Keshav Maharaj captains the Proteas, wins first match in charge 🇿🇦

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Temba Bavuma, the South Africa limited-overs captain, has been ruled out of the remainder of the ongoing series in Sri Lanka after suffering a fracture in his right thumb during the first ODI. In his absence, Keshav Maharaj will lead the side for the second and third fixtures of the three-match ODI series. Bavuma, who will return to South Africa as soon as possible to consult a specialist, took a blow to the thumb during the 26th over of South Africa’s chase in the series opener on Thursday when, after pushing the ball to midwicket, he was attempting to avoid the fielder’s throw. He took his glove off immediately, which revealed some blood and swelling, and received on-field attention for several minutes and continued batting, but not for long.At that stage, Bavuma and Aiden Markram had shared in a 106-run second-wicket stand. Bavuma eventually …

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Sensational Tabraiz Shamsi leads South-Africa to t20 series win against West Indies

Tabraiz Shamsi

Left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi was at his miserly best as South Africa claimed the five-match Twenty20 International series with a 25-run victory over the West INdias Read more at: Shamsi recorded figures of 1-11 in four overs to stall the West Indies victory charge as the hosts attempted to chase down South Africa’s score of 168 for four, but were restricted to 143 for nine as the tourists claimed the series 3-2. Shamsi has been excellent in all five games, conceding just 80 runs at an economy rate of only four per over against a powerful batting line-up. reporting; Times of India, read more

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Taylor, Williamson help New Zealand defeat India to clinch inaugural WTC title

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Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor played unbeaten knocks off 52 and 47 respectively as New Zealand defeated India by eight wickets to clinch the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship (WTC) here at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton on Wednesday. A complete effort on the Reserve Day saw New Zealand edging India in a final which had its ebbs and flows in the first innings. The Kiwis made full use of the slender 32-run lead and the Kane Williamson-led side bundled out India cheaply in the second innings to get a target of just 139. The batsmen did not relent and in the end, the side walked away with a comfortable victory. Requiring 139 to win, New Zealand openers Latham and Conway batted till the tea break, ensuring that their side did not lose any wicket before the interval. In …

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COVID: IPL postponed, CSA scrambles to repatriate South African players asap 🏏

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Hours after the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 was postponed, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said it has held talks with all IPL franchises to ensure the safe return of Proteas players and support staff. CSA also informed that the Proteas contingent will have to undergo home quarantine in line with the current World Health Organization recommendations when they return to South Africa. “CSA supports the decision to put the health and safety interests of all involved in the tournament first and foremost and has made contact with all of the relevant franchises to ensure the expedited travel of all South African players and support staff back to our shores,” CSA said in an official statement. “Those travelling back to South Africa will undergo home quarantine in line with the current World Health Organization recommendations,” it added.The apex body of cricket …

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Sprinter Lythe Pillay to Poland to prepare for Olympic qualification

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Lythe Pillay does it again! Lythe is off to Poland to compete in world relay championships which is to take place on 1 – 2 May 2021. The main objective is the preparations for the 2021 Olympic Games and the qualification of the 4x400m Men. He will be running in the 4 x 400m relay team with Wayde van Niekerk; Berend Koekemoer; Zakithi Nene; Oscar Mavundla; Ranti Dikgale. That’s right…the Wayde van Niekerk – South African track and field sprinter who competes in the 200 and 400 metres. In the 400 metres, he is the current world and Olympic record holder which he broke in the Olympic finals. He also holds the world-best time in the 300 metres. Lythe ran 45,74 in February this year, placing him in the top 100 in the world over this distance and behind van …

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Pakistan cricket win in T20i series with ball to spare, and Babar displaces Kohli at No. 1 🏏 🇵🇰

