Provincial govt. gives green light to PSL final in Lahore

ISLAMABAD (AP) Pakistan's provincial government gave the green light on Monday to plans to organize the Pakistan Super League cricket final in Lahore on March 5 despite a recent attack there which killed at least 13 people.

"The decision was made by chief minister (Shahbaz Sharif) after consulting all the concerned security agencies," Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah said.

Earlier this month doubts were raised over the Lahore final after a new wave of terrorist attacks hit Pakistan. At least 13 people were killed in Lahore when a bomber targeted police escorting a rally by pharmacists.


Australia beats India by 333 runs with 2 days to spare

PUNE, India (AP) Australia won the first cricket test by 333 runs on Saturday with two days to spare in an embarrassing end to India's 20-match unbeaten streak at home.

Chasing an improbable 441 to win in Pune, India was bowled out in its second innings for only 107 runs shortly after tea on day three as Australia took an unexpected lead in the four-match series. (MORE)

South Africa crushes New Zealand by 159 runs in 3rd ODI

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Milestone innings from Quinton de Kock and A.B. de Villiers and superb bowling from Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwaine Pretorius lifted South Africa to a 159-run win over New Zealand in the third one-day cricket international on Saturday and a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

De Kock scored 68 to tie Jonty Rhodes' record of five half centuries in consecutive innings for South Africa and A.B. de Villiers made 85, surpassing 9,000 runs in ODIs as he steered South Africa to 271-8 as it batted first after winning the toss. (MORE)

South Africa beats New Zealand by 159 runs in 3rd ODI

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) South Africa beat New Zealand by 159 runs in the third one-day cricket international on Saturday to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series:

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

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) South Africa won the toss and elected to bat on Saturday in the third one-day cricket international against New Zealand at Wellington.

The five-match series is tied at 1-1 after South Africa won the first match at Hamilton by four wickets and New Zealand won the second at Christchurch by six runs, ending the Proteas winning streak in ODIs at 12. (MORE)

1st test: Smith defies India, Aussies lead by 298 on day 2

PUNE, India (AP) On a stunning day when India was bowled out for 105 and 16 wickets fell, Steve Smith survived three chances to be the 17th to extend Australia's lead to 298 in the first cricket test on Friday.

India's first-innings collapse from 93-3 was a record triggered by spinner Steve O'Keefe's career-best 6-35. (MORE)

1st test: India vs Australia Scoreboard

PUNE, India (AP) Scoreboard Friday at the end of India's first innings on the second day of the first test against Australia at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium:

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Starc's 57 lifts Aussies to 256-9 after day 1 vs India

PUNE, India (AP) Mitchell Starc hit a counter-attacking 47-ball half-century as Australia finished day one of the first test against India at 256-9 on Thursday. Opener Matt Renshaw recovered from an upset stomach to score an invaluable 68.

At stumps, Starc was unbeaten on 57, while Josh Hazlewood was 1 not out. Starc contributed 49 in their 51-run partnership for the 10th wicket. Umesh Yadav took 4-32. (MORE)

Zampa & Klinger star in Australia's 41-run T20 victory

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) Recalled leg-spinner Adam Zampa grabbed 3-25 and veteran Michael Klinger scored a half century as Australia won the third and final Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka by 41 runs on Wednesday.

The 36-year-old Klinger made 62 off off 43 balls and captain Aaron Finch, dropped on zero, scored 53 as Australia racked up 187-6 after Sri Lankan captain Upul Tharanga won his third successive toss and opted to field. (MORE)

India and Australia renew rivalry on bone-dry wicket

PUNE, India (AP) India will take on Australia in the first match of the four test series starting on Thursday, the renewal of a rivalry that has seen some heated exchanges in the past.

Australia won the last encounter at home in 2014-15, while India won at home in 2012-13 by a spanking 4-0 margin. The Indians also suffered a similar embarrassing defeat on the 2011-12 tour, when Australia routed the MS Dhoni-led side. (MORE)