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Andy Murray (left) is a step closer to qualifying for the end of season ATP World Tour finals after reaching the semi-finals of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna following a straight sets win over Jan-Lennard Struff.

The World number 11, who needs to finish the season inside the top eight to make the end-of-year showpiece in London next month, needed a little under 90 minutes to beat the German 6-2 7-5.

The Scot changed his schedule, opting to play in the Vienna tournament for the first time in a bid to secure valuable rankings points following a disappointing defeat to David Ferrer in the third round of the Shanghai Masters last week.

The Scot sent down 10 aces and won 86 per cent of points on first serve and will face qualifier Viktor Troicki in the last four.

Cricket

India's 59-run win in the fourth Micromax Cup one-day international against the West Indies was overshadowed by a bizarre row over the future of the series.

Midway through India's innings in Dharamsala, a statement from the Board of Control for Cricket in India said that the West Indies Cricket Board had cancelled the remainder of the tour - the fifth ODI, a one-off Twenty20 international and three Tests. The WICB later denied that was true.

The Windies players looked distracted in the field as India piled up 330 for six having been put in, Virat Kohli leading the way with 127 while there were half-centuries from Ajinkya Rahane and Suresh Raina.

Despite an improved batting effort based around Marlon Samuels' defiant 112, his second century of the series, there was never a serious prospect of them chasing down the imposing target and they finished 271 all out.

India therefore took a 2-1 lead in what appears to be a concluded series, after a five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka was scheduled to fill the void in India's schedule - though a statement from the WICB during the West Indies innings indicated no final decision has yet been taken, plunging the issue into doubt once more.

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