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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Richardson Bats Brilliantly, West Indies Beat Australia

JAIPUR, India -- Richie Richardson, under pressure as captain and batsman, rose to the occasion with an outstanding 93 not out as West Indies beat Australia by four wickets in their World Cup Group A match Monday.


Richardson, supported by Brian Lara with a fluent 60, carried West Indies to a desperately needed success at 232 for six with seven balls to spare in reply to Australia's 229 for six from their 50 overs.


West Indies, whose defeat by minnows Kenya last week put Richardson's future as captain in the balance, will qualify for the quarterfinals unless the African team grabs another upset win in its last group game against Sri Lanka.


Richardson put on 87 for the third wicket with Lara and added 48 in an important fifth wicket stand with Roger Harper, who made 22.


Earlier, a sparkling 102 off 111 deliveries by Ricky Ponting enabled Australia to overcome a slow start to its innings when it was shackled by Curtly Ambrose, who had an opening spell of 6-4-5-0, and Courtney Walsh.


Ponting then found a staunch ally in Steve Waugh, who hit 57 off 64 balls as the pair shared a third wicket partnership of 110 on a slow pitch.


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In Karachi, Saeed Anwar struck 71 and Ijaz Ahmed hammered 70 to propel World Cup champions Pakistan to a seven-wicket victory over England in their Group B match Sunday.


After England squandered a chance of setting Pakistan a big target, the home side sealed its win by sweeping to 250 for three with 14 balls to spare.


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In New Delhi, a blazing batting display by Sanath Jayasuriya set Sri Lanka up for a six-wicket win over India in their match Saturday, despite another brilliant century by Sachin Tendulkar.


Chasing India's 271 for three, Sri Lanka scored 272 for four with eight balls remaining.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)