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Pakistan Super League final stays in Lahore, says Sethi

ISLAMABAD (AP) The Pakistan Super League final will be played in the city of Lahore next month despite a recent attack there which killed at least 13 people.

"PSL management and franchisees resolve By to hold final in Lahore," PSL chairman Najam Sethi said in a tweet on Monday.

West Indies player Darren Sammy, who is leading Peshawar Zalmi and England's Kevin Pietersen, representing Quetta Gladiators have reportedly said they will decide about their participation in the final at Lahore once their teams qualify for it.

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Afridi retires from international cricket

ISLAMABAD (AP) Flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi says he has quit international cricket and will focus on playing Pakistan Super League for the next two years.

"I have said goodbye to international cricket," Afridi told reporters in Sharjah on Sunday night soon after his 28-ball 54 nearly pulled off victory for his team Peshawar Zalmi against Karachi Kings in the PSL. (MORE)

Gunaratne's 84 leads Sri Lanka to series win vs Australia

GEELONG, Australia (AP) Sri Lanka clinched the Twenty20 series against Australia with a last-ball boundary for the second consecutive match, with Asela Gunaratne clubbing Andrew Tye for four on Sunday night to finish unbeaten on 84 in a two-wicket victory.

Sri Lanka won the toss and fielded in game two and bowled Australia out for 173, with Nuwan Kulasekara (4-31) taking three wickets in the last four balls to restrict the hosts. (MORE)

South Africa wins 1st ODI in final-over thriller vs NZ

HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) AB de Villiers and Andile Phehlukwayo kept calm amid a middle-order collapse to steer South Africa to a four-wicket win over New Zealand on the penultimate ball of Sunday's first one-day international and a record-equaling 12th straight ODI win.

De Villiers was at the crease when South Africa lost three wickets for one run in the space of six balls to see a comfortable cruise to victory transformed into a desperate struggle which ended when de Villiers hit a boundary for victory. South Africa ended on 210-6 in 33.5 overs in reply to New Zealand's 207-7. (MORE)

New Zealand 207-7 in 1st ODI vs. South Africa

HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) Lanky fast bowler Chris Morris took 4-62 as South Africa limited New Zealand to 207-7 as it batted first Sunday on a slow and holding pitch in the rain-affected first one-day cricket international.

Morris took the first four wickets, reducing New Zealand to 82-4 and ensuring the home side struggled to achieve a competitive total in a match which started more than three hours late and which was cut to 34 overs per side. (MORE)

South Africa wins toss, bowls in 1st ODI vs. New Zealand

HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl Sunday in the first one-day cricket international against New Zealand, which was shortened by rain to 34 overs a side.

Heavy rain on Saturday and throughout the morning, followed by further light showers, saturated the outfield at Seddon Park, preventing the scheduled start of play at 2pm. When the rain abated and after several ground inspections the umpires decided a shortened match could start at 5.15pm (local time). (MORE)

Rain delays 1st ODI between NZ and South Africa

HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) Rain has delayed the start of the first one-day cricket international between New Zealand and South Africa.

Almost 130 millimeters of rain has fallen on Seddon Park over the past two days, leaving the outfield waterlogged. Head groundsman Carl Johnson estimated it would take at least two hours to make the ground ready for play when the rain stops. (MORE)

PCB gives Sharjeel and Latif 14 days to reply to charges

ISLAMABAD (AP) The Pakistan Cricket Board has given Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif 14 days to respond to charges of violating its anti-corruption code in the Pakistan Super League.

Sharjeel and Latif have already given statements to the PCB's anti-corruption unit in Lahore amid allegations of spot-fixing. (MORE)

Sri Lanka wins 1st T20 match over Australia by 5 wickets

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Chamara Kapugedera's last-ball boundary gave Sri Lanka a five-wicket win over Australia in their opening Twenty20 match Friday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Sri Lanka was in control at 151-3 in the 18th over before debut bowler Ashton Turner took the wickets of Asela Gunaratne and Milinda Siriwardana. (MORE)