Jan 052018
 
Steyn returns to help South Africa rally against India

South Africa’s Faf du Plessis makes a run during the first Test cricket match between India and South Africa in Newlands Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa, January 5, 2017. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham South Africa seamer Dale Steyn grabbed his first test wicket after an injury absence of 14 months as the hosts fought back against a fired-up India on an enthralling first day of cut-and-thrust cricket in the opening test at Newlands on Friday.Steyn took his career tally to 418 wickets, three behind South African record-holder Shaun Pollock, as India were reduced to 28 for three at the close having bowled out the hosts for 286 on a spicy wicket offering bounce and some sideways movement.Cheteshwar Pujara (five) and Rohit Sharma (zero) will resume on the second day as the tourists, who trail by 258, seek an answer to the venom in the pitch and the home seam attack.Steyn, who had missed the last 15 tests with a career-threatening shoulder injury, caught and bowled dangerous opener Shikhar Dhawan for 16 with a quick delivery that proved he has lost none of his paces.“Having him back after such a long time is special to a lot of us. He has been the spearhead of this attack for such a long time,” Steyn’s fellow opening bowler Vernon Philander said.“We wanted to get as close to 300 as possible, which I think is a lot of runs on this wicket.” India’s captain Virat Kohli gestures after the wall of South Africa’s last wicket during the [Read More…]

Jan 012018
 
Video of Virat Kohli dancing in South Africa goes viral

It seems these days everything Virat Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma do goes viral.Every picture taken and every dance done during their wedding was shared widely across social media. The couple is currently in South Africa where the Indian cricket team is playing a Test series.The Indian skipper was spotted on the streets of Cape Town with teammate Shikhar Dhawan showing locals how the bhangra is done.  Guess who is up for Bhangra on the streets of Capetown! ️ A post shared by Virat Kohli (@viratkohli.club) on Dec 30, 2017 at 11:41pm PST Spotted @virat.kohli and @shikhardofficial hanging at the waterfront! #viratkohli #capetown #vawaterfront A post shared by Rahim Manji (@rahim.manji) on Dec 30, 2017 at 10:23am PST Virat Kohli was also spotted with Anushka Sharma taking in the sights and sounds of the city.  Earlier the couple also shared a picture wishing fans a happy new year on their Instagram accounts.  Click for detailed story

Dec 262017
 
Markram lifts South Africa with a ton

PORT ELIZABETH: Aiden Markram hit his second century in three Test matches as South Africa built a sound position on the first day of a four-day, day-night Test at St George’s Park on Tuesday.South Africa were 251 for four at the dinner break, with Markram falling to the last ball before the break for 125.Markram shared stands of 72 with fellow opener Dean Elgar (31), 96 with stand-in captain AB de Villiers (53) and 78 with Temba Bavuma (35 not out).Kyle Jarvis dismissed Markram with a ball with the help of a diving catch by wicketkeeper Brendan Taylor. He had figures of two for 38. Chris Mpofu took the wickets of Hashim Amla and De Villiers while conceding 49 runs. Opening batsman Markram, 23, continued a dream start to his Test career.Although he was run out for 97 in his first Test innings against Bangladesh in September he made 143 in the first innings of his second Test against the same opponents.Markram made a watchful start on Tuesday against some testing bowling from Zimbabwe new ball pair Jarvis and new cap Blessing Muzarabani. He took 104 balls to reach fifty but accelerated to post his century off 175 balls with 13 fours and a six. He added another four and a six before falling to the 204th ball of his innings.South Africa were without regular captain Faf du Plessis, who had failed to recover fully from lower back and shoulder injuries, and fast bowler Dale Steyn, whose return from a [Read More…]

Nov 272017
 
India to rest star Kohli before South Africa tour

NEW DELHI: India’s captain and star batsman Virat Kohli will be rested for the one-day matches against Sri Lanka after the ongoing Test series ends, selectors said Monday.Kohli has stepped up calls in recent weeks for a break from cricket because of a packed calendar. India, the world´s top Test nation, start a demanding tour of South Africa in January.“I’m not a robot, you can slice my skin and check if I still bleed,” Kohli said before the Sri Lanka series started.He has played more international cricket in 2017 than any other Indian player – nine Tests, 26 one-day internationals and 10 T20s.The squad for India’s tour of South Africa is expected to be named later this week.India will go into the third and final Test against Sri Lanka in New Delhi on Saturday with Kohli leading the squad that hammered the visitors in the second Test.The return of batsman Shikhar Dhawan is the only change.Kohli will be replaced as captain by batsman Rohit Sharma for the three-match one-day series after the Tests.Sharma is expected to remain captain for the T20 games too, as Kohli rests and prepares for the South Africa tour.India squad for the third Test against Sri Lanka:Virat Kohli (capt), Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Vijay ShankarIndia squad for one day series against Sri Lanka:Rohit Sharma (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Kedar [Read More…]

