Cricket

England, NZ coaches differ on T20 internationals

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has come out in strong support of the Twenty20 format, saying it forms a "meaningful" part of the international game.

Hesson was responding to comments from England coach Trevor Bayliss who has called for Twenty20 cricket to be removed from the international schedule and confined to franchise tournaments such as the Indian Premier League or Australia's Big Bash League.

Bayliss, speaking after England's two-run win over New Zealand in a tri-series Twenty20 match on Sunday, said players and coaches risked blowout because of the demands of T20 matches on top of tests and one-day games.

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India wins again as South Africa loses 4 wickets in 1 over

JOHANNESBURG (AP) India's 203-5 was too much for South Africa as the tourists maintained their dominance in the limited-overs games with a 28-run win in the first Twenty20 on Sunday.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, recalled to the India team after a rest, took a T20 career-best 5-24 as South Africa could only muster 175-9 in its response after opting to bowl first. (MORE)

India beats South Africa by 28 runs in 1st T20

JOHANNESBURG (AP) India beat South Africa by 28 runs in the first Twenty20 at the Wanderers on Sunday.

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Sri Lanka completes sweep with Bangladesh win in 2nd T20

SYLHET, Bangladesh (AP) Opener Kusal Mendis smashed a career-best 42-ball 70 as Sri Lanka completed a tour sweep, sealing a 75-run win over Bangladesh in the second and final T20 international on Sunday.

Sri Lanka also claimed the tri-nation one-day trophy and took the test series 1-0 in its one-and-half-month long Bangladesh tour. (MORE)

England beats New Zealand by 2 runs in tri-series T20

HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) New Zealand will face Australia in the final of the Trans-Tasman Tri-Series despite losing to England by two runs in a deciding Twenty20 cricket international on Sunday.

Captain Eoin Morgan returned from injury to help England avoid its fourth-straight loss in the series, scoring an unbeaten 80 from 46 balls and sharing a partnership of 93 with Dawid Malan (53) in England's innings of 194-7. (MORE)

New Zealand wins toss, bowls in tri-series T20 vs. England

HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl Sunday in the tri-series Twenty20 cricket international against England at Seddon Park.

Australia, unbeaten in four matches, has already qualified for Wednesday's series final at Eden Park. New Zealand, with one win, will qualify if it wins tonight and England, with no wins, can qualify with a win but must also overtake New Zealand on run rate. (MORE)

Unstoppable Kohli leads India to 5-1 hammering of SAfrica

CENTURION, South Africa (AP) Virat Kohli led India to a 5-1 series hammering of South Africa on Friday, scoring another magnificent century in an eight-wicket win in the sixth and final one-day international.

Kohli's 129 not out came off just 96 balls, and he reached his century off 82 balls, as India strolled to 206-2 and past South Africa's 204 all out. (MORE)

Record run chase as Australia beats NZ to keep England alive

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) D'Arcy Short hit 76 and David Warner struck a 24-ball 59 on Friday as Australia pulled off the highest successful run chase in Twenty20 international cricket with seven balls remaining to beat New Zealand by five wickets in the trans-Tasman tri-series.

Almost 500 runs were scored overall at Eden Park in an extraordinary display of sustained power-hitting. New Zealand equaled its highest T20 score of 243-6 after choosing to bat first and Australia reached 245-5 with seven balls remaining in reply. (MORE)

NZ wins toss, bats in tri-series T20 vs Australia

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat Friday in a tri-series Twenty20 cricket international against Australia at Eden Park.

Australia, which has already qualified for the series final after winning its first three games, named an unchanged lineup. New Zealand named seamer Ben Wheeler in place of spinner Mitchell Santner, who has a knee injury. (MORE)

Sri Lanka wins 1st T20 over Bangladesh easily

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) Bangladesh's highest Twenty20 total didn't matter as Sri Lanka chased it down with 20 balls to spare to win the opener of the two-match series on Thursday.

After Bangladesh made 193-5, Sri Lanka raced to the win with 194-4, spearheaded by opener Kusal Mendis' maiden half-century, a 27-ball 53. (MORE)