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Cricket World Player Of The Week - Izatullah Dawlatzai

In the Intercontinental Cup match between Scotland and Afghanistan, Afghan fast-bowler Izatullah Dawlatzai returned match figures of 11 for 94 to help his side leapfrog Scotland into second in the table. Dawlatzai, a 21 year-old from Afghanistan's Nangarhar province which borders Pakistan, took six for 57 in Scotland's first innings as they were dismissed for just 125. He then shared nine wickets with fellow quick-bowler Dawlat Zadran in their second innings, taking five for 37 to subject the Saltires to an innings defeat.
18 March 2013

De Villiers And Amla Lead South Africa To Victory

A packed Wanderers crowd, dressed predominantly in pink to raise awareness of breast cancer, were treated to a batting masterclass by players on both sides in the third One-Day International between Pakistan and South Africa. AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla hit fluent centuries, adding a world-record 238 for the third-wicket, to lead South Africa to 343 for three five after they had been asked to bat.
17 March 2013

Mohammad Irfan Leads Pakistan To Victory In Second ODI

An incisive opening spell from Mohammad Irfan lead Pakistan to a series levelling victory in the second One-Day International against South Africa at SuperSport Park. The tall left-arm quick soon had the home side on the back foot and they never really recovered in spite of a mature 58 from Farhaan Behardien. Misbah-ul-Haq and Shoaib Malik then calmed any Pakistan nerves in their run chase with an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 77.
15 March 2013

High-Scoring Sharjah Draw For Ireland And UAE

The ICC Intercontinental Cup match between Ireland and United Arab Emirates in Sharjah ended in a high-scoring draw as four players scored centuries. Ed Joyce, Niall O'Brien and Khurram Khan in the first innings and then William Porterfield in the second innings reached three figures in a game in which 1,137 runs were scored and just 19 wickets taken.
15 March 2013

Afghanistan Bowlers Too Good For Scotland

Afghanistan produced a thoroughly ruthless bowling display to hand Scotland an innings-and-five-run defeat inside three days of their ICC Intercontinental Cup clash in Abu Dhabi. Scotland were bowled out on the opening day for 125 and after Afghanistan hit 275 in reply to establish a healthy lead, they wrapped up the match when Scotland were dismissed for 145 in their second innings.
14 March 2013

Behardien Benefits From Proteas' Attacking Philosophy

South African batsman Farhaan Behardien is growing into his role as a middle-order finisher in the Proteas One-Day International side, approaching his task with aggressive relish. Soon after a match-turning effort for South Africa in the opening ODI against Pakistan, he delivered a similar performance for the Nashua Titans, filling him with confidence ahead of Friday's second ODI at Centurion Park.
14 March 2013

Smith Humbled After Visiting Former School

Ahead of Friday's second One-Day International against Pakistan, South Africa Test captain Graeme Smith returned to his old school to deliver a speech. His visit to to King Edward VII School in Johannesburg came soon after a tragic incident in which nine young cricketers were struck by lightning while putting covers on the pitch during a first-team game.
13 March 2013

Four Newcomers On South Africa Contract List

Cricket South Africa (CSA) have confirmed the 21 players who will receive central contracts for the 2013/14 season, running from 1st May 2013 to 30th April 2014. Dean Elgar, Rory Kleinveldt, Marchant de Lange and Aaron Phangiso have been handed national contracts for the first time and Ryan McLaren is back on the list having missed out in 2012-13.
12 March 2013

Ingram, Bowlers Give South Africa Comfortable Win

South Africa put the disappointment of the Twenty20 defeat behind them with a resounding win in the opening ODI against Pakistan. Colin Ingram and AB de Villiers built on a solid start given to them by Hashim Amla and Graeme Smith to take the home side to 315 for four from their 50 overs. Rory Kleinveldt and Ryan McLaren then helped South Africa bounce back from the good start that Pakistan's openers had given them. McLaren took three for 19 and Kleinveldt four for 22 as the tourists lost regular wickets throughout.
10 March 2013

Kirsten Focuses On 'Important Period' For ODI Team

South Africa coach Gary Kirsten has marked down his side's upcoming One-Day International series against Pakistan as part of an 'important period' for the Proteas. The five-match series, which begins in Bloemfontein on Sunday (10th March) is one of seven matches for South Africa ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales in June.
7 March 2013

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


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