More sports in brief: England sweepT20 series
SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP):
Shoaib Malik's highest score (75 off 54 balls) in Twenty20 Internationals could not prevent an England clean sweep in their three-match series. Yesterday's match at Sharjah Cricket Stadium went down to the Super Over after both teams were tied on 154 at the end of their 20 overs.
In the Super Over, Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal were unable to get Chris Jordan away and finished on just three runs. Only one run came off the bat, and Jordan also clean bowled Akmal with his last ball. England sent out captain Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler, and they got the required four runs in the fifth ball.
Australia win first day-night Test
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP):
Australia successfully chased 187 to win the first-ever day-night cricket Test by three wickets against New Zealand on Sunday, with tailenders Peter Siddle and Mitch Starc ushering the hosts to victory in a dramatic finish under lights that will almost certainly ensure the format isn't consigned to history as a one-time event.
The match was over inside three days, which hasn't happened in an Adelaide Oval Test since 1951, and which highlighted the differences of using the pink ball and playing under lights in the longest form of the game.
Ball dominated bat, particularly in the twilight sessions. The first 25 wickets tumbled in two days, before New Zealand resumed Sunday at 116-5, an overall lead of 94. Josh Hazlewood, leading the attack because the injured Starc wasn't allowed to bowl, returned a career-best 6-70, and Mitch Marsh took 3-59 to bowl the New Zealanders out for 208 in the first session and set up the target.
Trent Boult responded with figures of 5-60 for New Zealand, including Shaun Marsh for 49, just as the home team appeared to be coasting, to ensure a tense two hours before Australia clinched the three-match series 2-0.
SCORES: New Zealand 1st Innings: 202 (Tom Latham 50, Mitchell Santner 31; Mitch Starc 3-24, Josh Hazlewood 3-66). Australia 1st Innings: 224 (Peter Nevill 66, Steve Smith 53, Nathan Lyon 34; Doug Bracewell 3-18). New Zealand 2nd Innings: 208 (Mitchell Santner 45, Ross Taylor 32; Josh Hazlewood 6-70, Mitch Marsh 3-59).