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Cricket News - 2001-11-24

South Africa's cricket team has scored 261 for four on the second day of an unofficial test match against India in Centurion.

Gary Kirsten led the home side with 90 runs while Hercehlle Gibbs added 59 runs and Jacques Kallis added another 41 runs before stumps.

India resumed the day at 221 for eight but added only 11 more runs to its total reaching 232 all out. Mornantau Hayward took the last Indian wicket of the day to up his total to four for 73.

The match should have been the third of a three-test series between the two nations. However, the International Cricket Council has refused to recognize the match after referee Mike Denness was removed. India refused to play under Denness after he suspended six Indian players - including Captain Sourav Ganguly and star batsman Sachin Tendulkar.

Tendulkar was given a one-match ban for ball tampering, Ganguly was punished for not controlling his players, and four others were penalized for showing dissent.

India threatened to boycott the third test. The South African Cricket Board banned Denness from the match. However, the ICC said it would not recognize the match if Denness were not the referee. The governing body counted it as a forfeit by India and South Africa won the test series, 2-0.

Sri Lanka's cricket team has a 225-run lead over the West Indies after the fourth day of their second test match in Kandy.

Sri Lanka reached 128 for one in its second innings by the close of play after holding the West Indies to 191 all out. Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan took four wickets while allowing only 55 runs. Chaminda Vaas also took four wickets (for 57) and Nuwan Zoysa took two wickets from Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka then took the crease and Marvan Atapattu scored 58 not out while skipper Sanath Jayasuriya added another 55 off 113 balls. Sri Lanka won the first test and leads the three-match series, 1-0.

New Zealand's cricket team has scored 71 for two before bad light and rain ended play on the third day of the second test match against Australia in Hobart.

Mark Richardson was not out for 25 and Stephen Flemming scored an unbeaten 16 when the stumps were drawn. The New Zealanders had reached 53 for one at lunch, but only 10 overs were completed before play was abandoned. The Kiwis are chasing Australia's massive first innings score of 558 for eight declared.

The first test ended in a draw last week in Brisbane after three rain-interrupted days.

A three-day cricket match between England's national team and an Indian Board President's 11 all-star team has ended in a draw in Hyderabad, India.

Medium pace bowler Sanjay Bangar took five wickets in England's second innings as the tourists were able to score 169 for nine at stumps on the third day. England scored 320 in its first innings.

The home side scored 339 for seven in its first innings. England plays another three-day tour game in the northern city of Jaipur next week before the first test against India starts in Mohali on December 3.