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Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock both scored their maiden Test centuries against India as the Proteas fought back impressively on the third day of the first Test match at Vizakhapatnam on Friday.

The fact that they both did it on the sub-continent represented an important turning point for this relatively inexperienced batting line-up as they head into an important summer that also includes a home Test series against England.

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Beuran Hendricks set the standard on his return to the Standard Bank Proteas T20 side to spearhead a superb bowling performance that put them on the road to a famous nine-wicket victory with 19 balls to spare and a share of the T20 International series against India at Bangaluru on Sunday.

The victory was as one-sided as the final margin suggested and represents a tremendous achievement for the new leadership team of Interim Team Director Enoch Nkwe and Interim captain Quinton de Kock and the rest of the players and technical staff.

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Manav Suthar and Hrithik Shokeen took three wickets each to help India under-19s clinch the opening Youth Test match against South Africa U19s by nine wickets, despite a valiant half-century from Bonga Makaka in Trivandrum on Friday. The victory gives the home side a one-nil lead in the two-match series.

Suthar and Shokeen claimed figures of 3/44 and 3/52 respectively, to restrict the tourists to 167 all out after 66 overs in the second innings, having resumed on 34/3 on the penultimate day.

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Australia has claimed a three nil series whitewash against India after defeating the hosts by 97-runs in the final One Day International in Baroda today, with Alyssa Healy (133) scoring a maiden ODI century.

Chasing Australia’s 7-332, India made a fast start reaching 0-101 before two wickets in as many balls to Ashleigh Gardner (3-40) halted the home side’s momentum.

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Talented Indian prospect Shubhankar Sharma held his head high after finishing tied ninth in his debut at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship on Sunday.

After surprising the star-studded field when he led by two shots after day two and three at the Club de Golf Chapultepec, the 21-year-old, who was the youngest competitor in the field, signed off with a 3-over 74, finishing six shots behind winner Phil Mickelson, who triumphed over reigning FedExCup champion Justin Thomas in a playoff.

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Proteas Test captain, Faf du Plessis, returns to lead the squad for the first Sunfoil Test match against Australia starting at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban on Thursday. The captain has recovered from the finger injury that side-lined him for the limited-overs series against India.

His return is a welcome boost to the injury-free list, with AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock also making full recoveries ahead of the match. Temba Bavuma has not recovered satisfactorily from the hand fracture, and is not available for selection for the match.

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India ended their tour to South Africa on a high note on Saturday when they clinched the T20 International Series 2-1 thanks to a seven-run win over the Standard Bank Proteas in the final game at PPC Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday night.

Debutant Christiaan Jonker launched a valiant late assault to try and win the game with a breezy 49 off 24 balls, while stand-in captain JP Duminy hit 55 (41 balls, 2 fours, 3 sixes), but a slow start in a chase of 173 ultimately cost the hosts.

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