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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.

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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.

Sri Lanka won the Match against West Indies by one run.

Sri Lanka won the Match against West Indies by one run. The match ended in a nail biting finish. West Indies once again showed its weakness on the middle order collapse. Sri Lanka batted first and made 330 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their allotted 50 overs. West Indies in reply made 329 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 50 overs. With this win Sri Lanka reached the finals without any trouble.

Australia suffers 5th consecutive Test defeat this year

South Africa beat Australia by an innings and 80 runs to claim its third successive Test series Down Under today, bowling the home side out for just 161 before lunch on the fourth day. The South African pace duo of Kyle Abbott who took 6 wickets for 77 runs and Kagiso Rabada who bagged 4 wickets for 34 runs did all the damage, with the last eight Australian wickets falling for 32 runs.

This win followed a 177-run victory against Steven Smith's team in the first Perth Test, with South Africa emulating the West Indies teams of the 1980-1990s with three straight series wins in Australia. Kyle Abbot who took 9 wickets for 118 runs in the match was named as the man of the match.

Sri Lanka records 8 wicket victory against Zimbabwe.


Sri Lanka won the OID against Zimbabwe in tri series played in Harare today by 8 wickets. Batted first Zimbabwe scored 154. Sri Lanka passed the victory target in 24.3 overs for the loss of two wickets. Dhananjaya de Silva 78 not out.

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Australians score lowest total in a home test in 32 years

Australia have been bowled out for just 85 runs on the first day of the second Test against South Africa at Hobart which is their lowest total in a home test in 32 years.

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