Bangladesh clinch thriller to level ODI series

Nasir Hossain hit an unbeaten 33 under pressure as Bangladesh levelled the one-day series against Sri Lanka 1-1 with a three-wicket win in the thrilling third and final match on Thursday.

Bangladesh, chasing a rain-revised target of 183 off 27 overs, won the day-night match with six balls to spare in Pallekele to register their fourth one-day victory against Sri Lanka in 33 matches. The tourists needed 17 to win off the last 12 deliveries, but Nasir eased the pressure when he smashed three fours in an over from seamer Thisara Perera before Sohag Gazi hit the winning boundary.

Tillakaratne Dilshan earlier scored a 128-ball 125 to help Sri Lanka post a challenging 302-9 in 50 overs.AFP

Swann on track to return for Ashes

England spinner Graeme Swann has revealed he is on course to return from an elbow injury in time for this year's Ashes showdown against Australia.

Swann was sidelined for England's recent drawn Test series in New Zealand after undergoing surgery in the United States earlier this month in an attempt to cure the long-standing problem.

"I feel great. I want to be back as soon as possible… " Swann said on Thursday. "I think it would kill me if I sit down and watch too much cricket at the start of the summer without being an active part of it. I want to play as much as I can. By the end of April I hope to be bowling. I don't know if that's realistic or not, but that's how my mind works…”AFP

No intention of retiring, says Misbah

Pakistan’s Test and One-day captain, Misbah-ul-Haq on Thursday insisted that he has no plans to retire from the limited-overs format in the near future.

“I have no intentions to quit playing one-dayers as I feel I still have a lot of cricket left in me. But yes, I have now changed my entire approach to batting to prolong my career,” Misbah told reporters . Misbah has been criticised for his slow batting and captaincy and there have been renewed calls for his retirement after Pakistan was swamped 0-3 in the Test series in South Africa and lost the one-day rubber 2-3.PTI

Mathews named captain for Pune Warriors

Sri Lanka Test and ODI skipper Angelo Mathews has been named to lead the Pune Warriors India in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier league, commencing on April 3. Allan Donald will be the head coach of the side, while Rob Walters comes on board as assistant coach and will be the fitness trainer and fielding coach of the team. Praveen Amre, meanwhile, would continue to be the assistant coach. However Mathews won’t be available during Pune Warriors’ away match against Chennai Super Kings as Tamil Nadu government has decided against allowing any of the Lankan players take part in IPL games in Chennai.PTI

Ajmal could require surgey

Pakistan’s off-spinner, Saeed Ajmal suspects he has a hernia and needs to undergo surgery before the ODI series in Scotland in May. “I have been going through this terrible stomach pain since we landed in South Africa in January. I recently consulted specialists and they say I could be having hernia which might require surgery,” Ajmal told on Thursday. Ajmal recently took 10 wickets in the second Test against South Africa at Capetown.PTI