Friday 02 March 2012,
MELBOURNE: Sri Lanka beat Australia by nine runs to reach the finals of the tri one-day series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.
Sri Lanka held their nerve to win the thrilling game after dismissing Australia for 229 with five balls left in reply to their total of 238.
They now face Australia in the best-of-three match finals, starting in Brisbane on Sunday, while India's disappointing tour of Australia is over and they will head home this weekend.
It was a gripping finish with Australia needing 10 runs off the final over bowled by Nuwan Kulasekara, but David Hussey was caught by Tillakaratne Dilshan at long off with five balls remaining ending their hopes of a last-gasp win.
Hussey scored 74 off 74 balls and finished the tournament as the leading runscorer of all the three teams with 412 at an average of 82.40.
Lasith Malinga finished with four for 49 as skipper Mahela Jayawardene used eight bowlers to defend his team's modest total.
Match scores: Sri Lanka 238 (50 overs); Australia 229 (49.1 overs)
Wednesday February 29 ,
(BNA) NAPIER: South Africa beat New Zealand by six wickets in the second one-day international in Napier on Wednesday to give the tourists an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
In reply to New Zealand's 230 all out in the 48th over, South Africa reached 231 for four in the 39th over.
Opener Hashim Amla top scored for South Africa with 92, with JP Duminy making 43. For New Zealand, Tarun Nethula finished with two for 60 off his 10 overs.
In the New Zealand innings, Brendon McCullum made 85 and Martin Guptill 58 while Morne Morkel took five for 38 and Lonwabo Tsotsobe three for 43.
The final ODI, in Auckland on Saturday, is followed by three Tests
Wednesday February 29,
(BNA) LONDON: Giant Olympic rings were launched on the River Thames in London on Tuesday to mark 150 days until the start of the 2012 Games.
The rings -- 25 metres (82 feet) wide and 11 metres (36 feet) high -- travelled on a barge along the Thames, which runs through the centre of the British capital, and were to pass such landmarks as Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf.
London Mayor Boris Johnson, who was due to open Tower Bridge to allow the rings to pass underneath, also announced a programme of free cultural events to accompany the Games.
Johnson said: "2012 is one of the most thrilling years in our city's history and as we welcome the world, we have an unprecedented opportunity to showcase and strengthen London's outstanding culture and creativity, which are a hugely important part of our economy.
"From museums to theatre, and music to design, we have a reputation that is second to none and London's finest artists and organisations are producing an exceptional range of brand new cultural events that will add to the excitement of hosting the Games.
"We're creating the biggest festival of outdoor arts ever to be seen in the capital, as well as fantastic new work that will throw new light on some of our city's lesser-known landmarks and hidden gems."
The rings on display on Tuesday will be back on the Thames at the start of the Olympics, which get underway on July 27
Sunday 26 February 2012,
SYDNEY: Australia crushed India by 87 runs in the tri one-day series international at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.
India are in danger of missing out on the finals after being dismissed for 165 off 39.3 overs in reply to Australia's 252 for nine.
India must beat Sri Lanka by a bonus point in Hobart on Tuesday to have any hope of playing in the best-of-three match final series after their fourth defeat in seven matches in the tournament.
Man-of-the-match David Warner top scored with 68 off 66 in Australia's innings, while Matthew Wade (56 off 66) and David Hussey (54 off 64) also scored half-centuries.
India put in another abject batting display and crashed to 104 for six in the 27th over in a match where they always looked to be struggling against the well-drilled Australians.
Tailender Ravi Ashwin topscored with 26 off 37 balls, while Sachin Tendulkar (14), Virender Sehwag (5) and skipper M.S. Dhoni (14) were all out cheaply.
Australia are already through to the finals and have one more match to play against Sri Lanka in Melbourne on Friday.
Match scores: Australia 252 for 9 (50 overs); India 165 (39.3 overs).