South Africa

Pakistanis Record Close Win In Warm-Up Match

The Pakistanis held their nerve to defeat a South Africa Invitational XI in their only warm-up match ahead of the ODI series against South Africa. Chasing 267 to win, they slipped to 154 for six before rallying courtesy of several contributions from the lower-order. Shahid Afridi hit a brisk 29 off only 19 balls, while Umar Gul chipped in with 30. Abdur Rehman ended on 35 not out as they won by one wicket with two balls to spare.
6 March 2013

Morris Reprimanded For Code Of Conduct Breach

South African fast bowler Chris Morris has been reprimanded after he broke the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Code of Conduct in the second Twenty20 International against Pakistan at Centurion Park. He was found guilty of having too many manufacturer logos on his helmet while batting, in contravention of clothing regulations.
4 March 2013

Hafeez And Gul Lead South Africa Rout

Pakistan bounced back from their disappointing Test series showing in the most resounding fashion possible; inflicting defeat on the home side by 95 runs in the second Twenty20 International in Centurion. Mohammad Hafeez perhaps epitomised the turnaround better than anyone. He had looked all at sea, both technically and mentally, during the Test series against Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn, but with those two absent, he smashed 85 off only 51 balls to lead Pakistan to 195 for seven.
3 March 2013

Rain Forces Durban Abandonment

Torrential rain in Durban meant that the first Twenty20 International between South Africa and Pakistan was abandoned without a ball bowled in Kingsmead, Durban.
1 March 2013

Du Plessis Ready To Freshen Up Twenty20 Approach

South Africa's Twenty20 International captain Faf du Plessis says he is to keen to inject the side with fresh ideas during the two-match series that gets underway tonight (1st March) in Durban. Du Plessis continues to lead the side after AB de Villiers chose to step down as captain, and the new skipper plans to use de Villiers as an opening batsman.
1 March 2013

De Villiers Ready To Take On 'Dangerous' Pakistan

If the Test series between the two sides was a complete mismatch at times, AB de Villiers is expecting a much more even contest when South Africa take on Pakistan in two Twenty20 Internationals later this week. The 2009 ICC World Twenty20 champions beat South Africa in last year's renewal in Sri Lanka and wicket-keeper de Villiers says they are a 'dangerous' side.
27 February 2013

Abbott Added To ODI Squad As Cover For Morkel

Cricket World Player Of The Week Kyle Abbott has been added to South Africa's One-Day International squad as cover for fellow fast bowler Morne Morkel. Morkel missed the third and final Test against Pakistan with a hamstring injury but was expected to return to full fitness in time for the first ODI on 10th March in Bloemfontein.
27 February 2013

Imran Tahir Named In Invitational Side To Play Pakistan

Cricket South Africa (CSA) have named a South African Invitation XI which will play the touring Pakistanis in a one-day game next Wednesday (6th March). As the match comes in the middle of the domestic Twenty20 competition, Stephen Cook will captain a side made up of players who represent the Dolphins and Lions franchises.
27 February 2013

Cricket Video - South Africa Beat Pakistan To Stay At Number One - Cricket World TV

We look back at South Africa's innings-and-18-run defeat of Pakistan at Centurion which was their sixth Test win in a row. They needed just three days win in the third and final Test and the clean sweep.
25 February 2013

Smith Hails Current Team As Best He's Played In

South Africa captain Graeme Smith has hailed the current Proteas outfit as the best team he has played in following their 3-0 Test series clean sweep over Pakistan. During the series, Smith took his 50th win as a Test captain and the side stretched their unbeaten run to 15 matches, including victory in each of their last six games.
25 February 2013

Dale Steyn Ends With Four As South Africa Wrap Up Innings Win

Pakistan's hopes of making South Africa bat again in the third Test in Centurion were effectively ended shortly after lunch during a middle-order collapse of four for 21. That reduced the tourists to 114 for six and, despite some unexpected resistance from the lower-order, the match was won midway through the final session. The win was Graeme Smith's 50th as South Africa's Test captain and wrapped up a clean sweep for the Proteas this summer.
24 February 2013

South Africa Keen To End Test Series Strongly

South Africa go into the third and final Test against Pakistan already guaranteed of another series victory but no less determined to end their summer on a winning note. They haven't lost a Test match since December 2011, when Sri Lanka (also the last side to defeat them in a series away from home) beat them in Durban.
21 February 2013

Pakistan Recall Afridi For South Africa ODIs, T20s

All-rounder Shahid Afridi is poised to make another international comeback after he was named in Pakistan's 16-man One-Day International squad to play South Africa. Afridi played for Pakistan against Australia in September before being left out of the One-Day International series in India, although he and Shoaib Malik, who has also been recalled, did feature in the Twenty20 matches.
20 February 2013

Du Plessis To Continue As Twenty20 Captain

Faf du Plessis has been re-appointed as South Africa's Twenty20 International captain ahead of the Pakistan series following AB de Villiers' request to stand down. De Villiers will continue to lead the One-Day International side, however, which plays five matches against Pakistan from 10th to 24th March.
20 February 2013

Abbott Called Up As Morne Morkel Out Of Final Test

South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel has, as expected, been ruled out of the third and final Test against Pakistan due to the hamstring injury he picked up during the second Test in Cape Town. The injury prevented him from bowling in the second innings although South Africa nevertheless wrapped up a four-wicket win that ensures they will retain the number one Test ranking regardless of results around the world between now and April.
19 February 2013

South Africa Take Win After Dramatic Pakistan Collapse

A match that swung this way and that throughout was ended by a final decisive swing towards South Africa in a crazy 45 minute session before lunch on day four. From a position of strength at 147 for four, Pakistan lost four wickets for five runs and were all out for 169 in their second innings, leaving the hosts needing just 182 for a series-clinching victory. Hashim Amla anchored the run chase with an elegant 58 as South Africa chose to go after a Pakistan attack which was again overly dependent on Saeed Ajmal.
17 February 2013

Sri Lanka Collapse Hands South Africa Victory

Sri Lanka Women lost seven wickets for seven runs, collapsing from 110 for three to be all out for 117 to hand South Africa a 110-run win in their Women's World Cup Super Six game in Cuttack. They were making steady progress having been set 228 to win before losing their way completely, Dane van Niekerk taking four for 18 to ensure the two sides will meet again in Friday's fifth place play-off.
13 February 2013

Pakistan Complete Victory Over Emerging Cape Cobras Side

The touring Pakistan side took a morale-boosting and welcome 10-wicket victory on the second and final day of their tour game against a Cape Cobras Emerging Players side in Rondenbosch. After bowling their hosts for just 78 in their second innings, the Pakistanis continued batting having reached their target, closing on 126 for one with Younus Khan hitting an unbeaten half-century.
11 February 2013

Majid Haq Ready For 'Huge' Year For Scotland

2013 is an important year for Scottish cricket. Lying second in the ICC Intercontinental Cup behind Ireland, they continue their bid to qualify for the 2015 World Cup and play further One-Day Internationals against Austalia and Pakistan. All-rounder Majid Haq is looking forward to what he calls a 'huge year', in which he aims to add to his tally of 29 One-Day Internationals and 13 Twenty20 Internationals for the Saltires.
5 February 2013

Kapp Stars As South Africa Progress

Marizanne Kapp became the fourth player of the tournament to hit her maiden ODI century as South Africa Women booked their place in the Super Six stage of the ICC Women's World Cup by thrashing Pakistan Women. The 23-year-old then returned career-best figures of three for 18 with her medium-pace to cap a dream day all-round.
5 February 2013


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