Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 7 wickets

(AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Opener Dimuth Karunaratne smashed a half-century to help Sri Lanka complete a comprehensive seven-wicket win over Pakistan in the second cricket test Monday to level the three-match series 1-1.

Needing 153 to win with rain looming on the final day, the Sri Lankan batsmen reached the victory target in 26.3 overs before lunch at the P.Sara Oval.

"The boys showed a lot of character after the defeat in Galle," Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said after the match.


Rahane to lead India for Zimbabwe tour

NEW DELHI (AP) Batsman Ajinkya Rahane has been chosen to lead a second-string India side for an upcoming limited overs tour of Zimbabwe, national selectors announced on Monday.

The 27-year-old Rahane was named as captain for the three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 games in Harare, with regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and vice-captain Virat Kohli among those rested by selectors. (MORE)

CWC generated $1B Australian dollars

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Cricket World Cup generated more than 1 billion Australian dollars ($770 million) for the economies of host countries Australia and New Zealand when it was held in February and March.

An economic impact study released Tuesday by the International Cricket Council also said the tournament created the equivalent of 8,320 full-time jobs and attracted 145,000 visitors to the countries solely to watch cricket. (MORE)

Australia, NZ to play 1st day-night test

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) Australia and New Zealand will play the first day-night test cricket match when the southern hemisphere rivals meet in the last match of a three-game series in November.

Cricket Australia said in a statement Tuesday that the test at the Adelaide Oval starting Nov. 27 will be the first to be played under lights and with a pink ball that "will be used to ensure greater visibility for players and spectators." (MORE)

Australians beat Kent by 255 runs

CANTERBURY, England (AP) Australia's Ashes squad began its preparations for the forthcoming series with a convincing 255-run win over English county side Kent on Sunday.

The four-day tour match ended with the tourists having made 507-8 and 322-4 before declaring in both innings, while Kent replied with scores of 280 and 294. (MORE)

Sangakkara to retire during India series

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lanka's star batsman Kumar Sangakkara said Saturday he will retire from international cricket during the home series against India in August.

The 37-year-old left-hander will retire after the second of the three test matches in the series. (MORE)

ICC suspends membership of United States

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) The International Cricket Council board has unanimously suspended the membership of the USA Cricket Association with immediate effect.

World cricket's governing body said it acted Friday after discussing a report from its Review Group, which expressed "significant concerns about the governance, finance, reputation and cricketing activities of USACA." (MORE)

Kiwi McCullum signs new 1-year deal

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Captain Brendon McCullum has agreed a new one-year deal with New Zealand Cricket, quelling rumors of retirement and ensuring he will lead the Black Caps in home and away test series against Australia next summer.

McCullum will sit out New Zealand's coming tours to Zimbabwe and South Africa to recover from an intense workload around this year's Cricket World Cup. (MORE)

Confident Bangladesh heads to S. Africa

NEW DELHI (AP) The one-time easy beats of South Asian cricket have just turned a corner, with an impressive series win at home against continental powerhouse India. South Africa, watch out!

Almost 30 years since its first foray into the top limited-overs cricket arena, Bangladesh has matured into a consistent, competitive team capable of beating anyone on home turf. A recent string of 10 victories on home soil by Bangladesh should be warning enough for fourth-ranked South Africa when it embarks on a tour of two tests and three ODIs next month. (MORE)

Zaheer Abbas takes over as ICC president

BARBADOS (AP) Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas has taken over the ceremonial role of ICC president for a one-year term.

The ICC Annual Conference in Barbados on Wednesday approved Abbas' nomination and encouraged member countries to appoint former leading players to the role. (MORE)

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