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Pakistani legend Shahid Afridi announces international retirement

One of the most flamboyant cricketers of his generation, former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has finally called time on his international career. The decision, announced on Sunday night, put an end to an illustrious 21-year career. The 36-year-old however, said that he will continue to play in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) for the next two years.

"I have said goodbye to international cricket," Afridi was quoted as saying.

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Sri Lanka secure another last ball win to seal series 2-0

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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Sri Lanka stun Australia in 1st T20 with last ball boundary

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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Imran Tahir routs New Zealand in sole T20 International

Imran Tahir returned career-best figures for South Africa in Twenty20 Internationals as they made a convincing start to their tour of New Zealand with a comprehensive, 78-run victory in their one-off clash in Auckland on Friday. The leg-spinner led a stellar bowling display by taking 5/24 – the third best figures ever for South Africa – as the hosts were bundled out for 107 in 14.5 overs. It was also the biggest-ever win in terms of runs over their opponents.

The groundwork for the result was done by seam duo of Andile Phehlukwayo and Chris Morris, the pair picking up the other five wickets between them.

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Imran Tahir hopes to put New Zealand in a spin

South African leg-spinner, Imran Tahir, hopes his rise to the top of the ICC ODI bowling rankings will spur on more leading performances in the upcoming limited-overs series against New Zealand, which starts with the one-off T20I in Auckland on Friday. Tahir holds the No.1 bowling spot in both T20 and ODI cricket, and recently topped the ODI charts following his performances in the 5-0 series win against Sri Lanka where he finished as the second-highest wicket-taker with 10 wickets.

He has developed into an x-factor player for the Proteas in the short format of the game, with captains, AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis, acknowledging the value he adds in the respective formats. The 37-year-old, who has played 69 ODI’s and 30 T20I’s in his six-year career, continues to get better with age and hard work.

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South African bowlers 'shocked' by Eden Park's short boundaries

South African bowlers will have to be creative in the way they adapt to the Eden Park field dimensions in the one-off T20 International against New Zealand on Friday. The multi-purpose venue, which houses straight boundaries of between 45 – 55m, will pose a unique challenge to the bowlers, all of whom - except for Imran Tahir - will be making their debuts at the ground.

Proteas fast bowler, Chris Morris, says the attack will have to plan accordingly to counter the boundary dimensions and conditions, with weather forecasts predicting some rain on Friday evening.

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India beat Pakistan in Final to retain wenty20 World Cup for the Blind

A spirited fielding performance coupled with some excellent batting by Prakash Jayaramaiah helped India thrash Pakistan by nine wickets in the final of the cricket Twenty20 World Cup for Blind at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore and retain the title.

Opting to bat first, Pakistan made 197/8, with Badar Munnir blasting 57 off 37 balls. He was well supported by Muhammad Jamil, who made 24. In reply, India rallied around Prakash and Ajay (43) to chase down the target with 2.2 overs to spare. Prakash was unbeaten on 99, hitting 15 boundaries during his quickfire 60-ball knock.

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