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Knee injury rules De Villiers out of T20I series

South African superstar, AB de Villiers, has been ruled out of the T20 International (T20I) series against India due to a left knee injury. De Villiers suffered a blow to the knee the day before the sixth One-Day International (ODI) at SuperSport Park, and has not recovered sufficiently to take part in the current three-match T20I series.

Proteas team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee explained: “AB de Villiers will not be able to take part in the T20 International series against India due to a left knee injury. He suffered a blow to the knee while batting ahead of the sixth ODI, and although he passed a fitness test on Friday, the injury worsened significantly throughout the match. The Cricket South Africa medical team has advised he is given a period of rest and rehabilitation to make a full recovery ahead of the four-match series against Australia starting next month.”

South Africa vs India: 1st T20 Preview

Proteas T20 captain, JP Duminy, says the squad will start the T20 International Series against India on a clean sheet after the disappointing One-Day International (ODI) series loss on Friday. The injection of some new faces and fresh energy will be a welcome boost, along with a change of format and mindset.

Duminy believes it will be important for the squad to move on from the ODI ‘baggage’ and to target the series with renewed perspective and motivation. The players held a practice session at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Saturday, and given the short turnaround of formats, will have to be positive and on the front foot for the first match at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.

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King Kohli trumps Proteas in all departments for emphatic series win

Virat Kohli put his indelible stamp on a famous Indian victory when he scored his 35th ODI century and his third in the current series to lead his side to a decisive 5-1 victory over South Africa following an 8-wicket victory with almost 18 overs to spare in the final Momentum ODI at SuperSport Park on Friday evening.

It has been a performance that has outshone any other international captain to come to this country. It was only appropriate that he himself should hit the winning runs with a classic straight drive off Imran Tahir, having during the course of his innings (129 off 196 balls, 19 fours and 2 sixes) reached the milestone of more than 500 runs in the six-match series.

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Wellington Blaze claims NZC Women's Twenty20 title

Wellington Blaze has claimed the NZC Women's Twenty20 crown for the third time in the space of six seasons after rain prevented play on the final day of the women's national domestic season in Lincoln, Canterbury, this morning.

Finishing with a strong record of seven wins, two losses and today's abandonment from the 10 rounds, Wellington Blaze went into today's scheduled final round holding a four-point advantage over their biggest rivals, one-day Hallyburton Johnstone Shield winners the Auckland Hearts (six wins). 

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Proteas women end series against India on a positive note

An impressive, all-round performance by the Momentum Proteas saw them clinch victory by seven-wickets over India in the third and last Women’s One-Day International (ODI) at Senwes Park on Saturday. The series ended with India winning 2-1, but the hosts will be pleased to have opened their ICC Women’s Championship account with two points.

A four-wicket haul by Shabnim Ismail and respective, unbeaten scores of 90 and 41 by Mignon du Preez and captain Dane van Niekerk, as well as a half-century by Laura Wolvaardt (59 off 88 balls) saw the home side finally play to the potential they have been discussing.

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Klaasen and Phehlukwayo give South Africa series lifeline

South Africa took full advantage of two weather interruptions to beat India by 5 wickets on the DLS method at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Saturday to keep alive their hopes of sharing the Momentum ODI series. India now lead the series 3-1 with the remaining matches to be played at St.George’s Park on Tuesday and at SuperSport Park on Friday.

In the process the packed Wanderers crowd saluted two new heroes in Heinrich Klaasen and Andile Phehlukwayo who have played a combined total of just 25 ODIs. The pair secured the victory after the Proteas were set a revised target of 202 in 28.4 overs with Klaasen making an unbeaten 43 off 27 balls (5 fours and a six) and Phehlukwayo an almost unbelievable 23 off 5 balls (a four, 3 sixes and a single).

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Cricket mourns the passing of former New Zealand Captain Bevan Congdon

Bevan Condon, who’s batsmanship and captaincy helped put New Zealand on the world cricket map in the 1970s, has passed away in Auckland following a long illness.

The man who captained New Zealand to its maiden Test win over Australia, at Christchurch in 1974, died one day short of his 80th birthday, and on the fortieth anniversary of the start of the Test which brought New Zealand’s maiden win over England – in which he featured.

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