South Africa beat Ireland by 201 runs

(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) Hashim Amla's 20th one-day international century set South Africa on course for its second successive 400-plus total and a 201-run win over Ireland in the Cricket World Cup on Tuesday.

Amla (159) and Faf Du Plessis (109) shared a 247-run second-wicket stand before Rilee Rossouw (61 not out) and David Miller (46 not out) added an unbroken 110-run stand in the last eight overs to lift South Africa to 411-4, beating its own mark - set last Friday - for the second-highest cup total.

It also made South Africa the first team to post back-to-back totals above 400 in ODIs.


Afghanistan face tough test at the WACA

PERTH, Australia (AP) The assignment couldn't get much tougher for Afghanistan, taking on Australia at the fast and furious WACA ground only four days after the four-time Cricket World Cup champions lost to co-host New Zealand and a few days before they play Sri Lanka.

Afghanistan is playing at the World Cup for the first time in the 50-over format, and its experience in the international arena spans little more than a decade. Yet the Afghan team has grown in confidence since its thrilling one-wicket win over Scotland that secured its first win tournament victory. (MORE)

Pakistan seeks batting form against UAE

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Pakistan's need for an emphatic batting performance and United Arab Emirates' determination to prove itself against top teams means there is unlikely to be much fraternal goodwill when the teams meet in a Cricket World Cup Pool B match at Napier's McLean Park on Wednesday.

Nine members of the United Arab Emirates squad are Pakistan-born, but insist they won't be overawed or inclined to go easy when they take on a Pakistan team that faces elimination from the tournament unless it finds form quickly. (MORE)

Australia play down Cummins injury

PERTH, Australia (AP) Cricket Australia responded to reports of an injury to Pat Cummins by saying the 21-year-old pace bowler had picked up a "slight" strain in the one-wicket loss to New Zealand at the World Cup on the weekend.

On its website, Cricket Australia said Cummins would be monitored ahead of Wednesday's Pool A match against Afghanistan in Perth after medical scans cleared him of any serious problems. (MORE)

England face Bangladesh showdown

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) After its third loss to a top-tier team at the Cricket World Cup, England now faces the uncomfortable prospect of a sudden-death match against Bangladesh in which the winner will likely progress to the quarterfinals.

England's poor run continued in Wellington on Sunday when it was easily beaten by Sri Lanka, which cruised past its total of 309 with nine wickets to spare, thanks to unbeaten centuries by Kumar Sangakkara (117) and Lahiru Thirimanne (139). (MORE)

Sri Lanka hammer England by nine wickets

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Sri Lanka cruised to a convincing 9-wicket win against England in its World Cup Pool A match on Sunday, powered by unbeaten centuries from Kumar Sangakkara, who smashed 117 off 86 balls, and opener Lahiru Thirimanne, who scored 139.

Sri Lanka reached 312 for the loss of just one wicket and with two overs to spare in Wellington. England's total of 309, which included a century by Joe Root, was barely a par score on a pitch that favors batsmen and has relatively short boundaries. (MORE)

Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 20 runs

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Mohammad Irfan used his height to full effect to take four wickets as Pakistan defended a low total against Zimbabwe to get its World Cup campaign back on track with a 20-run victory on Sunday.

The gamble to drop experienced batsman Younis Khan in favor of Rahat Ali to bolster the bowling attack paid off on the fast, bouncy wicket at the Gabba, after coming into question when Pakistan was restricted to 235-7 after winning the toss and batting. (MORE)

Suranga Lakmal fined over full tosses

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Sri Lanka fast bowler Suranga Lakmal has been fined for breaching cricket's Code of Conduct by bowling two high full tosses in the last over of his team's World Cup match against England on Sunday.

Match referee David Boon fined Lakmal 30 percent of his match fee after the player admitted "conduct contrary to the spirit of the game." (MORE)

Injured arm no threat to McCullum

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) New Zealand coach Mike Hesson says an arm injury suffered by captain Brendon McCullum in Saturday's Cricket World Cup match against Australia "looks okay" and he should be fit to play in New Zealand's next match against Afghanistan.

Hesson said McCullum "looks like Popeye" - a reference to the cartoon sailor with bulging forearms - after being struck on the arm by Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson during the match which New Zealand won by one wicket. (MORE)

Cool-headed Williamson gets NZ home

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) As Kane Williamson's career has grown in stature over the past 12 months, he has established himself not just as a consistent batsman but a cool head and a man for a crisis.

He had to be all of those things on Saturday as he struggled - alone - to hold together a decaying New Zealand innings and lead his team to a one-wicket win over Australia in a thrilling clash between the Cricket World Cup co-hosts. (MORE)

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