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Cricket-Pakistan struggle after Shah claims five wickets

July 4 - Pakistan suffered a top order collapse to reach lunch on 45 for three after leg-spinner Yasir Shah had claimed his third five-wicket haul of the series on the second day of the third and final test against Sri Lanka on Saturday.

Cricket-Test Series Sri Lanka v Pakistan scoreboard

July 4 (Infostrada Sports) - Scoreboard at lunch on the second day in the third and final Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan on Saturday in Pallekele, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 1st innings (Overnight: 272-8) D. Karunaratne st S. Ahmed b Az. Ali 130 K. Silva c S. Ahmed b R. Ali 9 U. Tharanga c Y. Khan b Shah 46 L. Thirimanne c sub b Shah 11 A. Mathews c sub b Shah 3

FACTBOX-Cricket-Ashes series this century

LONDON, July 4 - Following is a factbox on Ashes series between England and Australia played this century. The 2015 series begins on Wednesday in Cardiff. - - - ASHES SERIES RESULTS Series: 8 England wins: 4 Australia wins: 4 2001 (in England) Australia won 4-1 2002/03 (in Australia) Australia won 4-1 2005 (in England) England won 2-1 2006/07 (in Australia) Australia won 5-0 2009 (in England) England won 2-1

Cricket-Root, England's Mr Reliable, ready to make Ashes leap

LONDON, July 4 - Firmly established in the pivotal number five position in England's batting order, Joe Root is primed for the job of taking on Australia's vaunted pace attack toe to toe.

Cricket-Clarke still fired by hunger for Ashes success

SYDNEY, July 4 - Michael Clarke could not have looked less like the "pup" of his nickname as he prepared to depart Australian shores for his seventh and final Ashes series.

Cricket-England's captain Cook faces ultimate challenge

LONDON, July 4 - Alastair Cook faces his biggest ever challenge as England captain when he leads his young team into this year's home Ashes series against Australia.

PREVIEW-Cricket-England bank on Bayliss to douse Australian fire

LONDON, July 4 - A callow England team with a new coach take on a bullish and streetwise Australia in an intriguing Ashes series which should provide plenty of drama and aggressive cricket.

Cricket-McCullum hits second-highest T20 score of all time

LONDON, July 3 - New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum smashed the second-highest Twenty20 score of all time when he hit a typically belligerent 158 not out in 64 balls for Birmingham against Derbyshire on Friday.

Cricket-Australia's Faulkner charged with drink-driving

LONDON, July 3 - Australia all-rounder James Faulkner has been charged with drink-driving by Greater Manchester Police, Cricket Australia said on Friday.

UPDATE 2-Cricket-Karunaratne ton rescues Sri Lanka after Shah strikes

* Shah claims four wickets to wreck top order (Updates at close)

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