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Pakistan survived a collapse from 92/1 chasing 144, to squeak through with a ball to spare and win the series 3-1. South Africa’s brand new team did well to keep in the matches, but ultimately inexperience showed in the bowling and their own middle-order collapse for the Pakistan cricket win. They made rough going of it, scoring 92 for 1 off the first 9 overs, 37 for 5 off the next 9 and 20 for 1 off the final two. Pakistan captain Babar Azam is now the No.1-ranked ODI batsman, ending India captain Virat Kohli‘s long reign at the top of the charts. Babar’s match-winning 82-ball 94 in the third ODI against South Africa helped him gain 13 rating points to reach career-best 865 points. fter playing an unbeaten knock of 122 in the third T20I against South Africa, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has said …

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Babar, Rizwan script Pakistan’s highest successful T20I run chase, beat SA by 9 wickets 🏏 🇵🇰

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Pakistan complete their highest successful run-chase with 12 balls to spare against South Africa in the third game here on Wednesday. This thanks to Babar Azam’s stunning century and Mohammad Rizwan’s classy fifty. Pakistan T20I final score was 205/1. Pakistan defeated South Africa by nine wickets to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match T20I series. The visiting captain struck 122 off just 59 balls (15 fours, 4 sixes) and shared a record 197-run opening partnership with vice-captain Rizwan, who ended unbeaten on 73 off 47 balls (5 fours, 2 sixes), as the tourists chased down 204 with two overs to spare. Earlier, half-centuries by the in-form Aiden Markram (63 off 31 balls, 6 fours, 4 sixes) and Janneman Malan (55 off 40 balls, 5 fours, 2 sixes) provided South Africa with a strong start that put them on course …

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Cricket SA agrees to a majority independent board

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The Interim Board of Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Saturday welcomed the decision taken by the majority of the Members’ Council to accept the principle of a majority independent Board led by an independent Chairperson. This paves the way for the formal amendment of CSA’s Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI) and sets the cricket administration on a new governance path. Interim Board Chair, Stavros Nicolaou, in an official statement said: “This is a landmark moment for South African cricket administration. It lays a solid foundation for transparent and sound governance in the future. It is 9 years since the Nicholson Report recommended a majority independent Board and the moment has finally been seized to make a clean break with the past. It is a step in the direction of transparent, innovative and best practice governance for cricket. “A new Board, comprised …

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SA vs Pak: Rizwan and Ashraf script visitors’ highest successful chase in T20Is

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Mohammad Rizwan continued his excellent form against the Proteas by recording yet another half-century as Pakistan scripted their highest-ever T20I run-chase to take a 1-0 lead in their four-match series with a four-wicket win in Johannesburg on Saturday. The right-hander crafted an unbeaten 74 off 50 balls (9 fours, 2 sixes) to help the tourists chase down a testing 189-run target with one delivery to spare. Stand-in captain Heinrich Klaasen and Aiden Markram had earlier struck half-centuries in a strong batting display by South Africa – the former striking an aggressive 50 off 28 balls (2 fours, 4 sixes) and the latter a slightly slower 51 off 32 balls (8 fours, 1 six). Beuran Hendricks then grabbed three for 32 and Tabraiz Shamsi two for 29 to put the home side on the front foot during the chase, but destructive …

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Pakistan’s Hafeez looks to break a pair of T20 records against SA 🏏🇿🇦🇵🇰


Mohammad Hafeez will become the second Pakistan player and sixth overall to feature in 100 T20Is when he takes the field against South Africa in the first of the four men’s Twenty20 Internationals at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday. Hafeez’ T20 form is solid at the moment, with the hosts having lost the ODIs. Hafeez, 40, is one shy of reaching the three-figure mark and all set to join the exclusive club of Shoaib Malik (116), Rohit Sharma (111), Martin Guptill, Eoin Morgan, and Ross Taylor (102) who have appeared in 100 or more T20Is since the inception of the shortest format of the game in February 2005. Hafeez featured in Pakistan’s first-ever T20I in August 2006 in Bristol and scored 46 in Pakistan’s five-wicket victory over England. Interestingly, Hafeez’s 50th appearance was also at the Wanderers Stadium …

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