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India takes 3 wickets in 2nd session vs Australia, 2nd test

PERTH, Australia (AP) After a mediocre start, India hit back with three quick wickets as Australia went from 112 with no loss after lunch to 145 for three at tea on the first day in the second cricket test on Friday.

Australia lost openers Marcus Harris (70), Aaron Finch (50) and No. 3 Usman Khawaja (5) in the space of 22 runs as India clawed its way back into the test after losing the toss.

At tea, Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb were unbeaten on eight and three runs, respectively.


Bangladesh to bowl first against West Indies

SYLHET, Bangladesh (AP) Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza won the toss and elected to bowl first in the series-deciding third game against West Indies on Friday.

The hosts made two changes to the side, dropping Imrul Kayes and Rubel Hossain and replaced them with Mohammad Mithun and Mohammad Saifuddin in the match that potentially could be captain Mortaza's last home match. (MORE)

New Zealand faces challenges at home against Sri Lanka

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Coach Gary Stead says New Zealand will go into the first of two cricket tests against Sri Lanka on Saturday in the unusual position of being at a disadvantage in home conditions.

New Zealand last month beat Pakistan 2-1 in a three-test series in the United Arab Emirates and Stead said the team's two months playing on flat pitches in the UAE had left it unprepared for the green and bouncy pitches it expects to encounter at home. (MORE)

India lose Ashwin, Sharma to injuries for 2nd Australia test

PERTH, Australia (AP) It's predictable to forecast bowling attacks featuring four fast bowlers for a cricket test in Perth, where the pitch has traditionally offered extra pace and bounce.

Usually, though, the discussion revolves around an Australian battery of quicks and rarely would that prospect extend to India's attack. (MORE)

Hope's unbeaten 146 leads West Indies to level ODI series

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) Opener Shai Hope smashed an unbeaten 146 for West Indies to beat Bangladesh off the third-to-last ball and send their one-day international series to a decider on Tuesday.

Bangladesh made 255-7 and Hope singlehandedly thwarted the host with a career-best ODI knock to hold together the West Indies' winning reply of 256-6 and keep the series alive. (MORE)

India gets its 1st test match win in Australia since 2008

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) Rishabh Pant equaled a world record as top-ranked India held off a beleaguered Australia lineup by 31 runs on Monday to secure its first test match victory Down Under since 2008.

India dismissed Australia for 291 with two balls remaining in an extended penultimate session on day five to win an engrossing, low-scoring contest. (MORE)

Pant gets a share of test record for most catches in a match

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) Rishabh Pant had a world record in his grasp as he helped India to a drought-breaking win in Australia, but he had to settle for a share of it.

The 21-year-old Pant equaled the test record for wicketkeepers with 11 catches in India's 31-run victory at the Adelaide Oval on Monday, gloving six in Australia's first innings and five in the second to join former England `keeper Jack Russell and South Africa's AB de Villiers. (MORE)

Sri Lanka draws tour match against NZ XI

NAPIER, New Zealand (AP) Sri Lanka completed its preparation for the first cricket test against New Zealand in a drawn three-day tour match against a New Zealand XI which ended on Monday.

Opener Danushka Guntahilaka pressed his claims for selection in the first test starting Saturday with an impressive 83 in the Sri Lanka second innings of 321-5 declared. (MORE)

Will Young selected in New Zealand squad for Sri Lanka tests

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Uncapped batsman Will Young has been selected in New Zealand's squad for the first two cricket tests against Sri Lanka, beginning at the Basin Reserve on Saturday.

Young, who has been in form for New Zealand A and in domestic first-class and one-day competitions, adds batting cover in the 13-man squad announced Monday for the first and second tests of the three-match series. (MORE)