Co-hosts Sri Lanka became the first team to book a quarterfinal place at the Cricket World Cup after demolishing Zimbabwe by 139 runs on Thursday thanks to a superb all-round performance from Tillakaratne Dilshan.
Shanthakumaran Sreesanth has given India a golden chance to take a 1-0 lead in the Test series against Sri Lanka after the tourists failed to avoid the follow-on and then slumped to 57-4 in their second innings on Thursday.
Tillakaratne Dilshan scored a century and spinner Ajantha Mendis also starred as Sri Lanka defeated hosts South Africa in a rain-affected opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy at Centurion on Tuesday.
Khurram Manzoor and Mohammad Yousuf struck determined half centuries but they could not prevent Pakistan surrendering the advantage on the opening day of the third and final cricket Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo.
Captain Adam Gilchrist blasted the fastest half-century in Indian Premier League history to lead the Deccan Chargers into the final on Sunday with a comfortable six-wicket victory over tournament favorites Delhi Daredevils.
Sri Lanka failed in their bid to win a Test series in the Caribbean for the first time after Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul led the West Indies to a six-wicket victory in the second and final Test on Sunday.
Adam Gilchrist treated the crowd to a typical quickfire 83 in his final appearance at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) but Australia crumbled to a 13-run defeat to Sri Lanka in their one-day international.