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Australia rode on a disciplined all-round effort to beat Sri Lanka by 41 runs and avoid a clean sweep in the third and final Twenty20 International at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday.

Skipper Aaron Finch (53) and Michael Klinger (62) helped Australia post a mammoth 187/6 after being sent in to bat before James Faulkner and Adam Zampa shared six wickets between them to restrict the islanders to 146 in just 18 overs.

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Left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman on Tuesday made his come-back to Bangladesh's Test squad for the Sri Lanka tour, starting from March 7.

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Sri Lanka and Pakistan have completed the list of qualifiers for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 after the last round of Super Six matches were completed at the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 on Sunday.

Sri Lanka scored a 42 runs victory over Bangladesh under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method to qualify as the third side behind India and South Africa with six points in the Super Six stage while Pakistan had a forgettable outing against India in its last match to finish with four points.

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A brilliant innings from Asela Gunaratne has helped Sri Lanka seal a final-ball victory against Australia in the second KFC T20 International tonight at Geelong’s Kardinia Park, in front of more than 13,500 people.

After Australia claimed five wickets in Sri Lanka’s batting power play, Gunaratne’s unbeaten 84 off 46 deliveries saw Sri Lanka home by two wickets with a boundary on the final delivery.  

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Riding on middle order batsman Asela Gunaratne's maiden half century, Sri Lanka beat Australia by five wickets in a thrilling first Twenty20 International cricket match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday. Chasing a modest 169, the visitors recovered from the early loss of skipper Upul Tharanga (0) as opener Niroshan Dickwella (30) and Dilshan Munaweera (44) put on 74 runs for the second wicket to set the tone.

Dickwella, who smashed four boundaries and a six in his 25-ball knock, however fell prey to leg-spinner Adam Zampa, when the southpaw attempted to accelerate after the field restrictions were over. Munaweera, who consumed 29 deliveries and struck six boundaries, also perished soon after, leaving the Lankans at 91/3 midway into their innings.
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South Africa have beaten hosts, Sri Lanka by a comprehensive nine wickets to qualify for the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup to be held in the United Kingdom in June and July this year. South Africa and India are the first to qualify and will join Australia, England, New Zealand and West Indies in women’s cricket’s biggest stage.

Sune Luus and Laura Wolvaardt each hit unbeaten 50s to claim victory for their side after the bowlers restricted the opposition, who elected to bat first, to 142/9 at P. Sara Oval in Colombo on Friday.

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South Africa’s duo of Imran Tahir and Faf du Plessis have achieved personal milestones in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings following stellar performances in the just concluded five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka.

Wrist-spinner Imran Tahir has surged to the top of the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for ODI Bowlers after claiming 10 wickets in the series, while du Plessis has broken into the top five for the first time in his career after scoring 410 runs with two centuries and one half-century.

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