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Kochi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Monday approached the Kerala High Court against a single bench order lifting the life ban imposed on cricketer S Sreesanth in the wake of the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.

In its appeal, the BCCI said the decision to ban the cricketer was taken based on the evidence against him.

The single judge bench on August 7 had lifted the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI.

In his order, Justice A Muhamed Mustaque also set aside all proceedings against Sreesanth initiated by the board.

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Chennai: India rode on Hardik Pandya's all-round brilliance to thrash Australia by 26 runs by Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-truncated opener of the five-match One-day International series at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Sunday.

After guiding India to safety with a career-best 83 off 66 balls, the 23-year-old Pandya starred with the ball, picking the key wickets of Australia skipper Steve Smith (1) and Travis Head (5) to enable the hosts go 1-0 up in the series.

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Colombo: Former Sri Lanka batsman Chamara Silva has been handed a two-year ban from cricket-related activities for breaching the spirit of the game during a Tier-B first class match earlier this year, which was probed for alleged match-fixing.

Sri Lanka Cricket's announcement came after a seven-month inquiry into events of the third day of the Panadura Cricket Club v Kalutara Physical Culture Club match played from January 23 to 25.

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Colombo: Virat Kohli led from the front with some explosive batting as India thrashed Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the one-off Twenty20 International at the R. Premadasa Stadium here on Wednesday.

Kohli plundered 82 runs off just 54 deliveries, smashing seven boundaries and a six as the visitors chased down the 171-run target with four balls and seven wickets to spare.

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Pallekele: Opener Rohit Sharma's briliant unbeaten ton helped India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets to seal the five match One-Day International series 3-0 here on Sunday.

Apart from Rohit (124 not out), former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (67 not out) played a perfect support role at the other end after India's top order got exposed with the scoreboard reading 61/4 in 15.1 overs.

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Pallekele: Sri Lankan skipper Upul Tharanga has been banned for two ODIs for slow over rate in the rain- affected second one-dayer against India.

Sri Lanka were three overs behind the over rate even as the match was reduced to 47 overs for the Indian chase. India won the match by three wickets with 2.4 overs to spare and took a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

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Pallekele (Sri Lanka): Disciplined innings from former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar saw India defeating Sri Lanka by three wickets in a thrilling second One-Day International here on Thursday.

Chasing a revised target of 231 due to rain, India were cruising at 108 for no loss in the 16th over. But the match turned on its head in a space of six overs as the visitors lost seven wickets for just 22 runs.

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Dambulla: Power-packed innings from Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Virat Kohli guided India to a comfortable nine-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in their first One Day International (ODI) at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium here on Sunday.

Dhawan slammed 132 runs in 90 balls while Kohli smashed 82 runs off 70 deliveries. Both players forged a 197-run partnership for the second wicket, the highest in Sri Lanka against Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lankan cricketers have been barred from eating biscuits in the dressing room, team manager Asanka Gurusinha confimed on Thursday.

"Our physio and trainer are in charge of what food players eat while the game is going on. They have banned biscuits in the changing room," said the team manager. Gurusinha however rubbished rumours of a fight breaking out in the Sri Lankan dressing room where players broke crockery in protest of the biscuit ban.

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Kochi: Cricketer S Sreesanth, who faced allegations of spot-fixing before being exonerated by the Kerala High Court, Tuesday played an unsanctioned exhibition match involving members of Malayalam film industry.

The Kerala High Court had recently ordered BCCI to lift the life ban imposed on him but the Board has decided to appeal to a larger bench of the Court.

He unfurled the national flag and was presented with a bouquet before the match.

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