Sunday, 17 March 2013

South Africa triumph despite Shahid Afridi fireworks

Centuries by Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers set up a 34-run victory for South Africa despite a thrilling innings by Pakistan's Shahid Afridi in the third one-day international at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.

Amla (122) and De Villiers (128) shared a world record third wicket partnership of 238 as South Africa made 343 for five after being sent in.

Asutralia vs India: Australia 75/3 in 2nd innings at stumps on Day 4

The India vs Australia, Mohali Test is set for another repeat of Chennai and Hyderabad, where the Michael Clarke's boys lost in never-before-seen humiliating manner, that revived and M S Dhoni's captaincy. Murali Vijay (153) cracked his second successive century before young paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar quickly snapped up three Australian wickets to raise hopes of an Indian victory in the third cricket Test which seemed headed for an exciting finish.

South Africa beat Pakistan by 34 runs in third ODI

South Africa beat Pakistan by 34 runs in the third one-day international at the Wanderers on Sunday. Scores: South Africa 343-5 (H Amla 122, AB de Villiers 128) v Pakistan 309 (Shahid Afridi 88, Mohammad Hafeez 57; McLaren 3-56).

T20 has no relation to Dhawan hitting fastest ton: Captains

New Delhi: Shikhar Dhawan might have scored the fastest-ever Test century on debut on Saturday but the former cricket captains of the world believe it has nothing to do with the advent of Twenty20 cricket. Dhawan created history on Saturday by scoring the fastest-ever Test ton on debut in the third Test against Australia and was unbeaten on a 168-ball 185 at the end of the third day's play.

New Zealand 162 for two at stumps, trail by 49

New Zealand were 162 for two in their second innings at the close of a rain-disrupted fourth day of the second Test, trailing England by 49 at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on Sunday.

Kane Williamson was on 55 and Ross Taylor 41.

Sehwag, Gambhir, Steyn congratulate Dhawan on his superb knock

New Delhi: Senior players Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir on Saturday took to micro-blogging site twitter in order to congratulate their statemate Shikhar Dhawan, who announced his arrival on international stage with a mindblowing unbeaten 185 off 168 balls.

Sachin Tendulkar told me to be gutsy: Shikhar Dhawan

Mohali: After signalling his arrival in Test cricket with a bang, debutant Shikhar Dhawan on Saturday said it was a great moment to receive his maiden cap from Sachin Tendulkar, who told him to be as 'gutsy' in international cricket as he has been in the domestic circuit.

Don't treat Oz players like kids: Ian Chappell

Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has criticised the team management and told them that it is important to remember that the players are grown men, not schoolboys, even though the game may have evolved and the players have become full-time professionals, following the suspension of four key players from the Mohali Test.

Former Test skipper Kim Hughes warns of 'future' pitfalls for Clarke

 Former Test captain Kim Hughes has warned of the obstacles facing captain Michael Clarke, who is leading a divided team, and said that a shake-up is necessary to confront Australia's cricket crisis.

Hughes, who resigned after a second Test loss in Brisbane that meant five in succession against the West Indies during 1984, said that the internal tensions that led to the axing of vice-captain Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja for the Mohali Test reminded him of his doomed leadership during the 1984 low against the Caribbean, reports.