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Sharma and Umesh Yadav pro-
pelled India to a winning posi-
tion in the decisive third test as
Sri Lanka, chasing a daunting
386 to win, were struggling on
67 for three at stumps day four
Sharma removed opener Upul
Tharanga for a duck with just one
run on the board, caught behind
by Naman Ojha. Yadav had
Dimuth Karunaratne caught
behind also without scoring, leav-
ing Sri Lanka 2-2.
Dinesh Chandimal made 18
before being caught in the slip by
Indian captain Virat Kohli off
Sharma with the total on 21.
Kaushal Silva (24) and captain
Angelo Mathews (22) were batting
sharing unbroken 46 runs for the
Sri Lanka needs 319 runs to win
with seven wickets in hand.
Sharma returned two for 14.
Rohit Sharma, whose half cen-
tury and two crucial partnerships
saved India from losing advantage
in the second innings, is confident
they can finish the job, just as
they did in the second test played
at P.Sara Oval, where India defeat-
ed Sri Lanka by 278 runs with Sri
Lanka chasing 413 to win.
"We stand in a good position
right now," he said. "Given them
a target on a wicket like this which
has something for the bowler
throughout the day whether it is
spinner or fast bowler.
"I guess we will just have to
come out tomorrow and do what
we did in P.Sara."
Indian bowlers relentlessly
attacked the Sri Lankan batsmen,
who were beaten outside the off
stump several time or edged deliv-
eries short of the fielders.
Earlier, India---batting with a
first innings lead of 111 runs---was
bowled out for 274 in its second
innings, setting Sri Lanka 386 to
win the test and the three-match
series. which is level at 1-1.
India lost three wickets for 21
in its second innings but was res-
cued by Rohit who scored 50 and
shared 57 runs for the fourth
wicket with captain Virat Kohli
(21) and 54 with Stuart Binny, who
fell one run short of a half-cen-
No. 9 Ravichandran Ashwin
top scored for India with 58 and
shared 55 runs for the eighth
wicket with Amit Mishra, who
Sri Lankan seam bowlers
Nuwan Pradeep and Dhammika
Prasad took four wickets apiece.
Sri Lankan and Indian players
were involved in a heated argu-
ment in the final over of the Indi-
an innings. It started when Prasad
directed a series of bouncers at
During Sri Lanka's first innings
Prasad had injured his hand trying
to fend off a bouncer bowled by
CARDIFF---England took three
wickets in a tight final over from
Ben Stokes to seal a five-run win
over Australia in a one-off Twen-
ty20 international yesterday, con-
tinuing its impressive summer
of results against the tourists.
Set 183 to win, Australia
slumped to 12-2 after 11 balls
before captain Steven Smith (90)
and Glenn Maxwell (44) led a
recovery with a 112-run partner-
ship for the third wicket.
The Australians needed 12 runs
off the final over, but Matthew
Wade and Pat Cummins were run
out and Nathan Coulter-Nile was
caught slogging as Stokes con-
ceded just six runs. Australia fin-
ished on 177-8.
"He stuck his chest out and
bowled really well," Morgan said
of Stokes, who took a flying catch
in the deep to remove the dan-
gerous Maxwell and halt Australia's
England posted 182-5 having
also fought back from losing two
early wickets---both to Cummins
in the fourth over---as Eoin Morgan
(74 off 39 balls) and Moeen Ali
(72 not out) hit ten sixes in a 135-
run stand. Morgan hit seven sixes,
including three in one over from
Shane Watson, before getting
caught inches from the boundary
going for another maximum.
Australia was ahead of the
required run rate of 9.1 until the
innings began to slow after the
departure of Maxwell and Smith,
who skied David Willey to Sam
Billings as he moved he moved in
sight of a first T20 century. He
had already beaten his previous
best score in this format, 34.
"We were in a really good posi-
tion," Smith said, "but the middle
order just couldn't get a boundary
England beat Australia 3-2 in
the test series to regain the Ashes.
The teams play a five-match ODI
series starting Thursday.
