Sri Lankans 328 for 6 (Kaushal 80, Karunaratne 71, Linde 2-72) v South African Invitation XIScorecard Sri Lankas batsmen made a bright start to the tour of South Africa, as Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva hit half-centuries on the first day of the tour match in Potchefstroom. The visitors went to stumps at 328 for the loss of six wickets, against a South Africa Invitation XI consisting of well-heeled first-class players and recent graduates of the Under-19 system.Especially encouraging for the Sri Lankans was the 159-run unbroken opening stand between Karunaratne and Silva, each of whom has struggled at various points during the course of the year. Both men were retired out at the end of the 45th over, Karunaratne with 71 runs to his name and Silva with 80.Kusal Perera only hit 25, but his entry at No. 3 suggests the team management is keen for him to resume batting in the top order as he had done for much of the series against Australia. This would also allow Kusal Mendis to come in at second drop. Mendis, who was in good form during the back end of the ODI tri-series in Zimbabwe, hit 10 fours in his 64-ball 51.Captain Angelo Mathews and vice-captain Dinesh Chandimal, both returning from injury, collected a five-ball duck and 23 respectively, before de Silva ensured the day ended briskly, with five fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 57 off 67.The Invitation XIs batting appears its stronger suit, so it may be that a more thorough workout awaits the Sri Lankan bowlers than the batsmen, so far, have got. Left-arm spinner George Linde took 2 for 72 in the course of the day. Seamers Duanne Olivier and Jason Smith took one wicket each. Phil Jackson Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. Ron Baker Jersey . 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EVANSTON, Ill. -- After losing to a Mid-American Conference opponent to open the season, then an FCS school in week two, Northwestern got on the right track by beating a Power Five school.Clayton Thorson threw for 320 yards and three touchdowns, Justin Jackson rushed for 94 yards and Northwestern defeated Duke 24-13 on Saturday night.Northwestern avoided losing its first three games to start the season, something it hasnt done since 1992. They suffered losses to MAC-favorite Western Michigan and FCS-power Illinois State.I think I saw a bunch of guys that celebrated their rear ends off, said Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald. I think it just shows if you have perseverance and grit and you stay the course that you can do whatever you set your mind to.After being held to 7 points by Illinois State last week, Northwestern (1-2) scored on the games opening drive. Thorson connected with Garrett Dickerson for a 26-yard touchdown reception, capping a 10-play, 75-yard drive.I think it meant a lot. It was just the first drive of the game and it was Garretts first touchdown catch, so that was huge, and it was fun for us, said Thorson. When we get into that situation we have to capitalize more when we get down there.Northwestern capitalized on Blue Devils punter Austin Parkers gaffe in the third quarter to take a 14-7 lead. Duke (1-2) was lined up to punt, Parker dropped the snapped and wasnt able to get the punt away. Northwestern took over at the Duke 44. On the next play, Thorson found Solomon Vault wide open in the middle of the field for the go-ahead touchdown.We have shown flashes -- which is not what you want in game three -- of at times being a really good football team. We have shown flashes, unfortunately, of doing things bad football teams do. We are consistently inconsistent, said Duke coach David Cutcliffe.Thorson also connected with former walk-on Austin Carr on a 58-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.Dukes Daniel Jones threw for 279 yards with one interception. Jela Duncan had 53 yards rushing and a touchdown.I felt like we were prepared going in and knew what they were trying to do. Its all abouut execution from there, said Jones.ddddddddddddByron Fields picked off Thorsons pass at the 1, setting up a 99-yard, 12-play drive to tie the game at 7 with 3:03 left in the second quarter. The drive was highlighted by Shaun Wilsons 39-yard catch from Jones.Thorson was hurried or on his back for most of the game. Duke was throwing a number of blitz packages at the Northwestern offensive line, which they werent able to pick up.He saw every pressure that I think he will see in his career, said Fitzgerald. Hes won 11 games as a starter, and I think he hung in there pretty well with the amount of time he got.TAKEAWAYDuke: The Blue Devils failed to finish on multiple drives. Late in first quarter on fourth-down and 10 at the Wildcats 38, it looked as if Duke was going to convert on a fake punt, but Erich Schneider, who was wide open in the middle of the field, slipped on the grass and fell before he had a chance to catch Parkers pass. Jones threw a pick to Godwin Igwebuike at the Northwestern 22 at the end of the first quarter and AJ Reed missed a 48 yard field goal attempt early in the fourth quarter.We shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times and it really hurt us in the end, said safety DeVon Edwards.Northwestern: Despite Thorson getting sacked five times, Northwestern showed some life on offense. The opening scoring drive featured Jackson, and then Thorson was able to open it up in the air in the second half.GETTING DEFENSIVEFitzgerald backed his coaching staff after his staff received criticism with losses to Western Michigan and Illinois State. Im very happy for our staff. Its the all-time winningest staff in Northwestern history. We had a couple tough losses and some people are going to take shots at them and I think they shut off the noise pretty well, said Fitzgerald.UP NEXTDuke: The Blue Devils visit struggling Notre Dame on Saturday.Northwestern: The Wildcats season-opening four-game home stand continues Saturday night against Nebraska, which beat Oregon on Saturday. Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Nike NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys Store Wholesale Jerseys China Jerseys NFL China ' ' '
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