Cricket

South Africa clinches T20 series against Sri Lanka

CENTURION, South Africa (AP) South Africa held its nerve to win the second Twenty20 and the series against Sri Lanka on Friday despite a late charge by tailender Isuru Udana, who threatened to steal victory.

Udana smashed 84 not out from 48 balls batting at No. 8, but South Africa hung on to win by 16 runs and take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

He clobbered eight fours and six sixes but didn't have enough help at the other end as Sri Lanka finished on 164-9 in reply to South Africa's 180-3.

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Australia thumps Pakistan by 8 wickets in 1st ODI

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) Captain Aaron Finch smashed a century to lead Australia to a thumping eight-wicket win over Pakistan with six balls to spare in the first one-day international on Friday.

Finch made 116 off 135 balls while Shaun Marsh hit an unbeaten 91 as the world champions reached 281-2 in 49 overs. Pakistan missed the pace of Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi, who were among six potential World Cup players rested for the series. (MORE)

Super exciting: South Africa beats S. Lanka in Super Over

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) South Africa beat Sri Lanka in a Super Over to decide a frantic and often farcical first Twenty20 at Newlands on Wednesday.

The teams finish tied in a helter-skelter end to the regulation 20 overs a side after South Africa collapsed from a position where victory seemed certain and had to scramble a single off the last ball of its chase to tie the scores. (MORE)

Afghanistan clinches historic maiden test victory

DEHRADUN, India (AP) Afghanistan notched a historic maiden win in only its second test match when it defeated Ireland by seven wickets in the one-off test ending Monday.

Needing 118 runs, Rahmat Shah scored his second half century of the match and Ihsanullah Janat made 50 in his debut test as Afghanistan reached 149-3 just before lunch on the fourth day. (MORE)

Quetta wins 1st PSL title, beats Peshawar in final

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) Quetta Gladiators won its first Pakistan Super League Twenty20 title on Sunday with a thumping eight-wicket victory over 2017 champions Peshawar Zalmi in the final.

Darren Sammy-led Peshawar, playing in its third straight PSL final, was restricted to 138-8 after being put into bat by Quetta captain Sarfaraz Ahmed. Improving paceman Mohammad Hasnain claimed 3-30 from his four overs. (MORE)

Puyol among thousands to watch PSL final

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) Legendary Spanish footballer Carles Puyol was among thousands of cricket fans at the National Stadium to witness the Pakistan Super League twenty20 final on Sunday.

Puyol, a former Barcelona defender, is in the southern port city of Karachi to promote next month's exhibition matches in Pakistan. (MORE)

Afghanistan needs further 118 to win one-off test

DEHRADUN, India (AP) Leg spinner Rashid Khan grabbed 5-82 before Ireland put up a late show of resistance to set Afghanistan a tricky target of 147 runs in the one-off test on Sunday.

On a wearing wicket, Ireland dismissed struggling opener Mohammad Shahzad (2) as Afghanistan went to stumps on the fourth day at 29-1. (MORE)

Lights go out as Sri Lanka suffers ODI sweep in South Africa

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) A floodlight failure ended the final one-day international early and doomed Sri Lanka to a 5-0 series loss in South Africa on Saturday.

The technical fault at Newlands stopped the day-night game in its tracks and, after a delay of two hours, South Africa was declared the winner by 41 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method. (MORE)

Bangladesh cricketers arrive home after mosque shootings

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) Bangladesh's cricket team arrived home on Saturday after its tour of New Zealand was abandoned following the Christchurch mosque shootings a day earlier.

Forty-nine people were killed after a gunman attacked two mosques in the deadliest mass shooting in New Zealand's modern history. (MORE)

Ireland limps to 22-1 after Afghanistan gets 142-run lead

DEHRADUN, India (AP) Three half-centuries by top-order batsmen earned Afghanistan a vital 142-run first innings lead and control of the one-off test against Ireland on Saturday.

Ireland lost captain William Porterfield for zero during a tricky last hour of play on the second day before reaching 22-1 at stumps. It still trails by 120 runs and needs to bat much better than its first-innings 172 against Afghanistan's spin attack. (MORE)