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Published:Monday | July 6, 2015 | 7:00 AM
Faf du Plessis

Rare win for T&T

MIAMI, United States (CMC):

Trinidad and Tobago Soca Warriors snapped out of a five-game winless streak with a 1-0 win over Haiti in a closed-door training match ahead of the start of their campaign in the CONCACAF Gold Cup later this week.

Forward Willis Plaza converted five minutes into the game to also end T&T's five-match scoring drought as both teams warmed up for the Gold Cup at the Central Broward Regional Park in Fort Lauderdale, USA, on Friday.

"It was a game of two halves, really," declared head coach Stephen Hart, who switched around his players throughout the game.

"The first half, we were very compact. We were organised and we didn't give up many chances, but when we did win the ball, our ball speed and possession was at times too erratic. We didn't really build well."

SA gain easy T20 win

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP):

South Africa captain Faf Du Plessis smashed an unbeaten 79 to lead his side to a comfortable 52-run win over Bangladesh in the first Twenty20 international yesterday.

His knock steered South Africa to a fighting 148-4 and the bowlers followed up in a disciplined manner to wrap up the Bangladesh innings for 96 in 18.5 overs.

Du Plessis' knock was complemented by Rilee Rossouw's 31 not out on a slower surface where batting was difficult.

Arafat Sunny took 2-19 while Shakib Al Hasan picked up 1-24.

South African fast-bowlers Kyle Abbott and Kagiso Rabada put the side in a dominant position, removing openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar in the first two overs. But it was Duminy's decisive bowling that jolted Bangladesh with 2-11 off four overs.

Sri Lanka lead by 291 in 3rd Test

PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AP):

Sri Lanka recovered from 80-4 to reach 228-5 in their second innings at stumps on day three of the third Test against Pakistan yesterday.

With the three-match series tied at 1-1, Sri Lanka took control to lead by 291 runs with five wickets left when play ended early due to bad light.

Pakistan's seamers had reduced Sri Lanka to 35-3 before lunch and leg-spinner Yasir Shah dismissed Upul Tharanga for 48 to make it 80-4 in the afternoon session when Sri Lanka's lead was only 143.

Earlier, Sri Lanka restricted Pakistan to 215 after resuming on 209-9 in reply to Sri Lanka's 278, conceding a first-innings lead of 63 runs.