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Pakistan reaches 59-2 after New Zealand bowled out for 153

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Pakistan reached 59-2 after New Zealand collapsed to 153 all out against seam and spin on the opening day of the first test on Friday.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who earlier top-scored with 63, took both catches to dismiss Pakistan openers Mohammad Hafeez (20) and Imam-ul-Haq (6) with 12 wickets falling on a bowling-dominated first day of the three-test series.

Left-hander Haris Sohail was unbeaten on 22 while Azhar Ali was not out on 10 at stumps with Pakistan trailing by 94 runs.

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England leads Sri Lanka by 278 runs on 3rd day

KANDY, Sri Lanka (AP) England put itself in a strong position Friday on the third day of the second test against Sri Lanka before play was suspended by bad light.

The English reached 324-9 and lead by 278 runs. Play was stopped 43 minutes early, at 4:34 p.m., at Pallekele International Stadium. (MORE)

Silva pushes Sri Lanka to lead over England in 2nd test

KANDY, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lanka fought back admirably against England thanks to a back-to-the-wall 85 by Roshen Silva to earn a first-innings lead of 46 runs in the second test on Thursday.

However, Silva's failure to ground his bat and run short conceded a rare five penalty runs to England. (MORE)

Bangladesh levels series with 218-run win in 2nd test

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) Mehidy Hasan took five wickets to propel Bangladesh toward a series-leveling 218-run win against Zimbabwe in the second cricket test on Thursday.

The Bangladesh offspinner returned 5-38 to help dismiss Zimbabwe for 224 in the middle of the last day despite a defiant, unbeaten 106 from Brendan Taylor. (MORE)

Cricket Australia sets strict guidelines for players in IPL

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The participation of Australia's top cricketers in the next Indian Premier League season will be heavily restricted for anyone selected in the World Cup squad or involved in the Sheffield Shield domestic first-class final.

The IPL is being moved up to start on March 29 because of the Cricket World Cup, which begins in England on May 30. (MORE)

England posts 285 all out, Sri Lanka replies 26-1 on 1st day

PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AP) England posted 285 all out Wednesday on a testing wicket while Sri Lanka reached 26-1 at stumps in reply on the first day of the second test.

Sri Lanka lost opener Kaushal Silva cheaply at the Pallekele International Stadium - bowled by Jack Leach for 6. Night-watchman Malinda Pushpakumara, who arrived at the crease with 4.4 overs left, and Dimuth Karunaratne ensured there was no further trouble. Karunaratne was unbeaten on 11. (MORE)

Bangladesh reduces Zimbabwe to 76-2 on the 4th day

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) Bangladesh reduced Zimbabwe to 76-2 Wednesday on the fourth day of the second test.

Zimbabwe still needs 367 runs or to survive a full day to win its first test series victory since 2011 after the hosts set an improbable target of 443 runs. (MORE)

Zimbabwe out for 304, trail Bangladesh by 218 on Day 3

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam claimed his third straight five-for to keep Bangladesh in command of Zimbabwe on the third day of the second test on Tuesday.

Islam's 5-107, his sixth career five-for, and a stunning catch ruined Zimbabwe's hope of a comeback. The visitors were all out on 304-9, trailing by 218 runs when stumps was called. Zimbabwe fast bowler Tendai Chatara was out of the test after straining his left quad muscle on Monday. (MORE)

Sri Lanka back suspect spinner Dananjaya for Pallekele test

KANDY, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lanka has backed Akila Dananjaya for the second test against England from Wednesday despite the offspinner being reported for a suspect bowling action.

Dananjaya was reported to the International Cricket Council by the match officials after the first test, in which he took two wickets in 38.5 overs. Sri Lanka lost by 211 runs. He's eligible for the second test but needs to be tested within 14 days of being reported. (MORE)

Rahim hits second double century as Bangladesh dominate

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) Mushfiqur Rahim hit 219 not out, the highest individual score by a Bangladesh batsman, to guide the hosts into a position of dominance against Zimbabwe on Monday, the second day of the final test.

Rahim, the first wicketkeeper-batsman to score two double centuries in test-match cricket, helped Bangladesh declare the first innings on 522-7 for its highest score against Zimbabwe and take a firm grip on the test by reducing the visitors to 25-1 at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. (MORE)