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Sangakkara stars for Sri Lanka on rain-hit day

Colombo—Sri Lanka had one objective when the day began: score as quickly as possible and declare. They did exactly that as they rattled along at well above four runs an over - more than double what South Africa managed in the first innings - to swell the lead to 368, despite more than an hour being lost due to rain and bad light. In Galle, Sri Lanka had to chase 370 in 120 overs, while here they have a whole day to wheedle out the remaining nine wickets. Yet again, Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews formed the bedrock of Sri Lanka’s effort, with both making brisk half-centuries to extend their purple patches.

Sri Lanka’s Test debutant Dickwella fined

Colombo—Sri Lanka’s debutant wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella was Sunday fined 10 percent of his match fee for claiming an unfair catch on day three of the ongoing second Test against South Africa. The 21-year-old player was found guilty of conduct that is either “contrary to the spirit of the game” or “brings the game into disrepute”, the International Cricket Council said in a news release.

Golf: Koreans oust top-seeded Americans from LPGA Crown

Baltimore—Park In-Bee and Ryu So-Yeon each birdied a sudden-death playoff hole Saturday to lift South Korea over the United States at the LPGA International Crown, eliminating the top-seeded Americans from the match-play event. Spain and Sweden swept Saturday’s final four-ball matches 4-0 to advance into Sunday’s singles matches, eliminating Taiwan and Australia, while Japan split with South Korea and Thailand split with the US women 2-2 to book berths in the decisive session. That left the second-seeded Koreans and the hosts to fight for one last spot with Park and Ryu playing Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson on the par-5 16th with the second player’s score used as a tie-breaker.

CGames: New Zealand set up Australia semi

Glasgow—Four-time champions New Zealand moved into the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games rugby sevens after seeing off Kenya 19-7 at Ibrox Stadium on Sunday. The all-conquering All Blacks will play Delhi silver medallists Australia, who secured a last-gasp 21-19 victory over 2009 world champions Wales. DJ Forbes, as he’d done in the Kiwis’ narrow 17-14 pool win over Scotland on Saturday, mustered his teammates to cool heads after Kenya pulled back to 12-7.

Dhoni has no business to criticize Boon’s decision Openly: Talat

Bipin Dani Observer Correspondent

Mumbai—Former ICC match-referee Talat Ali believes that Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni should not have criticized Ravindra Jadeja’s guilty verdict in public. Speaking exclusively over telephone from England, where the former opening batsman has been living, he said, “Dhoni has no business to slam the (verdict of) match-referee openly. If he or the BCCI were not happy with Boon’s verdict, a quiet letter to the ICC should have been sent by the team manager. The ICC, if the merits were found, could have pardoned the penalty”.

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