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Published:Sunday | October 30, 2016 | 10:00 AM
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US Under-17 to face Ja, Arnett Gardens in practice matches

A 34-member USA National Under-17 delegation, including 22 players and 12 staff, will arrive in the island today for two practice games against the Jamaica National Under-17 team as well as an Arnett Gardens Under-20 team.

Both Jamaica and the USA are using these two games as critical practice fixtures ahead of the 12- team CONCACAF Qualifiers to be played in April 2017 in Panama.

The USA team will first train tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the UWI FC football field and Tuesday, November 1 at 3 p.m. at Stadium East. The first practice game will be Wednesday, November 2 at Stadium East at 3 p.m. Admission to this game is free of cost.

Sri Lanka make strong start

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP):

Sri Lanka made a strong start to the first Test against Zimbabwe, motoring along to 317-4 by stumps on the first day yesterday after a maiden century by Kusal Perera.

Perera made 110 and opener Kaushal Silva 94 as Sri Lanka didn't appear to miss captain Angelo Mathews and vice captain Dinesh Chandimal. They weren't touring because of injuries.

Zimbabwe, playing their 100th Test, struggled on the opening day of the two-Test series. Captain Graeme Cremer took 3-82 with his leg-spinners, but the home team rarely contained the Sri Lankans on a good batting pitch at Harare Sports Club.

Perera hit 15 fours and two sixes for his 110 off 121 balls. His first Test century came after a 123-run opening stand between Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne (56) had already put Sri Lanka in a strong position.

NZ 79 all out as India win ODI series

VISAKHAPATNAM, India (AP):

New Zealand were bowled out for just 79 runs in 23.1 overs in the final one-day international yesterday as India won the five-match series 3-2.

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra took five for 18 as the Black Caps lost eight wickets for 16 runs to collapse to their lowest ODI total against India.

Mishra took the Man of the Match and Series awards with 15 wickets overall.

Chasing the hosts' 269-6, New Zealand got off to a bad start when Umesh Yadav (1-28) bowled Martin Guptill (0) in the first over.

Tom Latham (19) and captain Kane Williamson (27) added 28 runs for the second wicket before Latham was caught at mid-on as he lobbed a rising delivery from Jasprit Bumrah (1-16). The visitors collapsed from 63-2 in the space of 51 balls.

Earlier, India opted to bat first and scored 269-6. Rohit Sharma top-scored with 70 runs, including five fours and three sixes, with Virat Kohli hitting 65.