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De Kock again holds South African innings together

South Africa produced an uncanny replica of their first innings batting effort in the first Castle Lager Test match against Sri Lanka at Kingsmead when the second Test match got under way at St. George’s Park on Thursday.

The end result was that they got dismissed for 222 runs compared with the 235 they made in Durban. This is, however, a contest between two struggling top-orders and they were still well in the game at the close of play with Sri Lanka on 60/3 still trailing by 162 on the first innings.

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Astle recalled to New Zealand Test squad

After a couple of injury setbacks, Canterbury leg-spinner Todd Astle is poised to return to the Test arena as part of a 13-man BLACKCAPS squad named to face Bangladesh.

The 32-year-old was ruled out of the second Test against England and the tour of UAE last year, but after a successful comeback from knee surgery has been included as the specialist spinner for the upcoming three-Test series.

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Kusal Perera guides Sri Lanka to incredible 1-wicket win

Kusal Perera played one of the most significant innings for Sri Lanka outside the sub-continent to get his side over the line for a one-wicket victory over the Proteas in the first Test match at Kingsmead on Saturday.

In plain statistics Perera (153 not out off 200 balls, 12 fours and 5 sixes) scored more than half the 304 runs needed for victory and shared an unbroken 10th wicket partnership of 78 with Vishwa Fernando who stuck it out during a time when the Proteas could take the second new ball in the final few overs to finish on 6 off 27 balls.

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Shinwari swings Pakistan level against South Africa at the Wanderers

Usman Shinwari produced a devastating spell of reverse swing bowling to blow away the Standard Bank Proteas middle and lower order and put Pakistan on their way to a series-levelling eight-wicket win in the fourth Momentum ODI at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.

The seventh edition of the PinkDay ODI was the first one in which the Proteas had finished up on the losing side and they produced a performance that was well below par for this iconic occasion.

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Du Plessis: "We are still looking at combinations"

South African captain, Faf du Plessis, has asked for a more clinical performance from his players in the second one-day international (ODI) against Australia taking place at the Adelaide Oval on Friday. The bowlers were almost faultless in the opening match in Perth to dismiss the home team for 152 in 38.1 overs, and it is with the bat that Du Plessis has asked for more ruthlessness and improvement.

It is often said to never change a winning combination, but the captain admits the limited opportunities in a three-match series could warrant a few tweaks to scout as many players as possible. All-rounders, Chris Morris and Dwaine Pretorius are options, while left-arm wrist-spinner, Tabraiz Shamsi, is also a look-in in potentially slow drop-in pitch conditions.

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Chatara, Raza flummox Bangladesh to put Zimbabwe in driving seat

Zimbabwe moved firmly into the driving seat after skittling Bangladesh for 143 on the second day of the first Test match at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Sunday. Tendai Chatara ran fiercely through the hosts’ top order, claiming three wickets, while the equally impressive Sikandar Raza took as many, with the innings folding in 51 overs. Zimbabwe, who had made 282 in their first innings, were on one for no loss in two overs and 140 runs ahead of Bangladesh at stumps.

In the morning, Zimbabwe had resumed at their overnight score of 236 for five, with Peter Moor (37*) and Regis Chakabva (20*) looking to give the tourists a healthy total. The pair survived 11.1 overs, adding 25 runs to their sixth-wicket stand, before Chakabva perished for 28 after clipping a looping delivery from Taijul Islam off the pads into the hands of Nazmul Islam at short leg.

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Steyn and Ngidi set tone as South Africa crush Australia

Dale Steyn and Lungi Ngidi se the tone up front as the Standard Bank Proteas crushed Australia by six wickets in the opening ODI on their tour ‘down under’ at Perth on Sunday.

The Proteas won the toss on a typically lively pitch and went in with their full front-line pace attack. There was no recovery for Australia after Man of the Match Steyn and Ngidi reduced them to 8/3 inside 6 overs. They later slumped to 66/6 in 21 overs as Andile Phehlukwayo (3/33 in 6 overs) also played an important role.

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