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India’s Virat Kohli bats during the ODI between South
Africa and India at the Kingsmead Stadium Durban,
South Africa, yesterday.
Sri Lanka’s Dhananjaya de Silva, right, acknowledges the crowed after scoring
hundred runs, as his teammate Kusal Mendis congratulates him during the
second day of their first test cricket match against Bangladesh in Chittagong,
DURBAN, South Africa —Virat Kohli’s masterful
112 maintained India’s winning momentum
in South Africa as he led his team to a con-
vincing six-wicket win in the first one-day
Kohli was the driving force in a 189-run
partnership with Ajinkya Rahane (79) that
swept aside South Africa’s bowling and took
India to 270-4 and past the target in 45.3
South Africa’s total of 269-8
was not huge but was still
competitive, especially with
India batting second under
floodlights in the day-night
game at Kingsmead.
Captain Kohli led India to
victory with 27 balls to spare,
though, keeping India on top
after it won the third test last
weekend for a consolation
victory in that series.
innings overshadowed the
feats of his counterpart, Faf
du Plessis, who rescued a
faltering South African ef-
fort with 120 from 112 balls. That
took the home team to 269, but
it wasn’t nearly enough with the
world’s top-ranked one-day bats-
man in exhilarating form. (AP)
India 270-4 in 45.3 overs (Virat Kohli
112, Ajinkya Rahane 79; Andile Phe-
hlukwayo 2-42), def. South Africa
269-8 in 50 overs (Faf du Plessis 120,
Chris Morris 37; Kuldeep Yadav 3-34, Yuzvendra Chahal
2-45) by six wickets
Latif’s plea against 5-year ban rejected
The five-year ban imposed on batsman Khalid Latif by
the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), on account of cor-
ruption, was upheld by an independent adjudicator -
Justice Fakheer Mohammad Khokhar - on Wednesday.
In September 2017, Latif was found to be guilty by an
Anti Corruption Tribunal of the PCB, of playing a role
in the spot-fixing scandal which marred the second
edition of the Pakistan Super League. (Source - Cricbuzz)
India beats SAfrica by
6 wickets in 1st ODI
De Silva responds with 104 not out
CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh—Dhananjaya de Silva scored 104 not out as Sri
Lanka made a strong reply after dismissing Bangladesh for 513, in-
cluding Mominul Haque’s 176, on the second day of the opening
De Silva’s fourth century, his second in succession follow-
ing his 119 (retired hurt) against India, helped Sri Lanka
reach a comfortable 187-1 at the close of play.
“It looks like an even contest now,” Sri Lanka spinner
Rangana Herath said. “There will be something in the
pitch for the spinners from the third day onwards. I
could see some turn even after tea today.”
Bangladesh sensed an opportunity to keep its domina-
tion over Sri Lanka when off-spinner Mehidy Hasan (1-45)
had opener Dimuth Karunarate caught behind at first slip
before the visitors scored.
But de Silva and opener Kusal Mendis, on 83, ensured Sri
Lanka didn’t lose a wicket for the rest of the day.
Mendis survived some close calls toward the end as Bang-
ladesh left-arm spinner Taijul Islam challenged the um-
pire’s decision twice in his consecutive two overs. But
Mendis remained not out, forcing Bangladesh to lose
its two reviews.
De Silva was flawless in his 127-ball innings in which
he hit 15 boundaries.
Sri Lanka earlier made regular inroads on day two
to wrap up Bangladesh’s innings one hour after lunch,
leaving captain Mahmudullah stranded on 83.
Mahmudullah held together the innings after Mom-
inul added just one run to his overnight total to be out
for 176. Mushfiqur Rahim was the other notable scorer
with 92 while opener Tamim Iqbal made 52.
The captain formed a 58-run partnership with Sun-
zamul Islam on day two to rally the side before Rangana
Herath inspired Sri Lanka get back into the game early
in the morning session.
The veteran left-arm spinner struck twice to dismiss Mo-
minul and Mosaddek Hossain in the first seven overs of the
Mehidy Hasan then counter-attacked to keep Sri Lanka frus-
trated, but was run out for 20 trying to score a third run, leaving
Mahmudullah revived Bangladesh innings as it appeared, it wouldn’t
get past 500. He got support from Sunzamul Islam who scored 24.
Left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan broke through just after the lunch
to remove Sunzamul and Herath got rid of Taijul (1).
But Mahmudullah remained solid and added a valuable 35 runs with the
last batsman Mustafizur Rahman (8) to help the side move past 500. (AP)
Fast bowler Suranga Lakmal and Herath claimed three wickets apiece
for Sri Lanka.
Stumps Sri Lanka 187 for 1 (Dhananjaya 104*, Mendis 83*,
Mehidy 1-45) trail Bangladesh 513 (Mominul 176, Mahmud-
ullah 83*, Lakmal 3-68, Herath 3-150) by 326 runs
Bangladesh piles up 513
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