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Smith wins toss, Australia bat 1st in series opener v India

PUNE, India (AP) Australia skipper Steve Smith has won the toss and elected to bat in the series-opening test against top-ranked India.

Virat Kohli's India squad is a hot favorite in the four-match series. India hasn't lost a test on home soil since 2012, with a record of 17 wins and three draws, and is on a 19-test unbeaten streak overall.

The Australians have lost nine straight tests in Asia, and were swept 4-0 on their last tour to India in 2013.


Zampa & Klinger star in Australia's 41-run T20 victory

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) Recalled leg-spinner Adam Zampa grabbed 3-25 and veteran Michael Klinger scored a half century as Australia won the third and final Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka by 41 runs on Wednesday.

The 36-year-old Klinger made 62 off off 43 balls and captain Aaron Finch, dropped on zero, scored 53 as Australia racked up 187-6 after Sri Lankan captain Upul Tharanga won his third successive toss and opted to field. (MORE)

India and Australia renew rivalry on bone-dry wicket

PUNE, India (AP) India will take on Australia in the first match of the four test series starting on Thursday, the renewal of a rivalry that has seen some heated exchanges in the past.

Australia won the last encounter at home in 2014-15, while India won at home in 2012-13 by a spanking 4-0 margin. The Indians also suffered a similar embarrassing defeat on the 2011-12 tour, when Australia routed the MS Dhoni-led side. (MORE)

Australia vs. Sri Lanka Twenty20 Scoreboard

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) Scoreboard on Wednesday at the end of third and final Twenty20 international between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Adelaide Oval:

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New Zealand beats South Africa in 2nd ODI, levels series

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) Ross Taylor set a national record for most centuries in one-day international cricket with an unbeaten 102 that guided New Zealand to a tense, series-leveling six-run win over South Africa on Wednesday.

Taylor reached his 17th one-day international century from the last ball of the New Zealand innings to overtake Nathan Astle (16) as New Zealand's leading century-maker in ODIs and on the way became the fourth Kiwi to surpass 6,000 runs in the format. (MORE)

New Zealand beats South Africa by 6 runs in 2nd ODI

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) New Zealand beat South Africa by six runs in the second one-day cricket international at Hagley Oval on Wednesday to level the five-match series at 1-1:

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Taylor's 102 helps New Zealand to 289-4 in 2nd ODI vs SA

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) Ross Taylor made a record-breaking 102 not out, his 17th century in limited-overs internationals, as New Zealand scored 289-4 batting first on Wednesday in the second ODI against South Africa.

In reaching his century from the last ball of the New Zealand innings, after being dropped on 96 one ball earlier, Taylor surpassed Nathan Astle's record of 16 ODI centuries for New Zealand. (MORE)

South Africa wins toss, bowls in 2nd ODI vs. New Zealand

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl Wednesday in the second one-day international against New Zealand at Hagley Oval.

David Miller returned from injury in one of three changes to the South Africa lineup that won the first match at Hamilton by four wickets with one ball to spare. Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has been ruled out with a knee injury. (MORE)

India wins on last ball of Women's WCup qualifying final

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Hamanpreet Kaur hit a six and ran briskly for two runs during the last two balls to steal a tense one-wicket win for India over South Africa in the final of the Women's Cricket World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday.

Kaur scored a run-a-ball 41 in India's 245-9 in 50 overs in reply to South Africa's 244 all out in its final over. (MORE)

Lealiifano to coach as cancer comeback continuess

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) Wallabies utility back Christian Leali'ifano will take a coaching role with the ACT Brumbies in Super Rugby this season as he considers a return to the rugby field after conquering leukemia.

The 29-year-old Leali'fano has gone 100 days since a successful bone marrow transplant and is hopeful of soon playing again at the top level. (MORE)