• England bat, ring changes; Pakistan bring in Abid Ali, Shaheen Afridi
  • Afghanistan opt to bowl; Rashid, Nabi and Mujeeb return

Guptill ton leads New Zealand to 294

Toss New Zealand 294 for 5 (Guptill 102, Williamson 61, Taylor 61) v Sri LankaLive scorecard and ball-by-ball details Martin Guptill brought up his tenth ODI hundred in the company of Ross Taylor, who made 61 © Getty Images Martin Guptill struck his most measured, but most substantial innings in a rich series, and Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor contributed 61 apiece, as New Zealand made a competitive 294 for…

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Amla defies England to bat through day

Hashim Amla batted through the third day in Cape Town as the South Africa captain took the lead role in repelling England’s quest for an unassailable series lead. England managed just one wicket on a day of hard graft as dropped catches loomed as costly to their hopes of going 2-0 ahead in the four-match series. Steven Finn deservedly earned the one reward of the day, when AB de Villiers…

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Finn cannot fault bowling efforts

Steven Finn said England’s bowlers could do no more as they were limited to just one wicket on the third day of the second Test against South Africa in Cape Town. The 26-year-old made the only breakthrough today, having AB de Villiers caught by James Anderson at midwicket 12 runs short of a century, as the Proteas’ batsmen held firm. Skipper Hashim Amla led from the front with an unbeaten 157, having…

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Sri Lanka bowl in bid to level series

Toss Sri Lanka chose to bowl v New ZealandLive scorecard and ball-by-ball details Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews chose to bowl first at Bay Oval, stating that the “wicket looks extremely hard and there’s a bit of grass as well”. Kane Williamson, standing in for the injured Brendon McCullum once again, also expected the pitch to offer assistance to the seam bowlers early in the match. For that reason Sri…

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Chibhabha special derails Afghanistan

Zimbabwe 226 (Chibhabha 53, Moor 52, Rashid Khan 3-43, Hamza 2-31) v Afghanistan 161 (Shahzad 45, Shahidi 31. Chibhabha 4-25, Cremer 2-38) by 65 runsScorecard and ball-by-ball details Chamu Chibhabha’s four wickets, including that of the in-form Mohammad Shahzad, pulled the plug on Afghanistan’s chase © Chris Whiteoak Zimbabwe were defending 30 less than a total that was single-handedly gunned down by Mohammad Shahzad last week. On Monday, Shahzad was…

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Misbah 85 gives SNGPL slender lead

United Bank Limited 208 and 17 for 1 trail Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited 238 (Misbah 85, Akmal 44, Adil 4-39) by 13 runsScorecard File photo: Misbah-ul-Haq stroked his third consecutive first-class fifty © Getty Images Misbah-ul-Haq‘s third consecutive half-century and 88th in first-class cricket proved crucial, as Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited collected a 30-run lead against United Bank Limited in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final in Karachi. SNGPL, who…

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BBL raps Gayle for 'disrespectful' interview

Chris Gayle had an awkward interview with Channel Ten’s Mel McLaughlin © Getty Images Melbourne Renegades batsman Chris Gayle has come in for strong criticism for his comments towards a television presenter in an interview during his side’s victory over Hobart Hurricanes at Bellerive Oval, with Anthony Everard, the head of the BBL, promising action against the batsman. Channel Ten, the broadcaster, also confirmed that Gayle would not be involved…

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Manohar, Thakur in potential conflict situations

Play 04:08 ‘Detailed recommendations on conflict of interest’ Every member of the BCCI’s top brass, including its president and secretary, could potentially be involved in situations of conflict of interest, going by the Lodha Committee’s yardstick. The committee has dedicated five pages of its report to the issue of conflicts, detailing its various forms and illustrating with various examples where not just the BCCI and state association administrators, but even…

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For transparency and oversight, RTI and independent watchdogs

Play 04:49 ‘Restricting state association voting rights good move’ Two of the biggest problems with the BCCI as it currently exists are its lack of transparency and lack of accountability. The Lodha Committee report could blow that out of the water: It seeks to bring the BCCI under the Right to Information Act, a path-breaking federal law that makes the working of high-profile organisations open and accessible to the public,…

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Lodha panel recommends forming players' association

Play 03:27 Joshi: Players’ association not just for collective bargaining Among the more sweeping of the Lodha committee’s recommendations is a players’ association, intended as a “necessary” mechanism for addressing player concerns. It would be radical because India is the only Test-playing nation not to have a players’ association – and has not contemplated one in the recent past. The BCCI has historically opposed the idea and two earlier attempts…

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