cup it will co-host with New Zealand in less than three months.

Shane Watson's 82 runs, 76 from opener Aaron Finch and player-of-the-series Steve Smith's 67 appeared to set the platform for a comfortable victory as Australia looked to easily reach its rain-adjusted target of 275 in 48 overs under the Duckworth-Lewis method.


Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe in 2nd ODI

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AP) Left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny claimed his career best 4-29 to spin Bangladesh to a 68-run win over Zimbabwe in the second one-day international on Sunday.

Captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza chipped in with 3-34 as Zimbabwe was bowled out for 183 in pursuit of Bangladesh's 251-7. (MORE)

Australia chase down 268 for series win

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Steven Smith's sterling 104 and James Faulkner's late unbeaten 34 led Australia to a three-wicket victory over South Africa and the one-day international series victory by three matches to one on Friday.

A century partnership by Smith and Matthew Wade (52) helped Australia recover from 98-5 to finish at 268-7 with six balls to spare at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and give the hosts the series win ahead of the fifth and final match on Sunday at Sydney. (MORE)

Pakistan hold on to draw second test

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Pakistan survived an unexpected top-order collapse to draw the second test with New Zealand after being set a tricky target of 261 in 72 overs on the last day Friday.

Trent Boult's (2-12) twin strikes left Pakistan reeling at 75-4 before top-scorer Younis Khan (44) and Asad Shafiq (41 not out) combined for 74 runs to help guide their team to a safe 196-5 with five overs unused. (MORE)

Shakib stars in Bangladesh win

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AP) Shakib Al Hasan became the 12th cricketer to smash a century and claim four wickets in a one-day international as Bangladesh comfortably beat Zimbabwe by 87 runs in the series opener on Friday.

The allrounder picked up 4-41 to help Bangladesh bowl the visitors out for 194 after his 101 guided the side to a strong 281-7. (MORE)

New Zealand reduced to 167-6 on day four

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Pakistan spinners polished off New Zealand's top order to leave the Black Caps struggling at 167-6 for an overall lead of 177 runs after Sarfraz Ahmed hit a gallant century in the second test on Thursday.

Ahmed's brilliant 112 with 16 fours lifted Pakistan to 393 on the fourth day as he shared a record 81 runs with Rahat Ali for the last wicket stand and narrowed the Kiwis' lead to just 10 runs. (MORE)

Ahmed century propels Pakistan to 393

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Sarfraz Ahmed smashed his third test century of the year in a record last-wicket stand as Pakistan conceded a 10-run first-innings lead to New Zealand in the second test.

Ahmed made a gallant 112, containing 16 boundaries, before he was caught and bowled by New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum on Thursday and Pakistan was bowled out for 393 soon after lunch on the fourth day. (MORE)

CA hopeful Clarke will play in 1st test

SYDNEY (AP) Cricket Australia is hopeful test captain Michael Clarke will recover from his injured left hamstring in time to play the opening match against India in two weeks.

Australian team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said Thursday it was still not clear how long Clarke, who was not present for Thursday's injury update, would be out of action. (MORE)

Hussey to captain side against England

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) Retired Australian cricketer Mike Hussey will once again take to the pitch - for one match, at least - when he captains a Prime Minister's XI side against England in January.

The match will be played Jan. 14 at Manuka Oval, four days before England's opening match of a one-day international tri-series that also includes Australia and India. (MORE)

Hafeez confident he has a legal action

ISLAMABAD (AP) Pakistan offspinner Mohammad Hafeez believes he doesn't extend his elbow beyond the allowed 15 degrees and will be cleared of a suspect bowling action in England next week.

Match officials reported Hafeez's bowling action after Pakistan won the first test against New Zealand by 248 runs last week when the offspinner bowled 22 overs. (MORE)

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