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CHRISTCHURCH---Brendon McCullum lashed a half
century from 19 balls, matching his national record,
to spur New Zealand to a three-wicket win over
Sri Lanka yesterday in the series-opening limited-
Opening the batting, McCullum gave New Zealand
a blazing start as it chased Sri Lanka s 218-9, hitting
three sixes and six fours. He reached his 50 with a
six from spinner Sachithra Senanayake and was out
three balls later, stumped by Kumar Sangakkara.
New Zealand quickly lost middle-order wickets
before allrounder Corey Anderson scored 81 to propel
the home team toward its winning target in 43 overs.
Earlier, Mahela Jaywardene scored a masterly 104
to lead Sri Lanka as it batted after winning the toss.
McCullum s innings was more remarkable because
it came after his opening partner, Martin Guptill,
was dismissed from the third ball of the innings
before New Zealand had scored. Rather than being
inhibited by that loss, McCullum struck out, opening
his scoring with a streaky four over cover point from
the second ball of a second over in which he hit three
He struck a four and a six from the last two balls
of the next over, bowled by Nuwan Kulasekara, then
greeted Senanayake by striking his first ball over long
off for six.
There were two more fours at the start of the sixth
over, bowled by Angelo Mathews, and then the six
that raised his half century from the first ball of the
When he was out, New Zealand was 63-2 in the
McCullum s innings might have seemed reckless
but it sent another warning of his ability to New
Zealand s opponents and the coming World Cup.
New Zealand and Sri Lanka will be meeting in the
opening match of the World Cup on the same ground
on February 14.
"Firstly, I thought it was a really good performance
from us," McCullum said. "With the ball I thought
we were outstanding and in the field we were out-
"With the bat we made ourselves have to fight
pretty hard but we saw some good character come
through and I thought Corey under pressure really
stepped up today."
McCullum s dismissal provoked a mini collapse in
which four wickets fell for 38 runs before Anderson
and Luke Ronchi (17) settled things down with a 48-
run partnership for the sixth wicket.
Jayawardene made his 18th ODI century as the
only Sri Lanka batsman to look comfortable against
New Zealand s tight bowling and disciplined fielding.
He put on 73 for the fifth wicket with Lahiru Thi-
rimanne to revive Sri Lanka s innings after it had
been 82-4 on the fall of captain Angelo Mathews,
who chose to bat after winning the toss.
Jayawardene fell during the 47th over in which
Mitchell McClenaghan (4-36) took three wickets.
Clarke has been named in Aus-
tralia s 15-man Cricket World
Cup squad, overcoming recent
back injuries and hamstring sur-
gery to be included in the side.
Clarke missed three of the four
Tests against India and was in
doubt for the World Cup which
begins on February 14 in Australia
and New Zealand. But Clarke said
during recent television commen-
tary appearances that his recovery
was proceeding better than
However, he has been given
until February 21 to prove his fit-
ness, at which time he could be
replaced before Australia s second
match in the tournament against
Bangladesh in Brisbane.
The same squad will represent
Australia in a tri-series with India
and England, which begins with
an Australia-England match on
Friday in Sydney.
"I ll have my work cut out to
prove my fitness, but it won t be
through a lack of effort and I m
confident I ll be fit," Clarke said
on yesterday when the squad was
Mitch Marsh, who missed
recent tests in Melbourne and
Sydney against India due to a
hamstring strain, was also named
in a squad that contained few sur-
Allrounders Marsh, Shane Wat-
son and James Faulkner were all
automatic selections. Mitchell
Johnson, Pat Cummins, Mitchell
Starc and Josh Hazlewood will
make up the pace attack.
Xavier Doherty was selected as
the specialist spinner, Brad Haddin
will keep wickets, and David
Warner and Aaron Finch will open
the batting for the co-hosts.
ISLAMABAD---The Pakistan Cricket
Board says Misbah-ul-Haq will retire
from limited-overs cricket after lead-
ing Pakistan in the World Cup but
will continue to play Test cricket.
PCB spokesman Agha Akbar said
yesterday that Misbah informed board
chairman Shaharyar Khan last week.
Akbar said, "Misbah has shown a
lot of grace" in making his plans clear
before the World Cup, which starts
Misbah, who tied Test cricket s
fastest century against Australia in the
United Arab Emirates last year, is yet
to score a hundred in ODIs.
Kiwis to victory
Clarke named in Aussie squad
Brendon McCullum...half century from 19 balls.
Misbah to quit ODIs after WCup
BRISBANE---Roger Federer turned
the Brisbane International final into
a grand occasion yesterday, beating
the up-and-coming Milos Raonic in
three see-sawing sets to register his
1,000th career match win.
It s a grand number for a 17-time
Grand Slam champion, making him
the only player after Jimmy Connors
(1,253) and Ivan Lendl (1,071) to win
1,000 times on the men s professional
"Clearly it s a special day for me,
winning a title plus getting to the
magic number of 1,000," Federer said
after his 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-4 win against
Federer fired eight of his eventual
21 aces in the first set, taking on the
big-serving Canadian s strength. Just
as it appeared Federer would coast to
a comfortable victory, though, Raonic
shook off his nerves to break back in
the fourth game of the second set and
swing the momentum.
Federer had another half-chance to
clinch it in two, getting an early mini-
break in the tiebreaker, but Raonic
went on a roll to win seven straight
points and level the match.
The 33-year-old Swiss star
responded by serving an ace to open
the third set, but he needed all his
experience to save three break-point
chances in that lengthy game.
Tension continued to build as Raon-
ic was forced to save two break points
in each of the fourth and sixth games,
and missed two chances on Federer s
serve in the fifth.
Only one point went against serve
in the next three games until Raonic
was serving to stay in the match. He
was leading 30-15 when Federer pro-
duced a pin-point topspin lob that
forced an error, and then came a dou-
ble-faultto give Federer a champi-
Raonic netted a forehand on the
next point, and Federer raised his arms
to acknowledge the "Federer 1,000"
placards and red-and-white Swiss
flags being waved around Pat Rafter
Federer claims Brisbane
title with 1,000th win
David Warner, Aaron Finch,
Shane Watson, Steve Smith,
Michael Clarke (captain),
George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell,
Mitch Marsh, James Faulkner,
Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson,
Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc,
Josh Hazlewood, Xavier
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