Nat Sciver shone with bat
and ball as England Women
ended a disappointing
Ashes summer with victory
over Australia in the final
Twenty20 at Cardiff.
Sciver claimed four for 15
as Australia posted 111 for
nine---Anya Shrubsole having
set the tone with four early
wickets of her own---then
posted the top score of the
match with 47.
That guided England to a
five-wicket win and the final
points tally to 10-6 in the
Southern Stars' favour.
The day began with
Shrubsole dominating the
Her second delivery snuck
through the defences of cap-
tain Meg Lanning and clat-
tered the stumps, while her
fifth was mis-hit tamely to
point by Elyse Villani.
Shrubsole also struck
twice in her third over, Jess
Cameron picking out Dani
Wyatt at deep mid-wicket
and Jess Jonassen seeing a
leading edge well held by a
lunging Charlotte Edwards.
By the time Shrubsole left
the attack the tourists were
struggling at 37 for four.
Alex Blackwell (24) and
the in-form Ellyse Perry (16)
steadied things somewhat
but both fell to Sciver, varying
things well to build pressure.
Grace Harris provided
some big blows from number
eight, hitting sixes in three
successive overs, but when
an ill-conceived flick carried
straight to short fine-leg
England the innings lost its
Sarah Coyte gave Sciver
two in two balls and Becky
Grundy managed the same
feat with the final two deliv-
Australia, having defended
108 in the decisive match at
Hove, made a strong start,
Perry castling Wyatt in the
first over and Rene Farrell
adding the key scalps of
Edwards and Sarah Taylor
with just 22 on the board.
Sciver's arrival slowed their
charge as she did the bulk of
the scoring in a 55-run stand
with Katherine Brunt (17).
Sciver struck two bound-
aries and one clean six down
the ground off Jonassen but
was run out three short of a
maiden half-century in the
That left Lydia Greenway
to sweep the match-winning
four, earning England a 2-1
victory in the T20 series to
mitigate their Ashes loss.
sway in decider
India's Umesh Yadav
celebrates taking the
wicket of Sri Lanka's
unseen, on day four of
the third test cricket
match between them
in Colombo, Sri Lanka,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
Stingy Stokes sees England home
England's Moeen Ali, right, plays a shot watched by Australia's Matthew Wade during the T20
International cricket match between England and Australia, in Cardiff, Wales, yesterday. AP PHOTO
England vs Australia
Alex Hales b Cummins
Jason Roy c Coulter-Nile
Moeen Ali not out
Eoin Morgan c Watson b Coulter-Nile 74
Jos Buttler c Cummins b Starc
Sam Billings run out
Ben Stokes not out
Extras: (3lb, 5w)
TOTAL: (for 5 wickets)
Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-18, 3-153, 4-168, 5-180.
Bowling: Mitchell Starc 4-0-32-1 (4w), Nathan
Coulter-Nile 4-0-24-1, Pat Cummins 4-0-25-2,
Mitchell Marsh 2-0-21-0, Glenn Maxwell 2-0-12-
0, Marcus Stoinis 1-0-13-0, Shane Watson 2-0-
33-0 (1w), Cameron Boyce 1-0-19-0.
David Warner c Finn b Willey
Shane Watson b Finn
Steven Smith c Billings b Willey
Glenn Maxwell c Stokes b Ali
Mitchell Marsh b Topley
Marcus Stoinis not out
Matthew Wade run out
Nathan Coulter-Nile c Rashid b Stokes 0
Pat Cummins run out
Mitchell Starc not out
Extras: (5lb, 1w)
TOTAL: (for 8 wickets)
Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-12, 3-124, 4-161, 5-165, 6-
172, 7-174, 8-175.
Bowling: David Willey 4-0-34-2, Steven Finn 4-0-
39-1, Reece Topley 4-0-35-1, Adil Rashid 3-0-32-
0, Ben Stokes 4-0-29-1, Moeen Ali 1-0-3-1.
Umpires: Michael Gough, England, and Tim
Robinson, England. Third umpire: Rob Bailey,
Match referee: Jeff Crowe, New Zealand.
Result: England wins by 5 runs.
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