- South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 40 runs at Newlands to take a 4-0 lead in the five-match ODI series.
A career-best innings by Faf du Plessis trumped a thrilling century by Upul Tharanga as South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 40 runs in the fourth one-day international against South Africa at Newlands on Tuesday.
Du Plessis hit 185, only three short of the South African ODI record, as South Africa piled up 367 for five.
It seemed as though Sri Lanka, who had been outplayed in the first three matches, would be on the end of another crushing defeat. But Sri Lankan captain Tharanga hit a magnificent 119 off 90 balls and led his team’s most spirited showing of the series.
- Philipp Lahm retired from international football after winning the World Cup in 2014. On Tuesday he played in his 501st game for Bayern
Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm announced Tuesday that he is retiring at the end of the season, one year before his contract with the club ends in 2018. “My leadership style is always to give everything every day, every training session, every game. I believe I can still do that to the end of the season but not thereafter. That’s why it’s clear to me that I’ll stop at the end of the season,” the 33-year-old Lahm told reporters after Bayern’s 1-0 win over Wolfsburg in the German Cup.
“I’ve been considering it for more than the past year, that you have to keep testing yourself, you have to keep asking yourself ‘how is it’, day by day, week by week on the training pitch, what’s the feeling you have,” Lahm said. “I’m certain I can deliver my top level – also as a leader for the young players – to the end of the season. It’s just a few more months, but no more.”
- Yuki Bhambri struggled past Jose Statham as he won the dead fifth rubber against Statham 7-5 3-6 6-4.
A lanky Ramkumar Ramanathan was fluent in his win over Finn Tearney while Yuki Bhambri struggled past Jose Statham as India completed an emphatic 4-1 victory over New Zealand in the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I tie.
Ramkumar sealed the tie for the hosts by thumping Tearney 7-5 6-1 6-0 in two hours in the fourth rubber before Yuki won the dead fifth rubber against Statham 7-5 3-6 6-4 in one hour and 55 minutes.
India now play second round tie at home in April against Uzbekistan, who got past South Korea in their first round away tie.
The 22-year-old from Chennai, with a singles world ranking of 276, was lifted shoulder high by all his team members after his superb show and the entire team made a lap of the stadium with the Indian tricolor.
The resounding victory for India also signaled the end of Anand Amritraj’s three-year reign as the team captain as he will be replaced by Mahesh Bhupathi for the second round tie against Uzbekistan.
India had taken a 2-0 lead on the first day when Yuki Bhambri and Ramkumar clinched their singles rubbers against Tearney and Statham respectively.
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