West Indies qualifies for World Cup as rain sinks Scotland

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) West Indies qualified for next year's Cricket World Cup on Wednesday, sneaking through by beating Scotland in a match where rain stopped play with the Scots only just short of the run rate they needed to make it.

Chasing 199 to win, and take the World Cup place, Scotland was 125-5 in the 36th over when the rain came. Scotland needed to be 131-5 or better to win.

It gave West Indies a five-run victory on the Duckworth-Lewis method.


Rabada decision another source of conflict in SA-Aus series

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) By questioning the judicial process that cleared South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada to play in the third test, Australia captain Steve Smith has provided another point of conflict in a combative cricket series.

Smith said in the lead-up to the third test in Cape Town that Rabada's successful appeal against a two-test ban was "interesting," and questioned why he, as the other person involved in the incident that led to Rabada's ban, was not invited to give his side of the story at the judicial hearing. (MORE)

Taylor OK for Kiwis in 1st test, Stokes possible for England

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) Batsman Ross Taylor overcame a thigh injury to be included in New Zealand's side for the day-night cricket test starting Thursday at Eden Park, while it's still possible Ben Stokes could be named for England.

England captain Joe Root stopped short of naming Stokes in his team to at his pre-match media conference Wednesday. (MORE)

Rabada's ban overturned, available for 3rd test

(AP) -- South Africa's Kagiso Rabada had his two-test ban overturned on appeal on Tuesday, meaning the world's No. 1 bowler will be available for the remainder of the series against Australia.

Rabada was banned by the International Cricket Council for the third and fourth tests after being found guilty of two charges of misconduct for inappropriate wicket celebrations in South Africa's series-leveling victory in the second test in Port Elizabeth. (MORE)

Karthik smashes 6 off last ball as India beats Bangladesh

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Dinesh Karthik smashed a six off the last ball to pull off a stunning four-wicket win for India over Bangladesh in the final of the Independence Cup T20 tri-nation series on Sunday.

Asked to bat first, Bangladesh scored 166-8 in its 20 overs with Sabbir Rahman top scoring with 77 off 50 balls. (MORE)

Pietersen says 'Ciao, cricket' as career appears over

LONDON (AP) Kevin Pietersen has said "ciao" to cricket.

The former England batsman appeared to officially announce his retirement from the game in a series of posts on his social media accounts over Friday and Saturday. (MORE)

Bangladesh pair Shakib and Nurul fined for misconduct

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan and squad player Nurul Hasan have been fined for their conduct during an acrimonious final over of a Twenty20 tri-series match against Sri Lanka.

The International Cricket Council announced Saturday that both players would be fined 25 percent of their match fees and given one demerit point apiece following incidents on Friday. (MORE)

Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka to reach T20 tri-series final

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Mahmudullah smashed a six off the second-to-last delivery in a dramatic final over for Bangladesh to beat Sri Lanka by two wickets on Friday and qualify for the Twenty20 tri-series final.

Tournament host Sri Lanka will miss the climax of its own party. Bangladesh will face India in the final on Sunday. (MORE)

India beats Bangladesh by 17 runs in T20 tri-series match

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Rohit Sharma smashed five sixes and five boundaries to score 89 runs and lead India to a 17-run win over Bangladesh in a Twenty20 tri-series match on Wednesday.

Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad won the toss and asked India to bat first and they scored 176-3 in their allotted 20 overs. Sharma scored his runs off 61 deliveries and shared 70 runs for the first wicket with Shikhar Dhawan (35) and 102 runs for the second wicket with Suresh Raina who well complemented Sharma with 47 runs scored off 30 deliveries. (MORE)

India vs Bangladesh T20 result

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) India beat Bangladesh by 17 runs in the Twenty20 tri-series match on Wednesday.

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