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New Zealand boost spin options for ODIs against England

Ish Sodhi will be part of an extended 14-man squad for New Zealand's opening two ODIs against England in Hamilton and Mount Maunganui.

The BLACKCAPS have added the third spin option to an otherwise unchanged squad from the one that took on Pakistan last month. Sodhi comes in with good form, while also considering both Mitchell Santner and Todd Astle have missed games though injury recently.

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Klaasen magic helps Proteas square T20 Series against India

A maiden 50 by Heinrich Klaasen and an excellent finishing job by JP Duminy paved the way for the Standard Bank Proteas to level their T20 International Series 1-1 against India after a six-wicket win at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Wednesday night.

Chasing a tough 189 for victory, the hosts reached their target with eight deliveries to spare and in the process ensured that Saturday’s final match of the tour will decide the outcome of the three-match contest.

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Bhuvi, Shikhar help India take 1-0 series lead

Bhuvneshwar Kumar put the finishes touches to what has been an outstanding tour for the lower-order all-rounder as he claimed his first five-wicket haul to round off India’s 28-run victory over South Africa at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.

India proved to be far too ring-wise for the inexperienced South African line-up to go 1-0 up in the three-match KFC T20 International Series which forms part of the celebration of the centenary anniversary of the founding Father of the Country, Nelson Mandela.

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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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