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South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 19 runs in the first T 20

South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 19 runs in the first T 20 played in at Centurion yesterday. Batting first South Africa scored 126 runs for the loss of 5 wickets.


India starts building the world's biggest cricket stadium.

India has started building the world's biggest cricket stadium that will accommodate 110,000 spectators and cost around 100 million dollars. Since the capacity of Kolkata's Eden Gardens was reduced as part of a major rebuilding project, Melbourne Cricket Ground has held the title of the sport's largest stadium with seating for around 100,000. But speaking at a ground-breaking ceremony on Monday in western Gujarat state,

officials said a new stadium in the city of Ahmedabad would be able to welcome 110,000 people. Gujarat Cricket Association vice president Parimal Nathwani put the overall cost of the project at seven billion rupees, saying the venue would house other facilities.

Sri lanka Demoralized as South Africa make it 3 in a row

South Africa beat Sri Lanka in the 3rd and final test by an innings and 118 runs.  With this win South Africa has clinched the series 3-0.  South Africa made 426 in their first innings.  Sri Lanka in reply made 131 in their first essay and were all out for 177 in their 2nd innings. 

Amla hits ton in 100th Test as South Africa reach 338-3 against Sri Lanka

Hashim Amla made a century in his 100th Test match as he and  JP Duminy put South Africa in command on the first day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka yesterday. South Africa reached 338 for three at the close of play, with Amla unbeaten on 125 at the Wanderers Stadium. Duminy made 155 before he was caught at second slip off Lahiru Kumara in the penultimate over of the day, ending a third wicket partnership of 292. Amla became the eighth player and second South African after former captain Graeme Smith to mark 100 Tests with a hundred. Today is the 2nd day of the match.  

Ronaldo favourite, to be named the world's best player at the inaugural Best Fifa Football Awards.

Cristiano Ronaldo is favourite to be named the world's best player at the inaugural Best Fifa Football Awards ceremony in Zurich today. Real Madrid forward Ronaldo beat rival Lionel Messi to win the Ballon d'Or award for a fourth time last month.

Fifa ended its six-year collaboration with magazine France Football for the Ballon d'Or award last year. Barcelona's Messi and Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann have also been nominated for the men's prize.

India wins under 19 Asia Cup Championship

India won the under 19 Asia cup cricket championship last night by defeating host Sri Lanka by 34 runs in the finals which was played at R.Premadasa Stadium. Batting first after winning the toss India scored 273 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 50 overs. In reply Sri Lanka could only score 239 runs all out in 48.4 overs. Sri Lanka’s last 5 wickets were fallen for 38 runs. Abhishek Sharma who was also the man of the match bagged 4 wickets.

Pakistan falls short of record run chase in Australia

Pakistan fell short of completing a world record run chase in the first Test against Australia in Brisbane. The tourists, set a target of 490, began the final day on
382 for the loss of 8 wickets and were on target for
a famous victory until Asad Shafiq fell for 137 at 449 for the loss of 9 wickets.

Yasir Shah was run out by Steve Smith's direct hit from second slip four balls later as the home side won by 39 runs. The record for the highest successful Test chase is West Indies' 418 for the loss of 7 wickets to beat Australia in Antigua in 2003.

However, Pakistan's 450 all out equals the third highest score made in the fourth innings of any Test. Man of the match Shafiq, who reached his century just before the end of day four, had expertly shepherded the tail, sharing half-century stands for the seventh, eighth and ninth wicket, the first time this had happened in a Test,
with Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah.

But when Shafiq fended off a Mitchell Starc bouncer to David Warner at gully, the Australians were swiftly able to wrap up victory in the 22nd over of the final day of this day-night encounter as Yasir fell after skipper Smith's direct hit caught him out of his crease.

Cricket bats to be thin

The MCC World Cricket Committee has responded to growing concerns about the size of bats by proposing new limits on their dimensions, in a bid to reduce the number of mis-hits off the edge or the toe of the bat flying over the boundary for sixes. The size of bats has been a constant matter of debate at MCC meetings.

In July 2014, the cricket committee had discussed the issue at length, debating the benefit of a greater number of boundaries for television viewers against the fairness of the balance between bat and ball. At that point, the members could not reach consensus, and the law was left as it was. Now, however, the committee believes that enough is enough, and has recommended a new limit of 40 millimeters for the edge of the bat, and 67 millimeters to the spine.

Bolt says 200-meter world record is now likely beyond him

Usain Bolt has stated again he does not plan to run the 200 meters in his final season, realizing that his world record of 19.19 seconds is now likely beyond him.


Football world rallies around Brazilian club team

The football world has rallied around a Brazilian club which lost most of its players in a plane crash in Colombia. Only six of the 77 people on board the charter plane, carrying members of the Chapecoense team, survived the crash. The team was flying to what was billed as the biggest match in their history, the final of the  
Copa Sudamericana. Their opponents, Colombian team Atletico Nacional, have offered to concede the game to ensure Chapecoense are declared the champions. In a tweet, the club also asked that fans to turn up to their stadium at the time which the game was scheduled, dressed in white.

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