Inspired by Jacques Kallis, South Africa wrapped up the opening Test against Bangladesh with a five-wicket victory on the fourth day in Dhaka on Monday.
The South Africans, who resumed at 178-4, collected the required 27 runs while losing the wicket of Ashwell Prince (38) in 10.4 overs in the morning.
Bangladesh were eyeing a major upset on Saturday after bowling out South Africa cheaply and building a solid lead on a thrilling second day's play in the opening Test. Lanky fast-bowler Shahadat Hossain picked up a career-best 6-27 to help Bangladesh bowl out their mighty rivals for 170 inside 61 overs.
West Indies batting great Brian Lara leads the star parade at a rebel Twenty20 League that kicks off on Friday in India after stirring up a storm with officialdom. The inaugural Indian Cricket League, fronted by India's own cricketing legend Kapil Dev, will be played at Panchkula, an industrial town on the outskirts of the northern Indian city of Chandigarh.
Unprecedented crowd control measures have been put in place for Australia's Twenty20 international against India in Mumbai on Saturday after recent incidents of racist behaviour by spectators. Mumbai police have installed nearly a dozen close circuit televisions at the Brabourne stadium to monitor the crowd and spot culprits if there are any.
Left-arm slow bowlers reaped rich harvest in the seven-match series between India and Australia, highlighted by Murali's Kartik's record-breaking performance in the final game in Mumbai. The 31-year-old Indian bowler scripted the team's two-wicket consolation win in the day-night game on Wednesday with a haul of 6-27.
A Mahendra Singh Dhoni-inspired India stunned Australia with a thrilling eight-run win in the fourth one-dayer on Monday, throwing the series wide open. Chasing India's challenging 291-4, Australia made 283-7 to allow India to pull one back in the seven-match series and reduce the margin to 2-1. The first game was abandoned due to rain.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter on Monday urged cricket-mad India to embrace soccer and lift the sport's infrastructure in order to compete with other nations in the region. He said Fifa has special plans to improve soccer in India, who are currently ranked 165th in the world.