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South Africa captain AB de Villiers has joined team-mate Hashim Amla at the top of the Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings for batsmen following his man of the series performance in the five-match series against Pakistan. The latest rankings were released on Monday after South Africa’s 3-2 series win over Pakistan.

De Villiers was the highest run-getter on either side with 367 runs from five matches at an average of 91.75. While he has regained the top spot he last enjoyed in May 2010, his current rating of 882 is his best-ever to date.

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South Africa completed a resounding clean-sweep of the three match Sunfoil Test series against Pakistan with a resounding innings and 18-run victory at Supersport Park on Sunday to conclude a home summer of Test cricket which featured five consecutive victories – none of which went to the fifth day.

Pakistan resumed on 14-1 in the follow-on innings, still 239 runs away from making South Africa bat again, and four wickets from Dale Steyn led the way to a total of 235 all out an hour before the scheduled close of play.

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A brilliant fight back led by veteran batsman Younis Khan helped Pakistan reach a respectable total of 253-5 at the close of play on the first day of the second Sunfoil Test at Sahara Park Newlands on Thursday. Younis added 219 for the fifth wicket with Asad Shafiq after the tourists had been reduced to 33-4 in the 17th over after being put in to bat by Protea’s captain Graeme Smith.

Both batsmen survived a barrage of probing fast bowling but eventually blossomed to reach centuries and repair another potentially disastrous position for their country, having been dismissed for just 49 in the first Test at The Bidvest Wanderers last week.

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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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An astonishing return of 6-8 by Dale Steyn allowed the South Africa to dismiss Pakistan for just 49 and take total control of the Sunfoil Test match at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Saturday. It was the lowest total in Pakistan’s history. Graeme Smith chose not to enforce the follow-on despite a lead of 204 runs and by the close of play the home had reached 207-3, a daunting lead of 411.

Steyn was devastating in his first spell of the morning claiming three wickets in five overs at a cost of just eight runs to leave the tourists floundering at 12-3. Mohammed Hafeez became the first of a record-equalling six catches for AB de Villiers behind the stumps, fellow opener Nasir Jamshed lost a review for lbw and Younis Khan, the lynchpin of the Pakistan batting order, edged his fifth delivery to Smith at first slip.

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Dale Steyn turned in a man-of-the-match performance as South Africa completed a crushing innings and 193 run victory over New Zealand to secure a 2-0 series win on the fourth day of the second Sunfoil Series Test at Axxess St. George’s in Port Elizabeth on Monday.

Paceman Steyn captured three for 48 as New Zealand were bowled out for 211 in their second innings, 30 minutes before lunch. Steyn’s second innings efforts meant that he finished with match figures of eight for 65 as New Zealand succumbed to their second innings defeat to South Africa in as many Tests.

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A resolute and unbroken fifth wicket partnership of 73 between Dean Brownlie (44*) and BJ Watling (41*) helped New Zealand reach 157-4 in their follow-on innings and avoid the ignominy of back-to-back three-day losses in the second Test match at Axess St.George’s on Sunday.

The Black Caps were spared the embarrassment of being dismissed for less than 100 by an unlikely tenth wicket stand of 59 which took them from 62-9 to 121 all out in the first innings but Graeme Smith had no doubt about enforcing the follow-on.

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