India dominated South Africa on Sunday to win the third Test by eight wickets inside three days, squaring the series 1-1 and retaining their world number-two Test ranking. In an extraordinary final day, India turned what had been an evenly poised match at the start of play into a rout.
South Africa's touring team has sought security assurances from the Indian cricket board following reports that militants plan to target the third Test match starting on Friday in the northern city of Kanpur. South Africa team manager Logan Naidoo had written to the board expressing concerns over the players' security.
India and South Africa enter the third and final Test on Friday with the series on the line, and having to deal with the threat of a reported terrorist plot against the match, which is being played in Kanpur. Security was bolstered after police sources said that they had intelligence of a planned attack in the northern Indian city by Islamic terrorists.
South Africa coach Mickey Arthur says the best way to stop all-conquering Australia winning their third World Cup in a row is to put the pressure on Ricky Ponting's team from the very first ball of Wednesday's semifinal. Two-time defending champions Australia seek to extend their 21-game winning streak and march into yet another final.
Michael Vaughan took the acclaim when he led England to their 2005 Ashes triumph. Now the same fans greet his name with boos. England's World Cup elimination on Tuesday brought into focus the woeful batting form of skipper Vaughan, who struggled through the premier limited-overs event and compiled just 130 runs in nine innings.
Sri Lanka crushed Bermuda by 243 runs to claim the second-biggest victory in World Cup history on Thursday. Not a bad start for the 1996 champions. Pace bowlers Farveez Maharoof and Lasith Malinga ripped through Bermuda's inexperienced batting order, bundling it out for 78 in 24.4 overs.
Sri Lankan cricket officials said security concerns following Monday's bombing in the capital won't stop the cricket tri-series, but South Africa indicated they may pull out of the tour. At least seven people, including four army commandos, were killed and several others were wounded when a rickshaw packed with explosives blew up.
Yuvraj Singh's smashing century led India to a 49-run victory on Monday in the third limited-overs international against England, giving the home team a 3-0 lead in the seven-match series. Singh's blazing 103, his seventh one-day century, helped India post 294-6 in 50 overs. In reply, England were bowled out for 245 in 48.5 overs, despite a defiant 93 by Paul Collingwood.
India leg-spinner Anil Kumble moved closer to the 500-wicket mark by clean bowling England batsman Paul Collingwood before poor visibility disrupted play on Friday in the second Test match. England were 200-5 in their first innings when umpires Darrell Hair and Simon Taufel decided to call off play.
Jacques Kallis fell nine runs short of his 14th one-day century on Monday, but helped South Africa recover from a shaky start and set India a challenging target in the fifth and final limited-overs cricket international. Kallis posted a composed 91 to boost South Africa's score to 221 for six in 50 overs.