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Sri Lanka beat India by 5 runs in the first warm-up game for the two sides in the run up to the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh. Having been put into bat after losing the toss, Sri Lanka posted a competitive total of 153-6 in their 20 overs, thanks largely to a late rally from Thisara Perrera (18*) and Nuwan Kulasekara (21*) as the duo added 34 runs in the last 3 overs for the 7th wicket. India's decision to give Bhuvneshwar Kumar the final over of the innings in particular proved to be costly as the medium pacer was carted for 17 runs to give Sri Lanka's total a huge boost.

Earlier, Kusal Perrera (21), Mahela Jayawardene (30) and skipper Dinesh Chandimal (29) made vital contributions. R Ashwin was the best of the Indian bowlers, taking 3-22 from his 4 overs, while Varun Aaron and Suresh Raina also chipped in with handy spells. Amit Mishra, who was exceptional in the Asia Cup went for 38 runs in his 4 overs, raising doubts about his being a relevant fit for this T20 unit, especially against teams from the subcontinent.

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India batsman Suresh Raina has broken into the top  10 of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen for the first time in his career. Raina has jumped 15 places to 10th in the latest rankings released on Monday.

Raina was named player of the series against England after he scored 277 runs in the five-match series at an average of 92.33. Raina’s efforts also helped him achieve a career-best 669 ratings points.

Another batsman inside the top 10 to improve his ranking is England captain Alastair Cook, who has moved up one place to seventh.

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The fourth ODI of the series between Australia and Sri Lanka was abandoned after a little over an innings when rains lashed the Sydney Cricket Ground just moments after the Lankans started their innings. The decision was a hugely unpopular one with the fans and players a little perplexed as to what went wrong with the drainage system that allowed the ground to become unplayable after just an hour of rain. While no official explanation has been offered by the ICC or the local officials yet, the decision was seemingly taken by the on-field umpires, who deemed the outfield too wet to play on.

Earlier in the day, two contrasting half-centuries from left-handers at opposite ends of the batting order allowed Australia to post a competitive 222-9 in their 50 overs on another tough wicket at Sydney.

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Marlon Samuels held onto the ICC World T20 trophy and didn't want to let it go. Winning the trophy "means everything to us", he said after the Windies beat Sri Lanka by 36 runs to take the title in grand style on Sunday night.

Samuels led a rally late in the innings as the West Indies made a competitive 139-6 off their 20 overs. He blasted a career-best 78 off 56 balls with six sixes, after the innings was deep in trouble at 32-2 off 10 overs. The next highest score was captain Darren Sammy with a cameo 26 not out off 15 balls in the final stages of the innings.

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