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South African fast bowler, Dale Steyn, today became the second South African after Shaun Pollock (421) and the 13th of all time to join the exclusive 400 Test wickets club. He achieved the feat on the first morning of his 80th Test match when he dismissed Bangladesh opening batsman, Tamim Iqbal, at Dhaka today.

“Fantastic. Just fantastic!” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat. “The statistics as always speak for themselves and one cannot compliment Dale enough. He is the joint second fastest to reach this mark in terms of matches played but he is by far the quickest in terms of balls bowled as his strike rate of 41.6 is far superior to anybody else. No other bowler in that category has a strike rate below 50.

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Faf du Plessis and Dale Steyn provided the individual highlights as South Africa scored a conclusive six-wicket victory over Australia in the Final of the Triangular ODI Series at Harare on Saturday.

This result puts the Proteas level on 113 rankings points with India but the latter retain the No. 1 spot when the calculation is made to the third decimal point. Sri Lanka and Australia are also level on points with Sri Lanka holding third place and Australia fourth.

Du Plessis finished on 96 (99 balls, 8 fours and a six) and would almost certainly have achieved a world record four centuries in an ODI Series had he not thrown his wicket away attempting to hit a boundary off Mitchell Johnson when the scores were tied.

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Hashim Amla won his first test as South African skipper as the Proteas upstaged the Sri Lankans to take a 1-0 lead in the short 2-test series by beating the hosts by 153 runs in the first test at Galle. Set a target of 370 to win in four sessions, the Sri Lankans folded for 216 as pacers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel picked up four wickets each.

The hosts started from their overnight score of 110-1 as they were 260 runs away from their target. Dale Steyn posed plenty of problems in the opening few overs despite the two Lankan batsmen bringing up their century stand. Steyn was rewarded soon enough as he got Silva to edge a good length delivery behind to a diving Quinton De Kock. Sangakkara was given a reprieve in the following over from Morkel when on 65, with the keeper playing culprit. Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn bowled some intense, probing overs as Mahela Jayawardene looked unsettled at the wicket. Sri Lanka’s most reliable batting pair showed grit and countered the pressure with a couple of boundaries before it took a full delivery from Morkel to have Mahela caught behind for 10.

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Dale Steyn picked up some crucial wickets as the Proteas pegged Sri Lanka back to 285-9 at stumps on day 3 of the first test at Galle.

Upul Tharanga got Sri Lanka off and running from their overnight score as he whistled one off Vernon Philander through the covers for four. However Dale Steyn, who was steaming in, gave the Proteas their first break of the morning as he dismissed Kaushal Silva who hit a well directed bouncer straight to long leg for 8. Sangakkara got off the mark with a sublime cover boundary off Steyn while Tharanga looked solid at the other end as the hosts looked to build.

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The SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Jannie Lubbe SC has accepted a guilty plea from Francois Steyn of the Sharks for contravening Law 10.4 (e) Dangerous tackling, after he was cited during a Super Rugby match at the weekend. Steyn has been issued an Off Field yellow card for the incident.

The incident occurred in the 16th minute of the match between the Sharks and Waratahs at Growthpoint KINGS PARK in Durban on Saturday 29 March 2014.

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South Africa managed to pull back from the abyss of defeat for the second match in a row to beat the Netherlands by six runs in their third Pool A match at the ICC World Twenty20 in Chittagong on Thursday. It is a result that keeps their semi-final hopes alive in what is turning into a very tight group following England's win against Sri Lanka later tonight.

The Proteas, after being put into bat, only managed a below-par total of 145 after being well in charge at 84/2 after eight overs. But their attempts to improve their scoring rate only resulted in giving catch practice to the outfielders and they were very nearly bowled out inside the 20 overs. The only contribution of note came from Hashim Amla who made 43 off 22 balls with seven fours and a six.

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Dale Steyn bowled one of the great final overs in the history of T20 International cricket to earn South Africa their first victory of the ICC World Twenty20 by a nail-biting two runs over New Zealand at Chittagong on Monday. When Steyn started his final over, he faced the unenviable task of having only five runs to defend to secure victory, six to allow the game to go to a super over while New Zealand needed seven for victory.

As it turned out, Steyn conceded only four runs, took two wickets and made a run out off the last ball to complete a stunning victory by two runs. The world’s best bowler finished with figures of 4/17 plus the run out which he manufactured himself. He does have better figures of 4/9 against the West Indies in three overs but that effort pales into insignificance in the context of what happened today.

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