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A pair of brilliant 90s from Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers helped South Africa reach an imposing 334-6 on the first day of the third and final Sunfoil Test match against Pakistan at Supersport Park on Friday.

A well grassed but heavily cracked pitch left Graeme Smith in two minds about batting or bowling first and two wickets inside the first hour confirmed that it had been a gamble. The Proteas captain edged to slip on five and opening partner Alviro Petersen was trapped lbw for 10.

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Wednesday re-appointed Faf du Plessis as captain of the Proteas squad for the KFC T20 International Series against Pakistan next month. AB de Villiers has requested to stand down from this role. This means that the Proteas will have a different captain for all three formats of the game with De Villiers continuing as captain of the Proteas Castle Lager squad for the five-match Momentum ODI Series against the same opponents.

“Handing Faf the T20 captaincy is an exciting option for us to explore our leadership resources,” commented national coach Gary Kirsten said. “He showed a lot of potential during the series against New Zealand in both the T20 and ODI formats, and this will be another great opportunity for him to work on his role as a leader.

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dale steyn2Sensational fast bowling from Dale Steyn and a wicket-keeping world record by AB de Villiers helped South Africa conclude a rousing victory by 211 runs in the first Sunfoil Test against Pakistan at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Monday. Steyn claimed four of the last six wickets on offer to finish the innings with 5-52 and a remarkable match analysis of 11-60, his fifth ten-wicket haul in Test matches and the most by a South African, surpassing Makhaya Ntini’s four ten-fors.

 

De Villiers, too, added five victims to his six from the first innings to equal Englishman Jack Russell’s haul of 11 catches in a Test.

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South Africa captain AB de Villiers has been suspended for two ODIs while his players have been fined 100-per-cent of their match fees for maintaining a slow over-rate during their one-wicket defeat against New Zealand in the first ODI in Paarl on Saturday.

David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the suspension after the Proteas were ruled to be six overs short of their target at the end of the match when time allowances were taken into consideration.

De Villiers pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction so there was no need for a formal hearing.

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The Proteas were denied a rare, two-day victory in the first Sunfoil Test match when New Zealand survived 52 overs to reach 169-4 at the close of play, still requiring another 133 runs to make South Africa bat again.

An unbeaten 69 from Dean Brownlie, dropped twice in the 20s, helped New Zealand take the game into a third day once Graeme Smith had declared soon after lunch with a total of 347-8, a lead of 302 runs.

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Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers scored brilliant centuries to lead South Africa to a formidable second innings total of 569 all out on the third day of the deciding Test match against Australia at the WACA ground on Sunday.

The enormous total left Australia with a fourth innings target of 632 in a minimum of 194 overs at an asking rate of 3.25 runs per over and they reached the close of play undamaged on 40-0 with openers Ed Cowan (9*) and David Warner (29*) set to resume on the fourth morning.

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Faf du Plessis produced one of the finest defensive innings in South African cricket history to secure an astonishing draw in the second Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Monday. Resuming on a precarious 77-4 and needing to bat the entire day to prevent the home team taking a one-nil lead, Du Plessis survived until the close moving from his overnight 19 not out to finish with a maiden Test century as South Africa closed on 248-8 from a mammoth 148 overs.

The Nashua Titans right-hander's unbeaten 110 was crafted from 376 deliveries faced over the course of seven hours and 44 minutes.

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