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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

England Tops Pakistan

MANCHESTER, England () -- England captain Mike Atherton hit a gutsy 65 to lead his team to a five-wicket victory over Pakistan in the opening one-day international at Old Trafford. Pakistan reached only 225 for five in their 50 overs Thursday.

While in Colombo on Friday Sri Lanka scored 232 for six to beat Australia by three wickets with Aravinda scoring 83 off 95 balls. Australia had earlier made 228 for nine.

Before the match Sri Lankan sports media had demanded that nothing short of "making the kangaroos hop like cats on a hot tin roof'' would satisfy the Sri Lankans for the humiliation they suffered during the last tour of Australia.