Oct 312017
 

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is hoping to host Bangladesh and South Africa next year, with Afghanistan and Ireland having already shown interest in playing in Pakistan, claimed board chairman Najam Sethi. “Afghanistan and Ireland are ready to visit Pakistan next year but we are looking for the big names to come to Pakistan and play a full series here after we successfully hosted World XI and Sri Lanka in T20Is in Lahore,” said Sethi. “We hope that, after Sri Lanka’s visit, Bangladesh and South Africa will also come here next year. We can’t really say when, but we will try to host them some time in 2018.” After T20 success, Sri Lanka promises more Pakistan tours International cricket finally resumed in Pakistan as the first Test-playing nation came to the country, eight years on from the attack on the Sri Lankan team bus. The post Hope to bring Bangladesh, South Africa to Pakistan soon: Sethi appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Oct 202017
 
Hasan Ali becomes No 1 ODI bowler

KARACHI: Pakistan’s Hasan Ali moved up six places to become the top-ranked ODI bowler in the ICC rankings here on Friday.Hasan’s haul of five for 34 in the third ODI against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi gave the pacer a big boost in ranking points. The 23-year-old, who has taken nine wickets in the series so far, became the fifth bowler at the top of the ODI rankings this year after Trent Boult, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada and Josh Hazlewood. Outside the top 20, Sri Lanka’s Suranga Lakmal (up three places to 36th), South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo (up 30 places to 52nd) and Bangladesh’s Rubel Hossain (up seven places to 61st) were the other bowlers to move northwards. The latest rankings also see de Villiers climb to the top of the ODI table for the 14th time in his career.A knock of 176 by AB de Villiers in the second ODI against Bangladesh, which included 15 fours and seven sixes and came off only 104 balls, helped South Africa edge India at the top of ICC ODI Team Rankings by taking a 2-0 winning lead in the three-match series. De Villiers, who has leapfrogged Australian David Warner and India captain Virat Kohli, had first attained the top position in May 2010 and the number of days he has spent at the top is second most after retired Windies great Vivian Richards. De Villiers has now been at the top for 2,124 days. Richards was number one for 2,306 days. Other [Read More…]

Sep 152017
 
Independence Cup

The recent cricket series between Pakistan and World XI has brought back happiness to the cricket loving nation. Cricket in the country suffered after the Sri Lankan team attack. Every country refused to tour Pakistan. The country’s national team then played all international matches in the UAE. This year, the PCB convinced a few players who were taking part in the PSL to visit Pakistan for the final match. The successful event that was conducted in Lahore paved way for the recently concluded Independence Cup. The final of the three-match Twenty20 series was played on Friday (Sep 15). Pakistan has welcomed 14 foreign players from six different countries, including South Africa, Australia, West Indies, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Bangladesh. The Captain of the World XI team was Faf du Plessis from South Africa. Upon arriving in Pakistan, all the foreign players revealed that they were satisfied with the security condition of the country. It was a wonderful series. It is hoped that international cricket will finally come to Pakistan. Minhaj Wajid (Karachi)   Click for detailed story

Aug 252017
 

LAHORE – A host of former Pakistan greats have welcomed the return of top-class cricket to the country with a three-match Twenty20 International series against a World XI to be played under lights at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on 12, 13 and 15 September. The World XI side, which has been selected and is being managed by former Zimbabwe player Andy Flower, will be led by South Africa captain … Click for detailed story

Aug 042017
 
Old Trafford pavilion end renamed in honour of James Anderson

James Anderson, with Old Trafford in the background MANCHESTER: England great James Anderson insisted he wanted to win the Ashes again after an end at his Old Trafford home ground was renamed in his honour.The Pavilion End at Lancashire´s Manchester headquarters will now be known officially as The James Anderson End in recognition of England´s all-time leading Test wicket-taker´s “immense contribution” to both club and country in the 15 years since his first-class debut.The swing specialist could bowl from The James Anderson End as soon as Friday, when the fourth Test between England and South Africa is scheduled to start at Old Trafford. While Sachin Tendulkar won a 2011 World Cup final with India on a Wankhede ground in Mumbai where a stand was named after him, this is a rare recognition for a still active cricketer in the English game.Indeed Old Trafford´s Brian Statham End was only so named several years after the Lancashire and England pace bowling great, a star of the 1950s and 1960s, had died.For Anderson, born in the Lancashire town of Burnley and someone who has spent his entire career with the county, it was a shock late 35th birthday present.´Surreal´“I´m blown away, really, by the gesture from the club,” he told reporters at Old Trafford on Thursday.“I can´t quite believe it has happened. It is something that usually happens when people have stopped playing or are further down the line. So to have this happen when I´m still playing and potentially bowling from that end [Read More…]

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