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UPDATE 1-Cricket-England's Stokes hits jackpot in IPL auction

BANGALORE, Feb 20 England's Ben Stokes fetched a staggering $2.17 million in the Indian Premier League's (IPL) player auction on Monday, with the Rising Pune Supergiants splashing out in a frenzied bidding war to land the explosive all-rounder.

Cricket-Pakistan's Afridi retires from international cricket

Feb 20 Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has announced his retirement from international cricket, but said he wants to play in his country's domestic league for two more years.

Cricket-Gunaratne inspires Sri Lanka to series victory over Australia

Feb 19 All-rounder Asela Gunaratne struck a superb 84 off 46 balls to inspire Sri Lanka to a dramatic two-wicket victory over Australia in the second Twenty20 International in South Geelong, Victoria on Sunday.

Cricket-Smith replaces Dhoni as Pune skipper, Starc pulls out of IPL

NEW DELHI, Feb 19 Australia skipper Steve Smith will replace Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the Rising Pune Supergiants captain in this year's Indian Premier League (IPL), the franchise said on Sunday.

UPDATE 1-Cricket-Calm De Villiers leads South Africa to win over NZ

* South Africa captain guides his side to victory (Adds quotes)

UPDATE 1-Cricket-One Day International New Zealand v South Africa scoreboard

Feb 19 (Gracenote) - Scoreboard at close of play in the first One Day International between New Zealand and South Africa on Sunday in Hamilton, New Zealand New Zealand Innings D. Brownlie c Behardien b Morris 31 T. Latham lbw b Morris 0 K. Williamson b Shamsi 59 R. Taylor c&b Morris 1 N. Broom c Behardien b Morris

Cricket-Calm de Villiers leads South Africa to win over NZ

Feb 19 Captain AB de Villiers calmly guided his side to a tense four-wicket victory over New Zealand with one ball to spare in a rain-affected first one-day international at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday.

Cricket-One Day International New Zealand v South Africa line-ups

Feb 19 (Gracenote) - Line-ups for the first One Day International between New Zealand and South Africa on Sunday in Hamilton, New Zealand South Africa won toss and decided to bowl New Zealand: Dean Brownlie, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Neil Broom, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Trent Boult South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (capt), Jean-Paul Duminy, Farhaan Behardi

Cricket-Dealing with Tahir not only issue for NZ one-day side

AUCKLAND, Feb 18 Imran Tahir's wicket celebrations were among the highlights of South Africa's 78-run win in Friday's Twenty20 clash but New Zealand have more to worry about than just the exuberant leg-spinner as they head into the one-day series.

Cricket-Sri Lanka clinch Melbourne thriller to welcome back Malinga

MELBOURNE, Feb 17 Chamara Kapugedera smashed a boundary off the last ball to secure a thrilling five-wicket victory for Sri Lanka against Australia in the first Twenty20 Internationals on Friday.

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