Rampant Proteas thump Australia
Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla each recorded half-centuries as South Africa inflicted a crushing seven-wicket defeat on Australia in their final World Cup warm-up match.
Australia, who also lost to India on Sunday, were restricted to a modest total of 217 in Bangalore, despite 73 from Michael Clarke and a second successive fifty for captain Ricky Ponting.
The total proved to be well within South Africa’s reach and both Smith and Amla opted to retire their innings, on 65 and 60 respectively, as they eased home with more than five overs to spare.
Sri Lanka’s batsmen performed impressively to secure a four-wicket victory over West Indies at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Skipper Kumar Sangakkara top-scored with 71 and both Tillakaratne Dilshan and Thilan Samaraweera also passed fifty as the hosts chased down a challenging target of 282 in 47.3 overs.
Chris Gayle’s 38-ball 58 had been the most significant contribution in West Indies’ 281 for seven, while Lasith Malinga and Rangana Herath claimed three wickets apiece.
Ahmed Shehzad and Misbah-ul-Haq recorded centuries as Pakistan coasted to an 89-run win over Bangladesh in Mirpur.
Teenage opener Shehzad cracked 103 off 122 balls and Misbah added an even 100 to set up an imposing total of 285 for nine.
The Tigers’ hopes of victory appeared slim from the moment Tamim Iqbal departed to the first ball of their innings and they were eventually dismissed for 196, with no batsman passing 40.
The Netherlands had Ryan ten Doeschate to thank after they pulled off a remarkable win over Kenya, for whom Durham University student Seren Waters made an unbeaten 126.
Chasing 264 for victory at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo, the Netherlands’ prospects looked bleak when they slipped to 130 for seven.
However, Essex all-rounder ten Doeschate, who earlier took 2-46, led them home with two wicke
Ireland triumphed over Zimbabwe in Nagpur in another game that went to the final over, despite Elton Chigumbura’s sparkling unbeaten century.
The captain’s 103 not out 81 balls propelled Zimbabwe to 244 for eight, with Trent Johnston and Andre Botha claiming two wickets apiece at the contrasting cost of nine and 58 respectively.
Botha also played a key role with the bat. He made 79 to help Ireland recover from 127 for four before Kevin O’Brien completed the job, with three deliveries to spare, with a superbly-paced unbeaten 62.