South Africa beat NZ by 6 wickets

(AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Alan Gibson)

MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand (AP) Captain A.B. de Villiers top-scored with an unbeaten 89 as South Africa completed a six-wicket win over New Zealand in a limited-overs cricket international Tuesday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Earlier, Luke Ronchi was New Zealand's last man out for 99 after stalling a middle-order collapse and leading New Zealand to 230 in 45.1 overs. South Africa made 236-4 in reply.

Ronchi reached his highest score in 24 one-day appearances and shared a 74-run last-wicket partnership with Trent Boult (21 not out) which allowed New Zealand to reach a competitive total after it lost three wickets on 68.


Pakistan move to 328-5 at lunch, day two

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq returned to batting form with a resilient half century as Pakistan moved to 328-5 against Australia at lunch on the second day of the first test cricket on Thursday.

Misbah, who scored 67 runs in two tests against Sri Lanka in August, made a defiant 69 from 182 balls before playing a loose drive to legspinner Steve Smith to give Australia its only wicket of the morning session. (MORE)

Khan century carries Pakistan to 219-4

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Younis Khan proved the selectors were wrong to drop him from Pakistan's limited-overs team by hitting a sedate 25th test century on Wednesday as Pakistan reached 219-4 on the opening day of the first test against Australia.

Younis, who had criticized the selectors for axing him from the ODI series against Australia, made 106 off 223 balls before he was trapped lbw by a sharp Mitchell Johnson (3-22) delivery with the second new ball. (MORE)

West Indies seek talks with India

NEW DELHI (AP) Caribbean cricket authorities are seeking urgent crisis talks with their counterparts from India who have vowed to take legal action and suspend bilateral ties in the wake of a player-driven tour cancellation.

The West Indies Cricket Board released a statement after an emergency meeting in Barbados on Tuesday, saying it was "deeply embarrassed by the premature and unfortunate end to the recent tour of India." (MORE)

Williamson to miss rest of SA series

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Batsman Kane Williamson will miss the two remaining matches in New Zealand's limited-overs series against South Africa due to a wrist injury.

Williamson skipped the opening six-wicket loss to South Africa at Mount Maunganui on Tuesday and has subsequently been ruled out of second match at the same venue Friday and the third at Hamilton on Monday. (MORE)

Duminy reflects South African confidence

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) South Africa is poised to take over the top ranking in international limited-overs cricket and allrounder J.P. Duminy says the Proteas are "comfortable" with the way they are tracking toward next year's World Cup.

Duminy scored 58 not out in South Africa's emphatic six-wicket win over New Zealand to open the three-match ODI series on Tuesday and issued a tacit warning to Cup rivals that the Proteas are currently playing well below their best. (MORE)

Sri Lanka name squad for India ODIs

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lanka, minus leading strike bowlers Lasith Malinga and Rangana Herath, on Wednesday named a mixture of experienced players and likely contenders in its 15-man squad for a one-day international series against India starting next week.

The five-match series is not part of the official tour program, but was arranged after West Indies pulled out of its tour to India due to a pay dispute. (MORE)

India sue West Indies for cancelled tour

NEW DELHI (AP) India's cricket board suspended bilateral ties with the West Indies on Tuesday and decided to begin legal action over the abandoned tour of India.

"The BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) will initiate legal proceedings against West Indies Cricket Board due to the abrupt cancellation of this tour," it said in a statement after meeting in the southern city of Hyderabad. (MORE)

Pakistan boosted by second string's win

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Pakistan A's warmup win over Australia has given the senior team a path it hopes will lead to success in the first cricket test starting on Wednesday.

Even without spinner Saeed Ajmal, Pakistan's only world top-10 test bowler, the hosts are expected to rely on spin to gauge how vulnerable the Australians are after they lost the four-day warmup match by 153 runs in Sharjah last week. (MORE)

New Zealand face South Africa in ODIs

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Two of the strongest contenders to win next year's Cricket World Cup, New Zealand and South Africa, begin their preparations for the tournament Tuesday in the first match of a three-match one-day international series.

South Africa captain AB de Villiers said as World Cup co-hosts, New Zealand had to be regarded as one of the leading contenders to lift the trophy next March. New Zealand has also reached the semifinals of the world tournament on seven occasions: a record matched only by co-host Australia. (MORE)

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